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Changing Your Diet To Reduce Acne

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 No Commented
Under: Acne

By now you know very well that acne is a very difficult thing to get rid of. You may have already tried everything you can find in stores such as creams, astringents, exfoliates, and more. I’m going to tell you the biggest secret to getting your skin clear and how to make it stay that way. Simply put, it is your diet! What you put into your body on a daily basis greatly affects how your skin will react and change.

Here are 5 diet tips that are sure to improve your skin and reduce acne:

Drink More Water: One of the most important things to remember is to drink more water! Your body should have at least 2 litres of water put into it every day. Hydration helps the skin shed old skin cells and not having enough will lead to clogged pours causing further acne.
Eat Fresh Nutrient Rich Foods: Eat plenty of fresh vegetables, fruit, and whole grain foods. You want to be eating things that are high in fibre and that will provide nutrients for the whole body. Easy ways to add more of these type of foods to your diet are by snacking on nuts or dried fruit and by having at least one salad a day.
Supplements and Vitamins: It is sometimes difficult to get a complete balance of minerals, nutrients, and vitamins from the food we are eating. To aid in our diet we can take a few helpful supplements to get everything we need. Important vitamins needed for your body’s well being are Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Zinc. A good multivitamin can go a long way in treating and protecting your skin.
Cut Back on Refined Sugars and Carbohydrates: Research has confirmed that refined carbohydrates and sugars lead to boosts in insulin levels in the body which in turn causes the body to produce more sebum. Sebum – the greasy oils found on acne prone skin – promote bacteria growth and worsen acne.
Reduce Caffeine Intake: I know we all love our morning coffee, but the caffeine is not helping with the acne. Caffeine raises the stress levels in your body and can aggravate your acne. Try to avoid coffee, energy drinks, chocolate, tea, and other stimulants as much as possible.

Getting rid of acne may seem like a daunting task but really if you follow some simple guidelines you can not only make your acne go away but make it stay away!

Treat Your Acne With Over the Counter Products

Friday, September 24th, 2010 No Commented
Under: Acne

Acne is something that many people live with, but they do have several options to attempt to treat it. While many feel that they cannot get rid of their acne unless they endure costly fees and trips to the dermatologist’s office, they can still receive many at home acne treatments that are inexpensive and easy to use.

Many years ago there were not very many products out there to help you cure your acne. You would have your choice of two or three product lines to choose from and many other products geared for women that were not suitable for men to use. Thankfully, over the past few years there are many more choices for over the counter acne treatment options. The first options are the products you can find in any local grocery store, which are cleansing pads and strips, toners, liquid cleansers and on the spot treatments. You should begin with a cleanser first and start using it in the morning and also at night, and continue using the cleansing product for a few weeks. Next, you can try any of the toning products to wipe over the skin after you have cleaned it with the cleansing wash in which you can apply a small amount of it with a cotton ball. Overnight the skin will use that toning solution to even your skin tone and eliminate any greasy spots. If you find you are experiencing blemishes and any black or whiteheads you can purchase a topical ointment to place on the trouble spots on the skin. There are many products that are specifically designed to treat blemishes and also ones for those whiteheads that are made with ingredients that are tough on those particular forms of acne.

If the over the counter products have only decreased a small amount of your acne and you are still suffering from it on your skin, you can turn to some stronger treatments you can purchase through the internet. Many dermatologists are creating their own skin care lines to help the millions of people suffering from acne prone skin to get the help they need right at home. One popular treatment is the Proactive line of skin care. It has received millions of customers and repeat clients that are pleased with their results. The line is more affordable than what you would have to pay if you received your treatment through a dermatologist, but it is more expensive than the over the counter products you can buy in the stores. Proactive is well-known for clearing up tough cases of acne and the line of products is fairly simple to use. They provide all of the instructions for you and ship it right to your home, you simply use the cleansing products and the spot treatments and masks as directed. Over the course of a few days you should see an improvement in your acne. There are also a few other lines on the web developed by major skin care companies you can try such as the lines by clean and clear, Clearasil and Neutrogena.

Getting Rid of Acne Made Easy

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010 No Commented
Under: Acne

Many doctors and health care professionals frown on the practice of squeezing your zits. They are of the opinion that squeezing causes more infections to spread and increased damage to the skin – which is actually true if you squeeze the freshly surfaced acne. In this article, we will take a look at the correct way to squeeze your zits.

If you look at blackheads, you see a solid lump with a pigmented black spot on top of it. By squeezing the lump out, you might be clearing the pore, but you also risk pushing this sebum lump deeper inside, which causes more unnecessary damage that can result in unwanted, more severe scarring.

I believe squeezing zits is a risky business, and should not be attempted without extra care and supervision. However, we have all seen many of times that an untouched pimple worsens and becomes a horrible and painful zit.

I have also personally seen zits that could be safely extracted and the whole infected skin area healed perfectly within days. I would also add that the decision to pop the zits should be accompanied with complete care and knowledge.

Here are some important rules of thumb:

  • Wait until the pimple is fully blown and formed on the surface of your skin. Make sure it is showing signs of nearly bursting on its own, and that the skin simply does not have the ability to hold the pus any longer.
  • Avoid squeezing a reddish zit as you may probably damage the blood vessels nearby.
  • You can extract a blackhead if it shows a visible black cap and the skin around the blackhead is not swollen and reddish.
  • Obviously, before you start the operations to extract your zit, make sure you wash your hands. Cleanse your fingertips and under the nails thoroughly before getting started. This is to prevent any further contamination of the already swollen and inflamed pimple.
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  • Be careful while piercing the acne. Take a sterile, fine needle and pierce the center of the lesion. Next gently squeeze the pimple and give equal amounts of pressure on every side. Continue until a clear liquid comes out.
  • Use a clean tissue to dab away the liquid.
  • Do not over-squeeze it until you see blood coming out of the zit. There is bad advice telling people that we should squeeze the acne until the blood comes out. They say it means that you have completely removed the pus.
  • Make sure you perform the operation with the highest level of care and hygiene. If you follow the guidelines stated above, you should be able to clear up your skin drastically.


Acne Laser Treatments

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 No Commented
Under: Acne

It’s been a long time since a new acne treatment has come out that has proven to be successful for people with the worst cases of acne. If you have suffered for years and years from acne and are still having problems, in addition to dealing with the scarring that comes from years of problem skin, then you might want to check out what technology has brought to all of us sufferers – acne laser treatments.

Anyone who suffers from even moderate acne knows that most over-the-counter treatments don’t work. For people with one or two breakouts, they may work, but for hardcore acne, they are just no good. The side effects alone – dry skin, redness, rashes – all make the products virtually more trouble than they’re worth. But laser treatment is a new and innovative way to deal with your acne, and one that comes with no real or serious side effects.

Lasers have been used for several decades now as a way to heal damaged skin. They are even used to stop hair growth. Now there are two different types of acne laser treatment that can be used anywhere on your body to help get rid of acne once and for all and to reduce the signs of scarring that may have occurred after years of acne problems.

Both diode and laser dye treatments work on most patients, and the one you choose will likely depend on how your skin reacts. Most people begin laser treatments with the diode method of lasering, and if this doesn’t work, then their doctors will try laser dye treatments. There are no real differences between the two as far as you are concerned, and the healing time is pretty short in both cases.

After you have your first round of treatment, you may find that a small portion of your acne starts to go away. However, after several more treatments, more and more of your acne will begin to disappear. For most people, it takes four or five treatments before they find that their skin starts to look better than all of their friends!

The price of this type of treatment is not outrageous and if you counted up all the money you have spent on acne treatments, cleansers, ointments, creams and lotions the cost of laser treatment may actually seem quite small. The other great thing about getting laser treatment is that it is fast and painless, and the results happen very quickly. Within weeks, your friends will be looking at you a little differently, wondering why you are suddenly so confident and looking so well.

Acne really does take its toll on your psyche and studies show that people with moderate to severe acne suffer psychologically throughout their lives. Luckily, technology has finally brought us all something that can help get rid of this illness, one that can ruin teen years and adulthood, and destroys our skin for the rest of our lives. Take advantage of this technology and get rid of all of that acne, once and for all.

Acne and Its Causes

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 No Commented
Under: Acne

Everyone has had a pimple now and then. Remember how it felt to have a huge zit right smack in the middle of your face? Most get by with a few pimples here and there, but there are those who have to battle the war with the dreaded “A” word – acne.
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Acne is a condition that plagues not just teenagers during puberty; it affects adults as well as every now and then small children. It is one skin problem whose specific causes are not known. There is not one primary cause or reason for acne. However, there are a few causes that see to be indirectly linked to acne. Some of those causes are:

Hormonal changes seem to cause a flare up of acne. That is why most of the people affected by acne are undergoing puberty. Hormonal changes during a menstrual cycle or during pregnancy can cause women to have acne flare ups as well.

The main cause of the formation of pimples is due to acne causing bacteria. Plugged follicles can serve as a breeding ground for acne, causing it to spread.

Stress can cause the body to undergo hormonal changes which can cause acne to flare up.

Although there is no exact evidence, it is believed that certain types of food will cause acne. Chocolate, greasy foods and caffeine are among those thought to cause acne.

Poor Hygiene:
Failure to keep the skin clean from dirt and oil can lead to clogged pores. The clogged pores or follicles can then result in the acne causing bacteria which can spread underneath the skin.

Overly Cleansing:
Believe it or not, another cause of acne flare ups could be because of over cleansing your skin. Over exfoliation can cause your skin to react in breaking out. There is a delicate balance between cleansing and over cleansing. Some skin care products could cause flare ups as well.

If you are suffering from acne, find a dermatologist to help you find out the cause and what would be the recommended treatment for you.