It seems we are breaking out more than ever - according the the American Academy of Dermatology more than 25% of woman aged 29-49 are experiencing adult acne.
From personal experience, acne can be embarassing and very upsetting - especiallly as an adult.
And guess what? Its not because you didn't wash you face last night...
Its an internal issue that is a reflection of inflammation and unbalanced hormones.
Here are 5 things to ditch (or at least reduce) to clear up your skin...
All milk - even organic milk - contains hormones. This adds extra, unnecessary hormones to your body. Dairy products are also very acidic, inflammatory and can be difficult to digest causing stress and stain that results in acne flare ups.
BPA's (Bisphenol A) is an industrial chemical used to make certain plastics. They are most commonly found in plastic food containers and the lining of cans used for canned goods. The chemical compound mimics and disrupts hormones which can trigger acne - among many other issues in your body. Switch to glass food storage containers and look for canned products that don't have BPA's - Eden Organic is one that does not contain any BPA's.
A major cause of inflammation is stress. Daily stressors raise your cortisol level which in turn increases inflammation resulting in your glands releasing more oil and your immune system slowing down. Try to manage your stress levels by taking some deep breaths, exercising, going out with friends or taking a bath. Soothing your stress levels will help reduce your inflammation and therefore your acne.
Staying hydrated keeps your natural elimination process working well - flushing out toxins, unwanted hormones and even keeping inflammation down. Fresh water is your best bet as well as herbal or green tea. Stay away from sugary drinks - they will only up your inflammation levels.
Processed carbohydrates like white pasta, white bread and traditional baked goods increase insulin levels which cause the production of androgens (male hormones that women also make). These hormones increase inflammation and oil production. Reach for more veggies, fruits, seeds and nuts or whole grains such as quinoa or brown rice to keep insulin levels steady and reduce inflammation.