It’s Getting Hot in Here: Heat Rash!

Heat rash is also called prickly heat or miliaria – it is skin condition caused by blocked sweat ducts and trapped sweat beneath the skin causing a mild inflammation or rash.

Symptoms range from superficial blisters to deep, red lumps. Some forms of heat rash feel prickly or intensely itchy. It can look like dots or tiny pimples. Heat rash usually clears on its own. Severe forms of heat rash may need medical care, but the best way to relieve symptoms is to cool your skin, prevent sweating, and wear breathable clothing, such as cotton.

  • The mildest form (miliaria crystallina) affects the sweat ducts in the top layer of skin. This form is marked by clear, fluid-filled blisters and bumps (papules) that break easily.
  • A type that occurs deeper in the skin (miliaria rubra) is sometimes called prickly heat. Signs and symptoms include red bumps and itching or prickling in the affected area.
  • Occasionally, the fluid-containing sacs (vesicles) of miliaria rubra become inflamed and pus-filled (pustular). This form is called miliaria pustulosa. Pus is a sign of infection and should be seen by a doctor.
  • Rarer (miliaria profunda) affects the deeper layer of skin. Retained sweat leaks out of the sweat gland into the skin, causing firm, flesh-colored lesions that resemble goose bumps.

When to see a doctor

  • Increased pain, swelling, redness or warmth around the affected area
  • Pus draining from the lesions
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the armpit, neck or groin
  • A fever or chills

Typical red spots on chest, neck and shoulders, caused by Miliaria rubra

Why the sweat ducts get blocked

  • Obesity or weight loss causing loose skin. If large areas of your body have skin-on-skin contact (for example, a large overlapping area of abdominal fat or loose skin) then a person is more likely develop heat rash since parts of the skin aren’t exposed to circulating air, which results in the inability of the sweat ducts to “breathe” (evaporative cooling).
  • Immature sweat ducts. A newborn’s sweat ducts aren’t fully developed. They can rupture more easily, trapping perspiration beneath the skin. Heat rash can develop in the first week of life, especially if the infant is being warmed in an incubator, is dressed too warmly or has a fever.
  • Tropical climates. Hot, humid weather can cause you to sweat more and have trouble staying dry.
  • Physical activity. Any activity that causes you to sweat heavily can lead to heat rash.
  • Overheating. Examples: dressing too warmly, sleeping under an electric blanket, even a car seat warmer.
  • Prolonged bed rest. Especially if the person has a fever.

Xanthelasma: Fat or Cholesterol Deposits on Your Skin! Fat Bumps around Eye!

Xanthelasma (or xanthelasma palpebrarum) is a clearly outlined yellowish deposit of fat underneath the skin (growth of tissue) usually on or around the eyelids (it can be found elsewhere.) They can feel hard or slightly soft when touched.

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They are not harmful nor do they hurt. They are only visually displeasing.

They are common in people of Asian and Mediterranean origin. Because of the hereditary component, they may or may not indicate high blood levels of cholesterol. Where there is no family history of xanthelasmata, they usually indicate high cholesterol and may correlate with a risk of atheromatous disease
and with abnormal blood fat levels (hyperlipidemia). Check with your doctor to make sure that isn’t the case!

Atheroma: A fatty deposit in the inner lining (intima) of an artery, resulting from atherosclerosis. Also called an atherosclerotic plaque, an arterial plaque, or a plaque.

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Xanthelasma can be removed with a trichloroacetic acid peel, surgery, lasers or cryotherapy. Removal may cause scarring and pigment changes, but it is an uncommon side-effect of treatment. It sounds scary but it really isn’t! It is a very common skin condition and a good Dermatologist can remove it. Don’t try to remove it yourself however.

How Stress Affects Your Skin!

Stress can affect your whole body, including your skin, hair, and nails.

♦In studies on mice at Johns Hopkins University and Stanford University, showed stress greatly increased skin cancer formations and weight gain when they were exposed to UV (ultraviolet) light. In another study¹, Yale University, found that people over their lifetime that had more stress than the norm or periods in their life of extreme stress prior to their melanoma diagnosis were more likely to have melanoma than people who did not have high levels of stress.

♦When you are stressed, you tend to break out more.

Why?

Stress causes your body to produce cortisol and other hormones, which tells your sebaceous (oil) glands to produce more oil than normal. This causes people to be more prone to acne and other skin problems. Cortisol is a powerful steroid which hinders your immune system. All the while increasing your sensitivity to allergens. Researchers at Stanford University examined the severity of acne at a college during the week of final exams. No surprise the more highly stressed a student was by their exams the worse the acne, while the less stressed students acne was minimal.

♦When under stress people have a tendency to frown more which increases the chance of developing frown lines around the mouth.

♦Stress can have negative effects on preexisting skin conditions, such as psoriasis, fever blisters, rosacea, eczema and cold sores. In one study, researchers examined students in three different scenarios: after returning from and during vacation when experiencing less stress and during final exams when experiencing high levels of stress. The results were that the skin’s normal functions were compromised, because the skin had become extremely dry and dull. This was caused by the skins outer layer to breakdown due to the lipids (ceramides, free fatty acids, and cholesterol) between those cells dissipation and reduction in size of skin cells. A study from Japan was done on patients with atopic dermatitis (eczema – an itchy inflammation of your skin) they experienced a lessening in their symptoms after watching a funny movie. They were also exposed to the allergens that triggered symptoms and still had a reduction it was hypothesized that the laughter lowered levels of hormones related to stress.

♦Stress in a study by Yale University in 2006, showed that stress slowed down wound healing and inflammation.

♦When people are stressed they tend to be less strident in following their skin care routine, which can aggravate skin problems, thus causing more stress over the skin problem causing a vicious cycle. Habits that form when you’re stressed – such as rubbing, scratching and biting your fingers or lip – increase your chances the chances of injuring the skin.

 

1 – Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.; January 2009, Journal of Investigative Dermatology

What to Look For in an Acne Product!

There are only three ingredients that have been approved for treating Acne topically are (both topical vitamin A derivatives & antibiotics are sometimes also given by doctors):

  • Benzoyl Peroxide – works as a peeling agent. It increases skin turnover, clearing pores and reducing the bacterial count (specifically P. acnes) as well as acting directly as an antimicrobial.
  • Salicylic Acid – derived from willow tree bark it is an anti-inflammatory and an agent that causes the cells of the epidermis to shed more readily, opening clogged pores and neutralizing bacteria within, preventing pores from clogging up again by constricting pore diameter, and allowing room for new cell growth.
  • Sulfur – is an inhibitor of growth of the P. acnes bacterium – it is a mild “antimicrobial.” It interferes with of sulfhydryl groups on the proteins involved in the bacteria. For acne treatment, the sulfur is almost always combined with another antimicrobial called sodium sulfacetamide. This compound acts to stop paraaminobenzoic acid (PABA), an essential part for bacterial growth.

 

That’s not all that you need to look for however. Many people make the mistake of thinking by applying overly drying acne products to the skin it will fix the problem.  In the very short-term it will help but after a day or two it will make acne worse!!!

 

Why?

 

Those three ingredients treat the problem, but you also need a product that protects the skin’s acid mantle which is part of the skin’s barrier function. The acid mantle is a slightly acidic film that has highly organized lipids, acids, hydrolytic enzymes and antimicrobial peptides on the surface of the skin acting as a barrier to bacteria, viruses and other potential contaminants that might penetrate the skin. It is secreted by sebaceous glands. The pH of the skin is between 4.5 and 6.2, so it is acidic. These contaminants and other chemicals are primarily alkaline and the skin’s moderate acidity helps to neutralize their chemical effects. In addition to the acid mantle the skin’s barrier function also, helps to stop oxidant stress (UV light), protect the immune system, prevent transepidermal water loss.

By creating a physical barrier through keratinocytes attached together via cell–cell junctions and associated to cytoskeletalproteins, is what gives the epidermis (top layer of skin) its strength as a barrier. The amount and distribution of melaninpigment in the epidermis is the main reason for variation in skin color in humans. Melanin is found in the small melanosomes, particles formed in melanocytes from where they are transferred to the surrounding keratinocytes. The size, number, and arrangement of the melanosomes varies between racial groups, but while the number of melanocytes can vary between different body regions, their numbers remain the same in individual body regions in all human beings. In white and oriental skin the melanosomes are packed in “aggregates”, but in black skin they are larger and distributed more evenly. The number of melanosomes in the keratinocytes increases with UV radiation exposure, while their distribution remain largely unaffected.

Look for a product that doesn’t interfere with the skin barrier function by containing hydrators, plus antioxidants (to help against free radical oxidation) and anti-inflammatory ingredients to help reduce the inflammation that the acne causes.

Antioxidants:

Such as – Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), E (tocopherol), A (retinoids), green tea, Niacinamide (vitamin B3)

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatories:

Such as – chamomile, aloe vera, calendula, mallow, indigo, willow bark

Summary:  look for a product with benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and or sulfur that is hydrating, and has antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.

Homemade Toner Recipes!

Dry/Sensitive Skin:

Mix 1/2 cup rose water and 1/2 cup orange water, to 1/3 cup chamomile tea,  2/3 cup green tea (that has been steeped and allowed to cool (steep for at least 5 minutes, loose tea or tea bags are fine; make sure with loose to strain out the leaves – don’t buy blended tea/extra flavors added to the tea)

Optional: 2 teaspoon vegetable glycerin, 3 drops of lavender, geranium, carrot seed, chamomile, and 1 drop of frankincense, and sandalwood essential oil(s)

Oily/Acneic Skin:

Mix 1 cup witch hazel, 2 teaspoons of either lemon juice/lime juice/apple cider vinegar to 1 cup mint/peppermint/white sage tea (with loose and bags don’t buy blended/extra flavors added to the tea) that has been steeped and allowed to cool (steep for at least 5 minutes, fresh leaves are better but tea bags or loose tea is fine; make sure with fresh or loose to strain out the leaves)

Optional: 3 drops of tea tree/cajeput/manuka, and 1 drop of juniper, rosemary, and ylang ylang essential oil(s)

Normal/Combination Skin:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mix 1 cup witch hazel, 2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin or 1 teaspoon aloe (plain, nothing added), 1 cup green tea (that has been steeped and allowed to cool (steep for at least 5 minutes, loose tea or tea bags are fine; make sure with loose to strain out the leaves – don’t buy blended tea/extra flavors added to the tea)

Store in a sterile container or spray bottle:

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Prepared Tea lasts for 3-5 Days 6-8 Months

 

Indigo: An Ancient Skincare Ingredient Given New Life!

Geisha have been in the know using soothing, calming, and healing ingredient Indigo for centuries!

This is the color that is called indigo in the Japanese traditional colors, a group of colors in use since beginning in 660 CE in the form of various dyes that are used in designing kimonos.  The name of this color in Japanese is ai-iro, which means indigo color.  In fact, during the Edo Period, the Samurai warriors wore a layer of indigo-dyed cotton beneath their armor to help skin wounds heal, earning the color the nickname “Samurai Blue.”

It is also widely used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for Psoriasis!

I know when you think of indigo you think of the rainbow, visible color spectrum (ROY G. BIV -Red, Orange, Yellow, Blue, Indigo and Violet) or demin jeans (the dye used to color jeans comes from indigo!)  Denim is a tone of indigo Crayola which resembles the shade of indigo used in denim. Crayola created this color in 1993 as one of the new 16 colors.

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India is believed to be the oldest center of indigo dyeing in the Old World. It was a primary supplier of indigodye, derived from the plant Indigofera tinctoria, to Europe as early as the Greco-Roman era. The association of India with indigo is reflected in the Greek word for the ‘dye’, which was indikon (ινδικόν). The Romans used the term indicum, which passed into Italian dialect and eventually into English as the word indigo. The country of El Salvador has lately been the biggest producer of indigo.  The same indigo dye is contained in the woad plant, Isatis tinctoria, for a long time the main source of blue dye in Europe. Woad was replaced by true indigo as trade routes opened up, and both are now largely replaced by synthetic dyes.

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Indigo has anti-inflammatory benefits!  Wild Indigo extract stimulates beta endorphin release and provides relief for sensitive skins.

Tatcha’s Indigo Skincare Line

ESPA Repair and Restore Intensive Serum

Remedy Olivamine Skin Repair Cream

KOSE SEKKISEI SUPREME Revitalizing Cream and Lotion

Yes, the same plant that gives your jeans their characteristic hue turns out to be an under-appreciated! It has been known to be particularly beneficial to those with dermatitis and eczema.

Jeffrey James Botanicals The Creme Hallelujah

Huang Qin Gao Ointment (ShiZhen brand)

Pure Life Soap, Wild Indigo Shampoo and Conditioner

Indigo is added to many black hair dyes to enrich the black and give black hair that beautiful blue shine.

Auromere Ayurvedic Soap, Lavender-Neem

Kama Sutra Feel More Sexier Pheromone Body Lotion

Astringent, Toner, Lotion, Hydrosol, Refresher, Water….Oh My! What Is The Difference?

So many products!!!!

                                            What are they!!!!

                                                                                What do they do????

Astringent

The substance is a chemical compound that tends to shrink or constrict body tissues, usually locally after topical medicinal application. The word “astringent” derives from Latin adstringere, meaning “to bind fast”. Two common examples are calamine lotion and witch hazel.

Externally applied astringents, some cause mild coagulation of skin proteins, dry, harden, and protect the skin.People with acne are often advised to use astringents if they have oily skin. Mild astringent solutions are used in the relief of such minor skin irritations as those resulting from superficial cuts, allergies, insect bites, or fungal infections such as athlete’s foot. Some common astringent agents include alum, oatmeal, acacia, sage, yarrow, witch hazel, bayberry, distilled vinegar, very cold water, tea, and rubbing alcohol. Astringent preparations include silver nitrate, potassium permanganate, zinc oxide, zinc sulfate, Burow’s solution, tincture of benzoin, and vegetable substances such as tannic and gallic acids. Balaustines are the red rose-like flowers of the pomegranate, which are very bitter to the taste. In medicine, its dried form has been used as an astringent.

Witch Hazel

Astringents marketed for the face contain a high proportion of alcohol (20-60%), antiseptic ingredients, water, and a humectant ingredient.

Sea Breeze

These are commonly recommended for oily skins as they are drying, removal of oil from the skin does not cause overproduction of oil as there are no structure in the skin that provides a mechanism that will send a negative feedback to the oil glands that the skin has become dry and it needs to compensate for that condition . To compensate for that dryness, it would be recommended to use a water based, non comedogenic facial moisturizer.

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Toner types:  Lotion/Bracers/Fresheners/Washes/Skin Tonics

Lotion or Washes

Is designed to cleanse the skin and sometimes depending on if it is for oily or acneic skin to temporarily shrink the appearance of pores, moisturize for normal or dry skin, balance the skin for combination skin, and calm the skin for sensitive skin.  Usually used on the face  and sometimes the back or decollete.

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Skin Bracers or Fresheners

These are the mildest form of toners; they contain virtually no alcohol (0-10%), water, and a humectant such as glycerine. Humectants help to keep the moisture in the upper layers of the epidermis by preventing it from evaporating. A popular example of this is rosewater.

Rose Water

These toners are the gentlest to the skin, and are most suitable for use on dry, dehydrated, sensitive and normal skins. It may give a burning sensation to sensitive skin.

Skin Tonics

These are slightly stronger and contain a small quantity of alcohol (up to 20%), water and a humectant ingredient. Orange flower water is an example of a skin tonic. Skin tonics are suitable for use on normal, combination, and oily skin.

Orange Flower Water

Hydrosols/Herbal Waters/Hydrolate/Essential Waters/Refreshers/Waters

Herbal distillates are aqueous solutions or colloidal suspensions (hydrosol) of essential oils usually obtained by steam distillation from aromatic plants. These herbal distillates have uses as flavorings, medicine and in skin care.

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Herbal distillates are produced in the same manner as essential oils. However, the essential oil will float to the top of the distillate where it is removed, leaving behind the watery distillate. For this reason perhaps the term essential water is more descript. In the past, these essential waters were considered a byproduct of distillation, but now are considered an important co-product.

The science of distillation is based on the fact that different substances vaporize at different temperatures. Unlike other extraction techniques based on solubility of a compound in either water or oil, distillation will separate components regardless of their solubility. The distillate will contain compounds that vaporize at or below the temperature that water boils. The actual chemical components of distillates have not yet been fully identified, but distillate will contain essential oil compounds as well as organic acids. Compounds with a higher vaporization point will remain behind and will include many of the water soluble plant pigments and flavonoids.

Herbal waters contain diluted essential oils. Besides aromatic chemicals, these distillates also contain many more of the plant acids than pure essential oils making them skin friendly. Cosmetics and toiletries makers are finding many uses for herbal distillates. A pH between 5-6 makes them suitable for use as facial toners. They can be used alone as room sprays. Distillates are also used as flavorings and curables.

Because hydrosols are produced at high temperatures and are somewhat acidic, they tend to inhibit bacterial growth. They are not however sterile. They are a fresh product, like milk, and should be kept refrigerated.

Toners, astringents, lotion, bracers, washes, hydrosols, herbal waters, hydrolate, essential waters, refreshers and waters can be applied to the face in different ways:

  • On damp cotton wool. (most frequently used method)
  • Spraying onto the face.
  • By applying a tonic gauze facial mask – a piece of gauze is covered with the solution and left on the face for a few minutes.

Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil: Review! A Cult Favorite!

Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil

Specifically made for dehydrated skin, the cult-favorite Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil has 100% pure plant extracts of rosewood, patchouli and blue orchid instantly revitalize and restore radiance in your skin. This gentle treatment has no preservatives, and the hazelnut oil helps retain moisture throughout the day.

At first I used it on its own, or layered with moisturizer but that didn’t do much to my skin. I read that people mix it with their moisturizer and for some reason that makes all the difference. I use it morning and evening and my skin is healthy, plump and dewy (if I use too much it’s greasy at first but penetrates quickly enough). Foundation application is a breeze. It even takes care of some of my facial problem areas (between eyebrows and spot underneath my lip).  Not for sensitive skin!

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Rosacea Facts & Symptoms!

  • 5% incidence in the United States (14 million) & 3% of population worldwide

  • Age commonly 30-50 years old peaking in 40’s & 50’s

  • Female predisposition

  • Race predominately Fitzpatrick skin Type I & II

  • Familial predisposition

  • Vasodilation condition causes erythema & edema

  • Causes redness and inflammation of the skin around the nose, cheeks and chin

  • Caused by bacteria – a study by the National University of Ireland has found that rosacea may be triggered by bacteria that live in tiny mites called Demodex folliculorum that reside on everyone’s skin. In fact, the number of these mites living on the face increases with age and with skin damage (like after exposure to the sun). There just happens to be more of them living on the skin of rosacea patients.  These mites are found in the human hair follicles, normally found in greater numbers around the cheeks, nose, eyebrows, eyelashes, and forehead. They could also be found in other parts of the body such as arms, chest, and ears.

Demodex folliculorum

  • Spicy foods, caffeine, certain medications, chocolate, alcohol & temperature extremes all cause vasodilation triggering rosacea

  • Sun damage may contribute to rosacea

  • There are 4 subtypes of rosacea:  vascular, papulopustular, phymatous, & ocular

Vascular

Papulopustular

Phymatous

Ocular

Click here is visit The National Rosacea Society!

Click here to view a list of triggers for Rosacea!

 

Symptoms of Rosacea:

  • Easily blushing, or flush, gradual reddening of the complexion

  • Sensitive skin

  • Edema

  • Telangiectasia

  • Plaques

  • Dry apperance

  • Itchy skin

  • Face feels like it is warm or burning

  • Cysts & pustules

  • Skin thickening

  • Facial redness triggered by spicy foods, caffeine, certain medications, chocolate, alcohol & temperature extremes

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Ways to Get Rid of Acne Through Your Habits!

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Acne can be the bane of your existence. It’s just the worst, isn’t it? Even when it’s mild, it can keep you from looking and feeling your best, that’s for sure. I’ve had my own struggles with acne in the past, something I discuss in The Beauty Detox Solution. Improving your diet can definitely help a lot, as your skin is an eliminative organ that helps dispel toxins. Let’s start from the beginning though in our discussion…

What Is Acne?

Acne is a skin inflammation that can manifest as anything from small, red bumps to large, pus filled cysts. This inflammation occurs when the pores become blocked and the body responds with inflammation.

Causes

There are a number of myths about acne. The most common myth is that having dirty skin is the cause. It isn’t. Actually, scrubbing dirt into the skin may exacerbate the condition. Eating chocolate may not necessary directly cause it…but a high fat diet and dairy can definitely contribute to the condition. A number of factors may be at play with creating acne. These include:

  • Hormones: Hormonal changes associated with pregnancy, menstruation, and others can cause enlargement of the sebaceous glands, which then produce more sebum. The result is clogged pores and acne.
  • Diet: Many dietary factors may contribute to acne. High fat foods, and foods that cause inflammation or result in increases in blood sugar can trigger an eruption.
  • Toxicity: Toxic chemicals in the foods you eat, water you drink, and air you breathe can also cause blocked pores. Likewise, as you begin to cleanse your body of toxic chemicals you may notice a short outbreak of acne as these toxins work their way out of your body via your skin.
  • Stress: Studies show stress increases sebum production, which can result in acne.
  • Medications: Medications can contribute to acne in two ways. First, they increase toxicity in your body. Second, many medications affect the acne-related hormones such as androgens.
  • Poor self confidence. On an energetic, mind-body connection level,poor self esteem, talking down to yourself, or repressed anger can all manifest in the physical form of acne.

 Are Popular Acne Treatments Healthy?

 Conventional acne treatment typically involves one of two chemicals: benzoyl peroxide or Accutane.

Accutane is an oral prescription medication. While it has demonstrated tremendous success at treating a specific type of acne (nodular acne), it also has a number of extremely dangerous side effects that make it NOT worth the cost of clear skin. These super scary side effects include:

  • Birth defects and fetal death
  • Premature births
  • Mental health problems including suicidal ideation, depression, and psychosis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Liver damage
  • Allergic reactions
  • Thinning of hair
  • Headaches
  • Brittle nails
  • Muscle pain and fatigue
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Photosensitivity

Benzoyl peroxide is a topical acne fighting ingredient found in both prescription and over-the-counter acne treatments. It produces free radicals in the skin, which can cause premature aging and are linked to a number of diseases including cancer. You don’t want to trade in zits for wrinkles. Benzoyl peroxide also causes extreme drying in the skin, which can lead to flaking, redness, and irritation.

Plus, topical treatments like this don’t get to the root cause of the acne.

Oust the Acne

The best and safest way to eradicate acne is with a healthy diet and lifestyle, as well as use of natural skincare products that leave your skin clean without chemicals. This allows you to fight acne naturally, without the use of harsh or dangerous chemicals and medications. Here are my recommendations.

  1. Get plenty of sleep. Sleep fights stress and helps your body and hormonal systems function normally. Try for 7 to 8 hours each night.
  2. East mostly organic plants. These foods are anti-inflammatory powerhouses that minimize toxic buildup in your system, fight free radicals, and promote health and well-being. If you do eat animal protein, minimize your intake to once or twice per week of lean organic poultry or eggs (fish is full of mercury, PCBs and other toxins).
  3. Minimize processed foods. These foods contain chemicals and ingredients that contribute to toxicity and inflammation – both culprits in acne breakouts.
  4. Skip the dairy. A paper in Clinics in Dermatology discussed the link between hormones in dairy products and acne in humans.
  5. Eat a low-fat diet. Excessive fat is congestive in any form. Do not overdo so-called “good” fats like olive oil. I barely use any oil myself anymore, and cook with mostly vegetable broth. As I noted in the beginning of this blog, excessive fat in the diet can influence hormones, which can then influence acne.
  6. Cut out the sugar and refined starches. Sugar and starches also change your body’s hormonal balance. As blood sugar rises, so does insulin, which can upset your body’s overall hormonal balance.
  7. Detoxify. While detoxification may initially result in a little increase in acne, in the long-term your skin will be much clearer. Everyone needs to detoxify because our environments are filled with chemicals that gunk up the body.
  8. Drink plenty of pure water. Water helps flush chemicals from the body and cleanses skin from the inside out.
  9. Relieve stress and get some exercise. I’m a big fan of yoga, which accomplishes both of these goals in a single activity.
  10. Dry brush a few times per week to promote detoxification.
  11. Exfoliate. This removes dry skin that can clog pores.
  12. Be nice to yourself. Seriously! If you say negative things to yourself I do believe it can manifest in physical ways…including possibly acne. When you look in the mirror affirm how grateful you are for your healthy, strong body, instead of saying something negative. When you love yourself, everything truly does start to get better, in all areas.

I understand the desire for clear, acne-free skin. Believe me, I know how much it can affect your life when annoying zits come up. But I urge you to get the root cause and follow the recommendations I list above about changing your lifestyle, and especially foods to definitely avoid.

Don’t go for Accutane and other scary popular acne treatments. Your health matters and these treatments can do serious damage for the long run. What good is clear skin if you are sick or internally imbalanced? That’s why I recommend natural acne-reduction methods that are far safer and much more effective than commercial acne products – without the scary side effects.

 

Via Kimberly Synder

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