Everyone has faced acne at some point in their life. And while these bumps are undesirable, they are also preventable.
Cosmetic chemist and celebrity beautician Elina Fedotovawho is also the founder of Elina Organics & Spas, shared with HELLO ! UNITED STATES her nine tips on lifestyle, nutrition and skin care to prevent acne.
- Nutrition: We start treating inflammatory skin conditions such as acne and rosacea by suggesting dietary changes – reduce or eliminate soft drinks and processed foods as they contain different synthetic additives such as nitrates, artificial colors and flavors . All of these ingredients could stimulate inflammatory processes throughout the body, including the skin. Most people see a reduction in acne right after eliminating dairy and sugary products. If you’re indulging in a desert, I suggest choosing dark chocolate, fruit, or whole-grain baked goods like oatmeal cookies.
- Vegetables & Fruit: In general, you should increase your intake of foods that help cleanse your skin from the inside out, and these foods include all organic green vegetables like celery, cucumber, broccoli, and spinach. Replace them with pasta or potatoes with a clean source of protein. Artichoke is one of the healthiest skin purifying foods. It has a high concentration of silymarin which helps detoxify and calm our skin. The most useful way to eat an artichoke is to boil it for 10 minutes with your favorite spices and use the broth at least a cup a day. Organically grown watermelon also helps cleanse the body and improve your complexion. Organic berries like red and black currants, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, pineapple, and papaya will also help your skin.
- Limit stress: One of the biggest contributors to acne is stress. Cortisol and other stress hormones intoxicate our bodies and could harm all aspects of our health, including the skin.
- Sleep: In general, good sleep is essential to ensure that the body produces all the hormones necessary for proper cell function. We need to make sure that we don’t go to bed too late and that we don’t sleep in a room with a working computer, TV screens and EMF emitting devices. I would also suggest having a cup of relaxing rose, chamomile or valerian root tea. It helps you relax and calm down to have a restful sleep.
- Skin care routine: It’s essential to have a healthy skincare regimen that includes cleansing products that can remove excess amounts of oil and pollutants without damaging your skin’s protective barrier. I would suggest avoiding ingredients with SLS and using sulfate-free cleansing lotions. I also wouldn’t recommend using bar soap for acne-prone skin tone. If for some reason you cannot find a natural and effective cleansing lotion, you can simply replace it by mixing organic kefir with a little baking soda and cleaning your skin with this solution. Baking soda will absorb excess oil and impurities. Kefir will help balance the microbiome of the skin.
- Skin hydration: We’ve all heard that skin needs hydration, but often people confuse hydration with emollience and use oil-based products on their skin as a moisturizer. I would never suggest doing this for acne or rosacea prone skin tone as it can contribute to more breakouts and redness. It is imperative to use special treatment serums with ingredients like salicylic acid extracted from willow bark, herbal extracts of burdock, dandelion, red clover, peppermint and essential oils of turmeric, tea tree and yarrow. They are all useful for complexion problems.
- Makeup/Beauty Routine: It’s crucial to make sure that after using a healthy skincare regimen, you don’t poison it with conventional talc and silicone-based makeup. My advice is that if you are using foundation it should be water based with zinc oxide as the main pigment which protects our skin from sun damage and has healing antimicrobial effects on the skin. Crushed pearls and zinc oxide based makeup powders would be the best choice. Avoid silicone-based ingredients like dimethicone or cyclomethicone in your makeup, as they act like a plastic wrap on your skin, not allowing it to breathe or absorb moisture from the air, and can contribute to more inflammation. Look for ingredients like pearl powder, pit oxide, sunflower phospholipids, herbal extracts and essential oils.