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Acne Prevention Tips

Acne Prevention Tips

1. Cut Out Processed Foods

To reduce acne or inflammatory skin conditions, I recommend eliminating soft drinks and processed foods because they are packed with synthetic additives like nitrates, artificial dyes, and flavourings. Such ingredients may stimulate inflammatory processes in the entire body, including the skin. Many people see reductions of acne after they eliminate just dairy and sugary foods. When indulging in a dessert, opt for dark chocolate, fruits or baked goods made from whole grains, like oatmeal cookies.

2. Eat Vegetables and Fruits

In general, you should eat plenty of foods that clean your skin from the inside out, aka fresh greens like celery, cucumber, broccoli, and spinach. One of the most beneficial skin-purifying foods is artichoke. It has a high concentration of silymarin, (Milk Thistle) which helps to detoxify and calm skin. The most beneficial way to eat an artichoke is to boil it for 10 minutes with your favourite spices and use the broth often, at least a cup a day. Organically grown watermelon also helps purify the body and improve the complexion. Organic berries like red and black currant, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, pineapple, and papaya will aid the complexion as well.

3. Limit Stress

One of the main contributors of acne is stress. Cortisol and other stress hormones intoxicate our body and could be damaging for all aspects of our health, including skin.

4. Sleep Well

Generally, good sleep plays an important role to make sure the body is producing necessary hormones for healthy cellular function. Clients should not go to bed too late, and they must avoid sleeping in a room with screens on and EMF-emitting devices. I also suggest having a cup of relaxing herbal tea with rose, chamomile, or valerian root.

5. Hydrate the Skin

It is very important to have a healthy skin care regimen, which will include cleansing products that can remove excessive amounts of oil and pollutants without damaging skin's protective barrier. I prefer to avoid ingredients with SLS and sulphates.

We all know that skin needs to be hydrated, but a lot of the time people mistake hydration with emollience and use oil-based moisturiser. Not recommend for an acne- or rosacea-prone complexion because it can contribute to more breakouts and redness.

6. Use the Right Makeup

When it comes to makeup, looks for foundations that is water-based with zinc oxide as a main pigment. This protects skin from sun damage and has healing antimicrobial effects. Crushed pearls and zinc oxide-based makeup powders are the best choice. Avoid silicone-based ingredients like dimethicone or cyclomethycaine, because they act as a plastic wrap that keeps skin from absorbing moisture from the air and can contribute to more inflammation.

7. Limit Sun Exposure

UV rays can help dry up blemishes and reduce oil, and tanning can help hide scarring and redness—but these are very temporary benefits. Continuous sun exposure can lead to premature skin aging and discoloration, even skin cancer. Make skin is protected with a zinc oxide-based sunscreen that contains pearl powder, which helps keep moisture in the skin while absorbing excess oil from the pores.

August 15, 2022

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