Your health What yo skin says about yo

Fac­ing the truth about our bad eat­ing habits

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News -

“If you’re prone to bad skin purely around the chin area, this is a clear in­di­ca­tor your hor­mones are not be­ing reg­u­lated well,” ex­plains der­ma­tol­o­gist Nikki.

“Hor­mones called an­dro­gens stim­u­late the pro­duc­tion of se­bum, which is the oil re­spon­si­ble for clog­ging pores. That’s why you of­ten see acne flares dur­ing men­stru­a­tion and pu­berty.

“The hor­mones that cause this


type of acne are oe­stro­gen and pro­ges­terone, which both fluc­tu­ate widely through­out the men­strual cy­cle month.”

Stress hormone cor­ti­sol can also lead to flare-ups.

Nikki says: “I would ad­vise drink­ing lots of wa­ter, which will flush out tox­ins and keep skin hy­drated – which makes a mas­sive dif­fer­ence.

“But if your stress lev­els are not man­age­able, or if you are find­ing pim­ples all month long around your chin rather than just at your time of the month, I would sug­gest go­ing to your GP for some tests.”

Nu­tri­tion­ist Elina adds: “In­crease your in­take of omega-3 es­sen­tial fatty acids to help bal­ance your hor­mones and to ben­e­fit from their anti-in­flam­ma­tory ef­fects.

“Good sources in­clude oily fish, chia seeds, pump­kin seeds, hemp seeds, flaxseeds and wal­nuts.”

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