Archive | August, 2013

Natural Rosacea Treatment Options

15 Aug

Rosacea TreatmentRosacea is a skin condition that is often time mistaken for acne and is little understood by most individuals. It may present as a light flushing, similar to a blush, or be extremely red and blotchy. This is a disorder cleverly nicknamed the curse of the Celts since it occurs most frequently in those of Northwest European decent. It can occur in men or women, though ladies are three times more likely to get it than their male counterparts.

Rosacea

What is rosacea exactly? Many times, it is mistaken for acne due to its bumpy appearance and reddened skin. Most people are unaware of the disorder and more importantly how to recognize it. Onset usually occurs after age 30 but before age 60, and its prevalence is rising. Today many baby boomers are reaching the peak age for rosacea, which may account for a rise in incidents. Experts are not clear on the exact causes of rosacea but they do know it is a response to irritants.

Treatment

Rosacea cannot be cured, but there are ways to control the disorder. Management is very important because without taking steps to control your outbreaks they can become worse. It is important to work with your physician first for diagnosis and then for proper treatment. Initial redness or bumps may be mistaken for eczema, which is commonly treated with topical steroids. The problem is, steroid creams will actually worsen rosacea.

Triggers

Perhaps the most important part of your treatment plan is discovering the triggers for your outbreaks. The possible causes of your rosacea outbreaks are varied and it may take some time to determine yours. The most common triggers include, but are not limited to:

  • Sun exposure

  • Stress

  • Alcohol

  • Hot weather

  • Wind

  • Heavy exercise

  • Extreme cold

  • Spicy foods

Natural Rosacea Treatment

Rosacea is a disorder than can cause a great deal of psychological trauma. Sufferers almost universally report lower self-confidence and a tendency to avoid public situations and people when they are suffering a break out. While there are several medications, you can use to try to control symptoms many people prefer to seek out natural rosacea treatment options. A few possibilities include:

  • Reducing Inflammation- Research has shown inflammation plays a role in rosacea break outs; therefore, a good natural treatment option is an anti-inflammatory diet.

  • Stress Management- Stress is detrimental to your health overall and rosacea sufferers are particularly susceptible to its effects. Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation or even hypnotherapy.

  • Creams- studies have shown creams made with natural ingredients such as the Chrysanthellum indicum are particularly useful at controlling rosacea.

The Truth about Water and Your Skin

7 Aug

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Your mother and grandmother probably told you to drink at least eight eight-ounce glasses of water every day to stay healthy or improve your skins appearance. The question is, were they right? Do you need to consume 64 ounces of water every single day of your life? To better answer that question, let’s look at the body and in particular the skin.

Skin

It covers your entire body and is the one barrier between sensitive organs and the rest of the world. Most people take skin for granted, until something goes wrong such as acne, wrinkles, rosacea, eczema or other skin problem develops. You may not know this but your skin is actually an organ, the largest one in (or on) the human body. Just like your many other organs your skin is made up of cells and require adequate blood flow and nutrients to be healthy. A big part of keeping your skin healthy is staying properly hydrated.

Skin and Water:

  • Skin cells are made up of mostly water

  • Dehydrated skin can become dry, itchy and prone to flaking

  • Severely dry skin can turn to eczema

  • Dry skin is more prone to wrinkles

  • Skin contains 64% water

Importance of Water

The human body is approximately 60% water and without it, we could not survive. Inside the body, water has many important jobs including the transportation of toxins out of your system. Generally, men require about 3 liters of water per day while women require 2.2 liters. When you do the conversions that comes out to a little over 74 ounces per day for women and 101 for men, a bit more than the standard 8-eight ounce glasses that are recommended.

One reason for the difference in recommendations may be the fact that you get at least a portion of the recommended daily water intake from the food you eat. Depending on your diet, you can get approximately 25% of the water you need from food. Leaving you with about a 64-ounce deficit.

Forcing the Issue

Now that you know the truth behind the figures, should you be forcing yourself to drink copious amounts of water each day? According to experts, no, because an otherwise healthy individual will get plenty of water from their daily diet and fluid intake (even if you are drinking caffeinated beverages). Generally, you are free to let thirst be your guide. If you are thirsty, then by all means drink a glass of water but you do not have to force yourself to chug glass after glass in order to be healthy.

Healthy Skin

If you are still concerned about the appearance of your skin, experts suggest a regular moisturizing regimen. Applying a good moisturizer, especially after you shower helps to trap water in the skin and prevent dryness. Do you use organic skin care pads or other natural products? Natural skin care will help prevent acne, wrinkles and even eczema if used correctly.

Acne it’s Not Just for Teenagers

2 Aug

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Pimple, zit or come dome, whatever name you choose to call it acne is a frustrating condition. Acne is a skin disorder marked by reddened skin and lesions. Pimples most commonly form in adolescents but can continue or even develop later in life. Generally speaking, acne is not dangerous but it can cause significant issues with self-esteem.

Acne

In order to treat acne appropriately it is important to understand how it forms and why. Your skin is covered with tiny hair follicles better known by most as pores. These pores extend down through several layers of skin and produce oils along with tiny hairs. Inside your pores skin cells are constantly dying, which usually doesn’t cause a problem because they are carried up and out of your skin via the sebum (oil) produced in the same follicle. Acne occurs when the pore becomes clogged or closed off.

How do pores become blocked? Dirt and oils from your hands is one way pores can become closed off leading to a buildup of sebum and skin cells in the follicle. Other times the body is simply making too much sebum and when it mixes with the dead skin cells, it closes off the pore.

Underlying Causes

Some people naturally produce more oils than others, you can thank genetics for that particular perk. However, most cases of acne can be linked to hormonal fluctuations, which is why it normally forms during puberty and is likely to show up during the female menstrual cycle. Androgen hormones (sex hormones) cause the pores to enlarge and produce more sebum than normal which as stated above can lead to pore blockages and resulting acne.

Treatment

There are several treatment options available, some are available over the counter and others require a prescription. The effectiveness of a particular treatment will of course depend on the underlying cause of your acne, but some of the best treatments are those that contain benzoyl peroxide. For severe cases, your doctor may want to try hormone therapy or antibiotic treatments, though both can have side effects.

Side effects and limited effectiveness have led many to seek out natural acne treatment options. There are several topical treatments that have shown to be fairly effective at treating acne break outs. Tea tree oil, organic skin care pads and vitamin E are at the top of the list for natural treatments.

Conclusion

Acne may be considered a teenage problem, but for a significant segment of the population, this problem continues into adulthood. Even though it is not dangerous, it can leave your self-confidence in tatters and result in serious scarring. If you are struggling with acne of the face, chest or back you might want to consider organic skin pads, this natural acne treatment has been shown effective in clinical trials and as an added bonus, they have no side effects.

Wrinkles, Acnes and other Common Skin Ailments

1 Aug

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Blemishes on your skin, particularly those that affect the face, can cause embarrassment and self-confidence issues. Unfortunately, this is not just an issue teenagers deal with! People of all ages suffer from skin issues and struggle to find adequate treatments that do not cause more grief with side effects than the problem they are supposed to solve.

Acne

Acne is a common skin disorder that often occurs with the onset of puberty and abates by age 25. For some people this can be an extremely long time, and for those who suffer with acne throughout their adult life it can be nearly unbearable. Acne is caused by clogged skin pores or hair follicles. Inside each follicle, there are skin cells and oils, as the skin cells die oil rises through the follicle and carries it out the top. Problems occur when the pore becomes clogged with excess oil, dirt, debris or dead skin cells.

Wrinkles

Wrinkles are an expected part of aging. As you get older, collagen and elastin’s in the skin are reduced. Hormones and sun exposure play a large role in aging and in particular wrinkles. While you cannot turn back the clock or completely avoid the occurrence of wrinkles, you can delay them and reduce their effect on your appearance.

Eczema

Considered an inherited disorder, eczema is a very common chronic skin condition with no known cure. Doctors are not exactly sure what causes eczema but many believe it is an overreaction of the body’s immune system to a specific, yet unknown, trigger. For some people their eczema is closely tied to allergies, particularly food allergies, but this is not true in all cases. What is known is the fact that eczema sufferers need to take extra care with their skin.

Skin Care

If you suffer from any of the above conditions or a combination of two, it is important to take proper care of your skin. Pay attention to the types of cleansers, moisturizers and beauty products you currently use. Are you using organic skin care products? Are your facial pads causing more harm than good? Carefully consider the ingredients in your skin care regimen, the more items you cannot pronounce on the list the more you should consider a new product!

Your skin will absorb up to 65% of any product you put upon it, this means all those ingredients you cannot pronounce are winding up in your system.