06 April 2021

Skincare after Easter


How soon after eating chocolate can spot break outs occur? Can you explain the science behind why chocolate sometimes breaks people out (if it does)? 

People may notice that a pimple occurs soon after eating chocolate, however there is little research to suggest that chocolate directly causes break outsThat being said, it is important to note that our diet does have a huge impact on our skin – especially when it comes to sugar. Excessive amounts of sugar, cheese and fried fatty food can cause our skin to erupt. That is because they can affect our insulin levels, stimulating sebum production, and hinder our digestion meaning we’re not able to detoxify our bodies as well. The best thing to do is up your intake of fruit, veg and water. 

Could the fact that people are reporting getting more spots right now be to do with Easter?  

There are lots of factors which can trigger a breakout. If you’ve overindulged over Easter by drinking too much alcohol or eating a poor diet that isn’t full of fruits and vegetables that could have a huge impact on our skin. But there are also other things to consider too, including whether or not you’re stressed, any changes in your make up or cleansing routine. The fact that we’re covering our faces with masks too also plays a huge part in the condition of our skin and can often be a breeding ground for bacteria – particularly if we’re wearing heavy make up and not keeping our masks clean.  

Is there a way to avoid breakouts when indulging in chocolate/ other foods that could trigger your skin?  

The best thing you can do to avoid breakouts when you know you’re going to overindulge is do all you can to look after your skin. Drink plenty of water and up your intake of fruit and vegetables to ensure you’re getting those vital vitamins and minerals. Hydration is also key, especially when consuming foods which may contain a lot of salt or sugar. Try not to touch your skin if fingers are greasy and as normal, always thoroughly remove make up before going to bed, cleanse the skin and moisturise. Many people often think that if skin is feeling oily they should avoid moisturiser but this isn’t the case as it can still be dehydrated. 

What is the best way to tame a breakout so it clears quickly?  

The best thing to do is drink plenty of water and try to avoid touching the breakout area. At Transform Hospital Group we also carry out various treatments that can help those who suffer with acne such as facials – our hydrafacial in particular is great for cleaning and purifying the skin. Microdermabrasion and microneedling can help stimulate collagen production, even skin tone and help reduce the appearance of scarring. We can also carry out thorough skin assessments where we can formulate an individual treatment plan and devise a product regime to maximise results of chosen treatment to ensure they are tailored to each person.  

From: Helen Green, National Aesthetics Nurse at Transform Hospital Group