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[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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    <![CDATA[4 Easy Steps In Natural Skin Regime]]> https://www.acnease.com/blog/4-easy-steps-natural-skin-regime.htm -14-easy-steps-natural-skin-regime Mon, 17 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0400 Love Your Skin Again

    As we love summer- summer often does NOT love our skin. Fresh air and fresh fruits are certainly good for us but the healthiest sun-kissed look really comes from the bottle not the beach.

    Acne prone skin is not an exception and requires a special attention by the end of the summer and in the Fall since summer sun, salty water and outdoor fun may actually require you to apply extra moisture to your skin WITHOUT clogging your pores and exasperating your acne symptoms.

    Try this simple 4 Steps Skin Rejuvenation Regimen and get your Fall Acne Skin in shape.

    Step 1 - Steaming

    Steaming is essential for blemished skin to increase circulation, improve the flow of oils and promote the elimination of toxins. Moisture hydrates the skin and encourages cellular rejuvenation. Be careful not to burn the skin and choose from any of the following herbs to prepare a decongestant steam:

    • Echinacea (cleans and detoxifies)
    • Lavender (calms and moisturizes)
    • Elderflower (moisturizes)
    • Chamomile ( natural antiseptic, calms and soothes)
    • Place a handful of fresh or 2 tablespoons of dried herbs in a bowl
    • Pour over the herbs 1 liter (2 Quarts) of boiling pure spring water.
    • Cover your head with a towel and steam for 5-10 minutes.
    • Do not put your face too close to the hot surface and remove the towel immediately if you feel any burning sensation.

    When finished - drink at least one full glass of water (8oz) to replace lost fluids.

    Avoid steaming if you suffer with Rosacea or if your skin is aggravated by hot humid climates.

    For total body skin care prepare a warm bath using the herbal extract listed above. Add 5-6 generous handfuls of herbs to a bath tub of water. Try to immerse your back and chest in the water for 10-15 minutes.

    Use once a week.

    Step 2 - Herbal Compress

    For blemished skin use cool to tepid compresses to calm inflammation and to soothe your skin. Mix together any two or more dried or fresh herbs:

    • Sage or
    • Chamomile or
    • Marigold, or
    • Rosemary
    • Make a strong tea using 2 tablespoons of dried herb or two handfuls of fresh herbs and cover with a pint of hot water.
    • Allow the tea to infuse for 30 minutes then strain.
    • Saturate a folded cloth with the tea, ring out the excess tea, then place over the blemished skin for 2 minutes.
    • Repeat several times. The infusion will be warm temperature or lightly warm- do not heat it.
    • Use every day. When the skin improves use every other day and for the up-keep once or twice a week.

    Step 3 - Scented Milk Cleanser

    Blemished skin should be cleansed daily with gentle ingredients that do not irritate. A good cleansing routine is essential to clear away excess oil and impurities.

    • 1 tablespoon of dried herbs
    • 280ml fresh organic 2% or 4% milk
    • For the dried herbs use any combination of Marshmallow root, Yarrow, Mint and Lime flowers.
    • Place the herbs and milk in a saucepan and allow steeping for one hour, next warm gently for 10 minutes.
    • Leave to cool and then strain. Add a drop of rose oil. Keep in refrigerator and the cleanser will last for 4 days.
    • Use daily.

    Step 4 - Trust AcnEase®

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    <![CDATA[AcnEase® Your Ticket To Clear Skin For Women and Men, Teens and Adults]]> https://www.acnease.com/blog/acnease-your-ticket-clear-skin-women-and-men-teens-and-adults.htm -1acnease-your-ticket-clear-skin-women-and-men-teens-and-adults Thu, 06 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0400 The AcnEase® Advantage

    What is it?

    AcnEase® is a clinically validated Botanical Therapeutics® acne treatment that not only breaks the cycle of acne, but also ELIMINATES and PREVENTS acne from the inside out. A “better than natural” trade secret blend of the highest quality grade herbs, AcnEase proprietary ingredients restore the balance disrupted by the factors that cause acne and return the sebaceous glands to a balanced state so they produce a normal amount of sebum (skin oil).

    With recommended use, the ingredients in AcnEase® will make problem skin clearer and healthier with less blackheads, whiteheads, and redness. AcnEase® has a 96% success rate and a money back guarantee, is completely safe to take, and is offered in mild, moderate, or severe treatments. Treatment is recommended for a minimum of one month depending on the severity of acne, yet some people start to see results in 7-10 days.

    AcnEase® works for 99.99% of women with hormonal acne, 95% of women with adult acne, 85% of men with adult and body acne, and 95% of teenagers.

    How It Works

    Acne is an external manifestation of an internal disorder. AcnEase® works to restore the natural internal balance that is disrupted by endocrine changes, environmental factors, certain medications, mental tension, stress, and diet. AcnEase® doesn’t simply treat the external symptoms of the disease, but addresses the underlying, internal causes of acne and other skin related problems (such as Rosacea) from the inside.

    Why AcnEase®?

    • Natural Acne Treatment that eliminates and prevents acne
    • Success rate of more than 96%
    • Results seen within 7-10 days (results may vary)
    • Restores the internal balance needed to return sebaceous glands to their normal activity
    • Removes the underlying causes of OILY SKIN and ACNE
    • No chemicals, no sun restrictions, no side-effects, no aging, drying or irritating the skin
    • 100% all-botanical, clinically tested for safety and efficacy
    • Formulated with a trade secret protected blend of the highest quality herbal extracts
    • Ratio of ingredients, selection of herbs and extraction method make AcnEase® a premium natural acne treatment 100% made in the USA
    • For men, women, and teens of all ages
    • For light and dark complexions - and anyone in between
    • No phytoestrogens
    • Gluten and Lactose free
    • Cost-effective
    • Safe and easy for self-medication. No third party (doctor, beautician, store, etc. exposure)

    Who Will Benefit from AcnEase®?

    • Teens with adolescent acne on the face and body
    • Adults (women and men) with:
      • Hormonal Acne
      • Menopausal Acne (women only)
      • Chronic Acne
      • Acne aggravated by spicy and greasy food, smoking, stress, consumption of alcohol or other medicines
      • Facial & Body Acne
      • Cystic Acne
    • Individuals with darker complexions who cannot use topical products that cause skin discolorations
    • Those with Oily Skin and Hair
    • Pregnant and lactating women
    • Male and Female athletes with severe body acne
    • People with acne who are lactose intolerant
    • Vegetarians and vegans
    • Individuals living in an environment with intense sun exposure
    • Those presently taking products containing:
      • salicylic acid (FDA Cancer warning)
      • retinoids (serious side effect and premature aging)
      • antibiotics (FDA warnings/off label use, excessive photo - sensitivity premature aging, skin irritation, possibly skin cancer
      • oral contraceptives (not recommended to teens and men, FDA warning /OFF label use, number of side effects)

    What should I expect?

    Acne will significantly improve or disappear after a full course of therapy is completed. The initial minimum recommended course of treatment is 1 month. Results may be seen within 2 weeks.

    For those with chronic (two years or more) and/or severe skin problems or body acne, the treatment may be extended to 2-6 months to obtain the best results. A small percent of individuals may need to keep using AcnEase long term. After the necessary course of treatment has been completed, some people decide to go on a maintenance regimen of 3 tablets, 2 times/day to ensure clear skin. The use of a maintenance dose has been demonstrated to limit the recurrence of acne.

    Results from Using AcnEase®:

    • Acne breakouts will stop
    • Cysts and pustules will heal
    • Oily skin will balance, with a much more matte appearance
    • Acne scars and marks (discolorations) will fade
    • Prevents formation of can scars
    • Black and whiteheads will significantly diminish
    • Symptoms of Rosacea will ease, and for some individuals, completely disappear

    Additional Benefits Obtained by the Regular Use of AcnEase®:

    • Old acne scars and marks will improve
    • The skin will look tighter, healthier, clearer, and more radiant
    • Gastric reflux and “heart burn” in most patients will subside
    • Hair quality will improve and, if there was previous hair loss due to the over-production of androgen, future hair loss will be minimal
    • Dry and over greasy hair will regain balance and return to healthy levels
    • For those who smoke, the skin will clear and regain a healthy appearance
    • In general, the skin will look and feel healthier
    • Provides pain relief for cystic acne and eliminates the need for surgery or steroid injections
    • Convenient vitamin-like small tablets suitable for all ages, skin tones, and severity of acne
    • Relief for rosacea-related facial flushing due to dilated blood vessels
    • Eliminates skin sensitivity and outbreaks due to Rosacea
    • Alleviates eye irritation and gastric reflux symptoms secondary to rosacea

    Acne treatments currently on the market do not prevent new acne from forming. They focus solely on symptoms.

    Antibacterial therapy focuses only on one aspect of acne – infection - and can result in the development of resistant strains of bacteria. In addition, antibiotic treatment has sun restrictions.

    Many topical treatments irritate and discolor the skin.

    Oral contraceptives (Diane 35) taken to treat acne can have contraindications and severe side effects, plus they do not provide an option for the growing number of men suffering from acne.

    The only other systemic acne treatment – Accutane /Roaccutane – has been withdrawn from the market due to severe side effects. Generic forms of Accutane – isotretinoin – are still on the market but can cause the same very severe adverse side effects. AcnEase® eliminates these drawbacks.

    “AcnEase® is effective because it treats the causes of acne, not just the symptoms,” said Dr. Agnes P. Olszewski, CEO and Chairwoman for Herborium Group. “A primary cause of acne is an overproduction of sebum (skin oil) by sebaceous glands, which blocks the pores and provides a fertile ground for bacteria to develop, leading to localized inflammation and in chronic cases scarring – it’s a vicious cycle. AcnEase® breaks the acne cycle, using a proprietary herbal formulation to restore balance and skin health. It works for people who suffer from acne of any type, at any age, regardless of skin color and complexion.”

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    <![CDATA[Super Simple Tips to Save Your Skin from Post-Workout Acne]]> https://www.acnease.com/blog/super-simple-tips-to-save-your-skin.htm -1super-simple-tips-to-save-your-skin Mon, 27 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0400 Though exercise is good for your weight, agility, stamina, cardio, and managing stress, it can also carry some unexpected and not very pleasant effects.

    However, if we know what these side-effects are and learn how to control or prevent them, we can fully enjoy benefits of all form of exercising.

    What we must first understand is this: exercise stimulates production of testosterone in both women and men. While testosterone offers more stamina and a more muscled body, it is also a major stimulator of sebaceous glands, which produce sebum (skin oil). Overproduction of sebum leads to oily skin and hair and furthermore may initiate acne cascade…no matter your gender, body type, or age.

    Exercise also increases blood flow to the skin. This increased blood flow causes the pores to open, trapping makeup, skin products, sweat, and bacteria in the open and enlarged pores. Over time, this leads to clogged pores and acne.

    Exercising can create the perfect conditions for acne-causing bacteria and yeast to thrive, causing more frequent breakouts. Following some simple tips can help stop breakouts before they start.

    Keep your skin clean and dry.

    Use natural medications that control bacteria and balance skin oil production.

    10 tips that will keep your skin healthy after exercise

    To prevent post-workout acne, use these tips to keep your skin as in-shape as your body:

    1. Remove makeup and topical skin products prior to your workout.

    During exercise, there’s increased blood flow to the skin. This increased blood flow causes the pores to open. Makeup can cause sweat and bacteria to become trapped in the enlarged pores. Over time, this can lead to clogged pores and acne.

    2. If your hair is long, pull it back and off your face.

    Natural oils from your hair and hair care products can be transferred to your skin. Hair can also trap moisture on your skin. This can clog pores and encourage fungal growth, contributing to breakouts.

    3. Wipe down any shared or personal exercise equipment prior to use.

    This is an important precaution for preventing the spread of Covid -19, but also will keep your skin healthier.

    Workout equipment includes headphones and any sports equipment that touches your face, such as helmets or googles. Cleaning the equipment will remove oil, dirt, and bacteria that contribute to breakouts.

    4. Avoid touching your face with your hands.

    Any bacteria, oils, or dirt that you’ve touched can transfer to your skin, contributing to clogged pores and infections.

    5. Drink plenty of water.

    Water is an effective way to help flush toxins from your system, allowing your internal, acne-fighting abilities to operate more effectively.

    6. Wear loose, moisture-wicking clothes.

    Sweaty, tight-fighting clothes trap moisture next to your skin, creating the perfect environment for acne flares.

    Additionally, a type of yeast called Malassezia, which is commonly found on the skin, thrives in the warm, moist conditions created by your workout clothes. When this yeast overgrows on your skin, it can cause a type of fungal acne infection. This type of acne is often misdiagnosed as bacterial acne, leading to improper treatment. Skin breakouts due to yeast overgrowth require oral antifungal medications.

    7. Change out of sweaty clothes as soon as possible.

    Though it may be tempting to wear your old gym shirt, it’s important to properly wash your workout clothes before wearing them again. Pore-clogging oils and dirt can get trapped in the material and transfer to your skin the next time you work out.

    8. Shower immediately after your workout.

    If possible, shower immediately after your workout to remove any sweat, oil, dirt, and bacteria that may have accumulated. Use mild cleansers to avoid over-drying or irritating your skin. Using more harsh cleansers causes your skin to produce more, not less oil (sebum).

    It is also better to use warm and long streams of water versus very hot steam, to avoid stressing and over-drying the skin.

    If it isn’t possible to shower after your workout, at a bare minimum you should wash your face.

    9. Use non-comedogenic moisturizers on your face and body.

    Your skin needs moisture to keep young and supple but also to avoid over-shedding the dead skin cells that clog pores.

    Moisturizers should be free of oils, heavy perfumes, lanolin, and other heavy ingredients.

    If you’d like to exfoliate, do so in the shower no more than once a week. If your skin is sensitive, only exfoliate once every two weeks. Do NOT over-exfoliate as it may injure the skin and make it susceptible to infection.

    10. Use an all-natural, over-the-counter botanical therapeutic to control sebum production and kill bacteria that causes acne and, as a result, PREVENT acne from coming or getting exasperated by your exercise routine. 

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    <![CDATA[Why Taking Care of Your Skin With Nowhere to Go?]]> https://www.acnease.com/blog/why-taking-care-your-skin-nowhere-to-go.htm -1why-taking-care-your-skin-nowhere-to-go Wed, 20 May 2020 00:00:00 -0400 Staying at home or having limited direct social interactions during and post pandemic time has caused many people to change their skin-care routines and forget about proper care 

    WE NEED TO RECLAIM OUR SKIN!

    It is not easy to keep caring about our skin if we feel no one will see us, if our routine is broken, when we feel lonely, depressed, un-productive, anxious about our future and striped from power to control our lives. In recent weeks, there is NO ONE who did NOT experienced at least one of those feelings at least once.

    But while a full make-up at 7:00 am may not be most important on your agenda today keeping up your normal skin routine and even enhancing it by few important and relevant changes is very important 

    WHY? Because: 

    1. We are actually seen - on social media, by our families, partners and roommates… even neighbors ( from 6 feet away you can still see zits pretty clearly), most importantly we are seen by - ourselves . All of those – including you – deserve to see the best of you, your normal you. YOU need it to stay motivated. 

    2. Dramatic skincare routine change and additional stress may, and most likely will exasperate your acne problem. More acne, especially non treated acne means more acne scars and marks ad those will stay far beyond the social distance time. So TREATMENT and PREVENTION remains the key 

    3. Some conditions imposed by coronavirus lifestyle can also hurt our skin in a more direct manner. If we do not get enough fresh air, if we stay in dry, indoor space – our skin will dry and age faster, if not exfoliated dry skin-flakes will clog the pores and initiate acne cascade 

    4. Finally – there is life after coronavirus. The life you crave and wait for, the life that may be more competitive (jobs) and more challenging (anxiety, fears, new challenges . The last thing you need that is to start yet another fight with your breakouts and comedones. USE ACNEASE regularly to PREVENT and TREAT Breakouts. It is natural, it is safe, it is effective and protective. Finally -it comes in a specially design bottle made of a special material that protects YOU as it insulates the pills from any contamination 

    So help you to feel better, to make other feel better and to be ready to face your life again- FIGHT FOR YOUR BEAUTIFUL SKIN AGAIN 

    How to Boost Your Skin Health at Home

    Fortunately, there are ways to keep the skin on your face and body from turning into zit domain or desert landscape. 

    1. Keep your cleaning routine . Exfoliate once a week. If you run out of your regular products use natural one. Mix a hip teaspoon of sugar or coconut sugar with few drops of lemon juice and a tablespoon of olive oil. Use as an exfoliator in soft round motions. Rinse well; pat dry. Enjoy once a week 

    2. Use natural cleansing mask such as papaya pulp (delicately massage 2 tablespoons of fresh papaya pulp into your skin for 30 seconds; live on for 10 min, rinse well, pat dry) Enjoy every other week. 

    3. Use moisturizing creams (keep away from heavy and oily once) to keep skin plump. Look for non-comedogenic moisturizers with ceramides—which are already part of your skin’s layers but can reduce with aging and dryness. Ceramides are often paired with other hydrating ingredients such as colloidal oatmeal and shea butter, which help to “lock in” moisture without too much oil residues. 

    4. Once a week treat yourself to home spa. After the shower put a double layer of lotion or cream on still moist skin and leave until absorbed or at least for 15-20 min. Delicately wipe out the surplice. 

    5. If you walk, run or exercise outside do NOT touch your face until you come back home and wash your hands very well. Wear the mask if you expect to meet someone on your path 

    If you wear the mask regularly- remember as it is an important part of our new normal it also creates additional challenge to your skin. The purpose of the mask is not to protect you, but to protect other people from you. Masks must be kept clean (reusable masks if not properly clean may cause infection and breakouts). More on skincare and mask in a next newsletter….

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    <![CDATA[7 Tips to Keep Clear Skin While Protecting Yourself From Coronavirus (COVID-19)]]> https://www.acnease.com/blog/tips-protecting-from-coronavirus.htm -1tips-protecting-from-coronavirus Sun, 15 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0400 In this time of concern and anxiety we want to assure you that Herborium and AcnEase Division is following strategies and measures recommended by US Center of Disease Control ( CDC) . In addition, please note that AcnEase and Rejuvel D are manufactured in the USA in FDA complaint facilities, and that ordering on line is the safest  way to shop at this time.

    The tips below should help you to maintain clear skin while mitigating the risk of infection with Covid-19

    1. Wash your hands as often as you can and REFRAIN from touching your face

    2. If you must to touch your face – you must wash your hands FIRST.

    3.  If you wear protective gloves to conduct your life outside home- NEVER touch your face withgloves until you just freshly put them on and did not touch anything at all. Remember - when you wear gloves to the store or work, elevator or post office you still need to disinfect your car steering wheel that you touched with your gloves.
      TAKE YOUR GLOVES OFF PROPERLY:
      Pull it out while at the same time turning it insight out: please note -your glove insight is clean, why the outside may be contaminated so reversing the sites puts the dirty side safely in the glove until properly disposed. NEVER reuse the gloves.

    4. If you wear the protective mask – use lightest moisturizer possible and use it sparsely. Try do NOT use makeup. Mask will make your breath to heat up all those products ingredients.  Why in a liquid form they have a larger chance to clog your pores and instigate acne cascade. Try to wash your face upon removal of the mask. REMEMBER to wash your hands FIRST!

    5. Disinfect your phone at least twice a day. It touches your face quite often.

    6. Disinfect your remote, mouse blue tooth at least once a day.

    7. DO NOT – share any skincare products, beauty tools or cosmetics. Do NOT try them at the stores or malls.  You never know who touched them before.

    Use AcnEase REGULARLY- Do NOT DISRUPT your Regimen and you will DISRUPT your progress.  


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    <![CDATA[Spring is here. Renewing and maintaining skin health]]> https://www.acnease.com/blog/renewing-and-maintaining-skin-health.htm -1renewing-and-maintaining-skin-health Wed, 04 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0400 Spring is here. Summer is coming. The seasons where heat and humidity can play havoc on oily and acne prone skins.  Our skin is the largest organ of the body and is composed of many components – water, lipids and proteins. The top layer of the skin, the one that you see, plays a vital role in your health. It protects our insides from germs and infections. It regulates body temperature, maintains water and electrolyte balance, and helps us sense pleasure and pain. The body’s largest organ is always working for you. Growing new skin cells. Shedding old ones. Did you know that your skin renews itself around every 28 days? Always a non-stop effort to protect you from the outside world. But without proper skin care and a healthy diet, skin problems can occur.

    Acne Prone and Oily Skin

    There are many treatments that can help with acne prone skin. Which one is best is greatly dependent on the type, from mild to chronic. But if you have clear skin and just want to maintain it, then there are many options out there that have helped many. First is know the skin types, and whether it is seasonal. Spring/Summer is where heat and humidity can play havoc, oily skin is common, so having a lighter moisturiser and cleanser, can maintain a good Summer skin. Dryer skins are common in Winter, which is where a thicker moisturiser may be required. So what to do now once your skin is clearer, but still oily, have a skin care routine that can be renewing and maintaining skin health.

    Skin Care Routine

    Skin Care is as important as brushing your teeth. Skin is dealing with the outside world on a day-to-day basis. It deals with heat, cold, pollution, sun exposure, and sweat. So inconjunction with AcnEase’s maintenance program -  a simple skin care routine can help through the Spring/Summer season.

    Cleansing

    Cleansing with a face wash that has botanicals, including Aloe Vera, can help. Some herbal cleansers feature Willow Bark, which is a natural astringent. It can naturally exfoliate dead skin cells and unblocking of the pores. Pick a cleanser with Salicylic and Beta Hydroxy Acid. These compounds are from fruits and plants (including the humble Willow Bark). After cleaning morning and night, next is the Toner.

    Toner

    The Toner is used as a gateway to maintaining skin health as it wipes away any residue of the cleanser, or it goes deeper inside the pores, so the skin is ready for the moisturizer. Some people skip the Toner, as some face cleansers have this built in. The toner should be alcohol free as it can dry the skin out. If you are wanting to save money, the best toner is Witch Hazel. An astringent that is cleansing and gets right down to the pores to further cleanse.

    Moisturizing

    The Moisturizer is used for protection of the skin. It is used to maintain skin health, even if oily or acne prone. There are light moisturizers that are beneficial for Spring Summer. The thicker ones are better for Winter. Moisturizers on the market now often have anti-ageing claims. They have added ingredients, like collagen and retinol that are to help the skin keep and gain elasticity. That’s what moisturizers can be used for. To maintain healthy skin, or to stop the ageing of the skin.

    Masks

    Once or twice a week, a simple face mask is beneficial to maintaining skin health for those who have oily or acne prone skins. Many now include Green Clay, to cleanse impurities out from the pores. To create a clearer skin. Charcoal has been used for a quick exfoliation. Some face cleansers also have included this ingredient. Using a face mask is a successful way for clear and clean skin.

    And Don’t Forget…

    As Spring is here, and Summer around the corner, don’t forget the Sunscreen.


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    <![CDATA[Foods to Avoid for Acne (and What to Eat Instead!)]]> https://www.acnease.com/blog/acne-elimination-tips/foods-avoid-acne-what-eat-istead.htm -1foods-avoid-acne-what-eat-istead Mon, 27 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0400 Acne elimination tips There's no denying that what we eat influences our skin. So if you're using all the right products but your skin doesn't ever seem to clear up, it's probably a good idea to take a look at what you're eating. But how do we know what to eat for the results that we want? Is it really as easy as eating our way to clear skin? Well, yes and no. I know what you’re thinking—what is this article even going to be about? The fact is, there isn't clear research out there that without-a-doubt says "this food contributes to acne!". However, some connections are being looked into to establish a relationship (or the absence of one.)

    Most of these foods were first identified by anecdotal evidence—that is, people noticing that whenever they ate this specific food, their breakouts seemed to get worse. So what exactly are the current foods (and drinks!) that we think causes acne?

    1. Dairy Products

    Dairy is perhaps the number one food group that is accused of causing acne. Why? Well, there’s actually more than one hypothesis for why dairy is supposedly linked to acne. The first is that dairy cows are sometimes given extra hormones to increase their milk supply. It’s thought that these hormones make their way into the milk and when you consume the milk, it’s breakout city. Another idea is that it doesn’t even have to be added hormones—the naturally-occurring hormones in milk could possibly be causing hormonal imbalance, creating acne.

    1. Alcohol

    Alcohol has a huge effect on skin—the most noticeable is how dry your skin might be after a few drinks or even the morning after a night out. Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it begins to dehydrate you—and your skin. If your skin is dehydrated for long enough, it's more vulnerable to the environment and any acne-causing bacteria on it. Alcohol can also be responsible for extra inflammation in skin—basically, that's increased redness, or in some people could even cause a rosacea flare-up.   

    1. Fast Food

    Here are the numbers—a study found that teenagers who ate a high-fat, mainly fast-food diet had a 43% greater chance of developing acne than those who didn't. Multiple studies are associating fast food with greater chances of acne, but the relationship is actually still unclear. Is it the grease? Ingredients used? More research needs to be done, but that doesn't mean fast food has the all-clear. It's best to avoid it for the sake of your overall health—not just your skin! 

    1. Sugars & Refined Carbs

    In case you’re not sure what types of foods this includes, it’s basically everything made of white flour (pasta, bread, noodles), white rice, and obviously anything that contains a lot of sugar. This includes all kinds of fizzy drinks, sweets, and lollies—and you might be noticing chocolate bars are a double no-no, since they’re sugary and dairy products. So, what is the issue with sugar and acne?

    It has to do with blood sugar and insulin. When you consume sugar, it's very easily absorbed as a source of energy into the bloodstream, raising blood sugar levels. As blood sugar levels rise, insulin levels rise to ensure that the sugar makes it to where it's needed in the cells. The thing is, high insulin levels stimulate acne-causing hormones, aka androgens by producing Insulin Growth Factor (aka IGF-1). This hormone is specifically linked to increased sebum production and therefore acne.

    Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Wait, how am I supposed to know if any of these are breaking me out?”

    The answer is super simple—keep a food journal. Write down everything you eat, and make a note of your skin that day. It can be as easy as taking a selfie but noting any breakouts on your skin in your journal fine too. As long as you're recording your skin somehow, either is ok. The point is to help establish a pattern of what does and what doesn't affect your skin. Experiment with cutting out food groups, too—so for example, avoiding dairy for two weeks and recording the results could let you know for sure if it's an acne trigger food for you.

    But, what can you eat for healthy skin? Like with finding out what food doesn’t work for you, journaling while eating better food for your skin can really help you understand how to have beautiful skin from the inside out.

    Foods rich in antioxidants work to protect your skin from the inside out. Fruits and vegetables are a great source of natural antioxidants, especially ones rich in Vitamin C such as kiwifruit, blueberries, and most citrus fruits. Green tea is another great natural source of antioxidants—so opt for a cup of tea instead of coffee for healthier skin. Antioxidants may potentially support collagen production, ensuring that skin looks youthful, starting from within.

    Another category to focus on are foods rich in good fats, aka omega-3s. Omega-3s are essential fatty acids that benefit the whole body, not just the skin! A great source of omega-3s is oily fish, such as salmon and sardines. Another great source of omega-3s is walnuts and chia seeds. Omega-3s also have potent anti-inflammatory effects, and some early studies have shown a link between omega-3 supplementation and acne reduction—but of course, more research is needed.

    The last (and one of the best!) things you can do is stay hydrated! And this doesn’t mean drinking as much water as you can in a day—you can ‘eat’ a lot of water through eating the right fruits and vegetables. Watermelon is a great, healthy snack that hydrates at the same time. Grapes are also full of water, but also have natural polyphenols that help to make your skin glow from within.

    At the end of the day, eating well is going to benefit more than just your skin—your whole body will thank you! However, that’s not to say that eating well does nothing—it’s a great foundation to ensure that your skin is going to be clear and healthy, all starting from the inside out.

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