For years, people believed that a good, healthy dose of sun was the answer to their acne-related problems. Doctors in the 1950’s even prescribed sessions under a sun lamp to treat patients looking to rid their complexions of acne, and the idea has more or less stuck, with some looking to more and more DIY options to help symptoms of acne.
Many dermatologists are pleading with people to resist the urge to go about treating their skin the old fashioned way with a lengthy sunbath by the pool. The claim nowadays is that the sun’s rays can actually end up making acne worse...but why? To get an idea of exactly what the sun is doing to your skin to make acne worse, check out this quick and easy guide below!
Sebaceous glands are present throughout the skin on our body with the exception of our palms and the bottoms of our feet. These glands produce skin oil known as sebum which keeps our skin, soft, protected, and elastic. Without sebum, our skin would look like alligator skin...scaly and overly dry. But sometimes these glands produce too much skin oil and our skin becomes too oily. Our face, and sometimes our body, shines in all the wrong places leading to melting make-up and an unhealthy appearance. But very often, too much oil also leads to dreaded breakouts and unsightly pimples.
Indeed oily skin is known to be a precursor to acne and even though some individuals with dry skin also get acne, the majority of acne sufferers have oily skin. So, if you want to prevent an acne breakout and get rid of your oily complexion, you need to control the excess oil being produced by your sebaceous glands. But, how? Read on.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No one likes dealing
with the summer heat, and for acne sufferers it's not just a matter of staying
comfortable-they're also worried that the hot weather may negatively affect
their breakouts. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to protect yourself
and your skin during the dog days of summer. Don't let the heat get you
down-use these tips to keep yourself safe from the sun.
Try to Limit Sun Exposure During the Hottest Times of
If you're able to avoid
sun exposure during the hottest times of the day, which are later afternoon in
the summer, then by all means do so because you'll be missing out on both the
heat and UV rays that can negatively impact your skin.
years ago, the average person would have never even heard of gluten; however,
today it seems to be the one thing that people can't stop talking about! It
also became a nutritional villain blamed for all sorts of health issues, and a
marketing bonanza occurred within the food industry as a whole range of
gluten-free products were born and brought to market to provide those who truly
should avoid (and those who believe they should avoid) gluten rich products.
is this anti-gluten rally a step in the right direction to healthier living or
yet another food fad? And more importantly, can eliminating gluten really
help with acne breakouts?
Even though food is
not responsible for the underlying hormonal causes of acne, there are certain
products that have the potential to exacerbate acne breakouts or prime your
skin for new breakouts in the future. Dairy products are frequently cited as
one of these "problem foods", which has caused many an acne
sufferer to abandon some of their favorite dairy-based treats in the hopes
that this dietary switch would make their acne problems finally go away for
is officially here, and for most people that means eating lots of chilly treats
to stay cool. However, when it comes to keeping your skin healthy and acne
free, not all treats are created equal-many of our summertime favorites are
loaded with excess sugar, which can lead to skin inflammation or
loss of skin elasticity and sheen due to collagen deterioration-collagen serves
as the building blocks of the skin).
you're smart about it though, there are plenty of summer treat options out there
that won't wreak havoc on your skin! It's all matter of finding foods which
have many of the important vitamins and minerals
for good skin health, and thankfully there are plenty out there.