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understanding skin breakouts

Updated: Apr 9, 2018

Spoiler alert: no cream, serum, soap or #scrub in the world will help you eliminate breakouts. Breakouts are a natural occurrence in your skin. It is the result of what is happening in your body, not a skin condition.

These bumps can be blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, or cysts. Teens get acne because of the hormonal changes that come with puberty. ... As the body begins to mature and develop, though, hormones stimulate the sebaceous glands to make more sebum. Pores become clogged if there is too much sebum and too many dead skin cells.

When skin symptoms like acne, rashes, redness, hyper pigmentation or wrinkles appear on your face, it’s your body’s way of telling you that certain imbalances are occurring in your body. These may be completely natural and will pass with time or with your skincare routine. nonetheless, it is recommended you monitor the symptoms and consult a doctor to diagnose cause and potential treatments.

Breakouts occurs when the pores on your skin become blocked with oil, dead skin, or bacteria. Each pore on your skin is the opening to a follicle. The follicle is made up of a hair and a sebaceous (oil) gland. Depending on where on your face the breakout occurs, changes to diet and lifestyle may help relieve symptoms and help you achieve the skin glow you are seeking.

Breakouts on your chin

Chin breakouts often occur because of changes in your hormones. These breakouts are may sometimes be linked to stress or your body’s response to fighting sickness.

What to do: Consider eating foods that help regulate your natural hormonal cycles. Find ways to relax like with yoga or napping. Take time to breathe deeply. Stay hydrated by drinking water. Notice if you're not resting your chin in your hands when bored or tired, as this can transfer oils from your hands onto your chin, which can cause blockage and breakouts.

Breakouts on your jawline

These breakouts are usually due to an increase in male hormones that stimulate the oil glands. Some women notice more breakouts around the time of their monthly cycle as their hormone levels shift.

What to do: Include an extra dose of greens in your daily diet and stay hydrated during your premenstrual cycle to help minimize any hormonal breakouts. If it is more than just around your period, you may want to look into dietary changes that aid healthy elimination. Getting adequate sleep could also help minimize the breakouts. Keep the area clean at least 3-4 times a day but don't overdo it as your skin may overcompensate on excessive cleaning.

Breakouts in the under-eye area

Breakouts on your upper cheek and under-eye could be a result of smoking or exposure to smoke, pollution, or bacteria. If you have breakouts and broken capillaries in this area, it may be directly connected to the air your are breathing.

What to do: make sure to clean your face 3-4 times a day but don't overdo it as your skin may overcompensate. Check your home filters and change them as necessary. Stop smoking and avoid being around people who do so that your body will not be be passively smoking with them. Depending on where you live - you may need to take another look at your surroundings and decide to make a change. Opt in for a mild detox cleanse to help the body get rid of harmful pollutants. Increase your water intake and drink detoxifying teas, and avoid drinks like coffee and alcohol, which may cause dehydration.

Breakouts in the upper cheeks area

These breakouts may be directly connected to your daily diet.

What to do: Replace “bad fats” with “good fats” like Omega 3 found in walnuts, avocados and fish. try to decrease your meat and other greasy foods consumption. Exercise daily to help increase your circulation.

Breakouts in the mid cheeks area

You may have a buildup of toxins in your body and a reduced flow of oxygen to your face.

What to do: Check with your doctor if you have developed food allergies. Cut down or completely avoid sugars, acidic foods like meat, alcohol, caffeine and chocolate. Eat more alkalizing foods like green veggies and lemons. Drink water with a slice of lemon first thing in the morning. Incorporate breathing exercises into your daily routine. These will help reduce stress and increase flow of oxygen in your body.

Breakouts on forehead

forehead breakouts usually mean there's #toxin buildup in your body, as well as a diet comprised of too much fat.

What to do: Eliminate fatty, greasy, sugary and processed food form your diet . Reduce Alcohol consumption and detoxify daily by drinking #herbal teas and lots of fresh water. Help your #skin eliminate #toxins by sweating: exercise and hit the sauna when possible.

Skincare and makeup routine

Avoid heavy #makeup that may clog your pores. Clean your skin 3-4 times a day but don't overdo it as your skin may overcompensate. Depending on your skin type, use a water base or oil based #cleanser and #exfoliate twice a week. Choose skincare products that include natural ingredients to clear breakouts faster and keep your beautiful face clear and glowing.

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