Medications That Can Cause Acne
There are several medications that can trigger a breakout of acne, or aggravate an existing case of acne. Many of these medications and classes of medication are mentioned below and are very helpful in treating acne outbreaks. In general, any unusual stress or illness may aggravate acne or even cause and acne breakout. In some cases it may be difficult to determine what is causing or aggravating the acne: the illness, the medication you are taking for the illness or your physical or mental stress over the illness. Caution: If you are taking a prescription medication for a medical...
Benefits of Aloe Vera Skin Care Products
Most over-the-counter and physician-dispensed moisturizers and exfoliants are water-based. However, skin cannot absorb water, and that is why the best way to incorporate water into skincare is by staying hydrated. What does that mean for skincare? This is where Aloe Vera comes into play.
What are the benefits of aloe vera skin care products? Aloe contains amino acids, minerals, vitamins, enzymes, proteins, polysaccharides as well as biological stimulators. Additionally, Aloe contains an agent that helps with inflammation. The Aloe industry has established high ethical standards for business as well as for their Aloe...
Cucumbers For Puffy Eyes: Do They Really Work?
It is a popular practice to place freshly cut cucumber slices over one’s eyes in order to reduce puffiness and “that tired look" and often a sign of too much salty food or alcohol-laced fun the night before. The botanical ingredient in cucumber, known as cucumis sativus, can help, but not your best bet. Cucumbers are more than 90% water and the rest is mostly inert fiber with no skin benefits.
Cucumber slices do sometimes reduce puffiness a bit, but only because they are cold. It is the cold (not the cucumber) that shrinks the swelling by...
What Causes Acne? The Causes of Breakouts
While people might claim thousands of different things such as chocolate, greasy food, or caffeine can cause acne, most of these claims are merely myths and urban legends without any scientific proof. Despite all these bogus claims, science has been able to determine several causes of acne, which includes:
Abnormalities in sebum production (overactive oil production)
Cells that line the follicle do not slough or shed as they should, which leads to plugging of the hair follicle. (abnormally “sticky” cells)
Bacteria (especially propionibacterium acne)
Anti-Aging Skin Care Treatment
There are many reasons for why we need to incorporate restorative agents to our skin care routines. For some it might be to prevent the effects of aging, and for others it might be to revive the skin from external factors such as the environment, makeup use and other external causes by using anti-aging skin care products. What kinds of products are used as part of restorative skincare?
Exfoliating’s purpose is to remove dead skin cells and debris from the top layer of skin. A facial exfoliating cream is a combination of pharmaceutical-grade Aloe, Glycolic Acid and L-absorbic Acid...
How to Prevent Occupational Acne
Occupational Acne is a localized form of acne caused by exposure of the sun to chemicals and other irritant substances found in the workplace. The incidence of occupational acne has fallen in recent years due the strengthening of Health and Safety legislation and improved industrial working practices.
Cases of occupational acne are in many instances self-diagnosed by the person. Although the spots caused by occupational acne are of the characteristic acne type, it is usually possible to match the pattern of acne spots to the pattern of chemical exposure. The distribution of the spots on the body...
Keeping it Simple with Basic Skincare
With all of the different big name products out there that are supposed to help you achieve clearer skin, it can get difficult to make sense between what’s essential and what Big Beauty wants you to think is necessary. So what should your everyday skincare regimen consist of?
Find a good, mild cleanser. In order to keep the skin healthy and looking good, use enough product to eliminate any grime, dead cells, makeup and other particulate matter that may build up on your skin after a day’s exposure to the environment. An aloe-based acne cleanser can provide the clean...
Buzz Words in the Skin Care Industry.....
Anti-aging, re-surfacing, micro-tightening, detox. These are just a few buzz words that skin care companies use to get your attention. Why? Because they want us to believe their products are worth buying. So, if one brand’s bottle is saying “anti-wrinkle,” the brand next to it rushes to put that same phrase on their bottle. It’s a word race for your dollar. To sell products, a lot of companies will even use ingredient buzz words like these:
Men's vs. Women's Skincare
skin care lines sell products made specifically for men? I find it funny that big beauty tries to make us think that men’s skin is different from women’s just to make an extra buck. Well let me tell you something. It's not! Skin is skin. The physiology between men’s and women’s skin is the same. Just because men can grow a beard doesn't mean they can't use the same skin care as women. No matter what your ethnicity or gender, your regimen should consist of cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing and protection. That's it....
Hidden Bacteria Can Cause Acne
How many times a day do you touch your face? How often do you change your pillowcases? Do you remember to remove your make up every night? These are just some of the places where hidden bacteria can cause acne. There are several factors that can cause acne, exposure to bacteria is just one of them. Think about the many objects that your hands touch a day. You might not always have access to soap and water to wash your hands, so it is important to keep your hands off your face. Resting your chin on your...
Toners...Do We need Them?
We have been taught for as long as we remember, big beauty telling us that toners are a big part of our regimen. People are now finding less time to follow a 5+ step program in their crazy schedules. With almost every program out there having a toner in their regimen, we all start asking ourselves, do we really need toners?
Toners were originally designed to remove extra impurties after the cleansing process, and to help minimize pores. Today we have two types of toners: astringents, and the other is a liquid form of a moisturizer.
Do Genetics and Hormones Cause Acne?
Genetics and hormones are by far the leading cause of acne and unfortunately, cannot be avoided. Genetics plays a key role because if you’re parents and siblings have a history of acne, this greatly increases your chance of developing it during your life as well. This does not mean it will be identical to your family, it could be far less or more severe and there is not any way to tell which it will be until it actually happens. Acne really is something that can just “run in the family.”
Hormones, while tied to genetics...
Taking Care of Your Skin in the Fall
As the summer months disappear, it is time to start thinking about autumn skincare. The high heat and intense sunlight of summer can wreak havoc on your skin. Rejuvenating your skin and preparing it for the colder months are crucial during autumn. How can you restore your skin to a healthy status?
Moisturize: The summer months can easily take away the moisture in your skin. Using a skin moisturizer with SPF can help rehydrate skin as well as dramatically reduce the chances of any further damage made by the sun. Many people might not think that the sun is...
Quick & Easy Skin Care Tips
Use products that stabilize the skin’s natural pH levels.
If you are troubled by acne, select an oil free foundation. It is less likely to clog pores and aggravate your acne. Also, use water based makeup. It is easier to remove completely.
Never squeeze black or whiteheads. This may traumatize the skin and cause scarring.
Proper cleansing is essential for acne treatment. Use a mild cleanser to avoid irritating the skin.
Proper humidity in the home can help with dry skin.
Never go to bed with make-up on.
When searching for an individualized skin care treatment plan, remember no one should offer...
Lexli’s Break Up with Big Beauty Contest – Time to Enter is Running Out!
What is your beauty disaster story? Perhaps you were promised blackhead removal, clear skin in three days or clean pores and ended up with red and irritated skin. The ineffectiveness of big brand skincare products have made many people lower their standards on what products can do to clear up skin. A lot of big skincare companies promise flawless skin in exchange for customers spending hundreds of dollars, with little to no results. Lexli is taking back the truth about skincare and urging you to Break Up with Big Beauty.
Were you deceived by big beauty brands? Were...