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Information on acne, acne treatment reviews, and treatment of scars. Includes a regimen to help clear your acne.
Acne — Comprehensive overview covers causes, acne treatments, including adult acne treatments, and prevention.
Do you suffering on acne? Remove your troubles immediately http://www.cureacnes.info ACNE Strategies: By Andrew Scoular. What is acne? Acne is a disease of the sebaceous (oil producing) hair follicle and can appear on the face, chest and back. Acne lesions are generally classified as inflammatory. Oily skin with large pores is not necessarily acneic skin. Acne can affect people with large pores as well as those with small pores, those with oily skin, and those with combination skin. The old style thought process in treating acne was to strip all the oil off the skin with very harsh cleansers and alcohol based toners, and then to try and kill every bacteria (good and bad) that resides on your skin. This theory is no longer supported by modern estheticians (even though the marketing by large consumer companies still tries to scare consumers into their old style products). Acne affects the dermal layer of the skin (where your collagen and elastin fibres are, as well as hyaluronic acid and blood vessels). Please note that a few blemishes here and there are not classified as acne. This is classified as blocked pores and can be dealt with a lot more easily. How does one get acne? Genetically, acne sufferers are pre-disposed to having stickier sebum (natural oil from your sebaceous glands). They inherit an androgen hormone receptor that receives the testosterone hormone (male and female) and this hormone is then turned into dihydro-testosterone by a little enzyme called 5-alpha- reductase. The net result is that their sebum becomes more sticky than normal. This results in a greatly increased potential for pores to get blocked up. On top of that, dead skin cells that should naturally exfoliate off the skin, tend to stick to the sticky sebum and therefore cause even greater blockages in the pore. The blocked pore creates a wonderful, warm, dark environment for bacteria like p.acne and s.epidermidis to set up home and have lots of children. To feed their large families, these bacteria secrete an enzyme called lipase. This enzyme will help them break down the fat in your sebum and thus provide great nourishment for the bacterial families. The presence of bacterial ‘terrorists’ and the lipase they secrete triggers the immune system. It floods the area with oxygen in order to kill the bacteria. In so doing the immune system also kills off some of your healthy collagen and elastin cells in the vicinity (a kind of collateral damage in the war on terrorist bacteria ). Any immune system activity in your body will create inflammation – hence the redness and pain associated with acne lesions. All this immune system activity and inflammation means that severe acne, when not treated properly, will result in scaring and pitting of the skin. Weak pore walls will result in blocked sebum and bacteria bursting into surrounding tissue so creating acne cysts. What are the 8 pathogenic factors of acne? 1. Hormones (testosterone and progesterone) – and your genetic androgen receptors. 2. Excessive oil (sebum) production in your sebaceous glands. 3. Enzymes in your body that make your natural oil (sebum) sticky. 4. Blocked pores (due to sticky sebum and hyper-keratinization). 5. Hyper-keratinization – the rapid growth of skin cells that have to exfoliate, and that add to the blocked pore scenario. www.blueturtlespa.com. 415.699.8494. Page 1 of 3 Do you suffering on acne? Remove your troubles immediately http://www.cureacnes.info Do you suffering on acne? Remove your troubles immediately http://www.cureacnes.info 6. Microbes (bacteria). 7. Immune system and inflammation (too much activity causes scaring and pitting). 8. Weak pore walls (lead to burst sebaceous glands and subsequent acne cysts). What can be done about all these acne generating factors? • Genetics and Hormones – not much can be done about the genes you inherited. That means we have to focus on controlling all the results of your genetic inheritance…. Adult women often experience hormonal acne in the area of the mouth and chin during their menstrual period. Ask your doctor about what type of birth control pill will help control this. • Reduce ‘sticky-ness’ of sebum by inhibiting the effects of the 5-alpha-reductase enzyme with ingredients like Zinc PCA, Lichochalcone (from Chinese Licorice) and Butyl Avocadate (from avocados). • Sebum regulators – these will help regulate the fluidity and ability of the sebaceous glands to produce oil (remember flow is good – blockage is bad). Proper cleansing with a gentle cleanser twice per day is the first critical step. Other ingredients that help are Sulfur, Salicylic Acid, Farnesol (also called Farnesyl Acetate), and vitamin A products like Retinol, and the doctor prescribed intensive vitamin A products like Accutane, Retin-A/Renova/Differin etc. Remember – vitamin A is fat soluble and excess is stored in the body (and affects the liver) so high dose products must be used judiciously. • Sebum absorbers – these will help regulate the amount of oil on the skin. Ingredients that help this are Zinc oxide, Clays in the form of kaolin and bentonite, Cornstarch, and Nylon-12. The nylon-12 compound sits on the skin, it does not penetrate, and it absorbs 400x it’s own weight in oil for up to 8 hours and keeps the skin looking matte rather than ‘oil-slick’ shiny. • Exfoliation of dead skin cells – prevent the build-up of dead skin cells and the further blocking of the pores by using a good strength and low pH Salicylic Acid (also called Betaine Salicylate or Willowbark extract). This ingredient is fat soluble so it will make sure exfoliation happens in very oily conditions and even inside the pore. Other exfoliants like Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid and Azelaic Acid work well in combination with Salicylic Acid. Retinol and prescription strength vitamin A based Retin-A/Renova/Differin will also increase the effective exfoliation of your skin. Please note that the stronger the exfoliant, the dryer your skin will appear. Strong vitamin A’s may also further irritate an inflamed acne skin so in some cases they are not an ideal solution. • Control bacteria activity on the skin without completely destroying the natural balance of the skin. Coneflower (Echinacea), Lavender, Thyme, Oregano and Sage are great extracts, as well as soluble Beta Glucans. Australian standard Tea Tree, Terpineol, and New Zealand Tea Tree are also very good ingredients. The old style products of heavy alcohol/ethanol levels are too damaging for the skin even though they do a good job of controlling bacteria. Prescription antibiotics are also useful in this regard – though the extensive use of antibiotics is a danger unto itself. • Soothe the skin to reduce the damaging effects of inflammation. This means use a gentle cleanser – not a harsh Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) based cleanser with infusions of glycolic acid or similar acidic ingredients. Use ingredients like soluble Beta Glucans (they stimulate the rapid repair of the skin), Aloe vera gel, Sea Whip (from a marine plant), Lichochalcone (from Chinese Licorice), as well as green, white and red teas. Yes, hydrocortisone is an anti-inflammatory but it is not a good idea if your intention is not to weaken the skin and result in faster skin aging…. • Rebuild the strength of the skin to reduce potential for scaring and pitting using ingredients like Glycosaminoglycans, Hyaluronic Acid/Sodium Hyaluronate, Peptides like Matrixyl and Oligopeptides (glyco-proteins from yeast), as well as passion flower + black currant + grape leaf extracts. Retinols are also important ingredients in this regard – though not every skin can tolerate strong retinols. • Protect the skin from the sun (UVA and UVB). Inflamed skin will often darken – and many acne sufferers are concerned about dark brown spots where acne lesions used to be. This post inflammatory hyperpigmentation will often require stronger peels to reduce and normalize discolouration. Zinc and Titanium based sunscreens are the best because they are non irritating and more powerful as UV reflectors. www.blueturtlespa.com. 415.699.8494. Page 2 of 3 Do you suffering on acne? Remove your troubles immediately http://www.cureacnes.info Do you suffering on acne? Remove your troubles immediately http://www.cureacnes.info What should you avoid? • Strong cleansers based on sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) -even if they say it comes from coconuts, laureth sulfates, sarconates, succinates, taurates….and many more that are molecular structures derived from the sodium lauryl sulfate structure. The cleansers that contain glycolic acid or salicylic acid are always in a SLS-type base. They are drying, irritating and too harsh for inflamed acneic skin. • Solvent alcohols (SD alcohol, ethanol, isopropyl alcohol etc). They are exceptionally drying and damaging. • Organic chemical sunscreens like Benzophenones, Octinoxate, Avobenzone (aka Parsol 1789) because they are very irritating to an already inflamed acneic skin. • Benzoyl Peroxide over 5% because it is drying, irritating and will have an impact on future aging elements like free radicals. Free radicals are primarily unstable oxygen molecules and they damage cell walls and cell DNA. Your body experiences 10 000 free radical hits per cell per day just by existing on this planet where we are bombarded by UV rays from the sun and surrounded by oxidizing oxygen (hard to believe but it is true!). Anything with peroxide will break down into water and oxygen (just a common law of chemistry). Stay away from oxygen treatments – unless the aging of your skin is not an issue. Leave your immune system to battle the bacterial invasion with self-induced oxygen free radicals rather than adding to the potential oxygen damage of your skin with products containing oxygen or peroxides. • Watch out for products (including hair products) that have Lanolin, Cocoa Butter, Flax oil, Isopropyl Myristate (and other Isopropyl esters), Myristyl Myristate (and other Myristyl esters), Olive oil (non hydrogenated), Peach kernel oil, Coconut oil, Peanut oil, Sesame oil, Castor oil, Corn oil and Crisco…amoungst many others. Please note that hydrogenated olive oil in the form of Squalane is OK – but unhydrogenated Squalene is not! A little confusing eh? • Foods…..DAIRY is a big one – lay off milk, cheese (even on pizzas), ice cream, yogurt. RED MEAT is next – eat more chicken. IODIDES (salt) found in dairy products as well as raw fish – so lay off sushi. FAST FOODS/FRIED FOODS – fats and oils are BAD. Period! COMPLEX SUGARS as in candy, baked goods like danishes and donuts. Simple sugars in natural fresh fruits are OK. Eat lots of fresh vegetables. • STRESS – your cortisol hormone will wreak havoc on your acne. This acne is often found in adults and is referred to as stress acne. This is a tough one to control. Try yoga, meditation, other stress relieving activities. Home Care Regimen – use the following products for Acne Control strategies: • Gentle cleanse. Dr Schwab Sensitive Skin Cleanser with Safflower seed oil, Aloe and Green Tea, can be used for all skin types, even for acneic skins. 6.8oz $30. Also available is YG Labs Ultra Gentle Cleanser with Yucca. 4.5oz $14. • Exfoliate. YG Labs Clear Skin Ultra Gel with glycolic acid, lactic acid, betaine salicylate, and Beta Glucans. 1.7 oz $40. For skin’s that can tolerate Retinol, Green Cream level 6 and 9, 10z bottles at $45 and $55 respectively. • Control sebum with a clay mask. Tu’el Purifying Mask. 4oz $60. • Strengthen the skin to prevent future scaring and pitting. Glycosaminoglycans and oligopeptides in aloCel Gel. 3.4oz $85. Adeeva’s Hyaluronic Serum Concentrate is also good. .5oz $45. • Reduce skin dryness and defend against bacteria with a light moisturizing lotion and anti bacterial tea tree. This step is unnecessary on skin that is naturally very oily. YG Labs Soothe and Defend 1.7oz $40. • Protect the skin with a mineral based sunscreen. TIZO3 (just Titanium, Zinc and Silicone with a very slight tint to prevent one from looking ghostly white). It is matte, silky, and gorgeous. 1.5oz $40. Come and see us for a skin consultation and Controlling facial treatment. See treatment details at www.blueturtlespa.com. www.blueturtlespa.com. 415.699.8494. Page 3 of 3 Do you suffering on acne? Remove your troubles immediately http://www.cureacnes.info
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