and blackheads are known as comedones, and are a certain type of
acne. They are both filled with sebum and dead skin cells, creating
the ideal playground for bacteria to grow. The difference between the
two is the oxidation of melanin (which gives the follicle a black or
white color); the blackheads have a larger opening so the air makes the
melanin oxidize, turning black and the whiteheads don't have a large
opening, so the air access is limited, making the melanin white.
produced by your skin's sebaceous glands are necessary to keep your
skin healthy and supple. We would all be scaly and more like alligators
without these oils! But as often in life, too much of a good thing is
not good either - like the over-production of sebum (skin oil), which
may lead to acne. Additionally, being too shiny is also a beauty problem
that affects the way we look and our confidence. And since we often use
make-up to camoflage blemishes, having very oily skin can interfere
with make-up application and coverage.
Dermatologists agree that the most effective way to manage oily skin is to cleanse your face
both morning and night, and to use oil absorbing masks. You need to use
a gentle cleanser since harsh soaps can trigger the skin's protective
reaction, and can increase oil production further. For the same reason,
stay away from rubbing and buffing your skin; use a pat and dry system
to limit the possibility of stimulating more oil secretion.
you begin to enjoy a daily skin care routine designed to provide you
with healthy skin, please note the following general guidelines.
More is not always better. Don't apply more than ONE mask daily.
Always apply a mask to freshly cleansed skin
Cleaning your face with products that suit YOU is a foundation of healthy skin
NEVER go to sleep with your makeup on
After you exercise, clean your skin
Exfoliation (peeling) should not be done more than once a week
Use your sunscreen especially after using any exfoliating/peeling products
Alternate the fruit and veggie DIY moisturizing masks; we provide you with many of them on our blog.
best way to use moisturizing and rejuvenating masks is every other day
or every two days; especially before big events - not every day.
your skin; if you see that some ingredients don't agree with you (ex.
make your skin red, sensitized, itchy), stop using the masks and just
use the chamomile astringent only. Even nature isn't always right!
because something says it will treat acne, doesn't mean it is meant for
YOUR acne condition. Some treatments are for mild, and some are for
severe - and those facts are not always made clear. Become an educated
consumer and do your research!
Do you know how to tell if you have mild, moderate or severe acne?
hard enough to fight acne. But what is a person to do if these
breakouts leave long lasting marks and scars on the skin? Acne scars
result from constant damage to the skin due to acne pustules and
papules, pimples/zits, cysts etc. Each pimple is associated with an
inflammatory reaction, which causes local tissue damage when combating
bacteria trapped in the clogged pores of the skin. On top of this, if
you squeeze or pop pimples, this damage may be even more substantial.
you get a cut on your skin, a scab starts to form, which actually helps
it to heal. Acne pimples that become inflamed are like little cuts
that need to heal; with chronic acne, repeat pimples and inflammation
don't give enough time for the skin to heal properly. Therefore, the
FIRST thing that must been done to break the cycle of creating new scars
and marks (acne marks are also acne scars but less deep) is to PREVENT
acne. This will allow collagen production and new tissue to rebuild
your skin (at least partially) and as a result, make scars less visible,
and marks vanish. So, PREVENTING NEW ACNE FROM FORMING IS THE FIRST CRUCIAL STEP TO GETTING RID OF ACNE SCARS AND MARKS.
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