Friday, October 16, 2009

Secret to Clear Skin

After dealing with acne for about 12 years now, I want to share my thoughts on what are the two most common underlying causes of acne. Remember that acne is just a symptom of a deeper problem. Solve the problem, and you'll get rid of acne. In my experience, acne is caused by  1) a hormonal imbalance, and 2) inefficient digestion. If either of these two things is out of whack, I break out. It's as simple as that (for me!). Here are my 2 top tips for good skin:

1) Balance your hormones: the best way for girls to calm down their hormones is to birth control. My hormones were all over the place as a teenager because I always had severely painful periods and I always broke out like crazy around that time. It sucked because it was like a billboard to the world that said "Aunt Flo is visiting me for the week!" So I've conquered the hormonal issue by getting on trisprintec. Obviously, talk to your family, dermatologist and/or OB/GYN before getting on birth control.

2) Have a good digestive system: if you are constipated, chances are, you have acne. When you're constipated, the toxins in your body have nowhere to go, so they get into your bloodstream, which goes everywhere, including your pores! I know that's disgusting, but bear with me, this is VERY important to good skin! There are very simple ways to stay regular. Here are a few all-natural, no-side-effects, results-driven and super-affordable tips:

  • Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day. If you do NOTHING else on this list, do this one. Your makeup will stay on longer, you won't have mid-afternoon lulls, and your skin will not only be acne-free, it will glow.
  • Take psyllium husk every morning with warm water. Psyllium husk can be found under the brand name Metamucil, but you can also find higher-quality stuff at the Indian store, where its called Sat Isabgol. Take a heaping teaspoon every morning with warm water.
  • Take 1/2 a tsp of Triphala every morning and night. This is a wonderful Ayurvedic compound that acts as a mild laxative. It works wonders and there are no side-effects.

On a last note, I've seen that taking charge of my hormones and my digestion has not only cleared up myskin, it actually makes me feel happier on the inside. Believe me, clear skin starts from here, so I hope you try it!


BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

My skin totally looks better when I'm eating healthier!

Gaby Fauchon said...

Thanks for sharing those tips! I've had bad acne for several years too and what totally healed it is birth control.

preeti said...


I have just started following your blog and though I knew about using birth control to clear up acne, I dint know about the digestion aspect....very interesting. I have recently started breaking out and imagine having clear skin throughout your teenage years and now that I am 24, I have acne!! I am gonna try using that stuff you mentioned for digestion...

Unknown said...

Fabulous write-up!

Galina said...

great post! Both points really play huge role in controlling acne... However I also notice that skin care products and routine make a big difference. Very often people with acne get really aggressive with cleansing their pores and trying to "dry" their acne and by doing this they damage skin's barrier and just exacerbate the situation...

Ashwini said...

@Kristin: same here. I have better skin when I stay away from greasy foods and alcohol.

@Gaby: yes, birth control won half the battle for me. But the other half was with water and exercise.

@Preeti: I have dealt with both teenage and now adult acne. It sucks, but you just gotta be more careful about having a healthy life, and you'll be ok. Keep me updated if you see any improvement!

@Fashion Frenzy: merci beaucoup!

@Beauty Talk: Yes, I agree on having a good routine. This post was more of what to do from the "inside" to control acne. I think I'll do an updated skin care routine to talk about what to do on the outside.

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