A common refrain on social media during Coronavirus lockdown as been: “why am I breaking out?” Dr Fiona Cowie, a dermatologist and cosmetic esthetics specialist at Dubai’s Dermalase Clinic on Al Was Road breaks down why this might be happening — hint: it’s what you are putting in your body — and what you can do about it.
• During lockdown we tend to snack more on unhealthy foods. Did you know that your gut and your skin are connected, so the more fatty and carbohydrate-laden food and snacks you eat, the worse your skin becomes and you will flare up with outbreaks of acne, eczema and psoriasis? Eating a healthier diet full of fish, fresh fruit and vegetables, which are full of antioxidants, can really benefit your skin. Dried fruits are also a good source of fibre and can help eradicate the toxins from your gut, which can lead to outbreaks of acne.
Dehydration can be another cause of breakouts, so making sure you drink plenty of water each day will really help your skin. You should try to drink at least eight cups a day, especially when we have the AC on constantly.
Most of us are under stress during this lockdown due to uncertainty over Covid and jobs. Stress can increase your cortisol levels, which in turn leads to oily skin and breakouts, so a good skin-care regime is vital to avoid breakouts. Exercising regularly at home is also very important as it releases hormones that reduce stress and cortisol levels. Taking time out for meditation or other activities that can reduce your stress levels will also help reduce acne flare-ups too.
A change in skin care
Wearing full makeup indoors all day and not following a good skin care regime will also cause blocked pores and stressed skin leading to breakouts. Try to stick to a good cleansing and toning regime. Exfoliate a few times a week. Use Vitamin C serum in the morning, as it is a fantastic antioxidant and helps prevent skin damage from free radicals, and a good moisturizer morning and night. Adding a good quality Retinol a few times a week to your nightly regime will also help keep acne and breakouts at bay. Keep your makeup light and breathable, if you must wear it. Mineral makeup will be better than a heavy, thick foundation.