Naturally Dealing with Blemishes
You might be in your 20’s, 30’s or even 40’s and still suffer with occasion blemish, maybe regular breakouts but what can you do to deal with it? Well, firstly it helps to understand why you’re still getting spots. It could be a number of different reasons, from what you’re eating to the skincare products you’re using on your face. It could also be hormonal so if you’re pregnant for example, you might experience acne but your skin will settle down again probably at some point in your pregnancy or after you give birth. Equally you could have fantastic skin throughout pregnancy and then have an acne breakout following birth – this will settle back down once your hormones find their natural balance again. You can also suffer breakouts during the menopause when hormones go through a change again – just like adolescent acne it’s your hormones raging once again! Other times you might experience the occasional spot or a full blown breakout can be before your period, in the middle of your cycle, during ovulation and when under stress.
So now we know that most breakouts are down to hormones but some are not. Additionally, some breakouts are due to what you eat! Yes, the old tales of chocolate being bad for the skin do have some truth in them but the reality is it’s dairy that can trigger a breakout in some people so ask yourself if you have milk in your cereal every day, a diet rich in cheese, yoghurt and other dairy products. If the answer is yes then try and live without dairy for a few weeks and see if there is a difference. There is actually no truth in oily and fatty foods causing spots because the body does break down these foods inside but there is truth in the fact that if you don’t eat good quality food it will show on your skin (as well as your hair and nails). If you eat a diet rich in nutrients from fruit and vegetables with a blend of protein and good fats it will result in healthier looking hair, skin and nails. It’s these foods that are packed with antioxidants and nourishing vitamins and minerals which are designed to flush your system out of toxic products. Equally, eat a diet consisting of McDonald’s or Burger King washed down with Diet Coke you will end up with pimples, greasy hair and weak nails because there is no goodness in your diet. You should also ditch all forms of caffeine and fizzy drinks, replace these with good old water and see if that doesn’t make a huge difference to your skin – your eyes will sparkle and your skin should clear up if you drink 2 litres a day religiously.
The same can be said for your skincare. If you don’t use any skincare your skin will look dull and lifeless. What you put into your body shows, what you put into your skin shows too. You shouldn’t use just any skincare either, if you pump your skin with poor quality skincare how can you expect your skin to look good? Spots are encouraged on skin which hasn’t been cleaned properly – don’t mistake this for meaning spotty skin is dirty – if you clean your skin and still get spots of course it isn’t dirty but leave your make up on and sleep in it, well the result will be clogged pores and spots from the dirt.
Taking the above advice and using reputable skincare that is all natural will make sure your skin gets all the nutrients it needs to stop blocked pores. If you put natural goodness into your skin it will look better, fact. If you use skincare which is packed full of chemicals (phthalates, sulphate, formaldehyde, glycols, parabens) your skin will never look as good as it could and you are in danger of starting other reactions off, such as skin allergies, hormone interference and even cancers. So use natural skincare. Naturology is as natural as you can find (without whipping up your own skincare at home) and uses up to 98% natural ingredients. We source our ingredients from plants, fruit, herbs and other natural resources so our products are brimming over with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Vitamin C helps to calm inflamed skin and feed it with goodness. You will find this in our Vitamin C Serum, it refreshes and hydrates, combatting skin problems and cleansing the skin of excess oil and our Stem Cell Active Youth Moisturiser has a non-greasy formula which gets rid of excess oil from your skin.
Natural Remedies for Spots:
You might also want to add the following to your shopping list as they help to balance hormones and dry out spots – naturally:
- Evening Primrose Oil (helps balance hormones and alleviate skin problems, take it daily
- Tea tree oil (dabbing a little tea tree will dry out spots – but use it sparingly because it can dry skin out)
- Try a dab of lemon juice on a blemish, it is very acidic so fights acne but be careful not to use too much as it can create sensitivity
- Aloe Vera is natural and is good for reducing spots because it has anti-inflammatory properties, rub some gel on the affected area and leave on for 15 minutes until it dries out the spot
- Exfoliate your skin using natural ingredients, try this once a week
- Create a facemask out of mashed green papaya and leave it on your skin for 10 minutes, rinse off and pat dry
We hope the above advice helps you in banishing that blemish! If you find your skin becomes very problematic with frequent breakouts and excess oil, you should consider seeking advice from your GP to see if there is anything else that can be done.
- Mark Wallace