In The Clear

16 Jun 2009

Beat breakouts with our complexion perfecting guide

They look like they have flawless skin, right? But scrape away the layers of foundation, and you’ll discover that many of Hollywood’s blemish-free faces are actually just as spotty as a teenagers, but theirs are hidden under major amounts of cleverly applied make-up.

Whilst ALICIA KEYS says stress is the cause of her frequent flare-ups, BRITNEY battles her hormonal breakouts with prescription medication. Even super-confident KATY PERRY confesses to having insecurities about her less-than-perfect off-camera appearance, revealing, “I have acne scars. I’m self-conscious about that, so sometimes I wear too much make-up to cover them up.”

Spot on

Affecting more than 50 per cent of women, there is no single cause of acne, nor a magical pill to fix it. Often brought on by stress, hormonal fluctuations, environmental factors, food intolerances or a poor diet, acne is triggered by the inflammation of the sebaceous glands. Whilst it usually disappears by the mid 20’s, severe acne can cause permanent scarring. The good news? Just a few simple lifestyle changes can help to stop spots being such a blot on the facial landscape...

Top foods to boost your complexion

Egg whitesWhey protein shakesAntioxidant berries (blueberries, red grapes, strawberries)NutsLeafy green vegPeppers (red, yellow, orange)CucumbersTomatoesAspargausRocketHerbs (coriander, basil, parsley, mint)Spices (turmeric, ginger)

Skin solutions

Olay skin care specialist Dr Naina reveals her top five blemish-fighting tips...

1 Avoid red meat, processed foods, alcohol, cigarettes, fried foods and high sugar foods, as they can cause an inflammation in the skin.

2 Drinking water throughout the day is vital for keeping the skin hydrated. Avoid leaving plastic water bottles in the freezer or in the sun, as many of these plastics can release bisphenols, which mimic synthetic estrogens and may even be carcinogenic.

3 A good skin care regime is extremely important. When it comes to washing your face – rinse your skin several times in cold water and use a gentle water-based face cleanserrather than a harsh astringent, that will strip the skin of oils, therefore encouraging it to produce more.

4 Avoid using any topical ingredients that contain high concentrations of vitamin C, glycolic acids or hydroquinones before you go out in the sun.

5 Internally, maintain a balanced diet rich in antioxidants found in fresh fruits and vegetables to help improve the skin’s radiance.
Try and avoid dairy products if you can, as they can exacerbate skin problems.

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