Facial skin problems are a necessity that often makes inconvenience in everyday relationships. Non-confidence in association can occur in a woman because of this problem. Here, we will briefly discuss acne and wrinkles skin care.
Hormonal Acne - What It Is and How to Treat It
Inside the pore or hair follicle is a gland called a sebum gland, that is stimulated by androgen hormones to produce oil. The job of the oil is to keep the hair in the follicle soft so it doesn't break. The oil that finds its way onto the skin keeps our skin soft and pH balanced. Acne occurs due to improper skin care and/or hormonal imbalances.
Acne is a skin disorder that attacks people of all ages and sadly enough, is very common today. Years ago acne was a right of passage for teens and was mostly over looked as something that "you would just grow out of." We know now that it can be a sign of hormonal imbalances.
It is not surprising that Acne is the number one skin care complaint. What most people don't know is that a busy life style supported by caffeine, sugar and quick meals tax our bodies. The chronic physical and emotional stress causes imbalances in our hormones. The result is too much oil production and break outs. Our bodies are trying to tell us something, listen!
Hormones are chemical messengers in the body. It is true that we go through natural hormonal changes at onset of puberty and an average of every 7 years after that. However, hormones are affected not only by our body's natural maturation processes but also by our lifestyle.
Hormones need to be in complete balance for our bodies to function properly. If our bodies are not in balance, this can affect our overall health.
Before you run to your nearest health store and start playing pharmacist, try these simple strategies to balance your hormones naturally. Proper self care is essential to hormone balance. Eating a diet that is rich in fresh foods, lean proteins and whole grains coupled with plenty of water is the first step. Also, moderate physical activity, daily rest and regular laughs are a must.
If a balanced lifestyle and proper skin care do not fix the problem, you may have a more serious condition that may need to be treated by a professional. For most of us it is not a magic pill that we need. We need more awareness about how we are treating ourselves and our bodies. Be patient with yourself. Your body will take a few weeks to catch up to your new outlook on life. Soon you will be balanced with beautiful skin!
Treating and Preventing Wrinkles
Treating and preventing wrinkles can slow down, and in some cases even retard aging skin. With consistent care, you can retard the severity of wrinkles and improve your appearance.
The Cause of Wrinkles:
Wrinkles are primarily caused by unprotected exposure to the sun, and the best protective measure is using a sunscreen with a good antioxidant formula. You can prevent or retard aging skin as long as you start early with the consistent use of sunscreen. Use sunscreens with a 15 or greater SPF whenever you are exposed to the sun, and they must be formulated to protect from both UVA and UVB rays.
Effective Product Types:
The most effective products for skin coverage to ward off damage caused by UVA rays contain either chemical or physical agents, or both. The chemical agents responsible for protection against these rays are avobenzone or Mexoryl. The physical agents responsible for protection against these rays are either titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. Use products with these agents in a large enough percentage to be labeled as an active ingredient.
How to Improve Skin Appearance:
If you already have wrinkles you must focus on reversing the collagen damage done by the sun. This can be accomplished by plumping them up in order to smooth the skin out. The only ingredient found to effectively reverse the cellular breakdown is Vitamin A. Vitamin A is most effective in its prescription form of Retin A and to a lesser degree in its non-prescription forms of retinoids such as retinol. These Vitamin-A derivatives are clinically proven to speed up the cellular turnover rate and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. When topically applied, they perform in a much more effective manner of exfoliating dead skin cells than manual exfoliation, and are effective with repairing collagen deep in the skin. Aside from certain lasers and cosmetic procedures, retinoids are the one and only family of ingredients that will actually make a difference in the depth and appearance of wrinkles.
You can obtain good products at your favorite drugstore for a cost of less than $20 for a tube of anti-wrinkle cream. Other cosmetic ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acids and antioxidants can also help to some degree, and they will be addressed in a future article. We will then proceed to discuss other cosmetic procedures such as laser treatments that are performed in the dermatologist's office.
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