Acne

Discover more about acne and how to fight it!

Causes of acne are multiple. Your trusty cellphone, for example, keeps you close to your friends, but also to your enemies as it’s a propagator of nasty bacteria and dirt. Learn more with us on what causes acne, and pick up quick tips and solutions to help keep it at bay for clear, radiant skin from within.

Having acne or pigmentation problems? You might want to consider adding an Intense Pulse Light (IPL) treatment to your current facial treatment. Generally, IPL therapy serves as a good compliment to facial treatments as it speeds up the recovery process, which tends to produce better results as the IPL technology allows deeper penetration into the skin, rejuvenating and enhance renewal of collagen which helps in the absorption of products.

The IPL system releases yellow, green and red lights that are emitted in a series of short pulses. The yellow/green light destroys the bacteria which causes acne that thrives in our skin, while the red light directly targets the overactive sebaceous glands that cause outbreaks of pustules (pimples). The light conversion to heat is targeted accurately to the cells deep in the skin, initiating shrinkage of the inflamed sebaceous glands which helps to prevent over-production of excess sebum. Additionally, IPL treatment is effecting in correcting common skin pigmentation problems such as age spots, sun-induced freckles, and symptoms of rosacea, birthmarks, and unsightly veins, acne scarring and other blemishes.

IPL – Black Magic for Skin Rejuvenation

If you are looking for skin rejuvenation, consider the Black Magic™ IPL Treatment instead. Black Magic™ treatment does not target pigments, but aims to rejuvenate the skin instead, by tightening the pores and reducing sebum production. Black Magic™ treatment uses a proprietary formula created in Korea, known as The Photo Reborn Gel or Plasma Magic Gel.  Unlike conventional IPL Gel, which has a clear colour, the Plasma Magic Gel is black.

 

Normal IPL treatment uses an IPL gel that helps prevent light from scattering during the treatment. During a normal IPL treatment, there may be some loss of energy during travelling of light when it’s penetrating into the skin. However, the formulated Plasma Magic Gel can greatly reduce the energy loss and better absorb the light for better results using less energy. Thus, the Black Magic treatment therefore works effectively by diminishing the look of pores and reduces oiliness of skin.

LED Light Therapy

An IPL session at Porcelain includes the use of LED lights to target various skin problems. The LED Light Therapy is a skin rejuvenation treatment that uses non-invasive, non-ablative Red Light Therapy & Blue Light Therapy, and Infrared Light treatment for anti-aging skincare, facial wrinkles, acne treatment, stretch marks and more. It is very common to see that red light therapy associated with anti-aging and blue light therapy to fight acne. The following light colours used in a typical LED Light Therapy treatment tell you the benefits associated with each colour:

 

Red

  • Encourages collagen & elastin regeneration
  • Increases oxygen & blood flow hence perfect to prevent inflammation + acne

Blue

  • Kills bacteria, hence helps with acne

Green

  • Reduces hyper pigmentation
  • Improves skin tone and texture
  • Smoothen fine lines and wrinkles

Yellow

  • Helps treat sunburns, redness, swelling and eczema

 

Want a certain colour to zero in on your problems? A typical treatment at Porcelain will have our friendly therapists selecting the right combination of colours to cater to your unique skin type.

If you are currently undergoing facial treatment for acne or pigmentation, adding on IPL treatments will be a great compliment as technology enables deeper penetration of the products compared to normal facial treatments. For the treatment of problem skin, this means achieving expected results in a faster and more effective manner.

 

 

Summer comes with a lot of perks, but at the same time, it brings a whole new set of challenges to deal with. Among the most common summer complaints when it comes to skin care there is excessive oiliness which tends to emerge at the worst possible times. Being prepared and minimizing damage are the best ways to deal with this problem. Here are a few ways to maintain the illusion of perfect skin without relying solely on blotting papers:

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Try Acne-Fighting Cleansers

Even if the days when you were battling acne are officially gone, if you’re having regular shine issues, using a salicylic acid based cleanser can be a good idea. Don’t go beyond 2% concentration though, as it might have opposite effects.

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Don’t Skimp On Facials 

Even if you don’t necessarily feel like spending big bucks on spa visits, keeping the ritual of applying suitable homemade facials on a weekly basis should be an important concern. Find our some of the DIY home-made mask for different skin types here.

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Eat Right

It’s not only the products you put on your skin that influence the degree of oiliness you experience. Spicy foods along with alcoholic beverages such as cocktails dilate blood vessels causing your skin to sweat more. Limit your consumption of these and instead fill up on a variety of fruits and veggies with high water content and save a few calories in the process.

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Try Mineral Based Sunblock 

It might seem unintuitive but it appears that sunblock can actually help control shine and excessive oil production. Micronized Zinc or Titanium Dioxide are the two helpful ingredients for this purpose. Denatured alcohol is another helpful ingredient which can keep the skin oil free. Of course, be sure not to overdo makeup in the summer for best results.

You’re long past the problems that caused teenage angst. Or are you? Those random breakouts might say otherwise. But hormones aren’t the only thing to blame for those pesky pimples. Thought you left breakouts and blemishes behind with that first crush? Think again. More than half of women over 25 still have acne, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

“And you can get, as an adult, even if you didn’t have it as a teenager,” says Francesca Fusco, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Though the pimples look the same, grown-up breakouts are different from the kind you had in high school. “Adult acne is usually on the lower half of the face; teen acne is typically on the upper half,” Fusco says. “Adult acne is also deeper and appears as cysts, or ‘under the skin’ pimples, which can’t be drained.”

So other than puberty, let me share with you what are some of the food that can trigger acne – at any age.

Fried Food

The types of fats we consume on a daily basis have a big impact on the health of our skin. Most commercial fried foods are fried in industrially processed liquid fats and oils such as soy, corn, safflower, cottonseed and canola. These fats are unnatural, act like plastic in your body, and are very damaging to skin health.

Other unhealthy fats include all hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils and fats and oils (especially vegetable oils) heated to very high temperatures in processing and frying. If you are consuming these unhealthy fats on a regular basis, your body will be forced to use these fats to construct new skin cells. These skin cells will not function properly and acne, including other skin diseases, can manifest!

Healthy skin cells that function properly are built upon with healthy, life-promoting fats and oils. These include butter, fats from animal sources such as tallow or lard, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil and cod liver oil. Many healthy fats have a high saturated fat content. You should not blindly follow the many misconceptions there are concerning saturated fats! Saturated fatty acids constitute at least 50 percent of your cell membranes.

Common Fried Foods That Cause Acne:

  • French Fries
  • Doughnuts
  • Chinese Fast Food
  • Fried Chicken
  • Onion Rings
  • Mozzarella Sticks

Food High In Sugar Content

The average person living in the Western world consumes about 125 pounds of refined table sugar every year. Did you know that sugar is poisonous to the body and that it leads to, or directly causes, several different health problems and diseases, acne included?

Below are just a few of the things sugar does to your body.

  • Sugar can suppress the immune system and it contributes to the reduction in the body’s defence against bacterial infection, which is one cause of acne. Scientists have proven that too much sugar is the death of the immune system.
  • Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in the body. It also interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium. All minerals are essential for optimal skin.
  • Sugar produces a low oxygen environment = cancer and candida (fungal) growth environment. Fungal overgrowth leads to acne.
  • Sugar causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function. This leads to dry, unhealthy skin.
  • Sugar can cause and/or lead to all skin diseases, including acne, eczema, varicose veins, psoriasis, rosacea, etc.
  • Sugar is the #1 enemy of the bowel movement. Bowel movements are necessary to excrete toxins and wastes which can lead to acne.
  • Sugar can cause depression, making a case for acne even more mentally debilitating.
  • Sugar causes indigestion and constipation. Constipation can cause acne.
  • Sugar is an addictive substance, and it can be intoxicating, similar to alcohol.

Common Sugar Foods That Cause Acne:

  • Candy
  • Soda
  • Ice Cream
  • Fruits and Fruit Juice*
  • Chocolate
  • Cookies
  • Cereals

*Fruits and even natural fruit juices are high in fructose, a sugar that is unhealthy in large quantities. 

Foods High in Carbohydrates

The most important carbohydrate is glucose, a simple sugar (monosaccharide) that is metabolized by nearly all known organisms. All carbohydrates are eventually converted into glucose, which is then converted to glycogen for storage in the body.

The important thing to realize is that the human body needs only certain amounts of glucose to function properly. When you eat more carbohydrates than your body needs for its glucose requirements, health issues such as diabetes and acne can manifest.

In fact, carbohydrates are not even necessary in order to obtain the required amount of glucose needed for the human body to function properly. 58% of protein and 10% of fat can be converted by the body to glycogen and ultimately to glucose.

Common High Carbohydrate Foods That Cause Acne:

  • Rice (White or Brown)
  • Pasta
  • Bread

*You do not have to totally avoid, just have it in moderation. 

Fruits and vegetables are vital to our health but many of us are guilty of the lack of these included in our diet. Instead, the processed food that we so commonly eat outweighs the intake of fruits and vegetables which are rich sources of nutrients, vitamins and fibre, essential to our overall well-being.

Following up on our previous blog post on fruits, we now share with you which kinds of vegetables can benefit your skin (and of course your health too)!

Carrots

Carrots are high in beta carotene, which are absorbed into the body to aid in the production of Vitamin A, which is necessary for healthy, glowing skin. Large amounts of vitamins (K, C and B6) and carotenoids (anti-oxidants) found in Carrots can help combat free radicals that causes damage to skin cells. Consuming Carrot juice can also keep your skin hydrated. However, do eat Carrots in moderation as excessive consumption may cause the skin to have a slight yellow/orange tinge.

Broccoli

High concentrations of Vitamin A and Vitamin C can be found in this cruciferous vegetable. Vitamin A helps in the production of healthy cells in the skin, while Vitamin C helps the skin with collagen repair and production, while protecting the skin from free radical damage. Broccoli also contains a great source of folate, which is essential in healthy cell regeneration, and sulforaphane, which studies have shown that it helps in reducing incidences of cancer.

Tomatoes

Studies have shown that properties in tomatoes help function as an internal sunscreen that blocks harmful UV rays. High concentrations of Lycopene found in tomatoes also help in skin renewal, and has anti-ageing properties for the skin. Moreover, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium and Potassium in Tomatoes are effective in tightening your pores, and also work as an astringent to deep-clean. For a quick home DIY facial, try mashing up tomatoes and apply to a clean face.

Garlic

Garlic is widely known for its strong medicinal value, despite its pungent smell and taste. Holding anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties, Garlic helps to relieve skin bacterial infections thereby helping the skin to stay clear and free from impurities! The large number of antioxidants present will also make your skin healthy and looking young.

Potato

Potatoes are high in starch and thus are a good source of carbohydrates, but it also means that they are culprits to your weight gain. However, do you know that Potatoes can be included into your skincare regime as well? Potatoes have properties that make it an anti-aging agent. Washing your face daily with potato juice may help improve the skin’s clarity, and even reduce appearances of wrinkles! Additionally, you may wish to cut a few slices of raw potatoes and place them over your eyes to reduce dark eye circles.

Cucumber

Cucumbers are often used in skincare products as it is really an effective vegetable that helps one to achieve glowing skin, treat various skin problems and even reducing dark eye circles. Containing antioxidants and large amounts of water, Cucumbers help to moisturize and hydrate tired skin. Cucumbers can also help to reduce redness of the skin. Also, Vitamin C in Cucumbers aids in collagen production, which helps to promote elasticity in our skin.

Avocado

Avocado is rich in nutrients and vitamins A, C and E which helps to soothe and soften the skin. Also present is Niacin (Vitamin B3) which helps to soothe dry, irritated, or red blotchy skin. Avocadoes are also great for making facial masks at home as their buttery texture allows easy application, and what’s more is that the various nutrients and vitamins can be easily absorbed into the skin, leaving your skin feeling smooth and soft after application.

As the saying goes, “you are, what you eat”. Don’t forget the importance of including both fruits and vegetables into your diet for a healthier you, and a healthier skin. Fruits and vegetables have abundant nutrients and vitamins that act as our skin food whether they are being consumed, or applied as a mask! 🙂

Fruits have always been considered a rich source of fibre and vitamins. In fact, fruit packs are also used in high-end beauty salons. You can also reap the abundance of benefits they offer! Read on to find out which make the perfect fruits for skincare in your daily life.

Bananas

Fruits For Skincare: Bananas

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Bananas are extremely nourishing for the skin as they contain Vitamins B and C. It’s also a rich source of potassium, which helps to soften, tighten and tone the skin.

Apples

Fruits For Skincare: Apples

Apples make wonderful ingredients for skin toners, helping to tighten the skin and stimulate blood circulation. These also have anti-oxidant properties. Raw apple pulp or juice can be applied onto the skin daily. Apple cider vinegar has great benefits for the hair too, helping to restore the balance to the scalp and preventing scalp problems like dandruff.

Papayas

Fruits For Skincare: Papayas

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Remove dead skin cells when you apply papaya to the face and body. They also help to lighten skin colour if used regularly over a period of time. Mix ripe papaya pulp directly on the face or mix it with other ingredients like oatmeal, curd and honey. The same mixture can be applied onto the body as well.

Mangos

Fruits For Skincare: Mangos

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Mangos are rich in Vitamins A and C, which help to tone and rejuvenate the skin. They can delay visible signs of ageing, and also soften the skin. Apply mango pulp to keep the skin soft and supple. Mangos are suited for all skin types. Being an anti-oxidant, it can reverse oxidation damage if used regularly.

Oranges

Fruits For Skincare: Oranges

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Like lemons, oranges are also rich in Vitamin C. The pulp can be included in masks. Even their peels can be collected and dried in the sun, ground into a powder and added to face masks. Oranges have a cleansing and gradual skin lightening effect. Their juice can also be added to masks for the face and hands. In fact, raw orange and lemon peels can be rubbed on the nails to remove discolouration. Orange peels rubbed regularly on the hands can help to lighten skin colour and also tighten the skin.

Strawberries

Fruits For Skincare: Strawberries

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Strawberries are powerful anti-oxidants and therefore help to prevent oxidation damage, which leads to ageing signs like lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, etc. In fact, they also strengthen supportive tissues and keep the skin youthful. These fruits are rich in Vitamin C and thus beneficial for the skin. Crush them and apply on the face as a fruit pack. Leave on for 20 minutes and then wash off with water. Try mixing them with other fruits and use this over time, e.g. lighten skin when you mix crushed strawberries with curd!

Grapefruit

Fruits For Skincare: Grapefruit

Like other citrus fruits, the grapefruit also has a cleansing and toning effect. It is particularly good for oily and acne-prone skin. It reduces oiliness and helps tighten enlarged pores. Apply the fruit or juice onto the skin and wash off after 20 minutes.

Cherries

Fruits For Skincare: Cherries

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Cherries contain vitamins and minerals, which help to nourish the skin. They have anti-inflammatory effects and help to heal and soothe irritated skin. They also help in cases of sun-damage and exposure to UV rays.

Pomegranate

Fruits For Skincare: Pomegranate

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Pomegranates offer excellent benefits for skin care, as it helps to moisturise the skin and is a powerful antioxidant. It helps to improve the skin’s ability to retain moisture too. These power fruits boost cell renewal, thus delaying the signs of ageing. Used regularly, it can lighten and brighten the skin.

Watermelons

Fruits For Skincare: Watermelons

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Watermelons help dry skin by sealing in moisture and keeping it hydrated and soothed. Applying watermelon pulp or juice helps to soften and smoothen the skin.