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Are Your Hormones Causing Your Acne?

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Are-Your-Hormones-Causing-Your-AcneWhen you think of acne, you’re reminded of your teen years. Breakouts are only a thing of your good, ol’ pubescent past, right? Not necessarily so.About 50 percent of women in their 20s and a growing number of women in their 30s through their 50s are experiencing the bane of the blemish as their hormones begin to fluctuate once again according to the American Journal of Dermatology. Adult acne remains perplexing. Yet, two things are certain. The pimple prevails and hormones are often to blame.

When it’s a hormonal thing

Just when you thought you were ‘home free’, wham! You have a breakout that promises to take out your whole weekend. Hormonal acne is often the cause of those precious pimples that pop up with your monthly cycle or even for the first time during menopause. The hormone that triggers hormonal acne are the androgens (male hormones). Men and women have androgens, which is why either can be blessed with blemishes.

While androgens have many healthy functions in your body, too many of those little buggers can lead to problems, such as excessive oil production. Pair that with dirt and debris (like dead skin cells) and before you know it, you have clogged pores and bright red mounds plastered on your face or body. Thankfully, there are a few ways to tell whether your acne is hormone-related.

Here’s your sign

Let’s go back to puberty for a moment. Think about where blemishes usually appeared back then. You’d be right if you said the forehead, nose and chin, or the T-zone. Hormonal acne is a little different and tends to hang out along the bottom of your cheeks and your jawline. Fantastic, right? Okay, maybe not, but you get the idea.

So, what does hormonal acne look like? Well, it can take on a few different forms.

  • Blackheads
  • Whiteheads
  • Pimples
  • Cysts (painful, red bumps that refuse to come to a ‘head’)

Don’t run down the skin care aisle at the drugstore yet. Not all treatments work for every acne situation and that includes hormone-induced acne. So, what are some treatment options for hormonal acne? We’re glad you asked.

Treatments that work

There are several treatment options available, but unless your hormonal acne is mild, it’s unlikely that those little, white acne treatment pads will work this time. Hormonal acne often requires something with a little more oomph behind it like the following.

  • Oral contraceptives
  • Anti-androgen medications
  • Retinoid creams, gels, and lotions

While you might be tempted to just wash your face with anti-acne washes, remember too much of a good thing is bad. The rule of thumb for facial cleansing is twice daily. Any more than that increases your risk for skin irritation.and more acne as your skin goes into overdrive while attempting to replenish oils lost from too much washing.

No one enjoys a pimple party. It’s like hosting a surprise event for a slew of uninvited guests. We get it. One key takeaway, though, is to give your acne treatments time to work. It takes an average of eight to 10 weeks to see the effects of most new acne treatments. Yet, if your hormonal acne remains stubborn to these treatments, seek the advice of a dermatologist for clearer, healthier skin.

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Improve Your Health with Better Sleep

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Another day, another dollar. You decide to celebrate the end of another workday with your co-workers at the local pub. Time ticks by and before you know it, it’s late and you’re expected to be back at the office in a few hours. So, you head home, but sleep doesn’t come easy, and when the alarm rings, you feel like you closed your eyes only moments before. What gives?


Your body’s internal clock (aka the circadian rhythm) does far more than signal when you should sleep and waken. It also plays a major role in your overall health like your body temperature, your eating habits, your digestion, and more. Experiencing a lack of sleep can throw everything off, which can also lead to health problems. So, what’s behind your sleeplessness? The answer may be closer than you think.

Today’s Sleepy Adults

Today, American adults get less sleep than ever. You should be getting between seven and nine hours of sleep each night. Yet, 40 percent of adults are not meeting this standard. In fact, more than half of American adults between the ages of 30 and 49 admit that they wake up feeling tired. So, what’s the big deal and, more importantly, how does this relate to you?

 

Time in a Bottle

Your after work celebration with co-workers or friends may be affecting your sleep. A recent report found that alcohol use in the United States has increased over the last decade from 65 percent in 2001-2002 to nearly 73 percent in 2012-2013. The problem with alcohol before bedtime is that it can increase the likelihood of snoring and interrupt your sleep quality. If you’re like 90 million other Americans, chances are great that you already suffer from snoring even before the alcohol. That means that adding the nightcap into the mix will worsen your snoring. This also impacts the quality of your sleep and your overall health. How? We’re glad you asked.

Sleep and Your Health

Poor slumber can cost you more than the feeling of getting restful sleep. Your body needs sleep to function properly and we’re not talking about just your mind, here. So, you might want to reconsider that extra grande java.

If you experience sleeplessness on a regular basis, you risk running into long-term health concerns like heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and more. While snoring can be attributed to many things like sleep apnea that requires medical intervention, there are other reasons behind the snore like the contents of that amber bottle you drank last night. Yet, one question remains. How, exactly, does alcohol lead to snoring and poor health?

Alcohol relaxes your throat muscles and when you breathe, they can vibrate leading to, you guessed it, snoring. Snoring, then, can sometimes also lead to interrupted sleep, especially if the sound suddenly jolts you awake. Or, if your partner has to nudge you several times to pipe down, you can count on experiencing sleepiness in the morning.

Although short-term effects don’t equal long-term problems, that can quickly change the longer these problems persist. So, solving your sleep issues before they become bigger problems is vital for your well-being.

Catch More Zzzs

The best bet when it comes to booze is to eliminate it from your diet. Yet, if you plan to drink, it’s recommended that you stop no later than five hours before bedtime. We’re not suggesting you begin your morning with a “cold one.” However, planning around your busy schedule can improve your sleep and, ultimately, your health.

 

Stopping the snore is also important. There’s nothing quite like waking up thinking there’s a burglar only to discover it was the beautiful sound of your airways vibrating. So, drop the flashlight and grab a good anti-snoring solution instead. You’ll open those airways and lessen your snore factor as a result. After all, gaining a good night’s rest is easier than you think.

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How To Remove Dark Acne Scars

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How-To-Remove-Dark-Acne-ScarsWe all experience some kind of skin imperfections at some point in our life. You can get pimples, blackheads or sometimes severe acne breakouts as well. You may have been told to stay away from these pimples and do not pick them, but we can’t resist the fact that picking the pimples are highly satisfying and we all feel the urge to pick them. However, picking them should be avoided at any cost because if you pick those pimples they can get permanent and they may leave severe and deep scars.

You can get the deep acne scars from the severe acne breakouts when you get the thick and severe acne. If you had terrible cystic acne, then it is more likely to leave the stubborn hard to treat acne marks and scars even if you don’t pick them. These deep acne scars are tough to treat. However, there are many medical treatments available now that you can be used to treat your deep acne scars for good.

The scars that acne left behind can be of different types You can visit your dermatologist he/she will help in identifying the type of scar that you have and can recommend treatment depending on the severity of your acne scar and the type of acne scars and skin you have.  

Acne can leave acne marks or deep acne scars. The acne marks are the discoloration and Hyperpigmentation from the acne that can be healed on its own after some time, or you can use some topical treatment to speed up the healing process of these acne marks to fade and heal them. The acne scars are however quite stubborn and hard to treat and may require a medical procedure to be healed properly.

They can be quite dark and severe depending on the severity of the acne you had. Acne is often natural to deal with compared to acne scars. So to avoid these hard to treat acne scars, it is better to avoid the acne and treat it on time so that you won’t get these deep acne scars.

However, if it’s too late for it and you have quite deep and severe acne scarring, then you can consider the options that are available below and can discuss them with your dermatologist to get benefit from them and use them to treat your acne scarring.

Types of acne scarring

These acne scars are classified into different types depending on their appearance and severity there are different treatment available for the treatment of these acne scars depending on the severity of the scars and the types of the scars. These scars happen due to the indentations from collagen damage. Following is the brief details about the types of the acne scars that you can get.

Ice pick scars

In this type of acne scars, you can get a scar that is deep, pitted and narrow in form.

Boxcar scars

In Boxcar scars, you can get scars with deep depressions that have edges that are sharply defined.

Rolling scars

The rolling scar is one other type of the acne scar that you can get. This kind of scars also appears in the form of deep depression like boxcar scars, but they don’t have sharp edges like them instead they have the sloping edge.  

Atrophic Scars

Another type of the scars is Atrophic scars. They can appear in the form of flat, thin scars or depressed scars.

Preventions

Before you move towards the treatments that are available for these acne scars you can consider using these preventions to prevent these scars from forming on your face after having the acne breakout.

First and the most important thing is that you need to prevent the picking of the acne. No matter how much satisfying it is to pick your acne, you should prevent it at any cost. If you pick your acne, then it will make your acne more prone to leave a scar. Also, it can irritate the acne and can because of more acne breakouts and acne infection as well. So avoid picking at any cost

The next thing is to apply a good sunscreen to avoid the acne marks and scars. Because sun exposure can make your acne and acne scars worse and can slow down the healing process of the acne as well. So always try to wear a sunscreen with 30 plus SPF to avoid the damage from the UV light of the sun.

The next thing that you need to consider is to prevent eating the unhealthy food and consider eating healthy food based on the fresh vegetables and fruits and nuts etc.

Also, you should try to prevent the more acne breakouts as well so that you won’t get more acne scar or the risk of acne scarring while treating the existing acne scars. Because if you are medically treating your acne scarring, then you need to prevent the future breakouts that can give you more acne breakouts.

Medical procedures

You can heal and treat the deep acne scars by using a medical procedure. You can consult your dermatologist and can discuss these options with your dermatologist. Your dermatologist can suggest you that which treatment is best suited for you depending on the severity of the acne scar and the condition of your skin.

Other factors that can affect it and should be considered are the budget and the cost of the treatment and the downtime. Because often these treatments can be quite costly and may require sure downtime depending on the treatment.

Also, you may need several procedures to get the required results from these treatments. The number of sessions or procedures depends on the severity of the skin and acne scars. Following is the detail of the medical procedures that you can consider to treat your acne scars. However, make sure to choose a professional and experienced dermatologist to get them done safely.

Dermabrasion

You can use Dermabrasion to treat your deep acne scars. In this procedure, your dermatologist may use a wire or a wheel to exfoliate your skin. It will exfoliate the fragile and top layer of your skin and can heal the scars and the skin. It may not work for the deep scars however it can still make them less noticeable.

It is good for the light scars. The scars like rolling scars or the boxcar scar can be treated by using this dermabrasion treatment.

It is the beneficial and common treatment that is used for the treatment of the acne scars on your skin.

 

Laser resurfacing

Another treatment that can be used for treating the acne scars is the laser resurfacing. In this, the top thin/ layer of the skin get removed, and in the space of that skin, healthy skin appears. It can require sure downtime, and you may need to wear a bandage on the area until it gets adequately healed. Also, you should avoid if you are still getting acne. It is better to get your acne under control and then go for laser resurfacing option to treat your acne scars.

Its healing time is faster as compare to other treatment that uses the same resurfacing method to treat the acne marks. It is suitable for every type of scars and can require a sure downtime. You should avoid sun exposure after it as much as possible for several months even after healing. It is better to wear a sunscreen with good SPF if you have to go into the sun or have sun exposure.

However, there are some things that you should consider before performing it. If you are on Accutane treatment that is used to treat the severe acne, then you should avoid laser resurfacing because it can result in permanent side effects.

It can leads to pigmentation or permanent scarring if you perform this procedure while being on such medication. You should wait till several months before taking this procedure after you have finished your medication course. Make sure to discuss these facts with your dermatologist and discussed the details of your medication before you opt for laser resurfacing.

Also, this treatment does not work well on the people who have dark skin complexions. It works better on the people who have light skin complexion. It is better to choose a professional and experienced dermatologist to do any of these procedures.

You can also consider doing fractional laser resurfacing in which instead of covering the whole face, only problem spots are treated. That contains fewer side effects and considered safer as compared to laser resurfacing.

Micro-needling

This is a new treatment in which a pen with needles is used for the treatment. The dermatologist uses this pen on the acne scars, and eventually, there will be a controlled injury on the skin with these needles.  The skin as a result of this injury produces the collagen to heal the skin and also works in the healing of the acne scars as well.

This procedure can decrease the depth of the deep scars and can help in the healing process of the deep acne scars. However, it can take quite long time to work and to heal the scars fully. However, you can start getting the result after a few sessions. This can require several sessions to work correctly. It depends on the scars and severity of the skin condition that how much sessions you will be needed for them to treat your acne scars thoroughly. This treatment is considered safe for all the tones. However, It works best for the Depressed scars.

Injection fillers

Another option to treat the deep acne marks are injection fillers. These fillers are used for the filling purpose of the deep acne scars. They fill those scars temporarily and make them less likely to notice.

Injections

Also, there are some treatments available that are good for the bumpy and raised scars. In these treatments, certain medications are used and injected into the raised scar. It makes it soft and helps it in flattening them. There may be a session of this treatment after every few weeks for a specific time. These injections work best for the raised and bumpy acne scars that are above the skin.

Chemical peels

Chemical peels are another option that can be considered for the acne treatment. These can be used to treat the deep acne scars. It is not like the regular facial mask that you often use and apply on your face. This is an active and intensive treatment or peel.

The procedure of it is that it removes the outer layer of the skin by using a potent chemical. It can reduce the appearance of the acne scars by peeling the thin layer of the skin. It often works well on the deep acne scars and can be used to treat them however it also works well or all types of the acne scars. It is better to discuss with your dermatologist that which type of chemical peel will be best for your skin and about the intensity of the treatment as well.

Final thoughts

Acne scars are hard t treat however it is not impossible to treat them. Many medical procedures are available to treat the dark acne scars on your face. Talk to your dermatologist to recommend you the one that is best suited for your skin type, condition and skin complexion.

With the help of right treatment, you can minimize the appearance of the acne scars and can treat your deep acne scars as well. However, the best thing that you should do is to avoid the acne at first place so that you won’t get these stubborn and hard to treat acne scars after your acne. Avoid touching or picking your acne so that it won’t get worse or won’t leave a scar behind.

 

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How To Remove Dark Spots On Face From Acne

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How-To-Remove-Dark-Spots-On-Face-From-Acne-Recovered03If you ever had acne in your life, then you must be aware of the dark spot or acne marks that it leaves behind. Acne is hard to treat, but these marks are even harder to treat. The dark spot or the pigmentation that happens after the acne can be healed on its own after some time. However, they take so much time to heal correctly. So you can speed up there healing by using some remedies.

The marks that acne leaves can be quite stubborn and can take time to heal. There are several remedies available that you can use if you want to heal them quicker. However, still, you can’t have vanished the acne marks overnight magically. You have to stick with the procedure with patience. The acne marks can be mild, moderate or severe.

The severity and the type of the acne marks depend on the severity and the condition of the acne that you had. If you had very severe acne, then you will possibly have acne scars. If you have mild to moderate acne, then it may leave dark spots, acne marks or pigmentation. The discoloration can be red, pink, brown or purple spots on the face. The discoloration can vary from people to people. It may depend on your skin complexion that what kind of discoloration you can experience from the acne.

After having acne, you may develop post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation after the acne. People who have dark skin complexion are more likely to develop post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or PIH. To treat this dark spot or the post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation due to acne, you can opt for the natural remedies that are available for this purpose. This lightens the skin tone and lightens the pigmentation and dark spots.

Also, there are some medical procedure and topical treatment available for this purpose. You can use them to treat your acne marks as well. However, you should not use them without consulting the dermatologist.

If you want medical treatment or dermatologic procedure for your acne, then you should consult an experienced and good dermatologist who can prescribe or recommend the necessary treatment that is suitable according to your skin tone and condition of the skin.

Difference between acne marks and acne spots

The marks or scars that acne can leave behind can be of different types and forms. The way we treat these marks can vary depending on the type of the scar you have. So to treat the marks, it is essential to know what type of marks you have so that you can treat them in a right way.

The dark spots or discoloration that you may experience the acne they are called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation according to the dermatologists. They can appear in red, pink, purple or brown color. They are easy to treat as compare to deep acne scar.

Scars are the indented scars that form due to collagen damage and can be, and in some cases, they can be permanent. You may need laser treatment or other dermatologic procedure to treat the scars. However, some home remedies can work as well to help your acne scars.

Here we will talk about how you can treat the acne marks or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Following are details about the treatment of acne marks, home remedies that you can use to fade and heal the acne marks and the prevention that you can do to deal with the acne marks. However you need to a patient to get the benefits from these home remedies, they can take some time to show the results, and they also require consistency as well. So you need to be consistent and follow the process until you get the desired results.

Lemon for treating the dark spots from acne

Lemon is much known for its skin benefits. It has bleaching properties and can lighten the skin. It also works well in fading the acne marks as well. Lemon has many benefits for the skin. It has a right amount of vitamin C that helps in collagen formation, and it helps in generating the new skin cells as well. Lemon contains citric acid that is very helpful in the process of exfoliation, and it exfoliates the skin, removes the extra oil from the skin, helps in removing the dead skin cells from the skin.

That’s not all it is also perfect for removing the impurities from the skin. Lemon is a natural astringent, and it helps in treating the acne marks. It also helps in treating the acne bacteria, thanks to its antibacterial properties. So it has so many benefits. Also, the procedure of using it is quite simple as well.

Take a lemon and squeeze the juice from it after that apply the lemon juice on the marks using a cotton ball. After five minutes, wash your face with lukewarm water. However, you should be careful while using the lemon. If you have sensitive skin, then you should dilute the lemon juice with water before using it. If you feel burning sensations on your skin, then stop using the use of lemon juice.

Lemon juice and rose water

Take one teaspoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of rose water. Mix lemon juice with rose water and apply it on your face with the help of a cotton swab and you can leave it overnight to get the benefits from it. Then in the morning, you can rinse it off with the cold water. After that use a good moisturizer to moisturize your face so that it won’t get dry because may make your skin a bit dry.

If you have some open cuts, then do not apply the lemon juice on it and avoid sunlight exposure after applying the lemon juice. It is better to apply the lemon juice in the night so that you can avoid the sunlight entirely.

 

Use of green tea to heal dark spots

Green tea is not only good for the health. It also has benefits for the skin as well. You can typically use the green tea to help in regeneration of the skin and to clean the pores of the skin as well. All you need to do is put the green tea in the ice tray and freeze it. After that use these ice cubes of green tea and rub them on your face.

They will not only remove the dirt from the pores and clean them, but they will also help in the regeneration of the skin as well. So eventually it will help to treat the acne spot and marks on your skin.

Green tea has so many antioxidants and can help in treating the acne bacteria as well.  The content of vitamins and essential oils in it also help in giving your face glow and getting rid of acne marks.

Use Green coconut water

Coconut water is not only refreshing and has so many health benefits. It is also useful for your skin as well. It’s not only tasty and light drink that can be a better drink I summer time, it is also very beneficial for the skin and helpful in treating the dark spots on the face due to acne.

Use Raw Buttermilk to get rid of Acne marks

Chemical peels are often used to treat your acne marks. Chemical peel uses alpha hydroxy acids. Buttermilk contains the same chemical to get work. So buttermilk is a natural way to the benefit of alpha hydroxy acids to treat your acne marks. It removes the dead skin cells and lightens the acne marks and dark spots on the face.  So you can get the same benefits from this rather than spending so much money on medical procedures. Also, it is a natural ingredient and treatment, so it contains no side effect as well.

The procedure of using it quite directly all you need to is take aw buttermilk and apply it on your face by using a cotton ball. Apply it to all the dark spots and mark that you have on your face. After that let it stay on your face for 20 minutes and wash it off after 20 minutes. You can apply it daily until you get the desired results from it.

Aloe Vera Gel

Who is unaware of the numerous benefits of the Aloe Vera gel for the skin? Whether it’s for the treatment of dark spots, depigmentation or anti-aging, this plants works wonder. It has so many skin benefits, and it had been used for his purpose from years. It is used in many beauty products as well.

We can also use the natural Aloe Vera plant to get all its goodness as well.  It is packed with vitamins A B C and E It also contains many other beneficial ingredients like amino Acids and beta-carotene etc. There are so many ways in which Aloe Vera can be used. Some of them are mentioned below.

Use Aloe Vera gel directly

To get rid of all the discoloration and hyperpigmentation, you can use fresh Aloe Vera gel directly from the plant. For this purpose take a fresh leave from the Aloe Vera plant. If the fresh gel is not available, then you can take readymade Aloe Vera gels that are available in the market as well. Cut the leave and extract the gel that is inside the leave of the Aloe Vera.

Apply it on all the dark spots on your face and after application let it stay on your face for about twenty minutes. After 20 minutes you can wash it off with clean water. It is not only useful in treating your dark spots; it is also a great moisturizer as well. It can be used daily to get the desired results.

Lemon juice, Aloe Vera Gel, and Sugar scrub to treat the dark spots

To take some added benefits from the Aloe Vera gel, we can use Lemon juice and sugar with it as well. Take half cup of the Aloe Vera gel, one tablespoon of sugar and two tablespoons of the Lemon juice. Mix all these ingredients well. After making this paste apply the mixture on the face and scrub it on your face for about ten minutes with very light movements and applying a little pressure.

After that wash it off and apply a good moisturizer on your face. You can do it every other day. However, you should consider one thing before using it is better to perform a patch test because you can may allergic to the Aloe Vera gel as well.

Almond Oil benefit to deal with dark spots

Almonds are very well known for its benefits for the skin, hairs, and memory as well. It is because they have so many beneficial components in them. They have a perfect amount of vitamins A, B2, B6, D, and E. They are also packed with unsaturated fatty acids as well. Almond has so many nutritional benefits in them.

The oil that is extracted from the Almonds also has very benefits for the skin. It is very absorbable, and it’s not very greasy as well. Due to its light effect on the skin, it is also good for the people with sensitive skin.  The procedure of using it is straightforward. You need to have pure sweet almond oil.

You can get it from any drug store. Every night before going to sleep apply a little amount of Almond oil on your face. Apply some extra amount on the dark spots that you have on your face to heal them and to remove all the dark spots. You can leave it on your face overnight and can apply it every night before going to bed. Not just that Almond oil can also be used as a sunscreen to protect your skin from sunlight as well.

 

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