There are very few certainties in life, and those certainties you can expect are generally unwelcome. One such certainty is acne. Commonly occurring during puberty, acne is the most common skin condition in the U.S. and affects more than 50 million Americans each year. Acne is characterized by inflammation of the skin that presents itself in pimples, blackheads, small bumps and cysts. Continue reading ACNE: What Causes It and How Can You Treat It?→
Being comfortable in your own skin is tough when you’ve got uncomfortable skin. Accurate diagnosis and treatment is paramount to addressing the cause and providing relief so that you can put your best face forward.
Some conditions have similar symptoms and may be difficult to tell apart. Improper treatment can exacerbate the condition and prolong healing time. While a dermatologist can, of course, diagnose dry skin, acne or eczema, there are some signs and factors that can help you determine your own skin condition. Continue reading Dry Skin, Acne or Eczema—Which Do I Have?→
Everyone knows that for blemish-free skin, you need to keep your pores clean. While daily cleansing works wonders to remove makeup, surface impurities and dead skin cells, some “ick” is harder to wash away. Excess oils, especially, penetrate pores where they cause clogs and encourage infections (often resulting in embarrassingly noticeable and painful pustules).
It’s normal for teenagers to develop acne as the result of changing hormones, but the blemishes may continue well into adulthood for some people. However, understanding the underlying causes and effective solutions can help women of all ages keep the blemishes away.
Hormonal Changes Never End for Women
Hormones shift around the menses cycle, during and after pregnancy, and as you enter menopause. Making any adjustments to birth control medications can also lead to hormonal changes and acne.
Stress and Medications
The stress of daily life can make acne worse. Additionally, certain medications are known for leading to outbreaks. Speak openly with your doctor about your concerns, and ask if acne is a potential side effect of any new medication. Try to manage stress through a regular workout program or by keeping up with your favorite hobbies.
Hair and Skin Products
The lotions that you use on your hair and face can also lead to breakouts. You may pay a little more for products that are non-comedogenic, – acnegenic, and oil-free, but you’ll see the difference in clearer skin.
Research has shown that high-glycemic-index foods can give you pimples while expanding your waistline. Opt for a cleaner diet that focuses on fruits, vegetables, and healthy proteins. Focus on low-glycemic-index foods that are going to be easy on your complexion and your weight. A 2006 Harvard study also found a link between high dairy intake and outbreaks, so you may want to limit yourself to one glass of milk in the mornings.
Finally, reach for some topical solution that are effective for people of all ages. Tea tree oil is known for calming inflammation in skin cells, and it’s gentle on the skin. Salicylic acid is also a fine choice for drying out pimples, but choose an adult formula that’s made for more sensitive skin. Perhaps most importantly, resist the urge to touch the acne. The same advice your parents gave you a decade (or more!) ago holds true today: Touching the blemish will only make it worse, but keeping it clean will promote healing.
When it comes to acne, there’s a whole slew of misinformation regarding home remedies. From baking soda to Windex (à la My Big Fat Greek Wedding), millions of Americans are misled to think there’s a miracle cure-all to be found in a common household good. Unfortunately, when it comes to skincare, following an old wives’ tale can sometimes cause more harm than good. Continue reading The Science of Skincare: Triple Antibiotic Ointment for Acne Care→