Thursday, 25 April 2013

What your acne is telling you...

Hello beauties!

All of us have it at some stage of our lives; acne. We either have it full on, or only occasionally (like, ahem, a certain time of the month), or we have breakouts in just certain areas.

Acne can be caused by a variety of things, for example hormones and stress, and sometimes, it's so stubborn that it WILL NOT LEAVE. I've been experiencing something of this for a while now, since I went off my contraceptives. I never had a bad skin as a teenager. I mean, sure, I had the occasional spot here and there, but I've been getting pretty bad breakouts since last year. And not with my pregnancy, it got worse (like, a lot worse) and then started to settle once again.

But it got me thinking, what if my acne said something about my health? And this post was born. :) We're going to talk about the areas of your face where you break out and then analyze what's causing it and how it can be treated.

1) Forehead

Breakouts on the forehead are usually caused by bad digestion (believe it or not), which causes toxins to build up in your body. This is easy to treat, you just need to drink more water! The water helps with digestion and to flush toxins out of your system. But if you're drinking enough water and you still break out on your forehead, it can be due to wearing a lot of hats, dirty hair or hair products that don't go well with your skin.

2) T-zone

Breakouts on your t-zone are usually caused by your liver... Yup. If you love eating rich foods, or eating later at night, you might want to lay it off. Eat healthier (and less junk food) and your liver will love you for it. But you can also break out here because you're lactose intolerant! Simply consume less dairy if this is the case.

3) Nose

This one is a little scary. Apparently, breakouts on the nose can be linked back to your heart and high blood pressure. As these things go, to reduce blood pressure, eat healthier! Stay away from too much salt, try to drink more water and less fizzy drinks (and alcohol), eat more veggies and fruits and try to get some exercise, even if it's just a walk around the block.

4) Cheeks

Your upper cheeks are linked to your lungs, so if you're a smoker or are constantly around smokers, this might be the reason for your breakouts here. Foods for healthier lungs are kale (a member of the spinach family), pumpkin and sprouts.

Your lower cheeks are linked to dental hygiene, so if you break out here, it can be because of bad dental habits. See your dentist regularly and take care of your chompers to get this problem cleared up!

But, neither of the above can be the actual cause of breakouts on your cheeks. It can be caused by something as simple as your cell phone or the side of your face you sleep on. Not to mention touching your face all day long! Dirty pillows can cause zits, as well as germs on your phone and dirty hands clogging your pores. Try to wipe your phone down with a sanitary wipe every now and again, wash your hands regularly (and don't touch your face so often) and change your pillow cases at least once a week.

5) Ears

Ears are linked to your kidneys, so breakouts here can be due to too little water or too much caffiene. But I bet you your dirty pillow cases and hair products can have an impact on your ears too!!

6) Chin and jaw

Breakouts in this area is usually due to hormones, you know, that time of the month, and, in my case, pregnancy. Stress can also be a couse of breakouts here, as in, right in the middle of the exams. Hormone balance medication can help here, or, in my case, getting through the pregnancy. :)

Breakouts on the center of your chin can also be caused by poor digestion, so again, more water and a healthier diet can help here.

7) Neck and chest

You'll get breakouts here for a couple of reasons, starting with stress. Calming music and exercise can be key here, as well as taking a break every now and then. But you can also break out here due to lint and irritation to the skin from your clothes, or pores clogging due to the perfume or skin products you use. 100% cotton clothing may help, as well as clothes which aren't skin tight.

Sources : here and here.

Of course, having said all of this, none of the things mentioned could actually be the reason for your specific acne. Dirty makeup brushes can also be the cause of acne, and there are many other things that could be the cause of your problem! Your skin type can also play a big role in the breakouts you get (read more about that here.). But I hope you learned something useful from this and can maybe solve at least one of your acne woes. :)

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,


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