Congested skin is a problem for many women, far more common than assumed. Statistics show that 50% of women are effected by some form of acne during their adult lives. It can show in the form of clogged pores, blackheads, blind pimples, whiteheads and cysts.
Congested skin can be caused by a variety of factors - anything from diet, lifestyle and stress to genetics and hormones (which play a major role) making it unpredictable and notoriously tricky to treat.
Whilst often hormonal, there is usually a trigger for breakouts such as a build-up of sweat or oil, inadequate cleansing, poor diet and poor gut health.
Although congestion is complex, managing and treating it doesn’t have to be. We believe with the right approach to diet and a simplified skin routine made up of effective products - you’ll see positive results in no time.
Diet is everything when it comes to your skin, you truly are what you eat.
Diet is everything when it comes to your skin, you truly are what you eat. For congested skin, sticking to a low-inflammatory diet of foods rich antioxidants, vitamins, omegas and probiotics is essential for tackling and preventing breakouts. (And of course a keeping to a minimum - dairy, refined sugar, alcohol and caffeine)
Start from the inside and feed your skin with these nutrient dense food groups.
- Pre and Probiotic rich foods including oats, sauerkraut and apple cider vinegar will all help heal your gut and in turn heal your skin.
- Dark leafy greens, broccoli and cabbage are intensely rich in sulphur compounds which will directly help with eliminating the toxins that cause acne. You cannot eat enough of these cruciferous greens! Try and include in every meal.
- Carrots, Kumera, Pumpkin and Avocado are all rich in Beta Carotene and Pro-Vitamin A which are powerful skin healers, helping to rejuvenate skin and promote skin cell turnover
- Berries and Pomegranates are an incredible source of antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory. These powerhouse fruits also protect skin from UV stress and free radical damage.
- Chia seeds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and flaxseeds are full of zinc which are incredible for boosting immunity to the bacteria that causes spots.
TOP TIP: Ditch the dairy if you’re serious about combating congestion. Clinical studies have recently established a link between milk consumption and acne. Milk contains testosterone precursors, which cause increased sebum production.
For congested skin, sticking to a low-inflammatory diet of foods rich antioxidants, vitamins, omegas and probiotics is essential for tackling and preventing breakouts.
Start an effective skincare routine that’s easy to follow and don’t over-do it. Over-cleansing and over-exfoliating will only disrupt the skin barrier and in-turn may strip the skin of oil – which means it will only produce more to compensate. And excessive use of products or using too many active products will only overwhelm and irritate the skin causing more problems.
1.We always suggest double cleansing at night to ensure you get a proper yet gentle cleanse. Firstly cleanse with Bioderma H2O to remove makeup, sunscreen and dirt. Follow with a gel formula to ensure a proper cleanse.
2.Exfoliation is extremely important, and formulas that include AHA’s are the gold standard.
Cane & Austin range of Glycolic (AHA) Treatments are some the of most effective on the market, the scrub, mask and pads all help to accelerate the removal of dead skin cells that interfere with proper oil drainage that cause breakouts.
TOP TIP: Don’t over-do exfoliation – 2-3x a week is adequate.
3.To treat active blemishes, Salicylic Acid is favoured by dermatologists as a spot treatment for its ability to help break down the outer layer of skin, speeding up the resolution of pimples, and helping with pigmentary change to diminish superficial scars.
4.Introduce Retinol. The gold-standard topical fighter for congested skin is retinol. This is one of the most effective treatments for acne prone skin due to its ability to stimulate collagen production and exfoliate the top layers of skin cells. This really helps in reducing the formation of both blackheads and whiteheads, as well as improving pigmentation and staining in the skin left behind by acne.
5.Introduce a mask once a week to clear, heal and promote good skin health. NIOD’s Flavanone Mask is a cult favourite that powerfully decongests skin as well promotes long term skin health with continued use and CODAGE Purifying Masque is a luxurious clay treatment that leaves skin clear and revitalised.
6.Even oily and blemish prone skin requires hydration. Never skip this step and include a lightweight moisturiser like NIODs Hydration Vaccine - a light and mattifying moisturiser that deeply hydrates without clogging pores.