We all suffer from spots at some point in our lives, me included! Whether it’s from hormonal changes, stress, pollution or general skin issues, trying to understand your skin is a whole other ball game. During my teens, I used to desperately scrawl the internet, searching for the ‘why’s?’ and ‘how’s?’ of acne, trying to get a better understanding of how the skin works, and obsessively analysing the triggers and factors in my every-day life, just to find an answer to my own personal struggles. And ever since, I have taken such great care of my skin and followed a strict and regimented skincare routine. For most men and women, facial acne can become somewhat of a nightmare and even at times, embarrassing, so finding yourself wondering why those dreaded, spotty breakouts occur and what they may be telling you about your health, can be depleting. So what exactly does it mean when they appear on certain areas of our faces? And how do you treat them?
How about the cheeks
If you’re prone to red, bumpy pimples across your cheeks, it could potentially be a condition called rosacea, which is linked to bacterial imbalances on the skin and gut. This ultimately means that you may need to start re-thinking and tweaking your diet habits, so as a starting point, make sure to incorporate plenty of fibre in to your diet, such as veggies, fruits, nuts & seeds, wholegrains as well as fermented foods such as kefir, kombucha, organic full fat natural yogurt and sauerkraut. A good probiotic supplement may also help.
And the jawline
Spots around the jawline can often be hormonal in their nature, so you might find that these are more prevalent around menstruation or when there is a shift in hormones, such as puberty or menopause. You may also see these worsen during periods of heightened stress and anxiety.
To improve symptoms, try adding in foods that can help balance oestrogen levels, for example cruciferous vegetables which include broccoli, cauliflower, kale and cabbage. Turmeric is also useful for supporting the liver and hormones, as is garlic, so try adding these into your diet regularly.
So what about the forehead?
Spots on the forehead can often be linked to an imbalance in sebum (oil) production. This relies on zinc, so try to up your intake of foods rich in this mineral, for example organic grass-fed red meat, shellfish such as crab (oysters being the highest source of zinc!), pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds, and high percentage dark chocolate (in moderation). Avoid high sugar and refined foods in excess, as these can also affect oil production and focus instead on healthy oils.
And last, but not least, the nose
This area of the face is full of diluted pores, so ensure you keep you regularly clean your makeup brushes. Traditional Chinese medicine also links this area to the cardiovascular system, so make sure you increase your omega 3 fatty acids intake by adding oily fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines), organic grass-fed meat and plant-based sources (flaxseed, walnuts and hemp) to your diet. Try to also up your green leafy veggies, which are a rich source of vitamin K which is important for cardiovascular health.
Taking good care of your body from the inside and out is essential for maintaining clear skin. To give that extra boost to your skin, why not try the Young LDN ‘A Breath of Fresh Air Oxygen RX Facial’.