Diet and Acne

Diet and Acne – New Evidence To Prove That Diet Does Matter

This does not come as a shock as we have stated this and so have many other skin experts. We agree 100% that diet is a major contributor to acne and other skin conditions. Weight is also another factor which is covered in this news article.   Acne can begin in adulthood, too, with the majority of cases – 75 per cent – occurring in women. Many people who’ve battled acne attest that certain foods aggravate their skin. Yet most dermatologists contend there’s no scientific link between diet and acne. The prevailing view is that the food-acne connection is a myth. Recent studies are, however, challenging this stance. Dairy products and high glycemic foods (e.g. sugary foods and those made from refined flour) have been shown to worsen acne, while omega-3 fats may alleviate it. Read the full news article now It’s not surprising that this is all starting to get peoples attention as this information has been a shared opinion for many people inclusing acne sufferers, but as always, doctors and dermatologists seems to think they know better given their medical backgrounds. Maybe now they will start to listen more and take notice of what the patient is saying. What do you think about this? Click To Read More »

Acne & Weight Gain

Acne and Weight Gain – Study Shows That Being Overweight Increases Chances of Getting Acne

A recent study has found that there is an increased probability of teenagers and young adults getting acne if they have a high body mass index (excess weight). I think there needs to be more research into this but it’s an interesting article none the less.   Teenagers and young adults may be able to prevent acne by stepping on the bathroom scale. Over the years, researchers have found that weight gain and moderate to severe acne — a problem that affects about one in five teenagers — go hand in hand, particularly among young women. While it is not entirely clear why, excess hormones most likely play a role. The most recent study highlighting a link was published this month in The Archives of Dermatology and included roughly 3,600 teenagers. The researchers looked closely at their weight and its relation to their skin, factoring in several variables that could also play a role, including age, puberty and diet. High-sugar junk foods like candy and soda are not only linked to weight gain, for example, but are also known to worsen acne. Read the full story   It’s claimed that one of the factors of this is due to increased androgen levels that is caused by obesity. This is a definite possibility as fat tissue plays a part in converting weak androgen into stronger ones which can actually trigger acne. What are you thoughts about this article and do you think it carries much weight…? (don’t laugh to loudly) Click To Read More »

Drop Your Doctor & Manage Your Own Acne

Drop Your Doctor & Manage Your Own Acne

Now before we begin, obviously, we are not suggesting or advising nor do we condone the practice of jogging along to your local doctors surgery and KO’ing your doctor or GP with a Rocky style uppercut… No… just stick to a basic right hook, keep your elbow up and follow through into the cheek bone… ONLY JOKING! We are merely stating that you can do things without them especially when it comes to treating acne. We do however advise and condone the practice of jogging… highly helpful to your health and your acne as you will soon discover So on to the matter at hand… dealing with your acne on your own. One of the biggest worries for most acne sufferers is how they can manage acne on their own. Some often think that doctor prescription and hospital medication are the only way of treating acnes. However, this is not true as there exists ways in which you can take care of the situation by yourself. When you have acne infections, at times, you may often wonder whether there is a way to ensure that your acne does not become worse or how to get rid of acne fast. There are many ways in which you can take care of acne on your own without the help of expensive medications and expensive dermatologists. Even before you understand how to take care of acne on your own, you have to understand that there a few basic causes of acne spots and pimples. Knowing these causes will help you to move forward and elminate those potential causes that do not apply to you, so you can then move forward and deal with the causes that apply to you. Here is a list of know causes of acne: Excessive skin oil production by the sebaceous glands which cloggs pores. Blocked hair follicles, again due to excess sebum oil. Hormonal imbalances caused during puberty, pregnancy and menstrual cycles. Eating too much sugary and fatty foods, processed foods, dairy products that can also trigger hormonal imbalances. Build up of toxins inside the body. Poor functioning digestive system. Constipation Wearing too much oil based makeups. Side effects of medications, antibiotics and steroids. Stress and depression. Tight fitting clothing, headbands or anything restrictive like a chin strap. This may appear to be quite a lot of potential causes but fear not, the likelihood is that you have already eliminated some potential causes  just by reading the above list. On your own, you can decide to focus on natural home treatments that are often more preferable than using medications as they are safe and pose no danger to your skin or health unlike acne medications. There are many home therapies that help to unclog blocked pores, killing of skin bacteria and reducing the production of skin oil. One of the best ways of unclogging the pores is ensuring that you wash the infected area with warm water to ensure that the pores of the skin remain clean and […] Click To Read More »

Digestion Problems and Acne

Digestion Problems and Acne

Many may be wondering why discuss the digestive system when talking of acne. Is there a relationship between the two? Well, we will see whether there is a relationship between your digestive system and acne infections and how knowing this relationship will help you in the natural prevention and control of your acne infection. As you may already know, the main functions of the digestive system is that it is the part of your body that will help in breaking down foods into fatty acids, amino acids, glycerine and sugar. After the digestive system has broken down the food, such food is in turn transported via the blood stream for use by the body in producing energy and nutrients for maintaining the body. I bet you can now sense the direction I am headed. However, before we reach where I am going, I want to tell you that the body is completely dependent on the nutrients provided through the digestive system. Have you ever wondered what would happen if you had a faulty digestive system? Even if you ate all the foods containing the minerals required by the body for the control of acne, it would be meaningless! The main substance in your digestive system A vital substance that helps your digestive system working properly is Hydrochloric acid or HCL. Your digestive system must be able to provide a certain level of HCL in order to function effectively. If you eat junk food regularly or your usual diet contains much fat and sugar, the level of HCL in your stomach will be reduced. Ask your doctor especially if you suffer from fatigue or adult acne and other skin problems. Depleted HCL will also lead to other problems such as muscle cramps, arthritis, and food allergies. Besides an unhealthy diet, prolonged use of antibiotics is another cause depletion of HCL. Without enough HCL, your immune system be compromised, and this will lead to acne flare. Therefore, the relationship between the digestive system and acne is portrayed by the functioning of the digestive system which determines in a big way your acne condition. A ‘faulty’ digestive system will automatically lead to skin problems such as acne since the body will not get the nutrients required in maintaining the balance of the skin. Also, should your digestive system be faulty, it will take longer for your acne condition to heal since nothing you ingest towards assisting you with the treatment will be properly passed to the skin organs. When the digestive system can no longer break down food into useful components to be used by the body, the unbroken food may turn into toxic waste that may prove harmful to the body. The body will also undergo strains and stress conditions that may worsen skin conditions and affect the whole body system if not taken care of. How therefore do you take care of your digestive system so as to ensure that it is functioning properly to help you in the prevention of […] Click To Read More »

Acne Caused By Clothing

Acne Caused By Clothing

Did you know that the clothes you wear may have a relationship with your acne condition? Maybe you are shaking your head in disbelief but it is very true that your clothing may influence your acne condition. As a matter of fact, experts have realized this and are currently advising people to watch the clothes they wear. Clothes can not only be the cause of acne but also the cause of other numerous diseases. It is true that we don’t wear clothes on our faces and even those who cover their faces with clothes are often rare to find. However, as we had discussed previously, acne not only affects the face but also other parts of the body. Let me tell you how clothes affect acne and how you should handle acne. There is a cause of acne known as acne mechanica which in the essence, is caused by elements such as heat, friction, and if there is a constant contact of the skin and clothing. As such, it is not strange to see someone who is always wearing such clothing wear as headbands or helmets having an acne infection along the hairline. Those who often wear tight clothing are as such also in high risk of getting acne mechanica. The ones who are often prone to this types of acne are those who often use sporting  are at a higher risk of this type of acne as they have tight clothing and wears that often rub against the skin. Ladies too who love wearing tight clothes are always at a high risk of getting acne mechanica. Some men too are fond of wearing shirts with tight neck line and as a result, risk getting the infection along the neck. What should you therefore do? There are several things you can do in regard to your clothing so as to prevent acne mechanica the first of which is to ensure that your wear loose fitting clothing. It is often recommended that should you notice that your clothing is either too tight or is rubbing against your skin, the best thing to do is to change the clothing or loosen it. If it is a must that you should wear tight clothing, then, you should not stay in them for long periods of time. Ensure that you change as soon as it is practically possible into loose clothing. The best type of clothing to wear however, are clothing made from cotton. With the proper clothing, you will never have to worry about getting acne mechanica on other parts of your body. There are many known causes of acne that many people are not aware of. One the major, if not the biggest contributor is the relationship between digestion and acne Click the link to read more. Click To Read More »

The Power Of Water & Sleep On Acne

The Power Of Water & Sleep On Acne

Did you know that the amount of water you drink and the number of hours that you sleep have a direct effect on the severity of your acne condition? Drinking water for healthy skin is not exactly a new phenomenon, but when it comes to helping acne it certainly is breaking new ground. Indeed, some people may disagree with me on this but before you do; we have to agree that the two are pretty important to life. Just think of what would happen should you stop drinking water or if you miss sleep for several days! The body takes in water from either the foods we eat or the drinks we take. However, this is not enough water. The body uses a lot of water to run the whole body system. As a matter of fact, 78% of a human being is made up of water! How therefore is this liquid important in the treatment of acne? If you want to prove that water is important, then, ask yourself how come you will often be advised to use cosmetics that have water listed as part of their ingredients instead of using oil based makeups? Water can be used as one of the best medicines for acne. As a matter of fact, not only acne but also many other body diseases. Many people often prefer drinking sugary beverages but this does not help the situation. Not that drinking beverages increases the infection, but for a wise person who has been infected by acne, it is best to drink plain water instead. This is because when water goes into the body system, it helps in purifying your body against impurities and therefore acting as a curative for acne to a larger extent. Lack of sleep linked to acne! Sleep has also been known to be good medicine for acne. Those who often don’t sleep often suffer not only from acne but also from other ailments. This is because when an individual lacks sleep, the body is not rested and thus its immunity levels are lowered. As a result, the body becomes weak and lacks the capability to fight diseases. Every time you have the opportunity to sleep, do not let it pass you by. When you sleep, you give the body time to rest, relax and fight off pathogens. Sleeping time is also a time for the body to recover used energy, rebuild broken tissues and rejuvenate. Therefore, in the case of acne infection, sleep will often ensure that the skin has the time to rebuild its ruptured tissues and restore itself. Sleep also gives the body enough time to concentrate in fighting bacteria that would have otherwise aggravated your acne condition. Lemons for skin especially if used in drinking water are also a great way to deal with probelm skin as its helps to get rid of toxins and helps to neutralise an acidic body which is also linked to acne. Click To Read More »

Acne Controlling Tips Part 2

Acne Controlling Tips Part 2

There are many simple ways that you can use to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of acne. One of the most common ones that we have already mentioned is to wash your face twice a day. However, we did not tell you the reason as to why washing your face is important. Well, washing your face is one of the easy ways of preventing acne breakouts. This is because grime and grease often build up on the face as you go through your daily activities. Also, air pollution such as industrial smoke, dust and other micro organic materials often end up on your face. As a result, it is easier for bacteria to penetrate into the follicles should there be a skin rupture on your face thereby triggering acnes. Therefore, it would be advisable to wash your face thoroughly to reduce such risks. However, we don’t mean that you should start washing your face anytime you pass near running water! Not at all! As a matter of fact, twice a day is just enough to eliminate the risk. It is advisable to wash your face when you wake up early in the morning and when you go to sleep at the end of the day. When washing your face, ensure that you use a clean piece of washcloth, warm water and a non oily cleanser. As such, you will be effectively getting rid of dirt, dead skin cells, bacteria and dust. As well as washing your face with water, there are also massive benefits to drinking water for acne treatment.   Stress and acne are linked, so performing simple exercises such as yoga will ensure that your body is able to sweat and relieve it off stress. The reason as to why you should relieve stress through exercising is that stress in itself causes hormonal imbalances in the body and therefore provides a fertile ground for the development of acne infections. What you should also know is that stress causes the skin to hold back its oil and distribute it irregularly and therefore causing clogging that in turn, leads to acne formation. It is for this reasons that a person is often encouraged to engage in stress reducing activities such as exercises, relaxation and sleep. Exercising not only reduces your stress levels but also ensures that the pores of your skin are cleared off impurities through sweating. As a result, any form of dead skin cells that may cause clogging in the follicles are brought to the surface of the skin and cleared. Therefore, ensure that you exercise at least once a week if your desire is to prevent acne infection. Click To Read More »