The foundational holistic treatment for acne is quality sleep. Often, our mind is focused on a story that prevents us from falling asleep. If that’s you, try this advice from a certified skin therapist.
In this article, you’ll learn:
- Why quality sleep is a critical holistic treatment for acne
- How to use box breathing to fall asleep faster
- Sleep hygiene tips to consider
The foundational holistic treatment for acne is quality sleep
Only when we sleep can our skin repair and rejuvenate. With less sleep, acne breakouts last longer and the risk for scarring is increased.
Often, we try to go to bed earlier but find ourselves laying there for hours before finally falling asleep. Does that sound familiar?
If your mind is playing a story on loop preventing you from getting your beauty sleep, try box breathing to distract your mind, calm your nervous system and get you into a restful sleep.
WHAT IS BOX BREATHING?
Box breathing or square breathing is a deep breathing technique that calms your nervous system and decreases stress in your body.
It works by distracting your mind as you count and intentionally slowing down your breathing. It’s a helpful holistic treatment for acne if you’re having trouble falling asleep and ruminating over something that happened.
It’s also a helpful practice when you feel the need to control your appearance or when you notice that you’re overthinking a particular situation.
HOW TO USE BOX BREATHING TO FALL ASLEEP FASTER
SLEEP HYGIENE TIPS TO CONSIDER
After your evening skin care routine, try these sleep hygiene tips in the treatment for acne:
1. Sleep on a clean pillowcase every night
To ensure you’re not transferring sweat, oil and dead skin cells back onto your skin from when you slept last night, you’ll want to throw on a fresh pillowcase tonight. Tomorrow, sleep on the other side of your pillow and replace it with a new one the next night.
2. Try to sleep on your back
Acne thrives without oxygen. If you’re a side sleeper, that may explain why you have more acne on one side versus the other depending on the side you prefer to sleep on. If you’re someone who sleeps on their stomach, consider a silk pillowcase as they are less absorbent than cotton pillowcases. They help prevent sleep wrinkles, too!
3. Avoid applying hand cream before bed
If you’re like me and touch your face by accident as you roll around sleeping, heavy oils and butters can transfer from your hands to your face. Don’t avoid taking care of your dry hands though - just choose an acne-safe option like the Zyderma Clarifying Cream.
I hope these tips help get you to sleep faster and enjoy a rejuvenating sleep!