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Foods That Can Contribute to Acne

Feb 25, 2012 - 0 comments

It’s not the chocolate or the greasy fries - it’s the salt on those fries. Yes, it is salty foods and food high in iodides that are the culprits in making acne worse. Below is a list of foods typically high in iodides. We tell people not to go crazy around eliminating these foods, just be aware of eating too much of them. For example, we had a client who was almost clear.  She came into our clinic all broken out and we couldn’t imagine what was going on - I asked her if she was eating a lot of seafood or seaweed. She said, “why yes, I’m sprinkling kelp on my food every day.” As you can see by the chart, kelp has the most iodide of any food. We got her off the kelp and her skin cleared again.

So, as you can see, it would be a good idea to get uniodized salt to use at home, cut down on going for sushi, and cut WAY down on milk and cheese.

Also, almost all vitamins contain iodides in the form of iodides, iodine, potassium iodide, or kelp.   Women’s Ultra Mega from GNC and Dermavites (on the internet) are two safe choices.
Iodide Contents in Food (parts per million of iodide)

Salt
Iodized Salt (1/4 tsp) - 100
Seasoned Salt - 40
Sun Evaporated Salt - 30
Uniodized Salt - 19

Meat/Poultry
Beef/Liver - 325
Turkey - 132

Seafood
Kelp - 1020
Cod (3 oz) - 87
Squid - 39
Crab - 33

Vegetables
Asparagus - 169
Broccoli - 90

Dairy
Cheddar Cheese Spread - 27
Milk - 11
Butter - 26
Mozzarella Cheese - 13

Miscellaneous
Tortilla Chips w/ salt - 80
Potato Chips w/ salt - 40

Simple Changes to Your Lifestyle Can Help Improve Your Acne

Feb 14, 2012 - 0 comments
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These are some things you can do to help control your acne.

Get enough rest and reduce your stress. Stress stimulates the adrenal gland and in the acne-prone individual, the adrenal gland promotes oil production which leads to clogged pores.

Stay away from foods, vitamin supplements and sports drinks/bars containing iodides. Iodized salt, seafood, fish, seaweed, fast foods and dairy products (cows lick iodized salt licks) and especially kelp tablets (some people take these for thyroid support) are a part of this list. Contrary to popular notion, chocolate and greasy foods (unless they contain salt, which most do) do not aggravate acne.

Stay away from "high androgen" foods. These are found in peanuts, peanut oil, peanut butter, corn oil, wheat germ, shellfish, organ meats (i.e. liver, sweetbreads and heart). These contain hormones that exacerbate acne.

Some swimming pool disinfectants contain Iodides and Chlorine, which can remain in the water, causing skin problems for frequent swimmers. Many swimmers find that the combination of hot and humid weather, the physical exercise of swimming and the chlorinated pools, can cause major acne flare-ups.

Don't pick. Instead of picking, rub ice on pustules and pimples for about five minutes, twice a day. Try to catch them when they are first forming and they most likely will go away. You can use Benzoyl Peroxide for this, but the surrounding tissue may get very dry.

According to the results of a number of clinical trials, zinc has been shown to be useful in treating acne. Some research has found zinc to be as effective as antibiotics in reducing inflamed acne. Research indicates that the form of zinc taken maybe important. Studies have indicated that zinc monomethionine is more easily used by the body than either zinc sulfate or zinc gluconate. It is usually best to take zinc with food. Recommended dosage for supplements vary (50-100 mg) - but some research suggests that it is probably best to take no more than 100 mg per day as a dietary supplement (excessive zinc intake may lead to deficiencies in other vitamins and minerals). It is best to take this with food and not on an empty stomach. An online source for zinc monomethionine is www.starherb.com

Use fragrance-free detergents such as Cheer Free, All Free & Clear, Tide Free or Arm & Hammer Free. Do not use fabric softeners and/or fabric softener sheets in the dryer, especially on pillowcases as they cause a waxy residue that can clog pores on acne-prone individuals.

Avoid low-estrogen birth control pills, Norplant, Provera, and Depo-Provera. Also progesterone hormone replacement Premarin can be problematic. If you have polycystic ovaries, they will cause hormonal changes and breakout. See our blog post about birth control pills for more information. Also, the taking of birth control pills may delay the onset of acne and once off them, you may experience the acne you would've had before taking them.

Do not use cosmetics OR hair products that contain pore-clogging ingredients. These ingredients cause microcomedomes to form in certain individuals resulting in various lesions ranging from clogged pores and blackheads to inflammatory pustules. If you have doubts about yours, let us see the ingredient listing. Isopropyl myristate, cetyl alcohol, sodium lauryl sulfate, laureth-4, natural Vitamin E, most natural oils, cocoa butter and D & C red dyes all agitate acne. Benzoyl Peroxide medications found at cosmetic departments may contain isopropyl myristate and laureth-4 or oils that impede the active ingredient of benzoyl peroxide. Watch out for "oil-free" products. They contain synthetic oils (fatty acids), D&C red dyes and detergents that can aggravate acne. See our article on Pore Clogging Ingredients in Skin Care for a complete list.

Limit sun exposure and use a sunscreen. Although sun exposure causes desirable scaling and drying, it also damages the follicle, exacerbates hyper pigmentation, causes skin cancer and premature aging and can cause "solar acne" later in life, as well as "Acne Majorca" also caused by sunlight. Warm climates with heat and humidity can exacerbate acne.

Supplements That Will Help Acne-Prone Skin

Feb 14, 2012 - 0 comments
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Keep in mind that these supplements will not get your skin clear. You need the right homecare products used in the right way to achieve that. But here are some supplements that can support your skin.

Recommended Supplements:

Zinc Monomethionine: People with acne have been shown to have lower than normal levels of zinc in their systems. Zinc helps with the immune response and exhibits anti-inflammatory activity. Do be careful not to exceed total 100mg with all zinc sources. Rec Brand: Source Naturals 30-50 mg *

Probiotics: These supplements are high recommended for people who have long term antibiotic use in the past. Probiotics help to repopulate the gut with "friendly" bacteria thereby encouraging better digestion, improved immunity and optimum nutrition absorption. Rec Brand: Flora Smart or Ultimate Flora by Renew Life. Dr Ohirra' which is available at Amazon.com and Whole Foods. Take as directed.

High Quality Fish oils and High Quality Flax oil: These oils are absolutely essential for hormone regulation and thus directly affect sebum regulation. They are also incredibly important for almost every other regulation system in your body. Rec Brand: Artic Pure Source Naturals* (we carry this one), Renew Life's Fishsmart ultra or Nordic Naturals' Cod Liver Oil and Barleans's flax oil (liquid). Take as directed and please note that these oils may not be warmed or cooked with. One caution: avoid flax oil supplements labeled as "high lignin" as this type is not compatible with anti-acne regimens.

Barley Powder: Barley has been shown to have many trace minerals that the body needs to build a healthy immune system has many enzymes that help "alkalize" the body. This alkalization directly impacts inflammation that is always associated with acneic skins. Rec Brand: Just Barley, 2 tablespoons in water or unpasteurized orange juice.

MSM also known as methylsulfonylmethane: This mineral has a high bioavailable sulfur content that the body uses to build collagen and cartilage. Excellent to heal scars, detoxify tissues and wonderful as an anti-inflammatory compound. Rec Brand: Rich's MSM torpedo caplets.1000mg. Take as directed.

A good Multi vitamin is always recommended for obvious reasons. Consider getting an iodine free brand as iodine can exacerbate acne conditions. Rec Brand: Dermavites and GNC ultra women's mega multi without iron and iodine.

Pea Protein Isolate or Hemp protein: For those of you who work out religiously or want to bulk up, please consider switching to the above powders instead of your typical Soy or Whey based formulas. These are more easily assimilated by the body and do not aggravate acne. Recommended brands: Olympian Labs Pea Protein Powder and Ultimate Greens with Hemp, Rice and Pea protein available on Amazon.com, Whole Foods and Berkeley Bowl.

Those Are Not Blackheads In Your Nose

Feb 14, 2012 - 0 comments
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Almost every day I get clients at my acne clinic who think they have blackheads on their nose. I know that what they see in their nose looks just like blackheads, but it is not.  Those are what are called sebaceous filaments. They are basically the oil glands on your nose and in the chin area just below the lower lip. They are meant to be there and will never go away. Even if extracted, it still looks the same and it fills right back up again a week later.

Once in a while, someone actually will have blackheads in their nose. The picture below shows a client of mine who has blackheads in between the sebaceous filaments. Those definitely need to be extracted.

So, my rule of thumb is, if all the so-called "blackheads" in your nose are all the same size, then they are not blackheads. If, however, you have a "blackhead" that is bigger than the rest of the other "blackheads" in the nose, then it really is a blackhead and not just another sebaceous filament.

My clients tend to have a very disappointing reaction to my assessment of their "blackheads" on their nose. They, most often, desperately want them to go away.  I reassure them that everybody, even people who have never had acne, have them.  Everyone but the most oil-dry of skin does have them. When you are standing a couple of feet away from someone, which is the normal "space" between people, you can't even see the pores on the nose.  We are all so used to looking at air-brushed pictures of models in fashion magazines that have absolutely perfect skin with no pores showing at all.  Unfortunately, this sets up an expectation and fantasy that our skin should look just like this.  Sorry…… it's just not real and I tell my clients that they are just going to have to accept their nose the way it is.