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Sun is actually very important for our health.
When your skin is exposed to natural sunlight (UV rays), your body produces an
essentail nutrient, Vitamin D. Having the right level of Vitamin D in your body
enables better bone health, psychological balance and even has the potential to
assist in decreasing the risk of certain diseases.
On the other hand, sun radiation (UV rays) also damages the DNA of
your skin and may result in the most serious form of skin cancer (melanoma) as
well as cause dry or discolored skin, premature aging, brown spots and
interference with acne treatment.
So how do you find a balance, and protect yourself against sun
damage, especially when you have acne?
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May is National Skin Cancer Awareness month, and throughout the
month, we will be providing information on skin cancer and acne. Dr. Gilligan,
one of our medical advisors and Company directors, joins me to today in helping
you learn more about potential issues and prevention.
17 million Americans are believed to suffer from Rosacea. It also
affects 25 times more men than women, and usually occurs in individuals
over 30 with a light complexion.
symptoms of Rosacea may vary from heat and alcohol sensitivity to
facial redness, pimples, teary and itchy eyes and even GI reflux. The
medical world is not sure what really causes this chronic inflammatory
skin condition, and there is no treatment for it. However, there are
some important and efficient ways to control the symptoms, especially
during the spring and summer, including our natural balancing botanical therapeutic® product that can help to control all of the symptoms of Rosacea without any adverse side effects.
Acne is not just a skin disease
- it is often a "soul" disease as well. The psychological and social
impact of acne is a growing and serious concern that can have severe short and
long-term emotional side effects - but the good news is that these symptoms can
Acne affects adolescents at a
time when they are developing their personalities. A growing number of adults
are suffering from acne (the average age of an acne sufferer increased during
the last ten years from 20.5 to 26.5 years old). Adults with acne have a larger
probability to get chronic acne, which forces them to deal with this issue for
a long time, and address it together with all the other adult challenges he or
Dramatically Improve Your Skin Condition While Celebrating Earth Day!
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Every day we must replace
2.4 litres of water (over 2.5 quarts or 81.15 fluid oz.); some through
drinking and the rest from the foods we eat. So, on this Earth Day, use
this precious resource RESPONSIBLY.
because of the dominant male hormone, testosterone, have thicker skin.
So they - especially younger men - are more likely to have excessively
oily skin. When this happens, acne incidents are usually more
prevailing, more persistent and difficult to get rid of.
on subscribed stereotypes, many men chose a regimen that may actually
be harming their skin instead of helping it. Here's how to tell if you're one of those people, and how to steer clear of the #1 skincare mistake that men make that may make their breakouts worse.
Friday Favorites are designed to provide you with a round-up of some of
the behind the scenes topics we discussed this week with acne
sufferers, and also our top finds across the web which will help you
live an acne-free lifestyle. Living a healthier lifestyle helps AcnEase® do
its job by rebalancing your sebaceous glands to produce a normal amount
of oil...giving you an acne-free complexion long-term!
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.
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!
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"
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!
A message from Dr. Agnes:
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.
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!
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
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.
holidays are a time where many indulge in sugary things. From the
holiday parties to intimate gatherings, there is so much temptation that
it can sometimes be hard to avoid. But do know this! Sugar REALLY is
bad for your skin and may exacerbate acne as well. Many people wonder
why they can't break the cycle of acne - and this is one major cause.
is not just a part of cookies, candies, cakes or sodas, but it also can
be found in almost every food in your refrigerator from mayo to
Canadian bacon. The ingredient may not say "sugar", and be disguised as
corn syrup (or a word that ends with "syrup"), fructose, lactose (or a
word that ends in "ose"), fruit juice concentrate, sorbitol or xylitol.
When you combine their rather overwhelming presence with foods that
easily and rapidly convert into sugar like potatoes, pasta, crackers and
potato chips, your skin can continually have issues. Remember -
sugarplums should dance in the Nutcracker, not on your table!
this journey we've set out on to help you get clear skin for the
holidays, it's important to focus on the basics first, and to learn not
just what to do, but also what not to do.
1. Do NOT squeeze, pop, rub (vigorous exfoliation) the pimples - and do not let anyone do it for you!
important role of skin is PROTECTION. When you break or injure this
barrier, bacteria will hop in and create even more serious inflammation
and infection. In addition, this is how acne scars and marks are made!
are a number of herbs that are good for your skin. But when you suffer
from acne, good is not enough! You need SUPER herbs and skilled
preparation to get a true natural medicine that actually works.
To exemplify how complex the science of herbs is:
As wine grapes yield a
different quality and taste depending on where and how they are
harvested, the similar rule applies, and is even magnified, with herbs.
Different parts of the same herbs (leaves, root or stem) processed under
different temperatures, and the method of extraction, may provide for
totally different properties of a final product.
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.
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.
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
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.
What is Male Hormonal Acne?
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.
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 andprogesterone; 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).
The answer to this question is unequivocally YES.
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.
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