What do our Skin Pores do?

What do our skin pores do? Some people have large pores and search for skin care products to reduce their size. Others have non-visible pores, their skin always looks smooth and soft. Then there are those whose pores, for a multitude of reasons, become blocked, fill with dirt, oil and “sludge”, and are visibly darker or infected.

If you want to truly learn how to care for you skin, you need to start with your pores. What exactly are they and what do they do?

There are 2 kinds of pores, or tiny openings in matrix fashion, all over the skin of your body. The first is a sweat gland, which makes sweat, allowing you to regulate your body’s temperature and attract the opposite sex. The second is an oil gland, which produces oil to naturally maintain your skin’s surface protective barrier and keep it soft.

Your pores also absorb the ingredients of your skin care products, or not – if your pores are blocked with old skin, oil and dirt. A good foundational understanding of the anatomy and function of the magnificent skin pore will hopefully help us care for our skin more intentionally.

On the PersonalCareTruth.com website, I came along a wonderful post written by Amanda Foxon-Hill titled “What are pores?” Just click on the <- this title and jump over to her excellent description of pores, a wonderful graphic of the anatomy, and discussion of their functions. Thank you Amanda for such a great post! I really enjoyed it and am sharing it with my readers today.

Why Use a Clay Mask / Masque on Your Skin?

Detox Clay Mask / Masque

Detox 3 Clay Mask / Masque

#1:  Clay Masques absorb a lot of surface oil. You might associate oily skin with younger skin, but that is not always the case. A little oil in the skin is a good thing because it keeps it smooth and soft, but too much oil leaves your skin shiny and greasy. Using a clay masque will help absorb the oil without leaving the skin dry and tight.

#2:  Clay Masques are effective for all skin types.  Clay masques treat all skin types safely. They work wonders with younger skin that may be prone to acne, and they boost elasticity and minimize signs of aging.

#3:  Clay Masques eliminate toxins and dirt in the skin. You would be surprised at how many environmental impurities your face can accumulate throughout the day. When you mix impurities and toxins with excess oil, you promote acne and other skin damage. Clay masques can rid the skin of toxins and impurities.

#4:  Clay Masques remove dead skin cells. Dead skin cells make the skin look ruddy and dull. The problem with aging is a slowing down in naturally sloughing off  dead cells on the skin’s surface. Clay masques do an excellent job of moving along dead skin cells to help your skin look fresh and bright.

Try using Celloxylin Pure Detox, Purifying Masque twice a week to achieve vibrant skin. Apply generously to cleansed skin (massaging in circular motions), avoiding eye areas. Relax and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Remove thoroughly with warm water. Can also be used as a spot treatment; dab and rinse once dry. Recommended for all skin types.

3 Ways to Get Rid of Old, Dead Skin from Your Face

It’s a fact that as we age, our body’s ability to move along old, dead skin cells slows down. I have three different ways – and products – you can use to exfoliate your skin, so moisturizers can better absorb, doing their job more completely, instead of sitting on the top of your skin, giving you partial results.

Should I scrub, peel or masque?

If you think your skin is too sensitive for an exfoliating scrub, peel or masque, think again. Exfoliation has benefits for every skin type.

Why Exfoliate?
Exfoliation removes dead skin cells from pores, revealing fresh skin cells and making the pores appear smaller. Not only will your skin look fresh and smooth, but your makeup will also look better. And once the build-up is removed, your skin’s ability to absorb everything that follows, from acne treatments to your anti-aging regimen, is enhanced. [Read more…]

Stress and Your Inflamed Skin

Stress & Your Inflamed Skin

It would certainly seem true that when you’re stressed, your skin shows it by the development of a large pimple in a most undesirable location (read Does Stress Cause Acne?), a new patch of eczema springing up, and the flaring up of your rosacea, right?

Scientific research has yet to confirm – until now. [Read more…]

New Targeted Approach to Acne

There's a new targeted approach to acne treatment...and here's the scoop!

Researchers at UC Santa Barbara have created a three-pronged approach to treating acne. This novel process includes low frequency ultrasound which pushes very tiny gold and silica particles deep into the skin, followed by the application of laser. The laser shines light onto the particles which generates heat and pushes the particles into the sebaceous glands, which deactivates them. [Read more…]

Why Night Skin Cleansing is a Must

Why is night cleansing a must?

It’s late, your exhausted, and just want to jump into bed and fall asleep. “I’ll wash my face in the morning and put on fresh makeup then,” you say to yourself. You think it’s not a big deal, probably because you don’t see the results of your inaction immediately. In reality, it IS a big deal. Over time not washing the day’s “soil” from your face will lead to all kinds of not so pretty results!

In the pictures below you can see how beautiful and healthy a clean, open pore is on the surface and underneath your skin. You can see the blood vessels that bring oxygen and nutrients to your skin to give it a vibrant, healthy glow. [Read more…]

Effective Acne Relief

There is exciting news for those, young and old, who suffer from acne! A new study has shown promising results for prolonged inhibition of the primary bacteria that contributes to acne through the combination of resveratrol and benzoyl peroxide.

http://www.dermmedica.ca/skin-conditions/acne/

Acne

[A] “team of researcher(s from the UCLA Division of Dermatology, David Geffen School of Medicine, have published their findings in the online edition of the journal Dermatology and Therapy where they have)… found that combining resveratrol with a common acne medication, benzoyl peroxide, may enhance the drug’s ability to kill the bacteria and could translate into new treatments.” [Read more…]

Does Stess Cause Acne?

Does stress cause acne?

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Pimples from Stress

It always seems to happen right when you have that big event, an exam , or you are worrying about something – a pimple or pimples appear. Even in my 50’s I just had two pop up on my chin right before and during a very hectic work week.

It certainly seems to go hand in hand, doesn’t it? Remember in the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” on the wedding day the bride woke up with a big pimple. She put coverup on it, and then her groom told her later he had developed one, but it went away when he sprayed Windex on it!

From WebMD:

Lisa A. Garner, MD, FAAD, a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, (says that) “When you already have acne and you get into a stressful situation, that seems to be when your acne really flares up.”” [Read more…]

Is it Acne or Yeast Infection?

Chest and back acne can be difficult to control, particularly if there is a concurrent infection that mimics acne. The yeast, Pityrosporum, creates a folliculitis when commonly used acne treatments set up the skin for its growth. Although it looks a lot like acne, there are a few things to note that will lead you to suspicion it is something else.

  • Itching (also known as pruritis)
  • Comes about after prolonged oral / topical antibiotics to treat acne
  • Worsens with antibiotic usage, heat, humidity, stress
  • Does not respond to typical acne treatments (acid peels, acne washes, topical retinoids)

[Read more…]

Help Protect Your Teen’s Skin Early from Acne and Sun Damage

We’re so focused on fighting against aging that it’s easy to oversee how easily some of it could have been prevented had we started an effective skincare regimen at a younger age. The need for skincare appears when you hit puberty because it’s at this time your hormones begin stimulating the glands in your skin, causing an increase in oil production and enlarged pores. Developing a skincare regimen for your teen can be difficult because they’re not used to being concerned with their skin, and incorporating a new routine into their schedule can easily be forgotten or met with resistance.

Here are 4 Essential Skincare Tips for Your Teen:
1. Keep it Simple – Oily skin and zits are unpleasant introductions to puberty and the last thing your teen wants to do is stress over their face any more than they already are. Introduce a skincare regimen that is simple, yet effective and contains the basics: cleanser and moisturizer. [Read more…]

Acne Face Mapping

Have you seen this face mapping chart? It is said to be based on alternative medicine, which many estheticians are incorporating into their practices. My question – has anyone used this guide to implement treatments that have given good results?

From getprettywithlaura.com

 

Simple Pimple Remedy

You have a pimple that is large, very red and angry. What can you do to put out the heat and reduce the redness? A simple pimple remedy is to ice it. Yes, ice it.

 Ice Cube To Reduce Pimples

We know that our skin produces natural oi, called sebum, and those with acne tend to have an abundance of sebum produced. [Read more…]

Probiotics for Acne?

probioticsWe’ve long known that what is going on inside your body, manifests itself in your skin. With Acne, which has internal bacterial origins as well as surface bacterial antagonists, there are also hormones, food sensitivities and a whole host of other imbalances that can result in breakouts.

A UCLA study conducted with researchers at Washington University in St. Louis and the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute has discovered that acne bacteria contain “bad” strains associated with pimples and “good” strains that may protect the skin. [Read more…]

Have Acne? Here’s a Success Story!

Christina is a young mom with a fabulous husband and an active toddler. Before she tried Apriori Beauty’s Lifeoxylin Elixir and Celloxylin Skin Care, she had facial acne that was inflamed, with open, bleeding pimples. Here’s what she experienced and her success: [Read more…]

Why Should You Exfoliate?

giant dust bunnies? by mbkeppDid you know that “dust bunnies”, those wisps of dust found under beds and chairs, are made up of dead skin cells? Put that in your “things that I really didn’t need to know” file, right?  The reason I mention this, is that we are constantly shedding skin cells – all over the place, all the time!  As we get older, they don’t come off quite as easily or as quickly.  I heard someone once say “that’s why old people smell and have a grayish hue to their skin”.  While I’m not so sure about that, I do know that I don’t want anything dead stuck on me ever!!

The best way I know to get rid of the dead skin cells on the face and body is by using an exfoliant. [Read more…]

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