Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States and perhaps the most widely bemoaned. Our self-esteem is often tied up in what we look like, and a breakout can often trigger feelings of dissatisfaction with our appearance. If a healthy, glowing complexion is what you dream of, how do you get it?

When trying to reduce acne breakouts, consider how much stress you are under. Stress has been shown to increase your cortisol levels, and too much cortisol will clog pores and lead to breakouts. If you can’t change too much about your stress levels, at least take time each day with meditation or a warm bath to calm down.

Cucumbers are a great natural remedy for acne. Cucumbers can provide hydration to dry skin and calm irritation and inflammation caused by acne. To get the full benefits of cucumbers, cut the cucumber into slices and apply them to the skin, allowing them to sit for 20-25 minutes. Use this in addition to other treatments for maximum results.

To get rid of acne, try not to have anything brush against your face repeatedly. Perhaps your hair cut causes your hair to touch your face and render it greasy. Avoid wearing scarves or hats, too. Do your best to keep your hands away from your face, especially if your hands are dirty.

To clear up and prevent acne, increase your zinc intake. There’s been recent evidence, showing that too little zinc in your diet, can actually be a cause of acne. Zinc also helps prevent acne with its antibacterial properties, is essential to the immune function that heals pimples and helps your body’s cells (including skin cells) to function properly. Foods rich in zinc include, shiitake and crimini mushrooms, asparagus, collard greens, maple syrup and shrimp.

Just like with bleaching your hair in the sun, putting lemon juice on your skin can lighten the redness associated with acne, and help to lighten the old scars left behind as well. Just dab some on your breakouts with a cotton swab. Be careful that you don’t overdue it as some people say that it can sting and burn a bit.

If you have access to a pool, try swimming when you can. Swimming can help acne, and it is very relaxing and good for your body. Chlorine can help to reduce your acne.

It is true that workouts are good for you, but they may also lead to new acne. This is why it is important to shower after your workout. Showering removes the sweat, dirt, oil and bacteria left behind after the workout, which could encourage new acne to form if not removed.

Reducing your sugar intake is a great way to decrease the number of breakouts that you have. Sugar makes your body produce more insulin, which produces more hormones, which produces more oil, which produces more bacteria, which in the end, produces more acne. You should also be reducing the number of carbohydrates that you consume, as well.

The steps to take that are necessary for clear skin are not difficult or time consuming and often require just a little bit of work on your part. Having glowing skin can be a tremendous boost to your self-steem and can have a big influence on how people perceive you.