Expert advice on the most common skin conditions. Read about what causes these common conditions associated with acne and sensitive skin.

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Acne Breakouts

Facial breakouts are common throughout all ages. In some cases, the first acne appears in adulthood. The causes of acne breakouts are the same: Increased sebum production is the cause of teenage acne and adult acne. Sebum is an oily substance that naturally occurs on the skin, however, when it is produced in excess, it mixes with dead skin cells and forms clogs in the pores of the skin. This is what is commonly known as “clogged pores”. When pores clog, they become a breeding ground for bacteria. this bacteria is called P. Acnes and it irritates the skin. The irritation is what causes redness and inflammation.

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is the most popular ingredient in acne medication. It is the active ingredient which is most responsible for fighting acne. It is a member of medications known as keratolytics. These medications work by penetrating the top layer of the skin which makes it easy to remove dead skin cells which are causing acne. For our high concentration product containing Salicylic Acid, look at the Grapefruit Spot Treatment.

Dark Circles & Puffy Eyes

Every person will encounter dark circles under their eyes. It's just a part of natural aging. There are things that can be done to minimize the effects. Dark circles under the eyes can be caused by two reasons. The first reason is inherited by genetics, which include things like pigmentation, which is a dark discoloration of the skin. Another is allergies. This can also be due to having very thin skin under your eyes, so blood vessels would show more clearly, causing them to look darker. This is genetic - an inherent factor. The second reason to our lifestyle. Some reasons include lack of sleep or damage caused by excess sun exposure. Another side effect of an unhealthy lifestyle are puffy eyes. This is where the eye is swollen due to stress allergies, hormone changes, or too much salt in the diet. The skin around your eyes is very thin, making this area very sensitive.
Does Diet Affect Puffy Eyes? It has been proven that the amount of salt you put in your diet can affect whether your eyes look puffy or not. Spicy foods are known to be high and salt, so even though you may not be adding salt to your food, you maybe consuming foods that are high in sodium such as potato chips or frozen dinners. What can you do to reduce your sodium intake? The recommendation is to choose fresh foods over processed foods, as this will decrease your salt intake. Condiments like mustard and salad dressing can all be very high salt so please read your ingredient labels.

Large Pores

Openings in the surface of your skin are called pores. Most people can see their pores on their forehead, nose or chin, in what is known as the "t-zone" of the face. Pores become large when they are clogged with oil and bacteria from dead skin cells. This is when pores become noticeably large. While pore size is mainly determined by your genetics, pores can become larger due to not adequately maintaining a proper skin care regimen, or, from repeated exposure to the sun. There are steps you can take to minimize your pores and make them appear smaller.

Can Enlarged Pores Be Reduced?

There are ways to reduce pores. You need to use an oil absorbing moisturizer that will remove extra oil that may remain on your face after a cleansing regimen. Any cleansing regimen must loosen and remove dead surface skin, to prevent the clogging of dead skin inside the pore. While makeup is not recommended during a pore reducing regimen, this may not always be a realistic expectation. We recommend a light application of an oil free foundation and a matte finish. Unfortunately, shiny skin with too much foundation may actually make your pores look more prominent, so that is not recommended. You can control the shine on your nose throughout the day by using the Grapefruit Spot Treatment as this will freshen up your skin and stop any actual oil production. The spot treatment will even help prevent color pigments from forming around your pores which will help reduce their visibility.

Sensitive Skin

Even though you have sensitive skin, it doesn't mean your skin will always react to skin care products. Some people with sensitive skin may experience a stinging, itching or the slight burning sensation after they apply a skin care product. This can sometimes also produce visible effects such as redness. Everyone has sensitive skin to some degree, however what causes sensitive skin varies. Sometimes it is related to genetics. Sometimes it is the weather. People with sensitive skin should use products designed for sensitive skin. Most of these products easily labeled hypoallergenic. People with sensitive skin should also not wash your face more than twice a day and avoid any heavy scrubbing. The most sensitive skin on the face is the area around the eyes, because it's the thinnest part of the body.

Blotchy Skin

Common symptoms of blotchy skin are red, light or dark patches. These blotchy patches of skin usually appear clear when skin is not properly exfoliated. Regularly exfoliating your skin with products containing natural ingredients will remove the dead skin cells from your face, and this will stimulate the growth of new skin cells - that can more evenly match the color of your face. It is important to remember when you are doing exfoliation routine to avoid prolonged sun exposure. Since you have a produce a new skin cells you need to make sure that they are protected a can adequately grow into strong, healthy cells for healthy-looking skin.