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Exfoliation – A Key to Healthy Looking Skin?

Exfoliation is often recommended for bright and healthy skin. But should acne sufferers exfoliate?

It’s important to follow a good skincare routine. Many people make exfoliation a part of their regular routine. There are some great benefits of exfoliating the face. By exfoliating your skin, you’ll slough away dull-looking skin and reveal more vibrant and healthy looking skin. You’ll find that some people say that acne sufferers shouldn’t exfoliate and you’ll find proponents of exfoliation as an important part of an acne fighting regimen.

What should you do about exfoliation and acne? Here’s some food for thought:

  • There are several kinds of exfoliants on the market.  Some are better for acne sufferers than others. Physical exfoliants, like commercial scrubs or tools that have a sandpaper quality can buff away dead skin but this can aggravate acne, especially the inflamed and swollen type. But there are chemical exfoliants as well, in acne skincare products, which help you shed dead skin without having to rub at it. Some of these chemical exfoliation products include chemical peels or alpha hydroxy acid or glycolic acid creams. Some of them can provide quite dramatic results in clearing up the skin and even in lessening the look of acne scars. The products vary greatly in cost. Because some are strong you may not be able to use them too often. Some other daily chemical exfoliants are gentle enough that they can be used regularly.
  • Acne sufferers may have fewer breakouts with exfoliation.  Many people who have problems with acne benefit from help removing dead skin and the result could be that your pores don’t get as clogged. You could see fewer whiteheads and blackheads as well as fewer pimples.
  • Caution! Some prescription medications (topical and oral) advise against exfoliating products. If you are taking any prescription medications, particularly ones for acne, be sure to investigate whether or not it’s inadvisable to exfoliate.  Accutane is one example of an acne drug that has this caution.
  • Tip: If you do exfoliate, be sure to moisturise your skin after the fact. Many chemical products leave your skin quite dry.
  • Note: After exfoliation, be sure that you also remember to stay out of direct sunlight and / or wear sunscreen because your skin can be extra sensitive to the sun’s rays now that you’ve removed several layers of it.
  • Be careful not to exfoliate too often. Some products recommend specific schedules so ensure you don’t over-exfoliate or you could end up with raw and highly irritated skin.
  • It’s wise to try a new product for the first time when you don’t have any pressing engagements planned. There was once an episode of Sex and the City where the character Samantha Jones had a chemical peel gone wrong before a big PR event. Her skin was angry looking and sore and had to be hidden behind a veil. Of course this is television but it’s not too far from the truth for some women. Consider trying a product that promises to be gentle for your very first time so you can see how your skin reacts and consider doing it on a Friday night before a weekend where you can stay home and recover if necessary.
  • Consider looking up acne exfoliation product reviews to get some recommendations if you want to give this a try.

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Choosing the Right Cosmetics for Problem Skin

If you’ve got sensitive or acne-prone skin and you’re a female, cosmetics can be a problem. You make-up could be making things worse. Many of us use cosmetics to cover up blemishes, too. It’s a tricky balance! Read on for some tips for choosing the right cosmetics for your skin:

Avoid Oil Based Make-Up

If your foundation is oil based, this can clog your pores. Not all oil-based products will clog pores but it’s often the culprit. Look for non-comedogenic products if you have particularly sensitive skin. There are many great water-based cosmetics out there.

Is Your Blush or Lipstick a Culprit?

Blush seems very light, compared to liquid or pastes but it, too, can cause clogged pores. It could take some investigation and trial and error to find blushes and shadows that don’t irritate your skin.

Lipstick can be very greasy and if you’re breaking out close to your lips, it may be a sign that the brand you’re using could be disagreeing with your skin.

Mineral Make-Up and Acne

Does mineral make-up help you avoid acne breakouts? It can. It can contain a lot of natural ingredients and typically doesn’t contain parabens, which many people prefer, but not everyone agrees on which is best or whether it’s preferable over liquid foundation. If you’re interested in trying it, research various options to help you decide which one to use and see how it works for you. Prices can vary greatly.

Some say that mineral make-up collect in your pores and doesn’t give you the same flawless finish as a liquid make-up. Various elements will factor into play for whether or not mineral make-up is the right solution for you, such as: the condition of your complexion, the colour of your skin, whether you have wrinkles or scars, whether you’re looking for a natural look or not, etc.

Be Wary of Hair Products, Too!

Many hair products, such as glosses and varnishes can contain substances that will irritate the skin. Be wary of the hair products you use, especially if you have a fringe and find that your forehead is susceptible to breakouts.

What about Cosmetics that Help Your Skin?

Certain cosmetics will suggest that they offer benefits, such as sun protection, anti-aging properties, and ingredients to promote skin clarity. It could be helpful to experiment with these products to see how they work for you. Many cosmetic companies will offer trial sizes to let you test drive one of these products.

How’s Your Skincare Regimen and Are You Using Dirty Brushes?

Regardless of the lengths you go through to choose the right make-up that will be less likely to irritate your skin and cause breakouts, it’s important to always remember to wash that make-up off every night and to avoid using dirty brushes or sponges. If your blush brush or your powder puff isn’t changed regularly, then you’re going to face breakouts as a result.

Covering Up Blemishes

Despite your best efforts, zits and blackheads will turn up from time to time. Some products are great at helping you draw attention away from a blemish, too. Be careful, though, because some efforts to hide a zit actually make it stand out like a sore thumb! In our next post, we’ll cover tips for hiding pimples so please consider subscribing to Acne Information so you’ll be notified of future posts.

 

Daily Regiment for Healthy Skin

No one wants to be haunted by acne troubles at any point in their lives. Whether you are a teenager or an adult, acne can chip away at your confidence on a daily basis, creating a divide between the face that you expect to see in the mirror and what is actually there. While there are numerous treatment regiments that are very effective in combating acne, there are also small things that can be included in your daily routine that can be quite effective in preventing or treating this ailment.

The first step towards a healthy skin routine is washing your face before bed at night. During the day a large amount of natural oils along with dirt and toxins from the environment around you get caught in the pores on your face. When these pores get clogged with this debris, inflammation often occurs leaving us with the unfavorable symptoms of acne; red swollen pimples, dry and damaged patches on your skin, whiteheads, and blackheads. The condition itself can be quite uncomfortable, but the worst aspect for most people who suffer from acne is the social stigma. They often feel that they are looked down upon, as if they are unclean or unhealthy. Washing your face at the end of the day clears out all of the messes that cause these afflictions, and can go a long way towards improving your skin health. For those with excessively oily skin it might be beneficial to wash their faces in the morning as well.

A good daily regiment starts with a good cleanser. There are usually cleansers designed to cater to the different skin types. Those with dry skin should use a cleanser that is meant to moisturize while cleansing. Those with oily skin would benefit from something slightly different. A toner can also be used, and should be applied after cleansing.

Those people with dry skin might benefit greatly from using olive oil as a natural moisturizer that can be applied after the cleanser. You only need to use a small amount, a few drops will do, and the best part is that it is all natural with no side effects. It is also an item that most people have sitting around the house as well, making it that much more convenient.

Finally, diet can go a long way toward healthy skin. Proper hydration is essential. Drinking 6 bottles of water each day will have immediate results in making your skin look healthier, and will benefit the rest of your body at the same time. You should avoid smoking cigarettes as well as these leave a wide array of toxins on your face. Coffee and alcohol should be generally avoided as well.  Most important is to eat naturally. That means less fried or processed foods, more fresh fruits and vegetables, and organic meats. With all of these things combined, you will have a great head start towards healthier looking skin.

How to Prevent Acne Scars

Acne can affect anyone at any stage of life. The majority of the world’s population will have suffered from some kind of acne outbreak during the course of their lives and will probably suffer again. Acne usually presents as pimples on the skins surface but can sometimes appear as rashes or blemishes and, in some cases can leave scars on the skin for many years to come.

Acne scars are often seen as ‘craters’ in the skin and can cause depressions and unevenness which will remain on the skin for many years or even for ever. If you can control outbreaks of acne and treat any pimples in a quick and effective way then you will stand a much better chance of preventing any unsightly scars from occurring in the future.

There are many ways in which you can prevent acne scars from occurring by complying to some simple guidelines, should an outbreak occur. The first thing that you should try to avoid is the urge to squeeze or ‘pop’ and pimples that appear. This can cause breakages on the skin that will then develop into scars. Another thing to avoid will be scratching. Acne outbreaks can often be uncomfortable and cause itchiness, by avoiding this habit, you will dramatically lower the amounts of scars left on your skin from acne.

Another reason that it is a good idea to reduce the effects of acne scars from the earliest stage is the psychological effects they can leave, long after the acne has disappeared. For many young people, having a bad case of acne can be a very traumatic experience. During the teenage years, when peer pressures are high and the need for acceptance is rife,  any feature that is deemed ‘unattractive’ or ‘’different’ often encourages cases of teasing and bullying. This can often leave a lot of mental scars on people can be a very difficult stage of life to get through, if they are reminded of these times every day when they look in the mirror and see physical scarring, it is often much harder to get over and forget the bad memories of their youth.

Using gentle and natural products on your skin will also reduce the number of allergic reactions and harsh treatments that can adversely affect your skin. Before using any product you should always so a skin test on a different part of your body to check your skins sensitivity to that particular product. In this way you can prevent any surprise outbreaks from new products which you may start using.

Once you have found a product you are happy with and you know is safe to use on your skin, you should try to remain with that product rather than changing regularly. A natural and sensitive product will be the best choice for most people and keeping your skin clean and healthy is the best advice you can take to prevent any further acne outbreaks and possibly scarring. Remember that natural products have fewer chemicals in them and will generally react in a healthier and clean way with our skin. Once you have a routine set up with works for you, keep to it and care for your skin, not just topically, but through diet and exercise as well. This will ensure you have clean, smooth and flawless skin that remains acne and scar free.

 

How Exercise Can Help Reduce and Prevent Outbreaks of Acne

Nutrition and exercise will always be advised to people as positive lifestyle changes that will benefit your health in numerous ways. Everyone will have been told at some time in their life to eat a better diet, drink more water, exercise more or try to relax and reduce stress. These are all very distinct lifestyles that can affect our health in dramatic ways.

Our skin is an organ, as acne can be treated from within, as well as through the use of topical creams and beauty product. By drinking plenty of water and eating a healthy diet we can flush out the toxins in our systems and help to keep our skin clear, radiant and acne free. As well as paying attention to what we put into our bodies, we should also pay close attention to the physical condition of them. By adding some basic exercise into our daily lives, we can benefit our health in a whole host of different ways. We can help prevent and treat symptoms of acne through exercise, when combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle.

When we exercise on a regular basis, our blood starts to travel around the body in a better and more efficient manner. The blood is one of the body’s main transport systems and by working in a more quick and efficient manner it is able to rid the body of toxins and distribute oxygen around the body in a more effective and resourceful way. As your body begins to filter these toxins out of your body quicker, it reduces build ups of bacteria and harmful germs which can cause outbreaks of disease and problems with the skin. By keeping the blood clean and the system efficient we can reduce the number of blemishes and keep our skin glowing and clear at all times.

This can be achieved through simple exercise on a regular basis and does not to be a major fitness plan with daily gym sessions and weight lifting. By simply adding a 30 minute walk to your regime three times a week you will see the benefits to your skin. Walking, swimming, cycling and any other cardio vascular aerobic workouts are going to help create a strong and healthy heart which can keep the bodily systems working to a greater standard.

Acne can affect us throughout our entire lives and it is always important to maintain a healthy lifestyle at all times. By adding a more nutritious and varied diet to our regular routine, as well as a regime of physical activity and exercise, you can help to reduce and prevent outbreaks of acne throughout your life. Exercise will also help to keep your systems in optimum working order and your body will become healthier and fitter. These are all factors which will help you to maintain a more active, enjoyable and happy future with a better overall sense of wellbeing.

Why Does Acne Increase the Chances of Developing MRSA?

Living with acne can be a difficult experience.  There a certain amount of embarrassment that is common in those that suffer with this frequent skin ailment, but what most people that have acne are not aware of is the increased susceptibility that they have for picking up one of the most deadly skin infections, MRSA.

What is MRSA?

MRSA is an abbreviation for Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus.  This particular strain of the genus, Staphylococcus (Staph) is resistant to many of the most powerful antibiotics available.  Because this strain of Staph is so severe and needs stronger antibiotics to treat it, the best possible way to treat it is to avoid it altogether.  People with acne who think that they have a Staph infection should seek medical attention immediately before it progresses into a more dangerous situation.

Why are People with Acne More Prone to MRSA?

People who have acne already have a compromised immune system, but not in the common way that most people think.  The skin is the first line of defense against foreign invaders.  When the skin is compromised by pimples, acne, or cuts and scrapes, that line of defense is broken down.  This allows these foreign invaders to penetrate the skin’s natural defensive barrier and allows the Staph bacteria to reach the deep layers of the skin.

Because acne results from clogged pores in the skin, it is possible that Staph that frequently inhabits the skin could be trapped in these pores.  Bacteria need a few certain things in order to grow and multiply, such as warmth, humidity, and nutrition.  All of these things can be found in clogged pores making acne a prime skin issue which promotes Staph infections.

What are the symptoms of a Staph Infection?

Patients who develop a MRSA infection will usually follow the same process in their illness.  A cut or scratch on the skin will develop a small pustule.  After a couple of days, the area will become inflamed, red, warm to the touch, and may start to ooze pus or tissue fluid.  The person may start to develop a fever  and  may have flu-like symptoms.

Treatment for MRSA

Patients who are diagnosed by a licensed health care provider will be put on very strong antibiotics.  If the infection is not deemed severe, an oral antibiotic given daily over a couple of weeks will be all that is necessary to treat the infection.  For more severe infections, a trip to the emergency room or a stay in the hospital may be required for intravenous antibiotics.  Anyone who also displays flu-like symptoms or fever may also be asked to report to the ER for emergency care.

How can Spreading MRSA be Avoided?

MRSA is spread in a way that is similar to how a person catches the common cold virus.  Once someone that is infected touches a surface or the skin of a healthy individual, the recipient of the Staph has a much higher chance of developing the infection, especially if the recipient is already has a weakened immune system or a break in the skin.  The easiest way to avoid picking up the Staph bacteria is to wash hands frequently and clean off commonly used surfaces like cell phones, exercise equipment and door knobs on a regular basis.  Also, avoid touching the face or popping blemishes.  Any time the skin is further compromised by picking at it, the chances of developing an infection increase.

Anyone who is concerned about picking up an infection with MRSA should consult a licensed health care provider for more information.  The provider will discuss how using proper hygiene, frequent hand washing, and steering clear of popping or picking blemishes will reduce the chances of developing a MRSA infection.