A Quick Guide To Clearer Skin
Skin tips for the busy professional
A Quick Guide To Clearer Skin
by Rodrigo Diaz
April 18, 2023
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Prepare to dive into the science of clear skin as we explore the intricate connections between hormones, inflammation, and lifestyle factors. By understanding these relationships and implementing evidence-based strategies, you'll be better equipped to manage acne and other skin issues effectively. Embark on this journey towards healthier, more radiant skin and embrace the benefits of a net-positive lifestyle.
When stress levels rise, so does cortisol, a hormone that activates your sebaceous glands, increasing sebum production. This excess oil, combined with dead skin cells and Propionibacterium acnes bacteria, creates an ideal environment for acne formation.
Keep Calm and Carry On: Identify stress triggers and manage them through evidence-based relaxation techniques, such as mindfulness meditation, deep breathing exercises, or progressive muscle relaxation. Lowering stress benefits your skin and your overall health.
2. Smoking and Pollution
Airborne pollutants like particulate matter and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) cause oxidative stress and inflammation on the skin's surface, weakening its barrier function and making it easier for these troublemakers to infiltrate your pores. The result? Acne, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Breathe Easy: If you live in the city, avoiding pollution is a tall order, so make sure to check out some air purifiers online. For skin needs, GOA's Anti-Acne Face Set incorporates antioxidants and other potent ingredients to neutralize free radicals, counteract pollution and environmental stressors, and protect your skin.
Learn more about the Anti Acne Face Set.
3. Touching and Popping
Propping your chin up with your hand might seem harmless, but bacteria and pressure create the perfect storm for acne. Popping pimples can lead to inflammation, secondary infections, and scarring – a definite no-go.
Hands Off: Practice frequent hand-washing and avoid touching your face to reduce the transfer of bacteria and minimize skin irritation.
4. Sun Exposure
Excessive sun exposure can exacerbate acne for some individuals. While sunlight can help the body produce vitamin D, it may also cause skin irritation and increase inflammation. Moreover, some sunblock chemicals, like benzophenones and octocrylene, can clog pores and cause acne breakouts while also irritating the skin for individuals with sensitive skin.
Block It Out: Choose a sunblock with non-comedogenic, broad-spectrum protection to prevent clogged pores and protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Look for sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, as they are less likely to cause irritation or breakouts.
Processed carbs, like white sugar, have a high glycemic index, which leads to rapid blood sugar and insulin spikes. This chain of events increases androgens and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), stimulating sebum production and keratinocyte proliferation, ultimately causing acne.
Sweet Salvation: Opt for a low-glycemic diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, and fruits, and consider natural sweeteners like agave syrup.
Alcohol consumption can cause an imbalance in testosterone and estrogen levels, leading to breakouts and sebum production. Binge drinking also compromises the immune system, impairing your body's ability to fight off infection and inflammation.
Drink Responsibly: Moderation is key. Stay hydrated and enjoy alcohol in moderation to minimize its impact on your hormonal balance and overall health.
Sleep deprivation increases stress hormones like cortisol, which boosts oil production, leading to the clogging of pores and hair follicles. Poor sleep also impairs skin barrier function and reduces the synthesis of collagen and elastin.
Dream On: Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night and engage in regular exercise. If you're struggling with sleep, try evidence-based interventions like cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) or natural sleep aids like melatonin.
In summary, understanding the lifestyle factors contributing to acne from a scientific perspective is essential for maintaining healthy, clear skin. By making evidence-based changes to your daily routine, you can significantly reduce your risk of developing acne and other damage that are a bottleneck to clearer, more vibrant skin. To help support these changes GOA’s got your back with its quick, 2-step, Anti Acne Face Set. Here's to better skin and a net-positive lifestyle!
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