Acne can be an extremely sensitive subject, especially if you were blessed with the genes that give you zits under your skin that never quite reach the outside world where they await a lancing.
However, that doesn't mean you don't want to look your clearest for BlizzCon. And while there's really no one cure to purge them all, there are little changes you can make to keep the situation under control.
If you're not drinking water, you need to drink water. By increasing your water intake, you increase your body's ability to flush away toxins that cause acne. Sure, it might not be able to clear everything up, but it will help.
Including the body wash, face wash and hair wash, showers are more harmful than helpful. It's no secret that Americans, at least, are obsessed with cleanliness. Other cultures are totally cool with not showering every single day because showering that much is overkill.
Now, this doesn't mean swear off showering for weeks at a time, either. You will smell if you don't bathe regularly. Keep bathing regularly.
To ween yourself away from showers, start by jumping in every other day to only wash your pits, genitals and butt crack -- no shampoo, no conditioner, no body wash. Once you get comfortable with that, push the shortened showers to every two days in a row. Three to four days in a row is about the limit you want before you do a full scrub down.
Why would this help?
Soap is designed to dissolve oils. Your body is covered from head to toe with natural oils. As soon as those are stripped away, your body kicks into overdrive to produce more. This overdrive then increases the chances there will be a backup in the production line, resulting in zits. Keep this production steady and there's less chance for error.
Wouldn't the quick shower wash off the oils too?
Though it may wash off some, oil is hydrophobic. This means it doesn't mix with water. If it doesn't mix with water, it won't be ripped from the surface of your body.
What should you expect?
If this is your first time, it will feel different. I, personally, felt like I was caked in oil even though I looked normal in the mirror. Eventually, I got used to it and pushed for a few more days just to see what my personal limit was (3 days, for the curious). As for skin results, this has been the reason why my bacne is now a rare thing. It used to be that even thinking about sweating led to a horrible outbreak along the tops of my shoulders. Now, it only ever gets the occasional zit even though my workouts leave me drenched in sweat.
Pay Attention to Your Diet
For some, soy causes outbreaks. For others, it's really greasy food. It may be that food doesn't affect you this way, but it always helps to pay attention. The more you know you can control, the easier it will be to improve the situation.
Don't Touch Your Face
Your fingers are dirt magnets. Habitually touching one part of your face means a higher likelihood of filling those pores with finger dirt. Stop touching your face unless you need to rub or scratch it.
A Note on Acne
Another popular piece of advice is to change your pillow cases every night. This doesn't have to be the norm if you can get your hair oils under control. After all, it's these oils that transfer to your pillow then cover your face. If your can get your hair to stop being so oily, you can reduce the amount of oil that touches your face as you sleep.
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