These are some things you can do to help control your acne. Doing these do not take the place of using the right products in the right way for your acne, but they will support the process of getting clear skin.
1. Sleep and Stress
Get enough rest and reduce your stress. Stress stimulates the adrenal gland and in the acne-prone individual, the adrenal gland promotes oil production which leads to clogged pores.
2. Watch Out For Foods Containing Iodides
Stay away from foods, vitamin supplements and sports drinks/bars that contain iodides. Iodized salt, seafood, fish, seaweed, fast foods and dairy products (cows lick iodized salt licks) and especially kelp tablets (some people take these for thyroid support) are a part of this list. Contrary to popular notion, chocolate and greasy foods (unless they contain salt, which most do) do not aggravate acne.
3. Watch Out For Foods Containing Androgen Hormones
Stay away from “high androgen” foods. These are found in peanuts, peanut oil, peanut butter, corn oil, wheat germ, shellfish, organ meats (i.e. liver, sweetbreads and heart). These contain hormones that exacerbate acne.
4. No Picking or Squeezing Your Own Zits!
Don’t pick. You can scar yourself permanently! Or, you can give yourself a staph infection from picking. Believe me, you do NOT want that!
Instead of picking, rub ice on pustules and pimples for about 2 to 3 minutes, twice a day rubbing in a circular motion, no stopping. Try to catch them when they are first forming and they most likely will go away.
5. Avid Swimmers – Beware!
Some swimming pool disinfectants contain iodides and chlorine, which can remain in the water, causing skin problems for frequent swimmers. Many swimmers find that the combination of hot and humid weather, the physical exercise of swimming and the chlorinated pools, can cause major acne flare-ups.