Why are you breaking out?
1. Touching your face
This is something most of us do without even being aware of it, and is the common cause of breakouts around your chin and jawline. Make a conscious effort to not touch your face during the day. Also, be sure to clean your mobile phone often, as holding your phone to your face can also be causing bacteria to spread and giving you breakouts on your cheeks.
Claudia Fallah tip: Make sure that you wash your hands, especially after travelling on public transport and holding on to the rail. The same goes for touching trolleys in the supermarket which never get cleaned. Carry a small anti bacterial hand gel in your bag.
Stress has been proven in clinical studies to worsen the overall skin condition. This is because stress induces the adrenal glands into overproduction of cortisol, a steroid, which in turn makes sebaceous glands produce more oil and make skin extra oily. Thus the reason why in stressful periods, people experiencing an increase in acne get more inflamed, puss-filled papules than simple whiteheads or blackheads.
Claudia Fallah tip: I always recommend Magnesium to lower stress levels, since magnesium is necessary for the detox of cortisol. It affects the sympathetic nervous system and norepinephrine releases, which causes cortisol release as part of your stress response. Magnesium is essential for the detoxification of cortisol as well and adequate levels help to return you to a more relaxed state of mind.
Many women can experience a surge of blemishes leading up to their monthly cycle and mid cycle during ovulation due to hormone fluctuations in the body. This is completely normal, but can be very frustrating.
Claudia Fallah tip: Cover Rescue Night will be a great skin saviour to help over night to eliminate break outs or deal with inflammation.
I have recently written an article on Hormones and the skin which you can read here.
4. Air Travel
The cabins of airplanes have extremely low humidity, which cause the skin to get extremely dehydrated (lack of water). The dry air looks for moisture where it can get it and that means robbing it right from your skin! The dehydrated cells cause a buildup, which can trap oil underneath the skin resulting in post-flight breakouts.
Claudia Fallah tip: Drink plenty of water during your air travel and take our award winning Calming Herbal Lotion with you on to the plane. If your skin is in need of freshening up, hydrating and calming you can just spritz over your skin and feel refreshed and energised.
5. Your Diet
If you are developing breakouts on your chin, jaw line and neck area, it might be a sign that you’re getting more dairy or sugar in your diet than your body can tolerate.
Your skin acts as an excretory system to get rid of things that your body is not in agreement with, so when you get too much dairy or sugar, it is by nature harder to digest and can come out in the form of cystic blemishes in the lower area of the face.
Claudia Fallah tip: Introduce more greens into your diet since this helps to balance the ph level in your blood. Another nice trick is to have some water with freshly squeezed in lemon in the morning first thing.