Acnes are not fun to say the least. They can cause a lot of stress, and if you’re too affected by it, it can drain your pocket too as you spend on acne-clearing products. Here are some of the latest ways you can curb acne -they’re easy, effective, and sometimes tasty. Work these three moves into your beauty routine to safe your skin from acne.
1. Get calm creams
Common blemish fighters, like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, are now being combined with calming ingredients to stop inflammation. “Research shows that adding anti-inflammatory botanical agents to OTC acne treatments leads to better results,” says Dr. Robyn Gmyrek, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City. “Look for acne treatments that contain soothers such as algae, aloe, ginseng root extract, ginkgo biloba leaf, chamomile, turmeric, licorice and grape-seed oil.”
2. Load up on probiotics
Research suggests that restoring balance to an unhealthy gut may help reduce acne-triggering inflammation. That’s where probiotics, which encourage healthy bacteria, come in, Dr. Engelman says. Get your fill from probiotic-rich foods and drinks, such as yogurt, sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, kombucha, kefir, or miso paste, Dr. Gmyrek suggests. If you want to pop a supplement, experts say to opt for one with a high organism count—30 to 50 billion colony-forming units (CFUs)—and to stick with well-studied strains like lactobacillus. Using probiotics topically may also keep bumps at bay. The theory is that probiotics shield cells from bad bacteria, calm inflammation, and have an antimicrobial effect.
3. Supplement your skin
If, like clockwork, your skin acts up right around the time you have your period, try taking 100 milligrams of vitamin B6 in the days leading up to and during it. This vitamin reduces the flare-up of breakouts because it prevents an excessive imbalance of the hormones, Dr. Thornfeldt says. Spearmint tea might help too. A study by the American Academy of Dermatology suggests that drinking two cups daily can reduce acne. The minty beverage is not only anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, but has also been shown to block acne-stimulating androgens. In a study done on women with polycystic ovarian syndrome, a condition marked by high androgen levels, women who drank the tea twice a day had significantly lower levels of the male hormones after one month.