Can Probiotics Really Help YOUR Acne?

Can Probiotics Really Help YOUR Acne?

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!

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The Experts All Agree: There's No Quick Fix for Acne

The Experts All Agree: There's No Quick Fix for Acne

There's no denying that waiting around for great things to happen is no fun. It would be much more gratifying if we could get the things we want at the moment we want them, but unfortunately that's just not how the world works.

Treating acne is no different. People are constantly looking for "a miracle cure" that can give them clear skin overnight, but eventually they all learn that a product like that doesn't exist.

Instead, the trick to beating acne once and for all isn't in a magic cream or potion -it comes down to having some good old fashioned patience and perseverance.

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How to Win the Battle with Cystic Acne and Prevent Acne Scars

How to Win the Battle with Cystic Acne and Prevent Acne Scars

Acne pimples start to develop in pores that become clogged with excess sebum (skin oil) made by the sebaceous glands. How serious your acne problem is depends both on the length/persistence of acne breakouts over the years and how serious the inflammation is that manifests into different types of breakouts (from whiteheads to serious cysts and lesions).   If you suffer from acne for two or more years, you have chronic acne.
The most serious form of acne is cystic acne that forms when the pores become clogged with sebum mixed with dead skins cells that normally rise to the surface of the skin to be sloughed off and get trapped in the pore.  Bacteria also get trapped in this mix and as the body attempts to kill the bacteria using its immune system, you get a local inflammatory response due to cytokines, chemokines and white blood cells entering the area. Normally the pore is encased by the cells in the lower layers of the skin, but in the case of cysts this inflammation spreads under the top layer of the skin.  This influx of cells and proteins causes swelling (bumps under the skin) and can be both very painful and very harmful to your skin. 

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Hidden Skincare Dangers. 8 Things that May be Making Your Acne Worse

Hidden Skincare Dangers. 8 Things that May be Making Your Acne Worse

Sometimes, skincare dangers are in the places we least expect. Read on to learn how to save your skin.
How many times do your use a towel on your face before you grab a new one? If your answer is anything other than "once," you might want to rethink your habit. Even if you only ever use the towel on freshly cleaned skin, there's a chance your skin isn't 100% free of bacteria. Any residual bacteria can transfer to the towel, and if you use that towel again you're putting it right back on your face. The point is, if you want to keep your face as clean as possible, and thus your skin as clear as possible, err on the side of safety and use a fresh towel every time.

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Do You Know What Type of Acne You Have so that You Can Treat it the Right Way?

Do You Know What Type of Acne You Have so that You Can Treat it the Right Way?

It's time for a reality check: You might think you know what kind of acne you have, but you might be wrong.  Let's see if you'll be able to tell.... 

QUIZ TIME!

You've had acne for multiple years and you really only get breakouts a couple times a year.  Should you treat it as mild or moderate acne? 

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Are Phytoestrogens a Secret Weapon Against Female Acne?

Are Phytoestrogens a Secret Weapon Against Female Acne?

Using phytoestrogen-containing products to alleviate acne may not be as safe as you think

A common assumption amongst many is to believe that just because something is nature made means that it is completely safe.  This my friends cannot be further from the truth.  There are many natural substances that may have a specific - but when taken in higher doses, mixed with other ingredients, or abused, they may not bring any benefits and may even be unhealthy or dangerous for you.

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Do You Have Androgen-Induced Acne?

Do You Have Androgen-Induced Acne?

How to deal with and treat androgenal acne
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When we try to understand the etiology (causes) of acne, hormonal imbalance is cited as one of the most common culprits for this skin problem.

Both women and men produce all three sex hormones: estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. Of course, depending on whether you are a woman or man, your glands produce more estrogen or testosterone, respectively. When a woman's body produces too much testosterone (androgens), this overproduction may result in concerns like acne, too much facial or body hair, and sometimes even changes in menstruation cycle or infertility.

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Why You Can Be Thankful for Your Struggle with Acne

Why You Can Be Thankful for Your Struggle with Acne

These thoughts come to you as a message from the heart of our team to each and every one of our clients and potential clients fighting for clear skin right now. It also comes with our pledge that we are with you every step of the way so together we may turn a promise of clear skin into a reality. 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.  Read on to turn your thought process around, and get the most out of this holiday season.

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What you think may be acne scars, may be this

What you think may be acne scars, may be this

Acne, especially large and chronic cysts or pimples and blackheads that we squeeze or pop, may damage skin tissue permanently, forming acne scars. The only real way to make sure that you do not get acne scars is to PREVENT acne from forming and to break the acne cycle.

There is however a condition that may follow acne, but is NOT permanent, that sometimes is confused with acne scars; this condition is known as Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH).

What is PIH?

PIH is the medical term for skin discoloration resulting from an inflammatory injury to the skin tissue. It is the skin's natural response to inflammation. PIH is a flat area of discoloration on the skin ranging from pink to red, purple, brown or black, depending on your skin tone and depth of the discoloration.

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Do you know how serious your acne is?

Just because something says it will treat acne, doesn't mean it is meant for YOUR acne condition.  Some treatments are for mild, and some are for severe - and those facts are not always made clear. Become an educated consumer and do your research! 

Do you know how to tell if you have mild, moderate or severe acne? 

It's EASY to do.  See how by clicking below!


With a promise of clear skin,
Dr. A


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Why Do Guys Get Acne?

Why Do Guys Get Acne?

I would like to thank Dr. Gilligan, Chief Scientific Officer at AcnEase, for collaborating with me today.    

 

So why do guys get acne? You may answer because guys don't take care of their skin as well as their female counterparts; or perhaps their skin hygiene maybe lacking; or maybe guys on average play more sports and sweat more. As all of the above may contribute to making men's acne more difficult to treat, the real answer to WHY guys get acne is because males have more testosterone!

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Adult Acne Myths: Does Acne Go Away On Its Own?

Adult Acne Myths:   Does Acne Go Away On Its Own?

We understand that skin problems effect almost everyone growing up, but the fact that some of us experience acne in our mid-to-late 20's, 30's, 40's and even 50's or perhaps never fully outgrow acne breakouts, is hard to accept. It is estimated that over 30% of women and more than 20% of men ages 20 to 60 (and beyond) are troubled by acne. Over 60 million people suffer from acne in the USA alone, and another 70 million experience acne related breakouts in Canada and Europe.

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Skin Cancer and Acne?

Skin Cancer and Acne?

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness month, and throughout the month, we will be providing information on skin cancer and acne. Dr. Gilligan, one of our medical advisors and Company directors, joins me to today in helping you learn more about potential issues and prevention.

 

This time of year, the sun gets brighter, our schedule is lighter and we're outside much more. It is so important to realize the importance of having to protect yourself and your skin from the problems that loom with increased sunlight (UV radiation) exposure. By taking some simple precautions, you drastically reduce the probability of dealing with this serious issue.

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Acne: How to deal with holiday candy temptation

Acne: How to deal with holiday candy temptation

From jelly beans to chocolate bunnies and Cadbury eggs to Peeps, it is impossible not to be tempted with these sweet treats once a year. Yet, when you have acne, sugar is not a good friend.  

 

So how do you avoid the temptation but satisfy the craving?

 

The good news is that when the Easter Bunny arrives, you don't have to totally ignore his gifts.  But please do not dive head first in to a jelly bean bowl either.  Sample!  Your skin will thank you!
 

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Do I Have Male Hormonal Acne? How to REALLY Treat It

Do I Have Male Hormonal Acne? How to REALLY Treat It

What is Male Hormonal Acne?

Teenagers aren't the only ones who get acne - it can can effect adult men of all ages.  The average age of the acne sufferer in the US increased during the last decade from 20.5 to 26.5 years old.

Are You a Statistic?

Acne is a manifestation of internal imbalance that leads to overproduction of sebum (skin oil) by sebaceous glands. This extra sebum together with dead cells and dirt creates an ideal condition for bacteria what in turn will cause an inflammation that presents itself as ACNE (pimples, cysts, blackheads, whiteheads etc).

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