Skin is an organ of elimination and will reflect on the surface much of what is going on inside.
So starting from the inside - diet wise,water!!!!! lots of quality veg, some fruits, lean organic or free range meats, oily fish, nuts , seed, pulses, avoid dairy as much as you can. Some acne is of hormonal origin and cow's milk contains a lot of female hormones which can make an imbalance worse.
Bowels and digestion: are you moving your bowels daily? This eliminates toxins from the body before they can be absorbed into the blood stream and thrown out through the skin.
I recommend taking a good quality probiotic with acidophilus and bifidum strains to encourage a healthy bowel bacteria balance and regulate bowel function.
Skincare: skin needs to be gently and regularly exfoliated to remove the skin cells which needs to be sloughed off daily. Where skin cells accumulate they block pores forcing the acne P bacteria which lives on our skin to go in search of food - which is the sebum or oil we produce. The bacteria eating the sebum in the pores results in inflammation and infection = spots and acne.
Don't use harsh products such as those containing sodium laurel sulphate which strips this protective oil and dries the skin making inflammations worse. Look for ones containing Salicylic acid which gently dissolves the oils and plugs in the top of pores therefore reducing blockages, blackheads, whiteheads, open and closed comedones.
Gently massage a cleanser into the skin - be thorough - remove using warm water AND a cotton facecloth. This will remove all product and the loosened skin cells reducing the chance of blockages and spots.
Stress releases hormones which will increase women's testosterone output. This will stimulate more oil production to congest the skin.
Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome - if you're getting adult blemished skin, have period problems, carbohydrate / sugar cravings and have excess facial or body hair you may have PCOS.
Have a word with your GP - they may consider tests for this.
In the meantime adopt a regular regime using quality products such as Skinceutical's Blemish + Age range, Image Clear Cell, Skinmedica, Medik8 or Circadia products and treatments such as Salicylic peels, Circadia Dermafroast peels, Oxygen Rx facials with Cocoa Enzyme Peel Masks
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