Salicylic Acid: How Does it Work?

Salicylic acid, is an acid, just like the name implies. The mild version of salicylic acid used in products like ThatZit! help exfoliate away dead skin cells before they clog the pores and create acne breakouts. You can find salicylic acid in a variety of forms, including lotions, ointments, and facial toners. Salicylic acid is great for giving your skin a healthy glow and busting through dead skin that can linger on the surface of your face, making your complexion look dull. And we love glowing skin, so that is why we use this little miracle acid. Another great thing about salicylic acid is that it is nice and gentle, unlike some other more harsher acids out there. It works by softening the keratin, which is the outer layer of the skin, where rough, dead skin tends to collect. Depending on what is being treated, different levels of salicylic acid may be more affective. The acid is available in strengths that range from the most gentle concentrations (0.5%) to very strong concentrations (up to 30%). For acne, concentrations are usually less than 2%, to protect delicate facial skin. Salicylic acid may also be used to demolish warts, the stronger concentrations are usually used for that sort of thing. Some precautions to consider when using products with salicylic acid are as follows… Now, since we are talking about acid, you want to keep this stuff away from the eye area- because- O-M-G- it will sting them eyes! If you do get salicylic acid in your eyes- rinse them out with cool water ASAP! Keep it away from your mouth- it...

Cystic Acne Treatment

A pimple is one thing; but the painful, large, red bumps that indicate cystic acne, is a whole different animal. Cysts are noncancerous, closed pockets of tissue that can be filled with fluid, pus, or other material. These breakouts are deep and can last for years, so its best to see a dermatologist for guidance when suffering with cystic acne. View image | gettyimages.com When cystic acne occurs, a pore in the skin gets clogged with dead skin cells or bacteria, which causes the skin to become inflamed and painful to the touch. These cysts may itch, and if they burst, infection can spread to cause a larger breakout. Most people develop cystic acne in their teens or early 20s, but it can strike at nearly any age, on any part of the body. The exact cause of cystic acne is unknown, but it may be attributed genetics or changes in hormone levels. Over-the-counter medicines have little effect on cystic acne. However, there are some other treatments that may help clear cystic acne. Oral Antibiotics Oral antibiotics work from the inside out, killing an excess skin bacteria. Common oral antibiotics for cystic acne are clindamycin or erythromycin. Birth-Control Pills Cystic acne can be a side effect of an internal hormone imbalance. For some, taking the right birth control daily may help balance these hormones. Spironolactone Spironolactone is also used for treating cystic acne when hormones are to blame. Spironolactone is primarily used as a diuretic, but for cystic acne, a doctor will prescribe it for its anti-androgenic properties, which basically means, the drug stops the body from producing the...

Fact or Fiction: Junk Food & Acne

Everyone knows junk food is not healthy, and for a long time there has been a media attack against my favorite food group of all time. Rumors that chocolate, pizza, and french fries are responsible for acne. Researchers continue study the link between foods we eat and the appearance of acne, and the jury is still out on some specifics, but before I give up eating my beloved chocolate cupcakes and pizza nearly everyday- I need some cold, hard facts about my favorite foods. View image | gettyimages.com Chocolate Chocolate induced acne is probably the longest running urban myths of skin care. It’s not so much the cocoa (the actual essence of chocolate) but it is actually the sugar that is to blame. A diet high in sugar triggers your body to produce more insulin, which then ramps up your skin’s oil production, contributing to clogged pores and clogged hair follicles. Ehk! Now that we know it’s the sugar, be weary because sugar is hiding everywhere! Replace sweet snacks with something like carrots or cucumber slices. Try to avoid sugary drinks and instead drink water or naturally flavored, no sugar seltzer. Chocolate is ok to eat, but opt for a small piece of high quality, dark chocolate to appease your cravings. Pizza, Pasta, and Bread Ummmmm. That’s basically all I eat- so you’re telling me I can’t eat? These foods contain “simple carbohydrates”. Your body reacts the same way to simple carbohydrates as it does with sugar. Try to limit these items in your diet, instead of heading for chips, try a handful of almonds. Substitute starchy pasta with...

7 Superfoods for Your Skin

You’ve heard the term superfoods before, right? This word has been quite the buzz over the past few years. Everyone wants to know how to cook and consume super foods for SUPER health benefits! As your trusted friends, we are here to deliver. We have put together a list of seven superfoods that can promote healthy, glowing skin. So, without further adieu… View image | gettyimages.com #1: Flaxseed. Flaxseed contains omega-3 fatty acids, which can make your cell membranes stronger. This helps to prevent those harmful toxins from being absorbed. The healthier the membrane, the plumper and younger your skin will look. Add flaxseed oil to your favorite smoothie recipe. #2: Avocado. This antioxidant-packed fruit can help you fight off wrinkles. It is high in potassium, vitamin, and (good) fats. In fact, the monounsaturated fats in this fruit can protect your skin cells and prevent wrinkling. Toss an avocado in your salad, add it to your sandwich, include in a smoothie, or simply eat it with a spoon. Yum! #3: Green Tea. Ah, green tea. It really is a magical drink. The polyphenols contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which protect against damaging ultraviolet rays. Steep your own tea for skin care in a cup. #4: Berries. Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, oh my! Their antioxidant content makes them a strong contender on this list. They can help protect the skin against sun damage and have anti-inflammatory properties. #5: Dandelion leaves. No, not the yellow weed part! Eating its greens leaves can help your body cleanse the toxins out. Add a handful to your normal salad! #6: Sweet Potatoes. Sweet potatoes are...

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