How To Treat Acne & Dry Skin (part 2)
You might remember in a previous article (read How To Treat Acne On Dry Skin (part 1) if you haven’t already) I talked about the best skincare products and rituals for those experiencing acne AND dry skin.
And I mentioned that there is more to this story than skincare alone. So today I want to talk about some other things we can consider when thinking about treating and healing acne and dry skin together.
Hormones and our skin
Remember, the women who have been asking about this skin problem are adult women around the age of peri-menopause or menopause. And so we would be foolish to ignore the effects of hormonal changes at this time.
The main cause of skin issues at this time in our lives is oestrogen… or rather the lack of it – during the menopause process, levels of oestrogen our bodies produce drops significantly.
Lowered oestrogen levels can result in reduced elasticity in our skin, dryness, more pronounced lines and wrinkles, acne, irritation, sensitivity, and more. As you can see, oestrogen is important for our skin’s health.
So what can we do when our bodies naturally stop producing the levels of oestrogen our skin requires? We can look for oestrogen-mimicking foods such as soybeans and flax seeds.
Sidenote: if you’re already past menopause and your body has found balance, I wouldn’t advise trying to manipulate your hormones with food in this way as it could cause more upset and imbalance to your system.
Diet for healthy skin
Beyond the specific hormonal requirements from our diet, mentioned above, a healthy diet in general will greatly benefit your skin.
This is perhaps an obvious point and one I have talked about many times previously so I won’t labour too much on it here. Suffice to say that our bodies and our skin will gain health and wellbeing from fresh, whole, organic foods where possible.
A liver support supplement would be beneficial to help reduce breakouts, and you could also add supplements such as evening primrose oil or fish oils (there are vegan alternatives available) to your diet to support your skin’s natural oil levels.
Wrap up warm
Obviously you can’t completely cover your face to shield it from harsh weather conditions, but ensuring the rest of your body is dressed for the occasion, as they say, can help a lot. This is because when your body is sufficiently warm, it means your circulation can continue functioning as “normal” (i.e. supplying your whole body – and skin – with the healthy nutrients it requires) rather than needing to focus on keeping warm.
Humidify your air
This is simple and oh-so-effective tip for dry skin… ensure the air in your home (or office – wherever you spend a lot of time) is not too dry, because dry air = drying to the skin.
An easy way to do this, without the need for any fancy machines, is to place a small bowl of water on top of or near-to the radiators, (unless they’re electric, obvs), wood-burning stoves, or other heat sources in any room. The heat will cause the water to evapourate into the air, avoiding any dry air situations. Just make sure you keep the water topped-up.
Another way to humidify the air in a room with with plants. Plants add moisture to the air through a process called evapotranspiration – water from the soil makes its way up through the roots of the plant, through the stems, and up to the leaves (transpiration), where it’s evaporated into the air through pores on the leaves.
As we saw in my previous article, the right skincare products and rituals are vital for healthy skin. And there are also other things you might need to consider, too, such as those I’ve listed, here.