Have you ever looked longingly into the fruit bowl and wondered what banana may do for the skin? Hey it's good enough to be ingested, why not slather it over my face?
Now we don't want to be the fun police, and it is not our intention to kill your creativity. We just love skin so much that we want you to look after yours and make educated decisions.
REMEMBER just because it's on the internet does not mean it is true. The internet and its counterparts are unregulated sources of information. Anyone can be an expert...and unfortunately there are many D.I.Y skincare recipes that are actually causing more harm than good.
Firstly D.I.Y is a one size approach. The person who came up with the concoction does not know your skin type and most likely does not have an understanding of how the skin works.
Secondly, food and cosmetic ingredients have different grades. Cosmetic grade ingredients are higher quality and have to meet a purity standard.
Thirdly, you need some form of preservative. Many D.I.Y masks contain raw eggs and raw honey which can lead to harmful bacteria.
It has been known anecdotally for a long time that the B Vitamins cause acne eruptions. Until recently the understanding of why this occurs has eluded many. Recent research however has revealed that the acne bacteria, Vitamin B12 and skin microbiome have a intertwined relationship.
Research has identified that there is a difference between gene expression of skin bacteria in acne patients, compared to healthy individuals with clear skin. They found that the B12 synthesis pathway of Propionibacterium acnes (P.acnes) in acne patients was low compared to healthy individuals, which led them to study the relationship between B12 and acne. Many bacteria need B12 for metabolic activity and they have the ability to synthesise their own.
What the research found is that when B12 is supplemented that the bacteria stopped producing their own supplies and instead begin producing porphyrins molecules. Porphyrins can generate inflammation and acne is triggered by inflammation initially.
Vitamin B12 actually altered the normal metabolic pathway and activity of the skin bacteria. B12 supplementation can make clear skin become prone to acne skin, which has been evidenced by the increase in breakouts post vitamin B12 supplementation.
Researchers also observed that another pathway, the porphyrins biosynthesis, is linked to the B12 biosynthesis pathway. They hypothesize that when there is an elevated B12 level, it leads to an overproduction of porphyrins by P.acnes. Previous studies have shown that porphyrins can induce inflammation and acne.
So what can you do?
Avoid supplements that have high doses of vitamin B12 in them. Be aware of foods high in vitamin B12. Milk, Cheese, Liver, Kidney, Pate, Clams, Crab, Oysters and Mussels all contain high levels of vitamin B12. For those of you in Australia the beloved Vegemite is another source of B vitamins. You may want to limit some of these food choices if your skin is currently experiencing breakouts and flare ups.
Cocoa is prized for its natural nutritional benefits. It is high in magnesium which has benefits. However, if you are acne prone it is best to get your magnesium from other sources.
Whether or not chocolate causes acne has been a huge debate. It is known without a doubt dairy and sugar can aggravate acne skins.
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Aesthetic Dermatology in 2014 found cocoa consumption is detrimental to those who are acne prone.
A double blinded placebo study examined the effect of cocoa consumption on acne lesion exacerbation. Fourteen men between the ages of 18 and 35 were assigned to swallow capsules filled with either unsweetened 100% cocoa, hydrolysed gelatin powder or a combination of the two.
The number of pimples and blackheads/ whiteheads we’re assessed and photographed at the beginning, day 4 and day 7. They were given only one tablet containing cocoa to see the effect on the skin.
What they found was that a ONE time consumption of cocoa actually increased the amount of pimples by 2.5 times by day 4. The number of blackheads and whiteheads increased by almost 2.5 times. By day 7 the blackheads and whiteheads were almost 3 times.
If you think you don't need a neck cream till your 30's you may need to think again.
We have a generation of people who are going to look older than their parents possibly with neck lines.
Why is this??? It's because of electronic devices. Children as young as 2 are using them.
Their head is in a position that creases the skin constantly. It's actually a phenomenon that is occurring and there has been scientific literature in reference to it.
There are many that use oils in place of a moisturiser. Is this really the best thing for your skin?
The most common oils used are Rosehip and Coconut Oil. Those that replace their moisturiser with oils have a skin barrier that is majorly impaired which ages them rapidly. Many wonder how this is the case when the oils have so many benefits.
It comes down to the fact that our skin requires the following three things in balance to maintain our skin barrier.
1. Fatty Acids
Vegetable oils only contain one of these.....Fatty Acids. They do not contain Cholesterol or Ceramides. By just using oil you stop the skin barrier from repairing and your skin will develop a low grade of inflammation which is basically cooking your collagen and elastin making you age faster. By the time those pesky wrinkles have begun to emerge the ageing process has already started and simply adding oil will in fact make it worse.
Katie Tilson is a fully qualified Beauty Therapist passionate about skin health and dedicated to ongoing training and education to ensure you receive superior skin treatments.