Traveling has become the norm for the majority of Americans. With the excitement that comes with traveling and visiting new places or the stress of traveling for work, the last thing you want to experience is a breakout. Whether traveling on business or for leisure, an acne breakout can cause more problems than just facial blemishes. A dip in self-confidence is the last thing someone needs while traveling for important work. Many people have also admitted to deliberately staying out of photos or not taking any of themselves because of the breakout.
Thankfully, there are some great solutions and preventative measures that will help you look your best, feel your best and avoid any type of acne breakout while traveling. As a bonus, the following tips have all come from leading dermatologists with one goal in mind – helping you keep perfect skin complexion!
The first suggestion is to eat ice cream while traveling. Seriously, eat away friends. As you are en route to your destination, dermatologists recommend eating about 2 ounces of the creamy treat because it reduces the flow of blood to your face. The result is a reduction of puffiness under your eyes, a drop in inflammation and a quick fix for acne. The downside, however, to this trick is to avoid chocolate flavors as chocolate has been shown to increase redness and altogether eliminate the positive side effects of this fun travel tip for better health.
If you enjoy drinking coffee while traveling, you may need to make a small compromise. Leading dermatologists recommend swapping your coffee for a spearmint tea. Surprisingly, the tea has some incredible benefits beyond just skin care such as alleviating arthritis pain and soothing an upset stomach too, yes, keeping acne breakouts at bay. During a clinically controlled study, individuals who drank two cups of spearmint tea daily saw a 25% reduction in acne lesions after just 30 days and a 50% reduction after only 3 months. While traveling, many cafes or coffee shops such as Starbucks offer a version of spearmint tea.
Dermatologists also recommend keeping your hands away from your face. We do not realize how much our hands come in contact with our face – one of the leading opportunities for the bacteria from everything we touch to enter our bodies. During travel, this recommendation is especially important as there are even more germs lurking in public travel areas such as planes, trains or the car that has been shuttling everyone around for the past 2 years.
Keeping your hands to yourself will make a surprisingly large difference in your overall acne breakouts. Carrying a small amount of hand sanitizer and using it often is always a great idea as is wiping down the areas around you while on a plane or long train ride. If you choose not to wipe those areas down, be sure to sanitize immediately after de-boarding from travel. The only acceptation to this suggestion is to wash your hands thoroughly then apply a daily moisturizer with sunscreen in it.
If you are still experiencing acne breakouts while traveling, there may be larger underlying problems with your skin’s health. Dermatologists recommend using a complete skin care system regularly. These systems will properly cleanse, moisturize and protect your skin each day. Some of the highest recommended skin care systems by dermatologists include Clinique’s 3 step system, the SK-II Essence kit or Kyäni’s Fleuresse Skin Care system touting the powerful healing properties of the rare Swiss Apple.