The Basics of Acne

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The normal skin is composed of two parts. The upper part is called the epidermis and is composed of skin cells. These cells continually divide, grow, and mature. As they reach the surface of the skin they flatten, die and are then shed. The deeper part of the skin is called the dermis and is composed mainly of collagen, which supports the epidermis. Within the collagen are the nerves, blood vessels and other structures that comprise the skin.The whole surface of the skin, except for the palms and soles, is covered in small skin pores. Each pore is the entrance of a small, flexible tube that runs through into the dermis and represents the canal through which the hairs grow to the surface. Each hair canal is associated with a sebaceous gland, which produces an oily substance, called sebum. The sebum is pumped into the hair canal and from there … Continue reading

DIY: How to Apply Superfoods for a Beautiful Glow.

In a previous blog, we gave DIY tips for adding quinoa & avocado into your hair care routine, this time it’s skins turn! Quinoa & Avocado are fantastic to add topically as they provide elasticity, softness and resiliency to skin. The skin benefits of quinoa are: Quick healing of damaged tissue. It delivers lysine, a key building block of elastin & collagen. Builds elasticity & connective tissue. It delivers high levels of riboflavin, providing elasticity, softness, and resiliency. Rejuvenates the skin from within. Provides collagen to reduce wrinkles and keep skin soft, smooth and supple. Reduces brown spots & pigmentation. Decreases clustering of melanin granules. Treats acne conditions. Decreases sebum production, helps keep follicles clear. The skin benefits of avocado are: Enhances collagen generation. It triggers the skin’s production of collagen, counteracting age-related wrinkles, fine lines, and other aging signs. Hydrates skin. Through its remarkable capability of retaining water in the skin, it encourages supple and soft tissue. … Continue reading

The Benefits of topical probiotics to skin

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Based on recent positive studies, dermatologists are recommending topical probiotics as a component of an effective skin care strategy to combat four skin conditions:  acne, rosacea, eczema and aging skin. According to an American Academy of Dermatology (published 01-30-14), “skin prone to acne or rosacea has shown improvement with daily probiotic use, giving dermatologists reason to consider supplementing traditional acne therapy with a dose of this beneficial bacteria.” According to the article, there are different ways that topical probiotics can benefit the skin: Protective Shield In patients with acne and rosacea, living microorganisms on the skin are recognized as foreign by the body’s immune system. The immune system springs into action to counter this potential threat resulting in the inflammation, redness, or bumps common in these skin conditions. Probiotics applied topically sit on the skin’s surface and prevent the skin cells from seeing the bad bacteria and parasites that can cause this immune system response. This is … Continue reading