Understanding your skin’s basic needs can be confusing when you often see phrases like “the acid mantle” or “pH balance” being thrown around, making it seem like a firm grasp of chemistry is necessary to obtaining clear skin. However, having a basic understanding of the acid mantle is crucial when determining what to treat your skin with and how it can react to different environments. One of the worst things you can do for your skin is upsetting the pH balance of your acid mantle when using products that are too alkaline for the healthy function of the skin. Lathering up with these foamy, oil fighting cleansers weakens the skin’s immune system and increases dryness, leading to the dreaded dry skin and acne combo. Drying out the skin with these products only makes the sebaceous glands produce more oil. This works in a counter productive way, leading to a vicious cycle of drying out the skin, treating it with harsh topicals, and adding moisture back onto the surface. Re-evaluating your skins daily regimen and following the proper skin chemistry is the first step in achieving a healthier, blemish free complexion that can protect your acid mantle from bacteria and restore it to it’s natural form.What Is The Acid Mantle?
The acid mantle is essentially our skin’s protective barrier made up of an acidic film that keeps bacteria out of our skin cells and contains a mixture of secretions and inoffensive bacteria. These secretions of bacteria work together to provide a number of essential roles in the breakdown of the skin that guard the skin from adverse environments such as pollutants, UV rays, or temperature changes. Many include protecting the outer layer, boosting the immune system, adding moisture that helps skin elasticity, and most importantly, secreting enzymes to help break down oil. Sebum is also an important factor that contributes to the acid mantle. It is an oily secretion that spreads over the hair and skin. Sebum’s main role is to waterproof the skin and hair, but when combined with sweat, excess sebum can lead to oily, acne prone skin and lack of sebum can lead to dryness and wrinkle formation.Why Should You Care About Your Acid Mantle?
Stripping the skin of its natural oils with drying agents and oil fighting cleansers does the opposite of reducing oil and preventing irritation. If the skins outer layer, or acid mantle, is temporarily removed by harsh soaps, the skin then becomes susceptible to breakouts, dryness, and infection. In order for the acid mantle to protect the skin and kill bacteria before it gets inside the body and provide moisture to the skin, natural sweat and oils must be allowed to occur. Sometimes excess sweating can alter the acid mantle and pH levels, throwing them off balance. This combined with the tendency to use oil-fighting soaps can worsen pH levels. That’s why focusing on certain acne treatments that restore the skin’s pH to acidic levels can help prevent breakouts and irritation.How To Protect Your Acid Mantle?
There are a few things that can be done to protect your acid mantle and it can take anywhere from two weeks to two months to fully restore the acid mantle after using harsh cleansers.Steps Taken To Protect Your Acid Mantle: Avoiding the use of foaming soaps high in alkaline, shampoo running down the face, and oil stripping toners are effective ways in protecting the skin against unbalanced pH levels. Focus on using oil cleansers that restore the skins moisture and balance its oil production at the same time. Don’t over cleanse. There should be no need for deep cleansing in the morning if you’re waking up with skin cleansed the night before. We don’t want to over cleanse our skin as this will only irritate the skin and cause more oil production. Deep cleaning while balancing our skins oil production at the same time is the objective to cleansing our skin properly.
These preventative steps are necessary in balancing pH levels, protecting the acid mantle, and restoring your skins barrier to fight off unwanted bacteria from entering the top layer of your skin.Sources:
http://www.smartskincare.com/skinbiology/sebum.html http://www.doctoroz.com/blog/audrey-kunin-md/chemistry-lesson-healthy-skin http://thenakedchemist.com/understanding-the-acid-mantle/ http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-the-acid-mantle.htm http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com
Whether it’s moisturizer or a daily face wash, when looking into purchasing any kind of skincare or makeup product, most people almost always look for two words on the label: oil-free. If it has any oil in it, it’s not getting anywhere near my face. The conventional wisdom is that acne and pimples are caused by an excess of oil, which clog pores. Oil makes your skin greasy and shiny, and nobody wants that. So why would oil ever be included in face washes, or any other skincare product, let alone be used entirely on its own as a solution for acne?
Something most people don’t know is that natural oils can actually feed, protect, and support our skin tissue while keeping it hydrated, pimple-free, and balanced. Though it’s not as simple as applying the first kind of oil you see to your skin (no, the vegetable oil in your kitchen cabinet will not work), it’s pretty straightforward once you find the right kind for your skin. Facial oils are usually made up of several different botanical oils, which are oils that are based around a single plant-based extract. Simply put: they’re completely natural. Botanical oils provide your skin with the kind of nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins inherent in nature!Here are a few specific oils that provide solutions to certain skin problems:
Clogged Pores: Clogged pores caused by dehydrated skin. When our skin is dry, its natural oil cannot secrete easily to lubricate its surface. So instead, our oil becomes thick and hardened, getting lodged in our pores and creating plugs out of dried out sebum.Oil Suggested: Using a plant-derived oil like Jojoba mixed with a high linoleic oil such as grapeseed, which helps to restore moisture and prevent clogged pores. Jojoba oil is very similar to our own sebum.
Dehydrated Skin: Easily damaged skin that is prone to bacterial penetration, which may lead to acne. This problem can sometimes be caused by dehydrated skin.Oil Suggested: Oils such as primrose, which are rich in fatty acids that nourish the skin, can strengthen its immunity and keep skin from easily breaking out.
Oily Skin: The skin’s overproduction of oil. The more we wash our face, the more sebum is produced as our skin attempts to maintain proper protection and moisture. This is how acne sufferers can actually cause their own excess oil secretion— by using skincare products that dry out and strip nutrients from the skin.Oil Suggested: Replenishing the skin with oils such as jojoba, which actually has a similar consistency to our own sebum, may stop the cycle. Instead of using a harsh cleanser, or over-washing, the jojoba can be used with a gentle cleanser or the Oil Cleansing Method.
Breakouts: Inflammation of breakouts. Red and blistering pimples need to be calmed and cooled down.Oil Suggested: Oils like coconut and camellia can protect and soothe irritation, as well as ease the redness of pimples.
Many of the oils we see at the grocery store or in the ingredients of our skincare products may cause clogged pores and inflamed faces. So when searching for a skincare oil, the kind of oils you’ll want to be on the lookout for should be of the non-comedogenic variety. Because comedogenic means likely to cause comedones, or clogged pores, you’ll want to choose oils that are non-comedogenic and are less likely to cause clogged pores. The less likely it is to cause pores, the less likely it is to cause acne.
Coconut oil is an example of an oil that some people swear by for skin care, while others swear when it makes them break out! It has a higher level of comedogency but that higher level has been questioned by some. If you want to try coconut oil on your skin, caution is advised initially, try a small test spot and see how your skin reacts to it.Simply selecting any natural oil from a wide list of non-comedogenic oils may not necessarily be enough if you have acne-prone skin.
With so many different oils, and so many equally different skin types out there to treat, not every non-comedogenic oil will be completely effective. To narrow down such a large list, we need to look the chemical composition of natural oils. One key factor that can make certain oils work for some and not for others is the ratio of linoleic acid and oleic acid in each of their compositions.
Oleic acid is a monounsaturated fatty acid and also an omega-9 fatty acid, whereas linoleic acid is an unsaturated fatty acid as well as an omega-6 fatty acid. Because oily, congested, and acne-prone skin’s sebum is predominantly composed of oleic acid, it’s been shown that acne sufferers have low levels of linoleic acid in their skin. Deficiencies in linoleic acid can cause our skin’s natural sebum to become thick and sticky, and thick sebum leads to clogged pores. It’s recommended for those who have acne-prone skin to create a balance of linoleic and oleic acids by applying oils high in linoleic acid directly to their skin and to avoid oils higher in oleic acid. When our skin’s natural sebum is primarily composed of lipids high in linoleic acid, we have little to no break outs.Reading the chart:
Oil level of comedogency are rated between 1 and 5. The first column rates their comedogenecy. The higher the number, the more likely it is to be high comedogenic (clog pores). Levels of linoleic acid are rated between high and low. Somewhat high/low mean that the levels (linoleic and oleic) are somewhat balanced but still contain higher concentrations of one acid over the other.
Pimples, zits, whatever. Does it really matter what I call the pulsing monster on my forehead, or the endless spots on my nose? Maybe not, but then again, it couldn’t hurt to know what acne types you’re dealing with if you’re serious about treating it as soon as possible. In general, acne and all of its variations are caused by oxidized sebum and clogged pores. Here is a list of the main acne types and a little bit of information on what causes them.
Whiteheads: Whiteheads, also known as closed comedones, appear in the form of slightly whitish, flesh-colored bumps or dots. They form when oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria get trapped in your pores— they’re basically clogged pores that aren’t inflamed. Because whiteheads are clogged below the surface of the skin, they remain closed and flesh-colored, the top looking more white, thus called a whitehead. They look just like little bumps under the skin, sometimes a little more whitish than your skin color. Whiteheads are a fairly mild form of acne, and can be easily treated, though they can be stubborn sometimes.
Blackheads: Blackheads are another acne type and are almost identical to whiteheads in that they are non-inflamed clogged pores. The only difference is that with blackheads, the blocked pore remains open instead of closed. If a blocked pore’s top is open, the pore is exposed to air where the lodged sebum and keratin are oxidized, turning the whole thing black. Like whiteheads, blackheads are caused by trapped oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria in pores.
Papules: Papules are clogged pores that are inflamed. They appear as tender red bumps, but they’re hard when you touch them. They’re usually fairly small and are somewhat raised. Papules form when a clogged pore (so a blackhead or whitehead) gets irritated, swelling up, turning red, and becoming painful. This is what inflammation is. The defining factor of papules is that they are not filled with pus, though they may get filled up with pus later. To avoid getting papules, leave blackheads and whiteheads alone — fingers off! You should also avoid irritating or harsh cleansers.
Pustules: Pustules are what we’ve come to know as zits. Like papules, they are inflamed clogged pores with the exception of the pus that fills their centers. You can tell if you have pustules if you can see yellowy or whitish heads on your pimples, which feel like blisters. Pustules are essentially even more irritated papules.
Nodules / Cysts: Nodules and cysts are severe forms of acne and are much larger than papules and pustules. When blocked pores get even more irritated, they get even bigger, and can go deeper into your skin, too. Nodules and cysts appear in the form of painful bumps under the skin. They’re usually really stubborn and can take forever to go away, possibly leaving behind scars in the process. Nodules are the hard ones which aren’t usually filled with pus, whereas cysts are filled with pus and are softer, feeling like fluid-filled sacs underneath the skin. You can tell if your acne is nodules or cysts by the size and severity of inflammation. Nodules and cysts are very painful, large, and protruding. You couldn’t mistake ‘em.
There are other types of acne as well, but this covers the most common types you are likely to encounter.
Most acne can be helped if not completely cleared up using more natural approach than your doctor or dermatologist would recommend. Despite common belief, diet DOES play a big role in acne. So does genetics, stress and hormones. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and if it is unhappy, there is a reason for it. Most acne treatments today try and treat the symptom (the actual pimple) and not the problem that is causing the acne. Acne is not caused by a dirty face!
Many acne sufferers have vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Some of the common deficiencies are vitamin A, C, D, E, zinc and magnesium. By supplementing with the proper amounts and ratios of vitamins and minerals you can have a dramatic effect on your acne and overall skin health. If you think deficiencies of vitamins or minerals could be causing your acne, please visit our website at www.innateskin.com and check out the Clear Skin Vitamin Pack™.
You see, there are still some people out there, including Doctors and Dermatologists, who believe that the right combination of vitamins and diet have no effect on acne.
Hopefully today’s story will help change some of those false perceptions.
Her name is Janet, she lives in Mississippi, and she has lived with acne for the last 43 years. That is, until now. Now her face is clear for the first time since she was 12.
In an email correspondence with the company who makes the vitamins she took, her husband said “Amazing results for two family members. You guys have done what the doctors could not.”Here is Janet’s story:
My Name is Janet, I am 55 yrs old. I have dealt with acne since I was 12. My mother also had a lifetime of acne and now my 25 yr old daughter is following the same path. When I saw my daughter in so much pain, I was determined to find something to help her.
The many trips to the dermatologist were not helping with the root of the problem. Antibiotics would help, but as soon as you quit taking them, the acne would return and I can’t imagine being on antibiotics for a lifetime. I searched the web for years, learning and experimenting on myself before i would evergive something to my daughter. I read about testosterone being a cause of acne in some cases, so I searched the internet for a natural product that would lower testosterone levels. I read about chaste tree berry and then went on a search for it on Amazon.
I came across the Clear Skin Vitamin Pack by Innate Skin. I was impressed with all the ingredients in the formula and all the information that was available on it. I loved that it was made in the USA. I saw that chaste tree berry was an ingredient in your proprietary blend, so I ordered some and tried it on myself first. It took about two weeks for me and I was totally free of acne.
I then gave it to my daughter whose acne was much worse than mine. She had deep cystic nodules that were on her face and back. She took the vitamins for a month before she saw any decrease in her acne. Now after several months on your product, she has beautiful skin, I would say about 95% clear. If she forgets to take the vitamins for a few days, she will get a small bump or two, but they are very superficial and will go away in a day or two, unlike the deep nodules that would last for weeks.
I personally do not have to take it every day now, I take it 2 or 3 times a week and have remained clear. I am still in shock that this worked so well, especially after being disappointed with so many other products. I am so grateful to the person who figured out the amazing ingredients in this product and how they would work together to help with acne. I can’t tell you what it feels like to know that my daughter will not have to suffer a lifetime of this like my mother and I did.
I hope one day, dermatologists will learn about this and use it in their practice. We had mentioned to our dermatologist several times whether this could be hormonal, but we were always told to talk to our gynecologist about that. So we went to our gynecologist, and their only option was birth control which wasn’t the answer either.
I know the Clear Skin Vitamin Pack™ is going to catch on with time. I want to tell everybody! THANKS AGAIN!
Well, that was Janet’s amazing story. What makes it more amazing is that it is a true story. If you have a family history of genetic acne there is hope with the Clear Skin Vitamin Pack™. It is available on amazon here: Clear Skin Vitamin Pack – 60 Day Supply.
Your wedding day is fast approaching and you want everything to be perfect. From the flowers, to the cake, to the music, dress or tux, you have everything planned. Everything except for the one thing you can’t control— your acne-prone skin. You never know when a pimple is going to appear, and those suckers just find a way to pop up at the worst possible times. Especially when you add in the stress of planning a wedding.
If you think that all you can do is hope with your fingers crossed for your skin to be on its best behavior on your wedding day, you’re wrong! You can plan ahead by starting to take the Clear Vitamin Skin Pack™ at least 2 months before your big day. To help you avoid throwing a tantrum while seriously considering the idea of wearing a paper bag over your head as you walk down the aisle, take a peek at how the vitamin pack can get your acne under control before your wedding day.
The Clear Skin Vitamin Pack™ is a combination of vitamins, minerals, and herbs known for their benefits to the skin. Not only do the vitamins help your skin maintain its health, but it also gives your acne-prone skin a healthy glow. Now that’s the kind of skin you want on your big day.Whether you have acne-prone skin or regular, here’s how it works:
With vitamin A, an essential antioxidant, skin cell growth cycles will speed up, strengthening your skin’s protective tissue, and keeping your sebaceous gland activity in check. This means that pores will be smaller, less oil will be produced, and scars and existing pimples will disappear or fade as your dead skin cells quickly shed. Vitamins C and E will slow down the rate of free radical damage to your body, which means that you’ll have less dry skin, fine wrinkles, and lines. Vitamin D3 will act as a defense system for your skin, fighting the acne-causing bacteria, and keeping any new pimples from finding a way to ruin your day. Undoubtedly your stress levels will be at an all time high, which is what the vitamin B2, in your vitamin pack is there for. Vitamin B2 is essential for healthy skin, hair, and nails because it helps improve digestive health, plays an important part in growth and energy levels, and is a stress reducer.
These are just a fraction of the vitamins included in the Clear Skin Vitamin Pack, which means that these are merely a fraction of the skincare benefits. Crazy! You wouldn’t think that vitamins could really do all that for something like your skin but they can and they do. Other nutrients include vitamins K2, B6, B12, iodine, zinc, magnesium, evening primrose oil, organic turmeric, and Vitex (Chaste Tree Berry). Better yet, everything is natural. And they all work together to improve your skin’s overall health and complexion. When it comes to your special day, don’t take any chances. If you have acne-prone skin, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Makeup and cover-ups can only do so much, and you don’t want to be checking your face every 10 seconds for uncovered pimples. Skip out on the stress and do your wedding-day-self a favor by grabbing a 60 day supply of the Clear Skin Vitamin Pack™ on Amazon.com today.
Vitamins are essential to maintaining good health and proper functioning of the body. One of the most important vitamins our bodies need is Vitamin A. Vitamin A is responsible for red blood cell production, immune system support, healthy skin, normal vision, and overall growth and development of our body. Because it’s necessary for skin maintenance and repair, a healthy amount of vitamin A will help prevent inflammation, acne, and dry skin, as well as reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Vitamin A has tons of benefits for the skin. What vitamin A basically does is it increases our skin cell turnover rate. Not only does vitamin A help our skin rebuild its tissue, it also helps to protect our skin against environmental damages.
Vitamin A helps to form a protective barrier between the interior of the body and the exterior world. Vitamin A activates the genes that cause keratinocytes cells to mature and move to the surface of the skin. We like keratinocytes because they protect the body against environmental damage such as pathogens like bacteria, fungi, parasites, viruses, heat, UV radiation, and water loss. These cells do this by releasing inflammatory substances to dissolve germs and keeping toxins from entering the body through the skin, while also sending signals to the immune system for help in killing germs.
The other primary function of vitamin A is regulating the normal shedding of dead skin cells. It does this by stimulating our collagen production, elastin production, and the production of other important connective tissue that makes up the skin. Collagen is the connective tissue that skin is made up of and elastin helps the skin resume its normal shape after being stretched or contacted, and these two proteins have everything to do with wrinkles and sagging. By keeping collagen and elastin proteins plentiful, vitamin A helps to keep skin strong, firm, taut, and smooth.
Another function of vitamin A is reducing the size of sebaceous glands (which are essentially our “oil producers”) and the production of sebum (skin oil). Small glands mean less oil production, and smaller likelihoods of breaking out due to an oily face. When you have acne and you take vitamin A, the antioxidant properties of the vitamin act as an anti-inflammatory for the skin, and help to calm swollen, red, and sore acne breakouts.Where to get it:
Plant food sources of vitamin A include orange and yellow fruits and vegetables like carrots, pumpkins, and squash, sweet potatoes, and spinach. Animal food sources of vitamin A can be found in butter, cream, liver, and cod liver oil. Because it takes fewer steps for the human body to use “animal” vitamin A than it takes to use “plant” vitamin A, animal foods have a greater effect on the skin.
The recommended dietary allowances (RDA) for vitamin A, which is currently listed at either 3,000 or 5,000 IU depending on the source, is significantly inadequate. What’s worse is that a large percentage of Americans don’t even consume half of that recommended amount. Native populations like the Greenland Inuit of 1953, prior to contact with the Western world, got much more vitamin A than the average American— about 35,000 IU per day. Such native populations were free of modern, degenerative diseases.
It is easy to see why Americans don’t get enough of vitamin A through their diets alone: the best sources of vitamin A are only found in significant amounts in organ meats, which we don’t usually consume in huge amounts. But this just means that we have to find other ways to get our daily doses of vitamin A.
Preventing vitamin A deficiency is important in preventing acne. Several studies have shown that acne sufferers are often vitamin A deficient compared to non-acne sufferers. It is highly recommended that individuals with inflammatory acne on the face and/or body eat foods high in vitamin A, while taking vitamin A supplements each day as well. Doing something as simple as taking the Clear Skin Vitamin Pack™ by Innate Skin every day can make a huge difference when it comes to clearer and healthier skin. It will get you your source of vitamin A for acne as well as 15 other vitamins, minerals and herbs for clear skin.
The Clear Skin Vitamin Pack™ will go a long ways towards improving the quality of your skin and clearing up any acne/blemishes you may have, and keeping future ones away.
If you want to get the best results possible and really supercharge your way to beautiful skin, we have put together a list of 7 tips to help you attain the best improvement in your skin possible.
1) Remove Dairy Products From Your Diet
It is just not natural for us to drink the milk from a cow. Cows milk is meant for baby calves, not for humans. Milk is full of natural hormones to make those baby calves grow rapidly. Those same hormones can cause your body to produce more sebum (oil). Acne and milk don’t mix.
Whether they know it or not, many people are allergic to whey and casein, which are proteins in milk. Our immune system will attack these foreign proteins which leads to inflammation throughout the body and can result in acne. Many people who have suffered from cystic acne found their acne greatly improved when they went off dairy.
Milk and cream are the worst offenders, followed by other dairy products like butter,cheese and yogurt. To test your own body you can completely omit all dairy products from your diet for 30 days, and then slowly introduce one at a time back into your diet and monitor the results.
2) Food: Eat a Clean, Natural Diet of Unprocessed Foods
There are so many toxins in most of the prepared and processed foods that we eat today. Try to eat all your foods as minimally processed as possible, in as close to its natural form as possible. That means if it comes in a bag or a box, you probably shouldn’t eat it. This is a general statement of course, some ‘clean’ foods are still packaged.
Your diet should mainly consist of vegetables, greens and a protein source such as fish, chicken, grass fed beef, lamb, etc. The protein should be natural and unprocessed, no breaded fish, chicken nuggets, etc.
Stay away from sugar and all foods containing added sugar. Do not be afraid of fats, whether saturated or not.
What you can eat:
Proteins: Fish, beef, chicken, lamb, etc.
Carbohydrates: Leafy greens, vegetables, sweet potatoes, rice (most people) and low glycemic fruits such as blueberries.
Fats: Coconut oil, lard, ghee, extra virgin olive oil, avocados.
Coffee and tea are fine, no sodas, fruit juices, or beverages with added sugar.
A good sweetener is stevia, stay away from artificial sweeteners.
3) Regular Bowel Movements
It is important to have at least one regular, daily bowel movement. There is a correlation between acne sufferers and irregular bowel movements or constipation. Once your body has processed the food you have consumed, the waste needs to be extracted so it is not reabsorbed by your body.
By adding lots of vegetables to your diet, avoiding breads, pastas and other refined foods, you may be able to get yourself regular. Probiotics will also help with this.
If this is not enough, you can solve the problem in the short term by adding fiber to your diet with psyllium husk or a Benefiber type product. Psyllium husk isn’t easy to take for some people, the best way is to mix it up and drink it down quick, if it starts to thicken add some more water, stir, and drink it down quick. We prefer psyllium husk as it is closer to it’s natural form.
Probiotics are defined as live microorganisms (such as bacteria, yeast) that may offer a health benefit to their host.
Good bacteria in an adequate quantity is necessary for proper digestive tract function.
A healthy gut is necessary for healthy skin. In a study it was found that over half of the acne patients had alterations to the good bacteria that are present in our intestinal microflora. Taking quality probiotics can increase the good bacteria in your gut.
If you have ever taken antibiotics, (as most of us have) chances are your gut bacteria has been compromised. Or if it is ever necessary to take antibiotics, probiotics should be taken during this time and afterwards for a period to maintain the good gut bacteria.
Taking a quality probiotic can improve your health, immune system, bowel movements, and skin.
5) Green Smoothies
If you have trouble getting enough vegetables and fiber in your diet on a daily basis, adding a daily green smoothie is a great way to do it. Green smoothies offer some great benefits to your health and your skins health.
You’ll want to add lots of greens and vegetables, and only a small amount of fruit in order to keep the sugar content down.
Greens can consist of things like spinach, romaine, kale, various lettuces, green tops from beets, herbs, etc.
Vegetables can be zucchini, cucumber, celery, onion (not too much), radishes, broccoli, beets, etc.
If you want to make it a bit creamier try adding a half or whole avocado.
Green smoothies can work great as a meal in themselves.
A Vitamix style blender works best, but they are expensive! A blender is preferred over a juicer as all the fiber stays in the smoothie this way, but some juicers work okay.
6) Rest, Limit Stress and Exercise
There is a definite mind/body connection. A relaxed, rested body is in a state where it is able to heal itself. A stressed body is in a state of fight or flight and is in survival mode and produces hormones and chemicals to support this, and these can promote acne.
There is an emerging field known as psychodermatology or “skin shrinks” where the mind body connection is looked at and methods such as relaxation, self-hypnosis or psychotherapy are used to treat skin conditions.
According to Dr. Ted Grossbart, an assistant clinical professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, “An estimated 30 to 60 percent of people who come to a doctor for help with skin problems also have emotional issues that are churning as well.”
The mind/acne connection makes more sense than you might initially think. Consider what happens when you get embarrassed, your face goes red. Your armpits will sweat in some situations. People break out in hives, rashes and cold sores from stress. Why not acne?
At the University of Massachusetts Medical School, it was found that patients suffering from psoriasis who listened to meditation tapes while receiving UV light treatments had their skin clear up nearly four times faster than those who had the light treatment alone.
Some small studies from Carleton University in Canada demonstrated that half of their patients had their warts disappear after undergoing hypnosis.
We also know that there is a connection between stress and altered gut flora and leaky gut, which in turn, suggests a connection between stress and skin issues. And there are a lot of experimental studies and human studies that have shown that a variety of psychological and physiological stressors can impair the normal gut flora and cause intestinal permeability.
The gut is basically one big nervous system tissue. In fact, some doctors refer to it as the second brain, and there’s way, way more serotonin, (which is a neurotransmitter that most people associate with the brain) in the gut than there is in the brain, and there is 400 times more melatonin in the gut than there is in the pineal gland, where melatonin is produced.
So, the gut is extremely sensitive to stress. This is obvious when you think about it. Consider the ‘butterflies’ or stomach pain you feel in certain stressful situations, or the feeling of wanting to “throw up”.
Bottom Line: Manage your stress.
We all know that exercise is good for the body. And what’s good for the body is good for the skin.
Exercise promotes healthy circulation. By increasing blood flow in the body you are helping nourish your skin cells with oxygen and nutrients. Increased blood flow also helps remove toxins and free radicals from the cells, and remember ‘Exceptional skin starts from the inside!’
Exercise also reduces stress. Stress can be a big cause of acne for some people. One of the ways that exercise is thought to reduce stress is by lowering your cortisol levels. Higher cortisol levels can also stimulate the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum, potentially leading to more acne.
So get out there and move!
7) Food Journal
Despite what the ‘experts’ say, food definitely plays a role in acne. Anyone that says it does not is quoting some very poorly run studies done in the early 1970s.
The problem is, different people react to different things. You may have an undiagnosed food allergy, or just be sensitive to some foods and not even realize it.
Sometimes a reaction to a food may take a week or two to show up on your skin, and it may take weeks to go away. This is why it can make a big difference documenting what you eat on a daily basis. Even trying it for a month can lead to some amazing discoveries.
Some common food allergies/sensitivities that can lead to an acne breakout are:
-Milk and other dairy products – but not all may affect you. -Gluten (wheat contains gluten) -Peanuts (actually a legume not a nut) -Nuts -Eggs -Alcohol -Soy -Vegetables from the nightshade family (regular potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, sweet and hot peppers are the common ones) -Rice (not that common)
* Note: some customers have identified salsa as a sure fire breakout food, it must be the tomatoes in the salsa, so you really have to pay attention to what you eat.
It is definitely worth keeping a Food Journal if you really want to clear up your acne. Try it for at least a month or two and see what you learn.
Each day, write down everything that you eat, and pay special attention to any of the foods in the Common food allergies/sensitivities section.
Remember, everyone is different, and what may cause an acne breakout for you may not affect the next person at all!
So there you have it, 7 tips to help the Clear Skin Vitamin Pack™ work its magic!
The Clear Skin Vitamin Pack for acne is available on amazon!
Ever woken up the day before a big date, only to find a huge zit on your face?
I’m pretty sure we’ve all been there at some point, whether it was before a hot date, picture day, or some other important day where you had to look your best.
We’re always told to leave our acne pimples alone, but it’s pretty difficult to resist popping them when they crop up at the most inconvenient times. And it’s all well and good to go out and buy acne products, but they usually don’t work immediately, and if they do, they’re usually expensive.
Thankfully, there’s a quick and easy remedy you can try at home: hydrogen peroxide. And since you likely have a bottle of the stuff in your bathroom cabinet, it won’t cost you anything!How does it work?
First of all, the thing to remember is that hydrogen peroxide is a temporary acne solution. It doesn’t address the root cause of your acne, but only treats the symptom, and in fact using hydrogen peroxide too much will dry out your skin and potentially cause peeling.
Putting that aside, hydrogen peroxide works because it kills the bacteria on your skin that’s fostering those ugly pimples in the first place. It also oxygenates your pores, which helps prevent future pimples by creating an environment where those nasty bacteria can’t live.How do you apply it?
It’s easy! Just follow these four steps:Before applying hydrogen peroxide to your acne, first clean your face with a mild soap or cleanser. Once all dirt and oils have been removed from your skin, pat dry with a towel. Soak a cotton ball or Q-tip in the hydrogen peroxide, and apply it to your individual acne pimples. You can also apply it to the rest of your face to help prevent future breakouts, but be warned—doing this too often can result in drying out your face, and it is NOT a permanent solution. Sit back and let the peroxide do its work! It’ll start bubbling up, killing those bacteria and drying out those pimples. Once the bubbling stops, rinse your face with water. Cautions
Watch the hair. Hydrogen peroxide is a bleaching agent, so if you have long hair, make sure you’ve pulled it away from your face before you start splashing hydrogen peroxide on it!
Stronger is not better. When buying hydrogen peroxide, you want a bottle that’s diluted to around 3%. Using more highly concentrated versions can burn your skin and increase scarring!
Skin damage. As mentioned earlier, hydrogen peroxide can dry out your skin, which leads to premature aging (wrinkles), so make sure to use sparingly. Purportedly, it’s been said that hydrogen peroxide actually kills skin cells and prevents new ones from forming, which may increase the likelihood of acne scar development.The verdict?
Hydrogen peroxide is a quick, easy and inexpensive way to treat acne if you’re in a bind. But it’s definitely not a permanent solution, and with the harsh effects it can have on your skin its best only to use it in emergencies.
If you’re dealing with regular breakouts, the best thing to do is figure out what’s causing them in order to make them go away. Covering up the symptoms is only temporary—it isn’t a real solution. If you have acne, there is a good chance that you are deficient in a few different vitamins. The best way to deal with vitamin deficiencies that lead to acne is here.
But if you’ve really got that hot date tonight, then bring out the bottle!
What are your thoughts on hydrogen peroxide and acne?
Ever suffer from an acne breakout that wouldn’t go away no matter what you put on your face?
It’s frustrating. You wash your face five times a day, go through twenty skin creams and face washes, and try every skincare mask under the sun.
You cut chocolate out of your diet, go heavy on the concealer, and every day wake up hoping your skin has cleared up… only to find you’ve got a new zit.
We’ve all been there, and I know it’s frustrating and introverting as heck. But instead of putting that bag over your head, locking yourself in your room, or smothering your skin with cover-up and foundation, have you considered taking vitamins for acne relief?
Here at Innate Skin, we’ve discovered that nutrition plays a big role in clear skin. When developing our Clear Skin Vitamin Pack™, we found certain vitamins work wonders on getting rid of your acne.
If you want to be that girl with the clear, glowing skin who turns heads, gets compliments, and laughs when asked what foundation she uses (none, of course!) then read on! These vites will help you make that dream a reality.Vitamin A
Believe it or not, vitamin A has been used to treat acne since the late 1800s! It’s one of those housewife remedies that got swept up under the table as we moved further into the modern world and away from natural remedies.
Vitamin A is what helps your body grow new skin cells, strengthen your skin’s protective tissues and keep your skin from getting oily. If you’re not getting enough in your diet, you end up with layers of dead, oily, bacteria-infested skin on your face. No wonder you’ve got acne issues!
If you’re looking at adding some vitamins for acne to your diet, try picking out some vitamin A-rich foods when you go to the grocery store. There’s a great list of them in this article, Top 10 Foods Highest in Vitamin A from Health-Alicious-Ness.com.Vitamin E
Vitamin E is another one of those oldie-but-goodie vitamins for acne. It’s great for keeping your skin soft and moisturized and protecting against acne-causing bacteria.
Also, if you’re one of those people who can’t stop themselves from popping their pimples, you can do some damage control by breaking open a vitamin E capsule and smoothing it over your skin to prevent scarring and dark spots.Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)
I may have saved this one for last, but if you could only pick one of these vitamins for acne, this is the one you should choose. It reduces stress, makes your skin less oily, counteracts hormonal imbalances, and helps control blood sugar levels!
High stress levels, hormonal imbalances, low-blood circulation and oily skin can all contribute to acne flare-ups, so by adding more vitamin B5 to your diet, you’re handling all four of these issues in one shot.
Keep in mind that it is important to supplement with vitamins in the right amounts when you are trying to treat acne. Too much or too little of a vitamin can even make your acne worse. There are also many other vitamins that help keep your body balanced and skin clear that you need in lesser amounts, so they are hard to supplement with. Using a high quality skin supplement such as the Clear Skin Vitamin Pack™ that has been formulated to keep your skin clear is the best choice.
Milk has often been called nature’s perfect food. And it may be, if you are a calf. But in human beings can milk cause acne?
In the same way that a mother’s breast milk is meant for babies, a cow’s milk is meant for it’s calf. You see, cows only produce milk after they have given birth. The cow will continue to produce milk as long as it is ‘milked’. This can last for 2-3 years until the cow’s milk dries up, then the cow must get pregnant again to produce milk. So is the life of a dairy cow.
Now, a cow’s milk is designed to help a baby cow grow very fast. For this reason it is full of anabolic hormones. If you’ve ever seen anyone who uses steroids, you know that anabolic hormones cause acne. There are over 50 different hormones in your average glass of milk, even in organic and raw milk, as these are natural hormones we are talking about, not the bovine growth hormone some dairy cows are injected with.
There have finally been some large controlled trials that have found a relationship between dairy products and acne. These trials showed an increase in the severity of acne as well as the number of people who got acne. Milk may not cause acne in everyone, but if you have acne, you should experiment with not drinking milk and see if that helps.So how do dairy products and milk cause acne?
There are a few different ways. We will look into the hormone connection as we briefly discussed, as well as inflammation and blood sugar levels.
Hormones and acne
Some of the hormones contained in that glass of milk designed to make a calf grow rapidly are IGF-1 or insulin like growth factor-1. IGF-1 stimulates sebum production. Sebum is the oily/waxy substance secreted by your glands that makes your face and hair oily or greasy.
Milk also contains DHT (dihydrotestosterone) precursors. Once again, DHT causes more sebum production.
Insulin is another factor in the milk/acne problem. Milk contains insulin, which, once again, stimulates the production of sebum. Plasma insulin responses are elevated after drinking milk, and elevated insulin is associated with acne.
Inflammation and acne
Whether they know it or not, many people are allergic, even mildly, to whey and casein which are proteins in milk. Our immune system will attack these foreign proteins which leads to inflammation throughout the body and can result in acne.
Another source of inflammation is all of the bacteria and toxins that can be found in milk. The majority of dairy cows live in less than ideal conditions, eating unnatural food to them that is full of pesticides. Even with organic milk, the cow is still fed a diet that is unnatural to them in most cases, although it is organic. Cow’s are meant to eat grass, not corn, oats, soy, and other manufactured feeds that make them sick.
Because of this unnatural feed and the filthy conditions that most dairy cows are forced to live in, they also get regular shots of antibiotics to try and keep them healthy. How much of these antibiotics are passed on when you drink their milk?
One of the main reasons for pasteurization of milk is to kill off all the bacteria in the milk due to the filthy conditions the cows live in. Pasteurization of milk kills off all the vitamins it contains which then have to be added back in. It also kills off the natural enzymes that help us digest the milk, one of the reasons some people are lactose intolerant.
Blood Sugar Levels and acne
Milk contains sugar, albeit ‘naturally occurring’. The lower the fat content of the milk, the worse it will affect your blood sugar levels (think skim milk or 1%).
Sugar raises insulin levels, which promotes the production of sebum and other hormones such as testosterone in women. Raised blood sugar levels also cause inflammation.
The bottom line on milk and acne
If you drink milk or consume dairy products will you get acne? Not necessarily. Many people’s bodies can handle the effects of cow’s milk. However, if you have acne and you drink milk or consume dairy products, there is a good chance that the milk is making your acne worse. There is some evidence that shows that milk is the worst offender, some people can tolerate cheese and yoghurt and not get breakouts.
Bottom line, cow’s milk is meant to be consumed by cows, not humans. Of the 5000 or so mammals on this earth, humans are the only ones who continue to drink milk after we have been weaned from our mothers. Your body does not require it.Got Milk? Throw it out.