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Breakout Blues

Published: Thu February 27, 2014
Categories: Top 5 Advice

If reoccurring breakouts are getting you down follow these top 5 Myth Minx tips to banish break outs for good.   Less is best. Over stimulating a breakout prone skin with too many different skin care products can result in even more break outs. Keep your skincare routine basic and slowly introduce new products to avoid overwhelming and stimulating the skin.   Keep your home care routine simple such as using a high quality glycolic acid based cleanser morning and evening to assist with deep cleansing the skin and removing congestion. Red or sensitive skins may suit a more gentle exfoliating cleanser that is lactic acid based.   Use an oil control treatment that contains active ingredients to reduce excess oil flow and reduce inflammation. Try Skinstitut Moisture Defence for Oily Skin. A vitamin A based product such as Retinol is highly beneficial for problematic skin to regulate healthy skin function and normalise cell turn over and sebaceous secretions. Hydroxy acids and retinol should not be used if an oral vitamin A prescription product such as Roaccutane is being taken.   Avoid highly refined and high carbohydrate foods and drinks. White bread, white rice, biscuits, cakes, pies, pasta and sugary foods and drinks can aggravate acne prone skin. Choose fresh foods such as green leafy vegetables, fish, nuts and seeds and drink plenty of clean filtered water. High fat foods such as butter, cheese, fatty meats and take away foods can also be a trigger for some break out prone skin.   Chill out. Anxiety and stress can cause surges in stress hormones which can aggravate break outs. Look at natural ways to calm the mind and body such as yoga, meditation and soothing camomile teas. Avoid stimulants such as coffee and caffeinated beverages such as cola and energy drinks.   Visit a skincare expert every 2 – 4 weeks for a deep cleansing skin treatment such as microdermabrasion and extractions. The key to clearing breakout is gentle regular exfoliation and professional extractions to clear blackheads and prevent future break outs.   Be patient. If there is under the surface congestion regular exfoliation is likely to temporarily bring this to the surface. This is part of the skin renewal process as unhealthy skin comes to the surface to be replaced by healthy new skin. The skin can take 2 – 4 weeks to settle into a new skincare routine. Depending on the degree of breakout it can take anything between a few weeks to several months for the skin to be completely clear.   So there we have it, keep calm, be patient, eat well, visit a professional skin expert and keep your skincare routine simple and say bye bye to break outs for good.     MMx  

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