From the bedroom to the bathroom, what you’re doing in there is affecting your acne big-time.
Have you ever thought about how your sex life is influencing your acne flare-ups? When it comes to pimples, there is a lot of information out there about what to eat and which products to use on your face. But believe it or not, the cure for those yucky whiteheads might be an old-fashioned romp in the sack.
Sex stimulates new cell growth.
Acne happens when there is an imbalance in hormones, hence flare-ups during menstruation or PMS. The key to keeping skin healthy and acne free is cell turnover, which means that your skin is making new cells. Sex releases endorphins — those magical chemicals that make you feel happy and good — and promote epithelial cells to grow. Epithelial cells encourage the body’s natural level of collagen to amp itself up. This is great news for your skin, as collagen is essential to warding off wrinkles and preventing scars.
Intercourse prevents dry skin.
Hydrated skin is key to parry blemishes and luckily, sex keeps the oils in our pores balanced, ultimately hydrating your skin and keeping it from getting dry. While oil-prone skin can lead to break-outs, preventing dryness is also essential to maintaining blemish-free skin. After sex, wash your face and follow it up with moisturizer to look in the nature-made hydration.
Sweat cleanses pores.
Sweat opens pores, which in turn, preps them for a good cleaning. Since sexy time is when things get steamy and sweaty, pores are open and debris underneath the skin, like blackheads, are much easier to extract. The optimum time to wash your face and get rid of excess makeup, any left-over-from-the-day grime, and puss below the surface is when pores are attentive. See? Sex does amazing things for your skin!
When you’re happy, you’re not stressed.
Endorphins also make you happy, right? Along with a release of endorphins, sex also heightens serotonin levels, which also work to keep your moods in check and your emotions positive and balanced. With all of these happy-chemicals in production, stress and anxiety levels should inherently decrease. Again, this is great news for your skin! Stress and anxiety make huge contributions to what’s going on with your skin and can lead to pimple eruptions. If stress is contained to a minimum, breakouts should be nominal, too.
So why is acne different in your 20s and 30s than it was as a teenager? Acne directly correlates with hormone levels and as a person peaks as an adult, the hormonal cycle evens out. Of course, several factors play a role —including diet, exercise, and stress — but as your regular hormonal cycle becomes more reliable, the higher the likelihood that adult acne becomes more manageable.
And in the event of an unpredictable flare-up, a little action could be the solution!