Today’s woman is compelled to not only look bold and beautiful but also to look several years younger than her true age. She is not only gorgeous, fabulous, vivacious and smart, she’s also very witty and intelligent. For her, looking good is good is all-encompassing.
Interestingly too, every woman including me, irrespective of skin colour, race, creed or religion likes to have a beautiful, supple and flawless skin, free of pimples, acne or spots.
No wonder we spare no cost in other to achieve this.
What Is The Largest Organ In/On Your Body?
It’s the skin! And it’s responsible for protecting us from environmental factors. It’s no surprise then that the first organ to show signs of ageing, especially premature ageing is the skin, due to its delicate nature.
As discussed in my previous post on Sunscreen, premature ageing is caused by many factors, including the daily wear and tear from the environment. Other causes may include diet, lifestyle choices, hormonal changes, smoking, dehydration, extreme dieting, and medication side effects.
We shall be looking at some of these factors in our future posts.
Why Do You Break Out?
You break out because acne affects people of all ages in various degrees, so your case is not peculiar. Typically, acne is more noticeable on the face, chest, upper back and shoulders as a result of oil concentrations on these zones. Acne often appears in form of whiteheads, blackheads or pimples.
Below are some of the causes of acne:
- Excessive oil production
- Majority of teenagers usually experience acne, as puberty is almost synonymous with acne or pimples breakouts which occur due to hormonal changes at this age.
- Misuse of skin products
- Clogged pores and dead skin cells
Many women experience acne during pregnancy, due to an increase in hormones and it’s most common during the first and second trimesters.
- Menstrual cycle
- Food allergies
- Environmental pollution
- High-stress level
- Sugary snacks and junk foods
- Smoking causes dryness, irritation and blotchiness, which could trigger your skin to breakout.
How You Can Treat Your Acne
Acne can be prevented and treated, although this largely depends on the root cause of the acne. But since acne is inflammatory in nature, whatever can treat inflammations can also treat acne.
First and foremost, you must avoid washing your face too frequently
This may strip your skin of its protective layer. Morning and evening is highly recommended. Washing should be done with lukewarm water and a mild cleanser.
Is your skin oily or do you have a “combination skin”?
If you are not sure, get an appointment with a dermatologist or your beautician to determine your skin type. Once this is established, it will help you to choose the right product for your skin type.
If you already have acne or you are prone to breaking out, oil-based products are certainly not for you.
Check out for products that read: “oil-free,” “water-based,” and “non-comedogenic” (skin care products that were precisely formulated to not clog your pores). These are your best friends if you don’t want to clog your pores and make matters worse. Mineral oil, Silicones and other oil-based products should also be avoided.
Scrubbing your face with facial scrubs or harsh chemical may be counterintuitive.
It will not only irritate your skin, but you are going to break out even more as the active bacteria are spread out to larger areas through scrubbing.
Watch out for foods that cause you allergic reactions and minimize their consumption or avoid them completely if possible.
For example, some people are allergic to peanuts, spicy foods, dairy etc.
Avoid sugary and processed foods as opposed to Vegetables and fruits which are high in antioxidants.
Eat more of these to reduce inflammation, boost collagen and promote clearer skin.
Replace harsh scrubs with products that contain mild or natural exfoliants such as:
Alpha hydroxy acids, Glycolic and Lactic acids. These will keep you from pulling or scrubbing off your skin. Also, include toners that contain salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide as part of your regular facial regimen.
Don’t rush to change your products.
Once you start using a particular product, give it up to at least 4 to 6 weeks to test its effectiveness before you pick a new one, if at all you must.
Avoid sharing products with others
When travelling, travel with your personal kits that contain all you will need for your hygiene and personal care.
Avoid the temptation of always touching your face or trying to squeeze out acne
This will not only make your acne worse, it will also leave you with spots and scars that may take you a long time to get rid of.
Use sunscreen always
To protect your skin and your face especially, from both the sun’s rays and the environment.
Hydration, hydration and more hydration will give supple and clear skin
Do your skin good by drinking 8-10 cups of water or its natural equivalent daily.
So do what’s best for your skin and remember looking good is good business
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Hi, I am a compulsive optimist passionate about the woman being a blessing to her family and her immediate and intermediate environment in all ramifications. I am happily married to Kingsley Uranta and blessed with two children, Bob and King. By the way, I am 53 years old.