Acne got you down? You're not alone. It's normal to feel discouraged, even self-conscious, when trying to clear a case of acne.
Taking care of yourself gives you a reason to feel good about your body, and can give you a lift when you need it most.
1. Eat well.
Eating a healthy diet is good for your body, and will ultimately help you feel better. Eating right will give your entire body, including your skin, the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.
Are there any foods you should avoid when you have acne? Maybe. A few small studies have shown a correlation between certain foods and acne severity. Dairy products and high glycemic index foods seem to be the worst offenders.
These foods don't necessarily cause acne in a otherwise clear-skinned person, but may worsen existing acne breakouts. So, if a food seems to make your pimples worse, avoid that particular dish.
2. Get enough sleep.
Face it, everything seems worse when you're tired and cranky. Try to get eight hours of sleep each night, or take regular naps when you need them. When you're well rested it's easier to keep things in perspective.
Just make sure you're cleansing your face before hitting the pillow each night. Removing dirt, excess oil, and makeup will help get your skin into shape, and help you remember to apply those acne treatments too.
3. Exercise regularly.
One study suggests those with acne tend to exercise less than their clear-skinned counterparts. But exercise is a great way to improve your mood!
Not only does regular exercise make your heart and lungs strong, but it helps you beat stress and can ease anxiety and depression. Besides, when you feel good about the things your body can do, it helps you to focus less on your skin.
Always shower as soon as possible after exercising, though. Sweat can be irritating and worsen acne, especially
back and body breakouts.
4. Start treating your acne, if you haven't already.
Acne won't go away on its own, so the sooner you start treatment the better.
If your acne is mild, try an over-the-counter product. But don't wait to see a doctor if you're not seeing any improvement after several weeks. Your doctor has an arsenal of acne-fighting treatments that will get you on your way to clearer skin.
It's easy to feel helpless when you're breaking out and don't know how to stop it. Just knowing you've taken a step to improve your skin can help you feel more in control.
5. Get help, if you need it.
Acne can be an upsetting problem, causing you to feel self-conscious or embarrassed. You're not being vain. Many people with acne feel the same way you do.
But if acne is impacting your life to the point that it is negatively affecting your self-esteem, it's time to get help. Talk to your doctor. Don't dismiss your feelings, and don't be ashamed.
Depression, anxiety, social withdrawal, and thoughts of suicide are all warning signs you shouldn't ignore. Please get help right away. With help, you can feel better.