It seems that we are breaking out more than ever – according to the American Academy of Dermatology more than 25% of woman aged 29-49 are experiencing adult acne. From personal experience, I know acne can be embarrassing, stressful and very upsetting – especially as an adult.
And guess what? It’s most likely not because you forgot to cleanse/moisturize your face last night…
So much of acne is caused by an internal issue that is usually a reflection of inflammation and unbalanced hormones.
Ready to start clearing it up? Here are 5 things to ditch (or at least reduce) to clear up your gorgeous skin…
All milk – even organic milk – contains hormones. This adds extra, unnecessary hormones to your body and it honestly doesn’t know what to do with them. Dairy products are very acidic, inflammatory and can be difficult to digest causing stress and strain and imbalance that results in acne flare ups.
BPA’s (Bisphenol A) is an industrial chemical used to make certain plastics. They are most commonly found in plastic food containers and the lining of cans used for canned goods. The chemical compound mimics and disrupts hormones which can trigger acne – along with many other issues in your body. Switch to glass food storage containers and look for canned products that don’t have BPA’s – Eden Organic is one brand that is BPA free. Learn more about detoxing your kitchen from plastics and what to use instead – Healthy Kitchen Plastic Detox.
INFLAMMATION AKA STRESS
A major cause of inflammation is stress. Daily stressors raise your cortisol level which in turn increases inflammation resulting in your glands releasing more oil and your immune system slowing down. Try to manage your stress levels by taking some deep breaths, exercising, going out with friends, trying a guided meditation app, going for a walk outside or taking a bath. Soothing your stress levels will help reduce your inflammation and therefore your acne.
Staying hydrated keeps your natural elimination process working well – flushing out toxins, unwanted hormones and even keeping inflammation down. Fresh water is your best bet as well as herbal or green tea. Stay away from sugary drinks and alcohol – they will only up your inflammation levels. Tired of plain water? Switch it up with these Gorgeous Infused Water Ideas.
Aka white carbs like white pasta, white bread and traditional baked goods increase insulin levels which cause the production of androgens (male hormones that women also make). These hormones increase inflammation and oil production. Instead reach for whole grains like quinoa, oats, lentil pasta and brown rice which are low and slow carbs and are full of fibre keeping insulin levels steady and aiding in natural detoxification to reduce inflammation.
Much of the foods in your daily life should not come from a package or have an ingredient list. Whole vegetables, fruits, greens, seeds, nuts and legumes are the basis of an anti-inflammatory diet. Choose an apple, cut up veggies or a handful of nuts as a snack instead of something from a package. At meals, aim to fill half your plate with veggies. They contain all the nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants your body and skin need to be healthy. So simple! Need a healthy ‘to go’ snack? Try this skin healing, delicious, easy to make Seed and Nut Super Squares.