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News, advice, and infographics on keeping your skin clear. And some laughs along the way!

Tips to Avoid Acne

According to research from Brown University, approximately 17 million in the U.S. have acne. With a number that high, it may seem impossible that anyone is able to avoid acne. Hey, I guess they say it happens to the best of us, right? We’ve put together some helpful tips that may help you avoid being another statistic. View image | gettyimages.com Cleanse. It doesn’t matter if you have acne or not- everyone needs to wash their face. Your face may not even seem dirty, but over the course of the day oil, dirt, and bacteria build up. Start every morning with a fresh face and don’t go to bed before taking everything off. Use a mild cleanser, warm water, and a fresh clean towel- using an old towel will spread bacteria. Overwashing may be harmful, so try to keep your routine to twice a day, or after activities like going to gym or cooking in a hot kitchen. Moisturize. “Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!” Some people think moisturized skin will lead to acne- but that is not the case. Keeping your skin well moisturized maintains oil balance and prevents breakouts. Look for an oil free or “noncomedogenic” (which means, unlikely to cause acne) moisturizer. Prevent. Only you can prevent breakouts! Look for products that contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or lactic acid, which curb bacteria and dry excessive oil from skin. Start with a small amount at first. Use these products with caution if you have sensitive skin. Makeup. Cake is for eating- it is not a makeup technique. Avoid caking the makeup over a breakout- this may worsen... read more

Capsaicin for Skin: What You Should Know

Believe it or not, but hot peppers have healing properties. Capsaicin found in hot peppers is used in a number of topical skin treatments, as it can relieve pain. In fact, we use capsaicin in our ThatZit! formula. View image | gettyimages.com   Before you get too excited, it is important to know that capsaicin can be just as dangerous as it is healthy. This week, we want to point out a few pieces of information that you should know about capsaicin. We’re here to educate! #1: Capsaicin is an active component of chili peppers, which makes it more of an irritant than a healer. It is used to produce a burning sensation. Too much of this can irritate a condition further! It is important to always use a low dose. NOTE: Aidance products only incorporate a tiny amount of this ingredient, as it can cause a burning sensation in large doses, and carefully blend it with soothing moisturizers. #2: Capsaicin is known to temporarily relieve pain on the skin’s surface by blocking the sensation of substance P, a chemical that carries pain messages to the brain. #3: Capsaicin has been known to relieve the pain of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, muscle pain, joint pain, and more. #4: Capsaicin must be handled and used carefully, as it can cause burning to areas that you do not intend it to. For example, keep it away from your eyes and other sensitive areas of your body. #5: Capsaicin is not for everyone. It is important to speak with a medical professional before you use capsaicin on your condition. To learn more about... read more

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