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[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.

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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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    <![CDATA[Fight All your Skin Concerns with 3D Rejuvel Ageless Infinity]]> https://www.acnease.com/blog/skin-concerns-3d-rejuvel-ageless-infinity.htm -1skin-concerns-3d-rejuvel-ageless-infinity Tue, 13 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0400 Acne is often thought of as something that only happens in our teens. In reality, those painful pimples can sneak up on us at any point in our lives. It can be overwhelming trying to treat it, too. Especially when we experience more than just breakouts. When you throw skin discoloration, wrinkles, and uneven texture into the mix, it gets even more complicated.

    It’s important to understand the root cause of acne in the first place. When our hormones aren’t functioning the way they should, they directly affect sebum (also known as oil) production. An overabundance of oil shows up in our pores and leads straight to acne, resulting in pimples and even sometimes painful cysts.

    Acne supplements like AcnEase work to restore balance to our hormones by fighting underlying and internal causes. Its highly effective acne-fighting formula works to restore balance to the sebaceous glands where oil production starts in the first place, stopping breakouts before they can happen. While it’s important to target the root cause from within, this doesn’t mean we can skip out on investing in acne-fighting skincare.

    What is 3D Rejuvel Ageless Infinity?

    A new and innovative skincare line from AcnEase, the 3D Rejuvel Ageless Infinity was formulated together with patented NASA stem cell science. Through the growth and harvesting of plant stem cells in an environment without gravity, these powerful cells have unique skin rebuilding and repairing benefits.

    3D Rejuvel’s plant stem cell technology stimulates key growth factors, a natural substance made by the body to maintain the skin’s overall health. It provides amino acids, the proteins responsible for supporting the repair of damaged skin and providing firmness and elasticity. Last but not least, plant stem cell technology delivers vitamins and nutrients necessary for healthy skin.

    Don’t let the name fool you– it does more than just reduce signs of aging. The special 3D Rejuvel line repairs skin on all fronts. It helps to reverse damage from sun exposure, fade hyperpigmentation from acne, and even out skin tone from sun damage and aging.

    Using a good skincare line with science-backed, quality ingredients won’t only make acne disappear but works to prevent it from reappearing in the future. Painful cysts will heal, blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples will be cleared, and signs of aging will diminish over time.

    Your New Skincare Routine

    Before investing in quality skincare, it’s important to figure out your main skin concerns in addition to acne. Do you want to reduce signs of aging or are leftover acne scars your main concern? 3D Rejuvel has four different treatment serums to choose from depending on which skin concern you wish to target.

    While certain serums will no doubt be more beneficial to certain skin concerns, all 3D Rejuvel products are formulated with the same patented stem cell science. No matter which 3D Rejuvel treatment serum you choose, you can’t go wrong.

    Cleansing

    You can prime your face for your 3D Rejuvel treatment by cleansing thoroughly at night with the 3D Face Wash. This not only gets rid of the day's buildup and dirt that leads to breakouts but leaves your face fresh and ready to take in all the nutrients that are going to keep your skin healthy.

    The 3D Face Wash is a 2-in-1 mild exfoliator and cleanser. Even better, it’s safe for everyday use and all skin types. Whether you’re acne and oil-prone or having aging and dry skin, the 3D face wash works for all. Simply apply your 3D Rejuvel treatment serum after cleansing every night.

    Acne Scars and Uneven Texture

    The original 3D Rejuvel treatment stops new breakouts and prevents the formation of them in the future, all while working to reverse leftover scarring and marks. Its plant stem cell formula speeds up skin cell turnover by kickstarting the body’s natural collagen production, revealing new skin on the surface that's smooth and blemish-free.

    You don’t have to worry about future breakouts, either. It non-comedogenic formula won’t clog pores to eliminate acne and scarring while new collagen production plumps the skin– the key to improving acne scars and uneven texture.

    Loose and Sagging Skin

    Who doesn’t want youth restored to their skin? The 3D Future Essentials treatment immediately firms and tightens, improving the contours of the face and taking years off your age.

    3D Future Essentials is great under makeup, too. As a makeup base, it primes the skin for your foundation, helping it last longer and look better– all while delivering skin firming benefits throughout the day.

    Hyperpigmentation and Dull Skin

    Unfortunately, our skin pays the price long after our acne is gone, leaving us with dull and discolored skin. Rejuvel 3-D Brightening Solution is formulated with a unique blend of molecules from pine bark, vitamin C, Arbutin, and fruit acids that fade existing hyperpigmentation and dark spots caused by pimples and cysts.

    The 3D Brightening Solution can be used together with our other Rejuvel serums by applying it on dry, freshly cleansed skin before your other serum. With consistent use, it prevents future discoloration, too.

    Anti-aging

    After our 40’s it’s safe to say most of us show signs of aging. Light wrinkles to fine lines pop up where our skin used to be smooth. When used nightly after the Rejuvel face wash, the 3D Retinol Science treatment works to promote luminous, radiant, and younger-looking skin.

    Under Circles and Crows Feet

    With all the emphasis on acne, it’s easy to forget about the eyes. We all buy products for our face but forget the one area where our age can show the most. Rejuvel’s 3D Collagen Eye Serum works to immediately reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and undereye bags. Infused with collagen, the delicate skin under the eye is plumped and hydrated– the key to restoring youth to our eyes.

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    <![CDATA[9 Tips to PREVENT Mask Acne (maskne)]]> https://www.acnease.com/blog/tips-to-prevent-mask-acne-maskne.htm -1tips-to-prevent-mask-acne-maskne Mon, 08 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0400 Masks play an important role in protecting you and others against infection with the Covid-19 virus. At the same time wearing a mask can be hard on your skin

    As we discussed in the previous article regarding "maskne". Mask acne is the name given to a group of skin problems associated with wearing facial coverings and facial masks. There are 4 major conditions usually listed under the "umbrella" term of Mask Acne:

    • Acne, that results in pimples, comedones, whiteheads, and blackheads.
    • Rosacea, causing flare-ups and additional acne-rosacea pimples as well as extra redness
    • Contact Dermatitis that occurs when you’re allergic or sensitive to the material of your mask and can result in a rash, irritation and even blisters.
    • Folliculitis, an infection of hair follicles that causes bumps that look like an acne breakout and may be painful or itchy.

    To help prevent skin problems from developing under your mask here are some helpful tips you may want to implement into your daily routine:

    1. Cleanse and moisturize your face daily. Use a mild, fragrance-free and non comedogenic and non -drying cleanser (lotion cleanser is usually better that a soap or wipes). Do it twice a day- morning and night. Do not rub, scrub, pop or squeeze; use a very clean towel to pat dry. Use warm but not HOT water. Hot water may additionally irritate your skin and it increases, not decreases, production of sebum (skin oil).

      Applying moisturizer adds a protective layer that can reduce dryness and flaking of dead skin cells that can clog the pores in your skin. To get the most out of a non- comedogenic moisturizer you want to apply it immediately after washing your face. The remaining moisture will help to absorb the moisturizer and water into your skin.. Good ingredients in your moisturizer are lipids, ceramides, hyaluronic acid, or other ingredients such a stem cells that support water being absorbed by the skin

    2. Apply moisturizer before and after wearing a mask
    3. Go light on the makeup when wearing a mask. Beneath your mask, makeup is more likely to clog your pores and lead to breakouts. If makeup is necessary, use only products labeled "non-comedogenic"
    4. Avoid trying new skin care products that can irritate your skin. Wearing a mask for even a short time can make your skin more sensitive. Do NOT experiment.
    5. Try to avoid products with harsh ingredients like chemical peel, exfoliants, salicylic acid or retinoids, even after shave high in alcohol can dry skin and replace them by mild – non- comedogenic moisturizing and ski health supporting products
    6. Take a 15-minute mask break every 4 hours. Of course, only remove your mask when it’s safe to do so and after washing your hands. DO NOT grab the mask from the front… this is where the Corona-19 virus may have parked itself.
    7. Wear the right mask. To reduce skin problems, look for masks that offer the right fit:
    8. Chose cloth mask over the single use mask. Many health care organizations now recommend that you wash a cloth mask after each use. Washing it also removes oils and skin cells that collect inside the mask, which could lead to a skin problem.
    9. PREVENT MASK ACNE USING ALL NATURAL, plant based proprietary acne treatment AcnEase

      If you have a skin condition, such as acne or rosacea, it’s especially important to follow your treatment regimen. If you just want to prevent mask acne - use Mild Acne Treatment as a PREVENTION

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    <![CDATA[“Maskne”- Truth or False? Why I Get Them and How to Treat Them]]> https://www.acnease.com/blog/maskne-truth-or-false.htm -1maskne-truth-or-false Wed, 27 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0400 We are all on a mission to slow the spread of COVID-19 and wearing masks has become part of our daily routine. Furthermore, President Biden in his inaugural address had asked Americans to give the masks “100 days” to help to create the needed barrier against the increasing spread of coronavirus cases. It is important to note that Covid-19 spreads through respiratory droplets. 

    So masks are here to stay for a while. Unfortunately, even masks are an important weapon against getting sick with Covid -19 and also a common cold, they also cause a side effect -a condition known as “maskne” (mask acne). Maskne doesn’t simply cause pimples but may also result in skin redness, bumpiness, and irritation. In fact, “maskne” is an umbrella term covering several skin conditions that can be caused by wearing a face mask or any other home -made or commercial face covering.

     Maskne include:

    • Acne, that results in pimples, comedones , whiteheads, and blackheads. 
    • Rosacea, causing flare-ups and additional acne-rosacea pimples as well as extra redness. 
    • Contact Dermatitis that occurs when you’re allergic or sensitive to the material of your mask and can result in a rash, irritation and even blisters. 
    • Folliculitis, an infection of hair follicles that causes bumps that look like an acne breakout and may be painful or itchy. 

    For those who already have acne prone skin- wearing masks may exacerbate their condition and increase the severity and duration of all different types of acne including: hormonal acne, adult acne and teen acne, as well as chronic acne and Rosacea. 

    What are the causes of maskne?

    In most situations, maskne, like other acne is the result of clogged pores. You already have sebum, (skin oil), dirt, dead skin cells and of course bacteria on your skin; when you wear a mask due to extra humidity (your breath), heat and abrasion, your pores become clogged faster and easier, commencing what is called the acne cascade. Friction that is often a result of mask wearing,  can additionally lead to chafing, irritation and inflammation. Finally, some masks may even cause allergic reaction to the material they are made, additional sweat and lack of a fresh air cooling and oxygenating the skin.

    7 Steps to Treat Maskne 

    1. Wash your face regularly in the morning, before going to bed and ALWAYS AFTER WEARING THE MASK. Use lukewarm water. Pat your skin dry with a clean towel. Avoid rubbing your skin as this may cause irritation. 
    2. Use a gentle cleanser to remove excess oil, sweat, and bacteria but avoid irritating your skin even further with harsh ingredients such as alcohol, salicylic acid, or peroxide.
    3. Use a noncomedogenic moisturizer to keep your skin supple and hydrated and decrease the number of dry skin cells on the surface that can contribute to clogging the pores. 
    4. Apply thin layer of a non comedogenic moisturizers BEFORE wearing mask if you experience the irritation. 
    5. Limit wearing makeup under the mask. Less is more on your skin when you wear the mask 
    6. Try to take your mask off at least once every 4 hours for 15 -20 minutes if you need to wear it for a longer time.
    7. Try the natural, all herbal. non - chemical, acne treatment that heals existing acne and prevents new acne from forming; this treatment  also fights whiteheads, blackheads and symptoms of Rosacea. It will prevent infection and calm inflammation. Please visit  www.acnease.com
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    <![CDATA[For Mother's Only! Signs that Your Teen Needs an Acne Treatment]]> https://www.acnease.com/blog/acne-elimination-tips/for-mother-only-signs-that-your-teen-needs-an-acne-treatment.htm -1for-mother-only-signs-that-your-teen-needs-an-acne-treatment Wed, 06 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0400 Acne elimination tips Not every pimple is acne. Pimples may be allergic hives, bites or even heat rash...just to name a few. So as a mother, how do you know it's time to seriously search for a safe and effective acne treatment for your fast growing teen? 

    And Why should we really care about a few pimples? They should go away on their own when our teen gets our of puberty…. TESTIMONIALS

    Wrong - first the average age of the acne sufferer in the US today is 26 years old. At this time we are NOT taking about  teen acne but adult hormonal acne. The average length of adult hormonal acne is … 11 years… ACNE GUIDE

    So the first myth is that teen acne will disappear on its own. For a few lucky ones yes, however, for majority of teens it gets worse.  The longer acne persists the more likely the skin wil be damaged leading to acne scarring.  In addition, the long term psychological impact of acne may be devastating for a young person.  Unfortunately in today’s society this can lead to rejection, being bullied, loss of self esteem, social media criticism, and a lack of motivation to achieve.

    Unfortunately the COVID pandemic exacerbated teen related issues and practically also increased the incidence of acne among teen and adults due to the need to wear masks. There is even a new term in use-“maskacne”.

    So recognizing  the time when you can support your teen by helping him/her to fight acne and to rebuild  his/hers clear complexion and self image is very important 

    Here are some basic red flags you should watch for:

    Physical Signs

    Acne usually develops and worsens over time. So the earlier you catch it, and start the right treatment, the faster you get rid of acne and thereby reducing the risk for long lasting skin damage such as acne scars and marks.

    1. Oily and shiny T-zone: a clearly shiny and oily forehead, nose and chin may be an early warning for the onset of acne
    2. Oily Skin overall: shiny, oily or very oily skin represents a clear warning sign for the overproduction of sebum by the sebaceous glands leading to the development of  acne
    3. Oily hair usually preceeds or follows skin issues
    4. Blackheads and whiteheads: these represent an early stage of acne
    5. Redness, inflammation, pimples or cysts on cheeks, chin, back and/or shoulders: these represent fully developed acne   

    Psychological Signs

    Acne is not just a skin disease, but for many also a disease of the soul...or a major psychological problem. Even with mild acne, many teens feel embarrassed, alienated, rejected, angry or resigned. So when the physical symptoms above are paired with the psychological and behavioral signs below, it's time to get help.

    1. Withdrawal from sports and activities she/he loved before
    2. Phone time quiets down significantly
    3. Avoids social gatherings
    4. Schoolwork seems to slip 
    5. Seems sad, angry or unhappy without apparent reasons
    6. Complains about losing friends
    7. Suddenly develops a strong liking for heavy make-up
    8. Sleeps too much or to little (signs of depression)   

    Getting Help

    Please note that we are not recommending running out to get an acne treatment just because your teen has oily skin - or if your teen withdraws from activities. We are just letting you know about the combination of signs that are seen in pre-teens and teens that are developing acne. We do suggest keeping an eye out for these signs. And if you notice that some of the signs are getting worse, or that your child has number of these signs at once, it's high time to do something.  

    What NOT to Use

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has clear standards for what should not be used as an acne treatment for younger teens. We recommend adhering to the AAP's guidelines for older teens as well.  There are many known side effects that occur in teens as a result of using the acne products listed below, so as parents, we would rather err on the side of caution.

    • Tetracycline derivatives (tetracycline, doxycycline, and minocycline) should not be used in younger children. Oral antibiotics can damage tooth enamel and developing bones in pre-teens. In addition the abuse of antibiotics may lead to penicillin resistance and in time limit or prevent treatment of more dangerous diseases. 
    • Isotretinoin (Accutane and its generic brands) should not be used for young teens due to its severe side effects, Please not that Accutane has already been withdrawn form USA and few other markets for its severe side effects and class action suit that was filed against Roche Pharmaceuticals.
    • Topical antibiotics should not be used for more than few weeks and should be combined with witch hazel or a very low grade Benzoyl Peroxide. Why the latest is used it is very important to make sure that the teen uses at least 30SPF sun protection wherever outdoors to avoid possible cancerogenic impact of Peroxide and UV rays combined.
    • No hormonal treatment of any kind, chemical or herbal, prescriptive or Over the Counter (OTC) should be used without a doctor’s advice
    • Any OTC products should be used with care and at the lowest possible level

    Recommended Natural Teen Acne Treatment Options

    Do your research! Yes, there are many natural ways to help calm acne symptoms, however, in order to get to the root cause of your acne, and to really get rid of it, you need a treatment that will not only eliminate symptoms, but also prevent them from developing. Dabbing honey, or putting argan oil on your face is not going to get rid of your acne! 

    Acne Guide

    So look into natural yet science based ways to treat acne that are safe and effective. We invite you to start by taking a look at AcnEase®, the original natural medicine for acne that has up to a 98% success rate not just for mild or moderate acne, but also for cystic, chronic and severe acne.  There are no side effects, no chemicals, no phyto-estrogens and it is all botanical and gluten and sugar free.

    Teen Skincare

    It may surprise you but healthy skincare for teens (both – girls and boys) may help a lot in easing the symptoms of acne and develop a great and important foundation for life to take care of your largest organ- SKIN.

    Here are few skincare/ mecare tips how to help your teen

    Feed the Skin. Add Some Skin Friendly Options for Your Teen’s Diet

    Diet, of course, plays an important role in the way our skin looks. There are food choices that teens with acne can make which will definitely help to keep their bodies and skin healthy. Adding the right foods when possible can make a big impact for anyone battling hormones and acne. Fitting in hydrating, vitamin-rich snacks such as apples, protein-rich nuts, and even a bite of dark chocolate can go a long way in supplementing those at-school lunch options you may rely on every day. Try to avoid processed foods, “ junk food” and simple sugar ( donuts, white breads and rolls, cookies etc). There are also good food based multi-vitamins for kids and young teens as well as older teens which include many omega 3’s and antioxidants, great for the skin. Opting for water instead of sugary drinks is a must since sugar is our skin’s great enemy. And getting a sufficient amount of water will go a long way as well, hydrating not only the body, but also the skin’s cells. And juices are a BIG SUGAR SOURCE so need to be taken in moderation.

    Don’t Let Regular Exercise Make Your Acne Worse.

    Working out is great for the body, mind and skin as it gets the blood circulating, and the liver working to flush out harmful toxins. Teens are usually involved in number of exercise activities ( sports and recreational activities). These activities are great, because teens are already experiencing an increase in skin oil, it’s important to keep the surface of the skin clean after a sweaty workout or intense practice in order to prevent pores from clogging.

    If your teen is involved in regular sports, make sure they're wearing loose, breathable fabrics, and pack a clean towel for them to dry off with after a shower. If an immediate shower isn’t always an option, non-comedogenic wipes can be easily carried in any bag, and can provide a way to clean their face in a pinch! Make sure to wash any clothing worn during exercise as soon as it comes off, especially anything touching the chest or back, such as sports bras. If a helmet or goggles are used, don’t forget to disinfect them after each use, as these can be a breeding ground for bacteria.

    Washing oily hair is an important step that shouldn’t be skipped, though hair products can be a hidden source of pore-clogging residue. Check the ingredients in shampoos, conditioners and stylers for anything that could aggravate acne, such as lanolin, or drying isopropyl alcohol, and chose those that add moisture with “good” oils, such as eucalyptus, which treat flakiness without making an oily mess.

    Make Sure that Your Teen Gets in a Good Night’s Sleep.

    This may be tough to implement, but a good night’s sleep is imperative in keeping both the immune system, and brain function operating at full capacity. Getting enough sleep is also an important part of maintaining healthy skin as it manages stress levels from within and helps reducing stress level and resulting  hormones  from  disrupting those sebum-producing sebaceous glands. Teens need a minimum of 8 - 8 1/2 hours of sleep, and they most often get around 7 hours. So try to get off those phones and iPad’s at night and suggest reading  a good book to help set the mood for a peaceful slumber!

    Choose Skincare Products that Won’t Clog Pores or Over Dry Skin.

    Even if your teen isn’t working up a good sweat every day, maintaining good skin hygiene is an essential aspect in maintaining healthy, acne-free skin.

    Because teens tend to produce more skin oil (sebum) than adults, most products targeting teens are formulated to zap oil, using ingredients as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. Athough topicals with these ingredients may help in the short term with symptoms, they may also dry out the skin, which causes the skin to produce more oil! Combined with UV rays they may also increase the probability of UV induced skin damage and finally- yes- they may prematurely age the skin. What is most important to understand is their use really does NOT STOP ACNE FROM Forming,  thus the acne cycle continues. Remember too, topicals cannot get to the root cause of acne since do not target sebaceous glands.

    As a good skincare regimen, try a non-comedogenic acne cleanser and chamomile astringent for acne which can help calm the inflammatory and bacterial response of the skin. Remember about moisturizers – essential to keep the skin supple and happy (water based not oil based moisturizer please) And don't forget to add in the treatment that can break this cycle of acne the only way  that it can be done – from within (with no chemicals or side effects)! Here is a helpful tool that will quickly guide you to the right treatment for you or your teen: YOUR PERSONAL ACNEASE GUIDE

    Exchange the Stress time to Me time!

    Last but not least, leaving time for fun and relaxation can prove to be just as beneficial as a good night’s sleep or a skin brightening smoothie, Finding little ways to help your teen de-stress can not only make their days a little easier, but may also encourage them to keep up with the maintenance needed to keep their skin looking its best. Getting a manicure, pedicure or a massage might be a nice way for relaxing and feeling all grown-up. If the COVID pandemic prevents in person socializing- a zoom party may be of help.  If you are lucky to own a home with a garden or live near a park or a hiking trail get your walking shoes ready and “drag” your teen along or invite them for any type of scrimmage or fun activities from card game- to tossing the ball or kayaking.

    With the promise of Clear Skin

     Dr Agnes

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    <![CDATA[How do I get rid of my blackheads and whiteheads?]]> https://www.acnease.com/blog/acne-elimination-tips/how-do-i-get-rid-of-my-blackheads-and-whiteheads.htm -1how-do-i-get-rid-of-my-blackheads-and-whiteheads Sat, 02 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0400 Acne elimination tips Whiteheads and blackheads are actually the early stages of ACNE and may turn into full blown blemishes and even inflammatory cysts if not treated.

    White heads and black heads are collectively known as comedones. Blackheads and white heads are both filled with sebum and dead skin cells, creating the ideal environment for bacteria to grow. The difference between blackheads and whiteheads is the oxidation of melanin (the pigment in skin) which mixes with the trapped sebum in the pores and turns black.  If the pore is open and the melanin exposed the appearance at the surface of the skin is seen as “blackheads”.  If the opening of the pore is closed melanin is not oxidized and the filled pore appears on the surface of the skin as a “white head”.


    Acne Vulgaris (Closed Comedo) aka“whiteheads”

    • The local inflammatory core is below the surface of the skin
    • Pimples forming at the base of a pore can take 2 weeks to reach the surface
    • Recommended Treatment: AcnEase Moderate Regimen ( Treats and Prevents) with mild topical disinfectant such as which hazel. Do NOT use harsh topical agents as they will only increase production of sebum.



    Acne Vulgaris (Open Comedo) aka“Blackhead”

    • Pore is Dilated
    • Dark Color is not Dirt but oxidized melanin
    • Can Persist for long time
    • Skin Treatment can hasten repair
    • Standard Treatment : AcnEase Moderate Regimen plus topical Agent like Which Hazel or home made chamomile astringent. Keep skin clean but do not over dry.


    Normal and healthy Skin

    WHAT DOES NOT HELP to get rid of whiteheads and blackheads

    1. As whiteheads and blackheads are annoying and unsightly we need to be mindful to not exacerbate the situation with wrong “skin moves”
    2. Popping and squeezing whiteheads and blackheads is NOT recommended, and may lead to infection and acne scars, The only practical way to deal with whiteheads and blackheads is PREVENTION of their formation. Prevention in this case means using an efficient acne treatment that actually helps to regulate sebum secretion and a consistent, effective cleaning method.
    3. Beware of products that are highly drying to your skin. We often think that more is better. This is NOT always true and in particular it applies while caring for your skin. Our skin is “smart” so if we use a very drying product such as salicylic acid or alcohol-based cleaners the skin will “think” it needs to protect itself against dryness and will respond by producing even MORE sebum not less.  
    4. For the same reason do not over slough your skin and /or exfoliate. Use mild exfoliation agents that are not abrasive to your skin.  Over exfoliation may cause infection if you damage the skin.
    5. Do Not leave your skin un-moisturized – dry dead skin flakes clog the pores further causing the formation of comedones.

    WHAT DOES HELP to get rid of whiteheads and blackheads

    1. Properly clean your face twice daily, with mild cleanser  (Don't scrub your face.  This creates more oil, and may also cause skin damage that allows bacteria to access deeper layers of the skin, which is exactly what you don't want)
    2. If you use makeup, use a non-comedogenic product and always wash your face properly at night
    3. Use Non Comedogenic, non-oily moisturizer twice daily. (Link to Rejuvel3D)
    4. If you notice blackheads or whiteheads becoming inflamed, apply a small amount of topical antibiotic like Neosporin (on a q-tip) twice a day and use DIY chamomile astringent daily.
    5. In addition to addressing your acne problem with the right cleansing and skincare , you should PREVENT acne from forming using the right treatment that regulates sebum over secretion – the ONLY way to address the cause of acne.  LINK TO ACNEASE SYSTEM
    6. Use this comedone fighting skin mask which helps to dissolve the sebum accumulated in your skin pores. It can be used twice a week. Do not use if you have open cysts.

    Comedone Fighting Skin Mask

    Ingredients

    • 1 egg white
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 2 tablespoons high quality extra virgin olive oil (or olive nectar)
    • 1 small peeled papaya or 2 thick slices of a large peeled papaya
    • ½ teaspoon of baking soda

    Instructions

    Mix all ingredients in a blender on a low speed until creamy. Massage on a clean face with your fingers in circular motion with moderate (not high) pressure for about 30 seconds. Leave on for twenty minutes, and then rinse with lukewarm water. 

    “With a promise of clear skin”

     Dr. Agnes

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    <![CDATA[Practical tips that help keeping acne under control]]> https://www.acnease.com/blog/tips-keeping-acne-under-control.htm -1tips-keeping-acne-under-control Sun, 27 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0400 Acne-Friendly Exercise

    Quick and strenuous exercises are all the rage right now, but these types of exercises, along with too many hours spent in the gym or on the track, may not be the best option for those with acne. Instead, if you have acne-prone skin, you'll do better with moderate exercise as part of a healthy, less stressful lifestyle.

    Exercise, especially intense exercise, is known to stimulate production of testosterone in both women and men. This will help you to build lean muscle mass, but it may also overstimulate your sebaceous glands, which can result in the overproduction of sebum and more clogged pores, leading to more acne breakouts. So the trick is to find a healthy balance between exercising enough to help your body destress and oxygenate, but not so much in a way that may promote inflammation and hormonal imbalances, which may lead to a worsening of your acne.

    1. Yoga

    Yoga is perfect for de-stressing because it is both exercise and meditation. People have been practicing yoga and reaping its long list of mental and physical benefits for thousands of years.

    There are many styles of yoga, including the intense "hot" yoga, which causes profuse sweating and is quite popular right now. A good style of yoga for those with acne-prone skin might be Sivananda, which is gentle, holistic, and focuses on breathing, meditation, and relaxation.

    2. Pilates

    Pilates is a group of exercises that helps you to condition your body in way that enables toning, strength building (especially core strength), flexibility, balance, and body realignment. There are five principles of Pilates: breath, concentration, flow, control, and precision. In practicing Pilates, you will learn to put these principles into practice both during exercise and in your everyday life.

    3. Qigong

    Qigong, too, is a meditative practice that has been around for thousands of years. It focuses on the mind-body connection and will help you to take control of your physical, mental and emotional health. It focuses on aligning breathing, movement, and awareness.


    Probably the best way to get acquainted with the above forms of exercise is taking a few classes. There are also free resources online that may help you take advantage of those exercise styles. And if you're convinced you'll never be able to fit exercise into your busy schedule, try waking up a little earlier and getting it done first thing in the morning. This is a great way to start your morning off right and to feel strong and stress-free the rest of the day.

    And here's a tip that will go a long way in helping you with your acne when exercising: always exercise without makeup and shower immediately after working out. Use mild cleanser, do not rub or squeeze your pimples, and moisturize after showering with a light, non-comedogenic moisturizer. 

    Remember that moderate exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle that, for those with acne, includes treating acne from the inside.


    Is Gluten Bad For Acne

    We're here to set the record straight. For those that do not have a gluten allergy called celiac disease, or gluten sensitivity, products containing gluten will NOT exasperate their acne problem.  

    Remember, diet does not cause acne, but exacerbates it.  To keep your body and skin healthy, a diet rich in probiotic bacteria and low in processed foods (including sugar and saturated fats) is your skin's friend, and acne’s enemy.

    Why Back Acne is Hard to Get Rid Of

    The skin on the back is thicker than anywhere else on the body and contains many sebaceous glands situated just below the surface of the skin. Sebaceous glands continuously produce and secrete skin oil (sebum) through the openings (pores) in the skin. When too much sebum is produced, pores and hair follicles become clogged and together with dirt and bacteria, you have a recipe for acne.

    Factors that over stimulate sebaceous glands may be different including internal imbalance or hormonal fluctuations due to puberty or heavy exercise, which induces extra male hormones called androgens and affects both males and females.

    Since back acne is not only hard to treat, but also hard to reach to improve the condition of back acne, back acne treatment requires more time and disciplined regimen to see improvement.

    The deep inflammation on the back may lead to cysts, which are the worst form of acne and carry the possibility of permanent scarring. With back acne, if the extra sebum breaks through the skin. it causes a whitehead, and if the head of the infection becomes dark due to the skin pigment melanin, it is called a blackhead.

    Back acne may be found on the back and even on the buttocks of some people. It can be a severe form when the lesions are large and painful. As with much acne, the exact cause of back acne is also not known.

    It may be just a coincidence or may be caused by external irritants such as tight clothing or a heavy backpack. It is not possible to keep the area of back and buttocks untouched because we all must sit down or carry things around.

    How to Eliminate Back Acne Long-Term

    The most effective way to treat acne is from the inside out by preventing it from coming again and to treat the current symptoms.  With AcnEase, users show visible improvement after 6 -8 weeks. Some individuals with chronic and severe back acne may have to use AcnEase for up to three months – it doesn’t start over night, so won’t go away overnight – however, achieving the amazing results will be well worth the wait.

    Wash the affected area gently with a mild cleanser and let the skin dry. A non-harsh disinfectant such as witch hazel can also be used sparingly and on a small surface. Do not rub it over the entire back. You can apply a moisturizer if needed.

    Try to wear loose clothing made of material that isn’t harsh (like wool), and don’t carry a backpack for the time being!

    Quick Tips for Exercise & Body Acne

    If you have acne prone skin, or acne symptoms, you need to take more precautions when you exercise. Here are few quick tips for all exercise aficionados to help fighting body acne for the neck, back, chest, arms, thighs and buttocks:

    • After exercising, make sure your skin is cleaned from sweat and dirt, but avoid drying soaps and harsh agents
    • Use mild soap or moisturizing non-oily body wash
    • Do not rub the skin too harshly (micro abrasions are a great route for bacteria to get in!) - splash the skin
    • PAT when drying the skin
    • Use warm, not hot, water. Remember - if you strip your skin from too many oils, your skin will respond in producing more, not less. So keep a healthy balance.
    • Exercise without makeup
    • Drink plenty of water after you exercise
    • Use an aloe vera gel to keep your skin moist after washing

    Special Compress to Calm and Smooth Your Skin

    •  Mix dried or fresh herbs:  Sage and Chamomile or Rosemary and Chamomile.
    • Make a strong tea using 2 tablespoons of dried herbs or two handfuls of fresh herbs and drop into a pint of hot water. Cover it.  Allow the tea to infuse for 30 minutes, and then strain.  Saturate a folded cotton cloth with the tea.  Ring out the excess tea, then place it over the blemished skin for 2 minutes.  Repeat several times.  The last time lay down for 10 minutes with the moist cloth on your face. Remove the cloth, and pat dry your skin; do not rub.

    Body Acne Soothing Oil

    For extra care, try making this soothing oil in the comfort of your own home.

    Ingredients: 

    • 2 teaspoons olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon calendula oil
    • 1 teaspoon almond oil
    • 2 drops tea tree oil
    • drop lavender oil
    • 1 drop chamomile oil

    Directions:

    Blend all the oils together and keep in a dark glass bottle. Massage daily  over all the body acne areas (chest, back, arms, etc.). If your skin is sensitive, dry or normal, use some witch hazel or aloe vera gel (both can be bought in drugstores and natural food stores).   You may use them alternatively - do not mix them - they both have similar antibacterial and soothing properties.  The gel contains a hormone that accelerates wound healing and has mild antiseptic and antibiotic qualities, which helps to control the bacteria on the skin surface.


    Super-Rejuvenating Herbal Bath that Prevents Breakouts

    This super-rejuvenating bath uses a powerful combination of herbs and essential oils that relax and sooth the nervous system, easing menta land emotional strain.  And the warm moisture derived from the mixture cleans the pores and moisturizes the skin in order to keep the skin clean and prevent breakouts.  

    What to do:

    Add 5-10 drops of essential oil(s) to the water.  The larger the tub, use closer to 10 drops.  The water should be warm, not hot, comfortable enough to submerge your body.  I want you to feel as much relaxation as possible, but please watch that you don't nod off or fall asleep!  Relax in the bath for 10-30 minutes depending on the time you have.  Repeat weekly. 

    What you will need:

    - 1 or 2 essential oils (any combination of lavender, thyme, chamomile and/or lime flowers) - bath tub full of water (not hot, warm) weekly. 

    So get ready to de-stress, keep your skin looking great long-term 

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    <![CDATA[Fall Skincare Tips for Acne]]> https://www.acnease.com/blog/fall-skincare-tips-for-acne.htm -1fall-skincare-tips-for-acne Tue, 10 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0400 This is a really exciting time of year for many - it’s the season of pumpkin spice and the lead up to the holiday period. However, as the temperatures begin to drop, it’s important to keep good skin habits for clear skin - the thing is, they might not necessarily be the same things as we’d do in the summer.

    In the summer, skin tends to be oilier as the weather is much more humid and not as cold. Adapting your skincare routine to colder, wetter weather ensures your skin stays clear all year round - these six fall skincare tips will help your skin all autumn long, and as well prepare your skin for your winter routine.

    Start Moisturising More

    Fall is usually one of the wettest seasons - most of us associate it with rainy weather and cozy time spent indoors. While this sounds romantic and perhaps better than dry winter cold for our skin, it’s actually equally as drying.

    The colder it gets as fall goes on, the more likely it is that we’ll be spending time indoors where it’s warmer and drier. While this means that in general, we’re more comfortable, it means that our skin isn’t. Dry environments can suck all the water out of the skin, especially if you use humectant ingredients like hyaluronic acid.

    However, this can be combated with the right types of moisturizers - look for non-comedogenic moisturizing creams which are designed not to clog pores, but still lock moisture into the skin. If you really need to, don’t be afraid to reapply if your skin still feels dry. You can also use a non-comedogenic occlusive on very dry spots of the face - just use it sparingly to avoid that heavy, greasy feeling that occlusives can have on the skin.

    Swap Clay Masks for Hydrating Masks

    I know, a clay mask is basically an acne-prone person’s best friend. However, using them during fall and winter could be doing your skin more harm than good. First off, cooler temperatures anecdotally impact oil production - if you’re oily-skinned, you might already notice that your skin is producing less oil. In that case, you won’t need to use a clay mask as frequently to manage your oil production.

    Secondly, clay masks can be too drying for colder fall weather. While they’re incredibly efficient at grabbing excess oil from skin, they can also grab essential water-based hydration away from the skin. Leaving your skin too dry in the winter could lead to another skin issue that causes even more acne - a damaged moisture barrier. When your moisture barrier is damaged, it’s not as effective at protecting your skin from outside irritants that could be causing acne.

    Instead of clay masks, opt for moisturizing wash off masks (many come in non-comedogenic gel formulas) and sheet masks to hydrate and replenish skin. Just one more skincare tip: if using wash-off masks, try to rinse using lukewarm (not hot) water. Using hot water can actually dry skin out in colder weather!

    Don’t Skip the Sunscreen

    Sunscreen is an all-year-round commitment! Some acne treatments actually make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so wearing sun protection is even more crucial. Our acne treatments don’t, but it’s still a good idea to wear sunscreen to protect your skin throughout the year.

    I know what you’re thinking - why does acne-prone skin need to wear sunscreen otherwise? Here’s the thing - it goes a long way towards reducing the intensity of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, aka the dark spots left behind by acne. Yes, you can use effective treatments to lighten these marks too - however, sunscreen speeds up the process.

    UVA Rays darken and damage the new skin, making these spots look darker and last for longer than if the new skin wasn’t protected with sunscreen. These UVA rays can still penetrate cloud cover - so even on rainy days, they could be damaging your skin. So even on cloudy fall days, it’s important to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen that’s at least SPF30. Formulas these days are much more lightweight and less comedogenic than they used to be, too, so it’s easy to find a great facial sunscreen.

    Run a Humidifier

    Cooler temperatures mean that we’re starting to run indoor heating - and this is the same kind of dry heat that can suck all the moisture out of the skin. If you’ve ever noticed that your skin starts to change in the fall, this is probably why. Other than changing the skincare you use, it’s also a great idea to try and influence your environment for better skin.

    One of the easiest ways to do this is to run a humidifier - this ensures that your environment isn’t too dry, causing excessive trans-epidermal water loss which leads to dry skin in the fall. Even just running it overnight as you sleep will help your skin retain hydration during the day time.

    Use Hydrating Skincare

    While a thicker moisturizer is a great place to start when it comes to stopping water loss in the skin, you can actually get a boost out of it by using hydrating serums and toners beforehand. Look for products that have hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and polyglutamic acid. These are all humectant ingredients (that won’t clog pores) that help to hydrate skin.

    It’s important that you lock them in with your moisturizer, though - humectants can make skin drier than before if the external environment is too dry. However, when used correctly, humectants are a great tool in your skincare routine to preventing dry skin during fall and winter.

    Don’t Exfoliate as Frequently

    Exfoliation is a great technique to use on the skin to manage breakouts. Exfoliation gets rid of excess dead skin cells that clog pores, as well as encourages cell turnover. However, in this process, exfoliation itself can also encourage dryness in the skin.

    However, that doesn’t mean that you need to stop exfoliating - full stop. It’s probably just a good idea to stop exfoliating as frequently to prevent excessive water loss in the skin, which could lead to a damaged moisture barrier and an increase in acne.

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