dermatologists have been debating for years about whether food affects your skin or not. now-a-days, most dermatologists agree that the food that you eat could have a great impact on your skin. if you think about it, the toxins in your blood stream, that the liver can not always filter, are trying to escape and will almost always do so on the face. definitely changing your diet for the better will improve the over-all look of your skin. just remember, when cutting back or eating limited variations of food to keep supplements in mind to keep your body full of the vitamins that it needs.
a small thing that might help, keep hands away from face! resting your head in your hands or excessively wiping the oils off your face will spread bacteria.
from what you have told us, i can tell you that your skin is severely dehydrated, it's not dry (lacking oils, this is a skin type like oily, normal/combination, or dry) its lacking water. staying hydrated is the best way to prevent genetic aging and if the dehydration is as severe as cracking or flaking skin, then bacteria can get under the skin and infect it or create more zits. find a moisturizer that offers great hydration. Vichy (#1 derm brand sold in canada) has a line specifically for dehydrated skin called Aqualia Thermal, which is good for all skin types. another great one would be Biotherm (#1 skin care brand in canada), their moisturizers are VERY hydrating and all of their products are divided into skin types. now you have told us that you are oily in some places, so to tell if your skin is oily or normal/combination, im going to ask where you are most oily. see, skin types are divided by the amount of pores and their location on the face. if you have pores and oilier skin on the nose and T-zone (forehead nose and chin), then you have a normal/combination skin. however, if the pores extend past the nose to the cheeks then you have an oily skin. a lot of the time the excess oils is what can clog pores, but this does not mean that the oils are bad, just that there is too much, the oils are there to create a barrier and protect the skin which is why toners are important. when you wash your face, you wash away this barrier and your skin is left unprotected until your skin can make it back in 2-3 hours. that means that your face is unprotected from bacteria, pollution and free-radicals for up to 3 hours. an oil-free alcohol-free toner like biotherm's immediately restores the barrier to a balanced level.if you use a cleanser that has a more acidic pH then it does not strip the barrier so i would suggest using a mattifying product to help with the extra oils like Neostrata's mattifying fluid. it is the BEST one that i have used so far. their toners specifically for people with acne, and they contain glycolic acid which helps the skin to shed only the dead skin and keep bacteria from burrowing under the dead skin cells and prevent new acne from coming up.
another thing i would suggest is to chart your cycles. you chart your basal body temperature, check the cervical fluid and the position of your cervix everyday to determine where you are in your cycle. (doing this is used for contraception, conception, and woman's health monitoring) the reason that i suggest this is that your acne might be hormonal. if you break out around ovulation or during your mensies, you know that it's your hormones that are making you break out. to help reduce the breakouts get a hormonal balancer. for this you would have to speak to a woman's health nurse and they can suggest something depending on what hormones are imbalanced and what ones make you react more. (ever wonder why people on birth control generally have clearer skin? their hormones are balanced and on track though i would NEVER suggest birth control for any reason, especially for acne. birth control damages more than just the body's reproductive system) acne caused by hormones will not be affected much by your skin care regime though.
sorry i did not get more specific about the mayo but i thought i could offer more options to help treat the condition that you were initially worried about. if you wish to know more about these products, skin analysis, clarification (i did not have time to go over what i wrote) or charting please do not hesitate to message me :)
cosmetics skin professional
personal experience (i have very oily skin myself and have faught the same battle that you are fighting)
lived with a women's health practitioner for two years
· 10 years ago