Now more than ever, people seem to be looking for safe, natural and effective ways to treat anything that ails them, from pain to digestive troubles to addressing their skincare needs, but how does a natural acne solution really work?
In order to understand how acne can be treated, it’s important to become familiar with how acne works in the first place. Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, and affects people of all ages. It is usually the result of a hormonal imbalance, which goes on to affect the sebaceous glands. These glands produce sebum, or oil, which travels along the hair follicle, or pore, to protect and nourish the skin. Some imbalanced hormones can trigger the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum than necessary, which become clogged within the pore on its way to the surface. When combined with dead skin cells, bacteria forms, which sparks an inflammatory reaction, resulting in symptoms called pimples.
Everyone I know loves getting a facial. But most people think of facials as something to do on a special occasion, like for their birthday, or with the gift card their friend or family member got them. Building a relationship with an esthetician that has a wealth of knowledge about skin can truly change your condition. Try to think of facials like you would going to the gym. It’s a part of your body maintenance that shouldn't be neglected. Many clients ask me how often they should get facials and my answer is different for everyone.
Self-care simply refers to any acts devoted to supporting your mental, physical, and/or emotional well being. Acne obviously affects the physical part of us, but do you know how this skin condition can affect the other areas of our lives? Acne has been linked to depression, anxiety and low self-esteem among many, especially among teens and those with severe or chronic symptoms. Because acne affects more than just our skin, it’s important that we give our whole selves some extra love and attention from time to time.
Acne is a usually the result of a hormonal imbalance, which goes on to affect the sebaceous glands. These glands produce sebum, or oil, which travels along the hair follicle, or pore, to protect and nourish the skin. Some imbalanced hormones can trigger the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum than necessary, which becomes clogged within the pore on its way to the surface. When combined with dead skin cells, bacteria forms, which sparks an inflammatory reaction, resulting in symptoms called pimples.
A: A few years ago, oil-free moisturizers were all the rage. People thought that oily skin would break out if more oil were topically applied. I remember seeing lots of skin that was dehydrated with red inflamed breakouts from this method of hydration. Certain oils can be your friends! It is just important that you use the right oil for your skin, because the wrong one can absolutely lead to more breakouts, while the right one can balance your sebum, making it less hard, sticky and pore clogging.
If you have been dealing with acne for any amount of time, you probably feel like you’ve heard of, and tried, just about every tonic, treatment and remedy under the sun, but there’s one you probably haven’t heard much about, and it’s a dietary supplement worth knowing.
Brewer’s yeast is most known for it’s role in making beer, but did you know it can also work to help keep skin healthy and acne-free?
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.