Pumpkins. We can't get
enough of them during the Halloween and Thanksgiving season.
We carve them, we
stick them on our porches, we wait on line for once-a-year lattes, we make pies
and soups and then we forget about pumpkins until next year.
So let's talk about
why pumpkins should be on our minds all year round if you have acne.
Pumpkins are rich in
nutrients and microelements that our skin and body can benefit from:
Like carrots, sweet potatoes or
oranges, pumpkins have an antioxidant power and are loaded with
beta-carotene (arytenoids), which neutralize free radicals. This helps keep
our skin healthy and young and may prevent cancer according to the
National Cancer Institute.
Pumpkin seeds are rich in amino
acids and Vitamin B that are great for the skin. They are also rich in a
special amino acid called tryptophan - that is important in the production
of serotonin (our good mood player) so you don't only get healthy skin but
are also happy!
Feel a cold coming on? Rich in
Vitamin C, pumpkins may help to boost your immune system. One cup of
pumpkin soup has 20% or 60 mg of the daily-recommended dose of Vitamin C
(15% of the amount recommended for men as they need 75 mg).
The generous amount of fiber in
pumpkin helps your GI system to keep healthy and helps in controlling
sugar levels and a healthy weight.
Acne-prone skin is
usually a victim of too much sebum (skin oil) being produced by your
sebaceous glands. It clogs your pores, and together with dirt, dead skin
cells and of course bacteria will produce inflammation that manifests
itself as pimples, comedones or cysts. Even the best makeup staying on
your face overnight will add to this inflammation. Wash it out
religiously each night.
2. Do Not Exercise With Makeup
you exercise, you sweat... and sweat is a mixture of water and your
skin oils. Adding makeup to this mix will clog your pores more and cause
breakouts and enlarged pores, possibly perpetuating the acne cycle.
Beating acne is not really about what we put on our skin, but about
the right treatment that will address the causes of acne (hyperactive
sebaceous glands and the inflammation cascade that follows
sebum-clogged pores). Since acne is the result of what happens inside of
your body, topical products have only a miniscule impact on getting
acne under control. Nevertheless, even though the treatment needs to
come from the inside, what we do to our skin on the outside may either
help or impede the treatment.
your skin appropriately is recognized as potentially one of the most
important "helpers" in acne treatment, as it can help remove
bacteria-attracting dirt and extra, clogging dead skin cells from the
pores. Unfortunately, if done inappropriately cleaning may actually hurt
your acne-prone skin.
Although diet is not the cause of skin problems like acne, it plays an important role in their treatment. A poor diet can exacerbate acne, even if you do everything else right, but a good diet can help fight it. Since acne is an external manifestation of an internal disorder, the right foods can heal, cleanse and nourish your skin from within.
Here is the perfect menu to keep your kitchen acne-friendly:
Acne-Friendly Breakfast: Kiwi-flaxseed oatmeal and a skin-cleansing raspberry-pineapple-ginger smoothie
Why? If you don’t have wheat allergies, whole grains are great for you. They’re an excellent source of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, thiamine, iron, beta-glucan (which may help regulate blood sugar), vitamin B6, and the antioxidants known as avenanthramides (which may help promote healthy circulation). Flaxseed provides a good dose of vitamins E and B6 as well as essential fatty acids (EFAs). Kiwi is rich in many microelements including zinc, which is great for acne-prone skin and also contains a load of antioxidants. A skin-cleansing raspberry-pineapple-ginger smoothie is a great healing drink that will reduce inflammation, provide a healthy dose of antioxidants and help your skin, and body, to regain a healthy balance.
Acne breakouts do not come from what you put on your skin, so they cannot be treated by topical products. In short-most
acne may be traced to fluctuations in hormone levels, especially
androgens (male hormones, also known as testosterone), and their power
to over-stimulate sebaceous glands. As acne results from inflammation
caused by sebum-clogged hair follicles (pores) and bacteria, routing out
the factors that cause overproduction of sebum is very important. So if
you want to break the acne cycle, you need to help the body to balance
itself and stop over-stimulating the sebaceous glands.
That said, we also need to remember that the
skin is the largest organ of our body. Just the top layer of the skin
(epidermis) covers about 3000 square inches! This big organ is also a
very vulnerable one, and your habits can either help to fight acne or...
actually make your breakouts worse.
it may sound counterintuitive, some natural oils may help to fight oily
skin and improve breakouts. There is much talk about coconut oil and
whether or not it's effective in helping acne prone skin, so here are
and its predecessor, oily skin, are results of over production of sebum
(skin oil) by sebaceous glands. The increase in sebum production can
lead to clogged pores (whiteheads and blackheads), which accumulate dead
skin cells as well as bacteria. This combination leads to a local
inflammatory response, which if chronic, can lead to damage to the
surrounding tissue. Acne and oily skin have to be treated from the
inside out by removing the cause of excessive sebum production, the
common denominator for both acne and oily skin.
though we still have some time before moving our clocks ahead for the
Fall, we want to help make sure you don't fall short on your skincare
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.
In short, yes - most
acne may be traced to fluctuations in hormone levels, especially
androgens (male hormones also known as testosterone), and their power to
over stimulate sebaceous glands. As acne results from inflammation
caused by sebum clogged hair follicles (pores) and bacteria, ruling out
the factors that cause over production of sebum is very important.
Treatment will help your body to negotiate or even eliminate the hormonal imbalance.
and blackheads are known as comedones, and are a certain type of
acne. They are both filled with sebum and dead skin cells, creating
the ideal playground for bacteria to grow. The difference between the
two is the oxidation of melanin (which gives the follicle a black or
white color); the blackheads have a larger opening so the air makes the
melanin oxidize, turning black and the whiteheads don't have a large
opening, so the air access is limited, making the melanin white.
produced by your skin's sebaceous glands are necessary to keep your
skin healthy and supple. We would all be scaly and more like alligators
without these oils! But as often in life, too much of a good thing is
not good either - like the over-production of sebum (skin oil), which
may lead to acne. Additionally, being too shiny is also a beauty problem
that affects the way we look and our confidence. And since we often use
make-up to camoflage blemishes, having very oily skin can interfere
with make-up application and coverage.
Dermatologists agree that the most effective way to manage oily skin is to cleanse your face
both morning and night, and to use oil absorbing masks. You need to use
a gentle cleanser since harsh soaps can trigger the skin's protective
reaction, and can increase oil production further. For the same reason,
stay away from rubbing and buffing your skin; use a pat and dry system
to limit the possibility of stimulating more oil secretion.
you begin to enjoy a daily skin care routine designed to provide you
with healthy skin, please note the following general guidelines.
More is not always better. Don't apply more than ONE mask daily.
Always apply a mask to freshly cleansed skin
Cleaning your face with products that suit YOU is a foundation of healthy skin
NEVER go to sleep with your makeup on
After you exercise, clean your skin
Exfoliation (peeling) should not be done more than once a week
Use your sunscreen especially after using any exfoliating/peeling products
Alternate the fruit and veggie DIY moisturizing masks; we provide you with many of them on our blog.
best way to use moisturizing and rejuvenating masks is every other day
or every two days; especially before big events - not every day.
your skin; if you see that some ingredients don't agree with you (ex.
make your skin red, sensitized, itchy), stop using the masks and just
use the chamomile astringent only. Even nature isn't always right!
hard enough to fight acne. But what is a person to do if these
breakouts leave long lasting marks and scars on the skin? Acne scars
result from constant damage to the skin due to acne pustules and
papules, pimples/zits, cysts etc. Each pimple is associated with an
inflammatory reaction, which causes local tissue damage when combating
bacteria trapped in the clogged pores of the skin. On top of this, if
you squeeze or pop pimples, this damage may be even more substantial.
you get a cut on your skin, a scab starts to form, which actually helps
it to heal. Acne pimples that become inflamed are like little cuts
that need to heal; with chronic acne, repeat pimples and inflammation
don't give enough time for the skin to heal properly. Therefore, the
FIRST thing that must been done to break the cycle of creating new scars
and marks (acne marks are also acne scars but less deep) is to PREVENT
acne. This will allow collagen production and new tissue to rebuild
your skin (at least partially) and as a result, make scars less visible,
and marks vanish. So, PREVENTING NEW ACNE FROM FORMING IS THE FIRST CRUCIAL STEP TO GETTING RID OF ACNE SCARS AND MARKS.
has been used by people of all cultures for centuries. In some regions
(cultures) such as China, India or Japan where natural medicine actually
thrived for thousands of years, it has become a well-documented
experiential body of knowledge. As different types of grapes
have been grown and used on various continents to make different types
and different quality of wine, a rich variety of different species of
plants and herbs have been used around the world to treat similar
Modern natural medicine uses natural
herbs and plants together with other natural ingredients based on
principles and discipline of modern science, using testing, research,
analysis, innovation and sophisticated equipment. But a "smart"
modern natural medicine does not forget or deny the centuries of
experiential knowledge of its grandfather - instead it learns from it,
and then confirms it or rejects it based on the scientific data.
Ever think about why the most popular acne treatments became so widely used?
Many doctors prescribe broad-spectrum antibiotics like Septra, Minocycline, Tetracycline, Doxycycline, Erythromycin and Clindamycin
to treat acne. The rationale being that the antibiotic will decrease
the growth of bacteria in pores clogged with sebum. This process is
designed to control and even decrease the symptoms of acne. And since
effects are visible, it easily becomes a product of choice. The problem
is that those results will not last (even the period of improvement is
different for each person); and to keep the results going will require
long term use of antibiotics that carry different types of short term
and long term health concerns and adverse effects. Additionally,
antibiotics really do not treat acne; they do not stop factors
influencing the over-production of sebum. Instead, they only moderate
inflammation that would not occur in the first place, without
overstimulation of the sebaceous glands. So again, treating acne
(meaning "getting rid of" for longer term) is a whole different matter.