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Does Drinking Water Help Get Rid of Acne?

We all know the importance of drinking at least eight glasses of water a day. However, is there any truth behind the belief that drinking water helps to get rid of acne? By increasing your daily intake of water are you going to be able to clear spots and get healthy, radiant skin? Keep reading to discover the truth about water consumption and acne.

The theory behind drinking water to cure and prevent acne is fairly simple. Firstly, our bodies are largely composed of water, so it is absolutely critical that we drink enough of it to maintain healthy levels of hydration. Without enough water your general wellbeing is going to suffer badly, and as a result your skin isn’t going to look it’s best. This is extremely important in hot or humid environments.

Secondly, water is crucial for flushing toxins out of the body. If toxins are not excreted through the digestive or urinary tract, they can be pushed out through the skin. When this happens you are going to get more acne. Therefore, drinking plenty of water is going to help ensure that toxins are not removed from the body via the skin, and as a consequence you should get less pimples.

Thirdly, water is essential for keeping the skin hydrated and moisturized. If your skin dries out due to lack of water, more oil is going to be produced to counterbalance this dryness. More oil on your skin (in combination with an increased amount of skin flakes due to dryness) is going to lead to more blocked pores, and therefore more acne.

It is clear, therefore, that the logic behind drinking water to get rid of acne is sound. However, beyond drinking enough water to keep your body adequately hydrated, it is unlikely that you are going to see any dramatic improvement in your skin.

Flooding your system with gallons of water a day is not going to suddenly result in crystal clear skin. In fact, drinking too much water is actually dangerous for your health, as you could wind up flushing out essential electrolytes and salts from your body.

The biggest exception to this is if your fluid intake comes primarily from coffees, fruit juices, soda, or other sugary drinks. Although these all help to keep you hydrated, the high levels of sugar you are consuming can lead to pimples and spots, due to causing insulin and hormone spikes.

If you drink lots of sugary drinks then try switching to water- not only should your skin improve, but your wallet will also feel a lot healthier.

If possible aim to drink filtered water. Most tap water has chemicals, which could possibly be harmful when consumed over a long period of time, and there is always a risk of pollutants as well. Investing in a home water filtration system might cost a large amount of money up front, but it will save you a fortune on buying bottled water in the long run.

Just how much water should you be drinking per day for optimal skin health? The fact of the matter is that eight glasses a day is probably too little for most people, especially if you are physically active. However, at the same time you don’t need to drink gallon up gallon of the stuff.

You should aim for around two liters of water a day, spread out throughout the day. Basically, if you find yourself feeling thirsty then you are already dehydrated, and therefore haven’t been drinking enough water.

On the flip-side, avoid drinking so much water that you are dashing to the bathroom every thirty minutes. Not only is this going to get very irritating very quickly, but it could also be harmful to your health.

In conclusion, drinking the right amount of water will help to treat acne. It is not going to be some miracle ‘cure-all’, where you wake up one morning with flawless skin. Instead, by keeping your body properly hydrated you can help provide yourself a good base from which to explore more effective acne treatments. Staying hydrated is a fundamental cornerstone of clear skin, but it is not the be all and end all of acne treatment.

Visit Sam Frost’s blog, ‘Ways To Get Rid Of Spots’ for more natural and holistic acne treatment advice.

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September 4, 2011 at 12:06 pm
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