Ah the teenage years. I remember them well–they were fun, dramatic, exciting, exhilarating, tumultuous, confusing–all of those things and more. Some teens dream of winning sports games, being crowned prom king or queen, becoming valedictorian, winning the lead role in the high school musical, or driving around campus in a brand new sports car. There are others who dream of nothing more than surviving high school. For me, I’d say it was a little of both; but as I wrote in my bestselling book, Love Your Skin, Love Yourself–-I also dreamed of something else: clear, gorgeous skin.
Like many teens, acne runs in my family.
At the time, I tried treating it with whatever drugstore products I saw in my teen magazines or TV commercials. This led to excessive dryness, irritation, and during my freshman year of college, a pretty nasty anaphylactic?reaction that sent me to the ER–and THAT was from a “dermatologist tested” national department store brand–you know–the one where the sales associates wear white lab coats.?Later on, when I worked in the cosmetics department at a high end store, I learned that the product that sent me to the hospital also very effectively removes nail polish. Go figure.
I wanted nothing more than to find a way to get rid of my acne as a teenager, and then later on as it continued into adulthood. Until I went back to school for aesthetics and simultaneously started changing my diet and lifestyle to lose post-baby weight, I never made the connection between diet and acne. After all, every dermatologist I ever saw told me that the idea that certain foods cause acne was a myth–and as a teenager and young adult, I had no reason to doubt my doctors.
I didn’t make that connection until my skin cleared up completely after just a month of making healthier diet and lifestyle choices. I know teenagers aren’t necessarily known to care about nutrition–I certainly didn’t as a teen–I guarantee you I would have made those changes to get rid of the acne had I known then what I know now. The methods I share below, and in more detail in my most recent featured article in Dermascope Magazine, aren’t just for teens and their parents–they apply to anyone at any age who is sick of living with acne.
5 holistic ways to beat?teenage acne–or really any acne.
1. Use products containing as many natural, anti-inflammatory ingredients and treatments as possible. Chemically-based products and aggressive treatments might offer some relief, but often at the high cost of unpleasant side effects and irritant or allergic reactions.?I prefer natural ingredients and non-invasive at home treatments like the My Skin Buddy (click HERE to learn more and use checkout code RPBEAUTY for free shipping!)
2. Avoid refined sugars and unhealthy fats. Instead?of refined sugar,?choose naturally sweet fresh fruits and vegetables, or natural whole food-based sweeteners like pure maple syrup, raw manuka honey, or stevia extract. Instead of unhealthy hydrogenated and trans-fats (most often found in fast foods and processed grocery store foods), opt for “good” fats like plant-based mono- and polyunsaturated fats, Omega 3 fatty acids, and small amounts of high quality saturated fat. For food sources of good fats, read this post.
3. Incorporate stress management practices like meditation, mindfulness, or yoga. Stress directly causes acne, as well as other skin and health conditions. It’s stressful to be a teenager with the demands of academic, family, extracurricular, social lives. Any safe, positive practice to lower stress will benefit the skin, as well as the mind and spirit. Yoga is known to have positive effects on the skin both directly and indirectly.
4. Avoid xenoestrogens in conventional foods, household cleaning products, cosmetics, haircare products, and other personal care products. Xenoestrogens are man-made substances that raise estrogen levels after excessive, cumulative exposure. High estrogen levels are known to cause acne, and teenagers already experience severe hormonal fluctuations. To learn more about spotting and avoiding xenoestrogens, read this post.
5. Exercise regularly! With physical education programs being cut from school budgets and childhood obesity on the rise, it’s more important now than ever that teens be encouraged to exercise regularly. Exercise balances hormones, reduces stress, and helps purge the skin of toxins via sweat and by increasing blood and lymphatic flow. Plenty of gyms and dance studios have teen classes, and for more introverted teens, there are so many great free fitness videos on YouTube and exercise-at-home apps available, they’re sure to find something they enjoy.
For more information on how to holistically combat teenage acne, check out my article, “Holistically Caring for Teenage Skin,” on Dermascope Magazine’s website.?
Remember, you don’t have to be a teenager to benefit from these methods! If you’re dealing with adult acne and want personalized recommendations, I can help.
Learn?more?about my Skin-Self Mastery Method coaching program and schedule a complimentary?Curiosity Call HERE.
*Image 1 from Dermascope?
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