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This area relates to the lungs, so pimples here could be due to pollution or smoking. “Both increase oxidative stress, which exacerbates acne,” says Dr. Fishman.
Antioxidants help counteract the harmful free radicals that stir up inflammation, and a recent study showed that topical and oral antioxidants might actually help prevent breakouts. Apply an antioxidant serum every day (Juice Beauty’s, above, has potent green and white teas), and try a zinc supplement—it’s been shown to calm inflammation in the skin.
Your makeup or skin care may be the prob. “Silicone and oil, even good-for-you ones like coconut, can plug pores,” says Dr. Fishman. Another suspect: your bacteria-laden cell phone.
Keep pores clear with oil-free, noncomedogenic products, never sleep in your makeup, and wipe that iphone clean (or at least use earbuds). Cosmopolitan APRIL 2016 Bioderma murad Transforming Powder Dual-action Cleanser & Exfoliator, P1,450. Refining Mask, for 30-day kit.
In traditional Chinese medicine, the center of the face is associated with the heart. Any redness and blemishes here may be stress-related, says Dr. Marmur.
Try stressrelievers like deep breathing, meditation, and yoga. And make sure to get enough rest and exercise to reduce excess cortisol and calm your skin.
“Since there are a lot of oil glands on the nose, it’s prime territory for acne,” says Dr. Fishman.
Salicylicacid products are great for keeping grease at bay, but Dr. Fishman also recommends sulfur to cut oil and inflammation. Apply a sulfur mask (like Proactiv’s, above) twice weekly to keep your T-zone clear. Cow’s milk—including ice cream; dermas say it can stimulate oil glands and exacerbate acne. Yogurt (even made with cow’s milk). The probiotics bring good bacteria to the digestive system, which can calm inflammation.
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