Ideas & Advice

Is working out and dieting is giving you bad skin?

Too much protein can dry out your skin! This, and other reasons why your complexion is suddenly breaking out.

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Aside from getting your skincare routine right, here are 4 reasons why your skin breaking out and how you can tackle the issue!


1. Your diet – too much protein and not enough fats

A low-carb diet is great for losing fat but a high protein intake can actually dry out your skin which leads to tight patches and a rough texture.

Also, the skin needs lipids to maintain a solid and supple barrier, so removing fat from your diet can cause your skin to become weak and sensitive. There’s a reason why babies have such squeezable skin!

What you should do: If you need to stick to a low-carb diet, be sure to drink plenty of water and boost your skin with a hydrating serum.

Include foods like almonds and avocados in your daily diet as they are rich in good fats and vitamin E which supports skin lipids.



2. Going off the pill

If you’ve stopped taking birth control pills, this will likely result in excessive sebum production, causing more of your pores to clog and before you know it, angry-looking pimples are forming around your nose, mouth and chin.

Because the supply of artificial oestrogen from your birth control pills is no longer there to suppress your androgen male hormones, there’s nothing suppressing your sebum production as well.

What you should do: Calm and clear your congested skin with pH-balancing products that won’t strip away precious oils.


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3. Excessive perspiration from working out

Unfortunately, not all effects from keeping fit are good. Sweating excessively can cause ‘baby acne’ – tiny red spots and boils found along your hairline and jawline.

Perspiration aggravates the years that naturally occurs on skin, and in some cases it can cause a fungal skin infection.

What you should do: Definitely don’t stop working out! Instead, get an antifungal cream from your doctor and be sure to wash your face before and after every workout with a hypoallergenic cleanser.


4. Stress, of course

When we get stressed, anxious or anything nerve-wrecking – all of which wedding planning will inevitably bring on – our adrenal glands release the steroid cortisol to stabilise our organs.

The downside of this function? It can inhibit collagen production in our skin and in the long run, our complexion will start to look grey and haggard.

What you should do: Treat yourself to some revitalizing, anti-stress skincare products and mask yourself!