WHAT CAUSES ACNE?

Got Acne?
You have probably heard a million different theories as to what causes acne, such as:

✔️ Acne is an internal issue; you need to do a detox or cleanse.

✔️ Acne is caused from a dirty face; you need to scrub your skin until it is squeaky clean.

✔️ Acne is caused by greasy foods and a poor diet; you need to drink celery juice and become a vegetarian.

✔️ Acne is caused by makeup; you should never wear makeup.

✔️ Acne is caused by hormones; you probably have a hormonal imbalance.

✔️ Acne is caused by a curse that someone put on you….Yep, that’s right, I have actually had a client who told me that her parents hired a witch doctor to lift the curse which caused her acne! 

So, what actually causes acne?

It all starts with the pores. Our pores are the little openings in the skin which are connected to our hair follicles. Each pore contains an oil gland and a sweat gland which release oil (or sebum) to lubricate the skin and sweat to help regulate our body temperature. But did you know our pores have their own self-cleaning process?

The lining of our pores is made up of skin cells. Just like the surface of the skin, the lining of our pores will shed dead skin cells daily. A normal functioning pore will shed one layer of dead skin cells every day and this is where the skin’s self-cleaning process takes over. The oil and sweat that is produced creates a flushing process which cleans the dead skin cells out of the pore, but also removes any bacteria or debris that may have gotten down into the pores.

This natural flushing process is why some of our friends can go without washing their face at night and never breakout. They have normal, functioning pores that keep their pores clear and skin blemish free.

So, what is different for those who suffer with acne?
It is due to genetically defective pores, meaning that a gene was passed down which causes the pores to malfunction. Pores with the “acne gene” will hyper-shed dead skin cells. Instead of the normal shedding of one layer of skin cell, someone who is acne prone will shed approximately five times as many of dead skin cells daily. This pile up of dead skin cells is so dense and heavy that the oil and sweat is not able to flush it out. Instead, the oil* and sweat creates a biofilm (a glue-like substance) that binds all of the dead skin cells together creating a clogged pore (aka microcomedone). In short, clogged pores created from the build-up of dead skin cells in the pore are the true cause of acne.

While it seems like this build up would be noticeable right away, because our skin cells are microscopic, it can take 90 days for the microcomedone to turn into acne that you can see or feel. This means breakouts or clogged pores that you have now may have started forming 3 months ago.

 *research has shown that a person with acne prone skin also produces a stickier consistency of oil/sebum which assists in the formation of the microcomedone (or clogged pore).

Once the pores become clogged, they will either become inflamed acne or non-inflamed acne:

Inflamed acne is commonly known as pimples, pustules, whiteheads, cysts, hormonal breakouts. Inflamed acne occurs when acne bacteria* becomes trapped in the clogged pores. Since the bacteria’s food source is our oil/sebum, and the bacteria is conveniently trapped where our oil is produced, the bacteria will rapidly grow and proliferate into a cesspool of inflamed and tender acne breakouts. Pimples, pustules and whiteheads will appear on the surface of the skin and whereas cystic acne is an infection deeper in the pore which sometimes is not apparent on the surface of the skin other than a tender lump.

**whether you are acne prone or not, we all have acne bacteria on our skin. The difference is that a normal functioning pore is able to flush out the bacteria so that it does not create an infection within the pore. However, pores with the “acne gene” trap the bacteria in the pore providing it with the perfect environment to thrive.

Non-inflamed acne, which is commonly referred to as blackheads, clogged pores and milia, is simply the buildup of dead skin cells without acne bacteria present. Blackheads are “black” in color due to the oil on the surface of the pore which oxidizes when it comes into contact with air. This is similar to how a cut apple will gradually turn brown when it’s exposed to air. Milia feels like a little seed under your skin. Its outward appearance resembles a whitehead with no inflammation. Milia are difficult to extract since they don’t contain pus. Instead of debris, they contain a mixture of dead skin cells and oil that create a solid “seed” under the skin. Milia requires professional extraction to prevent damage to the skin.

While the cause of acne is quite simple, acne is so multi-faceted since there are many triggers that exacerbate the condition and keep the skin in a cycle of continuous acne flare-ups. Some examples of these triggers include:

✔️ Skin care, makeup, and hair care products (comedogenic and acnegenic ingredients)

✔️ Certain foods, vitamins and supplements

✔️ Lifestyle habits

✔️ Hormonal factors (including birth control, hormone replacement therapy)

To successfully clear acne, we not only need to address the cause (the microcomedone formation) and control the acne bacteria, but we also have to uncover and eliminate all the triggers that will stand in the way of clear skin.

All of this is the reason why I offer everyone a free online consultation so that we can troubleshoot the skin and find all the hidden triggers that are acne saboteurs. (Click here to start your free online Skin Consultation).

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New Year Skincare Resolutions You Should Stick To

We’re nearing the end of the year and in a few more days, we’ll be entering 2021. This means a blank canvas and an opportunity to make things better and upgrade this version of ourselves.


Creating a New Year’s resolution can be quite tricky, knowing that you have to stick with it

throughout the year. A great way to stick to a resolution is by actually creating one that is

sustainable and one that has noticeable improvements over time. We’re talking about creating a substantial skincare resolution for the next year!


Some people will vow to eat healthier to nourish their skin the natural way. Meanwhile, others will invest in facial treatments, like acne light therapy, for smoother and clearer skin because who doesn’t want bright, healthier and glowing skin, right?


If you want to have a better skincare habit next year, keep reading. Below are our five skincare secrets you should stick to!



Fix your sleeping habits and get more rest


One of the factors that affect the health and appearance of your skin is sleep. When you lack beauty rest, it won’t only affect your skin but your overall well-being as well.


When you get enough sleep, you reduce the dark circles under your eyes, you help your skin

retain its moisture, you promote blood and oxygen circulation in your skin and you reduce

stress, which is the common cause of acne.



Apply sunscreen daily


Sun exposure is one of the reasons your skin is experiencing damage and premature aging.

Whether you’re going to the beach or running a few errands outside, as long as you’ll be

outdoors, you should protect your skin with SPF.


Adding sunscreen to your morning routine right after cleansing and moisturising will ensure that your skin will drink up the product and stay protected throughout the day.



Avoid picking your skin and popping acne


Popping and picking on your skin is incredibly tempting, especially when you find a lone zit right smack in the middle of your face. However, the next year, you need to break this bad habit!


When you pick your face and pop acne, you actually make blemishes worse and it will take

them much longer to heal. So if you start seeing zits emerging on your skin, be more strict about your skincare routine, mind what you’re eating and visit a laser clinic to get acne light therapy.



Visit your laser clinic regularly


Some people think it’s such a chore to visit your laser clinic regularly; however, doing so

will give your skin and appearance excellent benefits.


Next year, make it a priority to take care of your skin and book regular consultations and

treatments to prevent terrible skin issues from happening. Prevention is always better than cure and with the help of a reliable clinic, you’ll have clean and clear skin throughout the year.



Conclusion


Now that we’re heading towards the last stretch of the year, now is the best time to modify your New Year’s resolution for 2021 and focus on getting healthier, brighter and glowing skin. By incorporating our tips in your new skincare routine, visiting your laser clinic regularly and getting treatments like acne light therapy, you’ll see significant improvements in your skin right away and you’ll look better than ever before!


Advanced Laser Clinic offers state-of-the-art, non-invasive, safe and unique procedures suitable for various skin types. We provide treatments like acne light therapy, piano skin tightening, laser hair removal and more. Book an appointment with us today!

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5 ways to keep your memory sharp

The way you live, what you eat and drink, and how you treat your body affect your memory as well as your physical health and wellbeing. Here are five things you can do every day to keep mind and body sharp.

Manage your stress. The constant drumbeat of daily stresses such as deadline pressures or petty arguments can certainly distract you and affect your ability to focus and recall. But the bigger problem is an ongoing sense of extreme anxiety—that can lead to memory impairment. If you don’t have a strategy in place for managing your stress, protecting your memory is one reason to get one. Deep breathing, meditation, yoga, and a “mindful” approach to living can all help.

5 ways to keep your memory sharp

The way you live, what you eat and drink, and how you treat your body affect your memory as well as your physical health and wellbeing. Here are five things you can do every day to keep mind and body sharp.

Manage your stress. The constant drumbeat of daily stresses such as deadline pressures or petty arguments can certainly distract you and affect your ability to focus and recall. But the bigger problem is an ongoing sense of extreme anxiety—that can lead to memory impairment. If you don’t have a strategy in place for managing your stress, protecting your memory is one reason to get one. Deep breathing, meditation, yoga, and a “mindful” approach to living can all help.

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Get a good night’s sleep. People who don’t sleep well at night tend to be more forgetful than people who sleep soundly. A good night’s sleep is essential for consolidating memories. The most common reason for poor sleep is insomnia—difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Unfortunately, many medicines used to treat insomnia can also impair memory and general brain function. That’s why it’s best to try improving your sleep habits first and turn to medication only if those steps don’t help. If you do need sleep aids, use the lowest dose for the shortest time needed to get your sleep back on track.

If you smoke, quit. Easier said than done, certainly, but if you need additional motivation, know that smokers have a greater degree of age-related memory loss and other memory problems than nonsmokers. People who smoke more than two packs of cigarettes a day at midlife have more than double the risk of developing dementia in old age compared with nonsmokers. However, those who stop smoking by midlife and those who smoke less than half a pack a day have a similar a risk of dementia as people who have never smoked.

If you drink alcohol, do so moderately. Drinking too much alcohol increases the risk for memory loss and dementia. People with alcoholism have difficulty performing short-term memory tasks, such as memorizing lists. Another type of memory loss associated with alcohol use is called Korsakoff’s syndrome. In this condition, long-term vitamin B1 deficiency combined with the toxic effects of alcohol on the brain can trigger sudden and dramatic amnesia. In some cases this memory loss is permanent, but if caught early, can be reversed to some degree.

Protect your brain from injury. Head trauma is a major cause of memory loss and increases the risk of developing dementia. Always use the appropriate gear during high-speed activities and contact sports. Wear seat belts when riding in motor vehicles. Car accidents are by far the most common cause of brain injury, and wearing seat belts greatly reduces the chances of severe head injury. Wear a helmet when bicycling, riding on a motorcycle, in-line skating, and skiing.

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