A red bump on Rudolph's face worked out ok for him, but I doubt they are doing the same for you. Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of the year but between the parties, pictures, caroling, and all the other social gatherings it can also be one of the worst and most stressful times of the year for people struggling with acne. So here are a few tips staying acne free and not allowing the stresses of the holidays get to you.
There are a few things that cause acne this time of year that you have complete control over.
Family is coming in, you have to make the house spotless, there are people to still shop for and only a day or two left. Have to entertain all these people, make them happy, get them things, etc. The list of all the things that need to be done goes on and on. All of this can stress your body out if you let it and it will show on your face and back. All these things, as stressful as they may be, really are a joy and when you force yourself to see it as that, instantly the stress hormones, cortisol in particular, slows down its spike preventing one of the chief causes of acne. ENJOY this time of being with the ones you love, eating the foods you love, doing the things you love! It's fun and doesn't happen on this scale any other time of year. Don't let the stress of what needs to be done take away from the joy of what is being done all around you during this magical time of year.
One of the best things about Christmas is the desserts, period. Everyone making their favorite holiday recipes and sharing them with their friends, grandma comes into town and you know what happens then! People eat more sweets during Christmas time by far than any other time of year and don't worry, I'm not going to tell you to stop but I will tell you the ways to work around this and not let it get to your face.
It is no argument that sugar and dairy contribute to acne as a new study comes out proving it all the time, but how do you slow down the sugar and not let it have "free reign" in your body?
The biggest help here is, if you know you are going to have a party or a something with your family, have a high protein meal, a protein bar or something along those lines beforehand. The purpose of this is twofold. The most obvious one is it fills your stomach partially limiting the amount of junkfood you can eat. Secondly, it slows the absorption of sugar into your body to a rate your body can handle. If you drink say a glass of hot chocolate and eat a cookie or two, it turns right to sugar in your body, unhindered by any fiber, protein, or healthy fats. So, it is a shock to your system. However, if you were first to say have a protein shake, the sugars would be slowed down to a more manageable rate as it is more of a "time-release" into the body instead of all at once.
If you are like me, family and friends come into town and there goes my sleep! staying up late at church parties, caroling, there is just to much fun to be had to sleep.
The way around this is to plan ahead. If you know you have something going on Thursday night, then make sure you get some sleep the night or two before that; shoot for at least 8 hours to completely let your hormones go back into balance. This is a great way not to let stress affect you as you recover when you sleep, both physically and mentally.
During the winter season, comes dryness in the air, and if you are using the popular acne products that I used to, it does not fare well for your skin. Almost across the board, acne products use harsh chemicals to dry out your skin and during this dry season of the year it takes even more a toll on your skin than usual.
This is the perfect time of year to experience the miracle of AcneLXR from LXR Organics. AcneLXR is the most profound advancement in acne care, possibly ever. I call the concept "Moisturdryzing" - moisturizing while drying, not allowing your skin to dry out but just control the overproduction of oil from your skin by using natural and organic ingredients. Go to lxrorganics.com now to get some of the most revolutionary treatment to date and give the gift of clear skin for the holidays. You don't have to go into the New Year with the same problem you've had this year and from years past. If you are like me, you have tried everything and nothing has worked, but this is what works and you will find that out just like I did.