For spots on your forehead

I've recently developed small bumps on my forehead. Since I haven't neglected my skincare routine, I suspect lack of sleep might be the cause, but I wondered if I could help improve it through my diet. So, I researched some ingredients that are good for acne improvement.

Furthermore, to boost my metabolism without burdening my intestines too much, I've decided to make soup today.

First, about the causes of acne:

① Physical causes 

1. Excessive sebum secretion: The forehead has a high concentration of sebaceous glands, making it prone to excessive sebum secretion. Excess sebum can clog pores, leading to acne.

2. Hormonal imbalances: Changes in hormone levels, especially during puberty, menstrual cycles, or pregnancy, can increase sebum production, making acne more likely.

3. Improper skincare: Over-cleansing the face or failing to moisturise properly can impair the skin's barrier function, causing acne.

4. Hair care product residue: Shampoos, conditioners, or styling products may accumulate on the forehead, clogging pores.

5. Diet: Greasy or sugary foods can stimulate sebum production.

② Psychological causes

1. Stress: Stress can disrupt hormone balance and increase sebum secretion. Stress-induced immune suppression can also contribute to acne.

2. Sleep deprivation: Insufficient sleep can impair normal skin metabolism, making acne more likely.

3. Mental fatigue: Prolonged mental exhaustion, like stress, can affect hormone balance and potentially increase sebum production.

↑ In my case, it's usually the psychological factors that manifest physically, so it's this one.

Three ingredients to improve forehead acne

1. Broccoli

Broccoli is rich in antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E. These vitamins maintain skin health and have anti-inflammatory effects. Broccoli is also high in fibre, which promotes intestinal health and helps eliminate toxins from the body.

2. Carrots

Carrots are an abundant source of vitamin A (beta-carotene). Vitamin A promotes skin cell turnover and helps prevent clogged pores. Its antioxidant properties may also reduce skin inflammation.

3. Spinach

Spinach is packed with vitamins A, C, E, iron, and folate. These nutrients are crucial for maintaining skin health. Vitamin C, in particular, aids collagen production and promotes skin healing. Iron improves blood circulation and oxygen supply to the skin, helping prevent acne.

Curried Minestrone

Ingredients (serves 4):

- 1 head broccoli (separated into florets)

- 2 carrots (thinly sliced)

- 2 cups spinach (roughly chopped)

- 1 onion (finely chopped)

- 1 clove garlic and 1 small piece ginger (both minced)

- 2 tbsp coconut oil

- 4 cups vegetable stock

- 1 cup almond milk

- Salt to taste

- Pepper to taste

- 1 tsp cumin powder

- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder

- Juice of 1 lemon

How to Cook:

1. Separate broccoli into florets and thinly slice carrots. Wash and roughly chop spinach.

2. Heat coconut oil in a large pot and sauté onion, garlic, and ginger until translucent.

3. Add broccoli and carrots to the pot and stir-fry over medium heat for about 5 minutes.

4. Pour in vegetable stock and add cumin and turmeric powder. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes until vegetables are tender.

5. Add spinach and almond milk to the pot and simmer for another 5 minutes.

6. Season with salt and pepper, then add lemon juice before serving.

This soup is rich in vitamins and antioxidants, promoting skin health and aiding acne improvement. The metabolism-boosting spices also make it suitable for those on a diet.