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What stories does your skin hold?

What stories does your skin hold?

Your skin could be hatin’ on your diet.

We’re always told that for a flawless complexion, we must keep up a regular skincare routine. But despite that, acne keeps reappearing, often in the same areas of your face.

Here’s the thing, your skin health is linked to your internal health. So, when certain parts of your face are always blemished, your skin may be trying to tell you something about your body.

Forehead

Acne in this area is linked to a stressed liver. Your liver’s main job is to filter blood and clear toxins. But it’s equally responsible for digestion, breaking down fats, and processing nutrients from the food we eat, including medicine and alcohol.

Overly processed and fatty foods can place unnecessary stress on the liver and weaken it over time. An overloaded liver could result in a buildup of toxins, which could cause your acne. Be kinder to your skin, eat less junk food.

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Nose

Acne on the nose could be a sign of high blood pressure. High blood pressure happens when your heart must work harder to pump blood through your body. Long-term high blood pressure can lead to heart attacks or strokes.

Cut your salt intake, as high levels of sodium have been linked to high blood pressure. And consume less foods and drinks with high amounts of sugars — even artificial sweeteners. Instead, ensure your diet is rich in fruit and veggies to strengthen your skin.

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Cheeks

Acne here is a sign of kidney issues. The kidneys are also responsible for extracting waste and toxins from blood, and regulating the salt and water balance in your body. A buildup of waste and toxins in the body doesn’t just affect your skin health, but can lead to a host of problems, like compromised cognitive function and increased risk of heart disease.

Reduce your sugar intake as well. High levels of blood sugar don’t just increase your risk of diabetes and kidney disease, but can cause inflammation too, worsening acne.

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Chin and jaw

You might’ve noticed that you tend to have acne on your chin close to the first day of your period. Acne here is a good indicator of hormonal imbalance, and hormone-related acne can be a chronic problem that affects women young and old. To combat this, add in foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for hormone production and reducing inflammation — strengthening skin over time. You’ll find omega-3 in foods like salmon, tuna and chia seeds.

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