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.
Even more unfortunate
is the fact that stress is more than just a feeling. No matter what kind of
stress you're experiencing, your body will respond in the same way: Adrenaline,
the number one stress hormone, speeds up the heartbeat, breathing and metabolic
rate to give you a necessary rush of extra energy. Adrenaline is produced and
stored in our two adrenal glands, which are situated on top of the kidneys.
With long-term stress, these glands will deplete.
Too much stress on our
systems releases excess stress-related hormones, enzymes and other chemicals
that leave us anxious and tense--and also with overstimulated sebaceous glands,
which leads to more acne.
When winter brings
cold air, harsh winds and falling snow our way, we're quick to trade in
our summer T-shirts and fall jackets for heavier coats, fluffy scarves
and warm gloves. But did you know you should be changing more than just
the clothes you wear on your body? It's very possible you need to change
the products you use on your body, as well.
If you have
acne-prone skin, winter calls for a different skincare regimen than the
one that got you through the warmer months. Failing to adjust your
skincare routine could result in dry, flaky skin that will only make
Follow these 4
tips to keep your skin healthy this winter, and come this spring you'll
find your skin is as fresh as the blooming flowers.
Pumpkins. We can't get
enough of them during the Halloween and Thanksgiving season.
We carve them, we
stick them on our porches, we wait on line for once-a-year lattes, we make pies
and soups and then we forget about pumpkins until next year.
So let's talk about
why pumpkins should be on our minds all year round if you have acne.
Pumpkins are rich in
nutrients and microelements that our skin and body can benefit from:
Like carrots, sweet potatoes or
oranges, pumpkins have an antioxidant power and are loaded with
beta-carotene (arytenoids), which neutralize free radicals. This helps keep
our skin healthy and young and may prevent cancer according to the
National Cancer Institute.
Pumpkin seeds are rich in amino
acids and Vitamin B that are great for the skin. They are also rich in a
special amino acid called tryptophan - that is important in the production
of serotonin (our good mood player) so you don't only get healthy skin but
are also happy!
Feel a cold coming on? Rich in
Vitamin C, pumpkins may help to boost your immune system. One cup of
pumpkin soup has 20% or 60 mg of the daily-recommended dose of Vitamin C
(15% of the amount recommended for men as they need 75 mg).
The generous amount of fiber in
pumpkin helps your GI system to keep healthy and helps in controlling
sugar levels and a healthy weight.
you missed the first webinar (which was overbooked so we had to schedule it
again!) on how to create your own ACTION® plan on how to treat your
acne, you won't want to miss it this time! For anyone with acne,
no matter how long you've had it for, you will be able to walk away from
this webinar not only with an ACTION® plan, but Dr. Agnes Olszewski,
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Acne-prone skin is
usually a victim of too much sebum (skin oil) being produced by your
sebaceous glands. It clogs your pores, and together with dirt, dead skin
cells and of course bacteria will produce inflammation that manifests
itself as pimples, comedones or cysts. Even the best makeup staying on
your face overnight will add to this inflammation. Wash it out
religiously each night.
2. Do Not Exercise With Makeup
you exercise, you sweat... and sweat is a mixture of water and your
skin oils. Adding makeup to this mix will clog your pores more and cause
breakouts and enlarged pores, possibly perpetuating the acne cycle.
You certainly want to
make sure that what you use will get rid of or at least contain your
acne breakouts. So before you reach out for a bottle, cream or pill,
Acne is actually a
rather complex disease, even though the clinical manifestation is rather
simple: pimples! The driving force behind the formation of pimples is
what is more complex. For instance, some women have an over-secretion of
the adrenal glands that leads to elevated levels of testosterone (and
androgen) in their blood, which is the cause of acne. For some, during
adolescence, there may be a large growth spurt with very high levels of
hormones. For others, acne is linked to their menstrual cycle. Genetic
variation is also a large contributing factor; if parents had acne, it
is likely their children will also have acne.
Beating acne is not really about what we put on our skin, but about
the right treatment that will address the causes of acne (hyperactive
sebaceous glands and the inflammation cascade that follows
sebum-clogged pores). Since acne is the result of what happens inside of
your body, topical products have only a miniscule impact on getting
acne under control. Nevertheless, even though the treatment needs to
come from the inside, what we do to our skin on the outside may either
help or impede the treatment.
your skin appropriately is recognized as potentially one of the most
important "helpers" in acne treatment, as it can help remove
bacteria-attracting dirt and extra, clogging dead skin cells from the
pores. Unfortunately, if done inappropriately cleaning may actually hurt
your acne-prone skin.
Although diet is not the cause of skin problems like acne, it plays an important role in their treatment. A poor diet can exacerbate acne, even if you do everything else right, but a good diet can help fight it. Since acne is an external manifestation of an internal disorder, the right foods can heal, cleanse and nourish your skin from within.
Here is the perfect menu to keep your kitchen acne-friendly:
Acne-Friendly Breakfast: Kiwi-flaxseed oatmeal and a skin-cleansing raspberry-pineapple-ginger smoothie
Why? If you don’t have wheat allergies, whole grains are great for you. They’re an excellent source of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, thiamine, iron, beta-glucan (which may help regulate blood sugar), vitamin B6, and the antioxidants known as avenanthramides (which may help promote healthy circulation). Flaxseed provides a good dose of vitamins E and B6 as well as essential fatty acids (EFAs). Kiwi is rich in many microelements including zinc, which is great for acne-prone skin and also contains a load of antioxidants. A skin-cleansing raspberry-pineapple-ginger smoothie is a great healing drink that will reduce inflammation, provide a healthy dose of antioxidants and help your skin, and body, to regain a healthy balance.
Acne breakouts do not come from what you put on your skin, so they cannot be treated by topical products. In short-most
acne may be traced to fluctuations in hormone levels, especially
androgens (male hormones, also known as testosterone), and their power
to over-stimulate sebaceous glands. As acne results from inflammation
caused by sebum-clogged hair follicles (pores) and bacteria, routing out
the factors that cause overproduction of sebum is very important. So if
you want to break the acne cycle, you need to help the body to balance
itself and stop over-stimulating the sebaceous glands.
That said, we also need to remember that the
skin is the largest organ of our body. Just the top layer of the skin
(epidermis) covers about 3000 square inches! This big organ is also a
very vulnerable one, and your habits can either help to fight acne or...
actually make your breakouts worse.
makes an occasional mistake or allows for slip-ups in their skincare
routine and until these do not become regular occurrences, we should not
worry about them too much.
when those occasional skincare transgressions become bad habits, they
may take a real toll on your skin and increase the frequency or severity
of the acne breakouts - and even increase the probability of acne
take a few minutes every day to take care of your skin, and it will pay
you back with a clear complexion, less enlarged pores, less blackheads
and whiteheads and even less acne scars.
Here are five of the most damaging bad habits for acne prone skin.
it may sound counterintuitive, some natural oils may help to fight oily
skin and improve breakouts. There is much talk about coconut oil and
whether or not it's effective in helping acne prone skin, so here are
and its predecessor, oily skin, are results of over production of sebum
(skin oil) by sebaceous glands. The increase in sebum production can
lead to clogged pores (whiteheads and blackheads), which accumulate dead
skin cells as well as bacteria. This combination leads to a local
inflammatory response, which if chronic, can lead to damage to the
surrounding tissue. Acne and oily skin have to be treated from the
inside out by removing the cause of excessive sebum production, the
common denominator for both acne and oily skin.
though we still have some time before moving our clocks ahead for the
Fall, we want to help make sure you don't fall short on your skincare
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.
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.