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When most people think of treating acne, zapping away oil and dirt with a medicated cleanser is usually the first thing that comes to mind, but unless you have something working from within, chances are those pimples will return in no time.
Spring has been well under
way for a few weeks now, but even if you’ve already cleaned your house and
home, there’s always time for a thorough skin cleansing ritual as well!
The formation of acne is usually attributed to either excessively oily or way-too-dry skin, but there’s another culprit that may be contributing to your symptoms - your hair or more precisely – your hair care routine.
Acne is a result of a hormonal imbalance, which can affect the function of the sebaceous glands, whose job it is to create sebum, (skin oil) which travels along the pores to hydrate and protect the skin on the surface. When too much sebum is produced, it clogs the pores. A mixure of the skin oil, dirt and dead skin cells invites bacteria to form, triggering an inflammatory response from the body. This response usually appears as red, swollen bumps known as pimples, a symptom of acne.
Washing acne-prone skin plays a big part in maintaining its health and happiness, but if you’re using products that don’t work with your particular skin or acne type, those twice-daily reprieves may be doing more harm than good.
With acne-prone skin, you wanted clear skin like yesterday. And you certainly don’t want to worry about whether or not your skin is going to look good or not for an upcoming special day. When many people look to rid their skin of acne, a topical wash, cream or spot treatment is usually the first thing they reach for.
A: Why is it that people often get a huge pimple
before a special event? We know there
are many potential causes that can exacerbate acne, and one that can do a
number on you is stress. The holidays
can be a great time, but also stressful…stress hormones can trigger excess
sebum and before you know it, you’ve got some nasty breakouts right before a
fun night out. Before your NYE party or any special event you are looking
forward to, it’s so important to add in a few important things you can do to
give your skin its best chance of shining!
A: It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but not for your skin unfortunately! Parties with sugary treats and alcohol, late nights, cold temperatures, drying winds and dry indoor heating systems can wreak havoc on your skin and call for some emergency updates in your skincare routine.
The best way to achieve glowing skin for the holidays is simple: keep it hydrated and exfoliated whenever you can. And don’t forget the old adage, “you are what you eat… and drink” as well!
And since many of our readers have severe acne, exfoliation needs to be done with extreme care or not at all until the major lesions and cysts heal. So keep reading and get glowing!
Now more than ever, people seem to be looking for safe, natural and effective ways to treat anything that ails them, from pain to digestive troubles to addressing their skincare needs, but how does a natural acne solution really work?
In order to understand how acne can be treated, it’s important to become familiar with how acne works in the first place. Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, and affects people of all ages. It is usually the result of a hormonal imbalance, which goes on to affect the sebaceous glands. These glands produce sebum, or oil, which travels along the hair follicle, or pore, to protect and nourish the skin. Some imbalanced hormones can trigger the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum than necessary, which become clogged within the pore on its way to the surface. When combined with dead skin cells, bacteria forms, which sparks an inflammatory reaction, resulting in symptoms called pimples.
Acne is a usually the result of a hormonal imbalance, which goes on to affect the sebaceous glands. These glands produce sebum, or oil, which travels along the hair follicle, or pore, to protect and nourish the skin. Some imbalanced hormones can trigger the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum than necessary, which becomes clogged within the pore on its way to the surface. When combined with dead skin cells, bacteria forms, which sparks an inflammatory reaction, resulting in symptoms called pimples.
If you have been dealing with acne for any amount of time, you probably feel like you’ve heard of, and tried, just about every tonic, treatment and remedy under the sun, but there’s one you probably haven’t heard much about, and it’s a dietary supplement worth knowing.
Brewer’s yeast is most known for it’s role in making beer, but did you know it can also work to help keep skin healthy and acne-free?
Acne is usually associated with being a teen “problem,” but did you know that the average age of someone with acne is 26?
If you’ve tried everything to treat your adult acne, or are just experiencing acne for the first time and want to avoid the guessing game, read on to learn what you’re working with, and how to really treat the problem.
When it comes to the benefits apple cider vinegar can have on acne-prone skin, the list is practically endless! It can naturally detoxify the body of harmful free radicals by flushing toxins from within, exfoliate dead skin cells on the surface, and contains manganese, which helps the body metabolize vitamins, and protects cells against damage caused by free radicals. Even digesting apple cider vinegar has its benefits, as the process produces malic acid, naturally rich in antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, which are all essential steps in fighting acne!
Adult acne can hit you like a train out of nowhere. Lots of people suffer from acne as adults, even if they had perfectly clear skin throughout their teenage years. Acne in younger people is, in a sense, easier to understand, because it is linked to hormonal changes and an excess of oil production from the sebaceous glands. Acne in adults is much more complicated because, yes even though it comes from a hormonal imbalance, there are more sources to contend with.
For anyone with acne, the universal
question still remains - how do I get rid of it?! We all want to get rid of our pesky pimples
ASAP, but in order to understand the best way to treat the problem, it’s
important to understand the cause of our concern.
The term acne is generally used to
describe those red or white swollen bumps that appear on our skin, but those
are actually just the symptoms of acne, which is technically a skin disease.
Usually caused by a hormonal imbalance, acne can affect anyone at any age,
though some people are more genetically
predisposed to experience acne than others. Acne can
appear in a variety of forms, from whiteheads to cysts, each requiring their
own level of care, and approach to treatment.