Five Things You Can Do Today to Keep Your Acne from Getting Worse
1. Break out the ice.
Instead of picking, try rubbing ice on pustules and pimples for about two minutes twice a day. When icing just one pimple, ice it for 3 seconds, then lift off for 3 seconds, repeat for about 2 minutes. Try to catch them when they are first forming and they most likely will go away. After icing, apply Face Reality Acne Med or BiON Green Tea Clay Poultice on the pustule several times per day.
2. Stop eating peanut butter, peanuts, and/or peanut oil.
Peanuts contain a hormone that can make acne worse. If you love peanut butter, unsalted almond butter is a healthy alternative.
3. Stop using fabric softener in the washer AND the dryer.
Fabric softener leaves a waxy residue on cloth. That wax gets on your skin and causes clogged pores. Fragrance-free fabric softeners not any better since the problem is with the waxy residue, not the fragrance.
4. Avoid foods & supplements containing iodides & biotin.
Iodides, which are found in the foods that you eat, irritate the follicle wall and cause breakouts. Biotin has also recently been found to make acne worse. Make sure any vitamins you take do not contain iodides or biotin.
Foods high in iodine are milk products, beef, sea vegetables, and fish (cod, canned tuna, and shrimp). Himalayan sea salt is also high in iodine.
5. Start taking a diindolylmethane supplement.
Research and our experience in the clinic have shown that this supplement (derived from broccoli) drastically reduces inflamed breakouts, usually within 2 weeks. Delgado EstroBlock or DHT Block to provide the most effective form of diindolylmethane.
Double check every single ingredient you put on your skin to be sure it is acne safe. The products on my website that are acne-safe have a gray acne-safe badge. For personalized skincare advice, please check out our online consultation program.