the-exercist

complexguysweetheart asked:

do you have any advice on treating acne on the face/body? every time i look for advice, all i get is 'eat these magical miracle foods!' and it's draining.

the-exercist answered:

The biggest problem with acne is that there are just so many potential causes! When treating your skin, you’ll likely spend half the time just trying to narrow down the reasons behind your flare ups. So I can certainly give some general advice, but it’s impossible to get specific about skin problems like this. 

If you haven’t already, some steps that you might want to take are:

  • Drink more water - Even slight dehydration can do a lot of damage to your skin. Increasing your water intake can potentially clear up problem areas  and prevent breakouts
  • Change your laundry detergent. Our faces and bodies spend a lot of time in contact with clothes and bedding, so a slight allergy to certain cleaning products can manifest itself in acne. Switch products to see if it helps, so find some cleaning agents that are specifically meant for sensitive skin. (And if this makes matters worse, switch back again!)
  • Make a habit of not touching your skin. Stop fiddling with your face or rubbing pimples. The less you mess around with it, the less irritated your skin will be. 
  • Change your hair care routine. Oil from your hair can potentially cause breakouts on your face and shoulders. For some people, keeping their hair back in a bun/ponytail/shorter cut is enough. For others, consider going no-poo. Training your scalp to produce less oil will not only help deal with acne, but it can be a God send for textured hair.
  • Take a look at your skin products. Different people have different needs, so just because a product is labeled as “For Acne” doesn’t necessarily mean that it’l help you. If your current array dries out your skin? Consider switching to more moisturizing lotions. Producing way too much oil? Use a less harsh cleanser. Overall, products containing benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid tend to be a good choice.
  • Are you changing skin products a lot? Stick with one routine for a longer period of time. Keep up with it and make it a regular part of your day. Switching up your sin care process too often can be stressful on your skin and make matters worse.
  • Make sure that everything coming into contact with your face is clean. When’s the last time you wiped down your cell phone? Cleaned your makeup brushes? Washed your towels? If it goes on your face, clean it regularly! These things collect bacteria that you don’t want to transfer to your sensitive skin.

And lastly - Don’t be afraid to mention this to your doctor. Prescription creams, antibiotics and even birth control pills might be a valid option for you to try out. A professional will be able to evaluate your problems and help you figure out exactly what to do from there. 

Good luck!

For body acne make sure you are regularly washing your clothes. Be careful with the detergent you use because that can sometimes cause breakouts as well! Wash gym clothes everyday or every other day. You can use a body wash with salicylic acid in it. I personally have not had luck with that but depending on your breakouts you can try that. If not you can dab an acne spot treatment on the breakouts to dry them up faster. 

Watch your food intake doesn’t have to be confusing. Avoid coffee and caffeinated products, any chocolate other than dark, and processed sugar. Replace with whole fruits (but not too many), gluten free foods and dark leafy greens. 

Try to find more natural and hypoallergenic products for your skin!  Trial and error is the best method for dealing with stubborn acne. 

Best of luck :) 

Types of Acne forms

Acne can manifest in different forms. The first step in treatment is to identify what type of acne issue you are facing. 

There are various types of pimples

    • Whiteheads - remain under the skin and are very small.
    • Blackheads - clearly visible, they are black and appear on the surface of the skin. Remember that a blackhead is not caused by dirt. Scrubbing your face vigorously when you see blackheads will not help.

    • Papules - visible on the surface of the skin. They are small bumps, usually pink.
    • Pustules - clearly visible on the surface of the skin. They are red at their base and have pus at the top.

    • Nobules - clearly visible on the surface of the skin. They are large, solid pimples. They are painful and are embedded deep in the skin.
  • Cysts - clearly visible on the surface of the skin. They are painful, and are filled with pus. Cysts can easily cause scars.

Here’s a quick tip for those with acne and skin concerns- finding a good primer is essential for those with skin conditions who wear heavy foundation. It adds an extra layer of protection so the foundation doesn’t directly sit on your skin.

Look for a hypoallergenic, oil free primer. A green tinted primer will also help combat redness. It is also great for making your makeup last all day.

Acne Face Chart
A lot of people get confused with the origin of acne and think that it is just one type of issue. However to better treat the problem, it is recommended to identify the source of where it is coming from.
If you have acne in more than 3 areas you most likely have cystic acne and need to take stronger measures to get it under control.
However if you notice you are breaking out in a few of these areas then this can provide clues as to what internal issues you are having that is causing your acne. 
Remember acne medications will only suppress the problem, not treat it. Getting to the root cause of the acne and treating it naturally is always better for your skin and body. 
So to recap STEP 1) Identify where the majority of your acne is located. 

Acne Face Chart

A lot of people get confused with the origin of acne and think that it is just one type of issue. However to better treat the problem, it is recommended to identify the source of where it is coming from.

If you have acne in more than 3 areas you most likely have cystic acne and need to take stronger measures to get it under control.

However if you notice you are breaking out in a few of these areas then this can provide clues as to what internal issues you are having that is causing your acne. 

Remember acne medications will only suppress the problem, not treat it. Getting to the root cause of the acne and treating it naturally is always better for your skin and body. 

So to recap STEP 1) Identify where the majority of your acne is located. 

fairysharkmother

Anonymous asked:

is there any other remedies for acne? mine is so bad that it leaves craters and scars and its so embarassing. it's all over my shoulders, neck, and face.

fairysharkmother answered:

Arooo!

(Besides asking for a dermatologist, Sea Bear has mentioned these things that work really well:

  • Honey (leave it on for about 30 minutes and wash it off)
  • Toothpaste (really great for getting rid of pimples the night before something important)
  • Cetaphyl (cheap, extremely good for your skin; if you go to costco’s the big bottle only costs about $10)
  • Sea Bear has been using St. Ives green tea (both the cleanser and the exfoliant- the exfoliant goes once a week, and the cleanser everyday); it clears up breakouts and blemishes. Green tea is very good for your face!

Some other things Sea Bear has heard that may help:

  • facemasks once a week 
  • washing your face twice daily
  • exfoliate once/twice a week (depends on how your skin is, since Sea Bear has been having a lot of dry skin due to their prescription, they do it once a week)
  • moisturize your skin! Use a moisturizer with spf for sun protection!
  • Don’t go out without sunscreen!
  • Avoid touching your face, especially if you have oily skin
  • Cut up some cucumber, put a few slices in cold water (for best effects) and rub all over your face (switch sides and use more than one slice for best effects). This refreshes your face!

Sea Bear recently went to TheFaceShop, which is a very good (and cheap) store for all facial needs. Sea Bear personally recommends their facemasks and the charcoal face wash! ) 

What have you tried so far? And what does your diet consist of?