Prevent Hormonal Breakouts: Breaking the Monthly Cycle
Long after puberty, many women experience monthly breakouts. Some changes in the skin over the course of a month are normal–after ovulation the increase of progesterone makes breakouts more likely. For the same reason, taking an oral contraceptive high in progesterone can lead to skin trouble all month long. Also, hormonal imbalances can cause the liver to produce the substances that lead to the wrong kind of sebum–the natural lubricant produced by glands in the skin. There are some things you can do every day to prevent hormonal breakouts.
If your diet is high in sugar, fat, processed foods, or foods with chemical additives, your body may have a hard time getting rid of these excesses. Your skin’s ability to lubricate and self-clean can be impaired. Remember, your body keeps you healthy by processing out anything toxic, and your skin is a major vehicle for detoxification–including the skin on your face.
Americans spend around $6 billion on skin care products each year–there’s so much advertising encouraging us to turn to the latest chemical-based product for solutions. The trouble is, those products actually add toxins to our bodies, ultimately contributing to deeper levels of organ imbalance and giving our skin even more to deal with.
Here’s a quick primer to manage and even prevent hormonal breakouts without chemicals:
Flush away toxins and fatty residues and improve liver function:
• increase your water
• increase leafy green vegetables
• increase raw fruit and veggies (be cautious with this in cold weather)
Feed Your Skin
Like any other organ, your skin needs specific nutrients for health:
• vitamins A, C, and E–eat your veggies!
• zinc–whole grains, sunflower seeds, raw nuts
• essential fatty acids–flax oil, fish oil, evening primrose oil
Chemical-Free Skin Care
• hot towel scrub: rub down your dry skin with a hot washcloth daily to open all the pores on your body for detoxification (besides just the ones on your face)
• lavender essential oil and tea tree oil: natural antiseptics and excellent topical treatments for blemishes
• food-based masks and peels: coffee & sugar to exfoliate, avocado to moisturize, and papaya for anti-aging and skin repair