A recent article from The New York Times reported that acne isn’t just something that only teens deal with. 45% of women between 21 and 30 have acne, 26% between 31 to 40, and 12% between 41 and 50.
From the article:
There is no definitive proof that specific foods cause breakouts, but some medical professionals say diet can play a role. “Whenever hormones surge — around your period, during perimenopause and menopause, when you’re pregnant, when you start or stop the Pill, and, yes, when you’re stressed or eat hormone-enhanced foods, i.e. nonorganic meat and dairy, skin changes can occur.”
I know a lot of the 21 and up crowd out there will agree with me that stress plays a HUGE role in your skin. I’ve personally experienced this during stressful times at school and work – my skin will completely freak out in parts of my face that don’t typically break out, around the periphery of my face and where the hollows of my cheekbones would be if I had them.
I’ve been trying to deal with this with my usual arsenal of products:
- face wash with salicylic acid – my go-to is Kate Somerville Purify Clarifying Cleanser, but there are plenty of other face washes that target both acne and anti-aging. Be careful of acne face washes targeted at teens – the beauty of youth is that teens have more resilient skin, and the same face washes could dry our skin out.
- daily acne treatment – this is something that I put on my entire face every night for prevention and mild treatment. I like La Roche-Posay Effaclar K, which has salicylic acid. After this runs out, I’m going to give Boscia Clear Complexion Treatment a try.
- targeted acne treatment – only used over active breakouts. I like Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, but I’m going to try either Origins Super Spot Remover or La Roche Posay DUO next – they both get rave reviews from the beauty community on Youtube.
- a gentle moisturizer – all that acne treatment can dry out the skin. I’ve been enjoying Natura Bisse NB Ceutical Tolerance Recovery Cream (brief review here), which boosts the skin’s natural tolerance level.
In addition to stress, diet supposedly causes acne breakouts as well but there seems to be mixed research on this. According to another article,
Diary and sugar (in all its blood sugar raising forms)–both cause spikes in certain pimple producing hormones. Dairy boosts male sex hormones (various forms of testosterone or androgens) and increases insulin levels just as foods that quickly raise blood sugar (sugar and starchy carbs) spike insulin.
I’ve heard of many cases where women cut out dairy to clear up their skin. I’m currently experimenting to see if this might work for me, so I’m replacing dairy with soy milk. I’ve only been trying this for about a week so far so it’s too early to tell. Overall, I find that my skin in general is much more sensitive to the food I’m eating – I used to be able to eat salty snacks on end with no visible evidence on my face, but now it’s not the case. Lots of water and eating fresh foods definitely help detoxify inside and out.
How do you treat acne? Do you eat/avoid certain foods?
I have a big announcement to make. I think I’ve found my favorite moisturizer, and it’s the Natura Bisse NB Ceutical Tolerance Recovery Cream.
Yes, this might seem like a small, trivial announcement, but for something that I put on my face twice a day everyday, it’s pretty important to me. I’ve been searching for the past year or so for a go-to moisturizer that is paraben-free, has anti-aging properties, and has no strong scent. I’ve tried Clarins Multi-Active Night Youth Recovery Cream – scent was WAY too strong and the product is not paraben-free. I went natural and tried Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum, which I really wanted to love because it’s 100% natural and organic, but the scent was too overpowering for me as well. I also tried a bevy of other moisturizers – some by Kiehl’s (not paraben-free), some by natural brands I came across at Whole Foods, but nothing fit the bill. I find that natural brands have scents that are too overpowering for me.
Then, Mimi blogged about her facial experience with Natura Bisse NB Ceutical line. Natura Bisse isn’t a brand that’s typically top of mind for me, because it’s pricey and doesn’t scream paraben-free to me. However, the new NB Ceutical line is allergen and paraben-free and is designed to increase the skin’s tolerance to internal/external elements. This was based on their observation that there is an increasing number of people with skin sensitivity issues. I don’t necessarily have sensitive skin, but the less irritants I can put on my face, the better.
I decided to take the $155 plunge and get the Natura Bisse NB Ceutical Tolerance Recovery Cream at beautybar.com (which has a $15 off coupon code BFRESH + a GWP code BBNAT + 5% off on eBates.com!).
I LOVE THIS MOISTURIZER. It’s this peachy color, and it just sinks into my skin. It is not irritating and moisturizes my combination skin without making it oily. I can’t put my finger on the scent – I don’t care for it, but it’s not offensive to me, and I am very sensitive to scents. This is very pricey, but I still HIGHLY RECOMMEND this to those in their late 20’s and up who want a moisturizer with anti-aging/protective properties.
Have you tried this? What is your favorite moisturizer??