I hate taking showers after high school track and field workouts, and my parents say this is why I get acne, but I just don't buy it. When I shower, I don't use soap on my face or neck and rarely use shampoo. My acne is directly related to what I eat. Gluten, lactose, excess omega 6, and refined sugar are my enemies. The information regarding this topic on the internet is extremely contradicting. Post if you have an answer. Thank you! :D
I find that my acne is more related to my diet and stress levels than general cleanliness. When I'm eating well and everything is going fine, my skin is perfect. If I start getting work piled on my, I start noticing the beginnings of bad skin cropping up. I've gone for fairly long periods without showering (long story) and had almost no acne during that time.
I love Ray Peats take on acne. He seems to look at acne as an immune system fail. Raising metabolism using milk and sugar makes your skin warmer and greasier, making it a lovely home for bacteries. When your immune system is weakened due to lack of fat-soluble vitamins or excess PUFAs and other stressors (including hard-to-digest plant stuff in veggies, grains, ...), these bacteries cause something I like to call constipation of the skin.
Sweating, in itself, makes your skin greasy (if not washed off). It would seem plausible that the layer of grease, combined with being warm after your workout, attracts bacteries. The best way to get rid of those is by supporting your body using a good, anti-stress diet with adequate nutrients. Oysters and liver are amazing at this, but you shouldn't underestimate sugar either.
I used to believe my acne was caused by mental stress, but I've noticed that my mental stress is caused by physical stress. My mother, for example, easily panics or becomes stressed for small reasons. I don't believe as mental stress as a cause of anything, I see mental stress as a symptom of a bad lifestyle (environment + diet).
okay, the sweat glands [mainly on the creases and face] can lead to furuncles, furunculosis and the even worse verneuil's disease because of a bacterial problem, but not acne since this involves sebaceous glands.
A great advice for furuncle is to apply hand hygiene gel were the trouble is, especially on the bottom; plus wear cotton garments.
It is mostly to do with your diet. Scientific studies and dietary trials have proved the fact that the modern westernized diet and lifestyle are behind the acne problems that so many people experience. Stress and poor sleeping habits can also contribute.
I had problems with my acne for many years, and stupidly was taken in by all the advertisements for skin care products that promise to clear your acne away quickly, but none of them ever solved my problem, and i wasted loads of money on them. It all started to change for me when I found out about the diet and lifestyle link and implemented the correct routine to solve the hormonal imbalances that were being caused by my diet. The free report at This Site is what put me on the right path to understanding and then finally beating my skin problems for good.
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