Month: January 2016

Some Simple Acne Treatment Tips

sfMost women spend hundreds of dollars on expensive ointments and beauty salon treatments and are still left with unsatisfactory results when there are simple procedures one can do in the comfort of their own home to ensure their skin is healthy and blemish-free. Read on for recommendations on keeping your skin healthy and happy:

1. Exfoliate often

Excess oils produced by the skin clog pores and cause pimples to form; dead skin cells accumulate and need to be regularly removed to give way to the new, healthier skin layer. Make sure you gently exfoliate your face once or twice a week and it will dramatically reduce the appearance of black spots and blemishes.

2. Avoid touching your face

Throughout the day avoid touching your face as hands sweat and this transfers to the face. Most people are compelled to pop a pimple the moment it appears, but this can actually worsen the acne as it spreads bacteria and cause infections.

3. Apply ice and honey

Ice helps tighten the skin and reduce the appearance of pores. Applying ice helps remove oils and dirt and reduces redness and swelling. When your acne gets inflamed – a single ice-cube can do wonders. Honey acts as a natural antiseptic that soothes and heals the skin. Applying honey masks works against the acne problem and is a good preventative measure.

4. Apply toothpaste

Use this as a quick trick to fix an inflamed pimple if you have no time for homemade masks or remedies. A small dab of toothpaste on the affected area and leave for several hours or overnight, then wash away. This will cause the pimple to dry out, but remember to only use white toothpaste and never such with whitening properties.

5. Aloe Vera

When it comes to acne few things are as effective as the aloe vera. This plant has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-septic and astringent properties and can be used as a facial mask, moisturizer, oil or included in your diet. It does wonders in reducing and preventing acne as it regenerates and soothes the skin, stimulating cell growth.

Acne can be unpleasant, but it’s never a stand-alone problem. Many times the cause lies in our lifestyle habits, diet choices or stress levels and we need to examine those to see an unhealthy pattern that requires changing. Remember – healthy and beautiful skin comes from within. Sometimes the problem can require medical attention, in which case skin doctor provides effective treatment to get rid of acne and restore skin to its natural, beautiful state.

How to Continue the Acne Treatment in the Summer

polAcne-prone skin that has been exposed to sunlight can become hypersensitive when using medications including tetracyclines or isotretinoin. Therefore, how to heal the acne completely even in the summer?

In the summer, people with acne-prone skin should consider carefully before sunbathing. Many acne treatments are photosensitizers: the treatments can trigger the rashes on the areas that have been exposed to ultraviolet (UV), especially shoulders, hands, forearms and face. It is even worse when we are wearing swimsuit. The rashes will appear more and spread to other parts of the body.

What if we do not use the photosensitizers for the skin when exposing to the sunlight? The only solution to deal with these rashes is to protect the skin against the sunlight regardless of the medications.

We cannot prevent youngsters or women from catching some rays. However, it is advisable to follow some acne treatments prescribed. Applying a high sun protection factor sunscreen is highly recommended.

Remember:

    • Apply the sunscreen after every 2-hour period and about 15- 30 minutes before being exposed to the sun. UVA protection factor ratio should be equal to or less than 2, and the protection should be 50. Prefer oil-free and water-based one with fragrance to avoid photosensitivity and irritation, fat or comedogenic one is not recommended. Sunscreens with mineral filters (zinc oxide, titanium dioxide) able to reflect the UV rays and sunlight rather than absorbing them is preferable.

 

    • Two of the most effective sunscreens are hat and T-shirt. People suffering from the severe acne will be at a higher depigmentation risk. Therefore, sunscreen is especially important.

 

    • Avoiding the sun exposure and UV cabin between 12- 16 hours.

 

    • Moisturize the skin several times each day, with a suitable amount of oily moisturizer in and it should be non-comedogenic.

 

  • If possible, continue the acne treatment regularly because we will benefit from the guidance and monitoring.

Acne treatment possible in the summer

We can continue the acne treatment even in the summer with several precautions taken.

The fruit acids-based treatments (AHA)

The dermatologists sometimes prescribe the fruit acids which include glycolic acid from sugarcane. They are not harmful.

The benzoyl peroxide treatments

Benzoyl peroxide in soap (Panoxyl), cream and gel (Cutacnyl, Effacné, Erylik, Eclaran, Pannogel, Panoxyl) is photosensitizer. Therefore, you should apply them at night, then use the sunscreen during the day.

Warning: The sunscreen is less active in water, so people practicing some water sports should not follow this formula.

Topical antibiotics products

Topical antibiotics products, especially erythromycin (Erythrogel, Eryfluid, Stimycine) in lotion or gel, or Dalacin T topical solution and lotion (clindamycin), contain alcohol, irritants and/or the propylene glycol. Apply them at night, and remember to associate with the moisturizer.

Warning: use them in short period to avoid antimicrobial resistance.

Oral medication for acne treatments less compatible with the sunlight

The oral treatments are less compatible with the exposure of sunlight.

The treatments based on zinc

Using Zinc gluconate or Rubozinc is less risky in the summer. However, its effectiveness is limited to the small acne, with local treatment.

The isotretinoin treatments

The isotretinoin (Roaccutane, Acnetrait, Curacné,Contracné and Procuta) are prescribed for brittle skin and severe acne. The medication continues in eight months. It causes a skin thinning which is no longer as UV-VIS barrier. This makes the skin become more sensitive to the sunlight, causing a rapid sunburn different from the phototoxicity or photoallergy.

Using broad spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen is effective in avoiding UVA and UVB.

Oral Antibiotics

We must stop using some oral antibiotics or tetracyclines antibiotics like doxycycline due to the significant phototoxicity risk. Then preferred zinc salts is preferred by the doctor.

Only a lymecycline treatment (Tetralysal) with the least phototoxic risk are able to be prosecuted if the acne is moderate or severe with effective moisturizers and photoprotection.

Hormonal Treatment

Diane 35 treatment maintains a favorable risk/benefit ratio to the acne after some antibiotics and the local treatment fail. This treatment is prescribed when there are signs of hirsutism and hyperandrogenism affecting the acne and it persists after some previous treatments. Moreover, we do not use it with oral contraceptive.

 

How To Stop Acne The Acne Diet

3fSkin conditions are not rare these days, especially with changing lifestyles. One such condition that has affected a number of young adults is Acne which means the development of spots. Naturally, no one likes spots. It reduces confidence levels and makes social life hell. But there’s not much you can do or can you?

What Research Says: Research in the field of dermatology shows that skin diseases like Acne could very well be improved with ‘specific diets’. These diets are healthy, fresh and should be consumed on a regular basis. In 2010, scientists conducted 27 tests, 21 observational while 6 clinical. These tests indicated that 50% Acne situations improved with the consumption of specific diet. A study in 2006 showed that boys in the age group of 15 to 25 with mild acne admitted dramatic change by consuming a healthy diet. Successive tests indicated the relationship of Acne & diet.

Acne & Diet

Studies based on population reveal that non-western diets correlate with the absence of acne.

It was duly noted that western diets were deficient of Omega-3s fatty acids whereas the non-western foods particularly in larger parts of Asia & Oceania had Omega-3s fatty acid.

Omega-6s fatty acids are known to encourage pro-inflammatory mediators and associated with the development of inflammatory Acne. Diets containing Omega-3s decrease inflammatory factors drastically.

Outcome shows that a diet rich in fish and seafood decreases Acne to new levels. Also, intake of carbohydrates & caloric restriction control sebum production in the body.

Foods to Eat

Green Tea

It helps fight Acne. After solid research, it was found that applying EGCG (green tea antioxidant) reduces the sebaceous glands. EGCG also reduces sebum production. Drink enough green tea and apply cooled tea bags to acne-prone areas.

Fruits & Vegetables

Our parents have always focused on eating fruits & vegetables; for a concrete ‘reason’. They have multiple ‘benefits’. Fresh fruits & vegetables contain beta-carotenes which reduce skin oils and are anti-inflammatory. Dark-berries, leafy vegetables also help clear toxins from body.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

It helps ease inflammation which leads to skin irritation (Acne). Foods like walnuts, flaxseed oil, almonds, seafood, fish like salmon & sardines must be encouraged.

Minerals

Zinc & Selenium rich foods contain ingredients that make life hell for acne producing bacteria. Turkey, nuts, tuna, ham, wheat germ, oysters, roasted pumpkin contain enough of these minerals.

Probiotics

They are bacteria that help reduce gut inflammation reducing acne & helping skin. Consume yogurt, dark chocolate, pickles, microalgae etc. regularly in sufficient quantity.

Vitamin A

In the ‘required’ amount, Vitamin A works as a wonderful acne-fighting agent. Severe acne could also clear if foods like spinach, eggs, broccoli, pumpkin and carrots are consumed.

The very basic medicine for Acne is Water. Drinking huge amounts of water helps fight Acne. This is the simplest habit you can follow.

Foods to Avoid

Consuming the above mentioned foods can surely help fight Acne but ‘not consuming’ some foods could speed up the process. Insulin-spiking foods should definitely be avoided.