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.
It's that time of the year again: time for lighter colors, lighter jackets and maybe even a lighter skincare routine.
But how should you change up your skincare routine to avoid suffering from any breakouts?
You may have started using a richer moisturizer at the
beginning of winter. If that's the case, it's probably time to choose a
lighter moisturizer again. In general, choose a lotion or even gel-like cream (this
applies to both the face and body) and make sure it's noncomedogenic,
without alcohol, salicylic acid or other drying ingredients.
Along with the
excitement of being pregnant means many changes in your body. One of
them is a dramatic increase in hormone production, especially sex
hormones such as androgens (testosterone), estrogen and progesterone.
These are among the most potent stimulators of sebaceous glands. The
overproduction of sebum (skin oil) by sebaceous glands is the first step
in acne forming. The accumulated sebum together with bacteria, dead
skin cells and dirt will lead to inflammation and infection manifesting
itself as pimples, cysts, and in milder cases whiteheads and blackheads.
The fact is that more than 1 in 2 women will develop acne during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester.
The problem is how to manage acne during the pregnancy while ensuring
the safety of baby and mother, and to help the woman to feel the best
she can during this very important period of her life. After all, a
happy mommy is the best mommy.
Below is some important information on what to avoid, and what you can actually do to safely manage your acne during pregnancy.
We do everything
we can to keep our skin healthy. We change our skincare routines to suit
the season, we try to eliminate any ingredients that may be harming our
skin. We eat seasonal, organic, acne-friendly foods and remain dedicated to our acne treatment regimen.
But sometimes, mother nature throws us a loop. Sometimes, the mild
winter weather our skin was doing just fine in is suddenly arctic and
unrelenting--and that takes its toll on our skin. Traveling from a cold
destination to a warm destination can take the same toll.
So how do we keep our skin healthy during these crazy temperatures?
Not everyone wants overpriced roses and fancy dinner dates for
Valentine's Day. So if you find yourself looking for a different way to
celebrate YOU on Valentine's Day this year, consider throwing a mini spa
party for yourself and even your friends! Also be sure to check out our
other Valentine's Day articles for some healthy treat ideas and skin-friendly cocktail recipes!
Having acne-prone skin doesn't mean having to miss out on all the
fun of either celebrating or not celebrating Valentine's Day! You can
still enjoy yourself and enjoy a cocktail right alongside your friends
without exacerbating your acne.
You might be wondering what sort of cocktail you could sample (of
course, if you are 21 years old or older and... in moderation) that
won't give you sugar overload and negatively affect your skin. Try these
2 amazing cocktail recipes - your friends won't believe how healthy and
skin-friendly they are!
When we think of
Valentine's Day, we usually think of candy hearts and boxes of chocolate
from friends and loved ones. And for those of us with acne, we think
about how eating all of this extra sugar may wreak havoc on our skin. Need some V-Day ideas your skin will love? We've got you covered!
1. Handmade Valentines
Feeling loved and loving others is a surefire way to boost your mood. A happy person
is one less likely to fall prey to stress, which can exacerbate acne.
So spread the love this Valentine's Day with handmade valentines. Taking
the time to craft a heartfelt message to your loved ones will remind
you how happy you make each other, and your skin will glow with
knowledge that powerful.
You want to throw a rocking Super Bowl party--what you don't want to do
is ruin the fun by chowing down on foods that may sabotage all your
progress to get acne-free. Luckily, there are easy ways to turn your
Super Bowl Sunday skin-friendly without ruining the fun.
1. Make it from scratch
You know that pizza you
were planning to pick up from the local takeout? Oh, and that
store-bought guacamole? Forget about them and make your own. We know
you're busy, but think of how much better you'll feel knowing you're
munching on the healthiest, most nutrient-dense pizza and guacamole
Toss your own whole
wheat pizza dough into a thin crust. To keep the sugar to a minimum,
skip the tomato sauce and top with a variety of fresh, organic,
veggies--tomatoes, peppers, spinach, squash, you name it--and a sprinkle
of organic cheese. Bake and slice into small, finger-food-sized squares
and share with your friends.
Lots of people are drinking fruit and vegetable juices these days that they actually extract themselves to be sure they get the freshest ingredients. So you might be wondering, how beneficial is it for the health of acne-prone skin? Is it the right option for me?
1. What goes into your juicer makes a difference
Some of the fruits and vegetables that you'll find at your local markets can actually help to heal, cleanse and nourish your skin from within. However, you don't want to get too excited and start throwing any fruit or vegetable you can find into your juicer. Some fruits may be better for your acne-prone skin than others. For example, if you have found in the past that you don't handle apples well, then you probably shouldn't throw them into the mix: juicing fruits or vegetables that aren't right for YOUR BODY won't magically make them good for you.
Okay, let's be
honest: we may have succumbed to temptation (some more, some less) over
the holidays, and now we need a decisive action to repair potential
damage we did to our regimen for acne-free skin.
Follow these 3 essential steps to get back on track. The best scenario
involves combining all 3 steps in a 3-day super detox. If you cannot do
it all together however, do it in 2 or 3 consecutive
3-Day Easy & Healthy Cleansing:
Eat 1/2 of your normal food portions.
Drink twice as much water or mint or chamomile tea as you usually drink.