has been used by people of all cultures for centuries. In some regions
(cultures) such as China, India or Japan where natural medicine actually
thrived for thousands of years, it has become a well-documented
experiential body of knowledge. As different types of grapes
have been grown and used on various continents to make different types
and different quality of wine, a rich variety of different species of
plants and herbs have been used around the world to treat similar
Modern natural medicine uses natural
herbs and plants together with other natural ingredients based on
principles and discipline of modern science, using testing, research,
analysis, innovation and sophisticated equipment. But a "smart"
modern natural medicine does not forget or deny the centuries of
experiential knowledge of its grandfather - instead it learns from it,
and then confirms it or rejects it based on the scientific data.
Ever think about why the most popular acne treatments became so widely used?
Many doctors prescribe broad-spectrum antibiotics like Septra, Minocycline, Tetracycline, Doxycycline, Erythromycin and Clindamycin
to treat acne. The rationale being that the antibiotic will decrease
the growth of bacteria in pores clogged with sebum. This process is
designed to control and even decrease the symptoms of acne. And since
effects are visible, it easily becomes a product of choice. The problem
is that those results will not last (even the period of improvement is
different for each person); and to keep the results going will require
long term use of antibiotics that carry different types of short term
and long term health concerns and adverse effects. Additionally,
antibiotics really do not treat acne; they do not stop factors
influencing the over-production of sebum. Instead, they only moderate
inflammation that would not occur in the first place, without
overstimulation of the sebaceous glands. So again, treating acne
(meaning "getting rid of" for longer term) is a whole different matter.
has 96% water content that is more nutritious than regular water, which helps
in keeping the body hydrated and body temperature regulated. It also helps in
flushing out the toxins from the body.
also contains vitamins A, B and C and minerals like magnesium, potassium, and
silica - all are very beneficial for your skin. Facial masks containing
cucumber juice can be used for skin tightening. Additionally, the ascorbic acid
and caffeic acid present in cucumbers can bring down the water retention rate,
which in turn diminishes the puffiness and swelling under the eyes and works as
a mild exfoliating agent.
cucumber mask is a great natural helper for acne prone skin as it works both as
an astringent and moisturizer, especially for oily skin. The honey and oats also
included in the mask will nourish and revitalize your skin, and will help with
dark spots. But since cucumber works as an exfoliator, DO NOT USE
THIS MASK BEFORE SUN EXPOSURE!It is best to use it in the evening
before going to bed.
Nothing can be more
frustrating and exasperating than a chronic problem. It wears us down, and
affects our self-perception and special life moments.
Acne is one of such
problems that if not addressed properly when it starts, may become chronic, and
the scars (emotionally and physically) can even last a lifetime. We don't just
say that, but have worked with numerous acne-sufferers who later in life unfortunately
will never be able to get rid of the damage to their face. At the same time,
since acne directly affects your appearance and the way you see yourself, there
is also a strong motivation to just improve the symptoms as fast as possible,
forgetting about long term results.
You know the saying beauty
starts from with in? This is not just a reference on morals but a
very practical observation about the health of your skin. What we put in our
bodies effects how we look, and there are a number of essential vitamins that
do wonders for the skin. HOWEVER,
they do not TREAT acne.
Certain vitamins and minerals may be a great adjunct to
treating acne, and help your skin to be healthy and glowing.
Acne is a manifestation
of an internal imbalance that leads to the overproduction of sebum (skin oil)
by the sebaceous glands. This extra sebum together with dirt creates an ideal
condition for bacteria, which results in inflammation that presents itself as
acne (pimples, cysts etc). The only treatment for acne is to reprogram your
sebaceous glands to stop working overtime, which will result in actually PREVENTING
new acne from coming. Anything less - topical products and antibiotics - focus
on symptoms of acne and address the inflammation rather than the real root
cause of acne.
Friday night. Summer is in a full bloom, and your friend just called
about this great beach party tomorrow. Instead of being excited, you get
that sinking feeling...and the only think you can think about is how
you're going to handle taking your shirt off with all of those pimples
on your body.
acne is similar to facial acne in both symptoms and general treatment
rules, but it may be more difficult to control and get rid of, and
therefore will require some special attention. Body acne is most
commonly found on the back (and is also sometimes called "bacne"), chest
and neck but blemishes can appear anywhere with exception of the feet
and palms. Back and body acne affects both men and women, teens and
adults, but body acne is much more common, and often more severe, in
What do you do when your
pre-teen child is unhappy and defiant, feeling depressed or alienated because
she or he has PIMPLES? And they are only 9 or 10 years old! The situation
obviously cannot be ignored, so how do you treat children with PRE-TEEN acne
Most people associate acne
with the teenage years and accept acne as a normal part of growing up. More
recently, pre-teen or pre-adolescent acne is gaining more attention from
pediatricians, dermatologists and of course pre-teens along with their parents.
In fact, in May 2013 the American Acne and
Rosacea Society (AARS) published guidelines for the
"Diagnosis and Treatment of Pediatric Acne" which was subsequently
endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In part, this increased
attention to pre-teen acne (ages 8-12) results from observations that this
younger age group is now experiencing acne.
A study published by Lucky
et al revealed acne lesions in 78% of 365 girls ages 9 to 10.
a holiday weekend of indulging in carbs, sugars, alcohol and sun
exposure, are you worried that zits and flareups will come fast and
Try this healing drink. It will reduce
inflammation, provide a healthy dose of antioxidants and help your skin,
and body, to regain a healthy balance. Its anti-inflammatory properties
are thanks to the enzyme bromelain in fresh pineapple (only fresh or frozen will do - canned pineapple has no enzymes left) and the gingerols in
ginger. Extensive research shows that the compounds in ginger may be
more potent than many anti-inflammatory drugs. Raspberries are known to
be a great source of Vitamin C, and also have a number of antioxidants
as well as fiber that absorbs toxins.
is a time for the beach, parties, weddings, graduations and
barbecues...and with the summer, our acne gets aggravated by sweat,
sunscreens, sunless tanning, diet and a number of other factors. So
here's how to use the bounty offered by the summer to do something good
for your skin. Summer foods can actually protect your skin from the
of us are led to believe that if we lather 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 not only keep you and your skin safe, but it will
also keep you from getting flare-ups.
popular way of thinking when you have acne is to scrub your skin as
much as possible with products that "sting" in order to get rid of acne
-Unfortunately, this is not the case. That "stinging" feeling doesn't
mean that you're doing something good for your skin. Practices like
this actually do more harm than good. The more chemicals, and product,
that you put on your skin, the more your skin is striped of its natural
oils, and goes into protection mode and actually produces more oils,
which can make your acne worse and chronic!
We do know that by implementing the proper washing and moisturizing
techniques, your chances to get clear skin increases two-fold. And
don't forget - you have to treat your skin with an acne treatment when
you have acne - it will not go away simply by washing or doing DIY
every pimple is acne. Pimples may be allergic hives, bites or even a
sweat rash...just to name a few. So as a mother, how do you know it's
time to seriously search for a safe and effective acne treatment for
your fast growing teen?
Here are some basic red flags you should watch for:
usually develops and worsens in time. So the earlier you catch it, and
start the right treatment, the faster you get rid of it and there is
less risk of obtaining lasting skin damage such as acne scars and marks.
1. Oily and shiny T-zone: a clearly shiny and oily forehead, nose and chin may be an early warning for forthcoming acne
2. Oily Skin overall: shiny, oily or very oily skin represents a clear warning sign for acne
3. Blackheads and whiteheads: these represent an early stage of acne
4. Redness, inflammation, pimples or cysts on cheeks, chin, back and/or shoulders: these are fully developed acne symptoms
Acne is a part of many teen lives
- unfortunately. And they will do anything to get rid of it - who
wouldn't!? HOWEVER, there are some important safety alerts both smart
teens and their mothers need to know before choosing an acne treatment.
Reason being that MANY of the most commonly prescribed regimens do have
side effects you need to know about. Weigh the benefits and potential
dangers - after all, an educated consumer is a safe consumer.
Here are some of the potential treatments you need to be alerted to.
teenagers will experience acne at some point during their adolescent
years. A number of factors contribute to teenagers having the highest
incidence of acne. Many parents attribute acne to poor diet or lack of
attention to proper skin cleansing and moisturizing. However, the real
cause of acne is a hormonal imbalance related to adolescence that over
stimulates the sebaceous glands.
A hallmark of teenage skin aside from the pimples is "greasy or oily skin".
appearance of oily skin goes hand in hand with the increased appearance
of acne. The oily skin is due to an over secretion of sebum (skin oil)
by the sebaceous glands. This over production of sebum not only
manifests itself as oily skin but can also lead to clogged pores that
are seen as "white heads" and "black heads." Once the pores of the skin
are clogged with sebum, they accumulate dead skin cells and provide a
perfect breading ground for the growth of bacteria. This combination of
clogged pores and growth of bacteria is responsible for acne.