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!
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
How to deal with and treat androgenal acne PLUS: SPECIAL FREE BOTTLE OFFER
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
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.
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?
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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).