Repeat breakouts can seem like a mystery. In the search for answers, Western dermsâ€” armed with their prescription padsâ€”are increasingly taking a holistic approach. This new age view is actually really old: Traditional Chinese medicine has been using the face as a diagnostic tool for centuries.
Our zone-focused guide reveals the internal and external reasons behind your breakouts, according to Cosmopolitan.
Forehead and hairline
Inner trigger: This area connects to the digestive system, and breakouts here could suggest you’re eating like a teenage boy. Studies have found that milk products, processed foods, sugar, and carbs make acne worse.
How to deal: Keep a food diary, and if you notice that you’ve been eating a lot of dairy or junk food, cut it out for a week and see if your blemishes improve.
Outer behaviour: Hair that rests on your skin is a prime pimple-maker because the silicones and oils in hair products clog the pores.
How to deal: Each morning, give skin a fresh start with an anti-acne cleanser, and keep blotting papers on hand for midday greasies. At night, use a cleansing wipe with salicylic acid to de-congest pores, and pin back bangs if you have them.
Around the eyebrows
Inner trigger: These breakouts link to the liver and kidneys. Drinking alcohol often and eating processed foods regularly can cause inflammation in the body that often shows up on the skin here.
How to deal:Time to detox, party girl. Daily green juices with kale, spinach, and cucumber help detoxify the liver and rehydrate the body, and drinking water with lemon flushes out impurities to clear the skin.
Outer behaviour: Â Do you break out after getting your brows waxed, threaded, or tweezed? Ripping out those hairs can cause inflammatory acne.
How to deal: Use honey as a skin-calming spot treatment. Raw manuka honey is naturally anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, and since it’s a humectant, it’s not drying. Sounds weird, but it works. Leave it on for 15 minutes, then rinse.
Inner trigger: This area relates to the lungs, so pimples here could be due to pollution or smoking. Both increase oxidative stress, which exacerbates acne.
How to deal: Antioxidants help counteract the harmful free radicals that stir up inflammation, and a recent study showed that topical and oral antioxidants might actually help prevent breakouts. Apply an antioxidant serum every day, and try a zinc supplementâ€”it’s been shown to calm inflammation in the skin.
Outer behaviour: Your makeup or skin care may be the prob. Silicone and oil, even good-for-you ones like coconut, can plug pores. Another suspect: your bacteria-laden cell phone.
How to deal: Keep pores clear with oil-free, noncomedogenic products, never sleep in your makeup, and wipe that iPhone clean (or at least use earbuds)
Jawline and chin
Inner trigger: According to both Eastern and Western medicine, pimples here indicate out-of-whack hormones. Premenstrual fluctuations in oestrogen and testosterone activate acne eruptions.
How to deal: Talk to your MD about going on birth-control pills, which help regulate hormone levels. In lieu of this, you can ask your dermatologist to prescribe Spironolactone, a pill that blocks testosterone’s effect on oil production.
Outer behaviour: Do you always rest your chin in your hands? That bacteria transfers right onto your face. And if you tend to pick at your skin, this inflames the area and makes pimples worse.
How to deal: Hands off! Put reminder Post-its on your computer or bathroom mirror if you have to. Another way to preempt spots: A week before your period, use a mild exfoliating cleanser every other night. As for those existing zits? Dab on a salicylic-acid spot treatment â€”it roots out oil.
Inner trigger: In traditional Chinese medicine, the center of the face is associated with the heart. Any redness and blemishes here may be stress-related.
How to deal: Try stress-relievers like deep breathing, meditation, and yoga. And make sure to get enough rest and exercise to reduce excess cortisol and calm your skin.
Outer behaviour: Since there are a lot of oil glands on the nose, it’s prime territory for acne.
How to deal: Salicylic-acid products are great for keeping grease at bay, but try sulfur to cut oil and inflammation. Apply a sulfer mask twice weekly to keep your T-zone clear.-MYNEWSHUB.CC