Submit your skincare questions to Dr. Agnes, CEO of Herborium and natural medicine expert
By: Dr. Agnes. P. Olszewski and Dr. James Gilligan
Both, women and men produce all three sex hormones: estrogen,
testosterone and progesterone. Of course, depending upon if you are a
woman or a man, your glands produce more estrogen or testosterone. If a
woman produces too much testosterone (androgens), this physiologic
“over-dose” may result in symptoms such as acne, too much facial or body hair (hirsutism), patterned female baldness and sometimes changes in menstruation cycle or infertility.
you have acne, you may remember a time in your life when you first
noticed your face and/or body getting a bit oilier. If so, you may wish
you had known then what you know now. Those of you who have oily skin
and haven’t yet developed acne, take note: oily skin is a precursor to
acne. But never fear–there are many ways to stop acne before it even
But first, it should be noted that we all have–and need–skin oil
(also called sebum). Sebum is necessary for healthy skin. Too little of
it and our skin because dry, too much of it and our skin gets too oily.
Unfortunately, each of these scenarios can lead to acne. Dry, flaky skin
can mix with oil, dirt and bacteria and clog our pores, creating
inflammation in the form of acne. Too much oil can lead to clogged
pores, in which dead skin, bacteria and more oil can accumulate and, you
guessed it, cause acne.
By: Dr. Agnes P. Olszewski
Who doesn't want to go a bit overboard with makeup on Halloween?
Though this is the time to get away with it, you still may want to do it in a
way that does not exasperate your acne.
Here are some Halloween tips to look crazy-good but let your
acne-prone skin survive the night.
oils (also called sebum) produced by your skin’s sebaceous glands are
necessary to keep our skin healthy and supple. When not enough oil is
produced, our skin begins to age and becomes dry, scaly and itchy! On
the other hand, over-production of sebum may eventually lead to acne.
normal conditions, the sebaceous glands are a “well-oiled machine” (no
pun intended) and they make just the right amount of sebum, which flows
up through the pores of the skin to the surface to maintain healthy
skin. When excess sebum is produced, it can lead to clogged pores, which
accumulate this excess oil, dead skin cells and bacteria and create a
perfect recipe for forming whiteheads, blackheads (comedones) and
pimples. Therefore, the first step in pimple formation (AKA acne) is the
over-production of sebum, and your first visible sign of a potential
acne problem is... oily skin. Since an ounce of prevention is better than a
pound of cure, it makes sense to start preventing acne at the first
sign of a problem: OILY SKIN.
acne in men may not be considered dangerous, it certainly can be very
distressing —and is surprisingly common as well. Over 25% of acne
sufferers are men and this includes not just adolescents but grown men.
In fact, during the last decade the median age of people with acne
(including men) has risen by almost 23%, from 20.5 to about 26.5 years
of age. In addition, guys have obviously less chance to camouflage acne
with make up while at the same time their acne is usually more difficult
to treat. The newer generation of men in general tend to be more
concerned with their appearance, and more focused (and spending) on
their looks including wellness, grooming and attire.
By: Dr. Agnes Olszewski
hard enough to fight acne, but fighting acne scars is truly an uphill
battle. There are many options available to help make scars less
visible, but unless you work on treating, and most of all PREVENTING
acne from coming, NONE of them will work and be worth your effort and
marks and scars result from repeated (and extensive) damage to the skin
due to acne pustules and papules, pimples, zits, cysts, etc. Each
https://www.acnease.com/cms/bo/index.php?ac=add§ion=newspimple is associated with an inflammatory reaction which causes some
local damage when combating bacteria trapped in the clogged pores of the
you think of a cut on your skin, you get a scab that helps it to heal.
Pimples that become inflamed are like little cuts that need to heal;
with repeated breakouts there is no time for the skin to regenerate.
When you stop acne from coming you will allow your skin to at least
partially renew itself using collagen (building blocks for the skin)
producing new healthy tissue. As a result, your acne scars will become
less visible, and those marks that are more superficial (small and less
deep) may even vanish.
Myth 1: The sun is bad for me
FACT: No, the sun is NOT BAD for you.
The sun is healthy if you take the proper precautions. Ultraviolet light
from the sun comes in two main wavelengths: UVA and UVB. They are quite
different in respect of the risk they create for your health. UVA rays
are those that are considered “bad”, which can cause you to burn and
eventually, excess exposure may lead to skin cancer. UVB helps you
produce vitamin D, which is very important for your overall wellbeing,
supports your bones, skin, muscles, heart, eyesight and immune system-
but don’t be fooled, excess exposure can be harmful to your skin cells.
Moderation in sun exposure and using proper sun protection are keys to
your skin and body health since long-term, excessive exposure to
sunlight can increase the risk of certain types of skin cancer.
Appropriate use of sun protection also plays a major role in helping to
combat acne breakouts and heal acne scars and marks.
on strengthening your relationship with that very special someone in
your life can also help you look good. YES, that’s right – an active sex
life will help your skin to stay healthy.
1. Sex balances hormones.
Acne is a manifestation of an internal imbalance that is most often
routed in a hormonal imbalance, specifically in the imbalance of sex
hormones such as testosterone, estrogen and progesterone. Sex balances
your hormone levels, which may help in keeping your skin clearer.