Start the Year with a Clear Complexion
The holiday season holds so many triggers for acne that it takes intention and effort to avoid a big breakout. Why?
- Stress, lack of sleep and the neuroendocrine consequences of stress puts your body at risk for acne.
- Dietary triggers for acne are everywhere – in your kitchen, at the office, given as gifts, and served at holiday parties!
- You are also so busy with all the extra responsibilities and festivities that the holidays bring, and your skin care isn’t given the attention it deserves.
What can you do to prevent and control acne during the holidays?
#1. Eat more fresh fruits and veggies during the holidays and avoid the trigger foods that drive acne.
Dietary triggers that cause acne include:
- Dairy foods such as milk, cheese, ice cream, cream etc.
- High-glycemic foods, meaning foods with lots of sugar and refined carbohydrates as found in processed foods.
When you attend holiday events where food is served, be that person who eats all the veggie crudities and passes on the rich canapes and desserts. You’ll avoid the holiday weight gain too!
#2. Try to balance stress and commitment with down time and sleep.
Say “no” to things you can. My personal mantra to counter my type A personality is, “It’s all good and it’s good enough.” Try it this holiday season and see if your acne stays under control.
#3. Keep up your skin care routine.
Take the time to wash your face and apply your acne skin care products every morning and every night during the holidays. This is a good self-care ritual that helps prevent acne. The structure may even relieve a little stress – it’s “me time.”
Washing twice a day is important. At night, you’re removing a day’s worth of dirt, bacteria, makeup, oil, and grime, all of which can clog pores and cause pimples. In the morning you’re preparing your skin to maximally absorb your acne-treating products. Good acne-treating ingredients to include in your skin care routine are:
- Salicylic Acid
Salicylic acid penetrates well into oily, clogged pores to help break up plugs and blackheads. The easiest way to add salicylic acid to your skin care is in cleansers. My Acne Treatment Cleanser contains both salicylic acid and glycolic acid to help prevent blackheads and clogged pores.