When we think of
Valentine's Day, we usually think of candy hearts and boxes of chocolate
from friends and loved ones. And for those of us with acne, we think
about how eating all of this extra sugar may wreak havoc on our skin. Need some V-Day ideas your skin will love? We've got you covered!
1. Handmade Valentines
Feeling loved and loving others is a surefire way to boost your mood. A happy person
is one less likely to fall prey to stress, which can exacerbate acne.
So spread the love this Valentine's Day with handmade valentines. Taking
the time to craft a heartfelt message to your loved ones will remind
you how happy you make each other, and your skin will glow with
knowledge that powerful.
You want to throw a rocking Super Bowl party--what you don't want to do
is ruin the fun by chowing down on foods that may sabotage all your
progress to get acne-free. Luckily, there are easy ways to turn your
Super Bowl Sunday skin-friendly without ruining the fun.
1. Make it from scratch
You know that pizza you
were planning to pick up from the local takeout? Oh, and that
store-bought guacamole? Forget about them and make your own. We know
you're busy, but think of how much better you'll feel knowing you're
munching on the healthiest, most nutrient-dense pizza and guacamole
Toss your own whole
wheat pizza dough into a thin crust. To keep the sugar to a minimum,
skip the tomato sauce and top with a variety of fresh, organic,
veggies--tomatoes, peppers, spinach, squash, you name it--and a sprinkle
of organic cheese. Bake and slice into small, finger-food-sized squares
and share with your friends.
Lots of people are drinking fruit and vegetable juices these days that they actually extract themselves to be sure they get the freshest ingredients. So you might be wondering, how beneficial is it for the health of acne-prone skin? Is it the right option for me?
1. What goes into your juicer makes a difference
Some of the fruits and vegetables that you'll find at your local markets can actually help to heal, cleanse and nourish your skin from within. However, you don't want to get too excited and start throwing any fruit or vegetable you can find into your juicer. Some fruits may be better for your acne-prone skin than others. For example, if you have found in the past that you don't handle apples well, then you probably shouldn't throw them into the mix: juicing fruits or vegetables that aren't right for YOUR BODY won't magically make them good for you.
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.
Okay, let's be
honest: we may have succumbed to temptation (some more, some less) over
the holidays, and now we need a decisive action to repair potential
damage we did to our regimen for acne-free skin.
Follow these 3 essential steps to get back on track. The best scenario
involves combining all 3 steps in a 3-day super detox. If you cannot do
it all together however, do it in 2 or 3 consecutive
3-Day Easy & Healthy Cleansing:
Eat 1/2 of your normal food portions.
Drink twice as much water or mint or chamomile tea as you usually drink.
We love myths. Our
love of myths is the reason we populated Mount Olympus and the surrounding
rivers and forests and even the seas of Greece, with a wonderful plethora of
gods which survived thousands of years in literature, poetry and even common
language. Actually, every culture has a similar collection of great, creative,
But when we start
transferring our weakness for myths from love and war stories to such important
areas as health and make them into a pseudoscience, we have a problem.
I want to address one
of those myths, a myth
about testosterone-creating or testosterone-mimicking foods and plants that
make women break-out in acne.
It's natural to
want to spice up your look for new year's, but it's important that you
do it in a way that will not make your acne worse or impede the healing
effects of your acne treatment.
1. The basics
Both women and men
should look for non-comedogenic (non-pore-clogging) foundations and
concealers if they want to cover up their acne or any marks and scars.
Make sure your makeup does not contain any of the following comedogenic oils
It can be tough to
eat right for your acne-prone skin around the holidays, especially if
you're surrounded by family recipes that aren't exactly acne-friendly.
The best solution for you and your skin is to prepare a few dishes that
are acne-friendly and that everyone can enjoy. Here are some
acne-friendly recipes to get you started:
1. The main dish
Choose one of the following meats that are great for acne-prone skin. Always look for wild-caught when it comes to fish.
Quick and strenuous exercises are all the rage right now, but these types of exercises, along with too many hours spent in the gym or on the track, may not be the best option for those with acne. Instead, if you have acne-prone skin, you'll do better with moderate exercise as part of a healthy, less stressful lifestyle.
Exercise, especially intense exercise, is known to stimulate production of testosterone in both women and men. This will help you to build lean muscle mass, but it may also overstimulate your sebaceous glands, which can result in the overproduction of sebum and more clogged pores, leading to more acne breakouts. So the trick is to find a healthy balance between exercising enough to help your body destress and oxygenate, but not so much in a way that may promote inflammation and hormonal imbalances, which may lead to a worsening of your acne.
The holiday season
is a time for beauty but also for stress and cutting corners on proper
skincare, eating habits, and a healthy lifestyle (including getting
regular sleep and exercise). It's no surprise that this is the time for
acne to flare up.
So to make it up to your skin for slacking in these areas, here's a 12-day guide to keeping breakouts away:
Clean and exfoliate naturally
Before exfoliating naturally with a papaya mask,
try holding your face over a sink full of steaming hot water for a few
minutes. This will open your pores and prep the skin for effective but
How to Become a Pro at Reading
Product LabelsHow to Become a Pro at Reading
Everything we put
into and on our bodies affects our health and the health of our skin.
And everything that goes into our bodies can be classified as either
natural or artificial. These days, believe it or not, when a product is
labeled "natural," some or many of the listed ingredients may actually
be artificial or, contain an insignificant amount of a natural
ingredient which may do not provide any real benefits. Just because
something says it's natural, doesn't mean it is. It also does not mean
that it is good for you. Using the word "natural" has become a
marketing gimmick, and as a result, you may often be lead down the wrong
A product labelled
"natural" might not mean what you think it means. And you might be
paying extra for a product that isn't much better than the one that's
not labelled "natural."
What does "natural" even mean?
definition of "natural": means derived from or made by nature. The FDA
defines natural ingredients as those derived from natural sources, such
as lecithin derived from soybeans and corn. But did you know the
majority of soybeans and corn are genetically modified here in the US?
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
If you have acne,
you've likely been told to stay away from sugar, and you've likely been
confused. Does that mean you can't even have fruit? That you should
consume sugar substitutes? That you can't make any of your favorite
recipes this holiday season?
Allow us to help you clear the confusion in time for your next holiday party.
First, check out
your refrigerator. Any mayo or Canadian bacon or soda in there? Now
check your pantry. Is it full of cookies and other packaged goodies?
Yes? Then it's full of sugar, too-and probably not the good kind. The
sad truth is that sugar can be found in almost every food these days.
When you combine all this sugar with foods that easily and rapidly
convert into sugar like potatoes, pasta, crackers and potato chips, your
skin may suffer the consequences.
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.