Tips for Healthier Skin

Acne may have shown its true colors in your teenage years when hormones kicked in, or in your adult years when stress became a way of life. Either way, this condition can seem impossible to manage at times.

But there are ways to help prevent and treat it. Here are some tips to encourage healthier skin and help stop acne in its tracks:

* Exercise, drink water and take multivitamins. What goes in your body shows on the outside. Exercise increases oxygen to the tissues which keeps skin looking healthy. Water hydrates the skin, banishing dead skin cells and unclogging pores. And a good diet that includes fruits, vegetables and essential vitamins will keep your skin looking great.

* Treat your skin with a natural acne fighter. Whether your skin is oily or dry, there are some new, natural acne treatment products on the market that are not harsh on the skin, such as Nature’s Gate Organics Natural Results Acne Treatment System.

This three-step, at-home treatment – containing a corrective cleanser, toner and controlling lotion – pairs salicylic acid, known for its exfoliating properties, with Oligopeptide-10, a blend of 15 naturally occurring amino acids found to be effective at rapidly thwarting acne-causing bacteria. According to Nature’s Gate, it also helps heal the skin and prevents new pimples from forming.

* Stay out of the sun. When that is not possible, use a sunscreen that is SPF 15 or higher. Excessive sun exposure leads to hyperpigmentation (brown spots on the skin) and can encourage pimples, redness and uneven skin.

* Remember, everything in moderation. Stay away from smoke, excessive alcohol and stress. All have been shown to contribute to skin irritation and premature aging.