Firstly Acne is a hormonal thing and there is two things that really have an effect are hormones that we have some control over. This is diet and stress. I believe acne can be controlled and the importance is 50% diet/stress and 50% skin care.
Skin Care Regime
Kep it simple. Often harsh products make things work. Less is more.
Wash your hands first.
Wash (warm water as hot will aggravate your skin), I use this cleanser once a day http://www.purelynat.../acne-cleanser/ .No need to moisturise, as it the cleanser is amazing should be enough.
Use a non-condomogenic moisturiser, which means it will not clog your pores, I have used "Avene Hydrance Optimale Light Hydrating Cream" in the past, unfortunately its not 100% natural but it works well and will not clog your pores. Can be found here http://www.boots.com...t-40ml_1110293/
If something is natural it can still aggravate your skin. Look for a 100% natural product will a small number of ingredients. Same goes for chemical products, try find something that has a small number of ingredients. Less is more.
Use what works for you but below is what I like to do and is a good skin care regime.
Morning & evening- Wash face with Purely Natural 4 Oily Skin Cleanser and Moisturise with Avene Hydrance Optimale Light Hydrating Cream
Yes I am male and wear make up for an extra confidence boost. Most people say I don't need it but phycologically it helps. Nobody notices . Use clarins powder compact as it is non-comedogenic (will not clog pores). Tip: Spray distilled water on your face after to set and make less noticeable.
4 Things in our diet that really affect our hormones/stress and should be removed from your diet are sugar, refined carbohydrates, dairy and caffeine. The easiest way to do this is a Low GL (low glycemic load) diet (but dont forget to remove dairy its packed full of hormones). Once you understand what to eat it's not a diet and just becomes part of your daily routine.
Some good Low GL foods
Caffeine - Dark chocolate and green tea will give you a more steady flow of caffeine (still have caffeine but a lot less then tea and coffee) or for no caffeine herbal/fruit teas. Diet drinks are okay (couple a day max).
Dairy- almond milk, oat milk, rice milk, dairy free butter (make sure the milk & butter are fortified with calcium), dairy free ice cream now & then (made with coconut milk)
Sweet stuff - Agave nectar, xylitol (especially good), Fructose, honey (max 20ml a day), mayple syrup (max 20ml a day), reduced sugar jam
Sauces - Curry Sauces (with low sugar content), Bolognese, Chilli con carne, Pesto, Gucamole, Tomato salsa, Houmous, Tomato & basil, Vinaigrette, French, Honey & mustard, Mayonnaise, Tomato Ketchup (around 5ml’s), Generally sauces with low sugar content.
Carbohydrates - Wholemeal/wholewheat pasta 100g, Soay & linseed bread, wholegrain bread, heavy mixed grain bread, Dark Rye bread (only 2 slices of bread a day). Brown rice, scottish porridge oats, oatcakes (4 a day), natural muesli (no added sugar), new/baby potatoes, sweet potatoes, reduced sugar baked beans, popcorn (unsweetened), couscous, crisps (1 packet a day).
All beans/legumes are Low GL.
All nuts are Low GL
All meat is Low GL
All fruit is Low GL (except rasins, sultanas and dried fruit with added sugar). No more than 3 portions fruit a day.
If you drink fruit juice have a MAX of 125ml a day, if you hvae more it can be. come High GL.
All vegetables are Low GL (except white potatoes, baby/new are okay, parsnips)
Treat yourself once every couple of weeks but dont over indulge. It will be hard to start off with but you get used to it over time and it become second nature.
This section is more of an individual thing. We all find certain things more de-stressing then others.
Some good activities are:
- A weekly massage (I like an indian head massage)
- Meditation (SKY breathing, yoga etc.)
- Write tasks down.
- When I have a lot of work to do I fnd 5 htp really helps me to concentrate and relax. It works wonders for anxiety. (take no more than 200mg a day).
- Exercising 3 times a week
- Going for walks
- Listen to relaxing music
- Play the xbox kinect or something similar
If you are doing this regime after one month you will start to see results. The diet is very important and maybe use one or two de-stressing ideas (exercising is the most important) and don't forget to have a good skin care regime and stick to it. You may get a spot now and then I still do, but this i life and even people with amazing skin do. Commitment, will power and continuity are vital. Good Luck.
Edited by naturaldoctor, 29 December 2012 - 03:52 PM.