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the winter, our skin gets dryer - and dry skin is not healthy skin. A
normal response to help dry skin symptoms is to use products that
contain oils. Doing this may produce a serious problem for acne prone skin - clogged pores and an entire inflammatory cycle of "producing" the pimples or cysts.
Over-dry skin may also be a manifestation of invisible inflammation in deeper layers of the
skin. So, instead of one problem you may actually have two if you allow
your skin to get too dry due to environmental factors like wind, cold,
indoor heating, hot showers etc. or because of prolonged use of certain
ingredients in your skincare products such as salicylic acid or alcohol.
PLEASE NOTE: Contrary to popular belief, over-drying oily skin to deal with acne is not an efficient way to treat acne.
When skin health, acne and
other skin problems are talked about, the focus is on good ingredients
and regimens. It is equally important to know what is not good for your
skin too. After all, skin is the largest organ, and a very important
one. Some of these harmful ingredients used in topical products may actually get inside of your body. This is especially important to know if you use certain products for an extended period of time.
If you already have skin problems, especially acne, these ingredients will further affect your skin health, making treating acne more difficult.
is reason to believe that for most skin types, with the exception of
dry and sensitive skin, some level of exfoliation may be beneficial. It
can help to remove dead skin cells, helping to unclog pores, remove dry,
dark, and flaky skin resulting from photo-aging, and stimulate collagen
production to help skin regeneration.
As with many things that are "in" at the time, we seem to go overboard. Too frequent and strong chemical peels may lead to sensitized, irritated and over-dry skin. And
too vigorous and frequent abrasive exfoliation can lead to skin
inflammation. The COST of the procedures can take a toll on you too!
wait, can they come back? How do you decrease the probability of seeing
those pesky zits again? And if they show up, how do you "terminate"
acne is a manifestation of an internal imbalance that leads to
overproduction of sebum (skin oil) by the sebaceous glands, the factors
that were responsible for this overproduction of sebum may return. But
you are not helpless!
A message from Dr. Agnes:
guys. It's no secret that male acne is difficult to treat. But while
you're working on treating your acne with AcnEase®, there are ways to
make it look better, and have people focus on you instead of your zits.
you've thought about applying makeup before or maybe the thought never
crossed your mind. Either way, know this. These days, makeup isn't
just for women. An enormous amount of men actually apply makeup to
their faces daily, and you wouldn't even know!
muster up the courage, and take your buddy or partner with you to the
cosmetics counter if you're feeling like you need a little cover-up -
you'll be glad you did (especially when those holiday photos begin to
acne takes time, dedication and perseverance, as there is no miracle
cure that will allow you to regain clear skin overnight. While we are
waging our war with pimples and cysts however, we still want to look and
feel good about ourselves. So let's talk about make-up that does not
spoil your results (or your progress with AcnEase®), but will make you
feel secure without using products and techniques that may slow the
healing process or actually accentuate your blemishes.
holidays are a time where many indulge in sugary things. From the
holiday parties to intimate gatherings, there is so much temptation that
it can sometimes be hard to avoid. But do know this! Sugar REALLY is
bad for your skin and may exacerbate acne as well. Many people wonder
why they can't break the cycle of acne - and this is one major cause.
is not just a part of cookies, candies, cakes or sodas, but it also can
be found in almost every food in your refrigerator from mayo to
Canadian bacon. The ingredient may not say "sugar", and be disguised as
corn syrup (or a word that ends with "syrup"), fructose, lactose (or a
word that ends in "ose"), fruit juice concentrate, sorbitol or xylitol.
When you combine their rather overwhelming presence with foods that
easily and rapidly convert into sugar like potatoes, pasta, crackers and
potato chips, your skin can continually have issues. Remember -
sugarplums should dance in the Nutcracker, not on your table!
this journey we've set out on to help you get clear skin for the
holidays, it's important to focus on the basics first, and to learn not
just what to do, but also what not to do.
1. Do NOT squeeze, pop, rub (vigorous exfoliation) the pimples - and do not let anyone do it for you!
important role of skin is PROTECTION. When you break or injure this
barrier, bacteria will hop in and create even more serious inflammation
and infection. In addition, this is how acne scars and marks are made!
are a number of herbs that are good for your skin. But when you suffer
from acne, good is not enough! You need SUPER herbs and skilled
preparation to get a true natural medicine that actually works.
To exemplify how complex the science of herbs is:
As wine grapes yield a
different quality and taste depending on where and how they are
harvested, the similar rule applies, and is even magnified, with herbs.
Different parts of the same herbs (leaves, root or stem) processed under
different temperatures, and the method of extraction, may provide for
totally different properties of a final product.
those with acne prone skin - especially with chronic acne (acne lasting
3 or more years, or re-occurrs over the years), what you put on your
skin repeatedly and long term is very important.
are two chemical substances that can be found in most topical acne
products that need to be used with caution - especially while used
longer term to try to control chronic acne: Salicylic Acid and Alcohol.
Spring is almost here, and before you know it,
summer will be upon us. Don't wait to take your shirt off to get rid of your
body acne. If you start now, by then, you will have made some clear skin to
show off! Here are our top tips on how to say "goodbye!" to body
Cause of Body Acne
Women and men that have active physical
lifestyles tend to suffer more with body acne primarily due to androgens that
are the main stimulator of sebaceous glands. Acne results from the over
secretion of sebum by the sebaceous glands and inflammation that follows too
much sebum clogging the pores and mixing with acne bacteria that will cause
inflammation known as pimples, cysts, lesions, etc. More acne occurs where the
skin surface has a greater concentration of sebaceous glands, and where
perspiration is more prevailing. The most common sites for acne are, therefore,
the face, back and chest.
What is Male Hormonal Acne?
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?
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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to a 2007 Australian study, young males who were put on a strict low GI
diet noticed a significant improvement in the severity of their acne.
Since it is expected that eating High GI foods cause a spike in hormone
levels including insulin, which is thought to instigate sebum
production, the results were not so surprising.
Although there are many factors that can contribute to acne, little do many know that where you live not only contributes to skin problems, but it requires a personalized skincare regimen.
on where you live, there are some important steps that you can take to
greatly improve your skin's health. But in general, no matter where you
live, it is imperative to learn how to really clean acne prone skin without chemicals and how to moisturize acne prone skin if you want clear skin for good.
cystic acne can affect anyone. Cystic acne, or nodulocystic acne, is the most
severe form of acne vulgaris. Deep, inflamed breakouts develop on the face
and/or other areas of the body. The blemishes themselves can become large; some
may measure up to several centimeters across. Although many people use the term
"cystic" to describe any type of severely inflamed acne, only those
who develop cysts truly have cystic acne. They feel like soft, fluid-filled
lumps under the skin's surface. Cysts can be painful as they originate deeper in the skin than
typical pimples and may also commonly produce scarring.
to common belief, squeezing an acne cyst can cause an even deeper infection and
more painful inflammation spreading under the surface of the skin which can
last much longer and lead to the development of additional cysts.
The term “hormonal acne” may be a misnomer since most acne can be traced back to fluctuations in hormone levels. A common misunderstanding is that men have testosterone and women have estrogen andprogesterone; in reality, both genders have a balance of all 3. The primary culprit in the formation of acne relates to fluctuations in androgens (male hormones) and in particular testosterone, DHEAS (dihyroepiandrosterone sulfate) and DHT (dehydrotestosterone).
The answer to this question is unequivocally YES.
your skin is plagued by acne, blackheads or whiteheads, ranges from dry
to oily, part of your daily skincare routine MUST include an
appropriate moisturizer 2 TIMES daily - in the morning and in the
evening - in order to help the skin stay hydrated and supple.
of the most prevailing and potentially disadvantageous myths about
cleaning acne prone skin is a belief that you need to use salicylic acid
or alcohol based products to do it, and in addition, scrape the skin
during vigorous exfoliation.
the intentions behind this belief are good (killing bacteria that
thrive in clogged pores), and some may even experience a temporary
decrease in pimples, long term effects are certainly not worth it. A few
of the adverse effects you may expect from this type of cleaning is
dry, irritated, prematurely aged, sun sensitive skin, and an actual
increase in inflammation due to skin abrasion.
STAY TUNED BELOW FOR RECIPES THAT ARE SURE TO "WOW" ON VALENTINE'S DAY!
our society, a simple 3-letter word "fat" grew to become a notorious
villain. The fact is, however, that to live a healthy life and to show
off a beautiful complexion, we need to recognize the "good" from the
Day is both eagerly awaited and profoundly feared. One of the
trepidations many of us feel is how to make sure that we look and feel
most confident and attractive on this day. So if you see a zit popping
out on your face just before V-day, it can be highly stressful.
Dr. Agnes helps you to alleviate those fears with her top 5 at-home quick fix acne care remedies.
Have all of these ingredients handy before you start so you don't scramble before you need to get ready for your night out.
So what other
myths prevent men from having clear skin?
are too many factors to list that can derail your good intentions. Not
to mention that according to statistics, by February, the percentage of
people who stick with their new year's goals drops by 65%!
We're here to help you not be one of those people!
Our 5 Fool Proof Ways on How to Stick with Your Resolution to Become Acne-Free for GOOD
So how do you do this?
You must be realistic and honest with yourself. It's not easy to admit
that your problem is actually severe; on the other hand - when you're
tired of breakouts, you can be overly harsh assessing your condition as
severe when it really is mild or moderate.
So now you've been able to choose which treatment is right for you, and you've just received your customized monthly regimen pack of AcnEase.
is a difference between using a product (you use it when you feel like
it) and using a treatment (you use it with the understanding that HOW TO
USE IT makes all a difference). This is not a use it when you feel like
As a general
rule, women's hormones tend to fluctuate more than men's, which helps explain
why acne in women tends to be less constant and more erratic than acne in men. More
than half of all adult women experience at least occasional breakouts. Approximately
60-70% of women battle with acne experience premenstrual flare-ups. Acne can
occur throughout a woman's adult life: in early adulthood, in the late twenties
and thirties, during pregnancy, and during menopause. While female adult acne
can be frustrating to deal with, it can be prevented and effectively treated.
people tend to confuse acne with cold sores. However, these are two different
skin disorders. Even though, both skin conditions share certain common symptoms
they have absolutely no similarity when it comes to causes and treatments. By closely observing the symptoms, you will
be able to distinguish between the two conditions. However, when doubt remains,
a visit to your dermatologist can lead to a proper diagnosis and a
recommendation for appropriate treatment. Cold sores and acne require different
treatments, and improper treatment can slow down healing.
If you have
adult acne and have fat around the middle i.e.: a large waist line or a big stomach, it could mean that you have a high insulin level — a symptom of pre-diabetes. Patients
who have diabetes and acne often have difficulty getting their acne under control
and in some cases, a bad case of acne can be one of the first visible signs of
developing diabetes. Because the high blood sugar levels found in diabetes also
have been implicated in acne formation, many clinicians are not surprised that
the two could be related.
During the winter, people typically experience
drier skin due to a number of factors, including cold and windy weather and
central heating. The exposure to drastic temperature changes tends to dry out
the skin. In some cases, these factors
may trigger the production of dry skin cells, which clog pores and lead to
breakouts. People who struggle with acne may experience breakouts more
frequently. Sufferers of eczema or rosacea may experience more intense symptoms
in dry and cold weather.
is prevalent among teenagers, adult men of all ages can also be plagued by this
skin disorder as well. Hormones appear to be the primary culprit in adult male
acne, which can be tough to treat. Hormonal imbalance is the main factor that
leads to acne. Hormonal acne affects 50% to women and 25% to men. Hormonal acne
in men can occur at any stage of life whether it is a teenager stage or adult
stage. However, the American Academy of Dermatology suggests that
dermatologists can clear almost any case of acne, even in an adult male, with
the treatments now available.