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Stress is a horrible
feeling no matter what time of year it is, but it's especially horrible around
the holidays, when it tends to creep up on us and keep us from getting the most
out of family time.
Even more unfortunate
is the fact that stress is more than just a feeling. No matter what kind of
stress you're experiencing, your body will respond in the same way: Adrenaline,
the number one stress hormone, speeds up the heartbeat, breathing and metabolic
rate to give you a necessary rush of extra energy. Adrenaline is produced and
stored in our two adrenal glands, which are situated on top of the kidneys.
With long-term stress, these glands will deplete.
Too much stress on our
systems releases excess stress-related hormones, enzymes and other chemicals
that leave us anxious and tense--and also with overstimulated sebaceous glands,
which leads to more acne.
When winter brings
cold air, harsh winds and falling snow our way, we're quick to trade in
our summer T-shirts and fall jackets for heavier coats, fluffy scarves
and warm gloves. But did you know you should be changing more than just
the clothes you wear on your body? It's very possible you need to change
the products you use on your body, as well.
If you have
acne-prone skin, winter calls for a different skincare regimen than the
one that got you through the warmer months. Failing to adjust your
skincare routine could result in dry, flaky skin that will only make
Who doesn't want to go a bit overboard with makeup on Halloween?
Though this is the time to get away with it, you still may want to do it in a
way that does not exasperate your acne.
Here are some Halloween tips to look crazy-good but let your
acne-prone skin survive the night.
Acne is a result of your pores being stuffed with too much sebum
(skin oil) mixed with dirt, sweat, dead skin cells and, of course, bacteria.
We carve them, we
stick them on our porches, we wait on line for once-a-year lattes, we make pies
and soups and then we forget about pumpkins until next year.
So let's talk about
why pumpkins should be on our minds all year round if you have acne.
Pumpkins are rich in
nutrients and microelements that our skin and body can benefit from:
Acne-prone skin is
usually a victim of too much sebum (skin oil) being produced by your
sebaceous glands. It clogs your pores, and together with dirt, dead skin
cells and of course bacteria will produce inflammation that manifests
itself as pimples, comedones or cysts. Even the best makeup staying on
your face overnight will add to this inflammation. Wash it out
religiously each night.
you exercise, you sweat... and sweat is a mixture of water and your
skin oils. Adding makeup to this mix will clog your pores more and cause
breakouts and enlarged pores, possibly perpetuating the acne cycle.
An educated consumer is a smart consumer!
You certainly want to
make sure that what you use will get rid of or at least contain your
acne breakouts. So before you reach out for a bottle, cream or pill,
Acne is actually a
rather complex disease, even though the clinical manifestation is rather
simple: pimples! The driving force behind the formation of pimples is
what is more complex. For instance, some women have an over-secretion of
the adrenal glands that leads to elevated levels of testosterone (and
androgen) in their blood, which is the cause of acne. For some, during
adolescence, there may be a large growth spurt with very high levels of
hormones. For others, acne is linked to their menstrual cycle. Genetic
variation is also a large contributing factor; if parents had acne, it
is likely their children will also have acne.
your skin appropriately is recognized as potentially one of the most
important "helpers" in acne treatment, as it can help remove
bacteria-attracting dirt and extra, clogging dead skin cells from the
pores. Unfortunately, if done inappropriately cleaning may actually hurt
your acne-prone skin.
5 Rules for Cleaning Your Acne-Prone Skin
Although diet is not the cause of skin problems like acne, it plays an important role in their treatment. A poor diet can exacerbate acne, even if you do everything else right, but a good diet can help fight it. Since acne is an external manifestation of an internal disorder, the right foods can heal, cleanse and nourish your skin from within.
Here is the perfect menu to keep your kitchen acne-friendly:
Acne-Friendly Breakfast: Kiwi-flaxseed oatmeal and a skin-cleansing raspberry-pineapple-ginger smoothie
Why? If you don’t have wheat allergies, whole grains are great for you. They’re an excellent source of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, thiamine, iron, beta-glucan (which may help regulate blood sugar), vitamin B6, and the antioxidants known as avenanthramides (which may help promote healthy circulation). Flaxseed provides a good dose of vitamins E and B6 as well as essential fatty acids (EFAs). Kiwi is rich in many microelements including zinc, which is great for acne-prone skin and also contains a load of antioxidants. A skin-cleansing raspberry-pineapple-ginger smoothie is a great healing drink that will reduce inflammation, provide a healthy dose of antioxidants and help your skin, and body, to regain a healthy balance.
Acne breakouts do not come from what you put on your skin, so they cannot be treated by topical products. In short-most
acne may be traced to fluctuations in hormone levels, especially
androgens (male hormones, also known as testosterone), and their power
to over-stimulate sebaceous glands. As acne results from inflammation
caused by sebum-clogged hair follicles (pores) and bacteria, routing out
the factors that cause overproduction of sebum is very important. So if
you want to break the acne cycle, you need to help the body to balance
itself and stop over-stimulating the sebaceous glands.
That said, we also need to remember that the
skin is the largest organ of our body. Just the top layer of the skin
(epidermis) covers about 3000 square inches! This big organ is also a
very vulnerable one, and your habits can either help to fight acne or...
actually make your breakouts worse.
makes an occasional mistake or allows for slip-ups in their skincare
routine and until these do not become regular occurrences, we should not
worry about them too much.
when those occasional skincare transgressions become bad habits, they
may take a real toll on your skin and increase the frequency or severity
of the acne breakouts - and even increase the probability of acne
take a few minutes every day to take care of your skin, and it will pay
you back with a clear complexion, less enlarged pores, less blackheads
and whiteheads and even less acne scars.
Here are five of the most damaging bad habits for acne prone skin.
it may sound counterintuitive, some natural oils may help to fight oily
skin and improve breakouts. There is much talk about coconut oil and
whether or not it's effective in helping acne prone skin, so here are
especially large and chronic cysts or pimples and blackheads that we
squeeze or pop, may damage skin tissue permanently, forming acne scars.
The only real way to make sure that you do not get acne scars is to PREVENT acne from forming and to break the acne cycle.
There is however a condition that may follow acne, but is NOT permanent, that sometimes is confused with acne scars; this condition is known as Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH).
is the medical term for skin discoloration resulting from an
inflammatory injury to the skin tissue. It is the skin's natural
response to inflammation. PIH is a flat area of discoloration on the
skin ranging from pink to red, purple, brown or black, depending on your
skin tone and depth of the discoloration.
In short, yes - most
acne may be traced to fluctuations in hormone levels, especially
androgens (male hormones also known as testosterone), and their power to
over stimulate sebaceous glands. As acne results from inflammation
caused by sebum clogged hair follicles (pores) and bacteria, ruling out
the factors that cause over production of sebum is very important.
Treatment will help your body to negotiate or even eliminate the hormonal imbalance.
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.
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.
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
Is this one of the most unbelievable things you've ever heard? Well my friends. Believe it.
answer may surprise you, but YES - a healthy sex life has many health
benefits including improving your skin and actually helping in some
instances to fight acne.
is a manifestation of an internal imbalance that most often is routed
in a hormonal imbalance, specifically in the imbalance of sex hormones
(androgens/testosterone, estrogen and progesterone).
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.
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.
The Truth About Teen Acne
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.
Special thanks to Dr. Gilligan, Chief Scientific Officer at AcnEase, for collaborating with me today.
I would like to thank Dr. Gilligan, Chief Scientific Officer at AcnEase, for collaborating with me today.
In our quest to spread awareness about safe and effective acne
treatments this June for acne awareness month, we're focusing on the ladies
today! So ladies (and moms of teens!), listen up - not only will this
information help you, but also your children or the men and women that you know