Along with the
excitement of being pregnant means many changes in your body. One of
them is a dramatic increase in hormone production, especially sex
hormones such as androgens (testosterone), estrogen and progesterone.
These are among the most potent stimulators of sebaceous glands. The
overproduction of sebum (skin oil) by sebaceous glands is the first step
in acne forming. The accumulated sebum together with bacteria, dead
skin cells and dirt will lead to inflammation and infection manifesting
itself as pimples, cysts, and in milder cases whiteheads and blackheads.
The fact is that more than 1 in 2 women will develop acne during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester.
The problem is how to manage acne during the pregnancy while ensuring
the safety of baby and mother, and to help the woman to feel the best
she can during this very important period of her life. After all, a
happy mommy is the best mommy.
Below is some important information on what to avoid, and what you can actually do to safely manage your acne during pregnancy.
We do everything
we can to keep our skin healthy. We change our skincare routines to suit
the season, we try to eliminate any ingredients that may be harming our
skin. We eat seasonal, organic, acne-friendly foods and remain dedicated to our acne treatment regimen.
But sometimes, mother nature throws us a loop. Sometimes, the mild
winter weather our skin was doing just fine in is suddenly arctic and
unrelenting--and that takes its toll on our skin. Traveling from a cold
destination to a warm destination can take the same toll.
So how do we keep our skin healthy during these crazy temperatures?
Not everyone wants overpriced roses and fancy dinner dates for
Valentine's Day. So if you find yourself looking for a different way to
celebrate YOU on Valentine's Day this year, consider throwing a mini spa
party for yourself and even your friends! Also be sure to check out our
other Valentine's Day articles for some healthy treat ideas and skin-friendly cocktail recipes!
Having acne-prone skin doesn't mean having to miss out on all the
fun of either celebrating or not celebrating Valentine's Day! You can
still enjoy yourself and enjoy a cocktail right alongside your friends
without exacerbating your acne.
You might be wondering what sort of cocktail you could sample (of
course, if you are 21 years old or older and... in moderation) that
won't give you sugar overload and negatively affect your skin. Try these
2 amazing cocktail recipes - your friends won't believe how healthy and
skin-friendly they are!
When we think of
Valentine's Day, we usually think of candy hearts and boxes of chocolate
from friends and loved ones. And for those of us with acne, we think
about how eating all of this extra sugar may wreak havoc on our skin. Need some V-Day ideas your skin will love? We've got you covered!
1. Handmade Valentines
Feeling loved and loving others is a surefire way to boost your mood. A happy person
is one less likely to fall prey to stress, which can exacerbate acne.
So spread the love this Valentine's Day with handmade valentines. Taking
the time to craft a heartfelt message to your loved ones will remind
you how happy you make each other, and your skin will glow with
knowledge that powerful.
You want to throw a rocking Super Bowl party--what you don't want to do
is ruin the fun by chowing down on foods that may sabotage all your
progress to get acne-free. Luckily, there are easy ways to turn your
Super Bowl Sunday skin-friendly without ruining the fun.
1. Make it from scratch
You know that pizza you
were planning to pick up from the local takeout? Oh, and that
store-bought guacamole? Forget about them and make your own. We know
you're busy, but think of how much better you'll feel knowing you're
munching on the healthiest, most nutrient-dense pizza and guacamole
Toss your own whole
wheat pizza dough into a thin crust. To keep the sugar to a minimum,
skip the tomato sauce and top with a variety of fresh, organic,
veggies--tomatoes, peppers, spinach, squash, you name it--and a sprinkle
of organic cheese. Bake and slice into small, finger-food-sized squares
and share with your friends.
Lots of people are drinking fruit and vegetable juices these days that they actually extract themselves to be sure they get the freshest ingredients. So you might be wondering, how beneficial is it for the health of acne-prone skin? Is it the right option for me?
1. What goes into your juicer makes a difference
Some of the fruits and vegetables that you'll find at your local markets can actually help to heal, cleanse and nourish your skin from within. However, you don't want to get too excited and start throwing any fruit or vegetable you can find into your juicer. Some fruits may be better for your acne-prone skin than others. For example, if you have found in the past that you don't handle apples well, then you probably shouldn't throw them into the mix: juicing fruits or vegetables that aren't right for YOUR BODY won't magically make them good for you.
Using phytoestrogen-containing products to alleviate acne may not be as safe as you think
A common assumption amongst many is to believe that just because something is nature made
means that it is completely safe. This my friends cannot be further
from the truth. There are many natural substances that may have a
specific - but when taken in higher doses, mixed with other ingredients,
or abused, they may not bring any benefits and may even be unhealthy or
dangerous for you.
Okay, let's be
honest: we may have succumbed to temptation (some more, some less) over
the holidays, and now we need a decisive action to repair potential
damage we did to our regimen for acne-free skin.
Follow these 3 essential steps to get back on track. The best scenario
involves combining all 3 steps in a 3-day super detox. If you cannot do
it all together however, do it in 2 or 3 consecutive
3-Day Easy & Healthy Cleansing:
Eat 1/2 of your normal food portions.
Drink twice as much water or mint or chamomile tea as you usually drink.
We love myths. Our
love of myths is the reason we populated Mount Olympus and the surrounding
rivers and forests and even the seas of Greece, with a wonderful plethora of
gods which survived thousands of years in literature, poetry and even common
language. Actually, every culture has a similar collection of great, creative,
But when we start
transferring our weakness for myths from love and war stories to such important
areas as health and make them into a pseudoscience, we have a problem.
I want to address one
of those myths, a myth
about testosterone-creating or testosterone-mimicking foods and plants that
make women break-out in acne.
It's natural to
want to spice up your look for new year's, but it's important that you
do it in a way that will not make your acne worse or impede the healing
effects of your acne treatment.
1. The basics
Both women and men
should look for non-comedogenic (non-pore-clogging) foundations and
concealers if they want to cover up their acne or any marks and scars.
Make sure your makeup does not contain any of the following comedogenic oils
It can be tough to
eat right for your acne-prone skin around the holidays, especially if
you're surrounded by family recipes that aren't exactly acne-friendly.
The best solution for you and your skin is to prepare a few dishes that
are acne-friendly and that everyone can enjoy. Here are some
acne-friendly recipes to get you started:
1. The main dish
Choose one of the following meats that are great for acne-prone skin. Always look for wild-caught when it comes to fish.
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.
The holiday season
is a time for beauty but also for stress and cutting corners on proper
skincare, eating habits, and a healthy lifestyle (including getting
regular sleep and exercise). It's no surprise that this is the time for
acne to flare up.
So to make it up to your skin for slacking in these areas, here's a 12-day guide to keeping breakouts away:
Clean and exfoliate naturally
Before exfoliating naturally with a papaya mask,
try holding your face over a sink full of steaming hot water for a few
minutes. This will open your pores and prep the skin for effective but