Archive for the ‘Acne’ Category

November 12, 2013

Jocelyn

Acne Treatment Ingredients You May Not Have Heard Of

When it comes to acne treatment products, most of us are familiar with the common ingredients or the active topical acne-fighting medications. If you’re searching for the right acne treatment for your skin, it’s likely that you’ve already learned about Salicylic Acid, Sulfur and Benzoyl Peroxide. However, what’s in your acne products is important even when it comes to ingredients that may not be the primary ones. What should you look for when reading the ingredient listing on acne products? Be sure to check the label to look for any of the following.

 

Skin Care Tips: Unique Acne Product IngredientsSilver Citrate: Fights Acne-Causing Bacteria

Cultures around the world have known for centuries that silver has antimicrobial properties. While there are many examples, our favorite is that historically silver dollars were placed in milk jars before refrigeration to keep them bacteria free. As metals were studied for their antimicrobial effect, it was discovered that silver had the most powerful antibacterial power and the lowest toxicity to human cells of all of the metals. Interestingly, while silver became less popular as an antibacterial agent as antibiotics were developed, the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria strains in recent years has made silver more popular for its bacteria fighting power.

 

As part of an acne treatment regimen, silver works to fight the bacteria that build up within clogged pores or on the surface of the skin and which ultimately lead to inflamed acne blemishes.

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October 29, 2013

Jocelyn

What is Acne Mechanica?

If you have acne-prone skin, then you know that there are many causes of acne. For most acne-prone individuals, hormonal factors are the cause of their acne. Some people also experience Acne Cosmetica, which is acne that is caused by a reaction to makeup, a skin care product or other products that are used on or come in contact with your skin. Skin type or lifestyle choices can also cause breakouts. However, there’s a final cause of acne that isn’t talked about as much and it can be the easiest form of acne to find a treatment regimen for. It’s called Acne Mechanica, and it may be what’s causing your breakouts.

 

Acne Treatment Advice: Acne MechanicaAcne Mechanica Defined

When excess heat, pressure, friction or rubbing on the skin cause acne breakouts, that’s technically Acne Mechanica. What are some examples? If you get frequent back acne, then there’s a very good chance that your back and body breakouts are caused by heat and friction from your clothing. If you workout regularly and then breakout, it could be from the rubbing of workout equipment against your skin. One of the most common causes of Acne Mechanica is the pressure and trapped heat and oil caused by backpacks. You’d be surprised how many things can be the cause of Acne Mechanica: hats, sport helmets with chin straps, purse straps, musical instruments like guitars and violins that lean up against your skin for long periods of time, and clothes made from synthetic materials. Even your hands can cause Acne Mechanica if you’re a person who constantly touches your face. In short, if you breakout frequently in an area where something is regularly touching or rubbing up against your skin, you likely have breakouts due to Acne Mechanica.

 

Who Gets Acne Mechanica?

While anybody can get Acne Mechanica, lifestyles and hobbies can make you a more likely candidate. Athletes and soldiers are frequent sufferers of Acne Mechanica because they often wear or carry gear that doesn’t allow their skin to breath or that rubs up against them. If you have acne-prone, sensitive or oily skin by nature, you’ll be more susceptible to getting breakouts caused by Acne Mechanica.

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October 22, 2013

Jocelyn

Acne Treatment Fact: Don’t Stop Your Acne Treatment When Your Skin is Clear

You found the right acne treatment regimen and your skin is finally clear! Congratulations. Murad knows that finding the right solution to get clear, stay clear can be an emotional, mental and physical challenge. Unfortunately, for many people, once they finally get clear skin, they stop using their acne treatment products because they think that their acne problem is solved. The truth of the matter is that, for most forms of acne, you’ll need to continue using your acne regimen even after you get clear skin. If you don’t, you’ll probably see breakouts occur again. Why do you need to stay on top of your acne treatment even if there are no blemishes? Here’s why:

 

Acne Treatment Tips: Be ConsistentAcne Treatment Products Treat the Symptoms of Acne: They Don’t “Cure” Acne

The first thing that you need to be sure that you understand is that there’s really no cure for acne. You can create a skin care regimen that gives you clear skin, but acne is a biological process that can’t be stopped. The cause of acne, clogged pores, is typically due to a hormonal overproduction that causes an excess of skin cells and sebum (oil) to be created. When you treat acne, you are working to unclog or prevent clogged pores, but your body is still “wired” to overproduce the oil and skin cells that clog the pores. When you achieve clear skin, you’ve effectively created a complexion where no pores are clogged. But if you stop working to keep your pores unclogged, they’ll simply get clogged again and you’ll end up with blackheads and inflamed acne blemishes. Pores never stop clogging, and if you don’t maintain a regimen that keeps them clear, your acne will return.

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October 22, 2013

Jocelyn

Dr. Murad Answers: The Difference Between an Acne Scar and a Post-Acne Mark

Dr. Murad explains the differences between the appearance of and treatment of acne scars and post-acne marks or dark spots.

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October 2, 2013

Jocelyn

The Anatomy of a Clogged Pore: Causes and Treatments

Clogged pores don’t necessarily have to mean that you have acne-prone skin or frequently get inflamed blemishes. Even without nodules, papules and pustules, a clogged pore or congested skin can be a blemish on your complexion. In addition, clogged pores can ultimately lead to blackheads and visible blemishes. Today, we’ll explain how a clogged pore forms, how it can lead to blackheads and blemishes and how to treat it either individually or as part of a complete acne treatment regimen.

Skin Care: Causes of Clogged PoresThe Forming of a Clogged Pore: Environmental and Hormonal Causes

Pores can clog due to internal (hormonal) causes or external (environmental and lifestyle) causes. It’s important that you understand that a clogged pore is actually a cogged hair follicle. By definition, a pore is just the opening of a hair follicle on the skin’s surface. It’s the visible part that you see. When a “pore” becomes clogged, it’s actually hair follicle beneath the skin’s surface that becomes clogged. For the purposes of this article, however, we’ll be using “pore” and “hair follicle” to mean the same thing.

When a clogged pore is caused by internal causes, it’s due to an over-production or imbalance of hormones. Typically, much like with acne, this is due to an over-activity of Androgen hormones (male hormones, including testosterone). These hormones then cause an overproduction of sebum (oil) and skin cells that clog the pore. While both the sebum and the skin cells clog the pore from within, the sebum can also work to “pull” dirt and debris from the surface of your skin into your pore and hair follicle to worsen the clog.

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September 30, 2013

Jocelyn

Ten Facts About Pores

At the heart of every skin care concern or problem that you may have are your pores. A pore is a minute opening in your skin that allows gasses, liquids and (in the case of a blemish) small solids to pass through the skin’s protective barrier. But pores can also be a person’s worst nightmare when it comes to clear skin. When pores stretch and become visible, it mars your complexion. And when they become clogged, acne breakouts occur. If you want healthy pores, you’ll need to understand the myths and facts about pores. So let’s get started with ten things to understand about pores.

Skin Care Tips: Healthy Pores#1 Pores Are What Allow You to Sweat – and Sweat is Healthy

When your body overheats, it needs to release sweat. When the body needs to get rid of solids that have dissolved in it, it sweats. When the body needs to redistribute salt throughout the body so that it has a proper pH balance, it sweats. Without your pores, there would be no way for your body to complete any of these necessary biological functions. So when you get frustrated because your pores are large or visible, remember that they are also necessary to being healthy.

#2 Pores Are Really Hair Follicles

Often times, people use the words “pore” and “hair follicle” to mean different things, but the truth is that a pore is just the opening of the hair follicle. The hair follicle itself goes down several layers into the skin and the pore is the opening of the hair follicle on the skin’s surface. When somebody tells you that your pores are clogged, they really mean that your hair follicle is clogged. A pore is simply an opening of the hair follicle.

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September 30, 2013

Jocelyn

Acne Advice from Dr. Murad: The Benefits of an Acne Mask

Dr. Murad explains the benefits of using an acne mask and how to include and use an acne mask in your existing acne treatment regimen or routine.

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September 25, 2013

Carina

Five Different Kinds of Acne: Understand Your Breakouts

Before you can find the right type of treatment regimen, you need to understand what type of acne you have. From the type of blemish to the cause of the breakout, different types of acne mean different solutions. Some types of acne can be treated simply with lifestyle changes. Other types of acne require that you find a topical acne medication or consult a dermatologist for advice on an oral acne medication. What’s the right answer for you? Explore the five different types of acne below and then determine the right treatment path for your breakouts.

Types of Acne ExplainedAcne Type Number One: Whiteheads
Whiteheads are the most under-treated form of acne because people often don’t even realize that they have them. However, any type of clogged pore is technically a form of an acne blemish. Acne forms when over-produced sebum (oil) and skin cells clog pores. In many cases this leads to a build-up of acne-causing bacteria, but, even without the bacteria, a clogged pore is never good for your complexion.

Best Treatment Solution: Use an acne treatment with Salicylic Acid to penetrate beneath the skin’s surface oil to unclog pores. For mild whiteheads, an acne face cleanser that includes Salicylic Acid is likely sufficient.

Acne Face CleanserRecommended Product: Murad Clarifying Cleanser
Murad Clarifying Cleanser, from the Acne Complex® line of acne treatment products, is a refreshing daily cleanser with encapsulated Salicylic Acid that continues to release pore clearing medication even after you cleanse.

Customer Review
“I had a lot of acne on the side of my face and I started using this cleanser and less then a month, it all cleared up. I am getting regular facials at work, I work at Massage Envy in Algonquin, and my face is clearer and brighter. These products really work and do wonders for my face!”  Alliecat8907, Illinois (See all reviews.)

Acne Type Number Two: Blackheads
Blackheads are one step up from white heads. The essential part of the blemish is the same – dirt, oil and debris have clogged a pore. The difference with a blackhead is that the clog is not covered by a layer of skin and therefore exposed to the environment. When that happens, the oxygen interacts with the clog and the color turns from white (or clear) to dark. You haven’t necessarily formed a ”pimple”, but your clogged pore is dark and marring your complexion.

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September 23, 2013

Carina

What Exactly Are Blackheads?

If you’re working to get a flawless complexion that’s Better Every Day®, then controlling and minimizing blackheads is definitely on your radar. It doesn’t matter if the cause of your blackheads is acne-prone skin, large pores or an oily T-Zone. Regardless of the cause you want to ensure that blackheads don’t mar your complexion, but, before you can treat blackheads, you need to understand how they form and the best ways to prevent and then treat them.

What are Blackheads?How Blackheads Form: The Evolution of a Clogged Pore
Blackheads form from clogged pores. What clogs pores? The source of a clogged pore could be two things:

Overproduction of Skin Cells and Sebum (Oil): When hormones are overactive, particularly the adrenal gland, the body produces too many skin cells. These skin cells build up within hair follicles and eventually lead to clogged pores.

Excess Dirt and Oil: Excess dirt and oil from the environment, makeup or even skin care products can clog pores. This is especially true of you have naturally large pores or if your skin is oily (the oil can drag surface dirt and oil down into your pores).

Once a pore becomes clogged, it forms a whitehead. A whitehead is technically an acne blemish, though often it’s not visible. Once a pore is clogged and the contents of the clog begin to make their way to the surface of the skin, oxygen interacts with them and the clog turns black or dark brown. This type of clogged pore is known as a blackhead. Blackheads mar your complexion, and they can also lead to acne breakouts.

How to Prevent a Blackhead from Forming
If you want to prevent a blackhead from forming, the only effective way to do it is to stop the pore from clogging. How do you keep pores from clogging?

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May 11, 2013

Carina

Two Often Overlooked Tips for Reducing Breakouts

If you have acne prone skin, then you want to know about every advantage that you could have in the fight to reduce and even get rid of acne breakouts and unwanted blemishes. While there are dozens and dozens of everyday skin care and Inclusive Health™ tips, the acne team at Murad recently came up with two more tips that aren’t covered as frequently.

Acne Treatment TipsWash Your Glasses Frequently (That Means Sunglasses, Too!)
Anything that touches your face can result in causing Acne Mechanica, which is the technical and scientific name for acne caused by things that come in contact with your skin. For example, people who get back acne breakouts frequently can reduce their breakouts by being more careful about the fabrics that they wear or even by being careful about using backpacks. If you wear glasses to improve your vision or sunglasses to reduce glare (and also to protect your eyes and the skin around them from UV damage and future wrinkles) then those glasses are touching your skin constantly. Even more importantly, the center of your glasses is touching your skin right in the middle of the oily and often breakout-prone T-Zone (the area of your face that forms a “T” and is made up of your forehead, nose, upper lip and chin). The more that oil and debris build up on your glasses the more that they are transferred to your skin. That clogs pores and causes blemishes. Make sure to wipe off your glasses or sunglasses regularly to avoid transferring pore-clogging elements directly to your skin.

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