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Banish Bad Skin

Vivian Oputa
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions and cases of Adult Acne are on the increase for several reasons. Most acne is genetic but there are new triggers in modern life responsible for breakouts.


These include Poor diet, Stress and Hormonal Surges. Stress related acne is becoming more common. Stress triggers the release of Hormones that can enlarge the skin’s sebaceous (oil) glands and increase oil production leading to acne flare-ups. If the underlying cause of flare-ups is tackled, clear skin can be achieved in a matter of weeks.

Blackheads are enlarged pores blocked with sebum and dead skin cell debris. Oxidation turns the sebum black. There is an accumulation of excess oil and bacteria when hormones make the cells around the pore opening sticky. If you are prone to blackheads you should eliminate foundation and rich moisturizers. Look for products that are non-comedogenic.

The use of products with exfoliating ingredients such as salicylic acid are beneficial. Resist the urge to squeeze out the pores as this could damage them and leave them permanently enlarged and gaping. It is best to visit a facialist for professional extractions.

Individuals with oily skin should not over wash as this encourages increased oil production to compensate. Washing more than twice a day and using a toner thereafter strips the skin of its natural oils putting oil production in overdrive. The use of  Vitamin A-based moisturizers help to balance oil secretion over time while the use of Clay masks help to clean out pores.

Milia are the hardened little white bumps seen on the face trapped under the skin’s surface. This describes a pore that is blocked with sebum and dead skin cells which are trapped in the pore by a layer of skin.

It is usually caused by the use of heavy skincare products which hamper the skin’s ability to exfoliate naturally. Milia may also be caused by ingredients such as D&C dyes found in some foundations, eye shadows and blushers. Mineral oil found in some eye creams and eye makeup removers may also promote milia formation. It is advisable to always read the ingredient labels of your cosmetics.

Milia are best removed by a professional who will likely steam the skin to soften it then lance the pores with a small needle-like instrument.

For Clear Skin
? De-Stress by exercising, relaxing, getting more sleep, meditating,
listening to music or reading.

? Quit Smoking as there is a specific form of acne that affects female
adult smokers. It is documented that 42% of women who smoke
have acne compared to 10% of non-smokers.

? Avoid Cow’s Milk as milk contains high levels of hormones which
can aggravate acne

? Increase your consumption of Omega 3 Fatty Acids found in foods
such as oily fish, eggs, olive oil, nuts and seeds. These help reduce
inflammation, cleanse the colon and balance hormones. Fish oil
supplements are great sources of Omega 3 Fatty Acids.|

? Some herbal supplements exist that help detoxify the liver and
remove impurities leading to a clearer complexion.

? Improve your diet by eating fresh fruit and vegetables and avoiding
processed refined food with additives and preservatives. Refined
sugar should be avoided at all costs. ? If the above don’t help, See your doctor or skin care professional.

When starting a new regime, you should be patient for results which typically start to show after 4 to 6 weeks as this is the approximat


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