Longevity came across this powerful video. We just had to share. “It not only highlights the issue of acne and self-esteem, but beauty standards that women face in the world today: go makeup-less, and you could be called “disgusting”; put on makeup, and you could be told that you wear too much.”
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*Warning: Disturbing and Explicit Language
“You are beautiful,” Em writes in the video. “Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Not even yourself.”
As you can see, having acne is never easy. Now imagine having to go back to school.
Longevity’s Acne Specialist is here to help.
Here are 7 ways to get your skin clear for your first day.
First things First: How Does Acne Develop?
Acne starts developing when the pores in the skin (sebaceous follicles) become overstuffed with dead skin cells and excess sebum. Sebum is a thick oily substance, produced by the sebaceous glands, that moistens and protects the skin. Sebum production is stimulated, indirectly or directly, by certain hormones such as insulin and androgens. Androgens are male hormones that also women produce, usually in small quantities, in the ovaries. When the overstuffed pore becomes infected with bacteria, inflammation occurs, resulting in an acne breakout.
- Ice is your best friend! For anyone suffering from inflamed acne or newly developed acneic lesions, apply ice for 2-3 minutes, 2-3 times a day. Ice helps calm the skin & reduce inflammation. Outbreaks will decrease and heal faster.
- Choose snacks wisely! Avoid peanuts, peanut butter & items loaded with salt. Remember, Salt is not your friend!
Here’s Why: Iodine is an essential trace mineral, but the body needs it only in small quantities. Therefore, it is not uncommon for people to consume too much iodine. For example, just two to three cups of milk contain the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of iodine for adults (approximately 150 mcg). The iodine content of some fast foods exceeds the recommended daily intake by as much as ten times.
Alternatives: Change to sea salt or uniodized salt as a much safer alternative.
- Decrease or avoid dairy products as they are typically high in iodides as well as androgen hormones which are passed on to you and cause an increase in breakouts.
Alternatives: Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, Rice Milk
- Be careful with protein shakes or bars. Most of these are high in iodides. Avoid Whey & Soy Protein.
Alternatives: Pea protein, egg white protein or hemp products are much better for body builders’ skin.
- Choose vitamins & supplements wisely as many of these contain iodides, iodine kelp, potassium iodide and/or biotin-all which aggravate and excel acne. DO choose a Zinc supplement if you have inflamed acne as this has been shown to reduce inflamed lesions as well as the severity of cysts. Make sure and check labels for iodides or biotin & avoid these.
Here’s Why: Biotin not only thickens your hair & nails, but also your skin! Thickened skin traps dead skin cells which promote congested pores that lead to acne breakouts.
Omega III fish oils are great for those suffering from any type of acne as well as women whose outbreaks are linked to PMS.
- Sunscreen is mandatory! Choose a physical broad spectrum SPF to stop the sun’s rays from getting to the skin. Physical sunscreens also help keep the skin cooler. Additionally, the zinc in sunscreen is also an anti-inflammatory ingredient.
- Be sure to wash off sweat ASAP from all areas of the body where breakouts occur.
Here’s a tip: Keep baby wipes in your gym bag for a quick fix!
Think Sweat=Salt=Bad for Skin!
For further questions, contact your local acne expert, Ashley Hough at email@example.com or call 405-703-4990 to set up a free consultation!