Acne treatments can fail if you are not getting enough sleep and might eventually exacerbate your breakouts.
Good sleep is key for maintaining optimal health because it can affect your hormone levels, moods and even your weight. Lack of sleep can trigger your adrenal glands to be over-productive through the day and lead to excess oil production. Dermatologists have linked acne to many factors including:
For the most part, genetics and hormones determine your complexion in the long-term, while the other factors are more likely to cause short-term issues.
Sleeping is an essential activity because it gives your body time to regenerate. In fact, if there was a race to know if a person would die first from sleep deprivation or hunger, sleep deprivation would win. That is how important rest is for your body. From the moment you open your eyes and begin your day, your body is engrossed in a plethora of activities. Everything from brushing your teeth to absorbing the information shown on television while watching a show requires a significant amount of energy. You may not be consciously aware of how much energy your body is using to just function through the day.
Come night, the body needs to take a break from this continuous cycle of processing and shut down. This is like any electric appliance you have at home. If you continuously use your laptop for months without giving it time to shutdown and reboot occasionally, the life of the laptop itself decreases significantly. The same applies to your body. Now, when you don’t get enough rest, your body is not getting adequate time to flush out toxins strategically, and this coupled with a slow skin cell turnover can lead to clogged pores and blemishes on your skin.
When your body finally has the chance to rest at night, it doesn’t stop functioning all together. It uses this time instead to process wastes, release toxins, and recharge your brain circuitry. To summarize, if you aren’t getting enough sleep every night, your body is not given the chance to repair itself. On the contrary, your breakouts increase and inflammation is higher because the toxins are not flushed out of your system properly. In addition to this, lack of sleep has a direct impact on your immunity which can also contribute to acne. Think of how your kitchen gets if you don’t clean it up regularly. Soot and grime accumulates on the stove and counter tops, and the mess will pile up until you take the time out to wipe everything out with a good detergent. The same happens to your body when you don’t get enough sleep.
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