Acne Skincare Resources

I Am an Adult-So Why Do I Have Acne?
I Am an Adult-So Why Do I Have Acne?
Adult acne is usually the result of a hormonal imbalance, and how those hormones influence your body, especially your skin’s sebaceous glands that are responsible for producing sebum, the oily substance that should hydrate and moisturize the skin. However, when too much sebum is produced skin becomes oily and when combined with dead skin cells from the surface of the skin and dirt creates an inviting base for bacteria can grow in the pores, possibly leading to breakouts.
Opportunity for a Successful Combination Therapy for Adult Hormonal Acne
Opportunity for a Successful Combination Therapy for Adult Hormonal Acne

By: Dr. Agnes Olszewski

When trying to understand the etiology (causes) of acne, hormonal imbalance is often cited as one of the most prevailing factors responsible for acne. Fluctuations in hormone levels can result in over production of sebum (skin oil) by the sebaceous glands residing in the skin. This extra sebum tends to clog the pores of the skin the first step in the acne cascade.. It is important to understand that androgens, the male hormones are very potent in stimulating the sebaceous glands.

5 Facts You Didn’t Know About Cystic Acne That Will Help You Get Rid of It
5 Facts You Didn’t Know About Cystic Acne That Will Help You Get Rid of It

When most people think of acne, those little red dots on the surface of the skin come to mind, and the most practiced solution for dealing with them is to zap those suckers dry until they disappear completely. But did you know that there’s a certain type of acne that exists below the surface? It’s called cystic acne, and it’s not your average pimple!

5 Surprising Facts You Might Not Know About Adult Acne
5 Surprising Facts You Might Not Know About Adult Acne

For some, acne is a reminder of our younger days, making our teen years, and social lives, that much harder to navigate. For countless others, that problem continues well into adulthood, or begins then, in a condition known as adult acne. Affecting people over the age of 25, this skin condition is common, though rarely talked about, which brings us to the question…

Top 10 Facts About Adult Acne You Don’t Hear About
Top 10 Facts About Adult Acne You Don’t Hear About

Anyone with acne tends to become somewhat of a skincare expert by necessity. We all know that too much oil can lead to acne breakouts, and many of us have spent countless hours and dollars trying out every acne-fighting ointment under the sun, to varying degrees of success. But did you know that there’s a lot about acne you probably don’t hear about?

Top 4 Reasons Why You Aren’t Getting Rid of Your Adult Acne
Top 4 Reasons Why You Aren’t Getting Rid of Your Adult Acne

Anyone with adult acne is probably well aware of the countless solutions being offered out there, from over the counter topical cleansers, to natural remedies, to prescription drugs. Because we live in a consumer-culture, we’re often directed to throw products, and money, at our problems, whatever they may be. With ads and commercials telling us what we need to do more of, it’s easy to overlook one very important question: what’s not working for my skin?

Adult Acne and Aging:  Coping With Acne Beyond Puberty
Adult Acne and Aging: Coping With Acne Beyond Puberty

When you think of pimples and acne, the first image that usually comes to mind is the face of a teenager struggling with zits. A common misperception is that acne usually disappears after puberty. These days, adults with acne have become the norm.  In fact, recent statistics reported by the American Dermatology Association suggest that the median age for patients treated for acne has significantly increased over the last decade: from approximately 20.5 to 26.5 years of age. Doctors report that most adults (both men and women) who have experienced acne as teens (with oily skin prone to breakouts) are more likely to experience a reoccurrence in their adult life. 

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and acne. Is there anything I can do?
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and acne. Is there anything I can do?

It is not completely understood why or how the changes in the hormone levels occur in woman with Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).  PCOS can have a wide spectrum of symptoms due to the diversity of the syndrome.  A common denominator however is fluctuations in hormone levels including an increase in testosterone, both known as contributing factors for acne.  The ingredients present in AcnEase® are tailored to limit the negative impact of fluctuations in hormone levels and increases in free testosterone on the sebaceous glands that produce sebum (skin oil)

A Quick Do’s and Don’ts Guide For Cystic Acne
A Quick Do’s and Don’ts Guide For Cystic Acne

Acne is acne, right? Yes and no. Some types are more mild, while others require more knowledge and treatment in order to experience relief. One such type of acne is called cystic acne.

How to get rid of blackheads and whiteheads
How to get rid of blackheads and whiteheads
Contrary to popular belief, whiteheads and blackheads are a form of acne. Making things very simple, acne may be divided into two categories: pimples & cysts and whiteheads & blackheads. Blackheads and whiteheads, known as comedones, aren’t of course as blatant symptoms of acne as pimples or cysts but certainly need to be addressed. They also can be more numerous on the face and shoulders.
Teen Acne:  How to conquer breakouts in the Summer
Teen Acne: How to conquer breakouts in the Summer
School is out and your teen is either away at camp, on vacation, in the pool and on the beach hoping that their pesky acne will disappear due to lots of fresh air, sun and water … while they may be having a blast, sun and beach time may exacerbate teen acne if certain measures aren’t taken. 
Can I Get Rid of Teenage Acne?
Can I Get Rid of Teenage Acne?

Approximately 85% of all teens deal with acne - some more severe than others.

The actual cause of teen acne is a hormonal imbalance that causes an overproduction of skin oil called sebum. Excess sebum together with dead skin cells and dirt will clog pores. When you add bacteria to this mix – an inflammation cascade may occur, and the pimples will show up on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders.

Acne symptoms may vary from mild to severe and not all of them disappear by them-selves when the individual cross to adulthood.

Unfortunately adult acne is on a rise and, in addition, leaving teen acne untreated may lead not only to chronic adult acne but also to acne scars and marks.

For Men Only: 8 tips how to shave with acne
For Men Only: 8 tips how to shave with acne

If you have acne, especially moderate to severe acne shaving may aggravate this condition creating both physical discomfort and emotional stress.

In addition for some shaving may also cause so called shaving acne or so called “ razor bumps” Those latest one often result from the use of modern multi-blade razors. When you shave with razor that has many blades the first blades actually lift the hair out of the skin, and the following blades then cut the hair from below the skin line. That’s how you can get that really smoothly shaven feel and more irritation.

6 Important Questions to Ask Your Dermatologist About Your Acne Medication
6 Important Questions to Ask Your Dermatologist About Your Acne Medication
Like many other medical professions, dermatology is a demanding career path. Dermatologists spend years attending medical school and have to pass a number of rigorous exams before becoming licensed. Yet, just because a dermatologist (or any doctor for that matter) has these two important letters (DR.) before his/her name, this doesn't mean you should take their suggestions without questioning why.
Guide How to Manage Oily Skin
Guide How to Manage Oily Skin
Our sebaceous glands are present throughout the skin on our body with exception of our palms and bottom of our feet.  These glands produce skin oil known as sebum which keeps our skin, soft, protected, and elastic. Without sebum our skin would look like alligators skin…scaly and overly dry. But sometimes these glands produce too much skin oil and our skin becomes too oily; our face and sometimes body, shine in all the wrong places leading to melting make-up and unhealthy appearance but very often also leads to dreaded breakouts- and unsightly pimples. Indeed oily skin is known to be a precursor to acne and even though some individuals with dry skin also get acne, the majority of acne sufferers have oily skin.  So- if you want to prevent an acne breakout and get rid of your oily complexion you need to control the excess oil being produced by your sebaceous glands. 
[ACNE GUIDE]  5 Important Tips for Acne Skincare This Winter
[ACNE GUIDE] 5 Important Tips for Acne Skincare This Winter

During the winter, many of us suffer from drier skin. Against common belief, dry skin is never a sign of healthy skin. Factors that make skin dryer and more sensitive during the winter include cold and windy weather and central heating. The exposure to drastic temperature changes will also affect the skin making it red and almost painful.  As dry skin flakes more than oily skin and this "produces" more dead skin cells, those cells may actually clog pores and add to breakouts. In addition, since our skin and body have a "self-protection mechanism," over drying your skin may lead to the onset of sebum production and this of course will lead to more and more frequent breakouts. Sufferers of eczema or acne rosacea and rosacea may experience more intense symptoms in the dry and cold weather.

How to Help Fight Adult Hormonal Acne with Diet
How to Help Fight Adult Hormonal Acne with Diet
For those individuals who suffer  from  adult acne the normal transport of sebum out of the follicle is impeded which leads to an accumulation of sebum providing a breeding ground for bacteria. Regular cleansing only is not capable of removing the bacteria entrapped at the base of the hair follicle. The rapid growth of the bacteria in combination with the accumulated sebum cause the follicle to enlarge and can result first in a mild form of Acne called comedones otherwise known as whiteheads or blackheads.
Adult Hormonal Acne and Stress
Adult Hormonal Acne and Stress
Acne and can scars affect nearly 50% of adult women and over 25% of adult men. Acne can appear at just about any age (overall 75% of all people suffer from acne breakouts at some point of their lives) and afflicts all ethnic backgrounds making it one of the most widespread medical conditions in the world... As acne usually makes its first appearance when we reach puberty the incidents of adult acne is steady increasing and the reason behind both- adolescent and adult acne is mostly the same: hormones. 
Perimenopausal Acne – How to Treat Acne Due to Menopause
Perimenopausal Acne – How to Treat Acne Due to Menopause

I understand that when entering menopause, I may have to deal with these unwanted hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and even bone loss, but acne??  You have got to be kidding!

Why acne now?

Unfortunately it’s not a joke, the changes in estrogen and progesterone levels are responsible for many of the symptoms associated with menopause, and are also often culprits in causing women to experience acne break outs during this changing phase.

Cystic Acne:  How to Break the Cycle of the Toughest Form of Acne
Cystic Acne: How to Break the Cycle of the Toughest Form of Acne

By: Dr. Agnes P. Olszewski

Acne pimples start to develop in pores that become clogged with excess sebum (skin oil) made by the sebaceous glands.  As the pores become clogged with the excess skin oil they also trap dead skins cells that normally rise to the surface of the skin to be sloughed off.   

 
How to Manage Acne During the Pregnancy
How to Manage Acne During the Pregnancy

The fact is that more than one out of every two pregnant women can expect to develop acne. For some, acne may be severe.

Acne is an external manifestation of an internal imbalance that leads to overproduction of sebum (skin oil) by sebaceous glands. This extra sebum together with dead skin cells creates an ideal condition for bacterial growth which can promote inflammation. The first stage of acne usually starts as oily skin; the next stage is the appearance of comedones (white heads and black heads).  If the pore becomes inflamed due to the influx of white blood cells, pustules and papules appear. If the inflammatory response spreads to adjacent tissue, this represents cystic acne.

Go-to Guide on How to Read Your Supplement Labels
Go-to Guide on How to Read Your Supplement Labels

By: Dr. Agnes P. Olszewski

Adhering to GMP regulations is not optional, it is the law. While it is a positive message when labels indicate that products are being manufactured in a GMP compliant facility, all supplements are required to be manufactured in such a facility.

Important Tips for Mom's of Pre-Teens with Acne
Important Tips for Mom's of Pre-Teens with Acne

By: Dr. Agnes P. Olszewski

While we normally associate acne with teenagers, a surprising number of pre-teens suffer from the condition as well. As this younger age group experiences more and more breakouts, pre-teen acne is gaining more attention from pediatricians and dermatologists. For example, a recently published study noted 78% of girls between nine and ten years of age have had acne breakouts (study published by The Cincinnati College of Medicine).

Additionally, in May 2013 the American Acne and Rosacea Society (AARS) published guidelines for the "Diagnosis and Treatment of Pediatric Acne" which was subsequently endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

It is therefore very important to carefully address how to deal with your child's acne even before they become teenagers. 

Fall Skincare Checklist:  What You Can do to Prevent Acne
Fall Skincare Checklist: What You Can do to Prevent Acne

By: Dr. Agnes P. Olszewski

Fall is a wonderful time for lots of reasons-the leaves change to beautiful hues of red and orange, the cool weather allows us to bundle up with fun sweaters and scarves, and mugs of hot cocoa are never in short supply. Unfortunately, in addition to all this fun, breakouts have a way of sneaking up on us. But not to fear! There are actions you can take to ensure this doesn't happen to you. The following checklist was designed especially to keep your skin glowing and acne free during the chilly fall months.
3 Skincare Products That Can Make Your Acne Worse
3 Skincare Products That Can Make Your Acne Worse
Many of the skincare products available today aren't doing acne sufferers any favors. While they may provide marginal benefits to your skin, these pale in comparison to the damage they actually can do. Unfortunately, some of the most commonly used products for skincare are the worst offenders. Here's a look at three things you shouldn't be using on your skin.
Your Guide on How to Exercise Without Aggravating Your Acne
Your Guide on How to Exercise Without Aggravating Your Acne
There's no doubt that exercise is essential for good health - from weight loss to preventing cardiovascular disease, it's one of the best things we can do for our bodies. However, working out may not have such a great impact on acne prone skin.

Sweat has a tendency to attract dirt and debris that can clog pores and set the stage for an acne breakout, and obviously you'll be doing a lot of sweating as you exercise. However, if you're smart you can continue to reap the benefits of physical activity without doing damage to your skin. Here are some tips to remember before and during your workout, as well as simple post-workout routine that will nourish and replenish your skin after all that hard work.

6 Essential Travel Tips for Staying Acne Free
6 Essential Travel Tips for Staying Acne Free

While you may need to relax from time to time, acne never takes a vacation. That's why it's so important to have a plan of action for maintaining good skin health when you travel. While treating your breakouts on the go may take a little more effort than your normal skincare routine, it's well worth the extra work.

Keep in mind that these travel tips are not going to treat your acne. Unless you're doing something about the primary causes of your breakouts, this advice won't be very helpful. However, when used in conjunction with products that address the underlying causes, these five tips will help ensure that travelling doesn't take a major toll on your skin.

Protecting Your Skin Against the Sun and Acne
Protecting Your Skin Against the Sun and Acne

Summer is in full swing, and if you're like most people, you're spending more time enjoying the great outdoors. Unfortunately, all this extra time outside puts you at risk for suntans and sunburns.  Using sunscreen may be an easy fix to this problem but you need to use it right and... you should match your sunscreen with your skin type.

There is also a myth that sun exposure will treat acne - as tanned skin may make pimples a little less visible, exposure to UV rays causes inflammation; the last thing that acne prone skin needs. Therefore, it is important to actually know what criteria your sunscreen should meet to provide a solution, not a problem, to healthy skin.

Is Sugar the Enemy of Your Skin?
Is Sugar the Enemy of Your Skin?

Many acne sufferers try to avoid certain foods under the belief that they are the cause of their breakouts. While there are some problems with this line of reasoning, it's definitely true that the things we put into our bodies have an effect on them, and most people would be wise to more closely consider the consequences of their diet.

One thing that our typical modern diet is loaded with is sugar. From sweets and breads to pasta sauce, it's difficult to find products that aren't full of the stuff. Summer happens to be one of those "sweeter" times of year with sugary drinks, ice creams and even fruits (ex. grapes, cherries and bananas are loaded with sugar).

Understanding Women's Acne: Its Origins Just Might Surprise You!
Understanding Women's Acne: Its Origins Just Might Surprise You!

Persistent chronic acne is a problem that plagues countless women worldwide. We typically think of acne as an issue that only affects teenagers, but in reality, acne affects women (and men) of any age-in fact, some women don't experience their first acne breakouts until well into their 30s or 40s!

There are lots of products and treatments on the market today that claim to quickly treat acne breakouts among women, but how can you be sure what they're saying is true? The only way to know how to effectively fight against women's acne is to take a look at its origins-both what they are and what they aren't. While lots of women think they know what is causing their acne, the real answer might surprise them...and you!

Winning the Fight Against  Long-Term Chronic Acne
Winning the Fight Against Long-Term Chronic Acne
While acne is a problem that many people will experience at one point or another during their life, and not only as most think, during adolescence, most are fortunate enough to experience breakouts lasting for relatively short periods. Then, acne may be treated and clear up to either never return, or at least give an individual a longer break. Unfortunately, there are a growing number of acne sufferers who have to deal with mild to severe breakouts for much of their adult life. For these people, acne isn't simply a temporary nuisance-it's a real and chronic condition that impacts many different areas of their life.
Trend: Men are Embracing a Healthier Skincare & Cosmetics Routine

By now, we all know that adult acne is on the rise--for women and men alike. What you might not know is that as more and more men deal with acne, more and more men are becoming comfortable not only using acne treatments but also  on relying on cosmetic products to conceal acne and other unwanted skin marks during the time of treatment.  

Our anonymous Facebook pole revealed that a number of guys use corrective cosmetics to cover up their acne breakouts.

You Do Not Have to Live with Teen Acne Anymore!
You Do Not Have to Live with Teen Acne Anymore!

Safe and Simple Ways to Treat Adolescent Acne

I'm a teen...

Why do I have acne?

All acne is caused by an overproduction of sebum by the sebaceous glands in your skin. The fluctuating hormones you experience as a teen can heavily contribute to this overproduction of sebum. This excess sebum can clog your pores, and mixed with bacteria and dead skin cells, may lead to whiteheads, blackheads and finally pimples and cysts. 

5 Reasons Why Sex Can Help Acne-Prone Skin

Did you know that sex can benefit your skin and even help you treat your acne? Crazy, right?

The fact is, a healthy sex life has many health benefits including improving the quality of your skin and actually helping in some instances to fight acne.

As you know, acne is a manifestation of an internal imbalance, most often an imbalance of sex hormones (androgens/testosterone, estrogen and progesterone). 

Acne Skincare Winter Guide

For many, the cold clear days of winter bring more than just a rosy glow to the cheeks. They also bring uncomfortable dryness to the skin, especially on your face but also on your hands and feet. For some people, the problem is worse than just a general tight, dry feeling. Skin can get so dry it results in flaking, cracking, or even eczema (in which the skin becomes inflamed).

Dry skin is never a sign of healthy skin. So how do we stop winter skin problems before they even start?

How to Make Lifelong Changes For Clear Skin - Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions
How to Make Lifelong Changes For Clear Skin - Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions

It's New Year's Eve. You might be rocking your festive makeup, and you're totally pumped about your New Year's resolutions. But sometimes, after the glitz and glam of New Year's Eve has worn off, the resolutions we made with the best of intentions and all the motivation in the world are forgotten or just fade away with the daily rush.

That doesn't have to happen this year. If you've ever lost sight of a New Year's resolution, you will benefit from these tips on how to make healthy changes in your life that will help you to achieve clear skin and how to stick with these changes all year long.

3 Revitalizing Winter Masks For Acne-Prone Skin
3 Revitalizing Winter Masks For Acne-Prone Skin
Winter is a great time to pamper your skin so you glow at those holiday parties and start the new year with plenty of confidence and cheers.

As a small appreciation gift to you from us, here are 3 wonderful masks that will help you do just that!

But remember, although these masks will help improve your skin this winter, the very first thing that must be done to break the cycle of acne, marks and scars is to PREVENT acne from formingAcnEase® prevents pimples from forming and reduces the number of pimples that progress to inflammatory pustules, and in doing so it helps prevent skin damage. By reducing the new damage to skin, your body can work on repairing the skin and reducing scarring.

3 Important Tips to Keep Your Acne Skin Healthy in Winter
3 Important Tips to Keep Your Acne Skin Healthy in Winter
You worked hard all summer to keep your skin looking fresh, healthy and acne free—don’t let winter ruin your progress with dry, flaky skin that may actually exasperate acne! Use the following three tips to keep your acne-prone skin healthy throughout the cold months:

1. Cleanse with the proper cleanser

Perhaps you found a cleanser over the summer that worked great for you and your acne. Maybe you plan to keep using it, even as colder weather moves in. Before you do, ask yourself these questions:

  • Does your skin cleanser contain soap or other over-drying ingredients such as salicylic acid or alcohol?
  • Does it ever leave your face feeling tight, as if your skin has been stretched out?
  • Do you notice any dry patches on your face, even small ones that are barely noticeable?