What’s the Deal with Pimples (Acne)?

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Acne Girl Skin Pimples

The problem of pimples normally starts in teenagers but in some cases it is also found in adults. Various types of pimples are found on the skin of teenagers. Most of the time pimples appear like painful bumps and sometimes as spots on the skin. Mostly they appear on facial skin but they are also found on shoulders, buttocks and back in some cases.

There are many myths about the appearance of pimples during teen age, but what’s the go?

Causes of pimples

Pimples are mainly caused by the reaction of the skin to the changes in body hormones. Your skin naturally releases sebum, an oily substance that protects your skin, through its sebaceous glands. Due to the increased level of testosterone hormone during puberty, in boys as well as girls, the production of sebum also increases. This over production of sebum severally blocks the hair follicles. This lockage leads to the formation of spots if it happens with dead skin cells.

Skin Pimples and Acne

You experience pain and swelling beneath the blockage spots due to the multiplication of bacteria there. These spots appear as pimples when the skin gets swollen and red in color. But it’s at this time to be careful to prevent scaring on the skin by treating the pimples carefully.

How to deal with pimples carefully

  • You should avoid squeezing or picking the spots as it can lead to scarring and inflammation on the skin. Usually, these spots go away naturally after some time but sometimes they leave redness on the skin for some time.
  • At the time of stress, especially in women, pimples usually get worse due to the effect of menstrual cycle and pregnancy. So while dealing with pimples at his time you should take special care of them to save your skin from deteriorating.
  • You should gently use a mild cleanser and oil-free moisturizer while washing your skin with pimples. In this condition exfoliating or scrubbing the skin can cause irritation and give a feel of soreness.

Treatments for pimples

Usually, pimples go away by themselves after some time but in certain cases they may take several years to get cured. Some treatments discussed here under can help in dealing with pimples quickly and easily.

  • Most of the people use over-the-counter medications even without consulting their medical service providers to treat their pimples of the mild nature. But if desired results are not seen then you should see a skin care expert to treat them effectively as many prescription treatments are also available in the market for this purpose.
  • Non-inflammatory pimples of the mild nature usually contain blackheads and whiteheads also. In such cases, you can use lotions or gels containing topical antibiotics like azelaic acid or benzoyl peroxide and retinoids like vitamin A to treat them quickly.
  • These medications, individually or in combination, can also help in treating pimples of mild to moderate nature having nodules and pustules.
  • You can also consult a dermatologist to treat your pimples depending upon their severity.
  • Contraceptive pills containing estrogen can also help in dealing with pimples in women effectively

Natural Treatments for Sunburnt Skin

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Sunburnt Skin

We’ve all suffered the after-effects of a fun day at the beach, at the park or out and about. It doesn’t take long today for the sun to leave it’s mark. And it’s usually only as the sun sets that you first realize that you’re totally burnt.

Sunburn is a kind of burning of the tissues of the skin caused by the overexposure to the radiation of ultraviolet rays of the sun. Reddish skin is one of the main symptoms of sunburn among humans as well as animals but severe sunburn can also add a mild dizziness and a general fatigue, along with that typical hot feeling. In extreme cases, excessive exposure to the radiation of UV rays can be life threatening also.

The warning of course is that excessive exposure to UV radiation can also cause non-malignant tumor of the skin and even various types of skin cancers. Mostly people prefer natural treatments for sunburn to avoid chemical reactions of the formula medications.

Prevention of sunburn

Sunburn and other problems caused by overexposure of the skin to UV radiation can be prevented by applying good quality sunscreen on the exposed skin and wearing proper clothing while going out, especially in hot scorching sun during summer. You can also prevent sunburn on your skin naturally by tanning your skin in moderate sun rays as the melanin produced within the skin protects it naturally from overexposure to UV radiation.

But what can you do if you’ve misjudged your exposure for the day slightly and have suffered for it?

Natural sunburn treatment

Though various over-the-counter painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications are available in medical stores to treat the implications of sunburn but still people prefer to treat their sunburn naturally as formula medications can sometimes worsen the skin condition.

Some of the natural treatments in this regard may include:

Aloe Vera: The power glyconutrients present in Aloe Vera help greatly in repairing and improving healing of the skin damages caused by its overexposure to UV radiation. The gel of matured leaves of Aloe Vera plant is used for this purpose. It can be applied as a topical ointment on the affected skin to improve its condition. Aloe Vera is an absolute favorite of many a sunburnt person and so many testify to it’s quick use at the end of a day.

Potatoes: The starch-based compound found in potatoes helps in soothing the effect of sunburn. You can rub or pat down the slices of uncooked potato or apply poultice of grated raw potato on the spot of sunburn to sooth it.

Sunburnt Skin of manVinegar: Vinegar can help in reducing the itching, inflammation and pain on the skin due to sunburn due to the acetic acid found in it. You can soak your sun-burnt skin with the water including cider vinegar while taking bath to get quick and effective results as it works like aspirin naturally.

Honey: It has been proved through various studies that honey soothes sunburn much better than any other antibiotic ointment as it speeds up healing of the affected skin by minimizing pain and infections.

Green tea: The tannic and catechin acids found in green tea help in soothing the pain of sunburn. You can use tea bags of green tea soaked in water as a cold compress on the spot of sunburn or wash the affected skin gently with the cold extract of green tea to get effective results very soon.

So there are a few natural treatments that people turn to after getting sunburnt.

Feel free to leave a comment about what you find effective when you’re burnt to a crisp.

Foods That Promote Healthy Skin

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Healthy Food Promotes Good Skin

There are many simple things anyone can do to improve the health and vitality of their skin. Of course sometimes it is beyond our control due to genetics or other factors, however in general our own habits dictate our general health and wellbeing, especially in relation to our skin.

While research on the exact foods leading to a healthy skin is limited (so there’s no holy grail as yet), a lot has been studied on what is needed. From these studies, it is simple to identify certain types of foods that promote healthy skin and body in general. Usually, what you eat is manifested on the skin which means improving skin health corresponds to overall healthy diet. A poor diet and lifestyle will lead to deteriorating skin conditions and aging.

Some of the foods recommended to promote healthy skin include the following;

  • Strawberries and blueberries – According to a reports released in clinical nutrition journals, strawberries have a higher content of anti-aging vitamin C per serving than fruits such as grapes or oranges. This leads to fewer wrinkles and age-related skin conditions like dryness. Vitamin C is known for eliminating free radicals that often damage cells and cause fine lines and dehydration of the skin.
  • Carrots, apricots, yellow/orange fruits and vegetables – These foods mainly consist of fruits and vegetables known for their high vitamin and nutrient content. These foods provide hydration ad also eliminate free radicals from the body. They also stabilize body metabolism thus encouraging distribution of nutrients across all parts and an overall natural growth.
  • Tomatoes – Tomatoes are some of the most available vegetable-fruits in the grocery store. Organic tomatoes are rich in vitamin C and acid which increases skin hydration and healing of wounds and scars. Tomatoes prevent skin dryness, formation of wrinkles and fine lines as well as skin spots.
  • Olive oil – Besides the internal soothing olive oil gives to the body from its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it also makes the skin smoother and healthier. In addition to applying olive oil products, incorporate some of it into your daily diet. It helps in fighting free radicals from the body and regenerating skin properties.
  • Green tea – Different researches have already linked green tea with reducing the risks of skin cancer. Taking a cup of green tea more often can help rebuild younger skin and eliminate free radicals that damage skin cells. It also has anti-inflammatory antioxidants which sooth wounds and damages made on skin layers.
  • Salmon, mackerel and fatty fish – Not all fats are harmful to our body and some are essentially needed for the enhancement of skin and elimination of harmful substances from the body. Consuming a limited amount of fatty fish will deliver minerals and nutrients that promote hydration, regeneration and natural healing of the skin.
  • Pumpkin – The orange hue in pumpkin is from a group known as carotenoids which are known to fight aging and neutralize free radicals. They are also rich in vitamins A, C and E which boost healthy skin development.
  • Other foods known to promote healthier skin are pomegranates which are rich in antioxidants. Most of these foods contain antioxidants and skin healing vitamins like vitamin C and K.

There are many other foods for promoting healthy skins including beans, peas, lentils, nuts, spinach and green leafy vegetables. It is important to acknowledge that even with these foods, habits like smoking, alcohol and substance abuse may lead to deteriorating skin conditions. Achieving a healthy skin therefore requires a combined effort of consuming healthy diets and living conscious lifestyles.

Review: Elave skincare (Perioral dermatitis & Sensitive Skin)

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Here is an excellent review of the skincare products from Irish based Elave. These products are promoted as excellent treatment for perioral dermatitis breakouts. According to the company’s information, Elave products are sulfate and paraben free as well as being free of other nasty chemicals.

Check out the review for more information and the reviewer’s results.

For more info check out www.elaveskincare.com

We’re seeing good pricing on these products online.

Our Video Rating: 5 / 5

Patients with vitiligo, alopecia areata at increased risk for atopic dermatitis

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Patients with vitiligo, alopecia areata at increased risk for atopic dermatitis

Girish C. Mohan, MD, and Jonathan I. Silverberg, MD, PhD, MPH, conducted a literature search of Medline, Embase, Cochrane Library, Google Scholar and 12 additional journals from 1946 to April 5, 2014, to compare the prevalence of atopic dermatitis (AD) among patients with either vitiligo or alopecia areata (AA) and those without either disorder

There were 16 studies of vitiligo and 17 studies of AA included in the final review. Through a pooled analysis that included control patients without vitiligo and control patients without AA, patients with vitiligo or AA were found to have a significantly higher odds of AD than control patients, according to the researchers.

There were higher odds of AD in patients younger than 12 years with early-onset vitiligo compared with patients with late-onset vitiligo, according to pooled analysis of three studies. Patients with alopecia totalis or alopecia universalis had higher odds of AD when compared with patients with patchy alopecia, according to pooled analysis of four studies.


DNA variation that makes Gujaratis susceptible to vitiligo identified

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DNA variation that makes Gujaratis susceptible to vitiligo identified

Researchers of M S University’s Department of Biochemistry have identified the prevalence of a DNA sequence variation that makes Gujaratis susceptible to vitiligo, a skin disorder in which white patches of skin appear on different parts of the body.

Gujarat and Rajasthan are known to have highest prevalence of vitiligo. It affects over eight percent of the population in Gujarat making it one of the highest in the country. Major reasons for these skin disorder are oxidative stress (imbalance between oxidants and in-oxidants in the body), neural and genetic factors.

“As part of our studies, we screened genetic samples of over 1,500 vitiligo patients from across Gujarat and found that it is because of SNP that Gujaratis are more vulnerable to this disease. Out of the total screened samples, 908 samples were of women,” said professor Rasheedunnisa Begum, whose study is supported by the Indian Council of Medical Research and Gujarat State Biotechnology Mission, Gandhinagar.

Presently, vitiligo is diagnosed through physical examination, medical history and laboratory tests. Vitiligo is incurable but presently light treatment or excimer laser treatments are used to control the spread of the disease on a patient’s body.

After identifying the DNA sequence variation, MSU researchers are hoping that their study will lead to development of personalized medicines for patients suffering from the skin disorder.

“Findings of our research will lead to development of personalised medicine which can control the spread of vitiligo which is incurable. Personalised medicines can be developed based on the stage of disease in individual patients, duration of the disease, the number of patches on an individual’s body and a few biochemical parameters,” said Begum, who has published over 30 national and international papers on vitiligo.

Focusing on how our skin’s color changes

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Focusing on how our skin’s color changes

The aging face has three basic changes: volume loss, collagen loss and color changes. A lot has been made of the use of fillers such as Juvederm, or fat to replace age-related volume loss.

We have previously written about using topical creams, chemical peels and lasers for the restoration of collagen loss, but this month I want to focus on the color changes that we see in the face and what we can do about them. Like collagen, the three basic modalities for treatment are topical creams, chemical peels and laser.

What makes the three color changes in the face particularly annoying is that most of these changes are “spotty” in nature. What we like to see is smooth, even skin. White, red and brown spots mess this up. Before we consider the benign color changes, a quick word about cancer.

Melanoma is scary — any spots that are changing or look significantly different than other spots need to be evaluated for malignancy.

Now let’s consider white spots. There’s a common reason for white spots include, vitaligo, hypomalanoisis and scars. The only treatable cause is a fungal infection called tinea versicolor.

Unfortunately, for most of those unwanted white spots there is no good treatment. Sunscreen and make-up are the mainstays of treatment. Sunscreen won’t actually help the white; it just reduces the contrast between the patch and the normal skin.

Red in the skin consists of two basic problems-distinct vessels and rosacea.

There are four stages of rosacea, which can range from “rosy” cheeks to severe acne forms of rosacea.

Topical creams can help for mild pinkness to the cheeks, products containing caffeine will temporarily reduce the redness and for more severe forms of rosacea, topical and oral antibiotics are sometime helpful.

The Best Beauty Trends, Products, and Tricks of 2014

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The Best Beauty Trends, Products, and Tricks of 2014

2014 was a big year for beauty—the masses were introduced to oil pulling, fell hard for all things Korean, chugged green juice, and embraced washing their hair a few—and in some cases two—times per week.

Tay Cosmetics: Rose-Marie Swift is a famous New York makeup artist that has created this attractive line of color cosmetics. She’s such an inspiration to the green beauty industry. I’m so in love with her lip and cheek pigment in Illusive. Its creamy but not greasy texture feels photo-shoot professional. It’s one of my favorite go-to products that I can use both day and night.

Glam: I finally find the elusive IOPE Water Fit Lipstick that Jun Ji Hyun wore in the hit K-drama, Love from Another Star. Everyone was so obsessed with emulating her look, it was completely out of stock for awhile. Luckily I was able to snag a few on my trip to Seoul.

Lucky Magazine: I’m obsessed with outlandish colors on my lips. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics is one of my favorite brands, they’re vegan and make intense, intense pigments like this chalky periwinkle. I don’t think it looks good on me, per se, but I love it all the same. When I mused to my mom that maybe I’ll wear it on my wedding day next summer, she scowled.

The Cut: My daily makeup routine: Amore Pacific Cushion Compact, Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhance, Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Glow, Surratt Beauty eyelash curler, and a Dolce and Gabbana eyebrow pencil. Cushion compacts are the latest Korean skin coverage technology and Surratt Beauty makes the world’s best eyelash curler (yes, even better than Shu Uemura).