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Oily Skin and Acne myths

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
LIFESTYLE

 

Oily skin and acne myths
Oily skin and acne myths

Happy Holidays

Christmas is around the corner and I love the holiday season.  What I like most is the Christmas lights, spending time with family and friends, the gift wrapping, baking, shopping, and especially the gift giving’s.
Being extremely busy and stressed seems to almost be an ingredient for the source of breakouts and acnes.   For this holiday season let see if we can reduce this a bit with some common home remedies.

Here are some myth buster for oily skin and acne.

Oily Skin and Acne myths
Myth #1: Oil can be controlled by stripping skin with harsh, drying ingredients such as alcohol.

Ironically, stripping the skin of oil can actually cause skin to produce even more oil that before, as the sebaceous glands go into overdrive in order to replace what has been lost! For those who self-treat with these products, skin is often left dehydrated, irritated and sensitized.

Myth #2: A blackhead is actually dirt inside the pore.

Blackheads, also known as open comedones, are merely whiteheads that have reached the skin’s surface and opened up, allowing oxygen to finally enter the follicle, causing the oil and dead skin cells within the follicle to undergo a chemical reaction known as oxidation, leading to the dark color. The belief that a blackhead is dirt feeds another myth about oily and acneic skin – that it’s not clean, or is not being properly cleansed.

Whiteheads, also known as closed comedones, are follicles that are filled with the same material, but have only microscopic opening to the skin surface. Since the air cannot reach the follicle, the material is not oxidized, and remains white.

Myth #3: Sugary, refined foods contribute to acne.

Many people accept the myth that what they’re eating is causing their skin condition. This is actually a misinterpretation – these foods don’t directly cause acne, but they do feed the breeding ground for acne by exasperating sebum production. Speak to your skin therapist to find out it your oil production is being triggered by specific food intake.

Myth #4: Sunscreens ncrease oil production and feed acne bacteria.

While some sunscreens’ ingredients can make skin feel greasier and can e comedogenic (clog pores), there are new, more sophisticated formulations available that provide sun protection with skin care benefits.
Here are some home therapies to take care of your skin before acne outbreaks occur.

  • Eat right and don’t skip breakfast
  • Get your seven to eigth hours sleep
  • Cleaning your face daily with chamomile tea instead of soap and water

My advice is to get your ficials done regulary

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