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How To Prevent Acne Breakouts While Traveling

When it comes to travelling, skin care is more often than not neglected. This neglect has several consequences including blotchy skin, sunburns and loss of elasticity as a result of dehydration.

One of the most serious of these consequences is acne breakouts.

By definition, a breakout is an eruption or inflammation of the skin. When acne pimples are involved, there are usually different factors at play whether it is hormones, diet or climate change. Whatever the cause, the result is sudden appearance of numerous painful and sometimes itchy pimples usually on the face.

Below is a bit more information on what causes these breakouts when traveling and what can be done to prevent them altogether.
How Does Travelling Facilitate Acne Breakouts?

Having understood what acne breakouts are, it is important to understand what it is about travelling that brings them about. Below are 4 reasons why travelling acts as a foundation for acne breakouts.

  1. Sleep depravation
  2. For most people, vacations are all about fun and adventure. This is not in any way a mistake. However, there is usually a risk of sleep deprivation associated with the good time. When you do not get enough sleep, one of the main organs that suffer is your skin. Insufficient sleep is associated with clogged pores that result in acne breakouts commonly seen among vacationers.

  3. Altitude and climate change
  4. Another common cause of acne breakouts while travelling is change in altitude and climate. As far as altitude is concerned, studies have shown that at higher levels such as those experienced when on a plane, the skin tends to lose water a lot faster. This in turn results in skin flakiness and subsequent clogging of pores resulting in acne breakouts.

  5. Change in diet
  6. Another common cause is change in diet. Most people settle for unhealthy snacks and fast food while travelling simply due to convenience. This is a major cause of breakouts especially with high fat and carbohydrate diets. The body eliminates some of the excess fats through sebum with the natural oils resulting in pore clogging and acne.

  7. Time zone changes
  8. Finally, change in time zone has been proposed as a cause of acne breakouts while travelling. This change alters the (circadian rhythm) ( with subsequent hormonal imbalance that eventually results in skin breakouts.

3 Ways To Prevent These Breakouts
With so many factors working against your skin while travelling, it is important to take skin care seriously. Below are 3 simple steps you can take to protect yourself from acne breakouts during your trip.

  • Regular skin cleansing
  • When travelling, body washes are the best way to prevent breakouts. These ensure that all excess dirt, natural oils and dead skin are cleared to prevent clogging of pores.

  • Skin nourishment and hydration
  • Eating right and drinking plenty of water will also go a long way to ensure that your skin stays clear throughout the trip. It is also a good idea to consider taking vitamins supplements especially those rich in antioxidants. These include vitamin A and vitamin E supplements.

  • Rest and relaxation
  • Finally, it is important to get sufficient rest and relaxation while on your trip. This helps prevent acne breakouts associated with sleep deprivation and altered hormonal balance.’s Special Places: Lewa Safari Camp

Where? Lewa Safari Camp has easily been chosen as one of’s special places for many reasons including it’s stunning location within the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. The 360 degree views will leave guests with a sense of endless terrain- the snowcapped views of Mt. Kenya to the south and arid lowlands to the north. The camp is based within the private 65,000 acre wildlife conservancy of the Lewa Wilderness Trust.

Why? Lewa Safari Camp is outstanding game viewing at it’s best. The Conservancy is home to about 10 percent of Kenya’s black rhino population, and the single largest population of Grevy’s zebra in the world- both endangered species. With the whole of the eastern half of the Conservancy to itself, and with strict limits on tourism numbers with the Conservancy, guests can enjoy the feeling of a private game viewing experience. With over 70 recorded mammal species within the conservancy, the wildlife experience is unrivalled.

Who? As if this place wasn’t award-worthy enough, we learned straight from the source “Travelers will feel they are making a positive impact as the Lewa Conservancy re-invests all the profits generated from tourism (including profits from Lewa Safari Camp) into its core programs.” We love that this special place helps thousands of people from various cultures “improve their lives, and give their children a future, at the same time ensuring Africa’s wildlife has a stable home.”

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Where: Located in Northern Mozambique in the Quirimbas Archipelago, Ibo Island is like taking a step back in time. The island itself has several hundred residents who live peacefully, mostly in one main village. Access to the lodge is a short 15 minute flight by small plane to the island. There are several historic forts on the island, and a short walking tour is the best way to learn about the history and importance of this island.

When: Ibo Island Lodge, consisting of three historic villas lovingly transformed into a beautiful boutique hotel, is an ideal first stop on an African itinerary. The pools and atmosphere of the island are supremely relaxing, and it’s a perfect first step into Africa. Relax after a long international flight, learn a bit about a unique culture and spend some time in the Indian Ocean before heading off on safari. Direct flights from Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania into Pemba, Mozambique make this an easy combination with East Africa’s safari game parks.

Who: Ibo Island Lodge is for travelers who want to really feel like they are in Africa… not the Caribbean, Hawaii or any other nameless beach destination. History oozes from the walls at Ibo Island Lodge, and no two days or experiences are the same. Travelers can make a plan that suits their desires and activities are abundant.

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