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It's time for a
reality check: You might think you know what kind of acne you have, but
you might be wrong. Let's see if you'll be able to tell....
You've had acne for multiple years and you really only get breakouts a
couple times a year. Should you treat it as mild or moderate acne?
All of us are different: different lifestyles and
preferences, different personalities, different skin tones and even
different skin types. You might have oily skin, dry skin, or a
combination of both with or without a sensitivity factor to mix with
it. Your skin type might even change with the age, specific body
conditions like pregnancy, very intense exercise, menstrual cycle or
even the weather!
So how do we sort through this skin-type madness in order to care of
our skin the right way? For starters, let go of the misconception that
only oily-skin people get acne. ANYONE can get acne, and
EVERYONE and EVERY SKIN TYPE needs a proper skincare routine.
Stopping the treatment suddenly may work for some but for some it may also increase the risk for flare-ups to return. So we developed a strategy to minimize this risk. We suggest that instead of stopping AcnEase cold-turkey, you wean yourself off the treatment slowly by going down by one level of treatment over a 1-2 month period.For example, if you are on the severe acne regimen, you go down to moderate acne regimen. Stay on this level for 1-2 months, and if your skin remains clear, go down again to the mild acne regimen for 1-2 months.If you don't see any flare-ups within 1-2 months, then go down to the maintenance treatment. You can stay on the maintenance for a long time as AcnEase is safe for long-term use. Or, if you don't see any flare-ups in 1-2 months on the lowest maintenance dose (2x3 or 2x2 tablets daily), then congratulations! You may opt to stoptaking the product all together.
Numerous individuals with chronic acne opt to useAcnEase regularly on a lower regimen for a long time to make sure they maintain clear skin. All of the dosages for the treatments are located on each product page on our website--and all of the dosages also come with your order.
AcnEase® treatment may take anywherebetween one to 6 months depending on the severity of your acne and
how chronic it is. If you think this is a long time...think twice. If
you use antibiotics, retinoids, oral contraceptives and of course any
topical products, a minimum recommended time to see any results is 6
months. And if you stop using them, your acne will return, as none of
them actually addresses the causes of acne and breaks the acne cycle.
Even generic forms of Accutane with its severe adverse effectsare
prescribed for a minimum of 6 months...so AcnEase can really help you
not only better but also faster.
The Internet is full of "advice" and tips on every subject, and acne
is no exception. Just one Google search can provide limitless DIY
acne treatment tips and remedies. This is when it becomes most vital
to do your research and rely on information from trustful and
responsible sources because there are many DIY remedies that not
only DO NOT WORK but may even make your skin condition
worse--regardless of what anyone claims.
Allow us to provide you with the TRUTH about some of these DIY miracle acne tips and treatments.
We deliver the facts, and people are noticing.
AcnEase has received so many great reviews from AcnEase users, and
sites like Acne.org and Amazon.com and also investigative sites
like DoesItReallyWork.org, who recommend giving AcnEase a try because we
are "legitimately trying to provide a quality product and not just
after the quick buck.
In part I of a discussion on safety of acne treatments, we
discussed how when we find ourselves suddenly experiencing acne
breakouts, or when we suffer a long battle with acne and nothing seems
to help, we may be willing to take any prescription acne treatment our doctor prescribes.
We may also reach for the first over-the-counter
treatment we lay our eyes on or just look for what seems "the
strongest." Again, what we often forget about is to consider both
short-term and long-term health consequences. Whatever the choice is,
it will affect not only our skin but our entire system. So become an
Read on to learn more about your over-the-counter acne
treatment and whether or not it's safe for you to keep using. And if
you're using prescription acne treatments, don't forget to check out part 1 of this discussion.
When we find ourselves suddenly experiencing acne breakouts,
or when we suffer a long battle with acne and nothing seems to help, we may try anything that our doctor will prescribe.
What we often forget about is to consider both short-term and
long-term health consequences of treatments. Many products used for
acne treatment are systemic (taken orally), and obviously they will
affect not only our skin but our entire system. So, to be on the safe
side, you really need to educate yourself before putting anything in to
Learn more about your prescription acne treatment and
whether or not it's safe for you to keep using, and keep your eye out
for part 2 of this hot topic, which will help you decide whether your over-the-counter acne treatment is safe.
The fact is that more than 1 in 2 women will develop acne during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester.
The problem is how to manage acne during the pregnancy while ensuring
the safety of baby and mother, and to help the woman to feel the best
she can during this very important period of her life. After all, a
happy mommy is the best mommy.
Below is some important information on what to avoid, and what you can actually do to safely manage your acne during pregnancy.
We do everything
we can to keep our skin healthy. We change our skincare routines to suit
the season, we try to eliminate any ingredients that may be harming our
skin. We eat seasonal, organic, acne-friendly foods and remain dedicated to our acne treatment regimen.
But sometimes, mother nature throws us a loop. Sometimes, the mild
winter weather our skin was doing just fine in is suddenly arctic and
unrelenting--and that takes its toll on our skin. Traveling from a cold
destination to a warm destination can take the same toll.
So how do we keep our skin healthy during these crazy temperatures?
Not everyone wants overpriced roses and fancy dinner dates for Valentine's Day. So if you find yourself looking for a different way to celebrate YOU on Valentine's Day this year, consider throwing a mini spa party for yourself and even your friends! Also be sure to check out our other Valentine's Day articles for some healthy treat ideas and skin-friendly cocktail recipes!
Having acne-prone skin doesn't mean having to miss out on all the
fun of either celebrating or not celebrating Valentine's Day! You can
still enjoy yourself and enjoy a cocktail right alongside your friends
without exacerbating your acne.
You might be wondering what sort of cocktail you could sample (of
course, if you are 21 years old or older and... in moderation) that
won't give you sugar overload and negatively affect your skin. Try these
2 amazing cocktail recipes - your friends won't believe how healthy and
skin-friendly they are!
When we think of Valentine's Day, we usually think of candy hearts and boxes of chocolate from friends and loved ones. And for those of us with acne, we think about how eating all of this extra sugar may wreak havoc on our skin.
Need some V-Day ideas your skin will love? We've got you covered!
1. Handmade Valentines: Feeling loved and loving others is a surefire way to boost your mood. A happy person
is one less likely to fall prey to stress, which can exacerbate acne.
So spread the love this Valentine's Day with handmade valentines. Taking
the time to craft a heartfelt message to your loved ones will remind
you how happy you make each other, and your skin will glow with
knowledge that powerful.
You want to throw a rocking Super Bowl party--what you don't want to do
is ruin the fun by chowing down on foods that may sabotage all your
progress to get acne-free. Luckily, there are easy ways to turn your
Super Bowl Sunday skin-friendly without ruining the fun.
You know that pizza you
were planning to pick up from the local takeout? Oh, and that
store-bought guacamole? Forget about them and make your own. We know
you're busy, but think of how much better you'll feel knowing you're
munching on the healthiest, most nutrient-dense pizza and guacamole
Toss your own whole
wheat pizza dough into a thin crust. To keep the sugar to a minimum,
skip the tomato sauce and top with a variety of fresh, organic,
veggies--tomatoes, peppers, spinach, squash, you name it--and a sprinkle
of organic cheese. Bake and slice into small, finger-food-sized squares
and share with your friends.
Some of the fruits and vegetables that you'll find at your local markets can actually help to heal, cleanse and nourish your skin from within. However, you don't want to get too excited and start throwing any fruit or vegetable you can find into your juicer. Some fruits may be better for your acne-prone skin than others. For example, if you have found in the past that you don't handle apples well, then you probably shouldn't throw them into the mix: juicing fruits or vegetables that aren't right for YOUR BODY won't magically make them good for you.
Okay, let's be
honest: we may have succumbed to temptation (some more, some less) over
the holidays, and now we need a decisive action to repair potential
damage we did to our regimen for acne-free skin.
Follow these 3 essential steps to get back on track. The best scenario
involves combining all 3 steps in a 3-day super detox. If you cannot do
it all together however, do it in 2 or 3 consecutive
We love myths. Our
love of myths is the reason we populated Mount Olympus and the surrounding
rivers and forests and even the seas of Greece, with a wonderful plethora of
gods which survived thousands of years in literature, poetry and even common
language. Actually, every culture has a similar collection of great, creative,
But when we start
transferring our weakness for myths from love and war stories to such important
areas as health and make them into a pseudoscience, we have a problem.
I want to address one
of those myths, a myth
about testosterone-creating or testosterone-mimicking foods and plants that
make women break-out in acne.
Membership® Becomes the Loyalty Program®.
As of Wednesday,
January 8, 2014,
the Premier Membership Program® will become the AcnEase Loyalty
There are some
important changes that we hope bring AcnEase® users
like you more benefits.
Premier® member you do NOT need to do anything. There is NO signing
fee! And there are NO MONTHLY FEES! Present Premier® members are
switched to the Loyalty Program® automatically.
Both women and men
should look for non-comedogenic (non-pore-clogging) foundations and
concealers if they want to cover up their acne or any marks and scars.
Make sure your makeup does not contain any of the following comedogenic oils
Choose one of the following meats that are great for acne-prone skin. Always look for wild-caught when it comes to fish.
The holiday season
is a time for beauty but also for stress and cutting corners on proper
skincare, eating habits, and a healthy lifestyle (including getting
regular sleep and exercise). It's no surprise that this is the time for
acne to flare up.
So to make it up to your skin for slacking in these areas, here's a 12-day guide to keeping breakouts away:
Before exfoliating naturally with a papaya mask,
try holding your face over a sink full of steaming hot water for a few
minutes. This will open your pores and prep the skin for effective but
Everything we put
into and on our bodies affects our health and the health of our skin.
And everything that goes into our bodies can be classified as either
natural or artificial. These days, believe it or not, when a product is
labeled "natural," some or many of the listed ingredients may actually
be artificial or, contain an insignificant amount of a natural
ingredient which may do not provide any real benefits. Just because
something says it's natural, doesn't mean it is. It also does not mean
that it is good for you. Using the word "natural" has become a
marketing gimmick, and as a result, you may often be lead down the wrong
A product labelled
"natural" might not mean what you think it means. And you might be
paying extra for a product that isn't much better than the one that's
not labelled "natural."
definition of "natural": means derived from or made by nature. The FDA
defines natural ingredients as those derived from natural sources, such
as lecithin derived from soybeans and corn. But did you know the
majority of soybeans and corn are genetically modified here in the US?
If you have acne,
you've likely been told to stay away from sugar, and you've likely been
confused. Does that mean you can't even have fruit? That you should
consume sugar substitutes? That you can't make any of your favorite
recipes this holiday season?
Allow us to help you clear the confusion in time for your next holiday party.
First, check out
your refrigerator. Any mayo or Canadian bacon or soda in there? Now
check your pantry. Is it full of cookies and other packaged goodies?
Yes? Then it's full of sugar, too-and probably not the good kind. The
sad truth is that sugar can be found in almost every food these days.
When you combine all this sugar with foods that easily and rapidly
convert into sugar like potatoes, pasta, crackers and potato chips, your
skin may suffer the consequences.
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.