Top 4 Acne Triggers
1. Chronic Stress can contribute to a rise in acne on the skin. When you are stressed, your cortisol hormone levels rise, increasing the amount of sebaceous (oil) that is produced on your skin. Excess oil mixing with dirt, acne-causing bacteria & dead skin cells can elevate an acne condition.
Try a Few Stress-Reducers: Breathe - stop & concentrate on your breathing; breathe in through your nose, filling up your belly & exhaling loudly through your mouth; *Exercise - go for a walk; Read a book; Journal – create a gratitude journal & focus on what you’re grateful for (you can’t think of negative & positive thoughts at the same time, one will always win over the other)
2. Pore-Clogging Ingredients to Avoid…there are many makeup & skincare product ingredients that acne-prone clients should avoid in order to help keep their acne under control & not exacerbate their condition. Here are a few of the big culprits that contribute to clogging your pores: Lanolin, Mineral Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, FD&C Dyes, Fragrance, SD Alcohol.
A Few Beneficial Acne-Fighting Ingredients to Choose: Benzoyl Peroxide, Vitamin A, Bentonite Clay, Salicylic Acid, AHA’s. When choosing your makeup, always opt for mineral based & choose ingredients such as: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides. Always choose a Physical Sunscreen (Zinc Oxide and/or Titanium Dioxide)!
3. Hormones: a rise in cortisol as well as a rise in androgen hormones can contribute to acne. Androgen rises at the onset of adolescence & can also cause excess oil production on the skin. Hormonal changes in the body such as pregnancy or taking oral contraceptives can also be contributors.
4. *Diet: “We are what we eat.” Researchers are currently looking at the effect of processed foods, foods high in iodides & dairy that may be contributing factors to acne flareups. Eating healthier foods such as vegetables, foods that contain antioxidants & zinc are much more beneficial for your skin, body & health.
*Check with your physician before starting any diet or exercise program.
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