Have you noticed more stingy acne lately and wondered why you can't seem to get rid of it? As it turns out, there's been a lot of research on what acne in different areas of your face really means and to me, the most interesting of all is what the acne on your chin is trying to tell you. Lately, I've been noticing that more and more celebs are cutting dairy out of their diet, and while life seems like it would be totally dull without cheese, if you have sensitive skin, you might want to consider cutting back on the cheddar (just a bit). Of course, oily meals can be an obvious factor to breakouts, but what I didn't know is that dairy can actually be a huge cause of acne on your chin. Recently, some doctors have said that there are symptoms of lactose intolerance than we may be overlooking and acne on the chin can be one of the tell-tale signs. This comes from our body's inability to digest a protein called casein, which is often found in cow's milk. When this protein gets into the blood stream, it can cause inflammation, which can later lead to acne. We've all heard about the hormones in milk at some point, and because of these hormones and the pasteurization process, drinking milk can make our bodies produce up to 60 percent more oil than we would normally. When we drink the hormones in milk, our sebaceous glands (which produce oil and secrete it onto our skin and hair follicles) begin to narrow and our pores become clogged more easily, leaving us with more frequent pimple appearances. The moral of the story? If you're having trouble with acne, specifically on your chin, reducing your dairy intake may be a huge help.
Cleaning up your diet in general and including more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will also help clear up your skin. Foods that are easy for the body to digest are less likely to cause inflammation, which will allow your glands to open up and therefore allow the pores to clog less often. Some examples of foods that help us fight inflammation are dark leafy greens like kale and broccoli, fish, nuts, and fruits like blueberries and cherries.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying you should give up dairy entirely, but limiting your intake may help reduce those stingy chin pimples for good! Of course, healthy eating doesn't always provide immediate results.
If you need a few products to help get your chin cleared up quickly, here are some ideas to get you started:
A Clay Face Mask
Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask, $11, Memebox
This mask is the perfect addition to your bedtime routine: It's deep pore cleanser and makeup remover all in one!
A Charcoal Sponge
The charcoal bamboo in the sponge acts like a magnet for impurities, pulling dirt and oil out of your pores as you wash. Plus, it'll gently exfoliate your skin, too!
A Benzoyl Peroxide Cleanser
Benzoyl peroxide helps fight pimples even before they surface and the best part about this cleanser is that you can apply a thicker layer and leave it on as a mask for a deeper clean.
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