whilst Pentus

ACNE CLEAR blue light therapy

is a proven aid to skin cleanliness, the successful treatment of skin problems will benefit from a good skin care regime as well as regular use of the Pentus Acne Clear LED face mask

1. HEALTHY FOODS

Increase the variety of fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds in your diet to help get rid of your acne. Have at least one salad every day – even just as a side dish – with your main meal and snack on nuts and dried fruits. Brazil nuts and pumpkin seeds are effective in getting rid of acne because they contain selenium (Brazils) and zinc (pumpkin seeds). Deficiencies in these minerals have been linked to acne. Avoid refined carbohydrates (white bread, cakes etc.), coffee, tea and other stimulating drinks. Reduce intake of red meats and dairy foods. There are plenty of alternatives to dairy these days – you can create simple and nutritious nut milks at home, such as the calcium-rich sesame and banana smoothie.

2. WATER

Drink plenty of water every day to help get rid of your acne. Aim to drink at least two litres of still mineral water. If the skin becomes dehydrated, dead skin cells are not effectively shed, which can lead to blocked pores and further acne.

3. PROBIOTICS

Antibiotics destroy the bacteria in your digestive system, which can lead to poor digestion, constipation and reduced absorption of essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients, all of which can lead to more acne because your body isn’t able to gel rid of waste effectively and toxins get expelled via the skin instead. If you have been taking antibiotics for your acne, it’s vital you replace the “friendly” bacteria in your digestive system with a good quality probiotic. Foods which help re-establish the good bacteria in the intestine include honey, onions, artichokes and bananas.

4. SUPPLEMENTS

Sometimes it’s not possible to get all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients required to obtain and maintain clear skin. We can be eating all the right foods, but because of other factors – such as long-term antibiotic use – we may not be absorbing everything we need from our diets. Supplements that are effective in treating acne include calcium, magnesium and potassium.

5. USE ONLY NATURAL PRODUCTS ON YOUR SKIN

Many skin care products on the market contain chemicals that can aggravate acne-prone skin. By overloading the skin with harsh chemicals that strip the skin’s natural oils, the skin will produce more oil to compensate – which can lead to more blocked pores and acne! Use products that contain natural ingredients such as tea tree oil, which is known for its antibacterial properties, to help get rid of your acne. The best method for dealing with acne-prone skin is the ‘less-is-more’ attitude. Use as few products as possible so your skin gets a chance to heal on its own.

6. REDUCE STRESS

Stress is one of the biggest precursors of acne, especially beyond puberty. If you suffer from stress regularly, learn to recognise the early symptoms and take action to help get rid of your acne. There are various ways you can reduce stress and become more relaxed: Yoga, T’ai Chi and relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises and meditation. Reduce your intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates.

7. EXERCISE

Moderate exercise will increase blood flow to the skin and aid healing, as well as improve the health of your internal organs enabling them to get rid of waste more effectively.

8. SUNSHINE AND FRESH AIR

Sunshine stimulates the creation of vitamin D in the body – an essential vitamin for healthy skin. A little bit of fresh air and sunshine every day will also reduce stress and increase oxygen to the skin.