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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Important Information for Preventing Acne and Acne Scars
STAY TUNED BELOW FOR RECIPES THAT ARE SURE TO "WOW" ON VALENTINE'S DAY!
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
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®) .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
it's mid January, and hopefully you're still on track to fulfilling
your new year resolutions, including the one to be ACNE-FREE.
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
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.