Acne

Discover more about acne and how to fight it!

Causes of acne are multiple. Your trusty cellphone, for example, keeps you close to your friends, but also to your enemies as it’s a propagator of nasty bacteria and dirt. Learn more with us on what causes acne, and pick up quick tips and solutions to help keep it at bay for clear, radiant skin from within.

Introducing our new OxyRevive Treatment

This treatment incorporates the physics of the high-velocity jet stream targeted at a point-size area of your skin to achieve the functions of dermabrasion. Using Sodium Chloride, a saline solution closer to the pH of the skin, as a medium, this treatment ensures skin is well hydrated and pumped with Oxygen while we remove congested pores and dead skin cells.

Oxygen therapy is a treatment that provides you with extra oxygen, a gas that your body needs to work properly. Normally, your lungs absorb oxygen from the air. However, some diseases and conditions can prevent you from getting enough oxygen. Oxygen therapy can help ensure that you get enough oxygen which may help you function better and be more active.

As a delivery mechanism, the oxygen is compressed and sprayed at high pressure directly on to the skin surface. A “serum” of active ingredients such as nutrients or vitamins etc are introduced to the oxygen stream just before the skin, and the combined oxygen and ingredients in the form of a high-pressure jet force its way past the skins barrier defence systems and into the lower levels of the epidermis.

The oxygen used during the facial actually provides therapeutic effects from a topical application, and the premise that we can increase the energy in the skin’s cells by topical application of oxygen is flawed for a number of reasons. We need to consider the following factors:

– The human skin does not respire to any perceptible degree; in fact, the skin does not require being in an oxygen environment other than respiration via the lungs.

– The skin barrier defence systems effectively render the skin waterproof, as nature limits our exposure to a specific concentration of oxygen for good reasons.

Marketers of oxygen therapies often refer to the proven effects of oxygen on unhealthy or damaged tissues to state their case, with the vasoconstrictive effects, reduction of inflammatory cytokines, increase in growth factors, and antibacterial effects mentioned.

There is indeed a degree of truth to those statements, as oxygen has been successfully used to assist wound healing for over fifty years. It is, however, the increase in oxygen concentration in the cells via the pulmonary vascular system introduced by the oxygen-rich environments in hyperbaric chambers and oxygen tents rather than direct contact of the wound with the oxygen.

The skin is the largest organ in the human body, and it really takes a beating. Aloe Vera can help alleviate this beating. Read on, and we’ll tell you more about Aloe Vera and its healing benefits.

Aloe, Our Hero!

Credit: Stanislav Kondratiev

Every day we subject our skin to a rigorous routine. Scrubbing madly with harsh, chemical-laden soaps, peeling away hair with deep slicing razor blades, dousing ourselves with moisture-sucking perfumes and cologne, subjecting ourselves to the scorching sun, beating rain, pelting snow or stinging wind. This leaves our skin wide-open to a whole host of problems such as Dermatitis, Psoriasis, Dryness, Scaling and Flaking, Eczema, Chaffing and Chapping, Sunburn & Allergic Reactions.

If you regularly slather cortisone creams or antibiotic ointments to try and heal these conditions, you may be doing your skin more harm than good because these medicines contain powerful steroids which actually thin your skin and leave it prone to even greater irritations!

Aloe Vera is a cactus-like plant growing in the warmer climates of the world and are described as succulents. Aloe vera is a very popular herbal remedy. The Aloe vera plant (also called Aloe Barbadensis) is unique among plants for its importance in natural skin care. It has healing properties, anti-inflammatory properties, scar reducing properties for wounds.

But that’s not all, aloe vera also:

  • Helps cuts, bruises and burns heal faster
  • Minimizes scarring
  • Relieves heat on the skin caused by sunburn
  • Destroys bacteria that try to invade cuts or open wounds
  • Forms a protective barrier around achy and sore joints and muscles
  • Relieves inflammation and redness
  • Soothes itching and helps restore skin’s natural beauty
  • Nourishes the skin and tissues with body-loving nutrients such as Vitamin E and Vitamin C

You might also want to read up on Aloe Vera’s benefits for skin, hair, health and heart diseases.

 

Today, we’ll be sharing with you the five main skin types. Based on the description of each skin type, you’ll be able to categorize your skin, understand its needs better and match your skin with suitable skin care products.

Here goes the 5 Skin Types!

1. Normal skin

Normal Skin
Normal skin has an even texture and good elasticity with fine, small pores and is usually blemish free. There will be no signs of oily or dry areas in normal skin types. This is the kind of skin that is almost perfect and is quite rare in adults.

2. Oily Skin
Oily Skin
This occurs when there is an overproduction of sebum, which can be caused by hormones, especially during puberty. Signs of oily skin include an uneven texture, normal elasticity and large pores. It is often greasy to touch and you will frequently spot blemishes. Possibly one good thing about oily skin is it ages more slowly as compared to dry skin.

3. Dry Skin

Dry Skin
In dry skin, there is an underproduction of sebum as well as a lack of moisture. It is often flaky, has a coarse texture and poor elasticity. It often has dilated capillaries around the cheek and nose areas, is likely to be sensitive and ages prematurely.

4. Combination Skin
Combination Skin

Combination skin is one of the most common skin types. It is a mixture of dry, normal and oily skin. People with combination skin usually have an oily T-zone which is often blemished, and dry cheeks which feels flaky and coarse to touch. Because of this, the skin tone and elasticity varies.

5. Sensitive skin
Sensitive Skin

People with sensitive skin often also have dry skin. Their skin is easily irritated and reactions can include redness, itch and chafing. It is often transparent looking and is usually warm to touch.

Hopefully by now, you already know your own skin type and will be able find skin care products that suits your skin  best. Remember, everyone’s skin is different, it is important to understand its needs before you embark on your road to better skin! It is also important to bear in mind that our skin type and condition changes at different points of our lives due to various reasons. So remember to observe those changes to make sure that your skin is well taken care of at all times!

Most of us are familiar with facial acne and its causes. However, acne is not just restricted to our face as it can also appear on the other areas of the body, more commonly on the back and sometimes arms.

Back acne, also known as bacne develops when there is an overproduction of sebum due to sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands found below the surface of the skin produces sebum through the pores of the skin. Hence, when excess sebum are produced, these pores become clogged which prevent the removal of dead skin cells. This eventually results in acne which can appear in the forms of blackheads, pimples, pustules or even cysts.

In comparison to facial acne, it is usually more challenging to treat acne on the back as the skin is much thicker. Also, with larger sebcaeous glands on the back, more sebum will be produced causing the back to be much oiler as well. This is also why the back tends to develop more severe lesions like nodues and cysts, which is hard to treat and likely to scar

Tips

SHOWER REGULARLY

Make sure to use a body wash which has anti-bacterial properties. Whenever possible, try to shower right after any excessive perspiration. This is because perspiration together with the sebum produced can cause further clogging of the skin pores which tends to aggravate the condition.

EXFOLIATE DAILY

With the skin on the back being much thicker than the skin on the face, it is naturally more difficult to get rid of dead skin cells on the back. Hence, regular exfoliation is necessary to promote the growth of new skin cells on the back.

KEEP YOUR FABRICS CLEAN AT ALL TIMES

Things like towels, pillowcases, bedsheets, clothes  and anything else which might come into contact with your back should be kept clean as bacteria present on these fabrics can cause back acne. Sometimes, back acne can be caused by external irritants like the wearing of  tight fitting clothing or the carrying of back pack. Hence, try to wear natural fabrics like cotton instead of nylon and avoid carrying your belongings in a backpack.

TEA TREE OIL

Tea tree oil contains a constituent called terpinen-4-ol which is responsible for killing bacteria and has been frequently  used topically to acne lesions. Frequent use can help destroy bacterial that causes back acne.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is an effective natural bacteria-fighting agent that contains many vital minerals and trace elements that are vital for a healthy body. Find out how to prepare home remedies to treat back acne.

ALOE VERA GEL

Aloe Vera helps reduce the redness and swelling that comes with acne rather than destroy it. Best to apply after cleansing, it is able to soothe skin and heal scarring.

RETIN-A

Retin A is used topically to treat acne and requires a prescription by dermatologist. It is not suitable for women who are pregnant or if you are suffering from eczema.

LED LIGHT

Medical grade blue LED light has been proven effective in reducing acne by killing bacteria. Coupled with red LED light that can reduce inflammation, this combination is a documented therapy for the control of acne.

Having back acne can be frustrating. If you are facing severe back acne problems, do consult a professional Aesthetician for advice. In cases where the acne is caused by hormonal problems, you might have to seek treatments with a dermatologist.

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-Pauline Ng