I've noticed the same effects on vacation. I can go with breakouts and while on vacation my skin clears. It's amazing. However, I do not travel to sunny areas and do not stay out in the sun any more than usual. My diet is worse when I travel than at home, too. I can't figure it out. The only thing that makes sense is while on vacation I feel less stress, so maybe that's the issue. No matter how hard I try, I don't get that vacation "feeling" at home. Either that or the water has some mineral or something in it at the hotel. Our water at home is soft, and while I can't say for sure how hard the water is at a hotel, I had wondered if maybe they had more minerals in there than we have at home and maybe my skin just likes that. *shrug*
Hmm.. as to the stress point, I just came across teh suggestion of B5. Stress depletes B5 (which makes anti-stress hotmones to regulate cortisol levels..and a low amount of B5 leads to increased androgen production). This made me think of the vacation scenario. Perhaps the stress free atmostphere allows my B5 levels to increase which helps my skin. *shrug* I'm going to add in a B5 pill to check this out.
Where did you go for vacation?
hello! Sorry for my late reply. I only "vacation" around the area. We live in a small rural town, so we usually drive to the metroplex (Dallas, TX) and just hang out there. Nothing big, but we take my son to the movies or to the go cart place, etc. I'm just happy hanging out at the hotel without having to do anything. It's nice to have someone else make the meals and clean. So, no super sunny place or salt water for me!
Speaking of hard water, it contains calcium and magnesium which causes drying skin. What if a person have oily skin and went somewhere that has hard water and that helps them producing less oil? I live in nyc and it has soft water, when i went to china my skin cleared up maybe it was the hard water?
Hmm..interesting! I wonder how that works on hair, because I can just rinse my hair in water when I shower at a hotel and it looks so much better than at home. It is always frizzy and flyaway, but it actually lays down at the hotels. Maybe the minerals weigh it down so it can frizz up. So, there has to be something different in the water from my home at least (even if I am not sure WHAT it is!). I always thought that hard water stripped skin by drying it out, but it seems many think this leads to MORE oil production not less. So I don't know?? Unless we lack something in the water and our skin likes it..or perhaps the minerals dry out the acne itself. I hear people using epsom salts to control breakouts, but not sure if it actually kills the bacteria or just has a drying effect.