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These are just some tips that I recently read. I advise that you still stick to Dan's regimen, but maybe some of this may be a bit helpful for day to day activities. Please just have a read...

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6 Steps to Clear, Acne-Free Skin

Hundreds of medications, treatments, cleansers and cosmetics are available for people with acne, but the most important elements of an acne-fighting program won’t cost you a cent.

1. Nourish your skin by eating a healthy and balanced diet.

Most health care specialists agree that a healthy diet will benefit your skin. Cut down on caffeine, sugar and refined carbohydrates, all of which can activate the hormones that tell your sebaceous glands to produce more oil. Add more fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, juices and other healthy treats to your daily diet, and you’ll see in improvement in your skin.

2. Drink lots of water to maintain the skin's elasticity.

Plenty of water is essential to the health of your skin. One of the main activities of the body’s self-healing system is to filter the blood, a job performed mostly by the kidneys, with help from the skin in the form of perspiration. This self-healing system removes the toxic wastes of metabolizing food and of other harmful substances that get into our bodies one way or another.

This purification system operates efficiently only if the volume of water flowing through it is sufficient to carry away the wastes. 6 to 8 glasses (64 fluid ounces) of water a day is the recommendation. To reach your quota, carry bottled water with you in your car, your purse, your briefcaseâ€â€wherever you go.

Get the water habit, and your skin will thank you for it.

3. Exercise regularly for good circulation.

Get into a regular routine of exercise. Do it for at least half an hour, five days a week. Exercise improves your blood circulation, helping your body clear toxins from your system, including your skin. Better circulation also increases the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your skin. Exercise also relieves stress, which is a common cause of acne flare-ups. Last but not least, exercise releases endorphins, the "feel good" substance in your brain that puts a smile on your faceâ€â€the best beauty secret of all.

4. Cleanse your faceâ€â€then tone, moisturize, and exfoliate.

At night

* First remove your makeup with an oil-free makeup remover and a cotton ball.

* Then wash your face with lukewarm water and an oil-free, non-comedogenic (doesn’t block pores) cleanser.

* Pat (don’t rub) it dry with a soft towel.

* And apply an oil-free moisturizer.

In the morning

* Wash your face as directed above, then use an alcohol-free toner.

* Next apply moisturizer.

* Then apply makeupâ€â€all oil-free and non-comedogenic.

Once or twice a week use an exfoliator with alpha hydroxy acid or glycolic acid. This will aid in the shedding of dead skin cells, the “food� for the bacteria that cause pimples.

If you exercise during the day, you’ll need to wash your face a third time, immediately afterward.

5. Protect your skin from the sun and harsh weather.

One popular myth about acne is that tanning will clear it. It may seem so at first, but soon you will notice that your tanned skin becomes less pliable, making it less able to shed oil and dead skin cells, which clog your pores. Your acne will become worse, not better.

Always wear sun block with at least an SPF-15 UVA & UVB rating. If you’ll be outside in the sun for long, wear a wide-brimmed hat.

6. Get plenty of good-quality rest.

Your immune system requires energy to do its work, including the work of protecting your skin from acne. The deep sleep the brain needs for “recharging� comes several hours into the sleep cycle. That’s why a few hours here and there won’t do. Most people need at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep a night. Consider it beauty sleep.

If you make these 6 items part of your daily routine, you’ll look better, feel better, and have less need of expensive acne treatments and cosmetics.

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Hope this may have enlightened you at least a tiny bit, it did with me. Im sticking to Dan's regimen but I've found out some things I didn't know before. Hope its helped a bit with you! cool.gif

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I've been doing all of this, and then some. I went that extra step and bought a shit-load of vitamins for my general health. I STILL have acne! No improvements. Nothing. Nadda. Zilch.

I wish everyone else the best of luck.

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I've been doing all of this, and then some. I went that extra step and bought a shit-load of vitamins for my general health. I STILL have acne! No improvements. Nothing. Nadda. Zilch.

I wish everyone else the best of luck.

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I've been doing all of this, and then some. I went that extra step and bought a shit-load of vitamins for my general health. I STILL have acne! No improvements. Nothing. Nadda. Zilch.

I wish everyone else the best of luck.

aww, never mind-your body will be benefitting from your healthy life style in other ways smile.gif I need to make my diet healthier, to exercize more and to drink much more water..... I'll start as from tomorrow! cool.gif

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i can understand where your coming from because i thought the same thing. But trust me, not washing your face so much is SOO much better than washing alot. And twice IS alot if your using a cleanser both times. Try this, Wash your face at night(either take a shower at night or just wash your face) with just water. Then dont wash your face again(at all) till the next night. This is what i do and you will not believe how much better your skin will look. I use cleanser sometimes but most of the time i dont need to. I just wash thoroughly with water. Its alot gentler and doesnt dry the skin as much. And if your going somewhere during the day, give a quick splash with water before you go.

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biggrin.gif Robynxo-have you been good and healthy today ????? I have to confess.........that i have not eusa_wall.gif oops! Well, I drank a bit more water than normal actually, and I went shopping-so that can count as my exercise! smile.gif lol. Oh well-tomorrows another day........... lol.gif

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