Acne Friends & Acne Foes, Part 2

As promised, here is Part 2 of my two-part blog series on Acne Friends & Acne Foes. If you missed Part 1 on Acne Foes, read it here. This article will focus on Acne Friends, also known as Acne Dos, or a few of my favorite positive suggestions you can start right now to help improve acne break outs.

Acne Friends

  1. Ice, ice, baby. Attention pickers! There is a solution to keeping your hands busy: ICE. Ice is like the magic wand you wish you had to help you reduce inflamed (red, hot, painful) acne lesions. Ice your skin at least twice a day, morning and night, before you apply your acne medications. If you notice your fingers making their way up to your face, go grab an ice cube in a paper towel instead, and rub the ice on the area for a minute or two. The ice will melt into the paper towel instead of dripping down your arm, and you’ll be surprised at how fast the inflamed pimples clear.
  1. Sleep more; stress less. Lack of sleep (less than 7 to 8 hours per night) and stress stimulates the adrenal gland and androgen hormone production. If you are acne prone, the resulting increase in oil production could lead to clogged pores. Take a restorative yoga class, or learn meditation skills to help you relax, and be sure to allow yourself enough time for sleep.
  1. Skip the iodized salt or anything high in iodides. Better choices include sea salt, uniodized salt or Celtic salt. This is a tough one for dairy lovers too, even of the organic variety. Instead of cow’s milk, try organic, unsweetened almond, coconut or rice milk. And, try to avoid soy, tofu, soy milk, and edamame, sushi with seaweed, most seafood or shellfish.
  1. Almond butter instead of peanut butter. Steer clear of foods that are high in androgens, like peanut butter, peanut oil, corn oil, canola oil or shellfish. Better options are almond butter, olive oil, or coconut oil (for cooking, not for your face, thank you).
  1. See a Certified Acne Specialist. This is a licensed esthetician who has been thoroughly trained to treat all types of acne, even the kind of acne that other skin professionals refer out to a doctor for treatment. A Certified Acne Specialist is your skin care coach, providing guidance on professional home care products and facial services that will truly help your skin clear significantly within a short period of time. If you have “tried everything” and failed to get your skin clear, seek a certified acne specialist who is determined to help you find an affordable, proven solution that works best for you.

For more information on how you can safely and affordably clear your acne within 12 to 16 weeks, contact Idaho’s first (and only) Certified Acne Specialist for an acne consultation appointment at 208.724.6250 or schedule online at

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