The holidays are officially upon us, and with them come lots of festivities and fun gatherings. During this social time of the year, you may be taking extra steps to ensure that you always look your best, and healthy, clear skin is probably pretty high on your list of priorities. Unfortunately, acne isn't very cooperative, and you may find yourself with breakouts at the most inopportune times. When this happens, it can be very tempting to turn to products offering a quick fix for your skin problems. However, relying on an endless string of supposedly fast-acting products can actually be doing more harm than good - and more importantly, first, you need to address those acne warning signs that are too serious to ignore.
If you find yourself constantly reaching for the latest miracle cream or treatment, read this before you buy anything else.
there's no denying that acne is a big concern and a very tough emotional
experience for many, you can breath a sigh of relief knowing that it's not a
major health issue. There are options available for treating it, albeit some
are better than others, and it can be very difficult to choose an option that
is right for you. However,
there are some signs that your breakouts may not be typical or that are so
severe that may lead to permanent skin damage. In these cases,
it's important that you not ignore the signs your body is giving you. Here is a
look at just a few instances where this is the case.
Many people assume that acne is limited to the
face, but it can actually occur on all parts of the body that have sebaceous
glands and hair follicles that are EVERYWHERE (with the exception of the palms
and feet). As it is not common to have acne over all your body, having
outbreaks in areas others than the face -most commonly on the neck, back,
chest, and shoulders - has become more and more prevailing.
Essential oils - the fragrant essences extracted from plants - have long been a staple of aromatherapy, but is it possible that they could help improve your acne as well? As you'll see, the answer to this question is not so clean-cut. It's true that they can be an effective supplement for your skincare routine, but there are also a few precautions to keep in mind when using them.
The Potential Benefits of Essential Oils for Acne Treatment
Many of the commonly used essential oils have powerful antibacterial properties - including tea tree oil, lavender oil, and bergamot oil. Since breakouts partially occur because acne-causing bacteria become trapped inside our pores, you can see why these might be useful. Additionally, many other oils also have a drying effect on the skin, which is perfect for those who are constantly battling oily skin. Some popular choices for this include rosemary oil, geranium oil, and rose oil.
There have never been more ways pretending to
treat breakouts than right now. While these abundance of choices may look great
for acne sufferers at least at first glance, not all of them are effective or
even safe. Here are three increasingly popular trends that are making their
mark in the world of skincare that we need to take a closer look at as for
their real impact on treating acne (or their efficacy) and their safety
The Diet Approach
For a long time, acne treatment was all about
addressing the problem from the outside with things like creams and cleansers.
While topical acne treatments are no doubt still popular, many people are
beginning to see that what we put into our bodies is just as important as what
we put on them. Take sugar, for example. Studies have shown that frequently
eating high-sugar foods can cause skin inflammation that makes you more prone
to acne breakouts. For this reason, dietary approaches to preventing breakouts
have become increasingly important in the world of skincare.
For those who have
food allergies, know someone with them and/or don't want to give out candy this
year: paint a pumpkin teal, and put it on your doorstep this
Halloween. Why? The Teal Pumpkin Project is a public awareness
campaign designed by FoodAllergy.org to
raise awareness of food allergies by providing non-food treats for
Halloween time is
here, and in addition to fun costumes and scary movies, it means lots and lots
of candy! While there's nothing wrong with getting in the holiday spirit and
indulging in a few sweet treats, lots of excess sugar can be a real terror on
your skin. So, before you reach for a handful of candy corn or another mini
candy bar, take a look at some of the facts on sugar and how you can keep your
Halloween sweet but acne free.
Please note while reading, that we recommend when possible to purchase organic and non GMO food.
Fall is here, and that means it's time to enjoy some of our favorite seasonal foods again. While dietary choices may not be a primary cause of acne, studies have shown that the things we eat do play at least somewhat of a role in our skin's health. For that reason, it's important to make healthy choices this fall season-especially since sugary, high-calorie treats lurk around every corner. Here's a look at four autumn-inspired foods that will help keep your skin glowing and acne-free over the coming months.
Even though we still have some time before moving our clocks back
(on November 2!) for the Fall, we want to help make sure you don't fall short
on your skincare regimen.
After a Summer spent in the sun sweating and applying lots of
sunscreen, our pores get clogged more than usual, our skin can look dull and
dry, hyperpigmentation is more profound, and pimples, blackheads and whiteheads
may become more aggressive. In addition, the change in our daily routine with
back-to-school and back-to-work stress makes acne breakouts even less tolerable
while often more frequent.
The FDA recently issued
a warning regarding topical acne products that may have dangerous side
effects (copy and paste this URL into your browser to see the announcement: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm402441.htm).
We wanted to provide you with a place where you could get the
facts in an easy to understand way.
When it comes
to our health, wellness or beauty, we deal with a significant number
of choices regarding products that claim to be able to help us, or perhaps
help us meet our personal goals.
Probiotics have come to the forefront of being an essential tool to helping maintain a healthy digestive and immune system. Despite this popularity, many people aren't entirely sure of what they are or what they can do. Here's a look at just a few of their great benefits-including a discussion of how they may be able to help you in your fight against acne.
What are probiotics?
You would be hard pressed to find someone who hasn't heard of probiotics and their numerous health benefits, but what exactly are they? The term "probiotic" refers to a wide range of microorganisms which can be found in certain foods, drinks, and supplements that help regulate everything from digestion to allergies. Most of these microorganisms are bacteria, and while chowing down on something commonly found in a petri dish may not sound appetizing, you might be surprised to learn that your gastrointestinal tract is already teeming with them!
Going back to school
means a lot of things-seeing old friends, making new ones, and unfortunately,
homework. However, one thing that it shouldn't mean is a fear of acne
breakouts. Thankfully, if you're smart and proactive about your skincare,
there's no need to worry about pesky problems like that. Here are five tips to
help ensure that your new school year is filled with clear skin and
Start your anti-acne
If you want great skin
by the time that school starts up, you need to begin taking care of it right
now. Acne is not a condition that develops overnight, and similarly, it's not
one that goes away quickly either. When dealing with it, you've got to be
patient and plan for the future, and that means getting started as soon as
possible-some zit zapping cream the night before classes begin is just not
going to cut it.
There's no denying that waiting around for great
things to happen is no fun. It would be much more gratifying if we could get
the things we want at the moment we want them, but unfortunately that's just
not how the world works.
Treating acne is no different. People are
constantly looking for "a miracle cure" that can give them clear skin
overnight, but eventually they all learn that a product like that doesn't
Instead, the trick to beating acne once and for
all isn't in a magic cream or potion -it comes down to having some good old
fashioned patience and perseverance.
The association between
aloe vera and skincare is nothing new-people have been using it to treat
everything from sunburns to eczema for centuries now. However, is this plant
extract also a good addition for acne prone skin? The answer is a bit of a
First and foremost, it's
important to remember that aloe vera cannot really cure your acne on its own.
The only solution for permanently stopping breakouts is addressing the problem at its root. However,
that being said, aloe can work as a wonderful supplemental product for certain
acne-related issues. In its pure form, it's a non-comedogenic moisturizer
with anti- inflammatory properties.
Large and small pimples are
only one of acne's physical symptoms, but they are easily
the most noticeable, discussed, and most hated. Because of this, people are
normally willing to do whatever it takes to get rid of them as soon as possible
without considering the long-term impact on their skin and without
understanding that the superficial removal of a pimple is very far from
treating acne. Short term, you may get rid of this ugly white head sticking out
from your skin, but popping pimples can increase your risk of getting new and
more severe pimples or cysts in the future as it actually opens "a
window" for infection and may spread bacteria throughout your skin too. Furthermore
popping pimples damages the skin tissue, and if this damage is deep enough it
will lead to acne scars and marks.
Water - it covers our planet,
our bodies consist of over 80% of it, and we need it to survive. We also waste
it, spill it, pollute it and even try to save it. Even though water is so
pervasive in our lives, have you ever gave it a thought as to what effect water
might have on your acne? If not, you're in luck! This article has been designed
to provide you with everything you need to know about H2O-it covers drinking
water to using water as a recreational activity and everything in between.
We often think of water
as a universally beneficial substance, but under certain conditions and with
certain kinds of water, you may actually be hurting yourself in the fight
Unfortunately, there is a
large amount of disinformation on the web these days about the sun and the
effect it can have on breakouts. As some myths promote practices that are
unnecessary but relatively harmless, those related to sun exposure can become
downright dangerous. Let's take a look at some of these acne "urban
legends" about the sun and discover what the truth actually is.