Acne: How to deal with holiday candy temptation

Acne: How to deal with holiday candy temptation

From jelly beans to chocolate bunnies and Cadbury eggs to Peeps, it is impossible not to be tempted with these sweet treats once a year. Yet, when you have acne, sugar is not a good friend.  

 

So how do you avoid the temptation but satisfy the craving?

 

The good news is that when the Easter Bunny arrives, you don't have to totally ignore his gifts.  But please do not dive head first in to a jelly bean bowl either.  Sample!  Your skin will thank you!
 

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Skin Spring Cleaning: 5 Steps to Eliminating Acne this Spring

Skin Spring Cleaning: 5 Steps to Eliminating Acne this Spring

During the winter, our skin gets dryer - and dry skin is not healthy skin. A normal response to help dry skin symptoms is to use products that contain oils.  Doing this may produce a serious problem for acne prone skin - clogged pores and an entire inflammatory cycle of "producing" the pimples or cysts.

Over-dry skin may also be a manifestation of invisible inflammation in deeper layers of the skin. So, instead of one problem you may actually have two if you allow your skin to get too dry due to environmental factors like wind, cold, indoor heating, hot showers etc. or because of prolonged use of certain ingredients in your skincare products such as salicylic acid or alcohol.

PLEASE NOTE: Contrary to popular belief, over-drying oily skin to deal with acne is not an efficient way to treat acne.

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Skin Spring Cleaning: 6 Bad Ingredients in Your Medicine Cabinet

Skin Spring Cleaning: 6 Bad Ingredients in Your Medicine Cabinet

When skin health, acne and other skin problems are talked about, the focus is on good ingredients and regimens. It is equally important to know what is not good for your skin too. After all, skin is the largest organ, and a very important one.  Some of these harmful ingredients used in topical products may actually get inside of your body.  This is especially important to know if you use certain products for an extended period of time.

 

If you already have skin problems, especially acnethese ingredients will further affect your skin health, making treating acne more difficult.


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Are Exfoliations & Chemical Peels Good for Acne-Prone Skin?

Are Exfoliations & Chemical Peels Good for Acne-Prone Skin?

Skin Exfoliations and Chemical Peels became very popular with Glycolic Acid (and less Salicylic Acid) becoming the toast of the town.

There is reason to believe that for most skin types, with the exception of dry and sensitive skin, some level of exfoliation may be beneficial. It can help to remove dead skin cells, helping to unclog pores, remove dry, dark, and flaky skin resulting from photo-aging, and stimulate collagen production to help skin regeneration.  

As with many things that are "in" at the time, we seem to go overboard. Too frequent and strong chemical peels may lead to sensitized, irritated and over-dry skin. And too vigorous and frequent abrasive exfoliation can lead to skin inflammation. The COST of the procedures can take a toll on you too! 

 

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7 Tips to Avoid Getting Acne Symptoms Again!

7 Tips to Avoid Getting  Acne Symptoms Again!

So your skin is FINALLY clear and your pimples, cysts, blackheads and whiteheads have diminished.  And you couldn't be happier! 

But wait, can they come back? How do you decrease the probability of seeing those pesky zits again?  And if they show up, how do you "terminate" them quickly?

Since acne is a manifestation of an internal imbalance that leads to overproduction of sebum (skin oil) by the sebaceous glands, the factors that were responsible for this overproduction of sebum may return.  But you are not helpless!

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The Easiest Male Acne MakeUp Tutorial

The Easiest Male Acne  MakeUp Tutorial

A message from Dr. Agnes:

 

Hey guys.  It's no secret that male acne is difficult to treat.  But while you're working on treating your acne with AcnEase®, there are ways to make it look better, and have people focus on you instead of your zits.

 

Maybe you've thought about applying makeup before or maybe the thought never crossed your mind.  Either way, know this.  These days, makeup isn't just for women.  An enormous amount of men actually apply makeup to their faces daily, and you wouldn't even know!  

 

So muster up the courage, and take your buddy or partner with you to the cosmetics counter if you're feeling like you need a little cover-up - you'll be glad you did (especially when those holiday photos begin to surface!). 

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7 Steps to a Celebrity Glam Look for the Holidays

7 Steps to a Celebrity Glam Look for the Holidays

The holidays always arrive with lots of party invites. And who doesn't love a party? But if you're feeling self-conscious about your skin and aren't sure how to go from everyday makeup to festive glam, it can all seem overwhelming. But putting on the glitz is easier than you think, even if your everyday routine consists of mainly lip balm. The following 7 steps will ensure you're party-ready for every invite you receive.

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7 Easy Everyday MakeUp Tips for Acne Prone Skin

7 Easy Everyday MakeUp Tips for Acne Prone Skin

A message from Dr. Agnes:

Treating acne takes time, dedication and perseverance, as there is no miracle cure that will allow you to regain clear skin overnight. While we are waging our war with pimples and cysts however, we still want to look and feel good about ourselves. So let's talk about make-up that does not spoil your results (or your progress with AcnEase®), but will make you feel secure without using products and techniques that may slow the healing process or actually accentuate your blemishes.

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Chronic Acne? 2 Ingredients that Can Make it Worse

Chronic Acne? 2 Ingredients that Can Make it Worse

For those with acne prone skin - especially with chronic acne (acne lasting 3 or more years, or re-occurrs over the years), what you put on your skin repeatedly and long term is very important.

 

There are two chemical substances that can be found in most topical acne products that need to be used with caution - especially while used longer term to try to control chronic acne: Salicylic Acid and Alcohol.

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Body Acne: Don't Wait to Take Your Shirt Off! How to Treat Your Body Acne Now for Summer

Body Acne:  Don't Wait to Take Your Shirt Off! How to Treat Your Body Acne Now for Summer

Spring is almost here, and before you know it, summer will be upon us. Don't wait to take your shirt off to get rid of your body acne. If you start now, by then, you will have made some clear skin to show off! Here are our top tips on how to say "goodbye!" to body acne.

Cause of Body Acne
Women and men that have active physical lifestyles tend to suffer more with body acne primarily due to androgens that are the main stimulator of sebaceous glands. Acne results from the over secretion of sebum by the sebaceous glands and inflammation that follows too much sebum clogging the pores and mixing with acne bacteria that will cause inflammation known as pimples, cysts, lesions, etc. More acne occurs where the skin surface has a greater concentration of sebaceous glands, and where perspiration is more prevailing. The most common sites for acne are, therefore, the face, back and chest.

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Do I Have Male Hormonal Acne? How to REALLY Treat It

Do I Have Male Hormonal Acne? How to REALLY Treat It

What is Male Hormonal Acne?

Teenagers aren't the only ones who get acne - it can can effect adult men of all ages.  The average age of the acne sufferer in the US increased during the last decade from 20.5 to 26.5 years old.

Are You a Statistic?

Acne is a manifestation of internal imbalance that leads to overproduction of sebum (skin oil) by sebaceous glands. This extra sebum together with dead cells and dirt creates an ideal condition for bacteria what in turn will cause an inflammation that presents itself as ACNE (pimples, cysts, blackheads, whiteheads etc).

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3-Seconds to Acne Relief with 3-Step "Smart-System"

AcnEase  is excited to announce the launch of the new 

AcnEase® Acne Help Center designed for acne sufferers of any age and skin type to easily locate the right treatment option for relief of their particular symptoms.

 

AcnEase's 3-step "smart-system" is available for use on AcnEase.com, and affords acne-sufferers a personalized approach to finding the appropriate AcnEase® all-botanical acne treatment regimen that is right for them, in seconds.

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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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