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Daily Tips That Make Skin Care for Acne and Anti-Aging Easy

skin care for acne and anti-aging

Skin care is a hobby and preoccupation for a growing number of people. Whether we’re fighting skin blemishes or trying to preserve the health and appearance of our skin as we grow older, skin care is a challenging and rewarding process that we all can take part in. 

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and careful observation of its appearance will reveal that it’s never exactly the same at any given time. Your complexion fluctuates, dry patches come and go, and the appearance of health and vitality can be there one minute and gone the next. So whether you’re trying to clear your skin from troublesome acne, or simply trying to maintain your epidermis’ youthful glow, here are some means and methods with which to address acne and anti-aging. 

Stabilize Your Diet and Nutrition

Diet and nutrition have almost as much to do with skin health as any other factor. Micronutrients like vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids are integral for the health and attractive appearance of your skin. All of these and more can be found in a widely varied diet of high quality whole foods, with plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains. Processed foods should be kept to a minimum, as should any foods that include ingredients or preservatives that you can’t easily pronounce when reading the side of the container. When at all possible, make your own meals from scratch. 

In addition to your meals, consider supplements that can go beyond the nutrition found on your dinner plate. Moringa, Jojoba, & Rose Hip Oil by Desert Essence and Gentle Cleansing Wash by MyChelle Dermaceuticals are perfect examples. The former can soothe skin irritations, such as acne, as well as prime and preserve healthy skin. The latter can gently remove harmful oils and other impurities which inflame the skin during acne breakouts, or can simply work as a makeup remover or general cleanser for all kinds of skin types. 

Providing nutrition directly to the skin surface, as in these two examples, can work faster at improving skin health than generalized nutrition taken in through diet. However, you should probably do both!

Stay Hydrated

Drinking plenty of water is important for the health of your skin, because water makes up most of the weight of our skin. It’s water that allows nutrition to reach skin cells, through the blood in the capillaries, and water composes part of the barrier found around the body of cells that make up your epidermis. Simply put, without water your skin can’t be healthy, so make sure you drink plenty of it! 

Hydration is especially important when it’s very cold or very hot, or when the air is dry. Hydration is also necessary before, during, and after exercise, or any other time your temperature is elevated. You can hydrate your skin from the outside with a high-quality lotion made of natural ingredients, as needed, but especially right before bed. This is a great tip for general skin care, as well as acne and anti-aging.

Wear Sunscreen

Protecting your skin from the sun will work wonders for its appearance. Wrinkles and fine lines are most often the result of damage that ages the skin, causing it to lose its softness and elasticity. Sun damage is the worst culprit for many of us. Even if you go outside in the sun for only a few minutes each day, this time adds up! You should strongly consider getting in the habit of applying sunscreen to your face, at least, whenever you go outdoors during the day. 

All of these methods will help you improve your skin quality, especially if you have chronic conditions like acne. For those without acne, these techniques will help you improve the health and appearance of your skin, reducing the signs of aging for life. 

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sophytoproSusan Brown Health and Wellness Editor



Acne, the bane of teenagers and a growing number of adults, is the most common skin condition in the U.S. Unlike an occasional outbreak of pimples, acne is a chronic condition that can result in permanent scarring and low self esteem. As our largest organ, our skin’s primary role is to serve as a formidable physical barrier, preventing nutrient and water loss and protecting against would be pathogenic invaders. Similar to our intestinal microflora, the skin has its own ecosystem, a diverse milieu of microorganisms, some of which serve as an advanced warning system to alert our immune systems into action. A disruption in the balance of this ecosystem can result in skin disorders or infections.

Normal, healthy sebum production is essential for the protective function of the skin. Sebum, a naturally occurring oily substance produced by the tiny sebaceous glands connected to hair follicles beneath the surface of the skin, is part of the body’s natural barrier, as it moisturizes, lubricates and protects skin and hair and provides an antibacterial shield. Acne is often associated with an overproduction of sebum, which can clog pores and lead to inflammation and an overgrowth of skin based bacteria. The buildup of sebum within clogged pores provides an ideal growth environment and functions as a nutritional source for P. acnes, acne-causing bacteria that lives in the follicles. The most common treatment for acne involves the use of oral or topical retinoids, which are designed to reduce sebum production.

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Manufactured in the U.S.A with an average of 90% certified organic whole foods and botanical extracts, these acne-fighting, anti-aging formulas take a groundbreaking preventative approach to enhance and maintain clear, vibrant skin. The clinically proven, science-based formulas take a holistic approach to acne treatment and overall skin revitalization and contain powerful antioxidants and prebiotics designed to inhibit acne-causing pathogens, minimize pore size and protect against environmental stressors. All products are biodegradable and are gluten and paraben free. The botanical extracts are sustainably cultivated on a 200 acre farm located in Herefordshire, England, which has twice won the U.K.’s leading environmental and farming award.

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SophytoPRO Skin Purifying CleanserSkin Purifying Cleanser – This lightweight cleanser is designed to maintain skin’s delicate pH balance, while effectively providing a thorough cleansing without stripping surface oils. Skin friendly, bioactive quillaja extract provides deep pore cleansing along with botanical based alpha hydroxy acid benefits. Ingredients include quillaja wood extract, fruit extracts and pine leaf extract.


SophytoPRO Skin Restoring Acne SerumSkin Restoring Acne Serum – This oil-free serum provides antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory action that rapidly transforms unhealthy skin and helps to mitigate P. acnes bacterial growth to help prevent future breakouts. Plant based ingredients take a holistic approach in supporting healthy skin flora, while suppressing unhealthy bacteria. Ingredients include fruit extracts, willow bark extract, and wintergreen leaf extract. This acne serum contains 1% natural salicylic acid.


SophytoPRO Skin Reviving MoisturizerSkin Reviving Moisturizer – This instantly absorbed lightweight, luxurious moisturizer effectively hydrates, while minimizing dryness, controlling excess oil and reducing the appearance of fine lines. Ingredients include green tea oil, fruit extracts, cherry seed oil and willow bark extract.


SophytoPRO® Pure Daily System – Recommended for all skin types, these three high performance essential products contain organic bioactives derived from vitamin-enriched plant oils that work synergistically to cleanse, balance and nourish the skin to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and improve skin’s texture and overall appearance.

SophytoPRO Pure CleanserPure Cleanser – This creamy cleanser removes makeup and impurities to gently purify and cleanse, and delivers conditioning agents to restore and maintain skin’s natural moisture. Ingredients include hazelnut oil, sweet almond oil, shea butter, honey propolis extract and rosemary leaf extract. Detergent free.


SophytoPRO Pure Antioxidant SerumPure Antioxidant Serum – This ultra mild and oil free formula provides highly concentrated, water soluble antioxidant tea extracts that nourish and deeply penetrate the skin to protect against oxidative stress, DNA damage and UVA free radical exposure. Ingredients include green and white tea extracts, aloe leaf juice powder, and whole apple fruit extract.


SophytoPRO Pure MoisturizerPure Moisturizer – This lightweight formula is noncomedogenic and instantly absorbed to hydrate and balance stressed or congested skin. Ayurvedic adaptogens and sea buckhorn seed oil help to rejuvenate, harmonize and invigorate the skin. Ingredients include astragalus and panax ginseng root extracts, sunflower, jojoba and sea buckthorn seed oil, containing omegas 3,6,9 and 7.


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What is Sebum? http://thescienceofacne.com/in-depth-sebum/
Acne. https://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/a—d/acne
About Acne. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0025360/

Inflammation Part I: Causes and Effects

inflamationBy Jacquie Eubanks BSN, RN

The word inflammation comes from the Latin “inflammo,” meaning “I set alight, I ignite.” Acute inflammation is a biological immune response to harmful stimuli such as pathogens, damaged cells, irritants or injuries.  It is the body’s attempt at self-protection and a basic survival instinct.  When something harmful or irritating affects a part of our body, the body will attempt to remove the stimuli and initiate the healing process.  Without acute inflammation, wounds and infections would never heal and survival would be compromised. 

The familiar signs of acute or normal inflammation are pain, redness, swelling, heat and loss of function.  These are signals that your immune system has been activated.  Inflammation actually begins when pro-inflammatory hormones send out a call for white blood cells to clear out an infection or damaged tissue.  Equally powerful anti-inflammatory compounds move in to begin the healing process once the threat is neutralized.  Acute inflammation that ebbs and flows when needed indicates a well-balanced immune system.  Acute inflammation has an immediate onset, is of short-lived duration and has a definitive resolution or outcome.  It’s when the symptoms of inflammation don’t recede that troubling chronic inflammation begins. This type of inflammation is a key cause or factor in almost all chronic degenerative and lifestyle-caused diseases. 

Chronic inflammation differs from acute inflammation in that it can involve persistent foreign bodies, a persistent infection, a non-degradable pathogen that can cause persistent inflammation, or an overactive immune system response.  These can kick the immune system into high gear lasting from several months or even years.  The outcomes of chronic inflammation can be the destruction of the tissue, thickening and scarring of connective tissue, and death of cells or tissues. 

Diseases and conditions associated with chronic inflammation include asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease and chronic hepatitis.  Chronic or long-term inflammation can result from:

  • Failure to eliminate whatever was causing the acute inflammation.
  • An autoimmune response where the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue.
  • A chronic irritant of low intensity that persists.
  • Dysbiosis, an imbalance of bacteria or fungi in the gastrointestinal tract. 
  • Stress.  Constant psychological, emotional or physical stress raises cortisol levels, creating inflammation.
  • Environmental toxins.  Pollutants and toxic metals contribute to inflammation.
  • Diet and lifestyle.  Too much fat, sugar and processed foods, obesity, inactivity and poor sleep quality can all increase inflammation. 

Chronic internal inflammation can remain undetected as there are no visible symptoms such as pain and swelling.  Results of chronic inflammation may include:

Low grade inflammation is a factor in most health issues.  Studies show that the risk of heart disease and cancer are modifiable by our lifestyle choices which includes the foods we choose to eat each day. With every bite we take, we’re either balancing the pro- or anti-inflammatory compounds in the body, or tipping the scale to one end. 

Many common foods in the Standard North American Diet can cause or exacerbate inflammation in the body.   Foods known to cause inflammation include:

  • Fast foods.  Processed, packaged and prepared foods top the list of inflammatory foods due to harmful oils, sugar, artificial sweeteners, and food additives. 
  • Sugar.  Excessive sugar intake is linked to increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. 
  • Common vegetable cooking oils.  Common vegetable cooking oils are very high in omega-6 fatty acids and dismally low in omega-3 fats.  A diet consisting of a highly imbalanced omega-6 to omega-3 ratio promotes inflammation and breeds inflammatory diseases like heart disease and cancer.
  • Trans fats.  Trans fats increase levels of bad cholesterol while lowering levels of good cholesterol.  They have also been found to promote inflammation, obesity and resistance to insulin, laying the groundwork for degenerative illnesses to take place.
  • Dairy products.  As much as 60% of the world’s population cannot digest milk.  Milk is also a common allergen that can trigger inflammatory responses, such as stomach distress, constipation, diarrhea, skin rashes, acne, hives and breathing difficulties in susceptible people.
  • Feedlot-raised meats.  Commercially produced meats are fed with grains like soy beans and corn, a diet that is high in inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids but low in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats.
  • Processed meats.  Processed meat includes animal products that have been smoked, cured, salted or chemically preserved.  Compounds in meats can cause an immune response that may trigger a chronic low-grade inflammatory response which has been linked to cancer and heart disease. 
  • Alcohol.  Regular high consumption of alcohol has been known to cause irritation and inflammation of the esophagus, larynx and liver. Over time, the chronic inflammation promotes tumor growth and gives rise to cancer at the sites of repeated irritation.
  • Refined grains.  Refined grains are devoid of fiber and vitamins and full of empty calories.  Refined grains have a higher glycemic index than unprocessed whole grains.  Consistently consumed, they can hasten the onset of degenerative diseases such as cancer, coronary disease and diabetes. 
  • Artificial food additives.  Artificial food additives such as aspartame and monosodium glutamate can trigger inflammatory responses in people already suffering from inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. 
  • Food allergies.  Repeated long-term exposure to foods that irritate can cause inflammation and lead to chronic disease.

It’s become increasingly clear that chronic inflammation is the root cause of many serious illnesses.  “Cooling the fires of hidden inflammation may be the most important thing you can do for your long-term health and well-being,” says Dr. Mark Hyman, editor in chief of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 

Up next:  Part II: Reducing inflammation with supplements, diet and lifestyle changes.