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February 2016

Face Mapping Guidelines to Treat Spots and Problem Skin

According to many reflexologists and Chinese medicine practitioners, spots and pimples on your face map out internal health problems. Understanding what causes spots and breakouts, is the key to finding the most effective solution.

The human body is a fascinating and complex wonder. Every single cell or atom the body consists of, has a specific function with a calculated purpose. When something is not functioning correctly, your body tells you exactly what is wrong, you just need to know how to understand the language.

When a virus enters your system, you feel sick. When you’ve been in the sun for too long, freckles appear on your nose. Therefore, why would spots and pimples be any different and just appear at random? It’s your body’s way of telling you something is wrong.

To treat your problem skin, you need to fix the internal problems first. Not all pimples are because of health issues, sometimes they can form due to clogged pores caused by makeup or other factors, therefore you also need a good facial cleanser to clean the skin of those impurities.

The following solutions are guidelines to treat internal problems, based on the location of spots and pimples;

Forehead:
Eat less sugary foods
Go to bed early and get enough sleep
Drink at least 2 litres of water per day
Exercise at least 20 minutes every day
Find a relaxation method like meditation, to ease your tension

Temples:
Eat less fatty foods and junk food
Include more cucumber in your diet

Between eye brows:
Avoid smoking and alcohol
Eat less butter and cheese
Stop snacking late at night
Do less strenuous exercises

Nose:
Eat less spicy foods, meat and salt
Go outside for 10 minutes and do some stretches
Include more Vitamin B in your diet

Left cheek:
Get into a daily routine
Change your mood through a positive mindset
Eat more green beans
Don’t overeat
Avoid working late at night, rather wake up earlier

Right Cheek:
Avoid junk food, mango, wine and seafood
Eat less sugary foods
Be sure to get enough fresh air
Do more cardio while exercising

Around the mouth:
Include more fibre and fresh fruit in your diet
Eat less oily or spicy food

Chin and Jaw Area:
Avoid late night snacking
Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables
Get at least 7 – 8 hours of sleep at night
Take omega 3 supplements to help regulate your hormones

The best advice for better skin, is to focus more on your lifestyle. When you live a happy, healthy lifestyle with enough exercise to relieve the extra stress, you will find that you have better overall health and healthier looking skin!

How to Continue the Acne Treatment in the Summer

Acne-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.

Diane 35’s composition has no special indication when exposed to the sunlight.

Some Simple Acne Treatment Tips

Apply toothpasteMost 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.

 

Surprising Causes of Acne You Didn’t Know About

For many acne is merely a terrible memory of their teenage years, but for some, it continues to haunt them many years into adulthood. While you may hold the pollution, the weather and your unhealthy diet responsible for the barrage of nasty breakouts that appear on your skin right before a major event, there could be a host of other factors responsible for those zits. Here are five surprising causes of acne you probably never knew about:

    1. Your Gadgets and Accessories – Your beloved mobile phone, headphones, and sunglasses house a lot of bacteria, grime, and oil, and on touching your face, they can give rise to acne mechanica that is caused due to friction, and when your pores aren’t allowed to breathe. To prevent this, ensure you regularly clean all your accessories and gadgets with a sanitizer and avoid using them for extended periods of time together.
    2. Your Hairstyling Products – In pursuit of styling your hair to perfection, you might face the brunt of skin flare-ups. A lot of hairstyling products contain ingredients like oil, sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate that can trigger acne around the hairline and even the face. This is called pomade acne. To avoid this, as far as possible, try to use water-based hairstyling products. Make it a point to wash your face and hands after using any hair product.
    3. Your Pillowcase – Your favorite pillow could also be playing the villain to your skin. Not washing your pillowcase regularly can cause a lot of your body’s natural oils and product remnants to build up on it. Change your pillowcase at least once every week and never go to bed without removing your makeup.
    4. Your Medications – Often times your health condition may require you to take medication that can aggravate pimples. Some of these medications include ingredients like androgens, corticosteroids, lithium bromides, and iodides, all of which are linked to breakouts. Consult a doctor if you experience breakouts after taking any medication.
    5. Your Toothpaste – Toothpaste is considered a quick fix to zap zits, but did you know it is also considered a cause of acne? Ingredients like hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, sodium lauryl sulfate, essential oils, alcohol, fluoride and menthol present in toothpaste are common triggers of acne. The best way to minimize their impact on your skin is to brush first and then follow it up with a facial cleanse.