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the American Academy of Dermatology, the unpleasant and sometimes painful skin
breakouts of acne can affect 40 to 50 million Americans. Acne is most common in
teenagers, but it can affect people regardless of age. Hormonal acne is practically acne caused by hormonal
fluctuations. Acne can flare at any time, but people are particularly
susceptible to it during certain phases of life, including, and perhaps most
famously, during puberty and adolescence in general.
are too many factors to list that can derail your good intentions. Not
to mention that according to statistics, by February, the percentage of
people who stick with their new year's goals drops by 65%!
We're here to help you not be one of those people!
Our 5 Fool Proof Ways on How to Stick with Your Resolution to Become Acne-Free for GOOD
So how do you do this?
You must be realistic and honest with yourself. It's not easy to admit
that your problem is actually severe; on the other hand - when you're
tired of breakouts, you can be overly harsh assessing your condition as
severe when it really is mild or moderate.
As a general
rule, women's hormones tend to fluctuate more than men's, which helps explain
why acne in women tends to be less constant and more erratic than acne in men. More
than half of all adult women experience at least occasional breakouts. Approximately
60-70% of women battle with acne experience premenstrual flare-ups. Acne can
occur throughout a woman's adult life: in early adulthood, in the late twenties
and thirties, during pregnancy, and during menopause. While female adult acne
can be frustrating to deal with, it can be prevented and effectively treated.
If you have
adult acne and have fat around the middle i.e.: a large waist line or a big stomach, it could mean that you have a high insulin level — a symptom of pre-diabetes. Patients
who have diabetes and acne often have difficulty getting their acne under control
and in some cases, a bad case of acne can be one of the first visible signs of
developing diabetes. Because the high blood sugar levels found in diabetes also
have been implicated in acne formation, many clinicians are not surprised that
the two could be related.
people tend to confuse acne with cold sores. However, these are two different
skin disorders. Even though, both skin conditions share certain common symptoms
they have absolutely no similarity when it comes to causes and treatments. By closely observing the symptoms, you will
be able to distinguish between the two conditions. However, when doubt remains,
a visit to your dermatologist can lead to a proper diagnosis and a
recommendation for appropriate treatment. Cold sores and acne require different
treatments, and improper treatment can slow down healing.
During the winter, people typically experience
drier skin due to a number of factors, including cold and windy weather and
central heating. The exposure to drastic temperature changes tends to dry out
the skin. In some cases, these factors
may trigger the production of dry skin cells, which clog pores and lead to
breakouts. People who struggle with acne may experience breakouts more
frequently. Sufferers of eczema or rosacea may experience more intense symptoms
in dry and cold weather.
is prevalent among teenagers, adult men of all ages can also be plagued by this
skin disorder as well. Hormones appear to be the primary culprit in adult male
acne, which can be tough to treat. Hormonal imbalance is the main factor that
leads to acne. Hormonal acne affects 50% to women and 25% to men. Hormonal acne
in men can occur at any stage of life whether it is a teenager stage or adult
stage. However, the American Academy of Dermatology suggests that
dermatologists can clear almost any case of acne, even in an adult male, with
the treatments now available.
period marks the transition from child to teenager. Acne is which is normally prevalent
among teenagers is now affecting preteens as well. Acne in the preteen years
would once have been considered distinctly unusual and a cause for concern. In
fact, about 8 in 10 preteens and teens have acne, along with many adults. However,
the reduction over the past 50 years in the average age at which puberty occur
meaning that preteen acne is becoming increasingly common.
night sweats, and weight gain are all common symptoms of menopause. Acne can also occur among menopausal women as
well. No matter what age you are, when
you go through a hormonal change, the hormonal imbalance will result in acne.
According to the American
Academy of Dermatology, women in menopause are most likely to spot acne
blemishes near their chin, jaw, and mouth, but pimples can also appear on the
chest and back.
Wondering what to do next week with your pumpkins after Halloween is over? Save some for your face!
Ever feel like this? Loaded question, I know!
But little do many know that if stress is balanced with relaxation, then its negative effects may be diminished and a balance can be achieved. Really!
holidays are a time where many indulge in sugary things. From the
holiday parties to intimate gatherings, there is so much temptation that
it can sometimes be hard to avoid. But do know this! Sugar REALLY is
bad for your skin and may exacerbate acne as well. Many people wonder
why they can't break the cycle of acne - and this is one major cause.
is not just a part of cookies, candies, cakes or sodas, but it also can
be found in almost every food in your refrigerator from mayo to
Canadian bacon. The ingredient may not say "sugar", and be disguised as
corn syrup (or a word that ends with "syrup"), fructose, lactose (or a
word that ends in "ose"), fruit juice concentrate, sorbitol or xylitol.
When you combine their rather overwhelming presence with foods that
easily and rapidly convert into sugar like potatoes, pasta, crackers and
potato chips, your skin can continually have issues. Remember -
sugarplums should dance in the Nutcracker, not on your table!
this journey we've set out on to help you get clear skin for the
holidays, it's important to focus on the basics first, and to learn not
just what to do, but also what not to do.
1. Do NOT squeeze, pop, rub (vigorous exfoliation) the pimples - and do not let anyone do it for you!
important role of skin is PROTECTION. When you break or injure this
barrier, bacteria will hop in and create even more serious inflammation
and infection. In addition, this is how acne scars and marks are made!
are a number of herbs that are good for your skin. But when you suffer
from acne, good is not enough! You need SUPER herbs and skilled
preparation to get a true natural medicine that actually works.
To exemplify how complex the science of herbs is:
As wine grapes yield a
different quality and taste depending on where and how they are
harvested, the similar rule applies, and is even magnified, with herbs.
Different parts of the same herbs (leaves, root or stem) processed under
different temperatures, and the method of extraction, may provide for
totally different properties of a final product.
Cassandra Bankson, the teen whose makeup routine to cover up her acne-plagued skin made her into a YouTube sensation, started the next chapter of her life, landing a spot on the runway during New York Fashion Week. A confident Bankson walked the runway at the Stacey Igel's "Boy Meets Girl" show in New York City Wednesday night, proudly putting a past of being bullied for her acne-ridden skin behind her. "I'm a small town girl who sits in her living room and films videos all day and now...I'm in New YorkFashion Week," Bankson said backstage. "It's still a dream. I am so thankful." The 19-year-old first achieved Internet stardom after posting makeup tutorials on YouTube with her concealing tips, revealing how she covered her acne-ridden skin before heading out to face the world. In the videos, Bankson talks to her 45 million viewers, first in full makeup, ...
The first step in getting rid of acne scars and marks is to let the skin heal itself while new breakouts are prevented. Acne marks and scars are a result of deep lesions and repeated breakouts and can be prevented if acne symptoms are eliminated.
What to do about those persistent acne scars?
Persistent cysts and lesions that effect adult acne sufferers often leave behind long lasting marks in the form of acne scars, which represent post-inflammatory changes in the skin that are not easily reversed. Depending on the method you choose, acne scar treatment can be quite costly and occasionally even discomforting or painful.
The big challenge for Fall skin is to off-set the sun and wind exposure from the summer, and the stress of the changed life pace brought by the end of the vacation season, return to school and work and picking up old and new responsibilities. Here's a quick and easy all natural skin fixer that will help "abused" skin achieve a healthy glow.
Oats and oatmeal (not instant or sweetened, but whole grain, steel-cut oats!) are credited with many things. They are an excellent source of fiber, ...
As I mentioned yesterday in Part I of this end-of-summer treatment, your skin has had sun and wind overload for the past 2-3 months, so it really needs some extra TLC now, ...
As the summer comes to an end, it's time to give your skin some extra TLC. Think about it. With all the fun-in-the-sun that you've had, your skin has had a little too much sun and wind exposure which causes more dryness, dark spots and possibly even more trouble with acne due to excessive sweating and mixing make-up with certain sun protection products. Since we are almost at the end of the summer, let's help your skin contain the possible damage that occurred over the past 2-3 months with a juicy treat!
With the summer coming to an end, if you're like me, you take full advantage of the local farm markets and their amazing bounty. Did you know that some of the fruits and vegetables that you find at these markets actually heal, cleanse and nourish your skin from within? Oh yes my friend!
Since acne is an external manifestation of an internal disorder, the combination of the fruits and vegetables listed below act as a natural skin healer by healing the skin from within. And as a bonus, they will only help assist with your AcnEase regimen.
Summer is almost here and we want to look our best at all those weddings,graduations and beach and garden parties, so we speed up nature (and avoid harmful exposure to UVA - "bad" sun rays) by using self-tanning products.When you have Acne or Rosacea, you need to be aware of how the use of sunless tanning products may present a risk of irritating your skin and amplifying the existing skin problems.
Did you know that a natural astringent can be a very powerful tool in your arsenal to fight acne?
In addition to your face wash and favorite natural acne treatment, by using a powerful natural astringent, it can eliminate bacteria, and speed up the healing process of existing acne.
Drug store astringents can actually do more harm than good...a natural astringent works even better because it doesn’t strip your skin of all its oil, which it needs, in order to be healthy!
When was the last time you took a nice, relaxing bath? Especially one that can prevent breakouts in order to maintain clear skin? Having trouble thinking back that far? Yes, I know! The number one excuse I usually hear is that there just aren't enough hours in the day. But if you take a serious look at your schedule, and designate 10-30 minutes once a week for "me" time, you'll be very happy you did it, believe me. Here's why...
This is the second article in our Summer Series, so stay tuned for many more summer tips to keep your skin clear! Also, check below for a SPECIAL FATHER'S DAY DEAL!
Most of us are led to believe that if we slather on sunscreen in the morning and then stay out on the beach all day long, our skin is protected. Unfortunately, this is incorrect. Learning about proper sun protection and sunscreens will keep you and your skin safe!