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Keeping it clean

Developing a clean skin routine is an essential part of any acne treatment and prevention method. Nevertheless, figuring out a routine can often be more challenging than people think. Here, we will explain the essentials of such a routine and point out common mistakes to avoid.  Wash it off! Throughout the day, your skin secretes oils that may promote breakouts when left unchecked. This issue is particularly common on your face, which has about twice as many oil glands compared to the rest of your body. Dust particles, smog, sweat and makeup, further exacerbate the skin’s proneness to acne breakouts. As a result, it is important that you wash your face regularly to make sure your pores remain clean and...

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Could it be a gut problem?

Could your acne be a gut problem? It is well known that gut bacteria are important for your health. These bacteria digest your food, provide necessary nutrients and vitamins, train your immune system, and prevent bad bacteria from overgrowing and causing disease. What is less well-known, however, is that your gut health can also have an effect on your skin health!   Over 80 years ago, dermatologists, John H. Stokes and Donald M. Pillsbury, suggested a relationship between your gut bacteria, and your mental and skin health called the Gut-Brain-Skin axis. The Gut-Brain-Skin axis suggests stress and low fiber diets can lead to an imbalance in your microbiome allowing bad bacteria to outgrow the good bacteria in your gut. This leads to...

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The Importance of Skin hydration when Fighting Acne

One commonly forgot about aspect when fighting acne is the importance of skin hydration. It’s important to note that oily skin does not mean your skin is hydrated. Skin can be oily and still be low in water content. In fact, dry skin can induce the production of more oil leading to clogged pores and breakouts. This occurs because dry skin compromises the skin barrier leading to irritation, which then induces hormones to activate sebaceous glands to secrete more oil and repair the irritation. Many commonly used acne medications can also dry or irritate the skin, especially during dry winter months. One way to keep your skin hydrated is through your diet by drinking lots of water and eating lots of...

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What type of acne is this and how do I treat it?

Acne can be complicated, frustrating and very annoying, but almost everyone has dealt with it at some point in his or her life. Even though acne is a part of everyday life, it can be difficult to understand what type of acne you are experiencing, what’s causing it and what the best treatment path is.  So exactly what is acne?  Acne is a skin-disease that occurs in hair follicles when the follicle becomes clogged with dead skin cells and oil. There are many different types of acne that can be classified as either non-inflammatory or inflammatory acne. Non-inflammatory acne consists of blackheads (open comedones) and whiteheads (closed comedones). Blackheads occur when a pore is clogged but the top of the...

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Kefir-Berry Smoothie Recipe

What’s a great and easy way to start your day? With a healthy, microbiome-friendly (and very delicious!) morning smoothie! A smoothie filled with prebiotics and probiotics is an excellent way to have a filling and fast breakfast that nourishes your microbiome and promotes radiant, clear skin. First, let’s clarify how prebiotics and probiotics differ and why they are both important  for your health. Probiotics are bacteria that are similar to the "good" bacteria that live inside your gut. These micro-organisms, though tiny, play an incredibly important role in our health. An imbalance of the "good" and the "bad" bacteria in the gut can lead to improper digestion, weight gain, and skin conditions. The good news is we can rebalance our...

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