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Benefits of Aloe Vera for Skin Care

Posted on April 23, 2013 with No Comments

The Aloe Vera plant contains succulent leaves. The gel from the leaves of the plant has numerous benefits for the skin. The plant has anti-microbial properties, due to the chemical agent saponin occurring naturally in it.Aloe Vera

The leaves can be broken and the gel applied or the leaves of the plant can be used in skin care products. Whether used alone or in a combination with other ingredients, Aloe Vera can provide soothing nourishment for irritated skin and promote healing.

Burns And Scrapes

The gel from Aloe Vera leaves has many benefits for soothing skin. One of its most common uses is for sunburn. The gel, when lightly rubbed onto sunburned skin, provides cooling relief from the pain and irritation. It can also help other types of mild burns, such as from touching a hot pan.

Minor cuts and scrapes can benefit from the application of the plant’s gel, which helps to eliminate the possibility of infection and soothe the irritation surrounding the affected area. The leaf of the plant can be broken in two, and the gel can be rubbed directly onto the problem spot.

Acne

Aloe Vera can also help in the treatment of acne. One way it works is because it is an astringent that helps reduce the amount of oil on the skin, yet it is mild enough that it won’t cause irritation. The reduction in excess oil can help to prevent oil and skin cells from clogging pores, which can cause blemishes. It can also help to balance the ph level of the skin, which ensures that the proper amount of acid needed to kill bacteria remains. Bacteria contribute to the formation of pimples by invading clogged pores, causing a response by the immune system that creates a pus filled pimple. By reducing the amount of bacteria on the skin, pimples are less likely to form.

Aloe Vera gel also has anti-inflammatory properties, which helps to reduce the redness and irritation of acne outbreaks while the pimples are healing. The gel can be used in its raw form for acne relief.

Moisture

Another benefit of Aloe Vera is its ability to moisturize. Dry skin becomes itchy and irritated, requiring moisture to soothe it. Aloe Vera is easily absorbed to provide soothing relief from itching and to moisturize the skin, preventing it from drying out. Common disorders, such as eczema and psoriasis, can be treated with the gel, as the relief from itching is immediate and the skin is moisturized.

Facial Masks

Many commercial facial masks, as well as those that can be made at home, contain Aloe Vera. Combined with other ingredients for deep cleansing, the Aloe Vera helps to restore the pH balance of the skin to fight bacteria and infection. It also works to soothe skin that is irritated from many common disorders. Because it is a mild ingredient, when combined with other natural ingredients and used as a facial mask, you get the benefit of soothing relief from acne, eczema, and other discomforts without added chemicals that can cause irritation.

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Category: Acne, Skin Care, Sunburn

How Does Steam Affect Skin and Acne

Posted on March 13, 2013 with No Comments

There is a good reason why so many spa treatments include steam: steam has many benefits for the skin. In addition to promoting blood circulation to your face, giving you a healthy glow, a face steaming treatment is also great for cleansing your pores. This can help reduce acne outbreaks, particularly when used in conjunction with a good, anti-acne cleanser or toner for use after a facial treatment. A regular facial involving high humidity can help give you the healthy, glowing, blemish-free complexion you desire.Steaming Skin for Acne Control

Why Steam?

One reason why using steam for acne work so well on acne is because the intense moisture helps to soften the stratum corneum, which is the layer of dead skin cells on the exterior of the face. This allows them to be shed more freely. With the dull, dead cells gone, the new, fresh cells beneath are visible. Dead skin cells clog pores, and by steaming them and allowing them to be easily removed, they don’t have the opportunity to clog pores, which helps to eliminate acne. This also visibly improves the look of your complexion, helping to give you a rosy and fresh appearance.

Another reason why these facials are good for the complexion is because they open up the pores.  Dead cells combine with oils that are produced naturally in the dermis, and along with dirt, debris, and bacteria, clog pores. When a dirty oil plug forms in a pore, depending on the clog’s position in the pore, either a whitehead or a blackhead is produced. If the clog is attacked by the immune system, white blood cells swarm to the site of the clog, and swelling and inflammation occur, creating a pimple. If this is occurring in numerous pores, then you have an acne outbreak.

Humidity

With a high humidity facial to open up the pores, you are better able to clean out the oil, skin cells, and dirt, along with the bacteria. With the use of a cleanser or toner designed to treat acne, you can deep clean the pores and kill the bacteria that contributes to acne. The opened pores allow the cleansers to penetrate more thoroughly, helping to soften and remove existing clogs and preventing new ones from forming. Regular opening up of your pores with a steam treatment can help you keep your pores clear, helping to prevent acne outbreaks.

In addition, the heat and moisture from the high humidity treatment will promote blood circulation to the face, which will give skin a healthy, warm glow. The increase blood flow also promotes the growth of new skin cells, which can replace dull, dead ones. Along with that benefit, the humidity will also increase perspiration production in the body. While perspiration is mostly water and salt, toxins within the body are also released in perspiration. A steam treatment will allow some of these toxins to exit the body, which is beneficial for the entire body, including the skin.

Apple Cider Vinegar for Acne??

Posted on January 17, 2013 with No Comments

Acne is a common skin disorder affecting primarily teenagers, but some adults have it as well. Whether you experience full breakouts occurring regularly or just a few pimples or blackheads on occasion, solving this skin problem can be difficult. Although there are many different products available on the market that will deep cleanse the skin to fight breakouts, the medications don’t work on everyone, and they can be very harsh on your skin as well. However, there is a common product already found in many people’s kitchens that can help. Apple cider is very effective in treating and preventing breakouts.Apple Cider Vinegar for Acne

Bacteria And Pimples

Your skin contains a natural oil called sebum. Sebum is essential for protecting your skin and for keeping it moisturized. However, if the skin is producing excess sebum, a common occurrence during puberty and other times of hormonal changes, the extra oil can cause problems. The oil combines with dead skin cells that are shed daily, and this combination can clog pores. Bacteria is also present on the skin naturally, and if bacteria adds to the clog of dead skin and oil, it can cause an infection. This can lead to an isolated pimple, an increase in blackheads or whiteheads, or a full acne outbreak.

Acid And Your Skin

The skin on your face is slightly acidic, with a ph balance that averages between 5 and 6. The acidity helps act as a barrier to prevent bacteria from building up on your skin to the degree that it can combine with the skin and oil in a pore and cause it to erupt into a blackhead, whitehead, or pimple. If the acidity of the skin is reduced by even a small amount, the bacteria can thrive, making it more likely to cause skin infections. There are numerous causes for a shift in the acidity of the skin, most of which occur because you are trying to keep your skin clean and pimple free. Over washing your face with an Acnetene acne facial cleanser, which is more neutral in pH, can cause a shift. Many products used to treat skin problems can also cause the skin to lose its acidity to a slight degree.

A Natural Treatment For Breakouts

Apple cider vinegar is by nature highly acidic. The acid is what gives it its burn, and it also gives the product its natural antibacterial qualities, which is one reason why it’s popular as a homemade household cleaner.  If the ph balance of your skin is off due to skin products or soap, you need to restore the acidity. By using it on your face, this natural cleanser can restore the ph balance to your skin so that bacteria can no longer thrive. This makes this home remedy a good acne treatment.

How To Treat Pimples

You should dilute the apple cider vinegar so that the acidity will not irritate your skin. Start by mixing one part with two parts water and apply it to your face using a cotton ball. You can apply it to your entire face or on the areas where you have pimples. Once the ph balance of your skin is restored, your skin will clear up. Use the mixture regularly to prevent future outbreaks. If you have suffered from scarring and potting, Apple Cider Vinegar when used as an acne scar product when used in conjunction with creams, exfoliators, and acne washes. Products like Acnetene that utilize Sebustop are helpful as well.

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Category: Acne

Using a Pore Minimizer to Reduce Pore Size

Posted on October 31, 2012 with No Comments

Enlarged pores are a haven for trapping dirt, oil and bacteria that lead to infection, acne, blackheads and whiteheads. Visible, oversized pores can be distracting, catch makeup and skin products, can clog, and leave your complexion looking rough and rutty.

Smaller Size, Fewer Problems!

A pore minimizer is designed to do just what the name implies, minimize or

Pore Minimizer Cream for Enlarged Pores

Pore Minimizer Cream

reduce the size of enlarged pores to smooth the complexion and inhibit clogging and trapping of contaminants.

As we all know, the surface of the skin is comprised of connected cells. Among these cells are pore openings for glands and follicles (hairs). For most people pores are small and generally are not visible to the naked eye. Due to heredity, excess oil production by glands, or wear and tear from cosmetics, pores can enlarge or become infected with bacteria or fungus on a microscopic scale.

Pore minimizing products use a variety of ingredients such as aloe, emu oil, botanical extracts and alpha hydroxy crystals to open pores, clean contaminants, slough-off dead, trapping skin cells and to “de-contaminate” infection, bacteria and fungus. A pore minimizer targets improved tissue health, elimination of infection, and encoureages healthy tissue growth so openings develop in a tight, firm and normalized size.

Those products that use Alpha Hydroxy crystals are particularly beneficial.  The fine grain (almost powder-like) crystals provide light abrasion to effective unclog pores and alpha hydroxy itself is well known as an active ingredient for fighting inflammation and development of acne.

Emu oil and aloe are two other ingredients you need to consider. Aloe is an effective anti-bacterial and is effective for soothing inflammation (commonly used for burns and sunburn), and emu oil is a popular ingredient in both acne, rash and skin rejuvenation products. It is a natural anti-bacterial penetrating deep into tissue reducing inflammation, itching and accelerating the healing process of damaged skin cells.  It helps irrigate clogged pores and aids rapid reduction of size for follicle and gland pore openings.

Getting a Smooth, Even Complexion!

Typical results of a pore minimizer is reduced redness and irritation, a reduction of pore size in and around the affected area, and ultimately smoother, healthier skin and complexion. Smaller pore size reduces acne or acne-like symptoms and allows cosmetics and make-up to go on smoother. For this purpose, a cream for pores can improve tissue health, help eliminate blackheads and acne,   Cream bases that are rich in Aloe have been shown to improve the softness and tone of the complexion as well.

Help…I have Very Oily Skin!

Posted on November 22, 2009 with No Comments

Many of us have to deal with oily skin…some have to deal with very oily skin. Though there are tons of products available to get a clear complexion and reduce the oils, there are a couple of fundamental techniques and products you can use for help.

First, oily skin is generally caused by excess sebum produced by the sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands are located in the follicle and skin pores. They especially concentrated in and around the “T zone” located across the forehead, on the nose and across the chin area. Heat, general over-activity, reactions to skin products and enlarged pores can lead to increased amount of oil deposits on the facial skin – as well as enlarged pores – that trap bacteria, dirt and impurities – that can lead to inflammation, acne and blemishes.

Use an oily face wash that controls and regulates oil production. Most are formulated with Zinc. Zinc helps slow the production of oil from the sebaceous glands and helps your face remain smooth, healthy and oil-free. Oily skin face washes should be used 2-3 times per day.

If you need more help, try an oily skin face mask or a toner. These give you more “bang for your buck” and can help reduce acne, blemishes and the chronic “shininess” associated with overly oily skin.

If you think enlarged pores are a problem, consider using a microderm abrasion cream to gently exfoliate. Exfoliation is good for facial tissue. It can help clear pimples and oil as well as cleanse and purify tissue. It also helps promote regeneration of healthy skin cells.