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Why applying ice can help alleviate acne

Why applying ice can help alleviate acne

Applying ice to your pimples can make them less angry, swollen and painful – but why and (from a skin science point of view) how is best to do it? When we apply ice to skin, the cold causes vasoconstriction of blood capillaries (they narrow), decreases the metabolic...

Stevia – a good swap for sugar?

Stevia – a good swap for sugar?

Stevia is a zero-calorie, natural sweetener. Its claimed that it has no effect on blood glucose and insulin levels, unlike sugar and other refined carbohydrates, which are known to cause acne. But is this true? Sugar plays havoc with our hormones, particularly insulin...

Broccoli – hated superhero of the acne diet

Broccoli – hated superhero of the acne diet

Broccoli. Poster child for vegetable hatred. Left unwanted on many a plate and causing the face of horror in children across the world. However, underneath this misunderstood diner vegetable lies an acne superfood - loaded with compounds and nutrients that are...

Why comedogenic ratings aren’t a good guide

Why comedogenic ratings aren’t a good guide

If you think an ingredient might cause acne then you will have seen the ingredient busting comedogenic charts & tools available on the internet and perhaps even decided a products fate using them - look at the product INCI, look up the ingredient on chart and BAM!...

Acne & alcohol (of the drinking kind)

Acne & alcohol (of the drinking kind)

One question that comes up when adopting a new acne battling diet is - can I drink booze? We all know too much alcohol has a negative effect on the body, and this post isn't about excess so we won't go there. But, in moderation, can you drink alcohol without it...

How to get rid of acne

How to get rid of acne

If you have acne then there is more than a good chance that you have used benzoyl peroxides, azelaic acids, AHAs, BHAs, vitamin C serums, carbon masks and countless other expensive spot treatments from the chemist, been prescribed antibiotics, retinoids, isotretinoin,...

Maca root and Reishe mushrooms

Maca root and Reishe mushrooms

One of the reasons for acne outbreaks is unbalanced hormones. Hormones Insulin and IGF-1 control the production of sebum and overproduction of sebum is a key part of the acne forming chain. Too much insulin & IGF-1 triggers a release of androgen hormones...

Lifestyle and acne

Following on from our last post, the acne formation chain is a series of domino like events. When one domino topples it creates a cascade of events which can lead to acne. Just over 81% of acne is genetic at source but even for those who don't have a genetic...

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