Help Banish Teen Breakouts
Have you seen the odd spot appear on your skin? Are you experiencing more regular breakouts?
Getting spots is completely normal and is often caused by hormonal changes during teenage years. There are many things that have an affect on the health and condition of your skin. While there is no such thing as perfect skin, there are steps you can take to help minimise breakouts.
Firstly the facts:
Your skin is the largest organ of your body and its primary function is to act as a barrier and help protect you from harmful things such as germs, pollution, the cold and rays from the sun. Your skin is always changing with old skin cells dying and new cells being generated roughly every 15 days. So many aspects of day to day life affect your skin including what you eat and drink, where you live, stress, hormones, genetics, sleep patterns and what products you put on your skin.
Here are some tips:
1. CLEANSE - It is so important to cleanse the skin to remove dirt, excess oil and dead skin cells. Cleanse in the morning and as early as you can late afternoon / early evening. If you have started to wear make-up it is especially important that you cleanse your skin as some products contain comedogenic ingredients that block pores causing blackheads and spots. But always make sure you begin your cleansing routine by washing your hands!
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2. HYDRATE - Apply a moisturiser suitable for your skin morning and evening. Your morning moisturiser should ideally contain a SPF (sun protection factor) so skin is protected from harmful UVA and UVB rays whatever the season.
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3. HEALTHY DIET - include five potions of fresh fruit and vegetables a day. Antioxidants and vitamins found in fruit and veg help protect the skin from damaging free radicals and promote healthy, blemish free skin.
4. REDUCE SUGAR - As well as pasta, white bread and white rice, sugar can lead to high levels of insulin being released which can cause oil glands to produce more oil, increasing the risk of breakouts.
5. DRINK WATER - It can be easy to forget to drink during a busy day at school. Always aim to come home with an empty water bottle - you will also be glad of a lighter bag on your walk home! Continue to drink water while doing homework and attending clubs after school. It is vital for healthy skin as water flushes out toxins helping prevent breakouts and keeping cells hydrated for a soft, clear complexion.
6. MANAGE STRESS - Scientists have identified that stress can have a direct effect on the condition of your skin. During stressful times such as studying for exams or starting a new school, use mindfulness techniques, calming aromatherapy products and stay active to keep stress levels in check.
7. TARGET SPOTS - Finally, use a specific spot treatment product to help soothe and calm blemishes while helping to prevent further breakouts.
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