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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.
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,
CEO of Herborium and natural medicine specialist, will also share with you
her secrets that have helped hundreds of thousands on not only breaking the
cycle of acne, but how to overcome the emotional effects of having this
skincare issue. SIGN UP TODAY!
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.