Milk and Cookies? Oh NO! They really ARE bad for your skin!

Milk and Cookies? Oh NO! They really ARE bad for your skin!

It seems that two practical beliefs about possible connections between food and acne gained some new research supported legitimacy Studies conducted by Jennifer Burris, MS, RD, of the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, New York University confirmed that eating foods with a high glycaemic index (GI) like sugars and simple carbohydrates and drinking milk not only aggravates acne but in some cases may even trigger it too.

 

According to a 2007 Australian study, young males who were put on a strict low GI diet noticed a significant improvement in the severity of their acne. Since it is expected that eating High GI foods cause a spike in hormone levels including insulin, which is thought to instigate sebum production, the results were not so surprising.

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Is Your Zip code Effecting Your Skin? Where you live may be causing your breakouts!

Is Your Zip code Effecting Your Skin? Where you live may be causing your breakouts!

Although there are many factors that can contribute to acne, little do many know that where you live not only contributes to skin problems, but it requires a personalized skincare regimen.

Depending on where you live, there are some important steps that you can take to greatly improve your skin's health.  But in general, no matter where you live, it is imperative to learn how to really clean acne prone skin without chemicals and how to moisturize acne prone skin if you want clear skin for good.

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Who gets cystic acne? What is it and how to treat it

Who gets cystic acne? What is it and how to treat it

Unfortunately, cystic acne can affect anyone. Cystic acne, or nodulocystic acne, is the most severe form of acne vulgaris. Deep, inflamed breakouts develop on the face and/or other areas of the body. The blemishes themselves can become large; some may measure up to several centimeters across. Although many people use the term "cystic" to describe any type of severely inflamed acne, only those who develop cysts truly have cystic acne. They feel like soft, fluid-filled lumps under the skin's surface. Cysts can be painful as they originate deeper in the skin than typical pimples and may also commonly produce scarring.

Contrary to common belief, squeezing an acne cyst can cause an even deeper infection and more painful inflammation spreading under the surface of the skin which can last much longer and lead to the development of additional cysts.

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What is Women Hormonal Acne?

What is Women Hormonal Acne?

The term “hormonal acne” may be a misnomer since most acne can be traced back to fluctuations in hormone levels.  A common misunderstanding is that men have testosterone and women have estrogen and progesterone; in reality, both genders have a balance of all 3.  The primary culprit in the formation of acne relates to fluctuations in androgens (male hormones) and in particular testosterone, DHEAS (dihyroepiandrosterone sulfate) and DHT (dehydrotestosterone). 

An elevation in these hormones can lead to the overstimulation of the sebaceous glands, and as a result to an over-production of sebum (skin oil) and the onset of acne formation. Too much sebum together with dead skin cells and dirt eventually leads to clogged pores, and this provides an ideal condition for the growth of bacteria (propionibacterium acnes) which secrete chemicals into the skin that stimulate an inflammatory response. These inflammatory responses are pimples, cysts, blackheads and whiteheads.

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Does Acne Prone Skin Need Daily Moisturizing Treatment?

Does Acne Prone Skin Need Daily Moisturizing Treatment?

The answer to this question is unequivocally YES.

 

If your skin is plagued by acne, blackheads or whiteheads, ranges from dry to oily, part of your daily skincare routine MUST include an appropriate moisturizer 2 TIMES daily - in the morning and in the evening - in order to help the skin stay hydrated and supple.

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How to REALLY Clean Acne Prone Skin Without Chemicals

How to REALLY  Clean Acne Prone Skin  Without Chemicals

One of the most prevailing and potentially disadvantageous myths about cleaning acne prone skin is a belief that you need to use salicylic acid or alcohol based products to do it, and in addition, scrape the skin during vigorous exfoliation.

As the intentions behind this belief are good (killing bacteria that thrive in clogged pores), and some may even experience a temporary decrease in pimples, long term effects are certainly not worth it. A few of the adverse effects you may expect from this type of cleaning is dry, irritated, prematurely aged, sun sensitive skin, and an actual increase in inflammation due to skin abrasion.

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Better Sex? Better Skin! The Best Aphrodisiacs for Sexy, Acne-Free Skin

 Better Sex?  Better Skin!  The Best Aphrodisiacs for Sexy, Acne-Free Skin

Little do many know that sex has many beauty and health benefits, including making your skin very happy! Those engaged in regular sexual activities look and behave younger, sleep better (orgasm produces endorphins and oxytocin - associated with bonding) and burn calories. Having an active sex life also increases your DHEA level; and this hormone is credited with anti-aging effects. 

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Fats that You and Your Skin can LOVE!

Fats that You and Your Skin can LOVE!

Important Information for Preventing Acne and Acne Scars

STAY TUNED BELOW FOR RECIPES THAT ARE SURE TO "WOW" ON VALENTINE'S DAY!

In our society, a simple 3-letter word "fat" grew to become a notorious villain. The fact is, however, that to live a healthy life and to show off a beautiful complexion, we need to recognize the "good" from the "bad" fats.

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The Current Hazards of Treating Acne with Birth Control Pills

The Current Hazards of Treating Acne with Birth Control Pills

Currently, the FDA is concerned about the side effects of 10 brands of birth control pills sold in the US, and 4 of the pills that are already on their list are a subject of a class action suit (Yaz®, Yasmin®, Beyaz®, Ocella®) .

With the ban of Bayer's acne drug Diane-35 in France due to the number of associated deaths and other serious health problems, and a follow up investigation in the UK, Spain, Australia and other EU and middle eastern countries as well as Canada, we feel that as a service to our clients, we need to help them to understand these developments on how this affects their own acne treatment options.

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5 Surprising DIY Remedies to get Rid of Zits for Valentine's Day

5 Surprising DIY Remedies to get Rid of Zits for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is both eagerly awaited and profoundly feared. One of the trepidations many of us feel is how to make sure that we look and feel most confident and attractive on this day. So if you see a zit popping out on your face just before V-day, it can be highly stressful.

 

Dr. Agnes helps you to alleviate those fears with her top 5 at-home quick fix acne care remedies.

 

Have all of these ingredients handy before you start so you don't scramble before you need to get ready for your night out.

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Real Guys Don’t Have Acne - They have Razor Bumps Right? Wrong! Real Guys Have Acne too

Real Guys Don’t Have Acne - They have Razor Bumps  Right?  Wrong! Real Guys Have Acne too

More than 60 million adults in the US are diagnosed with acne, over 50% of adult women and 25% of adult men having this skin disease. The average age of an individual with acne problem is now, 26.5, while just 10 years ago it was 20.5.

So what other myths prevent men from having clear skin?

Acne is only for teens. If you toughen up and wait until those uncomfortable years are gone- acne problem will go away too.

Wrong!

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Hormonal Acne

Hormonal Acne

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the unpleasant and sometimes painful skin breakouts of acne can affect 40 to 50 million Americans. Acne is most common in teenagers, but it can affect people regardless of age.  Hormonal acne is practically acne caused by hormonal fluctuations. Acne can flare at any time, but people are particularly susceptible to it during certain phases of life, including, and perhaps most famously, during puberty and adolescence in general.


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How to Get Rid of Back Acne

How to Get Rid of Back Acne

The skin on the back is thicker than anywhere else on the body and contains many sebaceous glands situated just below the surface of the skin. Sebaceous glands continuously produce and secrete skin oil (sebum) through the openings (pores) in the skin. When too much sebum is produced, pores and hair follicles become clogged and together with dirt and bacteria, you have a recipe for acne.

Why Back Acne is Hard to Get Rid Of

Factors that over stimulate sebaceous glands may be different including internal imbalance or hormonal fluctuations due to puberty or heavy exercise, which induces extra male hormones called androgens and affects both males and females.

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5 Fool Proof Ways to be Acne-Free for GOOD

5 Fool Proof Ways to be Acne-Free for GOOD

So, it's mid January, and hopefully you're still on track to fulfilling your new year resolutions, including the one to be ACNE-FREE.

 

There are too many factors to list that can derail your good intentions. Not to mention that according to statistics, by February, the percentage of people who stick with their new year's goals drops by 65%!   

 

We're here to help you not be one of those people!

 

Our 5 Fool Proof Ways on How to Stick with Your Resolution to Become Acne-Free for GOOD

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Selecting the Right Acne Treatment for Your Skin

Selecting the Right Acne Treatment for Your Skin

Assessing what type of acne you have can be a difficult task. You want to make sure you get it right so the treatment actually does the trick!

So how do you do this? You must be realistic and honest with yourself. It's not easy to admit that your problem is actually severe; on the other hand - when you're tired of breakouts, you can be overly harsh assessing your condition as severe when it really is mild or moderate.

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