Foods that Fight Acne!

  • By Maxine Dean
  • 05 May, 2017

What to eat for clear skin!

Start a food fight with your acne! Learn what foods can help your body's defense against acne. Anti-inflammatory foods heal the body and the skin by preventing skin issues such as acne, eczema and more. By reducing inflammation in the body in general, we can prevent skin disorders.

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By Maxine Dean 11 Jul, 2017

Laughter can be infectious. When you hear the sound of laughter, you can’t help but laugh yourself. When laughter is shared among others, it causes a binding between people and increases both intimacy and happiness.

It is well known that laughter triggers healthy bodily changes and healthy changes in the mind. Laughter can increase your energy level, lessen pain, strengthen the immune system, and protect you from stress. Laughter is the best medicine because it is free, fun, and easy.  

By Maxine Dean 07 Jul, 2017

When we think of the visible signs of aging that we most want to overcome, facial wrinkles are at the top of the list. We are constantly made aware of the major common causes of wrinkles - the sun’s ultraviolet rays, stress, alcohol, cigarette smoking and simply getting older.

However, there are some lesser-known factors that may be contributing to your display of facial creases. These may not have the macro effects of the causes already mentioned, but if you are quite concerned by the appearance of wrinkles you may wish to consider every possible option. One or more of these may be influencing your appearance, so consider running a self-check to monitor their impact.

Sleeping on one side all night

Research has shown that sleeping on one side the entire night can cause creases on your skin to develop. This is because as you press your skin against your pillow, creases may develop on your chest, chins and cheeks.

Unfortunately, as you get older, your skin will no longer be capable of smoothing out or springing back as quickly as when you were still young. Try to minimize the habit of sleeping on only one side as much as possible. You may also opt to use silky soft pillowcases to reduce friction on your skin.

Spending long hours inside the vehicle

It is a common fallacy that being inside the car totally spares you from the harmful rays of the sun. However, if you drive or stay inside the car for long hours you can still be a moving target of the sun’s UV rays. One way to prevent this from happening is to apply broad-spectrum sunscreen daily when travelling. Wear sunglasses as well to prevent squinting – another wrinkle-maker.

Repeated facial expressions

If you have the habit of frowning or squinting whenever you are trying to express yourself then chances are there are already several grooves forming beneath the surface of your skin. Gradually, these grooves will become obvious marks that are known as wrinkles which are also referred to as laugh lines, frown lines and forehead folds.

Eat a balanced diet

We are made aware from some quarters that over-consumption of meat can be bad for our health. The real problem is if meat is eaten to the exclusion of other necessary food groups, especially fruit and vegetables. When it comes to fighting wrinkles, we often tend to forget about the importance of eating plant-based foods which are loaded with anti-oxidants that fight against premature signs of aging.

 Meat can have benefits to the body’s overall health but avoiding those greens and other colored vegetables can speed up age-related symptoms so skin wrinkles will appear sooner than they should. A great way to combat these wrinkles is to load up your plate with fish, olive oil, fruits and vegetables. Remember that you need to be beautiful inside and out!

Washing too much

Cleanliness might be a virtue, but habitually washing too much can have a negative effect on the health of your skin. Over washing your face can deplete its natural moisturizers resulting in dry skin that is susceptible to wrinkle formations.

Some soaps and cleansers contain ingredients which are harsh to the skin, especially if not quickly rinsed off. Make sure to use mild soaps and also avoid applying too much makeup.

 

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By Maxine Dean 11 Jul, 2017

Laughter can be infectious. When you hear the sound of laughter, you can’t help but laugh yourself. When laughter is shared among others, it causes a binding between people and increases both intimacy and happiness.

It is well known that laughter triggers healthy bodily changes and healthy changes in the mind. Laughter can increase your energy level, lessen pain, strengthen the immune system, and protect you from stress. Laughter is the best medicine because it is free, fun, and easy.  

By Maxine Dean 07 Jul, 2017

When we think of the visible signs of aging that we most want to overcome, facial wrinkles are at the top of the list. We are constantly made aware of the major common causes of wrinkles - the sun’s ultraviolet rays, stress, alcohol, cigarette smoking and simply getting older.

However, there are some lesser-known factors that may be contributing to your display of facial creases. These may not have the macro effects of the causes already mentioned, but if you are quite concerned by the appearance of wrinkles you may wish to consider every possible option. One or more of these may be influencing your appearance, so consider running a self-check to monitor their impact.

Sleeping on one side all night

Research has shown that sleeping on one side the entire night can cause creases on your skin to develop. This is because as you press your skin against your pillow, creases may develop on your chest, chins and cheeks.

Unfortunately, as you get older, your skin will no longer be capable of smoothing out or springing back as quickly as when you were still young. Try to minimize the habit of sleeping on only one side as much as possible. You may also opt to use silky soft pillowcases to reduce friction on your skin.

Spending long hours inside the vehicle

It is a common fallacy that being inside the car totally spares you from the harmful rays of the sun. However, if you drive or stay inside the car for long hours you can still be a moving target of the sun’s UV rays. One way to prevent this from happening is to apply broad-spectrum sunscreen daily when travelling. Wear sunglasses as well to prevent squinting – another wrinkle-maker.

Repeated facial expressions

If you have the habit of frowning or squinting whenever you are trying to express yourself then chances are there are already several grooves forming beneath the surface of your skin. Gradually, these grooves will become obvious marks that are known as wrinkles which are also referred to as laugh lines, frown lines and forehead folds.

Eat a balanced diet

We are made aware from some quarters that over-consumption of meat can be bad for our health. The real problem is if meat is eaten to the exclusion of other necessary food groups, especially fruit and vegetables. When it comes to fighting wrinkles, we often tend to forget about the importance of eating plant-based foods which are loaded with anti-oxidants that fight against premature signs of aging.

 Meat can have benefits to the body’s overall health but avoiding those greens and other colored vegetables can speed up age-related symptoms so skin wrinkles will appear sooner than they should. A great way to combat these wrinkles is to load up your plate with fish, olive oil, fruits and vegetables. Remember that you need to be beautiful inside and out!

Washing too much

Cleanliness might be a virtue, but habitually washing too much can have a negative effect on the health of your skin. Over washing your face can deplete its natural moisturizers resulting in dry skin that is susceptible to wrinkle formations.

Some soaps and cleansers contain ingredients which are harsh to the skin, especially if not quickly rinsed off. Make sure to use mild soaps and also avoid applying too much makeup.

 

By Maxine Dean 01 Jul, 2017
There are two forms of sun protection, physical sunscreen and chemical sunscreen. The biggest difference between the two is that physical sunscreen blocks ultraviolet radiation from penetrating the skin while chemical sunscreen absorbs and deactivates ultraviolet radiation that has penetrated the skin.
By Maxine Dean 21 Jun, 2017
1.   Choose the  Perfect Cleanser !  Acne prone skin needs a face wash that's powerful enough to clear away oil, dirt and dead skin, but gentle enough not to irritate the skin any further.
A daily face wash containing micronized benzoyl peroxide (a form of benzoyl peroxide that is 10 times more effective than the regular benzoyl due to its smaller molecule) can make a world of difference, with blemishes starting to clear in a little as 5 days. Micronized Benzoyl Peroxide kills acne causing bacteria on the surface of the skin and deep within pores, while reducing oil production, inflammation AND redness.

Tip:  Massage the cleanser into the skin, focusing on pimples and leave on for 5 minutes before washing it off.
By Maxine Dean 20 Jun, 2017

Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl Peroxide is one of the most tried and true acne treatments. BPO is an effective treatment for active breakouts and as a preventative treatment that has been used for over fifty years.

Benzoyl Peroxide has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. It penetrates pores and kills p.acne, the strain of bacteria that causes breakouts. BPO even fights bacteria that is resistant to topical antibiotics. It's also a  keratolytic, which means that it'll help breakdown the buildup of dead skin, dirt and oil trapped inside pores. With continued use, BPO reduces sebum production which helps control oil.

Types of Benzoyl Peroxide
Benzoyl Peroxide is easy to find and relatively inexpensive. It comes in a variety of forms including gels, creams, cleansers and body washes. And it's available in several concentrations, 2.5%, 5% and 10% being the most popular.

Look for Micronized Benzoyl Peroxide  - a finely milled version of traditional Benzoyl Peroxide.   Benzoyl peroxide is not very water soluble, traditional BPO molecules have the tendency to crystallize and form clusters that can be too large to effectively penetrate pores. Benzoyl Peroxide is micronized to produce smaller, more consistently sized particles that are able to penetrate pores easier and more efficiently.
By Maxine Dean 17 Jun, 2017
Dermatologists and skin care professionals diagnose acne type and severity with a grading scale. Acne grades are determined by the amount of blemishes, the type of blemishes, the location of the blemishes and the amount of inflammation present. Acne grades can help you and your doctor determine the best treatment plan for your skin.
By Maxine Dean 14 Jun, 2017
By Maxine Dean 13 Jun, 2017

MYTH: If you pop a pimple, it will be less noticeable and go away faster. 

TRUTH: Instead of speeding up the process of healing, popping pimples actually makes them stick around much longer!  Popping a whitehead causes the bacteria inside to be pushed deeper into the skin, allowing  more infection to grow. 

After popping a pimple, the area will get redder and more inflamed - typically more noticeable than if you had left it alone in the first place. Popping pimples leads to scarring and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, both of which last much longer than a pimple. 

If you need to calm down a pimple right away, try covering an ice cube with a cloth or paper towel and gliding it gently over the affected area. Keep the ice moving and never hold it down on one spot of your skin.


By Maxine Dean 13 Jun, 2017

MYTH: Acne is caused by being dirty.

TRUTH: Having acne doesn't mean your skin is dirty or unhealthy! 

Acne is not caused by poor hygiene but by hormonal changes taking place within the body. Sometimes the sebaceous glands within the dermis become overrun with oil and block nearby follicles. This causes clogged pores, which turns into acne characterized by pimples, zits, pustules, and even cysts. 

It doesn’t matter how often you scrub your face or other areas affected by acne. In fact, a rigorous regimen of washing and scrubbing can actually irritate the skin and make the acne worse, not better.

Acne is not caused by poor hygiene. It doesn’t mean that hygiene isn’t important, but it's not the cause. Good hygiene in conjunction with acne treatment products can help. Rather than frequent, harsh washing, it is generally recommended that you wash your face twice a day with a cleanser formulated for your skin type and then pat it dry - never scrub your skin dry. Washing your face any more than twice a day can aggravate your skin and actually make acne worse.

By Maxine Dean 10 Jun, 2017
Acne is estimated to affect 650 million people worldwide, making it the most common skin condition. Although it's a very common problem for adolescents and teens, acne can affect anyone. Left untreated, acne can leave scars, lead to anxiety and negatively impact self esteem.  The more you know about your skin, the easier it is to manage your acne and uncover clear, beautiful skin. 

Acne vulgaris is a broad term for several different types of lesions found on the skin, these include blackheads, whitehead, papules, pustules and cysts. Acne occurs when pores become clogged with oil and dead skin. Acne is typically accompanied by oily skin, inflammation and scarring. Dead skin and sebum can become trapped inside pores or hair follicles to form a plug. These clogged pores are called a comdeones. If bacteria is present in the comedo, then the pore and surrounding cells may become inflamed becoming a blackhead, whitehead, papule, pustule or cyst. Hormones, diet, lifestyle and medication can aggravate acne.

 
There are a couple different types of acne lesions:
  • Blackheads are open comdeos. When a comedo is open and exposed to air the dead skin and oil that clogged the pore oxidizes, turning it black.  

  • Whiteheads are closed comedos. The opening of the pore is either very narrow or completely blocked by skin. Whiteheads are clogged pores just like a blackhead, only they have not been oxidized and remain white.

  • Papules and  Pustules form when a pore becomes so irritated the walls collapse, these are generally what we call pimples. The pore and surrounding cells are inflamed and can be painful. Papules are raised, solid bumps that are typically red and may be painful. Pustules occurs when a papule becomes infected, or “comes to a head” and fills with pus. Not all papules turn into pustules and may resolve on their own.  

  • Cysts are hard, pus filled lesions that rupture deep beneath the surface of the skin. Cysts are often large and quite painful. Cysts occur when the oil gland within a pore becomes engorged and hardened. Unable to push the excess oil and debris through the pore, it ruptures leaving behind a painful, swollen mass under the skin. Cysts are the most severe type of acne lesion. They can last anywhere from a couple of days to weeks, and usually leave a scar.

 Acne is classified into 4 grades. Each grade is characterized by the types, the severity, and the number of blemishes present. These breakdowns aid dermatologists and other professionals in determining the best treatment plan for your skin:
  • Grade 1 is mild acne consisting of a few blackheads and papules that are not deep or inflamed.
  • Grade 2 is moderate acne, with 10 or more blackheads, papules, milia, pustules with redness and inflammation.
  • Grade 3 is severe acne involving 12-20+ blackheads, papules, pustules, cysts and a lot of redness and inflammation. Acne generally spreads from the face down the neck, the chest, shoulders and the upper back.
  • Grade 4 is often called cystic or nodulcystic acne. severe acne involving 12-20+ blackheads, papules, pustules, multiple cysts and a lot of redness and inflammation. Infection is deep and widespread, affecting the face, chest, shoulders, the entire back and upper arms.

  Acne treatments at MaxAesthetics in Philadelphia are used to increase cell turnover, eliminate acne causing bacteria, reduce inflammations and help regulate oil production.   Acne is usually treated with topical products such as salicylic acid, retinoid, benzoyl peroxide, azelaic acid or laser treatments.
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