When I get stressed out I eat. And usually not the best food (I just love my pastries). Before my sister got married I had a lot going on. I kept eating my treats and I got a lot of zits (you would think that I was a teenager again!) To help my face recover from last week I started eating food that will help!
Whole Grains - White Bread, pastries, and other white flour food are usually full of sugar and can increase a hormone called insulin-like growth factor (IGF), which may play a role in acne.
Whole Grains to Eat:
Whole Wheat Bread
Water - Dehydration can lead to dry skin and possibly things like acne. Adults and Teenagers need 8 to 10 glasses of water a day. Not only does it flush out bad toxins, it also makes you feel full... making you eat less(like junk food)
Vegetables full of Fiber. Sometimes it is hard to find veggies you actually enjoy. Search for new recipes or even try new veggies! If you are eating veggies... you aren't eating sugar or fat. :) Some of my favorites are: carrots, broccoli, asparagus, red pepper, spinach, and sweet potatoes.
Bran Cereals: My favorites are Craklin Oat Bran from Kelloggs and Raisin Bran
Low Fat Dairy Products with vitamin A which include: skim milk, fat free cottage cheese, low fat yogurt, and skim cheese.
Fruits with vitamins, antioxidants and fiber. My favorites are apples, raspberries, watermelon, oranges, and cherries.
- Use of oily cosmetics (cleansing creams, oil-based moisturizers, pomade)
- Rubbing/occluding your skin surface (e.g., sports equipment such as helmets, shoulder pads, telephone, or hand against skin)
- Numerous drugs such as androgenic steroids and some birth control drugs
- Polyvinyl chloride, chlorinated hydrocarbons, cutting oil, tar
- Stress (increased amount of CRH, a stress hormone effecting acne-involved skin)
- Multiple endocrine disorders
- Increased endogenous androgens (puberty)
And on the bright side, there is no reliable evidence that chocolate is associated with an increased prevalence or severity of acne!
Looking for a natural way to help with acne? I LOVE using Melaleuca Essential Oils to help clear my acne. It can be applied directly to pimples for an effective and natural acne treatment. It contains antibacterial properties which make it it an excellent alternative to harsh synthetic chemicals. Just a small amount of oil will penetrate the skin to unblock excess sebum, disinfect pores and dry out whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and other blemishes.
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