So, you’re breaking out. It can’t all be blamed on genetics or bad luck though, right?
Let’s face it, there are few things more frustrating than feeling as though your skin is constantly working against you. Whether we are in our teens, mid twenties or later into adulthood, the evolving battle with acne is an experience which many (if not most) of us understand all too well.
The most common type of acne, in fact, is acne vulgaris which can be triggered by a number factors such as a hormone imbalance, overproduction of the oily skin substance, sebum, or growth of bacteria. When a pore becomes clogged with sebum, dead skin cells and bacteria, a pimple is likely to form. A blackhead is formed if the clog reaches the surface of the skin whereas, a whitehead is formed if the clog occurs below the surface of the skin. So what are 3 main reasons you keep breaking out? We’re here to tell you…
1. Your Make-Up
Although many women believe sweating makes them breakout, it is actually other factors, such as makeup, that tend to cause significant flare ups. Sweating is actually a great way to open your skin’s pores as a natural detox, but if you’re exercising with your makeup on, the naturally accumulated dirt from the day will become trapped in your pores.
Choosing your makeup should equally (if not more) about the ingredients of the product as it is about the colour match or aesthetics. Despite some foundations claiming to be non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic, you should still carefully read through the ingredients or consult an associate/expert, as there is no regulation for these claims. Avoiding alcohol-based or freguence-loaded makeup is recommended for all skin types, but particularly for those with oily or acne-prone skin. So do yourself a favour and dedicate some time to your make-up research before indulging in a new product and give your skin a proper cleanse before hitting the gym, or hitting the hay for the night.
2. Your Diet
Your diet should be just as specific to your skin type as your makeup. Although more scientific research is required before successfully proving that spicy foods or chocolate may cause breakouts, pay close attention to your skin’s reaction to certain foods. For instance, many women report an increase in blemishes after consuming more lactose in their meals. In a 2010 study, scientists found an association between drinking cow’s milk and the frequency/severity of breakouts. Researchers believe that the combination of the hormones found in the milk (usually produced by pregnant cows), the spike in insulin experienced after consuming milk and the subsequent increase in blood sugar, all lead to an increase in flammation. Milk’s growth hormones also contribute to the formation of blemishes, as the speed of skin cell reproduction is increased which results in the clogging of pores.
Pimples that come to fruition as a result of diet, can usually be found on the forehead and between the brows. In fact, if your digestive system is having a difficult time breaking down dairy, wheat or other allergens, you may notice an increase of blemishes on your forehead. Increasing the amount of raw vegetables in your diet can help manage this problem area. The state of your liver’s health, however, is usually evident in the skin between the brows. If you’ve consumed a lot of fatty foods or alcohol, you may notice a breakout in this area. The best way to manage this effect (other than cutting out fatty foods and alcohol entirely) is to increase the amount of water consumed on a daily basis. Water helps to flush out your body’s toxins, creating a healthy balance and more radiant glow. Our life-hack for this? Carry a water bottle around with you at all times, you’ll be surprised how often you reach for it. Ultimately, reducing the amount of high-glycemic foods including in your diet, drinking more water, and monitoring your alcohol intake, can all help promote healthier skin.
3. Your Products
Sifting through the shelves of your local drugstore looking for the best rapid and clear wash can be overwhelming. Acne products are often marketed with the same “fast action” promises, but it is important to understand the vital ingredients required in a product suited to effectively diminish acne. At Esterson Dermatology, our products are clearly labeled with (the very best) acne-fighting ingredients to help you make an informed decision. Esterson products consist of the highest quality, scientifically proven ingredients to conquer and control your acne. By utilizing the acne-fighting benefits of benzoyl peroxide, glycolic acid and salicylic acid, Esterson has developed a plethora of products [hyperlink: https://estersondermatology.com/signature-acne/] to suit diverse skin types.
From our acne-fighting Gly/Sal 10-2 Pads perfect for your beach bag, to our antioxidant moisturizing sunscreen from our rejuvenation line, Esterson has every product you need to redefine your skin care regime this summer.
To determine your skin type and learn more about what products are right for you, book your Esterson consultation today.