Pros and Cons of Retinoids

Are retinoids good or bad? This question is not so easy to answer as many other questions asked by the life. Even the purpose of asking this question determines duality of the subject – it is not clear at all, whether using such acne treatment products as retinoids will do you more good than harm.

This may not seem very clear because the aim of using retinoids and other chemical preparations is the same and surely their use is aimed at having something good, namely get rid of acne. So, the question in the heading just saps the basis of the purpose, why retinoids actually exist.

What are the pros and cons of retinoids? The matter is in some alternatives which exist for everybody choosing or intending to choose retinoids for acne treatment. These alternatives appeared a long time ago…even earlier than retinoids and other similar products did, but still sometimes and somewhere they are undeservingly forgotten.

As you might have understood, the case in hand is natural acne treatment. Retinoids don’t fall into category of products used for the same, because they are merely synthetic analogues for vitamin A.

Vitamin A itself is known as a very useful thing for treating acne and helping in acne treatment, and its analogues have more powerful effects on the abovementioned disease. So in this respect retinoids can be named more good than bad.

However, the subject has not appeared from nowhere, as any acne also doesn’t appear without any cause, even if it seems like that.  There are of course pros and cons of retinoids but the main deficiency with retinoids as well as with some products having similar origin and effect is presence of side effects, which are generally not attributed to any natural acne treatment products.

You will agree that doing harm to oneself instead of doing something good, which was the original intention, is not the best thing you can do for yourself. Here retinoids are undoubtedly more bad, than good.

So follow up and try to justify your choice – will you go for retinoids or for truly natural acne treatment?

Read More

Isotretinoin during pregnancy – side effects

There are drugs which are not quite safe and a big deal of cautiousness is always required during their use. Isotretinoin can be undoubtedly named a drug of this kind.

Isotretinoin is one of the most well-known and the most effective drugs that are used for acne treatment. Isotretinoin is the most widely known as Roaccutane – a trademark under which the most commonly used preparation containing isotretinoin is sold. As per its origin isotretinoin is a drug from the group of retinoids – synthetic analogues for vitamin A. Among retinoids, isotretinoin is the most powerful and effective. But at the same time it possesses some side effects, which imply that this drug should be used very carefully, as it has been already mentioned above.

Isotretinoin has complex action, but the main thing is that this preparation reduces production of sebum and consequentially quantity of acne emerging on the skin decreases significantly. Because of its strength and all the side effects, isotretinoin is mostly prescribed in the most complicated and severe cases, on advanced stages of development of acne, when scars are formed, when acne becomes to cause serious psychological problems etc.

Concerning side effects, there are also some contraindications, which imply that in some cases isotretinoin can’t be used at all. The strongest contraindication for using isotretinoin is pregnancy.

While generally side effects of isotretinoin, which healthy and not pregnant people have, are curable and predictable, during pregnancy as well as in some other cases (e.g. pancreatic diabetes) this drug can bring terrible effects. If isotretinoin is taken during (or no more than 3 months before) pregnancy, it can cause severe abnormalities in the fetus’s development, as well as miscarriages.

That’s why it is extremely important to pass pregnancy test before taking isotretinoin, as well as to have reliable contraception within all the course of treatment, or not to have sexual contacts at all.

Read More

What are the main internal causes of acne?

Maybe it is not the best thing just to sit and get into such kind of terminology whilst thousands or millions of people suffer from acne in their real everyday life but it is said that you cannot defeat the enemy without knowing what he is.

Or who he is, but in case of acne we talk about inanimate enemy, which is caused by some other, animate or inanimate foes, called external or internal causes of acne. So maybe here we will try to study acne, to know, from where it comes from. Maybe it is not the best idea and direction of study, just to elaborate the parallel between internal and external causes of acne.

But at least we will try as well as try to make this study a little bit useful. At least classification is also made for some purposes, and all animals (including humans) and plant and mushrooms and bacteria are classified into different worlds.

Another reason for conducting this small study is the difference between actual understanding of external and internal factors causing acne. As for me I have elaborated my own understanding, however, not every time it is the same with other’s classifications. Well, it may be not so important, but nevertheless it is always good to have some common truth for everyone.

So I have read an article in Internet telling about such classification. Surely this article maybe more informative than this one, but I do not agree fully with the classification offered there.

What is suggested by the author of that article, is dividing causes of acne into external and internal. That’s my approach too. But the author offers such categories of  as bacteria, sebum production, follicle growth, hormones (including androgens and stress), genetics, diet and prescription drugs/steroids.  As for me, I regard at least the last one to external causes (and maybe even the last two). You can disagree, but drugs are taken as makeup (100% external cause) is used.

Read More

Fight external causes of acne

External causes of acne are as widespread as internal ones – related mostly to hormones. But, in contradistinction from internal causes (of course, except for environmental ones), they usually can be more or less easily removed, because in some cases the question is merely about skin care and your habits.

Do you do some physical exercises? Are you “ein Sportfreund”, as German say? If yes, you should pay even more attention on your skin than you do on your physical form. Athletes usually perspire much, and sweat is a major cause of acne, especially if the person wears tight clothes impermeable to air. Wet cloth together with skin oil forms an ideal media for acne. So pay double attention on your skin care if you are a sports fan. Take a shower after each training and obligingly change your clothes and underwear.

Do you try to remove your acne with your hands? Immediately stop this practice! Some people like squeezing their acne (in particular this regards to white abscesses and black spots) and/or picking it. Actually these are merely the worst things you can do if you have acne. Squeezing acne will lead to a small wound, which will remain on your skin. It should not be explained that such wound is a gate for infections, any of which may get into your body and then in the best case you will only get new acne instead of old ones. The worst results are deep scars and sore skin diseases.

So removing a small pimple from your face can make you less attractive for many years. If you have already picked or squeezed an acne (intentionally or not), it is advised to apply some alcohol-containing preparations for disinfection, for example, calendula infusion. But don’t use pure alcohol – they dry skin too much.

Just be attentive to your skin and choose good and reliable acne products like Exposed Skincare:

Read More

Female Hormonal Acne

Female Hormonal Acne

Female hormonal acne is a problem against which no one representative of the beautiful gender is insured. You may use different scrubs, skin creams and other stuff, you may be obsessed with various diets and don’t drink any alcohol and give up smoking, you may visit your dermatologist regularly but suddenly this disaster can appear on your skin. And it really can be something like disaster for a poor woman who is struggling for her beauty but suddenly it seems like all is in vain.

To tackle any problem, you ought to know its origin. See, in many cases we can say our great “thanks” to men for having these disgusting things on our skin. Why? Because one of the most common factors that cause female hormonal acne is boost in activity of sebaceous glands, which begin to produce more oil, which generally serves to protect our skin, but in some cases (particularly if too much of oil is being generated) the oil, mixed with scaled skin, can fill skin pores and in such way black spots appear.

You may ask: “So, what has it to do with men?” Don’t be in a hurry. It happens that sometimes level of hormones called androgens in your organism increases and that triggers boosted activity of sebaceous glands. The matter is that androgens are MEN hormones.

So, after having said thanks for our greasiness and acneness to men it’s time to eliminate our disease. Be ready to have a hard struggle especially if you deal with teenage or pregnancy acne.

Hormones’ boost can be caused by some phase of menses – many women suffer from acne just before menstruation. Generally, this kind of acne is not severe and in a couple of days it disappears. The next major reason is oral contraceptives – in some cases you should think about changing them, if you are taking any of these.

Surely, women acne is not caused by hormones only. But the worst thing about hormones burst causing acne is that that often regulation of hormones level in your organism can seem to be impossible – as you cannot (and you mustn’t, of course) do anything with your teenage or pregnancy acne. In this case you’ll have to have some treatment…remember, that natural female acne treatment is better.

 

Read More

Minerals in Acne Diet

The main minerals in acne diet that prevent appearance of acne and of course help to treat it are zinc and chromium.

Zinc prevents appearance of scars and improves incarnation (wound repair). So if you remove your acne by popping, squeezing or picking, which is, of course, not the best way to get rid of acne, at least use enough zinc and this will help you to prevent scars, which often become a forfeit for picking and squeezing. Of course it is better to stop doing such harmful things with your skin than try to struggle with their consequences.

Zinc also is one of the minerals that have antioxidative action, which is the principle that is frequently used in acne treatment. Zinc, as ascorbic acid and thiamine, is a vital element for immunity, so it can make your organism stronger in the fight with various diseases, including acne, of course.

So from the aforesaid you can see that zinc is one of the minerals that have complex action and influence positively on skin, helping it to withstand against acne in all its forms, not depending on the age of the person having it. It is recommended to use no less than 25 milligrams of zinc daily to have enough of this element for skin and for immunity.

The next important mineral is chromium. Chromium prevents spreading skin infections, and acne among them. One of important and noting things with chromium is the fact that it rarely can be consumed with food on enough quantity because of its dissolving during thermal treatment and bad uptake by the organism. So you should pay your attention to the composition of the complex of vitamins and minerals that you are going to take – it should contain chromium. And if you are serious in your intentions, you should consume no less than 150 micrograms of chromium per day.

These minerals, combined with necessary vitamins and other aspects of proper nutrition will help you to have a balanced acne diet will appear rarely on your skin.

Read More

What is the best way to get rid of teen acne?

Are you a poor teenager worried much about his or her good look and disturbed by several red spots suddenly appeared on your face? Or you are a not very successive parent watching your kid squeezing his white pimples and you cannot get your point that it is a very bad habit over him? Or maybe your adolescent friend complains you for not knowing anything about teen acne treatment?

In any case the present article is for you. We will try to gibe you a small piece of advice which will possibly help you to find an effective teen acne treatment.  Teen acne is a tough thing, but it is still, say, “crackable”, i.e. curable, of course, with some effort but quite realizable.

To defeat an enemy, we must learn the main basic information about acne and find the best way to get rid of teen acne. What causes teen acne? The root cause is hormones. Of course it is advisable in all cases search for the root cause and eliminate it first, but it is not o easy in the case of teen acne – regulation of hormonal level is not a fast and easy thing, at that it is not always safe (for example, women use birth control pills to somehow adjust level of hormones. But in true the pills does not help every time and using them, especially in abnormal conditions like too high hormonal level, can lead to undesirable and even unpredictable side effects. Anyway it is too early for teenagers to take such pills).

See, in this case it is almost impossible to impact the root cause, but the other causes can be beaten with less effort. The main thing is that you should help the skin to fight against acne and find the best way to get rid of teen acne and prevent complications like rosacea. This you can do, first, by proper diet, then, by skin care. Diet, if it is well-balanced, is one of the preconditions of having healthy skin and other organs. Vitamins A and B (all vitamin B complex) should be contained in your food. Cereals and vegetables with natural juices are 100% more preferable than hot-dogs with beer or Coca-Cola.

Skin care is an elementary principle for teen acne treatment. Using various effective, healthy and safe acne treatment products, should also be helpful.

Read More

Risk Factors of Teenage Acne

Teenage acne differs from other forms of acne. This is of course just a subjective opinion, because actually there is no difference between teenage acne and any other acne – for example, causes of teenage acne are the same as those of adult acne. But here we want to emphasize some major differences. To be more exact these are not differences but peculiarities of teenage acne.

Teenage acne is really peculiar and stands out all other forms of acne. First peculiarity is that teenage acne is the most well-known type of acne. When we say “acne”, we generally imagine teenage acne. However, we think that it doesn’t give any consolation for poor teens, because it is understood that teenage acne is so famous because teens are those people who suffer the most from acne.

The other peculiarity of teenage acne is in its causes. As it is with other forms of acne, it is very difficult to find out the very cause that has provoked appearance of adult acne. And teenage acne is different because, as a rule, the main cause of their emergence is always known.

Hormones. This indispensable part of metabolism and of most of the processes in any organism gives you a shot in an eye in this case. Too much hormones are never good for the young organism (as well as for not young one) and it happens that we see something like “overdose” of hormones for a body. It is what happens every time in teenage organism. Overdose of hormones is one of the risk factors that causes of teenage acne, say, the most major one.

The rest may be not so peculiar, but nevertheless it very typical for teenage acne – we mean other causes. Beside of hormones, teens merely worsen their situation themselves. Teenagers perceive all the out world very sharply. A personality is formed in heavy process. Result is stresses. Stresses influence badly on metabolism and hormones again. So it is no surprise when before a first date or after a big quarrel with parents a teenager gets severe acne.

Teenage acne can be special, but in any case it does not mean an end of the world.

Read More

How Teen Acne Affects Teenagers

Teen acne is a well-known topic and almost everyone has ever tried to find some effective teen acne treatment – maybe for him- or herself or at least for his/her children or close relatives. But the problem is that teen acne is not a thing which you can easily get rid of. It is a really intrusive and bothering thing and you will have to apply much effort and patience and devote much time to cure this nasty stuff.

Where does teen acne come from? Usually acne, especially in teen age, is associated with hormones, namely androgens. These are originally male hormones, but sometimes they gain hyperactivity and people have relatively high level of them, not depending on the fact, if they are boys or girls. This hyperactivity is quite common in adolescence, when the organism is growing rapidly and sometimes it as if cannot “calculate” all the needed parameters of own operation. Androgens stimulate production of sebum, which is oozed by corresponding glands inside the skin, and too much sebum is not good for skin – small holes (pores) in it called follicles, which contain hairs, get blocked and in such way acne appears.

How to treat teen acne? It is a very tough thing because the origin of teen acne lies within its bearer, and you should agree, that it is not easy to get inside oneself. First, attention should be paid on nutrition – you have to restore balance in your organism. Condition of skin depends much on presence of vitamins A and B complex. And of course the teenager in any case should not consume alcoholic drinks and smoke.

Read More

How to Defeat Body Acne?

Fighting with acne becomes a lifework for some people. And sometimes significant amounts of money and nerves are spent on its curing. In this respect body acne can be more importunate even than face acne is, because it is much more difficult to cure. The first reason for this is the fact that body skin is much thicker than facial one and therefore sometimes body acne is very difficult to remove or they grow to a large size, causing many difficulties and inconveniences.

The second reason is the fact that usually body acne (especially back acne) is covered by clothes. When a cloth rubs against bad skin, irritation takes place, which can lead to inflammation and further development of the disease. And if you perspire much (for example, during physical exercise), wet cloth becomes a real seminary for body acne. So if you are a sports fan, you are going to be in a risk group.

Different means were elaborated in attempt to defeat body acne, but any panacea has not been developed yet. Though, that is understandable because acne can be caused by number of reasons.

However the most effective single measure against all acne, whether it be neck acne or acne on the forehead is salicylic acid. Doctors advise to shower with preparations based on this acid and wipe one’s body with it in the evening before sleep. Although prescription body acne medications based on salicylic acid help you in fighting with acne, you should understand that one should eliminate root cause to prevent reoccurrence of this misadventure.

Root causes can be various, but generally either something is wrong with hormones or somehow skin pores are getting blocked. In the first case, if it is caused by some preparations that you take (for example, birth control pills), you should think of changing this preparation to another one or of complete refusal from taking it. If it happens due to young age – then you will have to eliminate the acne proper and wait a little until this hormone burst in your organism stops.

The pores in your skin can be blocked if your body skin care is poor or you have an active lifestyle and perspire much. In this case, do not forget about timely shower and prefer lighter natural clothes.

Read More