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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.
Many people are aware of the benefits of Evening Primrose oil. Yet surprisingly, there are few who realize how well it can help with acne.
Some of the commonly known health benefits of evening primrose oil include:
Heart Health — Comprehensively aids arteries and may help to lower blood pressure and thereby reduce heart attack risk.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome — Can provide relief from the combined existence of depression, fever, and aching.
Anti-Inflammatory & Pain Reliever – Evening primrose oil might ease the discomfort of chest pain or rheumatoid arthritis.
Diabetes — Evening primrose oil is believed to reduce the existence of tingling types of pain and numbness which diabetics often experience.
A.D.H.D. — Some improvement may be obtained from attention deficit hyperactive disorder in children.
Menstrual Pain — Lessens the discomforts of menstrual cycles and PMS.
Now let’s look at how Evening Primrose oil supplementation can improve acne conditions, as well as overall skin health.
Evening Primrose oil is one of the best sources of an essential fatty acid known as GLA, or gamma-linolenic acid, which allows skin cells to grow and heal properly. GLA has been shown to act as an anti -inflammatory agent and promote the growth of healthy skin, hair and nails. GLA also plays a role in balancing out hormones in acne sufferers.
The seed of the “Oenothera Biennis” plant, or Evening Primrose, has a long history of usage in Europe and throughout North America. Its components not only help to improve the human immune system, but also promote the reduction of inflammation and redness associated with acne.
Some other sources of GLA are coconut oil and butter from grass fed cows, though both have much smaller quantities of GLA than Evening Primrose Oil. With butter, it has to be from grass fed cows, as the standard supermarket butter from grain fed cows does not have GLA. Cows are supposed to eat grass, not grain!
While Evening Primrose oil will work on its own to help with acne, it works much better when combined with vitamins and minerals that are known to help with acne. Some of these are Vitamin A, C, E, pantothenic acid and zinc.
It is important to combine these vitamins and minerals along with the evening primrose oil in the right amounts, so do your research or buy a product that is already formulated for fighting acne.
Here are some comments found on the web about the benefits of Evening Primrose Oil and acne:
“I’ve only been taking it for a couple of days, but now when I wake up my skin seems to be glowing, soft, and my inflammation and redness has been reduced.”
“It really helps with my hormonal acne.”
“No more acne! It has cleared my skin, is good for hormonal and cystic acne, makes my skin soft”
“Everyone suffering from acne needs to try evening primrose oil. I suffered for 8 years before finally trying it and now I am acne free!”
“I have a 95% improvement on my face. I take EPO, some vitamin E, C, and A on a daily basis. It has literally changed my life!”