Herborium Group, Inc. Herborium Group, Inc. blog https://www.acnease.com/blog/ en-us Copyright 2008 Herborium Group, Inc. Adrecom Portal Solution Engine customerservice@herborium.com Herborium Group, Inc. blog 10 <![CDATA[Can Vitamins Help Treat Acne?]]> https://www.acnease.com/blog/acne-elimination-tips/can-vitamins-help-treat-acne.htm -1can-vitamins-help-treat-acne Tue, 19 Oct 2021 00:00:00 -0400 Acne elimination tips The Impact of Vitamins on Skin Health

You know the saying beauty starts from with in? This is not just a reference on morals but a very practical observation about the health of your skin. What we put in our bodies effects how we look, and there are a number of essential vitamins that do wonders for the skin. HOWEVER, they do not TREAT acne.

Certain vitamins and minerals may be a great adjunct to treating acne, and help your skin to be healthy and glowing.

Acne is a manifestation of an internal imbalance that leads to the overproduction of sebum (skin oil) by the sebaceous glands. This extra sebum together with dirt creates an ideal condition for bacteria, which results in inflammation that presents itself as acne (pimples, cysts etc). The only treatment for acne is to reprogram your sebaceous glands to stop working overtime, which will result in actually PREVENTING new acne from coming. Anything less - topical products and antibiotics - focus on symptoms of acne and address the inflammation rather than the real root cause of acne.

To treat acne, you need to rebalance the body and "reprogram" the sebaceous glands to produce a "normal" amount of sebum.

With that said, there are some "helpers" that can assist in winning the acne battle.

Powerful Vitamin Skin Helpers

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is the most powerful bioactive antioxidant among all vitamins. It can immediately catch and remove any free radicals that come near your cells - it really is the best antioxidant you can wish for. Since Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin, it lasts longer in your body doing much good. It even outlasts Vitamin C, which is also a great skin vitamin. Since Vitamin E increases skin health, it will also help collagen production and therefore may help reducing the appearance of acne scars and marks, stretch marks or age spots. In addition to taking Vitamin E into your body orally, you can also use it topically.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant that helps to keep your skin cells safer while you are exposed to sun UV rays, pollution and other damaging environmental and stress factors. Adequate intake of Vitamin C can effectively deter the aging process, prevent skin discoloration and brighten your skin tone.

Vitamin A

If your skin has been feeling scaly and dry, then there's a possibility that you might be Vitamin A deficient. Individuals who are suffering from acne are also encouraged to take plenty of Vitamin A or apply products that are derivatives of the vitamin. Since Vitamin A also helps the skin rebuild itself, it is also an essential vitamin when it comes to healing wounds and other damages to the skin. So if you wish to get some help with acne scars and lines, wrinkles, dull skin and other skin aging symptoms, Vitamin A may be a good addition to your daily health routine.

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 helps your skin by reducing the amount of homocysteines in your blood. Homocysteines affect both your circulation system and endocrine system. Elevated levels of this compound cause cholesterol to form plaque, which impairs your blood flow. High homocysteines levels also trigger stress response, which can cause acne breakouts and hives. Vitamin B6 will also help oxygenate your skin, which in turn will speed up healing of inflammation and will add a healthy glow to your complexion.

Folate

Folate has the same stress reducing function as vitamin B6, and can also promote better oxygenation for your cells. Folate heightens your red blood cell production too. Higher concentration of red blood cells means more oxygen can be delivered to your skin and other tissue. Abundance of oxygen encourages faster skin regeneration. Eating a variety of dark leafy vegetables, beans and legumes, citrus fruits and fortified cereals is the easiest way to get the Foliate you need for a look of rejuvenation.

Pantothenic Acid

Pantothenic acid is crucial in helping to prevent acne, dermatitis and skin allergies. This vitamin helps your body break down fat and prevents surplus oil secretion from your sebaceous glands. Increased intake of pantothenic acid can reduce your pore size and improve your skin tone, making it a common ingredient in many skin care products. As helpful as this vitamin is for your skin, it will NOT work on its own - so add it to the acne treatment that works on causes of acne and you get yourself a winning combination.

How to Include these Vitamins in to Your Daily Diet

The ideal way to get all the vitamins you need is in food. There is NO question about it. All of these vitamins mentioned can be part of your daily diet. So the more color you put on your plate, the better.

If you cannot guarantee that your diet contains a sufficient amount of "skin helpers," reaching out for supplements may be needed. Just make sure you read the labels before you buy. With a number of brands and products on the market, you may need to put some effort into choosing the one that is best for you. Try to look for natural, well established sources.

And also note too that the more milligrams per day is NOT automatically better. Review the recommended daily dose of a particular vitamin recommended for your age, gender and health status.


Vitamin Food Sources

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is most present in the following foods: asparagus, avocados, nuts and seeds, eggs and dairy products

Vitamin C

Having 3 to 5 servings of fresh fruits like oranges, strawberries and grapes everyday is the best way to keep you full of Vitamin C.

Vitamin A

You get a healthy supply of Vitamin A by eating eggs, leafy greens, carrots, pumpkins, liver and drinking milk (fat free or 1%-2% is perfectly fine).

Vitamin B6

You will find Vitamin B6 in meats, whole grains, nuts and seeds.

Folate

Dark leafy vegetables like kale, mustard greens, broccoli rabe, as well as beans and legumes and citrus fruits supply a healthy amount of folate.

Pantothenic acid

The best dietary sources for pantothenic acid include fish rich in Omega-3, red meat, wheat bran and yeast. You can also get an extra boost of pantothenic acid by taking a royal jelly supplement.

Patience is a Virtue

We are living in a culture that demands instant gratification. Unfortunately, if you expect an overnight miracle in treating acne, or in seeing instant results by using vitamins, you will be disappointed.

Treating acne takes time and perseverance since in addition to these acne supporters, you need to use a treatment that actually helps your sebaceous glands to come back to normal activities.

Vitamins, and any other support factors like diet, exercise, stress control and some topical agents have a cumulative effect so they need time to show their "good side" - but with this patience and perseverance comes results. Isn't your skin health worth it?


Questions? Please contact us. We're here to help!

With a promise of clear skin,
Dr. Agnes

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<![CDATA[Celebrity Makeup Tips for Covering Acne]]> https://www.acnease.com/blog/acne-elimination-tips/celebrity-makeup-tips-for-covering-acne.htm -1celebrity-makeup-tips-for-covering-acne Sat, 16 Oct 2021 00:00:00 -0400 Acne elimination tips Kendra Richards, professional makeup artist, whose work has been seen in publications such as Vogue, Vanity Fair and InStyle to advertisers Olay and Paul Mitchell and Target to name a few and counts among her client Cindy Crawford, Hilary Duff, Anna Paquin or Justin Timberlake has this to say about making acne pimples as invisible as possible.

STEP 1 Moistirize yous skin and keep it hydrated from insight (DRINK WATER) and out- Use non comedogenic moisturizer twice a day. If you have a dry skin use a light touch of moisturizer before the make-up. Massage it all over your face and neck. Wait 3-5 minutes to let is be absorbed by the skin

STEP 2 Begin your make up with a liquid foundation and apply concealer only where needed with a pointed brush for precision. A common mistake that people make is thinking that if you have acne or acne scars thick make- up piled on heavily will make it less noticeable. The best way to conceal it is actually light and precise. . Too much concealer or heavy make up only attracts attention.

The best way to cancel out redness is by using a concealer that is yellowish/beige to help neutralize the color. If you have dark marks that look more blue or have more olive complexion use a concealer that is more peach/orange tone than yellow to neutralize the blue.

If you have dark skin, a real orange concealer or cream make up is a great insider trick to neutralize the darkness much more than just your basic foundation color or when added to concealer. That orange helps to neutralize and when blended, enhances the skin tone beautifully.

STEP 3 If you have a raised pimple to make it less noticeable apply a lighter dab of concealer just on the bottom side of the raised pimple. That will visually help the pimple not look as prominent. Here is the idea: the shadow created just under the pimple can be visually erased by dabbing a lighter color below it and make it less noticeable or visually disappear. It works! Give it a try.

STEP 4 If you have acne use a light touch or none of powder. If you have been using treatments and your skin is dry having foundation and concealer plus a lot of powder will make the skin look too dry and draw attention.

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<![CDATA[Emergency Tips For Last-Minute Zits ]]> https://www.acnease.com/blog/acne-elimination-tips/emergency-tips-for-last-minute-zits.htm -1emergency-tips-for-last-minute-zits Sat, 16 Oct 2021 00:00:00 -0400 Acne elimination tips From the change in seasons to the change in schedules, form the hormonal imbalance to the imbalanced diet all those factors may play havoc with your skin and exasperate acne breakouts.

Here are some of my recommended quick fixes to make facial acne look non-existent (while waiting for the more sustained effects following your AcnEase treatment).

Emergency Tips for Last-Minute Zits

  • If the pimple is just forming and you need it cleared in a day or two, increase the evening dose of AcnEase® to 6 tablets for one or two days.
  • To speed up healing of sudden and existing blemishes, dip a Q-tip in Tea Tree Oil or in pharmaceutical grade hydrogen peroxide and dab it on the pimple(s) 3 times a day. Use sparsely and only on the pimple!
  • Instead of the tea tree oil or hydrogen peroxide, you can dab a small amount of honey on each zit. Leave on the affected area until it dries, then wash with
    warm water. (NO RUBBING PLEASE)
  • To cover pimples, use a small amount of green concealer on each pimple. Green counteracts the red color caused by inflammation. Then, add a concealer on top of that, that matches your skin tone. Apply sparingly with a Q-tip and blend in lightly with the ring finger. Use a "whipped" foundation that evens the texture of the skin.
  • Under NO CONDITION squeeze or pop the pimple. This may actually increase inflammation and prolonged healing and damage done to the skin is long lasting

*PLEASE NOTE: Good quality, non-comedogenic concealers removed every night in a proper cleaning process will NOT cause excess sebum production and dirt to clog your pores.

To really treat acne naturally, efficiently and long term, you need to get to the root of the problem and treat it from the inside out (see more on how to do that). Yes, you can PREVENT new blemishes from coming, and don't have to worry anymore about doing these quick fixes!

Questions? Please contact us. We're here to help!

With a promise of clear skin,
Dr. Agnes

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<![CDATA[Get Rid of Causes of Acne and Make this Zit Disappear For Good]]> https://www.acnease.com/blog/acne-elimination-tips/causes-acne-make-zit-disappear-good.htm -1causes-acne-make-zit-disappear-good Thu, 14 Oct 2021 00:00:00 -0400 Acne elimination tips Nothing can be more frustrating and exasperating than a chronic acne problem

Acne is one of such a potential chronic issue that if not addressed properly may become a long term emotional and physical challenge, and even lead to acne scars and marks that can change your skin for life.

Since acne directly affects your appearance and the way you see yourself and you are seen , there is also a strong motivation to improve the symptoms as fast as possible, often forgetting about the necessity of a long term treatment to obtain permanent results.

So, can we do both? Zap the zit while also treating acne in a manner that will prevent new pimples from forming?

Yes! It is called an integrated approach, and this is how we've helped over a million acne sufferers to become ACNE -FREE

Acne is a manifestation of an internal problem, namely the overproduction of sebum (skin oil) by the sebaceous glands. This extra sebum together with dead skin cells and dirt creates an ideal condition for bacteria. This mix may cause inflammation that presents itself as acne (pimples, cysts, comedones etc). Considering that causes of acne are internal- the ONLY REAL treatment for acne is to reprogram your sebaceous glands to stop overproduction of sebum.

This will actually PREVENT new acne from coming and break the acne cycle. If we combine this PREVENTIVE action with a relatively quick symptomatic relief – we have won a battle with acne.

Unfortunately most of the products both topical and systemic (creams, lotions as well as antibiotics and even oral contraceptives focus on symptoms of acne but do not address real root cause of acne. In addition- the longer you have acne and the more severe it is, the longer road to recovery.

SO - HOW TO TREAT AND PREVENT ACNE while GETTING RID OF EXISTING PIMPLES ?

4 Major Components of an Integrated Battle Against Acne

1. STOP The Acne Cycle (Treat and Prevent).  Think about this. Acne is an external manifestation of an internal disorder. And how do you stop it from occurring? PREVENTION. The key to getting rid of your acne is to prevent it from coming. AcnEase is a first of its kind systemic botanical acne treatment that actually focuses on prevention by helping your sebaceous glands return to a normal secretion of sebum.

2. Decrease Existing Inflammation. Vitamins such as Vitamin E, Vitamin A and Pantothenic Acid in foods and supplements are helpful to manage inflammation from the insight and anti-bacteria and anti-inflammatory topical agents such as Neosporin (applied sparsely with a Q-tip on the pimples and cysts), or witch-hazel used for cleaning affected area twice a day, will help to address this issue. Please note that using harsh drying agents such as -salicylic acid or alcohol ( and products that contain them) will not be helpful. To the contrary, since those substances are drying and irritants and our skin is a rather “ smart” organ – it will respond with more production of sebum and more inflammation.

3. Hide and Camouflage without aggravating acne the problem. Nature has a chameleon, and we have some "tricks of the trade" to hide those unexpected and expected pimples or zap them clean (or almost clean) while working long term on making them disappear for good. Looking good and feeling good is actually good for you. These emergency tips and acne make-up tips help you to win the battle against acne by allowing you to stay on course to do so.

4. Support Your Body and Skin Long Term Health Integrating certain foods into your diet that include vitamins that support optimum skin health will only help your body with treatment and the continuation of helping to keep acne at bay long term.

Questions? Please contact us. We're here to help!

With a promise of clear skin,
Dr. Agnes

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<![CDATA[How to Moisturize and De-Age Your Skin]]> https://www.acnease.com/blog/moisturize-de-age-your-skin.htm -1moisturize-de-age-your-skin Wed, 06 Oct 2021 00:00:00 -0400 Any time of the year ( Hot, cold or in between) , for any type of skin ( oily, dry, old or young) moisturizing is one of the foundations of proper skincare.

This is especially important after drying sun exposure or after winter spent in dry, air heated spaces. The problem is, that as the proverb says, “All that glitters is not gold”.

Most moisturizing creams and lotions while adding water to your skin also … trap the water you already have so actually may dehydrate your skin long term. Dehydrated skin loses elasticity and luster, is saggy, itchy, dull, prone to wrinkles, or even severe irritation.

The moisturizer that really does its job is one that creates a barrier on the skin against decreasing the amount of water in your skin while stimulating collagen production and acerating skin turnover. Collagen is the scaffolding for new skin cells and is essential for our skin to remain plump, firm, healthy and… young.

So as you moisturize, look for those products that work with your skin to not only “hydrate” the skin but help it repair its own self-moisturizing capabilities Reliable stem cell cosmetologically products may very useful in this process

To avoid moisturizer to clog your pores stay away from comedogenic products , those with heavy oils, emulsifiers and parabens. Use moisturizer on a clean face and neck at least two times a day.

Two easy “ tricks” may enhance the moisturization process.

  1.  Apply a moisturizer on a slightly damp skin and massage it delicately in upward motion.
  2. During the course of a day try spray your face 2 or 3 times ( circumstances permitting) with a mist of spring water or rose water. Leave until absorb.

If you can try to include neck and decolte

Moisturizing Harvest Mask

Fall is potato harvest time; watermelon is a symbol of hot summer days and honey combines the golden colors of Autumn with the warming qualities appreciated during the winter months. In short, combining those ingredients will create an ideal ALL YEAR LONG MOISTURISING MASK since these three products contain a staggering variety of phytonutrients and antioxidants to heal and nourish your skin and restore it’s moisture

You need:

  • One potato
  • ½ slice of watermelon 1.5 half inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons of raw honey

instructions

  1. Boil potatoes until soft. Mash or blend until you get a “mashed potato” consistency
  2. Blend or crush watermelon and add honey.
  3. Mix well together until you create a smooth paste . 
  4. Apply evenly on your face and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with mildly warm water. Pat dry.

Control Oily Skin

Opposite to common beliefs, Summer and sun do not reduce oily skin. They may exacerbate the condition since when the skin feels it is being “dried out” it will respond by producing more skin oil. To prevent and treat oily skin, that is recognized as the first stage of acne, you need both -an internal solution and preventive treatment as well as a topical assistance . Acne can only really be treated from within. Still using appropriate skincare products will help

Use non oily serums and moisturizer that can promote balanced skin and accelerate skin cell renewal and follow with Rejuvel

Treat and Prevent Acne Breakouts

    After Summer you may see an increase in acne breakouts due to the skin’s response to additional stress factors we discussed above. AcnEase® is a natural , proprietary formula manufactured in FDA approved facility and supported by clinical testing, that will not only treat existing acne but also prevent new acne pimples from forming. The only way to really treat acne is to address the actual causes which are systemic (within your body) nor just on the surface of your skin. Acne breakouts are an external manifestation of an internal problem; which is the over-production of sebum (skin oil). There are multiple factors which trigger the over-production of sebum in your skin. Therefore, the only way to really stop the acne cascade in its tracks is to prevent the acne from forming in the inside of your body. This is how AcnEase works. 

    Before you skin is exposed to new stress coming with colder temperatures, drying heat and Holliday overindulgence make sure you treat the existing pimples, prevent new acne and balance and repair your skin from the inside out

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    <![CDATA[How to Get the Best Results from using AcnEase Treatment]]> https://www.acnease.com/blog/treatment-programs/best-results-using-acnease-treatment.htm -1best-results-using-acnease-treatment Mon, 20 Sep 2021 00:00:00 -0400 Treatment Programs

    So now You ordered the right AcnEase Regimen and you've just received your customized monthly treatment pack.

    What do you do next? How do you make your efforts, your money and AcnEase work the best for YOU?

    9 Ways to Get the Most Out of AcnEase:

    1. AcnEase is a treatment not just a product. There is a difference between using a product (you use it when you feel like it) and using a treatment .You use it with the understanding that HOW YOU USE IT makes a big difference.
    2. Use AcnEase REGULARLY. Do NOT skip or combine doses. You need a steady "supply" of these "super herbs" to help with your acne. If you forget to take a dose or you simply cannot take it at your scheduled time, take it as soon as you can, and then follow with the next dose at the "regular time" or if that's not possible, take it 2 hours after the late dose. After that, return to the normal routine.
    3. Try to take AcnEase 10 minutes before your meals with water. "Try" is a key word here. If you feel uncomfortable in any way, AcnEase WILL WORK for you if you take it WITH a meal. Take the product with food rather than after a big meal.
    4. Even when you see spectacular results do NOT stop taking AcnEase in a middle of the monthly treatment cycle. It doesn't matter if this is the first time you're using it or if you've been on it for a couple months, follow through with the full treatment. It is safe, it is tested, your results will be better if you do.
    5. Try - to the best of your abilities to follow our dietary and skin care tips. They represent a good "housekeeping skincare know how" about keeping your skin acne free. Their will support the treatment and at the end make you happier, healthier and better looking
    6. Give AcnEase and yourself a chance. Stick with the treatment for 1-3 months to see the best results. The best things in life need some time to happen. Remember that severe and chronic acne will require a longer time to disappear. Also, people and their conditions are different. Nothing works exactly the same for each of us.
    7. MORE IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER. While on AcnEase, you can use your multi vitamin and other supplements that serve you well, and use the skincare routine you tested as helping your skin to be blemish free or the one we recommend. However, avoid trying every fad and new product that is introduced to you. Trying fifteen things at the same time, or changing your skincare routine too often, only confuses your skin without letting it properly react to the treatment.
    8. Do NOT use AcnEase with Accutane like products (ex. Iisotretinoin). There is no counter indication for both of them together but we do NOT want AcnEase to be associated in any way with this very dangerous drug and its side effects.
    9. Stay optimistic. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. The hard work you put into getting rid of your acne, will be rewarded by the clear , healthy skin and increase in your personal confidence. .

    If you have need further help in starting AcnEase, please feel free to email us customerservice@herborium.com. We are here to help you!

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    <![CDATA[Estrogen 101: How this women’s hormone may affect your skin... Other parts of your body]]> https://www.acnease.com/blog/estrogen-101-affects-skin-women.htm -1estrogen-101-affects-skin-women Thu, 26 Aug 2021 00:00:00 -0400 In our previous articles ( links) we talked about the nature of steroids and testosterone. Today , we focus on the specific female hormone – estrogen.

    The effect of estrogen is to moderate or regulate the growth and function of several organs in the body, mainly the uterus and breast but also the skin that is indeed the largest organ in the body. Of course, we cannot talk about estrogen without including its precursor and companion, progesterone, both of which are critical in the reproductive phase of life. The effect of estrogen and progesterone on the uterus is to prime it for pregnancy, and if this does not occur, to initiate the menstrual cycle. Regarding the breast, its effect is to promote their growth and size. Breast budding in young girls is the first sign of puberty, indicating the onset of estrogen production

    Under normal conditions the effects of estrogen on the skin are quite the opposite to that of testosterone. As we learned earlier, the effect of testosterone on the skin is to “masculinize” the texture and quality of the skin, while the effect of estrogen throughout the reproductive years of the female is to “feminize” the skin and other tissues. These effects would impart a smooth texture of the skin and permit only a minimal amount of hair growth in undesirable areas of the body.

    Both estrogen and progesterone are produced by the ovaries, two gonads, that are approximately 1-2 inches (2.5 – 5.0 cm) in size and located in the abdomen. One of the main functions of the ovaries is to nurture the growth of the follicles which contain the oocytes or eggs. During the reproductive years between the onset and cessation of menstrual cycles, But of the million plus follicles present at birth, women will only produce between 400-500 mature eggs that will ovulate. The second function of the ovary and equally important corollary is to produce estrogen and progesterone via the corpus luteum in sufficient quantities for implantation of the ovum (egg) in the uterus. To achieve these objectives, these two hormones are regulated by pituitary hormones (FSH – Follicle stimulating hormone, and LH – Luteinizing hormone), and other locally produced hormone by the ovaries.

    We have previously discussed the role of the FSH and LH in males and females in a general sense, however, it is now important to clarify their specific cyclic nature in females. As suggested by their names, FSH or follicle stimulating hormone is the main player in maturation of the eggs and to sustain the general health of the follicles in the ovaries. LH or Luteinizing hormone takes over during the second half of the menstrual cycle to produce the progesterone and estrogen necessary for implantation of the ovum into the uterine wall. Of note is the fact that progesterone is also a precursor to testosterone which can be made in small quantities by the ovaries. It should now be clear that all these hormones will become major players during the reproductive years in females.

    It is important to understand that these hormones are secreted in a cyclic manner during a woman’s lifetime, the lowest amount during the prepubertal years, peaking maximally during the reproductive years, and declining abruptly at menopause. Therefore, one would expect the effects of these hormones also to mimic their circulating levels at various stages of life. Hence, the changes in the skin are most readily manifest at the two (hormonal) turning points in life for women, the menarche – or the initiation of the menstrual cycle, and menopause - the cessation of the menstrual cycles. 

    At the time of menarche, the young skin is prone to acne very easily as the hormones have not yet reached their peak of maturity. Thus, during the early years after menarche, the menstrual cycles may be irregular, intermittent, or even disappear for a few months at a time before establishing their “regular” pattern, whatever that turns out to be. It is during this time that we expect the fluctuation of the hormones and the interplay of the dominant hormone to take over its effect on the skin. Therefore, if the amount of circulating testosterone in the young girl or woman is more than estrogen, we can safely assume some impact of acne on the skin. This may be accompanied by irregular menstrual cycles, mood changes and perhaps even changes in growth (height). 

    Continuing in the reproductive years, most women will “outgrow” their pubertal mix of hormones and establish a more permanent cycle unless it is disrupted by other illnesses, medications, dietary changes, or pregnancy. Except for the latter, all other items mentioned would lower the levels of estrogen and may or may not induce much acne but will have a clear impact on the texture or quality of the collagen in the skin. For example, long term steroid use for various illnesses will cause decrease changes in the elasticity of the skin along with some pigment changes.

    Pregnancy has its skin benefits due to the high levels of estrogen and progesterone which tend to protect the skin from blemishes. In fact, some acne will improve or disappear entirely during pregnancy replaced by the healthy “glow” of pregnancy, only to resurface once the baby has been delivered. These changes in the effect on the skin are to be expected, since the markedly elevated levels of estrogen produce very high quantities of sex-hormone binding globulin which acts as a sponge to mop up any excess testosterone that is in the circulation. Thus, the effects of testosterone, if present in the circulation, are minimized or blunted. Recall that testosterone converts to estrogen and in the pregnant state which requires tremendous amounts of estrogen to sustain the pregnancy, therefore there is a natural tendency to favor the production of estrogen.

    The post-partum blues ( the specific mood swings after delivery of the baby) are not without reason considering the dramatic changes that occur in a woman’s body in a relatively short span of time. All the female hormones are temporarily turned off, except for prolactin which is necessary for lactation. Of course, the previously trapped testosterone, which breaks away from the binding globulin, is now free to roam around and can create havoc on the skin at a time when the mother is unduly stressed with the new baby routine, lack of sleep and other manner of mental and physical changes

    At menopause and in the years beyond, testosterone tends to show its ugly nature again, now unfettered by extremely dwindling to low levels of estrogen. This can be marked by some acne but predominantly changes in hair pattern mimicking the male pattern and growth at unwanted sites. Once again, these are easily explained by the imbalance between the two main hormones testosterone and estrogen, making the skin their final battleground

    The management of these skin disorders will require the usual armamentarium of good nutrition, exercise, rest and possibly the selected use of some non-toxic medications. Thus, herbal products for acne are the first choice, and prescription drugs should be used sparingly in the growing pubertal children. Local applications of creams or other agents for the skin may be helpful. Severe acne or eruptive acne with abscess formation may require the use of antibiotics or even some minor surgical procedures to treat the cystic acne. If appropriate and indicated for regulation of menstrual bleeding, birth control pills can be used in some women which will also prevent or ameliorate some of the problems of acne and hirsutism

    Selective and appropriate use of medications for postmenopausal women should be used with care, particularly for women who are taking some form of estrogen for the relief of postmenopausal symptoms. The products that contain estrogen may unmask unwanted side effects on the breast and uterus. Plant-based estrogens may be another alternative but again should not be used without consulting with their gynecologist or primary care physicians. On the other hand, some medications may lower the levels of estrogen or disrupt the enzymes responsible for interconversion between testosterone and estrogen. Thus, these types of inhibitors of estrogen will naturally favor the dominance of testosterone in an already deficient estrogen background. These drugs have other side effects that are more problematic than their potential for acne or skin changes.

    As a special note, transgender women who require the use of estrogen treatment on a regular basis may still struggle to hide their prior skin problems that may have been present previously. Over time, their skin will take on the typical smoother texture and will be free of acne. This will happen due to the high levels of estrogen producing the necessary elevations in the binding globulin as discussed previously. More importantly, the estrogen will inhibit the pituitary from releasing LH which will prevent new testosterone from being produced. Naturally, there may be occasional breakouts of the skin if the levels of estrogen are not maintained for any reason, or the treatment is interrupted

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    <![CDATA[Summer makeup tips for acne-prone and every skin]]> https://www.acnease.com/blog/summer-makeup-tips-for-acne-prone-and-every-skin.htm -1summer-makeup-tips-for-acne-prone-and-every-skin Thu, 15 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0400 Summer is beach and barbecues, traveling and lazy evenings by the pool. It is also heat, humidity or dryness, sweating and extra acne breakouts. https://www.acnease.com/acne-treatment-system/ In addition- the choice between melting foundation and smeared eyeliner and showing the world your teenage acne scars may not always be the easiest task to tackle. So here are a few summer makeup tips that will help you to avoid extra acne breakouts and leaving you fresh and confident on those sweaty and hot days.

    1. Start with the cleansing and right moisturizer

    The way you care for your skin is just as important as the makeup you apply on it. "Use a mild cleanser and an oil-free moisturizer in the morning. If you go out in the evening- take off your entire day’s makeup and start afresh. Clean and moisturize first. This step helps you to clean your pores, remove excess sweat and sebum and get rid of any “caked on” or otherwise already imperfect makeup foundation https://www.acnease.com/products/oily-skin-treatment.htm

    2. Use sun protection daily

    Besides hydrating your skin, you also want to make sure it's properly protected from the sun — and that means wearing broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen every single day, even under your makeup until you go out at night. Remember -if you have acne- against some popular myth, sun exposure dose not help. You just need to choose non comedogenic sunscreen.

    Experiment. Try using a sunscreen powder . It is also easier to re-apply during the day. It will mattify your complexion and it can be applied on top of your makeup as well.

    3. Use the good makeup primer

    Use makeup primer which goes on after moisturizer but before face makeup. Primer will help hold makeup in place and also blur imperfections — all while keeping your makeup on your face! Remember to use eyeshadow primer as well. This small investment will pay in eye shadow staying on instead of melting. You can also use the eyeliner color eye shadow to settle the eyeliner.

    4.Less is more

    If you want to prevent your makeup from creasing, caking and running, just use less. Using a tinted moisturizer is also a good alternative. Avoid heavier creamy foundations, avoid sparkles ( you are already shining with sweat).If you want healthy glow use bronzer. Sparingly. Apply it just to the high points of your face, where the sun naturally touches you, that is forehead, cheekbones, chin and nose

    5. Go lighter.

    Switch to lighter and sheer lipsticks, use lighter palette in your chosen hues, opt for translucent colors ; choose less intense contour and cheek colors as well. If make up runs, intense colors will certainly bleed The lighter the colors, the more natural look, the more fresh your skin appears. During the summer using liquid or gel stains may be a good alternative to powdery blush that may cake or run in the heat. To finish your look and increase the life of your makeup- dust a transparent setting powder on top.

    6. Blot until you drop

    To calm down the “hot” sweaty” look use blotting papers. If you need to perk up your makeup, blot first, then follow up with a pressed but luminous not flat powder. This will also help with keeping your sebum under control and decease the possibility of an acne breakout. https://www.acnease.com/products/moderate-acne-treatment.htm

    7. About waterproof makeup

    Some makeup artists recommend waterproof makeup products for summer. However if your skin is prone to breakouts waterproof products may prove too much for your skin. They also require different types of cleansers. It is safer to stay away from them.

    BONUS

    • If you overdo your sun exposure or your outdoor activities use
    • The Calming Honey Mask to return your skin to healthy conditions
      • Ingredients:
      • 2 tablespoons of pure honey
      • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
      • 1 wedge of fresh lemon
    • Warm the honey in the microwave for a few seconds, then combine it with cinnamon and the juice of a lemon wedge into a small bowl. Cinnamon is known to reduce inflammation and redness. It also absorbs excess oil when applied on the skin. Lemon juice will exfoliate your skin and minimizes discolorations. Gently massage the mixture onto your face and leave on for about 15-20 minutes, then rinse off.
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    <![CDATA[Can the hot weather affect your skin?]]> https://www.acnease.com/blog/can-hot-weather-affect-skin.htm -1can-hot-weather-affect-skin Tue, 13 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0400 Skincare Tips for Hot Weather

    Major rules for healthy skincare in hot weather

    1. WEAR SUN PROTECTION
      Hot conditions in most situations means Sun and SUN means the need to protect your skin with the products providing at least 25 SPF. This applies to every complexion color and type. Oily and dry, light and dark, young and old. Look for non-comedogenic products without oils, possibly broad spectrum and sustainable when you sweat or swim.
    2. USE WATER BASED MOISTURIZER
      If the hot weather is combined with humidity that is below 50% this moderate water content in the air can be a good thing for keeping your skin soft and hydrated. But when the water in the air is 50 percent or more, it can leave your complexion sweaty, shiny, and can even lead to breakouts. https://www.acnease.com/acne-treatment-system/. You may be surprised to learn that you do not actually perspire much more when the humidity is high, but that sweat simply stays on your skin longer because it does not evaporate into the air as quickly. When sweat hangs around on your skin, it can result in blocked pores. In addition, humid air can stimulate the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum, not only giving skin unwelcomed shine but also fostering more frequent breakouts. https://www.acnease.com/real-acne-treatment-story/
    3. CLEAN BUT NOT STRIP
      Start and End Each Day with a Cleanser. Cleanse morning and night to remove makeup, dirt and sweat and an excess oil. Use water based non comedogenic cleansers. Do NOT over-dry your skin with harsh ingredients. Your skin is not only the largest organ in your body; it is also a very smart organ . If the skin” thinks” it is being overdried it will actually respond with producing more sebum, not less. https://www.acnease.com/products/
    4. EXFOLIATE
      Regularly exfoliating your skin helps to remove dead skin cells, prevents the mixing of those cells with sebum and clogging the pores Exfoliating also makes it easier for moisturizer to penetrate the skin. Be sure to exfoliate gently and adjust your exfoliation schedule to your skin's unique needs so you don't irritate it. Also remember. DO NOT exfoliate if you plan going out in the sun even if you plan to wear the sun protection.
    5. HYDRATE FROM INSIDE OUT
      Drink lots of water; eat water containing foods like watermelon or pineapple.
    6. UNCLOG YOUR SKIN with DIY Clogged Pores Mask

    Oatmeal and baking soda have exfoliating properties, which can remove dead skin cells and unclog pores.

    Ingredients:

    • 2 tsp. oatmeal (preferably steel-cut and organic). Please do not use instant oatmeal and especially those with sugar and flavors.
    • 1 tsp. baking soda

    Instructions:

    1. Combine the oatmeal and baking soda in a bowl. Slowly add a few drops of water to create a paste.
    2. Gently massage the paste over your face and let it dry.
    3. As soon as mask is dry- wash off with warm (NOT HOT) water and apply a non-comedogenic moisturizer.
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    <![CDATA[Can Testosterone Be Causing Your Acne?]]> https://www.acnease.com/blog/can-testosterone-be-causing-your-acne.htm -1can-testosterone-be-causing-your-acne Thu, 08 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0400 Learn about Androgens – and Testosterone as a potential cause of acne

    Ashok N. Vaswani, MD., FACE, FACN and Dr Agnes P. Olszewki PhD, MBA

    Dr Vaswani who has recently joined Herborium and AcnEase Team is Board Certified Endocrinology and Metabolism Expert as well as Board certified in Clinical Nutrition. He completed his fellowship training at Yale University and was a research scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratories for two decades. He has a clinical practice in Garden City, New York where he specializes in hormonal and metabolic disorders. In addition, he has been immersed in herbal and Ayurvedic applications as alternative treatments for the management of number of health and wellness concerns and is a great proponent of Integrated and Customized medicinal and wellness approach that he shares with Herborium Team.

    Our last post https://www.acnease.com/blog/cholesterol-health-and-skin-health.htm introduced the importance of cholesterol and how it relates to the general structure of cells and may affect your body, your health and your skin.

    We will now focus our attention on another of the properties of cholesterol, as a precursor to steroid hormones. In this regard, it is important to note that ALL steroid hormones require cholesterol as a starting point. Since one of our major emphasis is on skin health, we continue this series on cholesterol with the introduction of the topic of “androgens” ,also known as male hormones, an example of which is Testosterone. We will look at how Testosterone may affect your skin health and what you can do about it. There are many intermediary steps in the synthesis of Testosterone and most of these intermediary products are androgens as well.

    As the name suggests, Testosterone is a hormone that is made in the testes, and it Is naturally found in greater quantities in males. However, what may be a surprise for some is that it is also made by the ovaries and present in women in variable quantities. Androgens are also made by a group of specialized cells in the adrenal gland, along with other steroid hormones with very distinct functions (We will talk about these next time). Over synthesis of testosterone by the adrenal glands is the primary factor responsible for “androgen induced acne” in women.

    To follow on these different hormones and their role in your body one needs to understand the basic way in which this hormone is produced. As already alluded to, the testes and ovaries (together called the gonads) synthesize testosterone. The gonads are steroid producing endocrine organs under the control of the pituitary gland, which is located at the base of the brain. This “master” gland holds the key to many hormones, two of which regulate the gonads. These two hormones are called Luteinizing hormone (LH) and Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) which are generally recognized as important female hormones. This is only the simplified version of how the pituitary regulates these hormones, but it is sufficient for us to get to the crux of the matter.

    It should be made clear that both men and women make LH and FSH and of course have the gonads appropriate for their gender. Thus, women have LH, FSH and two ovaries and men have LH, FSH and two testes. Now let us see what they control. In women, LH activates the uptake of cholesterol in the ovary and produces Progesterone and Estrogen, while the FSH is responsible for stimulating the follicles that produce eggs in the ovaries. On the other hand, in men LH activates the uptake of cholesterol and proceeds via Progesterone through the various intermediary androgens to eventually produce Testosterone, while FSH is responsible for the maturation of sperm in the testes. You can see that there is a parallel in both genders, but the useful point to remember is that LH and FSH are the common factors, present in both women and men even though their respective gonads produce a different final product (estrogen in the ovary and testosterone in the testes), the process to produce the end products remains the same. The starting point in both scenarios is cholesterol with a primary intermediary step the production of Progesterone in both women and men.

    While LH stimulates the testes ( in males) to make Testosterone https://www.acnease.com/products/severe-acne-treatment.htm this substance can be released into the circulation in large quantities. However, in females, the androgens are preferentially converted to estrogen and therefore under normal circumstances lower production of testosterone. The quantity of estrogen released into the circulation is regulated by the day of the menstrual cycle governed by another set of rules for LH and FSH. Our body knows (under normal circumstances) that it is not unusual for testosterone to escape the ovary at improper times which creates some disruption in the menstrual cycle and can actually affect the skin . https://www.acnease.com/products/moderate-acne-treatment.htm

    In short- if such an unwanted release of testosterone happens due of too much production you may see hormonal (androgen induced) acne. https://www.acnease.com/products/severe-acne-treatment.htm

    Once the Estrogen and Testosterone are released into the circulation, they are attached to a protein made in the liver, called sex-hormone binding globulins (SHBG) and transported though the blood stream. Most of the released hormones are tightly bound and only very small fractions of the hormones remain free in the circulation. It is this free hormone that binds to its receptors in the various tissues and carries out its effects. These free hormones may stimulate your sebaceous glands to produce too much sebum setting off the acne cascade . This is particularly important in the case of Testosterone especially at the time of puberty (in both boys and girls). In pre-pubertal children, the sebaceous glands, and the hair follicles adjacent to them are not yet fully developed. The hair is typically soft and vellus, unlike the stiff terminal hair that grows after puberty in adulthood.

    At puberty, https://www.acnease.com/products/mild-acne-treatment-acnm.htm testosterone can promote the maturation of hair follicles and sebaceous glands of the skin by its conversion to a more potent hormone called Dihydrotestosterone or DHT. The hormones bind to their specific receptors, which are abundantly distributed on the chin, scalp, chest, groin, extremities and lower back. Of course, if women have more androgen production or circulating testosterone for any reason which binds the androgen receptors in these locations, this may manifest itself in thicker hair growth in these areas, similar to men. This process is also true for transgenders who take injections of testosterone during their required treatment. Recall that the androgens in women come from two sources, the Ovaries which produce Testosterone in small quantities, and the adrenal glands which produces androgens, that can be easily converted to Testosterone in the peripheral tissues. Thus, at the time of puberty, both boys and girls are prone to develop acne and the excess activity of Testosterone can lead to hirsutism (unwanted hair growth) on the face, back, arms etc. . Of course, boys who make extra hair growth early in puberty feel privileged and “cool”, but one sprout of extra hair growth or an inkling of a budding blemish can throw the teenage girls into despair. In some cases where there is a marked excess of androgen production, the sebaceous glands over production of sebum can not only lead to clogged pores but bacterial growth and inflammation which if it spreads beyond the single pore in the skin manifests itself as hormonal cystic acne.

    Of course, the appearance of acne and changes in the hair follicles and sebum production are simply heralding the onset of puberty and progression of young boys and girls into mature adults. This is also accompanied by a linear growth spurt in both genders, increases in muscle mass and strength, development of secondary sex characteristic, onset of menstrual cycles in girls and so on. As the gonads mature, they tend to have better control of hormone production and generally the problems with acne and/or hirsutism is limited to only a short phase during puberty.

    It is when these issues persist beyond puberty and even recur during adulthood that require a thorough evaluation of any potential underlying medical disorder and for the skin this can mean adult acne and even chronic adult acne. Please note- that will apply to both males and females alike. .

    Skin issues arise when there is an abundance of androgens being produced and circulating at inappropriate levels. Let us now take a common example to explain this. We all have major expressways in or around our hometowns that take us from point A to point B and hopefully we do not have to change plans and get to point C. Now picture a day that there is congestion, bad weather, an accident, or anything that makes the traffic flow very slowly. Having left point A you quickly reroute yourself through your best known shortcuts to get past the blockage on the expressway to get to point B but may only eventually reach it after stopping at point C.

    The gonads are no different. Remember that there are several steps that start with Cholesterol (point A in our example) and suppose we are making estrogen (our point B in this example). There are steps involved in making estrogen that require enzymes, nutrients, cofactors and so forth, which can be affected. Thus, the cholesterol pathway may migrate more towards making testosterone (point C in our example). Eventually, the testosterone can be converted to estrogen, but the extra testosterone that was already produced and is circulating in the blood binds with its receptors and nurtures the growth of hair or enhances sebum production. Thus, there are some genetic disorders that can cause excess androgens, polycystic ovaries may also produce extra androgens and cause irregular menstrual cycles, many diseases that are not related to the gonads can cause the same problems. Several medications can also produce more androgens. These are some of the potential medical problems that need to be determined.

    So how do we approach the management of these problems? As we have already discussed, extra androgens are the hallmark of puberty and usually self-limited. Controlling acne during puberty, may involve taking a natural , safe product that limits the impact of fluctuating hormones on the sebaceous glands https://www.acnease.com/acne-treatment-system and some lifestyle measure which include avoidance of oily and greasy foods, and good hygienic practice, washing the areas with soap and warm water, avoiding creams or lotions that could potentially plug up the openings of the pores or those that will over stimulate the glands ( highly drying products will do exactly that) . There is certainly more of an issue if these problems persist beyond puberty into the adult life. In this case acne is prolonged or persistent.

    For all other persistent problems with acne or hirsutism, infections or scarring of the skin, it is best to seek medical advice and get a complete evaluation from your medical practitioner, dermatologist, or gynecologist. There are medications available that can prevent the activity of testosterone on it’s receptors, thereby blocking the effect of androgens on your skin as well as prevent more long-term health issues.

    The ingredients in AcnEase have several beneficial attributes to help prevent acne pimples from forming. https://www.acnease.com/real-a... In the above examples we discuss how androgens (testosterone and DHT) stimulate excess sebum production by the sebaceous glands which leads to oily sin, the formation of comedones ( black heads and white heads) and ultimately pimples. Each symptom represents a stage of the acne cascade starting with excess sebum production. Once you have clogged pores this can trap dirt and allow bacteria to grow causing inflammation and pus formation. In severe cases the inflammation spreads beyond the confines of the pore and cystic acne bumps form under the skin. The pivotal event is the excess production of sebum by the sebaceous glands. The ingredients in AcnEase decrease sebaceous gland secretions the very first step in the cascade. This action prevents new pimples from forming the most important property of AcnEase. The all natural ingredients also have some anti-inflammatory properties to help with existing acne pimples. AcnEase has been shown to be a very effective agent in the treatment of androgen induced acne.

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    <![CDATA[Things you should know about cholesterol, your health and your skin health]]> https://www.acnease.com/blog/cholesterol-health-and-skin-health.htm -1cholesterol-health-and-skin-health Sun, 13 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0400 Dr Vaswani who has recently joined Herborium and AcnEase Team is Board Certified Endocrinology and Metabolism Expert as well as Board certified in Clinical Nutrition. He completed his fellowship training at Yale University and was a research scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratories for two decades. He has a clinical practice in Garden City, New York where he specializes in hormonal and metabolic disorders. In addition, he has been immersed in herbal and Ayurvedic applications as alternative treatments for the management of number of health and wellness concerns and is a great proponent of Integrated and Customized medicinal and wellness approach that he shares with Herborium Team.

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    Any introduction should begin by explaining the basics of the subject that will be discussed. When introducing the topic of cholesterol, it is a good start by understanding what the properties of cholesterol can do for you in a good way as well as in a bad way. Cholesterol belongs to the family of “fats” but is not the typical greasy substance that we usually associate with fat that we see in food. It is more of a waxy substance which is present in the cell membrane (outer layer of cells) in every cell in the body. Here is cholesterol’s first function, as an integral component of cell membranes where it sits in a double layer and controls the influx of nutrients into the cell and naturally prevents the inner fluid in the cell from leaking out. It also permits several enzymes that are responsible for normal body function to attach to the cell membrane and facilitate the transport of complex molecules. Thus, the cell membrane allows a bidirectional transport of essential nutrients into the cell as well as transport products made by the cell out to the blood stream. As an example, glucose transport into the pancreatic cells will trigger the release of insulin, which is transported through the cell membrane into the blood.

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    Now think of the trillions of cells in the human body that are being constantly produced, broken down and replaced. Not to forget an equally staggering millions of new circulating red blood cells that enter and exit the circulation every single day and live for approximately 120 days before they are recycled. Therefore, you can understand the body’s need to make cholesterol is exceedingly high and a constant efficiency of production is required for cell life and function.

    The main location to produce cholesterol is the liver. This organ supplies most of the cholesterol needed for all the cells in the body and more than enough to locally produce bile acids. In fact, the chemical composition of cholesterol was first identified in a gallstone, which is nothing but a collection of cholesterol crystals and other salts (called bile salts) that accumulate in the gall bladder under certain conditions. Bile is required for the absorption of fats, whereas the gall stones are an annoyance if they get impacted in the gall bladder.

    Chemically, just like all fats, the structure of cholesterol is made up of three simple elements, Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen in a complex ring structure that allows the molecule to confer the properties we have described. It does not start as a ring structure but starts with a simple substance you are familiar with – vinegar, or chemically acetic acid. Acetic acid contains 2 carbons, and additional oxygen and hydrogen atoms and serves as the starting molecule in cholesterol synthesis.

    Structure of acetic acid:


    Starting with this simple two carbon molecule cholesterol is gradually built using a whole series of enzymes until it has reached a total of 27 carbons structure called Cholesterol:

    Cholesterol is so called because it also belongs to a family of “sterols” the group of substances with the same common ring-like structure (depicted in the image above). These include sterols or steroid hormones made in the adrenal glands, the ovaries in females and testes in males. These specialized structures or organs in the body are also fully capable of synthesizing cholesterol from the basic carbon fragments because these hormones are essential for life and procreation. Thus, you can now realize the value of cholesterol in our daily existence. Further, cholesterol is eventually broken down into bile acids, which were mentioned earlier, and these bile acids are required to digest fats in the intestine and help to bring in the necessary fatty acids and other components that make up the “fat” family.

    Cholesterol is also the starting point to produce Vitamin D, which is a hormone (to be discussed under a separate topic) and can be partially produced in the skin. Vitamin D has several functions in the body one of which is the transport of calcium from the intestines into the blood. Without Vitamin D calcium cannot gain access to the blood and therefore many supplements contain a combination of both Vitamin D and calcium. The skin, which is really the largest “organ” in the body is completely equipped (with the necessary enzymes) to transform the cholesterol and convert it to a form of vitamin D. The capacity for production of cholesterol is far lower than that of the liver. Of course, dietary consumption can also provide cholesterol needed by the body mainly in meats and dairy products.

    There are various forms of cholesterol, and these are categorized by their densities, or how heavy (or light) they are. You will often hear cholesterol referred to as HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) or LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) for instance. This is because they are transported with a specialized protein made in the liver to facilitate their transport in blood. Remember that cholesterol is after all a “fat” and it would float in the blood and not be transported easily. Therefore, it is packaged with these specialized protein structures to easily become soluble in the blood and get transported to the various tissues or locations where it is needed. The LDL-cholesterol is generally considered as “bad” cholesterol since this is the form of cholesterol being transported to tissues and organs and in certain tissues it gets deposited. HDL cholesterol is considered the “good” cholesterol since it is this molecule that transports the tissue cholesterol back to the liver to be metabolized.

    So far, we have understood the good story of cholesterol, as to how useful it is to the body for various functions. It is also clear that cholesterol is required to be produced in the body to satisfy the high demand for it from every cell in the body. The dietary sources of cholesterol may only account for a maximum of 20% of the daily requirement. Obviously, the dietary amount will be much lower if a person is a vegetarian and even further reduced availability in the diet if the person is a vegan. Thus, there will be a heavy reliance on the liver to make the necessary cholesterol. Any organ can make cholesterol, but it is easier to rely on the liver, while the specific organs carry out their own functions.

    Therefore, the focal point of control rests in the liver, which you can imagine to be a gigantic city of companies that are working to make things, fix things, remove toxins, and filter the blood, or transport various products and so forth. In every organization there is a boss that decides what is best for the company and the cells that regulate the production of cholesterol are no different Their “boss” is an enzyme that monitors the amount of cholesterol that is coming into the liver either for recycling or from the food intake. Once it has calculated the input, it will then figure out how much is going to be shipped out and then direct the production sites to produce the next batch. The key word here is “Go” keep producing until you hear from the boss who says “Stop” now.

    Merrily continues to produce cholesterol because no one said they have to stop! Now you see that there is an abundance of cholesterol that is sitting in the liver, the warehouse is full so the next option is to ship it out. What better groups than to send it out at a discounted price to every organ that needs it (or even if it does not need it!!). Take it or dump it!! Thus, it can collect in the blood vessels of various organs such as the heart, the brain and causes atherosclerosis where the cholesterol accumulates in the blood vessels and can eventually block blood flow to the tissues.

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    Now in any given city there is usually a recycling or garbage collection department. The body is no different. Its main cholesterol cleanup “truck” is none other than the HDL which is the scavenger and grabs every available free cholesterol that it can find and brings it back to the liver for recycling. Remember the “boss” who was checking to see what came in? Here is the answer!!! The dietary cholesterol was in already and the supply from the HDL together determines how much NEW cholesterol is needed to be produced. You may have figured out by now that the drugs people take to lower cholesterol, like Lipitor will target how much cholesterol the body is making.

    As we have discussed, food does play a certain role in the maintenance of cholesterol balance. It is left up to our choice of foods, which certainly depends on our dietary preferences, habits, or restrictions. One simple way to incorporate a “clean” food into our diet, one that would help to cleanse out some of the negativities of the “bad” cholesterol, is to make Avocado a part of our diet. This can be equated with a “magic food” rather than a “magic pill” that everyone in the world is seeking.

    Avocado is a fruit of a tree grown in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Our supply of Avocado now comes from California. The fruit is a natural source of Vitamin C and fiber, all of which can either reduce the amount of cholesterol absorbed by the body or permit a better disposal of cholesterol. Additionally, the fatty acid composition made up predominantly of oleic acid provides a rich source of essential fatty acids, which can satisfy hunger and provide “good” fat calories.

    A simple way to incorporate Avocado into a daily routine is to make it a staple in the salad, either sliced/diced as a fruit, or as I recommend to my patients, to make a slightly more “liquefied” guacamole and use this as a salad dressing instead of oil. Other ingredients like vinegar, spices can be added to suit the taste.

    To conclude our introduction, we may add that to have a better understanding of the complex skin (and other related) disorders we need to grasp the fundamentals of how the bodily systems interact with each other. The building block of every cell is cholesterol and so the story goes on… so tune in to the next article that will help you to maintain healthy body and healthy beautiful skin.

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    <![CDATA[Summer Travel and Acne: What You Need to Know]]> https://www.acnease.com/blog/summer-travel-and-acne.htm -1summer-travel-and-acne Sun, 30 May 2021 00:00:00 -0400 Masks are starting to come off, places are opening back up, and summertime is in session– that means one thing: it’s time for vacation! But for those of us with a face full of pimples, we may not know how to properly care for our skin while on the go.

    Traveling in and of itself is stressful, and during the warm summer months, it’s even more so with heat, humidity, and sweat. If you suffer from acne, the thought of traveling and going on vacation can seem even more daunting.

    With acne, the skin is already inflamed and prone to irritation. Unfortunately, being in different climates can only exacerbate it. Many of us will experience irritated skin, eczema, and pimples long after our trip is over.

    The good news? It doesn’t have to be as difficult as it may seem if you already have the right skincare routine in place. With a couple of travel tips and tricks in your repertoire, you can go on vacation and actually relax.

    Will I be able to properly take care of my skin?

    Taking care of your skin while you're traveling isn’t as difficult as you may think. For the most part, you should be able to follow your normal skin care routine.

    If you use a lot of products, keep it simple. Don’t fall into the trap of taking too many products when you travel. Stick to the essentials: cleanser, spot treatment or serum, and a moisturizer.

    Only bring along products that you’ve already used on your skin. There’s nothing worse than having an allergic reaction to a new product while you’re away from home!

    How will you be traveling?

    Before packing your bag, ask yourself this: how will you be traveling? Will you be going by plane, or taking a long voyage in a car? Either way, traveling can put undue stress on your skin. Depending on how you’ll be traveling there are some small changes you may want to make.

    Taking a trip in an airplane can be fun, but it can also wreak havoc on our face. High altitudes and cabin pressure create a dry environment that leads to dehydration. Pair this with dirty cabin air and you have the perfect breeding ground for bacteria that causes acne. Before flying, prep your skin with a good moisturizer that’s acne-friendly, and be sure to drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated.

    If you’re traveling by car for long periods, your skin will be prone to UV exposure and environmental stressors. Be sure to wear sunscreen and reapply throughout your trip. Riding in a car can also make you feel like you're trapped inside of a stale bubble, so it’s important to thoroughly cleanse your face when the ride is over.

    Know Your Climate

    Will you be traveling to the beach where it’s humid and hot? Be prepared to use lighter products that won’t weigh your skin down. The humid environment can lead to buildup and congestion in the pores, creating breakouts and blackheads.

    Prepare for your beach trip by bringing non-comedogenic skincare products. Products that are labeled non-comedogenic simply mean they don’t have ingredients known to clog the pores. Avoid heavy serums and oils, as these are commonly known to cause buildup and make the skin feel heavy.

    For a cleanser, opt for something that says purifying. This will properly cleanse your face of any dirt, oil, and buildup that collects in hot climates. Follow up with your regular acne spot treatment or serum, and then finish with a light moisturizing gel or lotion.

    If you’re traveling to a colder climate like the mountains or somewhere north, you’ll want to bring along skincare products that offer moisture. Chances are your skin will need some extra hydration, so take a gentle cleanser and a moisturizing cream marketed for acne-prone skin.

    How to Pack Your Skincare

    If you’re flying and unable to check a bag, then you’ll have to be sure to pack everything in a carry-on that’s TSA-approved. The TSA rules allow you to take bottles of 3oz or less of liquids and gels that can fit into one quart-sized ziplock bag, with one bag allowed per passenger.

    It can be tough to fit everything into a TSA-approved bag. The easiest way to stay TSA compliant and still have all your favorites is to buy travel-sized versions of your skin care products. If you can’t find them, you can always make your own by putting some of the product into smaller containers to bring with you.

    If you’re driving, the same principles as flying apply– pack light! Make things easier on yourself by bringing smaller sizes of your skin care products.

    Sun Protection

    Wearing sunscreen should go without saying, and just about everyone knows to wear sun protection while they’re outside. But did you know your skin can still suffer from sun damage while traveling inside of a car or plane?

    Wearing sunscreen when you suffer from acne is just as important as using an acne treatment itself. When your skin isn’t properly protected against the sun’s UV rays, inflammation resulting in further acne and scarring can occur.

    Always choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 50, and make sure to reapply every 90 minutes that you’re exposed to the sun for adequate protection.

    What to Leave Behind

    You may have a collection of face masks, serums, and spot treatments at home, but you can leave those skin care products you use on an as-needed basis behind. This includes weekly treatments as well. While they’re beneficial to clearing acne, you don’t want to overcomplicate your trip. Don’t worry, that fancy sheet mask will be waiting for you when you get home!

    Face scrubs, cleansing brushes, and other facial devices can stay at home, too. If you’re in dire need of exfoliation, a soft washcloth works wonders to slough off the dead skin cells and gently scrub the face of buildup.

    Start Treating Your Acne Before Your Trip

    If you have acne, you’re most likely already using products that target breakouts and pimples. This can be face washes, toners, serums and treatments, and moisturizers. But what about using a product that fights acne where it starts?

    Breakouts are largely caused by a hormonal imbalance, which means they start from within the body. When our hormones are off track, the sebaceous glands are impacted, leading to an overproduction of oil that shows up on the surface of our skin, forming pimples.

    AcnEase is a daily supplement that treats current outbreaks and prevents new ones from forming. Its highly effective acne-fighting formula works to counter this imbalance and keep the sebaceous glands that get clogged in check.

    For travel, AcnEase is the ideal acne treatment to pack in your overnight bag. It’s a small tablet, much like a vitamin. Pack as many as you’ll need for however long you’ll be traveling and be at ease your body will be fighting against the formation of acne.

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    <![CDATA[How to feel good from the inside-out this summer]]> https://www.acnease.com/blog/feel-good-inside-out-this-summer.htm -1feel-good-inside-out-this-summer Wed, 26 May 2021 00:00:00 -0400 At long last, it’s here!

    The days are long, the sun is burning high in the sky, and temperatures are soaring. After what felt like a never-ending winter, it’s wonderful to be outside again.

    Everybody deserves to enjoy the summer. But for some, it’s an extra challenging part of the year. Long summer days mean wearing greasy sunscreen, spending longer hours away from the house, and, now, sweating underneath a mask.

    For acne sufferers, the combination of these factors can be extremely uncomfortable. Even those lucky enough to not have to deal with acne may notice their skin is oilier and more unruly during the hotter months of the year.

    Let’s step back for a moment. What exactly is acne?

    Acne is an acute or chronic skin condition that causes pimples on the surface of the skin. Typically, it’s caused by an overproduction of sebum by the skin’s sebaceous glands. Because the sebaceous glands begin extracting sebum during puberty, this is a common age for people to experience acne. That said, it’s a condition that affects people of all ages. In fact, the occurrence of acne in adults is increasing: now 15% of adult women experience acne.

    Acne presents as whiteheads, blackheads, or even cysts. Most typically, it appears on the face, but many people also suffer from acne on their backs, shoulders, or chest, seeing as this is where the body has the most sebaceous glands.

    There are many myths related to the “cause” of acne. Acne has nothing to do with having dirty skin or wearing too much makeup. It’s hormonal.

    But why do the sebaceous glands begin producing too much sebum in the first place? Well, there are a variety of factors, but hormones (androgens or estrogen) play the most significant role.

    What can I do about my acne this summer?

    The good news is that there are a variety of treatments for acne. The bad news is that it can be difficult parsing what actually works.

    The vast majority of acne treatments are topical. This means that instead of addressing the root of the problem, which we’ve addressed as an internal process, many brands choose to instead use Band-Aid “solutions” on the surface of the skin.

    The problem is that many topical products successful in the treatment of acne are otherwise bad for your skin. Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are the two most common ingredients for combating acne. Each of them is proven to be drying, and therefore aging, to skin.

    Popular skincare brand Proactiv, for example, includes products that contain so much benzoyl peroxide it bleaches their customers towels.

    So, is there a solution?

    Yes! But it may not be what you’re expecting.

    Long summer days mean that you cannot rely on products alone to keep acne at bay. Between the sweat and sunscreen applications, your pores are going to be clogged from the excess oil production. It can’t be avoided.

    The solution, then, is to target the internal conditions that produce acne in the first place.

    In 2016, Dr. Agnes P. Olszewski used her background in traditional medicine to found the Herborium Group, a company oriented around botanical therapeutics. Her company’s research on the origins of acne led them to create AcnEase®, an everyday supplement that is clinically proven to alleviate acne and Rosacea with herbal ingredients. AcnEase® comes from the knowledge of both Western medicine and traditional medicine practices from South America, Europe, and Africa.

    AcnEase® is offered in mild, moderate and severe treatments, depending on the nature of your acne. It’s also formulated depending on your gender, which you can select while purchasing.

    It contains absolutely no chemicals, especially not ones that prevent you from spending your day in the sun. Instead, it contains Gardenia Fruit, Houttuynia, Scierotium, Dandelion Root, Balsam Pear, and Leaf Mustard. Each of these herbs is known for its anti-bacterial and hormone balancing qualities. Together, they’re magic!

    While treatment length varies depending on the severity of acne, most people see results in 7-10 days. In addition to significantly diminishing acne, the herbs in AcnEase® will also make skin look more clear and luminous, fade acne scars over time, reduce hair loss, and balance scalp oils. (This is because oil production on the scalp is also caused by hormones, which the herbs will help balance and manage.) 

    “I was a bit skeptical at first but a friend highly recommended this product after seeing great progress himself,” writes one Reviewer named Kevin, “after a few weeks or less, I saw tremendous results.”

    You can read more impressive testimonials here.

    Help! My mask keeps giving me acne.

    While we’re grateful for the life-saving nature of masks, it can be challenging to wear something all day long that irritates the face and increases the production of acne.

    Thankfully, AcnEase® has released an antimicrobial, anti-viral, water repellent mask.

    The antimicrobial fabric stunts the production of bacteria, which, in turn, prevents the development of oily skin and acne. So you can leave the house feeling confident that you’re protecting those around you while also protecting your skin.

    Even when wearing a breathable mask, it’s important to take mask breaks when you can (and you’re not near other people). This will give your skin a chance to breathe.

    How do I start?

    The only thing you need to determine first is the severity of your acne, and your age. This will determine the correct AcnEase® treatment plan for your concerns.

    The treatments are divided into mild, moderate, and severe acne assistance.

    From there, you begin the regime, and get on with your life! Unlike harsh chemicals, or worse, antibiotics, your AcnEase® treatment will not interfere with your day-to-day life.

    That means you can get outside this summer feeling confident that you’re being healed from the inside out by clinically tested herbal medicine.

    From there, be sure to wear sunscreen, stay mindful of COVID-19 regulations, and get ready to face the sun with your new, clear, skin!

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    <![CDATA[General Skincare Tips For Adults]]> https://www.acnease.com/blog/general-skincare-tips-for-adults.htm -1general-skincare-tips-for-adults Sun, 25 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0400 We all want flawless, glowing skin, but figuring out to achieve it can be hard, thanks to the endless skincare advice out there on the internet. If you want to achieve healthy, radiant skin without an intensive skincare routine, you can still pamper yourself by sticking to the basics. Here are the nine skincare tips that cover all the bases.

    1. Always double cleanse

    Cleansing your skin by washing your face with soap and water isn’t going to cut it if you want all the gunk and grime off your face after a full day at work. Double cleansing is an excellent way to keep your skin clean. As the term implies, it involves cleaning your face twice – first, with an oil-based cleanser and again with a water-based cleanser.

    Double cleansing helps remove sweat, bacteria, and old skin cells, cleaning deeper into the pores to remove any impurity. It doesn’t just allow for clear skin but also revitalizes dull skin and better prepares your pores to draw in your serums and moisturizers.

    2. Wear sunscreen every day

    Around 90 percent of skin damage is directly linked to sun exposure, so if you want to keep fine lines at bay, you need to wear sunscreen all the time. One thing virtually all dermatologists agree on is that sunscreen is the closest thing to a fountain of youth, right. It protects all types of skin against harmful rays that are always present in the atmosphere.

    Some people think sunscreen is necessary only when they’re going outside, but that’s not true. You should wear sunscreen every time, even on winter and cloudy days, as well as when you’re indoors. Be sure to apply it at least 15 minutes before going out as it takes some time to activate and every 2-3 hours.

    3. Exfoliate regularly

    Exfoliating is another vital skincare step that can help you achieve the glow you’ve always craved for. It is beneficial in different ways, and one of them is that it helps to sweep away the dead and dry skin along with the dirt and grime that might remain after cleansing. This, in turn, helps to prevent acne and hormonal breakouts since it stops the buildup from making its way into your pores and causing stubborn stoppages in the form of whiteheads and blackheads.

    It’s also important to note that there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to how often you should exfoliate as you need to listen to your skin. However, it is generally recommended to exfoliate only once or twice a week to maintain a brighter complexion.

    4. Eat a healthy diet

    A healthy diet typically doesn’t make it to most lists of skincare tips, but it is important to work towards getting healthy skin is from inside out and not the other way round. No matter the number of miracle products you slather on your skin, if you consume a poor diet, your skin won’t bring up its A-game.

    The saying ‘You’re what you eat applies to your skin.

    Be sure to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins so your body can get the right amount of beauty-boosting vitamins and minerals it needs. It’s also important to avoid foods that can trigger breakouts, including gluten, sugar, condiments, dressings, and marinades

    5. Take vitamin C

    A balanced diet is important, and so is vitamin C too. You probably know that vitamin C can help boost your body’s resistance to illnesses but did you know it can be the key to maintaining a radiant complexion? It is a tried-and-true favorite that can help keep your skin’s elasticity, repair your skin cells and neutralize free radicals that cause aging.

    There’s more than one way to give your skin vitamins, and serums are a very effective method. The best time to apply them to your skin is after cleansing so your skin can soak them in, or it can even be layered under your sunscreen for added protection.

    6. Get your greens

    You’ve been told to eat your ‘green’ veggies since childhood, but do you have any idea why? Among other benefits, eating lots of greens can help combat inflammatory skin conditions; they are typically rich in several vitamins and minerals like vitamins B9, K, and C to keep your skin plump, bouncy, and strong.

    You can implement more greens by downing a cup of green juice every day to replace your afternoon coffee. Alternatively, you can begin by throwing half of an avocado into your morning, smoothing, or eating a bit of it every day.

    7. Hydrate well

    Up to 60 percent of the human adult body is water, with the skin containing 64 percent water. That should tell you that drinking a lot of water is also important for your skin. If you ask any model what their top skincare secret is, it’s always to stay hydrated and drinking plenty of water.

    Dermatologists say that a lack of water means less radiance and more sag. Make sure you drink at least eight glasses of water every day, as it will serve as a natural detox for your body to flush out any toxins stopping you from having clear skin.

    8. Never pick your blemishes

    If your skin is giving you grief, it can be tempting to resort to popping the pimples. Many adults do this with the thought that it will make the pimples go away faster to have clear, healthy skin again. Unfortunately, this seldom happens as picking away at your pimples only makes it worse, forcing the bacteria and oil to go deep down, and this will result in a bigger pimple.

    Rather than pick at your pimples, consider using proven products that can help you rebalance your sebaceous glands and restore balance to your hormones so you can have truly clear skin. This AcnEase Herbal Supplement for your face and body is a very effective acne treatment that can help break the cycle of acne and deliver quick results. For facial acne treatment alone, go for Mild & Moderate Acne Treatment.

    9. Manage stress

    Stress is one of the biggest causes of skin problems as it makes your skin more sensitive, which could trigger acne breakouts and other skin conditions. There are many ways to manage stress, and one of them is to get enough sleep. Sleep is the time for the skin to repair and renew itself, aiming for at least 8 hours of sleep.

    Bonus point

    Many people layer on multiple skin care products all at once, thinking it will help them achieve the desired results faster. Too many products can be harsh on the skin and can result in more breakouts. Therefore, you must make sure that you’re using just a few reliable products that will work for you and not against you. Visit our store at AcnEase to get high-quality skincare products that you can trust.

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    <![CDATA[Makeup Mistakes that Cause Acne]]> https://www.acnease.com/blog/makeup-mistakes-that-cause-acne.htm -1makeup-mistakes-that-cause-acne Thu, 15 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0400 So you’re an acne sufferer AND a makeup addict? Oh boy! Don’t worry, we get the story. It’s normal to envy those lucky few who can deluge their faces in primers, sprays and goops, with zero pimple consequences (AT ALL!!!), while we sadly aren’t blessed with these powers of makeup invisibility. For us, dolling up is a Catch-22… because our favorite beauty besties are also our worst beauty enemies. The more we cover up and contour away our flaws, the more awful our next breakout will be. Call that a fair tradeoff? Hellza no... and pass!

    If you’re truly prepared to change your naughty ways, stop making these 5 makeup mistakes that cause acne.

    1. Your don’t prep your skin

      Pimples happen when dead skin cells, oil and dirt throw a bacteria-infested party in your pore. Now pause to cringe. Okay, so basically, think of your makeup as a fire starter that ignites your pimples. And knowing this, imagine layering your products over your already-zitty skin. Yup, trouble… and gross much?

      That’s why we always prep our skin before applying or re-applying makeup. Whether it’s morning or midday, you can’t apply products when sweat and residue is sitting on your face. You must first remove the gunk with a cleansing pad or toner. “For ingredients to properly absorb, you need clean skin that’s totally free of oil and grime,” says dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD, associate clinical professor at Yale School of Medicine.

      So if it’s 1pm at work and you’ve noticed your CC cream is melting in your T-Zone, you CAN’T (like seriously can’t) take a “bathroom break” to add more. You’ll only create more pore blockage. Instead, simply use a mineral-based blotting powder to soak up the grease. Got it?

      2. You’re using the wrong primer

      Makeup primer is the holy grail for flawless skin. And it’s not hard to understand why we fall in love with this skin-smoothing puddy of sorts — it makes your selfies look perfect (without a filter)! But here’s the bad news: your beloved primer might be causing your breakouts.

      Technically, yes, primers are non-comedogenic, meaning they won’t clog your pores. But this fact is irrelevant because primers can still aggravate your skin and cause acne in other ways without being comedogenic! If you’re using a silicone-based primer (which is likely), the thickness of this rubber-like substance can block airflow to your pores. According to Dr.Debra Jaiman, a NY-based dermatologist, “silicone blocks the flow of oxygen to your skin. If you have acne-prone skin, it also traps blemish-causing bacteria.”

      Yet since nobody is willing to forgo their primer, you should at least settle for a “healthier” option: a water-based primer. Ideal for oily or acne-prone skin, a water-based primer is lightweight and gentle — plus, it lets your skin breathe.

      3. Your setting spray is greasy

      Sure, setting spray makes your makeup last longer — but there’s a catch: it can make your skin greasy. One minute you’re enjoying a gorgeous, airbrushed finish, but by the PM, your handiwork melts into a shiny oil spill. UGHHH, so not cute!!!

      The problem is that some setting sprays contain rich emollients such as beeswax or glycerin. As celebrity dermatologist Renee Rouleau explains, these types of ingredients prevent moisture from getting into your skin and affect your skin’s pH level (which needs to be around 5.5 ...slightly acidic). Without getting too sciency about the facts, just know that when your skin is less acidic, you’re more likely to get acne. Even natural ingredients in setting sprays, like coconut oil, can cause this problem. Since it's more alkaline (opposite of acidic), it’ll throw your skin’s pH out of whack.

      So although we advise against using setting sprays, if you’re super Gung-ho about them, you should experiment with different formulas to see which one is the least irritating for your skin.

      4. Your foundation is too heavy

      Every acne battler knows this story: You apply your foundation in the AM, and as you channel your inner makeup artist, you’re testing all those beauty blender voodoo techniques you learned on Youtube. Once done, you check yourself out in the mirror and think, “damn girl”, followed by an imaginary “pat on the back” because seriously, your complexion looks flipping fabulous!

      But then (pause for dramatic effect) you get home later in the PM. You re-inspect your handiwork, only to see grease puddles and a new family of semi-formed zits. Yikes! What happened?

      Okay, so real talk here: While you might love the creamy glow of a high-coverage foundation, your skin will hate you for it. By masking on the foundation, your pores will behave as if they’re “under attack”, triggering their self-defense reaction: extra sebum (oil) production. That’s why lightweight, water-based foundations are ideal for acne-prone skin.

      5. You sleep with makeup on

      Please, no matter how lazy you are, never EVER forsake this golden rule: don’t sleep with makeup on your face. Between the germs that already linger on your pillow and your sweaty pores, you’ll be creating a warzone of acne-causing bacteria.

      And there’s another reason. According to Dermatologist Dr.Melanie Palm, “Sleep is a restorative time for the skin, and if oil glands and pores are blocked by the day’s makeup, the results can be disastrous”. Instead of allowing your skin to properly shed, your makeup leftovers will fester with your sebum, along with any other environmental nasties, allergens or residual gunk, creating a bio-hazardous glue that clogs your pores. Within a few days, you’ll see blackheads, whiteheads and red, splotchy areas.

      So, bottom line, going to bed with makeup is, hands down, one of the worst beauty sins you can commit. You hear?!!

      When you’re stuck with oily skin, you’re playing a frustrating Tug-o-war game between two priorities: your love of makeup and clear skin. Fortunately, you don’t have to choose just one. The trick to controlling acne often comes down to having healthier makeup habits that won’t clog your pores. But above all, (and sorry to all you serious makeup junkies), you should use less product, like, WAY less.

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