Acne Awareness Month
Did you know that June is #AcneAwarenessMonth ?! This blog post is all about acne… tips, ticks, treatments, etc. 🌟
We love how helpful this chart from @facerealityskincare is🌟
Do you know the difference between non-inflamed acne vs inflamed acne?!
Non-inflamed acne falls under the category of blemishes like white-heads and black-heads. On the other hand, inflamed acne shows up as papules, pustules, and cysts. These are often deeper, more red, sensitive, irritated, and swollen.
If you have dealt with acne in the past and have been left with scarring, Microchanneling is for you✨ This is one of our all time favorite treatments. Microchanneling stimulates collagen production to kickstart the skin into a state of healing, reduces inflammation, reverses hyperpigmentation, and refines texture. One thing we have noticed over and over is that after a series of Microchanneling acne is greatly reduced. The acne heals and our client's stop breaking out or will have minimal activity afterwards due to the skin being fortified with all of the good quality collagen formed with this treatment.
The results of Microchanneling are cumulative and only get better with time🤩
Gut Health & Skin
Flawless skin starts with a healthy gut microbiome. Here are some simple ways to support your gut microbiome:
Quit sugar to calm down inflammation and prevent feeding unfriendly bacteria
Avoid cow’s dairy to reduce inflammation and insulin growth factor (IGF-1) hormone, which increases sebum, keratin, and inflammation
Eliminate antibiotics, hormonal birth control, and stomach acid medication
Eat fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut because they support friendly bacteria
Consider taking a digestive enzyme, like a papaya enzyme, that supports digestion
Avoid gluten to reduce inflammation
Eat vegetables and healthy starches to feed healthy bacteria
Go crazy with garlic and onions when you cook both help combat inflammation and provide healthy minerals. Garlic is the best natural antibiotic
Stay hydrated with filtered water
Limit coffee. Drink more herbal teas like turmeric, ashwagandha, and green tea
Supplements & Internal Support
Obviously diet is a huge part of having a healthy gut microbiome. However, there are supplements that you can take that are amazing for supporting acne prone skin. Our top three picks are:
Magnesium is a calming mineral that support your body in handling stress. However, because your body uses it quite often, most of us are depleted. Supplementing it helps to maintain a healthy level that will help to enhance sleep and improve function of your thyroid, hormones, and insulin.
It is also an anti-inflammatory that promotes the healthy metabolism of Estrogen, making it the best preventative for menstrual cramping and for regulating periods.
Foods rich in Magnesium:
Nuts, seeds leafy greens, vegetable, cocoa.
Zinc is an anti-inflammatory and supports your body's stress response. It is essential for the functions of over 300 enzymes. It also lowers Androgens and kills bacteria.
Your body doest's store Zinc, so it is important to eat enough every day to ensure you're meeting your daily requirements and needs.
Foods rich in Zinc: Oysters, crab, lobster, pork, chicken.
Turmeric or its primary active compound, Curcumin, is highly anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. It is beneficial for cell health, joint pain and inflammation, liver health, supporting your metabolism, and your cardiovascular health.
Turmeric is it's own spice so you cannot find it in other foods. However it can easily be paired with and added to many dishes.
Food to pair with Turmeric:
Eggs, vegetables, smoothies, hummus.
Change your pillow case at least once a week
Use a clean towel to dry your skin after cleansing to prevent the spread of bacteria
Avoid hot showers to prevent trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL), as it will dehydrate your skin
Use clean laundry detergent, free of fragrance and dyes, and do not use dryer sheets
Tilt your head back in the shower when rinsing shampoo and conditioner. You do not want those products on your face
Keep your cleanser in the shower and wash your face at the end to remove any product build-up. While you are cleansing, massage face and neck to pump lymphatic fluid to get it moving
Always apply your face products with clean hands
Sleep on your back as much as you can... yes, even if you use a silk pillow case
Use a BB Crème or tinted moisturizer on daily basis and use makeup foundation just for special occasions
Get moving! Exercise will help to release the "happy hormone", increase circulation, and support your lymphatic system