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Taking a break from the pill? Here's How to Combat Acne...

For lots of women, trying for a baby means taking a break from the contraceptive pill. But if you began taking the pill in the first instance to combat your acne, the chances are you're a little worried about coming off it entirely.

Even in those people who didn't suffer from acne, going cold turkey and stopping birth control can mean some changes in your hormones and a sudden bout of spots. So, what can you do? Thankfully, there are plenty of ways you can lessen the impact of coming of the pill - and here are just a few of them...

Reduce Stress

One of the best things you can do for the health of your skin when stopping the pill is to try not to worry. I know that's easy for us to say, but excess stress and worry can affect your skin, so as tempting as it is to think the worst, try to relax.

It's highly probable that you'll experience a few spots after stopping the pill, but the fallout may not be quite as bad as you're expecting. By reducing stress as much as possible, you'll be giving your body - and your skin - the best opportunity to fight back.

Stay Hydrated

It's true what they say: water really is good for you - and excellent for your skin, in particular. Doing its job to flush the body of any toxins, it's vital to drink plenty (around eight big glasses) throughout the day. That way, you may feel more confident to slick back your hair and proudly flaunt your skin. We say you should anyway, however it looks.

Rest

It isn't called beauty sleep for nothing! So, while on a mission to reduce stress, make sure you're also scheduling enough time for decent sleep. Eight hours is fantastic, if you can manage it - but if not, get as close to the eight-hour mark as possible. Your body, mind - and your skin - will thank you for it.

Keep Your Skin Clean

While acne is predominantly caused by hormones, it's important you also keep your skin clean - being careful not to over-wash it, though, since this can upset the levels of oil it produces and can actually cause more acne.

Don't touch your face too much with your hands, too, since this can spread spot-causing bacteria and make any acne lesions worse. Choose gentle skincare products which aren't too abrasive and won't aggravate your complexion further; take a look here on the Chemist.co.uk site for some inspiration.

Supplement Your Diet

As well as eating a healthy diet, you can supplement your day's meals with the right vitamins and minerals. The Mind Body Green website suggests getting hold of the best vitamins and fish oil money can buy, since they can help get your body on track nutrient-wise. Zinc supplements are also believed to be good for the skin, so do have a dig around our vitamins and supplements section (link above!) here on our site.

Evening Primrose Oil can also help regulate your hormones, which can in turn lessen the impact of post-pill acne.

Try Herbal Teas

Herbal teas can be extremely cleansing and soothing for the body and mind, which may help in the fight against acne, as a direct result of coming off the pill. You can even blend your own using fresh leaves and herbs from your garden. But if you don't fancy going to that much trouble, look for peppermint, nettle and dandelion varieties in your local health food shop.

Want more tips and advice regarding what to expect when you stop taking the pill? The team at Women's Health has compiled lots of useful info in this handy article; make sure you have a read.

Until next time...

Disclaimer: If you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed in the products mentioned, do not consume them. Always check with your doctor before trying a new medication or regime, and if irritation or allergy occurs stop using the product or medication immediately. The tips listed in this article are meant to be suggestions and should not be substitutes for medical advice.

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