It's natural to
want to spice up your look for new year's, but it's important that you
do it in a way that will not make your acne worse or impede the healing
effects of your acne treatment.
1. The basics
Both women and men
should look for non-comedogenic (non-pore-clogging) foundations and
concealers if they want to cover up their acne or any marks and scars.
Make sure your makeup does not contain any of the following comedogenic oils
It can be tough to
eat right for your acne-prone skin around the holidays, especially if
you're surrounded by family recipes that aren't exactly acne-friendly.
The best solution for you and your skin is to prepare a few dishes that
are acne-friendly and that everyone can enjoy. Here are some
acne-friendly recipes to get you started:
1. The main dish
Choose one of the following meats that are great for acne-prone skin. Always look for wild-caught when it comes to fish.
Quick and strenuous exercises are all the rage right now, but these types of exercises, along with too many hours spent in the gym or on the track, may not be the best option for those with acne. Instead, if you have acne-prone skin, you'll do better with moderate exercise as part of a healthy, less stressful lifestyle.
Exercise, especially intense exercise, is known to stimulate production of testosterone in both women and men. This will help you to build lean muscle mass, but it may also overstimulate your sebaceous glands, which can result in the overproduction of sebum and more clogged pores, leading to more acne breakouts. So the trick is to find a healthy balance between exercising enough to help your body destress and oxygenate, but not so much in a way that may promote inflammation and hormonal imbalances, which may lead to a worsening of your acne.
The holiday season
is a time for beauty but also for stress and cutting corners on proper
skincare, eating habits, and a healthy lifestyle (including getting
regular sleep and exercise). It's no surprise that this is the time for
acne to flare up.
So to make it up to your skin for slacking in these areas, here's a 12-day guide to keeping breakouts away:
Clean and exfoliate naturally
Before exfoliating naturally with a papaya mask,
try holding your face over a sink full of steaming hot water for a few
minutes. This will open your pores and prep the skin for effective but
Stress is a horrible
feeling no matter what time of year it is, but it's especially horrible around
the holidays, when it tends to creep up on us and keep us from getting the most
out of family time.
Even more unfortunate
is the fact that stress is more than just a feeling. No matter what kind of
stress you're experiencing, your body will respond in the same way: Adrenaline,
the number one stress hormone, speeds up the heartbeat, breathing and metabolic
rate to give you a necessary rush of extra energy. Adrenaline is produced and
stored in our two adrenal glands, which are situated on top of the kidneys.
With long-term stress, these glands will deplete.
Too much stress on our
systems releases excess stress-related hormones, enzymes and other chemicals
that leave us anxious and tense--and also with overstimulated sebaceous glands,
which leads to more acne.
When winter brings
cold air, harsh winds and falling snow our way, we're quick to trade in
our summer T-shirts and fall jackets for heavier coats, fluffy scarves
and warm gloves. But did you know you should be changing more than just
the clothes you wear on your body? It's very possible you need to change
the products you use on your body, as well.
If you have
acne-prone skin, winter calls for a different skincare regimen than the
one that got you through the warmer months. Failing to adjust your
skincare routine could result in dry, flaky skin that will only make
Follow these 4
tips to keep your skin healthy this winter, and come this spring you'll
find your skin is as fresh as the blooming flowers.
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.