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Pimples and Wrinkles

pimples and wrinklesI am well into my 40s and am getting them both – pimples and wrinkles. I always thought there were stages and ages for my biggest organ of the body – the skin. Apparently not!!

Can pimples and wrinkles be treated at the same time? This is a question many adults with pimples are asking.

The answer is yes, but it is actually a little more complicated than that. It is important to understand that as the skin ages, it makes it more prone to breakouts due to reduced cell turnover while dead skin cells build up faster making it more prone to get trapped in pores.

Once people see lines on their face, they will usually resort to thick creams and moisturisers that further increase the occurrence of pores clogging. Then, when pimples start to develop, they will use harsh cleansers that usually just worsen the problem.

What YOU can do about it

6 tips on reducing those pesky pimples and supporting great skin

1. Read your labels

Would you wash your car with a chemical cleaner that damaged your car’s paint job? So why would you want to wash your skin with a product containing ingredients that may damage your skin? When choosing a suitable skin care product, avoid ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), formaldehyde, mineral oils and parabens. Check out natural skincare products from your Health Food Shop or make your own.

2. Support your liver

Pimples can be due to hormonal imbalance and if your liver detoxification system is not efficient then higher amounts of hormones remain in the blood, sending out the ‘more oil’ message to your oil glands. This excess oil then mixes with dead skin cells and bacteria, and this blocks your pores. Help your liver removing excess hormones from your body with a good liver detox product. Contact Missing Link for more information.

3. Control oil production

Eating the right foods has a major impact on how much oil your skin produces via prostaglandin regulation. Prostaglandins are your ‘project managers’ in the body and are responsible for regulating how much oil is produced in the skin. Beneficial prostaglandins reduce inflammation and promote clear skin while bad prostaglandins increase inflammation and excess oil production.

Foods to increase in your diet include omega-3 rich salmon, tuna, sardines, flaxseed oil and flax or linseeds and zinc found in oysters, wheat germ and pumpkin seeds. Foods to avoid include dairy products, fried and processed food and reducing saturated fat intake.

4. Think green and friendly

Applying this mantra to your daily routine is essential for healthy skin. Providing your body with green foods and friendly gut flora has an alkalising effect on the body. Green foods can be in the form of adding chlorophyll to your water, Kale and Cashew Soup or the Antioxidant Salad. Think friendly bacteria and support your bowel flora with a suitable probiotic.

5. Work on your hat collection

Hats may not be your thing but excess sun exposure can cause premature skin wrinkling. Not convinced? Take a look at the skin on your bottom. Nice and smooth compared to skin that is constantly exposed to the sun. Protect your skin with a hat, suitable clothing and sun screen if you are going to be outside for long periods of time or have fair skin.

6. Sweat it out

Good circulation is vital for healthy skin. A pumping circulation is necessary to carry nutrients and oxygen to your skin so wounds can be repaired and new skin cells can be formed. Aim for at least 15 minutes of moderate exercise five times a week. Not only will it help your body to look trim, firm and terrific, it also helps to prevent cellulite and gives your skin a healthy glow.

Source:  Fischer, Karen 2011, The Healthy Skin Diet, Exisle Publishing, Wollombi, Australia

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