Stress triggers acne and acne results in more stress, so it’s a very vicious cycle. Basically, when you’re under pressure, your skin produces stress hormones, including cortisol, that can stimulate your oil glands to make testosterone that then increases oil production and clogs pores.
SOLUTION: Work out regularly, meditate, take time out of your busy schedule to focus on yourself — all of these things will help you release stress, so your body doesn’t continue to release hormones that will only harm your skin.
Your skin is it’s own best friend, it creates a thin layer of natural oils that sit on the surface acting as a shield, locking in moisture whilst keeping dirt from penetrating the dermis. Although long, hot showers may feel like bliss on a cold winter’s day they’re also guilty of breaking down the skin’s oils.
SOLUTION Now, no one is expecting you to stop showering, just turn that heat dial down a few degrees and stick to lukewarm water instead
When it comes to tackling breakouts, it’s easy to get carried away, in your haste to banish the spot it’s easy to end up overloading skin with intensive blemish treatments. Whilst most of these work to dry out the pimple, they can also dry the surrounding skin – which leads to all sorts of issues, from flakiness to dull patches.
SOLUTION: Challenge yourself not to pick or even touch your face for unnecessary reasons, since you can transfer bacteria onto your skin that way. Not touching your face works wonders for your complexion and allowing your zits to heal on its own.
The sulfates (cleansing agents), heavy moisturizing agents, and silicones that your shampoo, conditioner, and stylers contain can seep into your pores, clogging them and resulting in chest acne, bacne, or pesky pimples along your hairline.
SOLUTION: When washing and conditioning your hair in the shower, tilt your head over to the side to keep the product’s residue off your face, chest, and back as you rinse it away. And be sure to wash your face last when you’re in the shower to make sure you haven’t accidentally gotten any product on your skin that could break you out later.
Sleep is one of the most underrated activities for clear skin and a healthy body. Your body needs rest. That includes your skin too! If your sleeping pattern is not regular, or you are not getting enough rest every night then your body cannot recover. The best hours of sleep are from 10pm-7am every night. That means you must be in bed ASLEEP by 10pm to ensure your body is getting enough time for recovery and regeneration every night.