Age Spots And Acne Treatment
Age Spots And Acne Treatment
Whether it’s breakouts, winter dry skin, dark circles, rosacea, oily skin, and on and on, all of us have skin-care concerns at one time or another they show up from time to time or them just never seem to go away completely. Looking in the mirror can be so frustrating when no matter what you do or how much money you spend your skin doesn’t seem to get any better and often just gets worse.
Almost every common skin-care problem has solutions, which is encouraging, but how can you be sure you’re not going to be disappointed again? This Special Report is the answer! It explains what you really can do to improve what’s bothering you about your skin and which products are a waste of your time and money.
The solutions we describe below are based on the latest published research! Because you’re getting facts and not hype, you’ll get the best results possible. Your skin will become healthier and more beautiful, and you’ll have renewed confidence because you’ll know how to handle your most bothersome skin-care concerns!
What Causes This Problem: Age spots aren’t caused by growing older; rather, they are caused almost entirely by sun damage. If you doubt that, just compare the skin on the parts of your body that are exposed to the sun on a regular basis with the parts of your body that don’t see the sun very often, if ever. You’ll be shocked by the difference in how your skin looks.
What you’ll see is that the areas that get little or no sun exposure will look much younger and more even-toned than the sun-exposed areas. Brown spots and uneven skin tone show up on the face, chest, hands, and arms, but rarely, if ever, on the abdomen, breasts, or your backside.
The Solution: Because of melanin, the pigment in cells that colors the skin, is the culprit behind these brown spots, you need a treatment product that interrupts excess melanin production and allows the discolorations to fade.
Next, to prevent the brown spots from coming back, you must apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater (and greater is better) every day, rain or shine (the damaging rays of the sun are always present; they pass through clouds and even through windows). Forgoing sunscreen is the fastest way to undo the benefits of a skin-lightening product.
Along with applying sunscreen daily, use one of the following skin-lightening products, all of which contain the gold standard ingredients (such as hydroquinone or vitamin C) proven to fade brown discolorations.
With regular use, these products, and others like them, can fade discolorations, and in some cases make them go away completely. For stubborn cases, you may need prescription-only skin-lightening products.
What Causes This Problem: Acne is an inflammatory disorder caused by a combination of factors. Acne results mostly from overproduction of oil in the oil gland, which is caused by hormones; the growth of the bacteria deep inside the pore; and the accumulation of dead skin cells and debris at the surface of the pore, which block the free flow of oil out of the pore. These conditions, along with irritation from skin-care products, cause acne breakouts.
No matter what you call it”breakouts,” “blemishes,” or “adult acne” the struggle to get acne under control can be emotionally devastating, at any age. If your skin-care routine doesn’t address the issues described above, or even worse, if the products you use contain ingredients that exacerbate the problem, you will always be disappointed with the results.
Although there are dozens and dozens of anti-acne products available, very few of them are well formulated. In fact, it’s shocking how many of the so-called “anti-acne” products out there will only make your acne worse, or leave you with dry, flaky, red skin.
The Solution: Here is what you can do to treat your acne, but remember, you must experiment with the kinds of products that research shows improve acne to find the specific products that work for you.
1. Clean your skin gently with a water-soluble cleanser that does not contain ingredients that clog pores or irritate the skin. This will help reduce redness and irritation, and reducing irritation means that you are not stimulating the nerve endings in the pore, and thus not triggering excess oil production.
2. Use a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) exfoliant to remove dead skin cells and encourage healthy skin-cell turnover, both from the skin’s surface and inside the pore. BHA also helps reduce redness and inflammation and offers mild antibacterial action.
3. Use a benzoyl peroxide product to kill the bacteria (P. acnes) that cause the eruption, inflammation, redness, and swelling. Benzoyl peroxide is the gold standard ingredient for killing these bacteria.
Dry, Cracking Skin
What Causes This Problem: Painful dryness and cracking can be a sign of excessive irritation, friction (which is what causes those lovely calluses on your heels and toes), cold weather, dry climates, or medical conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and diabetes.
The Solution: Although you may want to seek medical advice if your dry, cracked skin is chronic and severe, most dry, cracked skin problems can be resolved by avoiding drying cleansers (especially bar soaps) and by reapplying well-formulated moisturizers.
The best defense against the dry skin is to use gentle cleansers and to keep areas prone to dryness and cracking lubricated with an emollient, creamy, and buttery smooth moisturizer.
You also want to avoid sources of friction whenever possible, so you shouldn’t wear shoes that don’t fit well, shouldn’t wear scratchy fabrics, and shouldn’t use loofahs. Keeping your skin protected from extreme cold also helps a great deal.
Try some of the following products to keep your skin protected from painful dryness and cracking.
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