Thank you! Why, You May Ask?

In these first week of 2013, we want to thank all our AcnEase users and even those who didn't try it yet but are thinking about it, for making 2012 the best year ever for us...and hopefully it has been a good year for your skin as well.

Selecting the Right Acne Treatment for Your Skin

Assessing what type of acne you have can be a difficult task. You want to make sure you get it right so the treatment actually does the trick!

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.

How to Use AcnEase® to Get the Best Results

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.

What do you do next?
How do you make your efforts and our product work the best for YOU?

There 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 it product!

Female Hormonal Acne

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.

Acne versus Cold Sores

Sometimes 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.

Skin Acne and Diabetes

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.

Treating Dry Skin and Acne During Winter

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.

Causes and Treatment for Male Hormonal Acne

While acne 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.

Pre-Teen Acne

The preteen period marks the transition from child to teenager. Acne is which is normally prevalent among teenagers is now affecting preteens as well. Acne in the preteen years would once have been considered distinctly unusual and a cause for concern. In fact, about 8 in 10 preteens and teens have acne, along with many adults. However, the reduction over the past 50 years in the average age at which puberty occur meaning that preteen acne is becoming increasingly common.

Pumpkin Face Mask for Acne Prone Skin

Wondering what to do next week with your pumpkins after Halloween is over? Save some for your face!


This pumpkin face mask is especially useful for those with sensitive and irritated skin.
The Best Herbal Relaxants for Stress and Skin

Ever feel like this?  Loaded question, I know!  

But little do many know that if stress is balanced with relaxation, then its negative effects may be diminished and a balance can be achieved. Really! 

And if a balance is not achieved, stress affects our skin in a variety of ways.

Menopausal Acne and Treatments

Hot flashes, night sweats, and weight gain are all common symptoms of menopause.  Acne can also occur among menopausal women as well.  No matter what age you are, when you go through a hormonal change, the hormonal imbalance will result in acne. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, women in menopause are most likely to spot acne blemishes near their chin, jaw, and mouth, but pimples can also appear on the chest and back.   

Herbal Acne Treatments

Acne is a prevalent skin disorder affecting nearly 17 million people. Over-production of oil plugs pores and causes pimples. It is common to see acne on the face, back, shoulders, arms and chest. Effective over-the-counter treatments are numerous, but many can cause adverse side effects, such as dryness, redness and itching. Herbal treatments can be as effective as the commercial products, but may cause fewer side effects.

Hormonal Acne

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the unpleasant and sometimes painful skin breakouts of acne can affect 40 to 50 million Americans. Acne is most common in teenagers, but it can affect people regardless of age.  Hormonal acne is practically acne caused by hormonal fluctuations. Acne can flare at any time, but people are particularly susceptible to it during certain phases of life, including, and perhaps most famously, during puberty and adolescence in general.

Gluten and Acne
A hot topic in the news lately has been whether or not gluten is a cause of acne. We're here to set the record straight. For those that do not have a gluten allergy called celiac disease, or gluten sensitivity, products containing gluten will NOT exasperate their acne problem.
Can Thyme Be The Acne Cure-All? Thyme and Acne

As we get smarter about herbs and foods that may improve our skin (and those that may be bad for it), we need to treat news headlines with a grain of salt. Thyme - a popular herb found in gardens, stores and traditional medicinal products and experientially known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties - made recent headlines ...

Spring Cleaning for the Skin
Spring is a time for renewal, weddings, bright sun and great weather.
De-stress in time to make your skin look its best with Dr. Agnes' top Springtime facials.
Summer Series #2: 2 Sun-Protection Myths You Need to Know About

This is the second article in our Summer Series, so stay tuned for many more summer tips to keep your skin clear! Also, check below for a SPECIAL FATHER'S DAY DEAL!

Most of us are led to believe that if we slather 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 keep you and your skin safe!

Good Sun & Bad Sunscreen: 2 Myths about Sun Protection - my feature on @myskin

Most of us are led to believe that if we slather 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 keep you and your skin safe! 

In fact, the sun is healthy if you take precautions. Ultraviolet light from the sun comes in two main wavelengths: UVA and UVB. They are quite different in respect of the risk they create for your health. UVB is the “good” sunlight and UVA is the “bad” one. UVB helps you produce vitamin D that is extremely important for your overall wellbeing, supporting the health of your bones, muscles, skin, eyesight, heart and immune system. UVA can cause free radical damage. 
Summer Series #3: 5 Ways to Protect Your Skin from the Sun with Food!

This is the 3rd article in our Summer Series, so stay tuned for many more summer tips to keep your skin clear! Join us on Twitter and Facebook to keep the conversation going! 

In a previous article in our Summer Skincare Series, we abolished a wide spread myth that the sun is always bad for you. Sunlight, while accessed in a controlled manner, is healthy and necessary for us as it provides necessary Vitamin D, and actually protects you from some forms of cancer. This exposure needs however to be controlled ...
Summer Series #4: Is Your Acne Medication Harmful in the Summer?
This is the 4th article in our Summer Series, so stay tuned for many more summer tips to keep your skin clear! Join us on Twitter and Facebook to keep the conversation going! As an acne sufferer, you know that many medications have sun restrictions. But avoiding the sun in the summer is like waving a big delicious candy bar in front of a child's (or, let's admit, an adult's) face and telling them they can't eat it. Being on an acne medication during the summer with this type of restriction can cause sunburn/sun damage (sometimes irreversible), irritation and dryness; all of which can make your acne problem worse. If your product is listed here, my recommendation to you is to consult with your doctor about taking these medications during the summer in order to reduce the harmful effects. ...
Prevent your breakouts with this...

When was the last time you took a nice, relaxing bath? Especially one that can prevent breakouts in order to maintain clear skin? Having trouble thinking back that far? Yes, I know! The number one excuse I usually hear is that there just aren't enough hours in the day. But if you take a serious look at your schedule, and designate 10-30 minutes once a week for "me" time, you'll be very happy you did it, believe me. Here's why...

Delicious Fresh Juice that Heals & Nourishes Your Skin

With the summer coming to an end, if you're like me, you take full advantage of the local farm markets and their amazing bounty. Did you know that some of the fruits and vegetables that you find at these markets actually heal, cleanse and nourish your skin from within? Oh yes my friend!

Since acne is an external manifestation of an internal disorder, the combination of the fruits and vegetables listed below act as a natural skin healer by healing the skin from within. And as a bonus, they will only help assist with your AcnEase regimen.

Will Fruit & Clay Make My Skin Acne-Free?
To follow up on Tuesday's email on how melon and cabbage help nourish and cleanse your skin, I wanted to give you a quick tip on how this revitalizing mask will also help to heal your skin and put you on the path to be acne-free. You choose what you want and what works best for you!

Clay is a deep cleanser as it draws out impurities from beneath the skin surface. Clay contains various minerals and trace elements that nourish the skin. There are three types of clay used in cosmetics, white, green and red. Green clay is best used for treatment of skin problems, and it is particularly therapeutic for acne.
End of Summer Must-Do Skin Treatments: Part I

Must-do for those with skin issues!

As the summer comes to an end, it's time to give your skin some extra TLC. Think about it. With all the fun-in-the-sun that you've had, your skin has had a little too much sun and wind exposure which causes more dryness, dark spots and possibly even more trouble with acne due to excessive sweating and mixing make-up with certain sun protection products. Since we are almost at the end of the summer, let's help your skin contain the possible damage that occurred over the past 2-3 months with a juicy treat!

End of Summer Must-Do Skin Treatments: Part II

Must-do for those with skin issues!

As I mentioned yesterday in Part I of this end-of-summer treatment, your skin has had sun and wind overload for the past 2-3 months, so it really needs some extra TLC now, ...

Oatmeal. The Fall Skin Super-Fixer.

The big challenge for Fall skin is to off-set the sun and wind exposure from the summer, and the stress of the changed life pace brought by the end of the vacation season, return to school and work and picking up old and new responsibilities. Here's a quick and easy all natural skin fixer that will help "abused" skin achieve a healthy glow.

Oats and oatmeal (not instant or sweetened, but whole grain, steel-cut oats!) are credited with many things. They are an excellent source of fiber, ...

Emergency Tips For Last-Minute Zits

From the change in seasons to the change in schedules, this time of year can cause some major havoc on your skin - and the last thing we need is to wake up in the morning having to deal with surprising and unwanted pimples or cysts. Here are some of my recommended quick fixes to make facial acne look non-existent (while waiting for the more sustained effects following your AcnEase treatment). 

Emergency Tips for Last-Minute Zits

If the pimple is just forming and you need it cleared in a day or two, increase the evening dose of AcnEase® to 6 tablets for one or two days...

Improve Your AcnEase Results by 150%!

As a first-time user, you should start with the treatment phase to see the best results. Each treatment requires a specific number of bottles for one-month: mild acne (3 bottles), moderate acne (5 bottles), severe acne, (7 bottles). We recommend a minimum one-month treatment, and to continue with the treatment even if you start to see results in the average 7-10 days.

NOTES: The product is the same for each treatment. There are 72 tablets per bottle. Each treatment requires a different daily dose - instructions come with the order.

Say Goodbye to Acne Scars Naturally: Part I

The first step in getting rid of acne scars and marks is to let the skin heal itself while new breakouts are prevented. Acne marks and scars are a result of deep lesions and repeated breakouts and can be prevented if acne symptoms are eliminated.

What to do about those persistent acne scars?

Persistent cysts and lesions that effect adult acne sufferers often leave behind long lasting marks in the form of acne scars, which represent post-inflammatory changes in the skin that are not easily reversed. Depending on the method you choose, acne scar treatment can be quite costly and occasionally even discomforting or painful. 

Say Goodbye to Acne Scars Naturally: Part II

There are other just as powerful natural alternatives to the dermatological procedures we described in Say Good-bye to Acne Scars: Part I that won't be as painful, expensive or time consuming.

Natural Apothecary: Acne Scar Fighting Herbs

These natural herbs are safe and non irritating options proven to diminish appearance of scars. Normally, the prices start at $4.

Back Acne Sufferer? What You MUST Avoid.

Internal imbalances make your sebaceous glands work over time, which leads to the overproduction of sebum (oil), in turn, clogging pores. Sebum, dead cells and dirt attracts bacteria, leading to inflammation, resulting in the formation of pimples and even cysts. With that said, you need to take some important steps not to exasperate this tough to treat acne.

What YOU NEED to AVOID if you have back acne.

Don't Scrub Your Back:

Keep clean, but don't scrub the skin on your back. Scrubbing may actually break the skin...