The new ‘cure’ for acne? 

Hello everyone 😊 I think we all, both girls and guys have experienced acne in their lives, so it’s definitely nothing to be disheartened about even if you still have experiences in your adult life (or near that time of the month 😉).

Generally acne can be caused by a number of things but the main thing is that’s it’s an inflammatory condition. Often caused by a build up of bacteria and dead skin either under the skin or on the surface. So below I’ve listed some potential causes and even tips!! 

Wheat and Gluten: some people are gluten intolerant which can cause general inflammation in the body. It would be wise to get an allergy test if you have symptoms.

Sugar: try to get your sources from minimally unprocessed foods like raw honey, dates, raisins and fruits all within moderation*

Dairy: often considered an inflammatory food also increasing mucus production and disrupting digestion.

Omega6 fatty acids: these are easily found in modern western diets and become inflammatory if not balanced by good amounts of omega-3 fatty acids.

Alcohol: always a BIG NO NO. Very little documented health benefits.

Stress: when we stress out, our bodies produce even more cortisol* and testosterone often causing increased sebum production and breakouts.

Exercise: everyone knows that when you exercise and sweat your body releases happy chemicals. Sweating is good for the skin increasing blood flow and balancing electrolytes, warming the skin and allowing clogged pores to be released.

Hygiene: something which can always be improved. Try washing your hands more, touch your face less and use clean bathroom and bedroom items.

*for the UK the nhs (and other academic websites) state appropriate portion sizes.

*cortisol: steroid hormone

Turmeric Face Mask

Hello again ☺ I’m not 100% sure if I’ve posted a turmeric face mask recipe before I just thought it is so relevant now that the weather is getting warmer. Nobody wants dull, lifeless looking skin and this face mask will give you the opposite: bright, glowing skin!! I know it is traditional for many cultures and it’s one of my favourites because it is homemade and the ingredients are so easy to purchase.

Ingredients 
1 tbsp turmeric
1 tsp plain flour
1/3 tsp bicarbonate soda
2 tbsp lemon juice or water

So you literally mix all the ingredients together into a bowl. Should be a nice, smooth, runny consistency. Use a small brush to apply it to your face and leave to dry. After about 15-20 minutes wash off with warm water, pat dry and then rub oil over your face.

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