Stress, anxiety and worries, in these cases it is very easy to bring nervously the hands to the face and rub and irritate the skin, the cupboard in the kitchen is full of snacks and milk chocolate and we tend to stay on the sofa for a long time. Unluckily, the consequences of all of this are often the pimples and you may have passed the 30 years of age and you can find yourself fighting against … acne, even and especially in a so difficult period like that we are living, where it is easy to be under stress. What to do in case of stress acne? Let’s see some useful tips, easy to put into practice, and remember that in the shop of the app is available the book How to get rid of acne, both in paper and ebook version, with news, natural remedies, cosmetics and yoga to get rid of acne, pimples, blackheads and oily skin.
Accepting yourself is essential but, I understand this, this is also the most challenging part. The pimple in the middle of the forehead or on the chin has to disappear… the point is that the more you torment the pimple the longer it stays. You need to understand that the skin is dealing with a very critical time, such as our body and mind, that suddenly don’t have any more habits and references like before. Yoga and meditation may also help calm down and remove anxiety, which is connected to a worsening of acne and to a slowing down of the healing of lesions (Zari et al, Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol., 2017).
It is also wrong, in this phase, to attack the skin with strong soaps that make the skin poor with the result to see the production of sebum increase, thus causing blackheads and pimples. You can use natural soaps such as Aleppo or Marseille soap, obtained from laurel and olive oil, but just for the morning cleansing and not every day. Instead, for the daily cleansing you can use micellar water prepared at home with water, first boiled and then let cool down, green tea or thermal water and an oil, perfect is the jojoba oil, but you can use also sunflower or sesame oil or a mixture of these oils. In the Video Blog section, you can follow the steps to prepare a biphasic micellar water at home. In alternative, you just have to damp a cotton pad and pour some drops of oil, pass the pad on the face and then rinse. In this way the cleansing of the skin isn’t aggressive and is respectful of the skin.
Scrub and masks
The scrubs help remove impurities and death cells, make the skin softer and counteract dark skin spots. An example is given by the scrub obtained with sugar and a little water, it should be applied as soon as you prepare it in order to avoid that sugar melts. But be careful, if you do the scrub in case of too many inflamed pimples then you risk to worsen the situation. For this reason, the best solution is given by the green ventilated clay mask, able to absorb the bacteria and the excess of sebum. Twice a week, mix in a bowl the clay and as much water as it is needed to obtain a cream. If you have it at home, you can add a drop of an essential oil, for example eucalyptus and lavender, that are anti inflammatory and antimicrobial (Takahashi et al, Lett Appl Microbiol, 2004 – Cardia et al, Evid Based Complement Alternat Med., 2018). Apply on a cleaned skin and let it act for 10 minutes, then rinse. The particularity of this mask is that it acts also as a scrub when you remove it, by exfoliating the skin.
Diet, intended as food choice, may play for sure a role in the worsening but also improving of acne. Indeed, scientific studies have observed that milk, dairies and high glycemic index food, such as sweets and snacks, especially if obtained from refined flour, may worsen black heads and pimples since they stimulate the production of sebum (Melnik et al, J Dtsch Dermatol Ges, 2009 - Ismail et al, BMC Dermatol, 2012). At the same way a diet rich in fiber, fruit and vegetables, that prefers low glycemic index and unrefined food, has shown to be able to improve acne (Smith et al, Mol Nutr Food Res, 2008).