Posts Tagged ‘Acne’

Acne Awareness Month: Are you taking the right steps?

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

June is Acne Awareness Month and as Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States it is important to give this matter some attention.  If left untreated, acne can create further complications such as scarring, hyperpigmentation and can lead to low self-esteem and often times, depression.

Here are some ways to help treat this condition if you find it to be an issue.

Educate Yourself: Try to figure out your acne triggers and determine if it is stress/diet/etc. Once you can determine the cause of your acne, the quicker you can find the best treatments.

Diet: Make sure you are eating a healthy diet as this can have a big effect on the appearance and condition of your skin. “You are what you eat” and your skin will prove it. If you need some guidance on what foods to cut out, check out this acne diet for better skin. Also, make sure you wash your hands after eating to avoid touching your face with greasy or oily fingers.

Acknowledge Your Skin Type: Make sure you are using the right kinds of products for your type of skin. You may need to switch to oil-free or non-comedegenic makeup and moisturizers that won’t clog pores.  If your skin is super oily, try using blotting papers throughout the day to absorb the oil, remove impurities and balance skin tone.

Hygiene: Create a beauty routine and stick to it. Wash your face both morning and night and apply the appropriate products for both. Most likely you should be using different products at night than you do for your morning routine, and of course NO MAKEUP should be used at night time. Clean your makeup brushes on a regular basis. Along with brushes, you need to consider all of the other things that touch your face and make sure you are keeping a clean environment. Wash your pillow cases/sheets weekly and clean your phone regularly with anti-bacterial wipes.

Do you have any tips/tricks on how you treat acne symptoms? Share them with us!

The Healthy Skin Benefits of Ginger

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Flickr Source: ShellyCakes

With all the sweets the holidays have to bring, Ginger in particular, is an ingredient used in many iconic recipes. Gingerbread, Gingerbread men, Gingerbread houses, Ginger snap Cookies, Gingerbread latte’s and (I’ll stop there). Wouldn’t it be great if you could sneak a few healthy skin benefits into eating a soft, spicy Gingerbread man? Well, allow me to make you feel better about yourself for eating those delicious Ginger snacks this holiday (I just had one). I’ll share with you some healthy skin benefits of Ginger (which is used in some form for most of the above mentioned goodies).

Ginger has over 400 chemically active ingredients and is a good source of potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper and vitamin B6. It is an antioxidant, which means it inhibits harmful free radicals that cause aging skin and skin damage. Its potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols, promote smoothness and an evened skin tone. Externally, Ginger works magic on the skin increasing radiance and decreasing inflammation that may contribute to conditions such as acne & psoriasis.

Ginger is a miracle plant that brings health to the skin. It cleans and kills acne-causing bacteria while making the skin smooth, supple and light. It is energizing, improves circulation and has the ability to lighten age spots while acting as an energy booster in aromatherapy and spa treatments.

Now that you know a few of the healthy skin benefits that Ginger can bring to you, check out these great ways to use Ginger in skincare.

And of course a recipe to eat!

Happy Holidays!

Beauty is in Order!

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

The question of order often arises in one’s skin care regime and could possibly be one of the most confusing subjects in all of skin care. It is important to note that everyone’s skin responds differently to different treatments and there is no order of skin care application that is going to be perfect for everyone. When using multiple skin care products, the decision of what order to apply them is greatly based on your own personal preference, but a general rule of thumb is to apply your products from thinnest to thickest or lightest to heaviest based on the vehicle your products are in.

All skin care products consist of an active ingredient, which is then dissolved in a lotion or cream or an ointment, which is considered the ‘vehicle’. Skin care products that are lighter, such as moisturizers and serums, should be applied first, while heavier creams would be second and heaviest, like ointments would be applied last. This is how your skin can get the benefits of all the products and all the active ingredients.

The order of operations for beauty begins with cleansing, then exfoliating, toning, serum, moisturizer, sunscreen and makeup. Be sure to stop and allow your serums to penetrate before applying another product. If you put the heavy product on first then the light product is not able to penetrate through to your skin. However, if you apply the light ingredients first, then the heavier ones will be able to penetrate through and be absorbed into your skin. It is important to note that anything medicated or prescription-strength (like acne or rash cream) should go on first, after cleansing and toning. Medicated products need to go on next to your skin so they are most efficient. Following the correct skin care sequence will allow your beauty products to work optimally. Your skin will be clean, hydrated and protected to make you look your best.

At night, just repeat the steps, except for makeup and sunscreen and stay beautiful!

Love Your Decolletage: Bust Your Way Out of Acne

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Flickr Source: SeanLaRue11

June is Acne Awareness Month, celebrating solutions for the most common skin disorder in the United States. Nearly 80% of people will experience some form of acne during their lifetimes. The chest, along with the face and back, are the most common areas for acne to develop. Chest acne is just another form that can be caused from several factors including: hormonal imbalance, high levels of stress, tight fitting clothes, pollution, medications and sadly, genes.

Recently I have become somewhat obsessed with my décolletage when it comes to caring for the skin. I have always heard people say “you can hide your age on your face, but the neck and chest reveals the truth.”  Having smooth skin on the chest and neck area tends to become more of a struggle as we get older. Not only do we have to be sure to wear sunscreen to prevent wrinkles and aging skin, but rashes and acne break-outs put a damper in sporting our favorite tops and dresses and it requires much needed attention especially during the summer months.

Although we can cover it up if needed, Chest acne can be embarrassing to deal with. Who doesn’t want to feel confident and sexy when they wear that low neck-line? Before you throw away those low neck lines and sexy strapless tops and dresses, consider the causes of chest acne and determine the things you can do to treat and prevent it.

Here are some suggestions to help keep chest acne at bay:

Don’t use excessive amounts of products

Be aware of the products/items that you put on your body such as lotions/deodorants/body powders etc. as too much of a product can often times clog pores causing a rash or breakout.

Don’t pick

It may give you a sense of instant gratification, but don’t fool yourself, picking at a pimple is never a good thing. Not only does it irritate the skin but it can cause infection and scarring. Try to keep your hands off the infected area as much as possible and wash your hands frequently.

Use antibacterial soap/gel geared toward acne

Avoid using a loofa or sponge when you wash the affected area, as the harsh material can often irritate the skin. You should also apply a cream or gel after cleaning the area. Something with benzoyl peroxide is good for acne or if you want to go the natural route, make a lotion by mixing rose water and lemon in equal quantities and apply it over the acne. Glytone Back/Chest acne spray is a good item to use with 2% salicylic acid for controlling acne.

Avoid Tight Clothing

Tight clothing can irritate the skin and can also cause chaffing and inflammation. Cotton is the best fabric you can wear because it is light and breathable.

Good Hygiene

Good hygiene and utilizing the right products with the right ingredients for your skin type are very important for preventing acne. Remember to always wash acne prone areas immediately after excessive sweating. DermStore esthetician Jenna Kulp suggests that you also change your pillowcase and sheets at least 2-3 times a week so you’re not sleeping in a breeding ground for bacteria.

Bare your décolletage this summer and feel good doing it. Say hello to v-necks and goodbye to chest acne. Caring for your skin and using the right products will make a big difference in keeping your acne at bay.

Exercise Your Way to Healthy Glowing Skin

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Did you know that exercise is not only one of the best ways to shed excess fat and keep the extra weight off but it also slows down the aging process that naturally occurs in the human body? Exercise should be considered an important part of any skin care regimen, improving your overall skin health and quality. It plays a big role in how young and healthy your skin looks and feels.

Flickr source: Method Fitness

Increase Circulation

Exercise increases circulation and delivery of nutrients to the skin cells. It gets the blood flowing, and that increased blood flow carries more oxygen and nutrients to the skin that improve skin health, supporting all the effort you make with other skin care products and moisturizers on the skin’s surface.

Reduce Acne and Stress

Exercise will get the body moving and will therefore create sweat. Think sweat is a bad thing? Sweating helps the body to eliminate dirt and oil which is similar to getting a facial. It can help to keep your pores cleaned out and help remove harmful chemicals that are stored deep in them. According to experts, exercise can prevent the development of acne because it helps control stress hormones that trigger acne in the first place. People who are prone to stress related spots and pimples will find that when they adopt an exercise program, the overall benefits will be a clearer complexion as the pores become unclogged due to the increase in sweat produced. If you find you have aggrevated breakouts when you exercise you do need to discover the source. Exercise related acne is most often triggered by something you put on your body rather than something you do with it.

Improved Collagen Production

Another benefit of exercise is improved collagen production.This helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and keeps your skin looking younger. It can help prevent the early signs of aging such as skin sagging and wrinkling. That means by exercising regularly, you can be sure to have healthy and beautiful skin at all times.

Exercise is one of the best anti-aging practices that you can apply. You don’t necessarily need to register to the nearest gym. For people who are only getting started, a quick jog around a few blocks or a 30-minute walk in the park can go a long way when it comes to anti-aging efforts and your health. Simply set aside a few minutes of your time each day for some physical activities and exercise. In the end, you will realize how such simple activity can actually boost not just your health in general but also your skin tone and overall complexion.