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November 17, 2012

Preventing Adult Acne – 3 Tips For Success

Filed under: skin care — Tags: , — mjones @ 4:47 pm

girl with acneAcne is a silent attacker, waiting to break out right before some of the most important parts of your life: the prom, the first interview, the wedding. I know exactly what it’s like to have perfect skin for your whole adolescent life, and then be slapped in the face with breakouts randomly at age 18. It’s roughly similar to a truck of misfortune sideswiping you as you try to cross the street into adulthood. I have also met many people who have struggled with acne their entire life, constantly feeling embarrassment and wondering how they can get rid of this inconvenience. Acne is caused by many things, one of the main ones being dirty substances coming into contact with your face. There are many quality medical acne medications that can work; there are also (sometimes) easier solutions for how to get rid of acne.

3. Cleanliness is Next to Attractiveness

One of the best things to do to prevent acne is to always keep your face clean, even if there is no sign of a breakout. The incredibly high number of germs and bacteria that the human face comes into contact with on a daily basis is what causes acne, and keeping a clean face as often as possible is key to the prevention of this annoying skin condition. The most common way that these bacteria contact our faces is through the fingers. This means that by reducing the amount you touch your face every day can drastically reduce the risk you have for a breakout.

2. Here Comes the Sun

The sun plays a huge part in how our skin acts. The sun can cause wrinkles, sun burn, freckles, and most of all, acne! The sunblock you can find at your local convenience or grocery store isn’t just there to ensure you don’t leave the beach looking like a firetruck with a brand new paint job. It is also there to prevent the sun’s ultraviolet rays from doing significant damage to your skin in all regards. Although it’s always nice to have that nice, tan beach body, the pimples and zits you could obtain from a lack of sun block will not look good. Making sure to always put at least SPF15 sunblock on whenever you go outdoors on a sunny day is a very important part of acne prevention.

3. Stress!

Many people may ask if stress causes acne. The answer is a resounding yes! Many experts will attest that our emotional stability (or instability) is directly related to all aspects of our bodily health, and the condition of our skin is no exception. If the level of stress you experience on a daily basis is causing breakouts of acne, you definitely want to take some time out of your day to find some way to relax, whether it be a long shower, meditation, or just listening to some music.

The bottom line is this:

Many day-to-day things have a huge effect on our skin’s health, and before you go rushing to the stores to buy the newest “miracle cure”, try following a few of these simple steps in order to keep your skin looking smooth and beautiful.

May 10, 2011

Soap-and-Water Cleanser Can Reduce Skin Infections in Wrestlers

Filed under: skin care — Tags: , , , — sgordon @ 7:00 pm

According to researchers at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, 97% of university wrestlers can reduce their risk of skin infection by using soap-and- water cleansing wipes.

Dr. Anderson, a family physian, came up with a theory that if athletes were to use medicated skin wipes after each match, the number of skin infections could be reduced.  Dr Anderson, also a team physician for Gopher wrestling team, studied 151 high school athletes who engaged in two weekend tournaments in January and February(up to 5 matches per day). The athletes were asked to use 75% isopropyl alcohol wipe, a soap-and water- based cleansing body wipe, or nothing at all.

The results concluded that without the skin wipe, 15.7% of all athletes developed a skin infection or a rate of 512.8 to exposure. Of the boys who were asked to use the alcohol wipes, 8.9% developed an infection. For those who used the soap-and-water wipe, 1.8% became infected. Infections are very common during wrestling season. Athletes only shower at the end of the day; therefore pathogens transfer between the matches and remain on their skin for 10 to 12 hours. This can cause problems, especially if over time the rises of matches increase further. Over the past 30 years, the numbers of matches for high school wrestlers have increased by 50% to 60%. The more matches there are, the more likely athletes will develop infections.

Infections seen in wrestlers include: herpes gladiatorum, and Staphylococcus.

August 12, 2010

6 Health Benefits of Watermelon

Watermelon is not only juicy and thirst quenching – it is also packed with vitamins and antioxidants that are beneficial to your health.  Summer means watermelon – here are some reasons why you should stock up on this crunchy, delicious fruit this summer.

– Mood – Watermelon is full of vitamin B6 which helps the function of the chemicals in the brain that moderate anxiety and panic.  People usually take vitamin B6 to stabilize their mood and improve their metabolism.

– Healthy Heart – Lycopene is an antioxidant that is found in some red fruits, such as watermelon.  This antioxidant reduces people’s risk of prostate cancer and heart disease. In addition, it has been found that if you eat a diet high in lycopene you are less likely to suffer from a heart attack.  Watermelon is the only fruit that contains high concentrations of lycopene.

– Immune System – Watermelon is high in vitamin C, an important substance if you want to boost your immune system.  The vitamin C in watermelon will prevent you from becoming sick and will slow down the progress of medical conditions such as cataracts.

– Anti-Aging – Watermelon is a natural source of the most powerful antioxidants. The beta-carotene in watermelon will help prevent a number of illnesses, and provide health benefits such as anti-aging. The components in watermelon will neutralize the free-radicals in your body and slow down your aging processes. The fluid in watermelon will keep your skin hydrated and beautiful.

– Good Eyesight – Most people look to carrots to provide them with good eyesight, but there is plenty Vitamin A in watermelon too. This will prevent blindness and will also help boost your immune system.

– Replenishing – Watermelon is rich in electrolytes, sodium, and potassium, which we lose when we sweat.  Have some watermelon after an intense workout to refresh your body.