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DEALING WITH BACNE

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Acne can form just about anywhere on the body, apart from the hands and the feet, as these two areas do not have any sebaceous glands, which are the glands that are responsible for oil production. When it comes to back acne, also referred to as bacne, this is something that may keep reoccurring throughout life, but there are a number of ways in which you can effectively deal with it to keep it under control.

 

A Bacne Body Wash 

The majority of products that contain bacne-fighting ingredients tend to come in the form of body washes and scrubs, as it is much harder to reach over and apply spot treatments to your back. When it comes to key ingredients, keep an eye out for benzoyl peroxide, or salicylic acid, and leave these cleansers on for a few minutes before washing them off, as this will give them enough time to work their magic.

 

Keep Those Pores Unclogged 

Clogged pores will quickly lead to bacne, which is why it is important to keep your pores unclogged as much as possible, as prevention is always the best option. This means opting for lighter lotions on your back rather than thick creams, and flipping your hair to the front when shampooing and conditioning, so that the residue does not end up settling into your skin. If you use oils on your back, make sure to take a shower, or step into a sauna, afterwards, as this will help to melt the oil away rather than having them clog up your pores.

 

Shower After Sweating 

Whether you have just taken a long walk in the heat of summer, or have finished your daily workout, it is extremely important that you shower whenever you have been sweating. While this may be inconvenient at times, washing away your sweat, and then changing into loose clothes, will really help to air your skin out and prevent breakouts.

 

A Bacial 

While a facial may be able to help with breakouts on your face, a bacial targets your back, and is a treatment that is becoming increasingly popular. This will allow a trained dermatologist to gain a deeper understanding of the causes of your bacne, and they will then be able to prescribe a tailor-made treatment plan for you, not only in terms of topical treatments, but also useful advice when it comes to diet and lifestyle, as both of these can have a huge effect on bacne.

 

The pores on your back are much larger than the pores on your face, which is why bacne is so common, as this area is extremely susceptible to experiencing clogs. While bacne may be extremely frustrating, there are several ways in which you can keep it under control, as well as preventing breakouts from occurring in the first place.

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TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR ACNE ROSACEA

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Rosacea is a skin condition that is often referred to as acne rosacea, as it can look quite similar to acne. However, the condition actually differs from acne quite significantly, and you need to take this into account when seeking out treatment options.

Avoiding Sunlight 

Exposure to the sun has been linked to an increase in rosacea symptoms, meaning that you are best avoiding direct sunlight as much as you can. When you do need to be in the sun, a sunblock with an SPF of at least 30 is essential, as is a wide-brimmed hat to give your face some extra protection.

Identifying Your Triggers 

There are a number of different rosacea triggers out there, and everybody’s skin will react in its own way to each trigger. The best way to prevent your symptoms from flaring up is by identifying your own rosacea triggers, whether this may be spicy food, extreme temperatures or stress. Once you have pinpointed these, you can then try your best to avoid them as much as possible.

Medication 

Those who suffer from severe cases of rosacea may often need to turn to medication to help control the symptoms. These usually tend to be a course of antibiotics, and can also include a topical antibiotic that you would apply directly to your face. However, keep in mind that although these long-term medications may be able to reduce rosacea symptoms, including the rosacea acne, they can often take a couple of months to actually have an effect, and the results will not be permanent.

Intense Pulsed Light Treatment 

Intense pulsed light treatment has been proven to be quite effective when it comes to a long-term solution for rosacea, especially if redness and flushing are your main symptoms. This treatment targets the blood vessels within your skin, warming them to the extent that they burst. This then leads to the blood vessel re-modelling itself in the weeks that follow, with around 80% of rosacea sufferers finding some success with this method.

Treat Inflammation 

It is now believed that rosacea is caused by inflammation within the skin’s own immune system, with rosacea patients tending to experience an increase in the production of cathelecidin. This is a chemical that causes spots, as well as redness and skin damage, but can be treated with anti-inflammatory skin care ingredients, such as aloe vera and coconut oil.

Unfortunately, there is no permanent cure for rosacea acne, and there is also nothing that you can do to prevent the condition from arising in the first place. However, by having some effective management techniques in place, you will be able to stay on top of your condition, and have full control over flare-ups.

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DEALING WITH “MIDDLE AGE” ACNE

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Acne is considered to be a chronic skin condition, which results in intermittent flare-ups, with the same factors that contribute to adolescent acne also affecting adults. While the exact causes of “middle age” acne are still relatively unknown, there are several ways in which you can cut back on the frequency and severity of your flare-ups, and keep your acne under control.

Stress Levels

Higher levels of stress during the “middle age” period of life is extremely common, but, when you are stressed, your adrenal gland sends the stress hormone, cortisol, to go shooting around your body in order to deal with the stress. Each time it does so, it also releases a small amount of testosterone, which then stimulates the oil glands to produce more oil, leading to acne. There are several different ways that you can go about managing your stress levels, from physical exercise to yoga to finding a relaxing hobby, so take the time to ensure that you are able to manage your stress on a regular basis.

Diet

Your diet can have a huge effect on adult acne, and while the larger studies may have had a difficult time proving which exact foods play a part in this, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence out there. Some may find themselves breaking out after eating chocolate, while others may experience this after eating fried foods, so it may be worth taking a close look at your diet, and seeing if certain foods correlate with your breakouts. However, sugar is one food that is known to lead to an increase in breakouts, as this raises insulin levels which then triggers the oil-producing hormones, so if your diet is filled with plenty of sugar, then now is the time to re-evaluate this.

Hormonal Fluctuations

Acne flare-ups can be quickly brought on by hormonal fluctuations, and while these may be difficult to control, there may be some factors playing into this that you are not aware of. The birth control pill is known for being able to prevent acne, as it regulates the hormones, and if you are only taking this for three weeks out of the month, then you may notice breakouts around the time that you stop taking the pill. To prevent this, it is possible to take your pill continuously throughout the year, although you should speak to your doctor before beginning to do so.

Studies have shown that over 70% of adults will experience acne at some point between the ages of 20 and 50, and that women are much more susceptible to this than men. While this may seem like a frightening statistic, following these tips will help you to keep any acne to a minimum.

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BLEMISH FIGHTING FOODS

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It can be very frustrating when you’ve been following a skin care routine diligently and still see some pimples popping up. You thought you had been doing everything right – cleansing twice a day, using oil free moisturizers, exfoliating regularly – but still feel like your skin isn’t where you want it to be. Amp up your fight against acne by feasting on blemish fighting foods. These dietary superstars can help you along your road to clear and blemish free skin!

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CLEAR SKIN

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OROGOLD.com is scheduled to post an article titled “Skin Care Tips from OROGOLD’s Esthetician”. As you’re probably aware, OROGOLD has been busy posting valuable beauty and skin care tips offered by Maria, our in-house esthetician across different channels. This week, we’re back with another “Tips from OROGOLD’s Esthetician” post, and this time it’s the daddy of them all – skin care. Maria offers a few of her expert skin care tips in this post, tips that are sure to make your skin care routine easier, simpler and more enjoyable.

 

OROGOLD WordPress helps you understand why makeup is a strict no-no while visiting the gym through an article titled “Wearing Makeup to the Gym – How Much Harm Does it Really Do”. Most of us are aware that makeup is harmful to the skin in the gym, but we tend to wear some makeup anyway. Perhaps understanding just how much damage it causes to your skin might help? We’re all looking forward to beautiful looking skin, and in many cases, it’s possible to enjoy a drastic change in the way our skin looks by simply changing a few lifestyle habits.

 

Keeping up with our efforts on highlighting the hottest sporting action around the world, OROGOLD Stores is back with another Grand Prix post. With the Belgian Grand Prix just around the corner, now would be the perfect time to find out about some of the “Off the Track Highlights” that shall keep you entertained during the Grand Prix weekend. Remember, book your passes early, for the top acts get sold out really fast.

 

We are very excited about an article titled “How to Fade Scars” that is scheduled to appear on OROGOLD School. People around the world and across all ages suffer from a horrible skin issue called acne which has this uncanny habit of leaving behind acne marks all over our face. OROGOLD helps you understand how to get rid of these confidence-shattering scars so that you can finally enjoy clear looking skin.

 

Finally, OROGOLD Cleopatra answers the all-important question – “Did Acne Exist in Ancient Times?” OROGOLD Cleopatra tries to determine whether the great Egyptian Empire also suffered from acne. After all, the civilization that gave the world solutions for some of the most complex skin care issues would certainly have an answer for acne as well!

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WHAT CAUSES OILY SKIN?

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Oily skin can be frustrating when you notice acne popping up or your makeup constantly melting away. Understanding the causes of this type of skin can help you control it and get your skin looking great. While genes are certainly a factor in the type of skin you have, there are also many other elements which contribute to it. They include improper use of skincare, weather, medications, hormones, diet, even your electronic gadgets can be a factor! Overloading your skin with the wrong types of skin care products and cleansing your face too often can send signals to your skin to produce more oil. Some cosmetics exacerbate oiliness as well. It is best to steer away from heavy creams or liquid foundations and instead choose a powder consistency, Humid weather feels wet and sticky and can make your skin feel that way as well. Androgenic steroids, some types of birth control, pregnancy, and menopause can all also contribute to more slick skin. As much as you love that iPhone or other brand smart phone it can be causing skin problems as well; make sure to wipe it down with alcohol on a regular basis to reduce the spread of bacteria and germs. And lastly watch you diet: too much sugar and fried foods can be your skins worst enemy. Instead choose more leafy greens, fresh fruits and more Vitamin B2 in your diet. Learn more about the causes of oily skin in this article.