Break­outBan­ish­ing diet dos and don’ts

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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.

Break­out Zone

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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