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Lifestyle Choices That Affect Acne

Lifestyle can dramatically affect the acne-prone skin. Here some advice to prevent acne.

1)Very important to wash your face twice per day, using a gentle cleanser. Wash your face too much can dry out your skin.

2) Wash your face immediately after you exercise because sebum can build up when you workout.

3) Reduce stress because stressful life can lead to breakouts.

4) Some foods can cause or at least aggravate your acne. Reduce foods that have been proven to be a problem for most acne sufferers.

Foods that can aggravate acne:

Iodized salt

Milk (including organic and especially nonfat)


Protein Shakes and Protein Bars

Tofu, soy milk, tempeh, soy sauce

Seafood, Shellfish, e.g., cod, scallops

Spirulina, Chlorella, Blue-Green Algae

Kelp, Miso Soup, Seaweed

Foods High in Androgens:

Peanuts, Peanut Butter

Peanut Oil, Corn Oil, Canola Oil


Organ Meats including pate

5) Zinc Monomethionine and Omega 3 Fish Oils have been found to be useful to reduce the severity of cysts and inflamed lesions.

6) Don't use comedogenic makeup and comedogenic hair care.

7) Don't use fabric softener in the dryer.

8) Always wear your noncomedogenic sunscreen, even if it’s overcast and raining.

9) Beware of Comedogenic Hand Lotions. If you are using hand lotion and then leaning your face on your hands, this could contribute to your acne.

10) No Picking! Instead, rub ice on pimples for a couple of minutes. If you pick, squeeze, that scab will leave a dark mark that will be there for months, making your skin look worse than if you left it alone.

11). Birth Control and Hormone Replacement. Avoid low estrogen birth control pills. “Lo” dose pills are higher in androgen hormones that can make acne-prone skin worse.

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