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Squeeze that Acne out of your life!

ACNE-PRONE SKIN         Acne is one of the most common skin concerns not only for teenagers, but also for some young adults, and the not-so-young as...

ACNE-PRONE SKIN

 

      Acne is one of the most common skin concerns not only for teenagers, but also for some young adults, and the not-so-young as well. Hormones play an important role in the production of sebum which are a cause of those blackhead-aches and pimples; a healthy diet, water and regular exercise can overpower hormonal issues and toxic elements that lead to the horrific manifestation of acne.

 

WHAT TO AVOID:

 

× Dairy products  which have growth hormones    which increases the production of androgens (male hormones)    increasing the production of sebum  ACNE manifests.

×Simple sugars like potatoes (starch), white breads, sodas and sugary drinks, chocolate with less than 70% cacao (the rest is mostly sugar) High glycemic index these will easily break down in digestion rising insulin levels higher androgen levels & sebum production ACNE shows.

×Fried food indirectly collaborates with acne too, as it depletes healthy fats disrupting skin's natural protective process pores get clogged ACNE and breakouts appear.

× Most fast foods contain high concentrations of iodine irritating pores ACNE's holiday.

 

FIGHT BACK & INCREASE  YOUR INTAKE OF:

 

Foods rich in Beta-Carotene: your body will transform these into Vitamin A, which helps in reducing oil and to kill acne.

    √ Red and orange foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes, papaya, butternut squash, apricots.

    √ Greens like lettuce, collards, spinach, kale, coriander, dandelion greens, turnip greens and mustard greens.

    √ Add to your daily cooking a pinch of dried herbs rich in Beta-Carotenes like dried basil (highest concentration), marjoram, parsley, oregano, sage, coriander and thyme.

 Foods rich in Zinc: deficiency of this mineral might be a cause of acne, as it has the ability to reduce inflammation and kill the bacteria that causes acne. As well, zinc helps synthesize protein, reduce sebum production and give life to collagen.

    √ Seafood (especially oysters) and oats are rich in zinc.

Maintain higher levels of Vitamin A, C and E to relieve inflammation and keep sebum production at bay.

    √ Vitamin E: Nuts, seeds and avocados (go easy with nuts).

    √ Vitamin A: liver and fatty fish, most dark green leafy vegetables, deep yellow and orange fruits.

    √ Vitamin C: red and green hot chilli peppers (small amounts), broccoli, kiwi, cauliflower, strawberries, papaya, oranges, tangerines. Vitamin C will help absorption of chromium, which stabilizes sugar levels controlling sebum production.

 As you can see, there are LOTS of options to go for in order to maintain clear-glowing skin, giving the flick to acne and breakouts forever. You might even shed some kilos off too... it won't get any better!


Feeling peckish? Prepare these smoothie recipes and fill the empty space:

BB Smoothie: BLUEBERRIES AND BANANA

Ingredients:

1 cup of wild blueberries.

1 ripe banana.

1 cup of soy milk.

1 tbsp of flaxseed (ground).

→ Mix all ingredients in the blender until smooth. For summer, use frozen berries and banana to cool you down.

According to USDA researchers, blueberries are shown to have one of the highest levels of antioxidant, meaning they fight free radicals better than other in the berries family. It has high levels of pectin, to clean toxins from the intestines that contribute to acne as well and are super-loaded of Vitamin C & E. The banana will give you good quality energy to get a good kick start for the day.



VEGGIE LOAD

Ingredients:

1 complete cucumber.

4 celery sticks.

3 handfuls of spinach.

6 lettuce leaves.

2 handfuls of alfalfa.

Water.

Mix all ingredients in the blender until you get a juice consistency.

This juice will provide you with the necessary vitamins, minerals and fibre to replenish those deficiencies that can contribute to acne. It is super green and full of beta-carotene.

PS. We know it's green and doesn't sound very appealing, but are you serious about improvement or not? Remove the frown from your face and try it! :)

This link will take you to some Detox Drink recipes that will help you flush away toxins, which can be damaging your skin's wellbeing by being reabsorbed by your digestive system; scroll down the page.



♦ Give your skin a deserved boost by combinig a good diet and natural topical products to reassure all the good elements that you include in your diet.

× DO NOT touch or squeeze the breakout because it will take longer to heal and can leave a scar that won't disappear. Instead, cleanse, tone, exfoliate and moisturize. Follow these natural recipes to help you achieve clear skin:

CHAMOMILE TONER

Ingredients:

1/4 cup of dried chamomile flowers.

1 cup of water.

1/4 cup of dried witch hazel. You can replace it with the supermarket version (liquid).

1/2 cup of vodka.

→ Mix all the ingredients in a glass container and seal it very tight. Let it sit for about two weeks away from sunlight and extreme temperature, time and right temperature will make ingredients mix and take out the best out from them.

→ After two weeks it's ready to use. Use very morning and night after cleansing your face; apply with a cotton ball, a soft cloth or put it in a spray bottle to spritz your face. Let it dry and moisturize.

Chamomile has been used for centuries because of its antiseptic and healing properties so it's very common to find it in beauty treatments of any price range. The essential oils packed in its little flowers have the power to soothe skin rashes, acne and eczema; it helps healing processes and keeps bacterial infections at bay. As well, witch hazel has astringent, antibacterial and healing ingredients that will also help in reducing pores and tighten blood vessels to knock-out those acne issues.

**Images show how chamomile flowers (first) and witch hazel (second) look.



APRICOT AND PAPAYA MASK

Ingredients:

1 tsp of apricot kernel powder, very finely ground. You can find it at health stores or instead, use almond or oatmeal powder. But best results will be seen from the apricot kernel powder.

3 tbsp of apricot pulp.

3 tbsp of papaya pulp.

→ Combine all the ingredients in a bowl until achieving an uniform paste. Apply to your face and neck and let it sit for 20-25 minutes.

→ Rinse off with warm water and in circular motion, rubbing soflty into your skin to make it work as a scrub.

Apricots and papayas are very rich in beta-carotene and Vitamin A, both elements being considered the best for treating troubled skin. This combination is packed with nutrients that will calm, soothe and brighten up your skin.



** It is extremely important to maintain your skin well moisturized, otherwise it might get dry and flaky, but the acne problem won't go away. Steer away from rich, oil based moisturizers, prefering water based gel ones that specialize in oily skin.

** Your sunscreen needs to be zinc based, for it not to be absorbed, clogging the pores. Needs to create a barrier from the sun, but absorption is not recommended especially with oily or acne-prone skins.

At all costs, maintain your makeup tools clean and sanitized, plus checking on the due dates of your products. You're skin doesn't that extra load of dirt at all; the product that stays in your makeup tools everyday gets old and rancid, which causes breakouts with ease. Just as food does, products get old and go off.

Click here to learn more about makeup expiring dates and cleansing tips.

Learn about other skin conditions by clicking the link to these related write-ups:

DRY SKIN

REDNESS & SENSITIVITY

DULL SKIN

FINE LINES

Basics of your skin

Quick skin type test



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