CONSIDERING how we stuffy ourselves silly with chocolate, mince pies and leftover turkey sandwiches every Christmas, it's hardly surprising that we end up with a big ol' spot (or two) just in time for New Years.
Well according to a skincare expert, "Christmas Face" is definitely a real thing – and it's only going to be worse this year.
As if we haven't been through ENOUGH in 2020.
Dr Shaaira Nasir, a consultant dermatologist at sk:n, told Tyla that sugary food and drinks causes a spike in insulin which increases oil production and inflammation which can then result in a spot.
She added: "Milk and dairy products can also trigger acne – due to the elevated hormone levels – and alcohol can also cause flare ups of conditions like rosacea and psoriasis."
What's more, the dermatologist claims that staying inside for long periods of time with the heating on can make skin dry and sensitive.
How to prevent ‘Christmas face’
- Moisturise everyday (even if you have oily skin!) to prevent your complexion getting dehydrated
- Wash your face twice a day to get rid of dead skin and bacteria
- Drink water alongside alcohol to stay hydrated
- Exfoliate with BHA acids twice a week if you're still getting breakouts
- Use a moisturiser or serum with zinc or azelaic acid to reduce inflammation
To make matters worse, Dr Nasir says lockdown will play havoc on our skin too.
"Being indoors and spending more time on Zoom can result in us focussing more on our skin, which may lead to skin picking or face touching," she said. "This in itself may cause breakouts or make acne worse."
To prevent making breakouts any worse, the expert recommends sticking to a skincare routine over the festive season – which means NOT adding any new products into the mix and keeping up with your cleansing even when you can't be bothered.
"Even though we aren't going out much and not wearing as much makeup, we should still wash our face twice a day to prevent build-up of dead skin and bacteria," she added.
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