Even though we still have some time before moving our clocks back
(on November 2!) for the Fall, we want to help make sure you don't fall short
on your skincare regimen.
After a Summer spent in the sun sweating and applying lots of
sunscreen, our pores get clogged more than usual, our skin can look dull and
dry, hyperpigmentation is more profound, and pimples, blackheads and whiteheads
may become more aggressive. In addition, the change in our daily routine with
back-to-school and back-to-work stress makes acne breakouts even less tolerable
while often more frequent.
The FDA recently issued
a warning regarding topical acne products that may have dangerous side
effects (copy and paste this URL into your browser to see the announcement: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm402441.htm).
We wanted to provide you with a place where you could get the
facts in an easy to understand way.
When it comes
to our health, wellness or beauty, we deal with a significant number
of choices regarding products that claim to be able to help us, or perhaps
help us meet our personal goals.
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!
Going back to school
means a lot of things-seeing old friends, making new ones, and unfortunately,
homework. However, one thing that it shouldn't mean is a fear of acne
breakouts. Thankfully, if you're smart and proactive about your skincare,
there's no need to worry about pesky problems like that. Here are five tips to
help ensure that your new school year is filled with clear skin and
Start your anti-acne
If you want great skin
by the time that school starts up, you need to begin taking care of it right
now. Acne is not a condition that develops overnight, and similarly, it's not
one that goes away quickly either. When dealing with it, you've got to be
patient and plan for the future, and that means getting started as soon as
possible-some zit zapping cream the night before classes begin is just not
going to cut it.
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.
The association between
aloe vera and skincare is nothing new-people have been using it to treat
everything from sunburns to eczema for centuries now. However, is this plant
extract also a good addition for acne prone skin? The answer is a bit of a
First and foremost, it's
important to remember that aloe vera cannot really cure your acne on its own.
The only solution for permanently stopping breakouts is addressing the problem at its root. However,
that being said, aloe can work as a wonderful supplemental product for certain
acne-related issues. In its pure form, it's a non-comedogenic moisturizer
with anti- inflammatory properties.
Large and small pimples are
only one of acne's physical symptoms, but they are easily
the most noticeable, discussed, and most hated. Because of this, people are
normally willing to do whatever it takes to get rid of them as soon as possible
without considering the long-term impact on their skin and without
understanding that the superficial removal of a pimple is very far from
treating acne. Short term, you may get rid of this ugly white head sticking out
from your skin, but popping pimples can increase your risk of getting new and
more severe pimples or cysts in the future as it actually opens "a
window" for infection and may spread bacteria throughout your skin too. Furthermore
popping pimples damages the skin tissue, and if this damage is deep enough it
will lead to acne scars and marks.
Water - it covers our planet,
our bodies consist of over 80% of it, and we need it to survive. We also waste
it, spill it, pollute it and even try to save it. Even though water is so
pervasive in our lives, have you ever gave it a thought as to what effect water
might have on your acne? If not, you're in luck! This article has been designed
to provide you with everything you need to know about H2O-it covers drinking
water to using water as a recreational activity and everything in between.
We often think of water
as a universally beneficial substance, but under certain conditions and with
certain kinds of water, you may actually be hurting yourself in the fight
Unfortunately, there is a
large amount of disinformation on the web these days about the sun and the
effect it can have on breakouts. As some myths promote practices that are
unnecessary but relatively harmless, those related to sun exposure can become
downright dangerous. Let's take a look at some of these acne "urban
legends" about the sun and discover what the truth actually is.
No one likes dealing
with the summer heat, and for acne sufferers it's not just a matter of staying
comfortable-they're also worried that the hot weather may negatively affect
their breakouts. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to protect yourself
and your skin during the dog days of summer. Don't let the heat get you
down-use these tips to keep yourself safe from the sun.
Try to Limit Sun Exposure During the Hottest Times of
If you're able to avoid
sun exposure during the hottest times of the day, which are later afternoon in
the summer, then by all means do so because you'll be missing out on both the
heat and UV rays that can negatively impact your skin.
years ago, the average person would have never even heard of gluten; however,
today it seems to be the one thing that people can't stop talking about! It
also became a nutritional villain blamed for all sorts of health issues, and a
marketing bonanza occurred within the food industry as a whole range of
gluten-free products were born and brought to market to provide those who truly
should avoid (and those who believe they should avoid) gluten rich products.
is this anti-gluten rally a step in the right direction to healthier living or
yet another food fad? And more importantly, can eliminating gluten really
help with acne breakouts?
Even though food is
not responsible for the underlying hormonal causes of acne, there are certain
products that have the potential to exacerbate acne breakouts or prime your
skin for new breakouts in the future. Dairy products are frequently cited as
one of these "problem foods", which has caused many an acne
sufferer to abandon some of their favorite dairy-based treats in the hopes
that this dietary switch would make their acne problems finally go away for
is officially here, and for most people that means eating lots of chilly treats
to stay cool. However, when it comes to keeping your skin healthy and acne
free, not all treats are created equal-many of our summertime favorites are
loaded with excess sugar, which can lead to skin inflammation or
loss of skin elasticity and sheen due to collagen deterioration-collagen serves
as the building blocks of the skin).
you're smart about it though, there are plenty of summer treat options out there
that won't wreak havoc on your skin! It's all matter of finding foods which
have many of the important vitamins and minerals
for good skin health, and thankfully there are plenty out there.
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.
When we discuss a sickness or disease, many times we are actually describing the symptoms, not the disease.
Science and medicine have made progress in better
understanding the underlying causes of diseases and therefore allowing
physicians to tailor the treatment that is the best for a particular
individual. Furthermore, researchers are continually developing more precise medications
with a goal of increased efficacy and less adverse side effects. The
birth of personalized medicine came about because of the Human Genome
project that was completed in 2003 and for the first time in human
history provided a detailed "genetic map" for mankind. This map is
helping to explain why some individuals respond to a particular drug or
treatment while others do not and also allows us to actually focus on
individual needs for treatment rather than a traditional "mass