You’re suffering from breakouts and NOTHING is working. You’ve tried every pill, potion, cream and tablet but you’re still suffering from acne. What are you doing wrong?

Here are the top five reasons you still have acne and tips on how to treat them now:

Diet

If you’re consuming lots of processed foods and foods that are high in sugar, I can almost guarantee you will still be suffering from acne.  If you find that you are eating a well balanced, healthy diet and are still having issues it may be time to get a food allergy test. It is possible to have food allergies to “healthy” foods such as eggs, nuts or even garlic! These stomach upsets can cause your skin to flare up and result in acne.

What to try: Include more fruit and vegetables in your diet and avoid any processed foods including sugar. Check out my 14 Day Clear Skin Meal Plan HERE!

Stress

It’s no secret that stress causes those pesky breakouts around the chin and neck area but it’s even MORE common if you already suffer from acne. Be mindful that stressful situations can cause an inflammatory response in the body and result in further breakouts.

What to try: Take breaks during the day and enjoy some deep breaths, meditation or light stretching.

Lifestyle 

One of the best things you can do for your skin is live a balanced life. Alcohol, smoking and sweet foods are all going to trigger further acne and breakouts. That’s not to say you can’t have fun! Just make sure you are not smoking (it makes your skin ugly) and if you choose to drink, opt for an organic wine over a highly sugared pre-mixed drink. It’s also really important that you are clocking a good nights sleep every night. 8+ hours beauty sleep is what’s needed every night to rejuvenate your body and skin.

What to try: Live a balanced life and enjoy 8+ hours of beauty sleep every night.

Skincare 

Remember that what goes on, goes in. That goes for skincare too. Be mindful that skincare and makeup products containing nasty chemicals such as SLS, mineral oil or artificial fragrances can flare up your acne and make your skin worse. If you are using a synthetic skincare regime, I would HIGHLY recommend that you switch to a natural brand. The benefit of using natural products is a reduction in toxins that enter the blood stream.

What to try: Opt for a natural skincare brand. Some of my favourites are People for Plants, La Mav and LUSH.

Toxins

An overload of toxins in the body can result in acne and breakouts. This is because your liver and kidneys have to work over-time in order to flush all the toxins from your body and purify your blood. The best thing is to reduce intake of toxins as much as possible and assist your liver in eliminating toxins. Be mindful of toxins in food, particularly pesticide sprayed fruit and vegetables and processed foods. Aim to have 7-9 glasses of water every day, remembering that tea/coffee are diuretics so consume an extra glass for every cup of tea/coffee you drink.

What to try: Choose organic fruit and vegetables, wash produce well, reduce intake of processed foods and drink 7-9 glasses of water every day.

Need more help? Check out my complete acne guide including 14 Day Clear Skin Meal Plan and downloadable shopping list HERE. 

Olivia x