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Fight Acne Breakouts

Looking to fight acne breakouts and pimples this holiday season?  While a daily skincare regimen plays a hefty role in the quality and clarity of your skin, you may not have considered that what you consume can also effect what’s happening on the outside of your skin. Since Halloween is this week and candy consumption is at it’s max, we thought it would be a good time to share some insight on how to keep your skin pimple free through the holidays.
1- Moderate the Chocolate- Chocolate can increasingly raise insulin levels that can lead to acne bacteria. It’s important to not overindulge in this holiday delicacy.
2- Limit Dairy Products- Milk holds hormones that build tissue in the body. These hormones can also increase oil production that can lead to blemished skin.
3- Avoid High Calorie Foods- It can be hard to keep away from all the delicious desserts and candy during the holidays, but these treats can often increase skin oil output, which often lead to clogged pores and acne breakouts.
4- Keep up with Omega-3 Acids- These fatty acids are generally found in fish oils, nuts, spices, etc. A good balance of Omega-3s will help swelling and redness usually brought on by acne.
5- Pass up the White Breads- When adding that hefty portion of stuffing onto your plate, be mindful that eating high glycemic index foods may be tied to flare-ups. Stay away from empty carb foods, such as, white bread, pasta, and white rice.
6- Lastly, add Zinc to your diet- Zinc helps reduce inflammation, and helps kill acne bacteria.  Basically, Oyster roasts are a must this holiday season, along with other seafood like crab and lobster.  Other foods high in Zinc to consider are Spinach, Cashews, and Pumpkin seeds.
Remember, more tricks, rather than treats to kick off the holiday season!