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Control your Hormones, Control your Acne

 

There is no doubt that out-of-control hormones can lead to acne.  Hence, if you can get the hormones under control, it may also help get the acne under control.

 

But just how do you balance the hormones in the body?  Here are two big ways:

 

1.  Diet

 

Many of us have an excess of unhealthy hormones in our bodies.  Many of these hormones do not even belong to us!  Instead we ingest them through our consumption of meat and dairy products.

 

If you’re serious about controlling your hormones, the first place to start is with your diet.  By reducing the amount of meat and dairy that you consume, you can reduce the level of excess hormones.

 

Instead of regular milk, choose soy or rice milk, and consume several vegetarian meals weekly.  Avoid using cheese and other dairy products and meat on a regular basis.  Instead, use meat and dairy in moderation.

 

In addition, be careful about the foods you eat.  Additives, chemicals, and preservatives can all be very damaging to your hormonal system.  Instead of eating junky or pre-packaged foods, choose fresh, natural whole foods. These foods will keep your body functioning at its best and help control your hormones.

 

Reducing sugar is also necessary to help control the hormones.  Excess use of sugar can cause severe insulin spikes in the body.  This will lead to an overproduction of certain hormones, which have been shown to damage both the body and skin.

 

2.  Reduce stress in your body

 

Another way to adjust the hormone levels in your body is to exercise.  Many suffer from pent-up stress, and this stress can wreak havoc on the body's hormonal systems.  Regular, vigorous exercise helps reduce stress and, in turn, controls the hormones in the body.

 

Meditation has also been proven to reduce stress levels in the body.  Start slowly and simply sit in a quiet space for a few minutes.  Concentrate on your breathing, and imagine yourself relaxing into your body.  The idea is simply to let your body and mind rest for a few minutes each day.

 

Prayer has also been shown to improve overall health.  Like meditation, it allows you quiet time.  By allowing a higher power into your life, you can let go of the things you cannot control.

 

To conclude, getting your hormones under control means that you can get your acne under control too.  The above tips will help you get started.

Page last reviewed: July 2018

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