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A Holistic Approach to Treating Acne

This persistent condition is more than skin deep. It can leave not only physical, but also emotional scars, and that’s why it’s particularly hard to deal with it. Acne is one of the most common dermatological issues, and according to some estimates, as much as 85% of the population suffers from it at some point in their lives. It’s characterized by greasy skin covered in pimples, blackheads or whiteheads. Many adolescents have to deal with sudden acne outbreaks, which are mainly triggered by the hormonal changes during puberty. However, adult acne and cystic acne are even more disturbing as establishing their causes can be complicated. Although dermatologists insist on using all kinds of chemical-laden medications, it’s crucial to start treating acne from within. Use Natural and Organic Skin Care Products   Natural and organic skincare products play an important role in the topical treatment of acne. No matter how expensive they are, lotions, creams, and cleansers that contain harmful chemicals aren’t good for the skin and they usually fail to deliver. There are five types of skin: dry, normal, oily, combination, and sensitive; so, it’s important to determine the skin type before choosing the skincare regimen. Natural ingredients, found in every kitchen, can be used for homemade cosmetics. A facial scrub made from cinnamon, nutmeg, and manuka honey can effectively relieve spots.  A clay mask can efficiently unclog pores, and it’s excellent for oily skin. Removing make-up in the evening is necessary; so, the oil cleansing method is a good idea. Natural oils, such as hemp seed, castor, olive, or coconut oil, are the best option. However, some of these ingredients aren’t available or people don’t have the time to make their own natural cosmetics. Luckily, it’s possible to find commercial quality organic skin care products and stay away from all the harmful chemicals. Change Your Diet   However, it’s not enough just to treat your skin and polish the surface. Changing your diet is equally important. Processed and junk food are among the main culprits behind acne, as well as many other skin conditions. Greasy foods create fertile ground for all kinds of inflammations, not to mention hormone imbalances which, in turn, make acne even worse. The same goes for high-glycemic foods, sugar, and cow’s milk.   A research study which tried to establish the relationship between the diet and acne reported, among other things, that commercial milk usually comes from pregnant cows, which might be the reason why it aggravates this skin condition. The effects of chocolate are still under scrutiny, but one thing is for sure: only dark chocolate should be consumed but in moderation. Organic foods and home-cooked meals are a must for fighting acne. Foods that keep the digestive system running smoothly, such as vegetables, fruit, and flaxseed, can prevent accumulation of toxins and reduce outbreaks. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation, stress, and anxiety; so, they should be an inevitable part of any well-balanced diet. Change Your Lifestyle   Bad habits can also affect acne and make it worse. That’s why it’s necessary to introduce certain lifestyle changes that will improve both your skin condition and overall well-being. Unsurprisingly, stress has a lot to do with this chronic skin disease since it increases the production of glucocorticoid. Scientists say that stress can be prevented by a good night’s sleep, which means that day naps don’t count. Exercise is vital for reducing stress and improving blood circulation, which provides the skin with more oxygen and removes dead skin cells. The lymphatic system, which is instrumental in helping the body regenerate and get rid of toxins, relies on muscle movement in order to be able to move fluid through the body. In order to boost it, lymphatic drainage massage is recommended. Drinking water detoxes the whole body and hydrates the skin. Also, cell phones are riddled with bacteria, and it’s important to frequently sanitize them.   Acne may be persistent, but by changing your diet, lifestyle, and skin care products, it’s possible to keep it under control.

MissElise

MissElise

03/17/2017

 

Treating Acne Scars and Skin Damage

Having pimples and scars is not only a painful and unpleasant experience but is rather detrimental to our skin. They usually develop dark marks and due to inflammation they leave visible scars even after they have been removed.  The bigger the inflammation on the skin  the greater the scarring. In order to repair the damage, the skin creates additional collagen itself which provides skin with flexibility and strength. However, what is done cannot be undone. The damaged spots can never be completely healed and the beauty and flawlessness of our skin can never be fully regained. Nevertheless, with the right treatment and prevention the prospect of living blemish-free seems entirely possible. Here are a few ways how to diminish the adverse effects acnes have on your skin and enhance skins smoothness and healthy look. Cosmetic chemical products Significant medical advancements have led to the development of a myriad of cosmetic dermatologically-approved products that are highly beneficial and effective in terms of bypassing blemish scars. Most of them contain a number of healthy high-quality chemical ingredients essential for protecting the skin from future breakouts and shield visible skin imperfections. Some of the most vital ones are Vitamin E, Vitamin C, hydroquinone used as a scar/lightening ingredient and an effective skin transforming ingredient vitamin A, commonly known as Retinol. These are just a few out of many remarkably effective ingredients used in skin treatment. Apart from cosmetic chemical products, the organic natural products have recently been gaining considerable popularity thus becoming top selling medical products. Home-made products While cosmetic products undoubtedly offer favorable results, there are many home-made remedies for acnes, dark spots and scars. Even though the process of making them while hoping to achieve positive results can bi a bit time-consuming, it surely is the safest alternative when compared to various cosmetic treatments. Coconut oil is an undisputed champion when it comes to natural moisturizers. It has incredible healing properties that greatly  improve the health of the skin by fading marks and healing infections. Also, aloe vera, cucumber and lemon can be used to promote healing and ultimately revitalize the skin. Fillers One of the techniques that has proven to be highly efficient is a cosmetic treatment. There are various types of cosmetic treatments such as a cosmetic surgery in Perth that can minimize the damaging effect and the visibility of acne scars. For scars with deep pitted area, dermatologist usually suggest injecting dermal fillers with a substance that bring volume to depressed areas, widely known as hyaluronic acid. Certain fillers are designed to permanently correct all the imperfections and remove shadows from the skin. Collagen treatment is the most popular as it offers a permanent result. Chemical peels Another widespread medical treatment that has been gaining much interest recently is cosmetic peeling which can be done both at home and by  professional dermatologists who applies certain chemicals containing chemicals containing glycolic acid which stimulates the process where new skin cells are formed thus resulting in a more even and softer skin. Moisturizers Moisturizing is an essential part of every skin treatment as moisturized skin has a tendency to loosen sebum within the pores. When choosing a facial  moisturizer that would perfectly suit your skin it is advisable to avoid purchasing the one that contains ingredients such as petroleum, mineral oil or silicones and opt for those that include salicylic acid and benzoyl  peroxide as these prevent any breakouts and retain its natural health.

MissElise

MissElise

11/28/2016

 

Skin Care Regimen for Acne-Prone Skin

Acne is a major problem during the teenage years when our hormones are on the loose. However, after passing through puberty, some people never have this problem again, while others suffer a lot due to their acne-prone skin. The first step is to determine whether your skin is prone to various blemishes and what is their major cause. This will give you insight into what remedies are best for your skin. Nevertheless, you should adopt a healthy skin care regimen and you will be acne-free. Skip Exfoliation Even though exfoliation is a great way to purify your face, just a bit of scrub can make your acne-prone skin feel even worse. Restrain from using harsh scrubs, and instead just gently massage your skin. You can do this every day and it will get your blood flowing which is good for your skin and it can prevent acne. You can practice this massage with some gentle cleansers, but never use abrasive ingredients and pat skin dry afterwards. Moisturize Daily washing is essential to clean the face from oils and dirt that cause acne, but moisturizing is even more important. Everyday moisturizing keeps the skin hydrated and healthy, but you should never use moisturizing products that contain oils. Opt for non-comedogenic and non-oil products that will preserve your skin and won’t aggravate your condition. Also, such moisturizers usually contain anti-bacterial agents that will prevent acne. Cleanse Cleansing is important, but you have to avoid using harsh cleansing products. These will only strip your skin of its protective barriers and make it vulnerable to bacteria. Another thing to avoid is regular soap. Soaps have higher pH than our skin which leads to dry skin that overproduces oils and that leads to breakouts. Instead, you need something that will balance the oiliness of your skin while soothing it and making it smooth. Your best option is trying various cleansing products from Alpha H skincare. Also, products that contain anti-inflammatory ingredients will soothe your skin and keep acne at bay. Eat Healthy Diet has a major role in the quality and cleanliness of our skin. Carbs, sugars and oily foods only lead to increase of skin oils and the acne breakouts start. You should come up with a more balanced diet that is packed with vitamins. Fresh fruits and veggies are your best friends that have plenty of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants that will nourish your skin, keep it blemish-free and give it a natural glow. Also, drink plenty of water in order to get rid of all toxins from your body which will then stop piling up in your skin. Natural Remedies If your skin is too sensitive to creams and cleansers, your best choice are natural remedies. You can make all of these at home and treat your acne without aggravating them. Dip a cotton ball into a mix of 1 part apple cider vinegar and 3 parts water and apply it directly to your blemish and leave it to sit for 10 minutes. You can repeat this as often as you wish, just wash your face thoroughly afterwards. Also, you can make various masks with cinnamon and honey, or masks with milk or egg whites and get rid of the pesky blemishes naturally. Hands Off We all know how satisfying it is to pop a zit. However, zits are filled with bacteria that only spread on the rest of the pores and cause more problems. Don’t touch your face, no matter how hard it is sometimes; dirt and more bacteria is the last thing your vulnerable skin needs. Acne are irritating and sometimes painful. They also affect our self-esteem and desire to get out in the world. Don’t let your blemishes stand in the way of living a full life and try some of these remedies.

MissElise

MissElise

10/24/2016

 

Natural Ways to Heal Damaged Skin

With the incredibly high levels of toxins in the air and all the pollution that’s finding its way into our lives, it’s inevitable we’ll, from time to time, suffer some sort of skin damage, no matter how great genetics we’ve got. Luckily, there’s a way to prevent it, and if not prevent it – then successfully treat it. Not to add fuel to fire, we’d never suggest chemically processed beauty products; that would be like advertising cheeseburgers for weight loss – ridiculous and inefficient. Instead, we’re lovers of all-natural products, even more so – those DYI home remedies you can enjoy making yourself.  The only thing you should keep in mind is that all your products are natural, organic skin care products, meaning they are not treated with any chemicals that could harm the skin. Here are some our favorite natural ways to heal damaged skin and love its afterglow: Green Tea Mask There’s probably no home remedy that doesn’t have a link to green tea. This amazing plant has proven beneficial in so many ways that we’re close to referring to it as the “holy green”. Thanks to people’s newfound awareness regarding its numerous health benefits, green tea’s popularity has grown in leaps and bounds and we can’t help but love it. Aside from being considered an exceptional diuretic that aids in weight loss, green tea is also an excellent ingredient for natural face masks. Green tea works perfectly as a skin toner, protects the skin from sun damage, helps reduce puffy eyes and under eye circles, prevents fine lines and wrinkles and contains antioxidants. Further, it helps with acne scars. THE MASK: Green tea, baking soda, and honey This mask requires the following: 1 tbsp. baking soda
1 tbsp. green tea
1 tbsp. honey Prior to adding the honey, mix the green tea and baking soda. Whip it all together and spread it evenly on your face. Add a few drops of water if you feel the mixture is too sticky. The baking soda will detoxify your skin, remove dead skin cells and dirt built-up; the honey will moisturize, rejuvenate, and tighten your skin. Benefits of Tamanu Oils For the past couple of years, oils have been the main talk in beauty world and for a reason. Naturally obtained oils agree with all skin types, from oily to extremely dry ones, making the skin healthy and radiant. Tamanu oil does a great job treating damaged skin, soothing irritated and sunburned skin and it is very efficient, fast. Most importantly, it can put a stop to pain. Believe it or not, going to sleep for just one night with tamanu applied can repair the skin cells altogether! Calendula oil is one other great oil famous for its healing properties as it heals the burns and calms the rashes. Healing Foods Cucumber is the veggie you want to have around when you want to treat the skin that suffered some kind of damage. Cool and soothing, a cucumber cut into slices (after having been put in the fridge to cool even more) and applied onto the skin directly has an amazing effect. Honey is a great ally in soothing irritated and sensitive skin. Further, with proper application of honey, the skin cell repair is encouraged. Other healing foods to look into are celery, collard greens, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, grasses (wheat and barley), green beans, green lettuces, heart of palm, kale and mushrooms. If you are not sure whether you're allergic to some food, some specialists recommend using panthenol creams and gels. Coconut Repair Mask Naturally antibacterial, moisturizing, antifungal and, according to research, great for atopic dermatitis, coconut masks have become the choice of many women, especially used as nighttime face moisturizer. Further, coconut gives shine, soothes dry skin and can act as a highlighter, too. THE MASK: Coconut, lemon juice, honey Get the best mix by using: 1 tbsp. coconut oil
2 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. lemon juice Mix your coconut oil and raw honey together until you have a sticky texture. The honey and coconut oil will actually warm up and soften on your face, even though they may seem thick at first. Be prepared for a few drips, though. Keep the mask on for about 15-20 minutes and rinse with warm water.

MissElise

MissElise

09/28/2016

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