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There are a
number of habits and health conditions that can worsen the severity of acne
breakouts. In some cases, the behaviours
we think are getting rid of acne are actually making the problem worse! This article will highlight a few of these
bad habits and lifestyle factors to help you avoid them.
washing your skin will help you reduce the frequency and severity of acne
breakouts. It will remove dead skin
cells, bacteria, dirt, sweat, and excess oil from your skin. This helps to unclog the pores in your skin,
reducing the likelihood of pimples appearing.
some people assume that this means you should wash your face as often as possible. So they begin to wash their face three or
four times a day. This can be quite
harsh on the skin as it strips away all of the natural oils produced by the hair
will eventually cause the skin to become dry and inflamed. The sebaceous gland will react to the skin
being distressed by producing even more oil to protect it — the opposite of
what you were trying to achieve. Before
you know it, the amount of oil produced by your skin has dramatically
increased, clogging your pores and producing more acne.
occur when a pore becomes clogged with excess oil, bacteria, dead skin cells,
and pus. The pore is usually quite
swollen and under pressure because of the material clogging it up. When you squeeze a pimple, you may force some
of this material deeper into the follicle — which leads to a bigger pimple
returning later on!
pimple may also cause the follicle wall to rupture, spreading debris into the
dermis (the lower layer of skin). This
can lead to nasty conditions like Cellulitis and Folliculitis. It can also cause a small pimple to become a
nodule or acne cyst, which are large blemishes that are more difficult to get
rid of. If all of that is not enough —
your squeezed pimples are more likely to become permanent scars.
Instead of squeezing your pimples, use a
natural acne spot treatment such as aleo vera
gel. It will dry out the pimple and
improve its appearance.
relationship between sugar and acne is complex.
Consuming sugar does not directly cause acne to become worse. Instead, over-consumption of sugar triggers
certain biological changes in the body which in-turn can trigger an acne
instance, consuming foods high in sugar can cause your hormones to
fluctuate. This spike in hormonal
activity may cause the sebaceous gland in the hair follicle to become more
active. As a result, your skin will
produce an excessive amount of sebum (the skin’s natural oils) — which
potentially clogs up your pores and causes pim
are packed with sugar can also cause inflammation in the body. This may increase the frequency or severity
of acne breakouts.
when you eat food that has a high glycemic index, the body converts it to blood
glucose very quickly. Your body will
also release a lot of insulin to moderate blood sugar levels and determine how
much blood glucose can enter cells. This
will trigger inflammation throughout the body and leads to a spike in the
production of skin oils — potentially clogging up your pores and causing more
acne. Read more about the link between sugar and acne.
medical conditions and lifestyle choices can cause a hormonal imbalance (when
certain hormones become very high or very low).
Some hormonal imbalances are completely natural, like puberty,
menopause, pregnancy, and menstruation. Others are related to diseases or a poor
lifestyle like eating disorders, stress, cancer, medications, and
hormonal imbalance often means that your androgens (sex hormones) are
imbalanced. This can lead to an
over-production of sebum by the sebaceous glands, causing more pimples to
appear. Read more about androgens and how they relate to acne..
warning signs that may indicate you have a hormonal imbalance include:
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