Green tea is a great source of antioxidants and has demonstrated a range of benefits for metabolism. Now, researchers have found evidence to support the use of green tea extract for acne relief. Continue reading
Got Warts? Try Zinc
Zinc is an essential mineral needed for the growth and repair of healthy skin. It plays a key role in immune function, is required for a whole host of enzymatic processes, and has even been found to help reduce diaper rash and acne. What’s more, getting enough zinc can help prevent warts! Continue reading
More Causes and Cures for Acne in Winter
Winter Acne – Zits and Make-Up
Winter acne is sometimes related to the use of heavier make-up to mimic the bright, rosy glow of summer, especially in those with pale skin. Unfortunately, this can mean that pores become blocked with creams, powder, blush and bronzers, causing whiteheads and blackheads as sebum, melanin, and make-up all combine to increase the risk of swelling, inflammation and infection. Continue reading
What Causes Acne?
There’s not normally a single specific cause of acne, which means that decreasing acne symptoms and clearing the skin can take a considerable amount of time and concerted effort.
Without resolving underlying issues, acne can persist for years, and for many adults this skin condition is not simply a bad memory from their teenage years. Continue reading
Natural Treatments for Hyperpigmentation
Sun exposure, other types of skin damage, and hormonal disruption can all result in hyperpigmentation of the skin, i.e. darker patches of skin caused by excess melanin production and/or build-up.
Hyperpigmentary disorders such as melasma, café au lait spot and solar lentigo are typically treated through the use of topical agents that disrupt the activity of tyrosinase, a key enzyme in the production of melanin (melanogenesis), but natural treatments for hyperpigmentation are also gaining attention. Continue reading
Skin Tags and Other Skin Disorders as an Early Sign of Diabetes
Skin tags might appear innocuous, and in many cases they are, but what if these dermatological anomalies could act as an early warning sign for a more serious health issue?
In a paper published earlier this year in the Spanish journal Actas Dermo-Sifiliográficas, Gómez and colleagues investigated the association between skin tags and diabetes, asking if acanthosis nigricans, skin tags, keratosis pilaris and even plantar hyperkeratosis could be a useful indicator of underlying metabolic issues in patients as yet undiagnosed with diabetes.
Five Great Skin-Friendly Plant-Based Foods for Naturally Healthy Skin (Breakfast Muffin Recipe Included!)
The sun is out, the beach is calling, and bits of skin that may have been hidden for weeks or even months are suddenly being exposed to the world. With ultraviolet radiation, heat, sand, and surf to contend with, your skin might need a little extra protection so consider stocking up on these five great plant foods for naturally healthy skin. Recipe below!
What Causes Rosacea? Three Common Triggers and How to Combat Them.
No single cause of rosacea has been identified but recent research does suggest a number of potential triggers for the skin condition that affects around 3% of the population. Without knowing what causes rosacea it can be difficult to treat and this can lead to stress and depression in sufferers who worry over their appearance.
Luckily, many of the possible causes or factors exacerbating rosacea are responsive to treatment so, although there is no ‘cure’ as such for rosacea it is likely that patients can dramatically reduce the impact of the skin disorder by identifying their rosacea trigger(s) and treating it accordingly. Continue reading
Spring-Cleaning Your Skin (part one)
Our toes, our noses
Take hold on the loam,
Acquire the air.”
Mushrooms, Sylvia Plath
A Fresh New Look for Spring Skin
Are you emerging from your winter hibernation and looking at your skin in the cool morning light of spring, only to be faced with a sallow complexion, cracked heels and blotchy red spots that make you want to pull that duvet back up over your head? Don’t worry, follow these top tips and get a head start on spring-cleaning your skin, that way, by the time it’s t-shirt and shorts weather, you’ll be raring to go! Continue reading
Home Remedies for Bags Under the Eyes.
According to a study done by Clinique in 2006, half of all women note dark circles and bags under the eyes as major beauty concerns. These two skin issues may have connected causes or may be due to separate underlying issues but when looking at undereye dark circles and puffiness, men and women, and even children, are all affected.
The causes of bags under the eyes are often different in younger people than in those approaching middle-age or older so knowing the factors underlying that under-eye puffiness and pigmentation is important in order to successfully fix the condition and restore naturally healthy skin. Continue reading