The development of acne can be stimulated from a wide variety of factors. One important factor is an increase in hormones called androgens, which are the male sex hormones and can affect oil production within the skin, creating eruptions. Other factors that relate to acne development might be mineral deficiency, bad hygiene habits and emotional distress. Managing these factors by going to the beach for direct sun exposure and mineral nourishment from sea water, might offer some support in reducing acne symptoms and encouraging skin health.
Pack a sunscreen lotion of SPF 15, but do not use on your skin initially. Cleanse your face with a pH balances cleanser that is not harsh or abrasive. Pat your skin dry after rinsing away the cleanser and then tone your skin with a witch hazel or rose water toner. Allow the toner to dry completely. Head to the beach with a clean complexion, no makeup or creams.
Spread out your towel, get comfortable and rest or read for 15 to 20 minutes while getting direct sunlight all over your body, especially the areas affected by acne. The body synthesizes vitamin D3 from the suns rays, which are very healing to the body and skin, and skin lesions are reduced by sunlight, suggests ReverseSkinAging.com.
Dip into the mineral rich surf throughout your time at the beach, for a total of 25 minutes. Make sure the affected skin area is fully submerged up to 10 to 15 minutes over the course of the day. Potassium and magnesium are rich mineral sources from the ocean that provide important co-factors in maintaining functional balance in the nervous and endocrine systems; they are indispensable elements in all of the body's natural self-cleansing and detoxification responses, suggests Daniel Reid, author and expert on Eastern philosophy and medicine.
Apply a sunscreen that is made for sensitive, acne prone skin, after 25 minutes in the sun, and 15 minutes out in the water. Apply the sunscreen to the skin in a circular, upward motion with the fingertips until it is rubbed in completely. End your time at the beach after one hour, to prevent any potential for burning or aggravating the skin.
Always discuss all treatment options with a dermatologist to get the most comprehensive treatment possible for the specific acne condition with which you are dealing.
Colleen Meheen is a certified personal trainer through the ISSA, and has years of experience in the fields of holistic nutrition. Her passion for preventative wellness creates her active lifestyle up in the Rockies of Colorado. She has been the fashion editor for Lifestyle Media Group and an inspirational writer for Reign Media Group L.L.C.