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Why Am I Breaking Out?

Updated: Sep 1, 2020

Acne is an inherited condition of the pores. It can cause by certain drugs, medications, or exposure to chemicals or bad diets, but most acne is an inherited tendency. When someone is prone to acne, their pores clog with dead skin cells much faster than usual. When hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells, it often causes whiteheads, blackheads. Bacteria can trigger inflammation and infection, and it often causes pimples papules or cysts acne.

Most common symptoms and triggers that acne causes:

  • Hormonal imbalance

  • Excess oil production

  • Hair follicles clogged by dead skin cells and oils.

  • Bacteria

  • Overactivity of a type of hormone (androgens)

  • Poor diet

  • Stress

  • Certain medications and health problems

  • Skincare products overuse

What Make Acne Worse?

  • Stress

The stress hormone cortisol is triggering the inflammation that leads to flare-ups. Get 8 hours of sleep! When you sleep, your body rest and repair, and cortisol levels decrease.

  • Skincare products overuse.

  1. Be delicate to your skin! Wash your face twice a day with a gentle face cleanser.

  2. No harsh products like scrubs if you have inflamed acne.

  3. No brushes to wash your face! Nothing better than your fingers.

  4. You can add to your skincare regimen, gentle srub if you have noninflamed acne no more than twice a week.

  5. Moisturizing your skin with water base lotion twice a day! Always remember: Skin must be not too oily and not too dry!

  6. Don't use oils, especially coconut oil ( number #1 from oils that clog your pores!)

  7. Antioxidants and peptides are excellent for your skin.

  8. Don't dry your face with a wet towel. ( bacteria grows on wet towels)

  9. Don't forget to wear mineral SPF 30 or 50 (with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) and reapply every two hours if you outside. Mineral sunscreens much better if you are prone to acne than chemical sunscreens.

  • Poor Diet

Eating a high-glycemic diet like simple carbs, sugar, or fried foods, and dairy products could make you break out.

  1. Eating a low glycemic diet

  2. Reduce lots of processed grains/flour products and added sugar to help prevent acne.

  3. Processed and refined foods

  4. NO DAIRY Products! Dairy products contain a protein that spikes specific hormone receptors, creating acne.

  5. Eat whole plant foods which low on the glycemic scale.

  6. Try to buy hormone-free meats and wild fish because those hormones are impacting your own.

  7. Stay away from peanuts, peanut oil, peanut butter, corn oil, wheat germ, shellfish, organ meats (i.e., liver, sweetbreads, and heart). These contain the hormone androgen that exacerbates acne.

  8. Stay away from soy.

  9. Stay away from foods, sports drinks, vitamin supplements, that have iodides. Foods rich in iodides include table salt, dairy, seafood, and seaweed.

  10. Buy organic foods.

Skin is a reflection of our total health, which is why glowing, healthy, and beautiful skin results from proper care, hydration, and eating healthy.

  • Picking blemishes

Rub ice on pimples for about 2-3 minutes, twice a day, instead of picking. It helps to reduce inflammation. If you are picking blemishes, you risk having pigmentation and scars.

  • Use fragrance-free detergents. Do not use fabric softeners or sheets in the dryer, as they cause a waxy residue, especially on a pillowcase that can clog pores on acne-prone skin.

  • Avoid low-estrogen birth control pills.

  • Do not use cosmetics and hair products that contain pore-clogging ingredients.

These tips alone will not get your skin clear, however. Let the acne experts help you get the acne-free, healthy, and glowing skin we all desire.
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