This Green Vegetable's Powerful Effect on Acne Prone Skin

This Green Vegetable's Powerful Effect on Acne Prone Skin

Cucumber has 96% water content that is more nutritious than regular water, which helps in keeping the body hydrated and body temperature regulated. It also helps in flushing out the toxins from the body.

Cucumber also contains vitamins A, B and C and minerals like magnesium, potassium, and silica - all are very beneficial for your skin. Facial masks containing cucumber juice can be used for skin tightening. Additionally, the ascorbic acid and caffeic acid present in cucumbers can bring down the water retention rate, which in turn diminishes the puffiness and swelling under the eyes and works as a mild exfoliating agent.

Our cucumber mask is a great natural helper for acne prone skin as it works both as an astringent and moisturizer, especially for oily skin. The honey and oats also included in the mask will nourish and revitalize your skin, and will help with dark spots. But since cucumber works as an exfoliator, DO NOT USE THIS MASK BEFORE SUN EXPOSURE!   It is best to use it in the evening before going to bed.

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How to Choose Breaking the Vicious Acne Cycle over Zapping the Zit

How to Choose Breaking the Vicious Acne Cycle over Zapping the Zit

The Integrated Approach to Treating Acne

Nothing can be more frustrating and exasperating than a chronic problem. It wears us down, and affects our self-perception and special life moments.

Acne is one of such problems that if not addressed properly when it starts, may become chronic, and the scars (emotionally and physically) can even last a lifetime. We don't just say that, but have worked with numerous acne-sufferers who later in life unfortunately will never be able to get rid of the damage to their face. At the same time, since acne directly affects your appearance and the way you see yourself, there is also a strong motivation to just improve the symptoms as fast as possible, forgetting about long term results.

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Can Vitamins Help Treat Acne?

Can Vitamins Help Treat Acne?

The Impact of Vitamins on Skin Health

You know the saying beauty starts from with in? This is not just a reference on morals but a very practical observation about the health of your skin. What we put in our bodies effects how we look, and there are a number of essential vitamins that do wonders for the skin. HOWEVER, they do not TREAT acne.  

Certain vitamins and minerals may be a great adjunct to treating acne, and help your skin to be healthy and glowing.

Acne is a manifestation of an internal imbalance that leads to the overproduction of sebum (skin oil) by the sebaceous glands. This extra sebum together with dirt creates an ideal condition for bacteria, which results in inflammation that presents itself as acne (pimples, cysts etc). The only treatment for acne is to reprogram your sebaceous glands to stop working overtime, which will result in actually PREVENTING new acne from coming. Anything less - topical products and antibiotics - focus on symptoms of acne and address the inflammation rather than the real root cause of acne.

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The Ultimate Guide to a Beach-Body without Acne

The Ultimate Guide to a Beach-Body without Acne

It's Friday night. Summer is in a full bloom, and your friend just called about this great beach party tomorrow. Instead of being excited, you get that sinking feeling...and the only think you can think about is how you're going to handle taking your shirt off with all of those pimples on your body.  

Body acne is similar to facial acne in both symptoms and general treatment rules, but it may be more difficult to control and get rid of, and therefore will require some special attention. Body acne is most commonly found on the back (and is also sometimes called "bacne"), chest and neck but blemishes can appear anywhere with exception of the feet and palms. Back and body acne affects both men and women, teens and adults, but body acne is much more common, and often more severe, in males. 

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How to Safely Treat Pre-Teen Acne: Your Safe and Not-So-Safe Options

How to Safely Treat Pre-Teen Acne:  Your Safe and Not-So-Safe Options

What do you do when your pre-teen child is unhappy and defiant, feeling depressed or alienated because she or he has PIMPLES? And they are only 9 or 10 years old!  The situation obviously cannot be ignored, so how do you treat children with PRE-TEEN acne safely?

Most people associate acne with the teenage years and accept acne as a normal part of growing up. More recently, pre-teen or pre-adolescent acne is gaining more attention from pediatricians, dermatologists and of course pre-teens along with their parents. In fact, in May 2013 the American Acne and Rosacea Society (AARS) published guidelines for the "Diagnosis and Treatment of Pediatric Acne" which was subsequently endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In part, this increased attention to pre-teen acne (ages 8-12) results from observations that this younger age group is now experiencing acne.

A study published by Lucky et al revealed acne lesions in 78% of 365 girls ages 9 to 10.

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Super Skin Cleansing Smoothie

Super Skin Cleansing Smoothie

After a holiday weekend of indulging in carbs, sugars, alcohol and sun exposure, are you worried that zits and flareups will come fast and furiously?

Try this healing drink.  It will reduce inflammation, provide a healthy dose of antioxidants and help your skin, and body, to regain a healthy balance. Its anti-inflammatory properties are thanks to the enzyme bromelain in fresh pineapple (only fresh or frozen will do - canned pineapple has no enzymes left) and the gingerols in ginger. Extensive research shows that the compounds in ginger may be more potent than many anti-inflammatory drugs. Raspberries are known to be a great source of Vitamin C, and also have a number of antioxidants as well as fiber that absorbs toxins. 

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Can Sex Help Treat Acne? The 7 Skin Health Benefits of Sex

Can Sex Help Treat Acne? The 7 Skin Health Benefits of Sex

Is this one of the most unbelievable things you've ever heard? Well my friends. Believe it.

The answer may surprise you, but YES - a healthy sex life has many health benefits including improving your skin and actually helping in some instances to fight acne.

Acne is a manifestation of an internal imbalance that most often is routed in a hormonal imbalance, specifically in the imbalance of sex hormones (androgens/testosterone, estrogen and progesterone).

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Summer Foods Your Skin Will Love. Bonus: Summer Nourishing Mask

Summer Foods Your Skin Will Love.  Bonus: Summer Nourishing Mask

Summer is a time for the beach, parties, weddings, graduations and barbecues...and with the summer, our acne gets aggravated by sweat, sunscreens, sunless tanning, diet and a number of other factors. So here's how to use the bounty offered by the summer to do something good for your skin.   Summer foods can actually protect your skin from the inside out.

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Sunscreen Protection for Acne Prone Skin: the myths you need to know about

Sunscreen Protection for Acne Prone Skin:  the myths you need to know about

Most of us are led to believe that if we lather on sunscreen in the morning and then stay out on the beach all day long, our skin is protected. Unfortunately, this is incorrect. Learning about proper sun protection and sunscreens will not only keep you and your skin safe, but it will also keep you from getting flare-ups.

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The Best Natural Astringent for Acne Prone Skin

The Best Natural Astringent  for Acne Prone Skin

A popular way of thinking when you have acne is to scrub your skin as much as possible with products that "sting" in order to get rid of acne -Unfortunately, this is not the case.  That "stinging" feeling doesn't mean that you're doing something good for your skin.  Practices like this actually do more harm than good.  The more chemicals, and product, that you put on your skin, the more your skin is striped of its natural oils, and goes into protection mode and actually produces more oils, which can make your acne worse and chronic! 

We do know that by implementing the proper washing and moisturizing techniques, your chances to get clear skin increases two-fold. And don't forget - you have to treat your skin with an acne treatment when you have acne - it will not go away simply by washing or doing DIY treatments.

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For Mother's Only! Signs that Your Teen Needs an Acne Treatment

For Mother's Only! Signs that Your Teen Needs an Acne Treatment

Not every pimple is acne. Pimples may be allergic hives, bites or even a sweat rash...just to name a few. So as a mother, how do you know it's time to seriously search for a safe and effective acne treatment for your fast growing teen? 

 

Here are some basic red flags you should watch for:

 

Physical Signs

  

Acne usually develops and worsens in time. So the earlier you catch it, and start the right treatment, the faster you get rid of it and there is less risk of obtaining lasting skin damage such as acne scars and marks.

 

1.  Oily and shiny T-zone: a clearly shiny and oily forehead, nose and chin may be an early warning for forthcoming acne 

2.  Oily Skin overall: shiny, oily or very oily skin represents a clear warning sign for acne

3.  Blackheads and whiteheads: these represent an early stage of acne

4.  Redness, inflammation, pimples or cysts on cheeks, chin, back and/or shoulders: these are fully developed acne symptoms  

 

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Teen Acne Treatment Safety Alerts

Teen Acne Treatment Safety Alerts

Acne is a part of many teen lives - unfortunately. And they will do anything to get rid of it - who wouldn't!? HOWEVER, there are some important safety alerts both smart teens and their mothers need to know before choosing an acne treatment.  Reason being that MANY of the most commonly prescribed regimens do have side effects you need to know about. Weigh the benefits and potential dangers - after all, an educated consumer is a safe consumer.  

 

Here are some of the potential treatments you need to be alerted to.

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Will Teen Acne Go Away on its Own?

Will Teen Acne Go Away on its Own?

The Truth About Teen Acne

 

Most teenagers will experience acne at some point during their adolescent years. A number of factors contribute to teenagers having the highest incidence of acne. Many parents attribute acne to poor diet or lack of attention to proper skin cleansing and moisturizing. However, the real cause of acne is a hormonal imbalance related to adolescence that over stimulates the sebaceous glands.  

 

A hallmark of teenage skin aside from the pimples is "greasy or oily skin". 

The appearance of oily skin goes hand in hand with the increased appearance of acne. The oily skin is due to an over secretion of sebum (skin oil) by the sebaceous glands. This over production of sebum not only manifests itself as oily skin but can also lead to clogged pores that are seen as "white heads" and "black heads." Once the pores of the skin are clogged with sebum, they accumulate dead skin cells and provide a perfect breading ground for the growth of bacteria. This combination of clogged pores and growth of bacteria is responsible for acne.

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How Guys Can Get Rid of Their Acne

How Guys Can Get Rid of Their Acne

Special thanks to Dr. Gilligan, Chief Scientific Officer at AcnEase, for collaborating with me today.     

Knowing why guys get acne and how to treat it effectively will only accelerate the time it takes for you to get rid of your acne.  Unlike many general acne products that are designed to target women, and include estrogen or phyto-estrogens, or involve time consuming topical routines, AcnEase® is a one of a kind Botanical Therapeutic® clinically validated oral tablet that contains only all natural herbal extracts for men and women.

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Celebrity Makeup Tips for Covering Acne

Celebrity Makeup Tips for Covering Acne

Our guest today is Kendra Richards, professional makeup artist, whose work has been seen in publications such as Vogue, Vanity Fair and InStyle to advertisers Olay and Paul Mitchell and Target to name a few. Some of her many clients include Cindy Crawford, Hilary Duff, Anna Paquin, Justin Timberlake, James Franco, Martina McBride and Bella Thorne.

In addition to her clients, Kendra frequently shares her professional expertise on camera for E! Entertainment, Lancome, PopSugar, CocoPerez and Total Beauty to name a few. Sharing beauty insider techniques is her favorite aspect of reaching people through the media.

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