Do you experience inflammation or redness on your skin? Do you feel like you’ve exhausted all your acne treatment options and yet your skin is showing no signs of improvement? Well, fret not as today I have compiled some hard and fast rules to get you off the issue. It may be time to revamp your diet or you could simply have skin that is ultra-sensitive to environment, food, weather or even cosmetics! Here are 6 things you must avoid for beautiful skin!
1. Cosmetic Products Containing Silicone
Love the smooth, silky touch and matte look after applying a certain foundation or cosmetic product? Well, heads up – that product is highly likely to contain silicone that does not biodegrade and causes clogging of the skin. Silicone-based products may lead to skin irritation and acne. If you ever have to apply such a cream or primer, remember to remove your makeup properly before calling it a night!
2. Dairy Products
If you’re breaking out on the chin, jawline, and neck – then dairy products maybe the cause! Any dairy products containing milk, cheese, ice cream and cream sauce, can also lead to acne. Studies have shown that eating dairy products can prompt the release of insulin, growth factors, and hormones in the body that may all play a role in acne.
Although it may not be possible to completely avoid stress, it is possible to effectively manage stress levels. When your emotional state is off balance, it can throw your hormones off balance too. When your hormones are out of line, chances are your skin will be too. Create a new habit or routine to include meditation or breathing exercises in your day-to-day life.
4. Heavy moisturizers
When breakouts occur, try and avoid moisturizing agents. This is because moisturizers have a reputation of clogging pores and are often associated with leaving an oily feel on the skin’s surface. Heavy moisturizers lead to breakouts. Switch to water-based moisturizers or mosturizers with non-comedogenic oils such as safflower, argan, or jojoba oil. As a matter of fact, the skin needs water not oil. Use an oil-free, water-soluble lotion to help keep your skin hydrated and balanced.
While many have boasted the benefits of lemon for whitening skin, the fact is lemon is highly acidic with a pH of 2. Not to mention, citrus oils are potentially phototoxic and when exposed to sunlight, your skin might develop burns and blisters.
6. Food with High Glycemic Index
Studies have shown that foods with a high glycemic index, like donuts, white bread and pretzels can raise your blood sugar levels, making you prone to breakouts. Elevated blood sugar stimulates your body to pump out insulin, which then triggers a cascade of hormonal effects like elevated levels of androgens, excess oil, and increased skin cell production, all of which lead to clogged pores and breakouts.
7. Avoid Picking at the Skin
Lastly, while this tip may seem obvious, it is imperative that we understand that although breakouts cannot always be avoided, you CAN control what happens once you get the breakout. The truth of the matter is, a blemish usually lasts 5-7 days, but the red or dark scar from picking at the blemish, can linger for weeks—or even months.
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Story by: Ritwika Gupta