Affecting more than 50 million Americans, acne, whether cystic, rosacea, blackheads, whiteheads – the list goes on – can take a toll on both your well-being and self-esteem. Fortunately for sufferers, while the causes often outweigh successful treatments, getting back to the basics can soothe pimples while boosting skin’s appearance. But first, let’s talk about what causes these unsightly skin bumps.
Curse you genes! According to experts, persons who suffer from acne often report that their parents, too, faced similar skin issues.
You are what you eat. In fact, in a 2013 report published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Diabetics, researchers argued that there is indeed a connection between food and acne. The main culprits include sugary foods, dairy and unhealthy fats. Meanwhile, it was found that foods containing healthy fats, like the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish may help reduce severe acne.
Trapping dirt and oil in pores, makeup, styling products or oils transferred from your hands – which have not been properly rinsed off – can increase your risk of breakouts.