Monthly Archives: May 2012

Adult Acne and Skin Care

Adult breakouts can be tricky and can be caused by several things. If you are experiencing a typical “comedo” (pimple), that’s a pore that gets clogged and causes fluid to build up. Pore clogging can be caused by certain skin care products that aren’t “non-comedogenic” (typically oil-based products), heavier makeup, or by a layer of dead skin cells in the epidermis that bridge over the pore, blocking it. Exfoliation is the standard remedy for clogged pores. Another cause can be a bacterium, p. acnes, and typically a trip to the dermatologist and an oral antibiotic can address that.

The third possibility is a viral flare-up, which is consistent with stress. Contrary to popular belief, stress does not cause the typical pimple; however, stress can trigger an outbreak of a viral type blemish – similar to a cold sore.  The telltale symptom of these blemishes is that they are particularly painful. If so, you should talk to your dermatologist.

Exfoliation with retinol or glycolic acid unclogs pores

If you have standard comedos (from clogged pores), there are several recommended exfoliation products. A favorite is topical retinol facial cream, a Vitamin A derivative, which is also an excellent anti-aging wrinkle cream. Retinol works by increasing the cell turnover rate and helping shed the top layer of dead skin cells – which might be clogging the pores. ReNew Youth™ retinol cream is the strongest retinol cream (about 1.0%) that you can get without a prescription.

Another excellent exfoliator is 10% glycolic acid formulated as a cleanser. It’s not only an exfoliator but also cleans away excess oil and is very popular for managing blemishes. Exfoliate Me™, is a best seller.

Do you have dry skin or does it tend to be on the oily side, especially on your chin area?  If you have dry skin, both the retinol and the glycolic acid can be drying. The ReNew Youth formulation anticipates this, so it includes the highly successful moisturizer, hyaluronic acid. Some ladies with very dry skin who use the retinol cream, however, like to augment it with a separate moisturizer such as Maximum Moisture™. If you use the glycolic acid cleanser and have dry skin, you’ll definitely want to use a good moisturizer.

If you have skin or areas that tend to be oily, this can sometimes be caused, unusual as it may sound, by dry skin. This is because when skin doesn’t have enough moisture, it overcompensates by producing excess oil – which can lead to those comedos (pimples) if a pore gets clogged.

Importantly, all of our skin care products are formulated without parabens or other estrogenic compounds, so there’s no health risks for women.

Basic Skin Care Principles

You will find a dizzying array of anti-aging skin care products on the market formulated into all manner of creams, lotions, masks, gels, serums and scrubs. Many of these have long lists of complex sounding chemicals. However, the best skin care regimen is not that complicated. The 4 most important and basic things you can do for your skin are to: 1) Exfoliate; 2) Moisturize; 3) Repair; and 4) Protect.

You know that your skin is constantly renewing itself. This is because the outermost layer of our skin is composed of dead cells that function as a protective shield. However, because this layer is non-living tissue, it needs to be replaced from underneath in a continuous cell renewal process.  If this process happens too slowly, typically as we get older, the dead skin cells begin to look dull and drab. However, with exfoliation, you can speed up this process and the result is an outer skin surface that is newer, fresher, and younger looking. This regeneration process also helps to shed age spots and other blemishes we don’t like.

All living things thrive in a moist environment; this is because cells need moisture to perform their functions. A good hyaluronic acid moisturizer will absorb water from the air and keep your skin properly quenched throughout the day. Another benefit of a good moisturizer is that it will plump up your skin to fill in small lines in our face.

Whether we like it or not, most of us have to admit that by the time we reach our 4th decade, our skin has been exposed to years of harsh conditions, including strong cleansers, sunlight, environmental chemicals, and maybe some skin care products that really weren’t so good for us. This is where some superb wrinkle creams can help us recapture several years of lost youth. The two mainstay ingredients in the best wrinkle creams: peptides and retinol. Both retinol and peptides have the ability to help restore collagen and elastin.

Finally, while we do what we can to reverse the signs of aging in our skin, why expose your skin to continued aging factors? Sun exposure causes about 80% of skin aging, And this does not mean a day at the beach. A lifetime of accumulated sun exposure from every day activities gradually depletes the collagen and elastin in our skin and significantly accelerates the aging process. Look for a top quality, broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen for your face – and use it every day.

Parabens in Skin Care

One word about health and safety – be sure you only use paraben free skin care products. Parabens are inexpensive preservatives that have been linked to breast cancer in women, and have also been found to speed up skin aging when exposed to sunlight. Look on the label for ingredient lists that do not contain these toxic chemicals in cosmetics and skin care products.

Parabens Revisited

From previous posts, we know that parabens are something to be avoided.

In 2006, researchers in Japan discovered that certain parabens will accelerate the process of skin aging when exposed to UV light, such as sunlight, by causing premature cell destruction. Then in 2008, parabens were linked to breast cancer in women as a result of their use in underarm deodorants as preservatives – this was the result of a university study in Great Britain.

Now, a recent paper in the Journal of Applied Toxicology 2 months ago reveals that of 160 tissue samples removed during breast cancer surgery in a recent study, 158 or more than 99 per cent of the samples contained parabens. Moreover, the majority were located in the area of the breast closest to the underarm.

The paraben molecule is synthetically produced to provide a cheap preservative. Unfortunately, this chemical continues to to be associated with unhealthy outcomes.

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