|What is my skin type?The skin can be characterized as:
skin is firm with dense connective tissue and muscle fibers. It is
supple and has numerous elastic fibers that are in excellent condition.
The skin appears dense, overall the complexion is matte. It secretes just
enough sebum. The texture is fine. There are no visible pores and it is
very smooth. The skin is even color with good circulation.
skin has fine texture with thin surface and blood vessels very close
to the surface. As a result, it can be easily affected by internal and
external factors causing blotchiness, redness, increased warmth, dehydration
and irritation. The sensitive skin can feel taunt over the bone areas
and have tendency toward dryness. While there is always the danger of
over stimulating the skin, it is important to increase the cellular function
to improve elasticity. Generally, the skin layer is very thin with unbalanced
protective film (moisture). Sensitive skin is easily stimulated by stress,
causing vasodilation, chronic dehydration, and often arctic oil production.
A person with dry sensitive skin will tend to get drier under stress,
whereas as person who is oily tends to easily erupt with acne and show
a greasy film.
DRY SKIN or ALIPIC
There are two type
of skin dryness. These conditions often coexist, contributing toward the
predisposition to winkles, dehydration and irritation. A skin may become
dry because it has lost its superficial moisture. This can happen, even
on skins that produce too much oil. The surface of the skin feels taunt,
is flaky and often slightly itchy. The second condition, which is more
problematic, is where the oil gland don't produce enough sebum. This is
true for underactive skin. The skin often looks normal to fine in texture,
but it is dull. The follicles are quite invisible. The skin is delicate,
easily irritated and rough. It may be prone to reddening or may be quite
sallow (yellowish). It usually feels tight.
skin is scaly, taunt, with superficial lines and premature aging.
Dehydration is caused by loss of water on the skin surface.
skin looks withered which is caused primarily by deficiency in nutritional
components. The skin appears looser and thinner. The elastic fibers are
degenerate due to water loss while the fat tissue reduce in thickness,
causing a general breakdown in skin elasticity. There is a dramatic reduction
in oil production causing dryness. The circulation is reduced due to cholesterol
deposits in the arterioles. Pigmentary disorders may result causing brown
spots. May have tendency toward couperose (dilated capillaries) skin,
skin condition is caused by weakness in capillary vessels. It is characterized
by a localized reddening of the skin.
skin is characterized by overabundant secretion of the sebaceous gland.
This condition if incorrectly treated by the individual give rise to other
problems. Contrary to belief , this skin can be sensitive and is often
mishandled by harsh products designed to dry out the oiliness of the skin.
Such products eliminate the oil on the surface and by doing so causes
the sebaceous glands to produce more oil. There are two types of oily
skin. Oily skin which oozes oils causing a shiny wet appearance ( seborrhea
oleosa) and oily skin which clogs the pores (seborrhea sicca) . It has
a collection of harden sebum and dead cells in the pores. The successful
treatment of oily skin requires patience, since excessive oil production
is a symptom of and internal problem.
Acne is a chronic
inflammatory disorder that occurs in the adolescent as well as the adult.
The acne skin is thick, coarse, with large
follicular orifices (pores). It is shiny with blocked pores (opened and
closed blackheads). It contains pustules with white or yellow tinged centers.
|What causes acne?|
contributing to acne are internal and external.
hormonal, stress (emotional), poor diet and certain drugs (cortisone).
EXTERNAL: Lack of
personal hygiene, topical pressure or friction through restrictive clothing,
and comedogenic creams and cosmetics.
In most cases acne
is the result of an internal malfunction manifesting as a symptom on the
face, chest and back. This is often aggravated externally through improper
management and the wrong kinds of products.
The pathogenic factors
which causes acne are:
1. Increased production
of free fatty acids due to bacterial activity.
2. Obstruction of
follicular orifices (pores) with keratinized cells (dead skin), sebum
3. Increased production
of keratin (dead skin)
|Can the location where my symptoms appear indicate something?|
SYMPTOM / ROOT CAUSE
Little pustules on
the forehead / small intestine - constipation.
Blind pustules on
the temples / Liver, gall bladder - Toxin storage (vitamin overdose).
Puffiness under the
eyes / Kidneys - bladder problem.
Blemishes on the cheeks
/ Stomach - digestive problem.
Flaking by the side
of nose / Large intestine - bowel problems
Sagging skin on underneath
cheeks / Lungs - oxygenation of skin.
Pustules and flaking
on chin / Gynecological areas - hormonal imbalance.
Blind pustules underside
of the chin / Large intestine - Toxin storage (bowel/diet).
|What is the holistic method for treating acne?|
DIET AND DIETARY
Avoid fried foods,
butter, cheeses, whole milk, ice cream, rich salad dressings, chocolate,
fatty meats, anything from cocoa or coffee beans, other stimulants, sweets
and processed nut products.
Include fresh fruits,
plenty of water, fresh and cooked vegetables, lean meats, broiled fish,
chicken, whole-grain cereals and other complex carbohydrates. The diet
should allow regular bowl movements.
Foods containing bromides,
iodine and caffeine stimulate the endocrine system, which in turn increases
the amount of oil produced by the sebaceous gland.
Vitamin A and Zinc
supplements can be helpful, but use only proper dosage as recommended
on the bottle.
|How does hormones effects acne skin?|
Puberty causes the
secretion of certain gonadotrophic hormones by the anterior pituitary
gland. The target organs of these gonadotrophic hormones are gonads (the
ovaries in woman or testes in man). In addition, the adrenal cortex is
stimulated at puberty. Both of these glands, the adrenal cortex and the
gonads, are encouraged to excrete large quantities of steroid hormones
into the circulatory system. In the male, the influence of adrenal hormones
on bodily changes is overshadowed by the action of testicular hormones.
In female, the female estrogen produces by the ovaries works in conjunction
with the male androgens from the adrenal cortex to create secondary sex
characteristics. This sudden surge of male hormones (called androgens)
in both sexes results in bodily hair growth as well as increase in oil
flow from the sebaceous glands. This increase in oil flow does not automatically
lead to acne, but it sets the stage and no acne is possible without it.
Only a small amount is needed to stimulate the oil glands, and it is impossible
to distinguish the adrenal levels of acne patients form those of clear
People with chronically
oily skin and lingering acne have been found to harbor and especially
active enzyme that converts testosterone, one of the androgens, into a
more potent form called dihydro-testosterone. This is the factor directly
responsible for releasing more oil. It is thought that if the effect dihydro-testosterone
on the sebaceous glands could be counteracted then acne could be controlled.
The challenge lies in accomplishing this without tampering with the body's
normal hormonal makeup. Genes are also believed to play a stage setting
role, since acne and its degree of severity often run in families. Heredity
can help determine the amount of oil you body produces, the kind of bacteria
nesting in your glands, the strength of your follicular walls, and other
factor linked to either your resistance or your susceptibility.
ACNE IN ADULTHOOD:
Occasionally the onset
of acne in adulthood can signal the presence of pituitary, adrenal, or
ovarian tumors. The condition will usually be accompanied by other signs
of excess androgen or erratic hormone activity: Irregular menstrual periods,
the growth of facial hair, and deepening of the voice. Other factors,
if not direct causes, may aggravate and already existing case of acne.
In cases of anxiety and stress, the body signals the pituitary gland to
release more of its hormones to meet the challenge. These, in turn, stimulate
the adrenal cortex to pour more androgens into the bloodstream. Since
people vary in their tolerance to extra androgens, not everyone under
pressure will have an acne flare-up. But stress will put those who are
susceptible at higher risk. Stress can also lead to nervous scratching
and picking of the face, which can irritate pimples and drive them deeper
into the skin. To complicate matters, it has been found that the output
of fatty acids is also increased during stress.
PREGNANCY AND MENOPAUSE:
Hormonal changes in
women during pregnancy and menopause are also contributing factors in
oil secretion and hair growth since hormones produced by the ovaries have
inhibiting effect of the anterior pituitary. If secretion from the ovaries
is affected in any way, there may be lack of control over the pituitary
gland. This can result in a hyperstimulation by pituitary hormones of
the adrenal cortex, which in turn can produce an excess androgens, which
can lead to excessive oil production and hair growth.
|What are the factors causing premature aging?|
SUN AND AGING PROCESS
The ultraviolet component
abetted by infrared radiation is notorious enemy of good skin. Practically
all the dreary stigmata registered on premature skin are sunshine induced.
Sunlight not only causes skin cancer, but it accelerates and accentuates
all sagging, wrinkling, and yellowing of the skin associated with aging.
The redness in the sunburn represents injury, damage that will accumulate
over the years.
OTHER FACTORS CAUSING
Genetic factors -
such as slack, weak tissues, and or fragile thin skin. Illness, particularly
nervous disorders, sudden weight loss, and malnutrition impacts the aging
process. Besides sun, any exposure to harsh climatic conditions and temperature
extremes should be avoided. Nicotine is not only harmful in the long run,
but causes considerable esthetic damage: dehydration lines and a reduction
of peripheral circulation, ultimately resulting in skin atrophy. Stress,
worry and lack of rest should be considered a major obstacle to well being,
beauty and longevity. Gravity, and facial expression, menopause, also
|What are the main objectives to reduce couperose skin?Strengthen the capillary
wall by taking vitamin C or P (bio-flavinoids). Avoid stimulants such
as caffeine,and sugar. Avoid sun exposure. Use products on the skin that
are vaso-constricting ( azulene products) and soothing (chamomile).|
|What causes surface dehydration?|
Using products that are harsh on the skin such as soap or acne treatments.
Neglect by not drinking enough water and smoking cigarettes. Medication
and illness can cause internal dehydration and ultimately affect the surface
of the skin. Inadequate moisturizers that are too light texture and runny.
This does not provide enough protection against moisture evaporation from
the skin's surface.
Scrubs used too often will break down the cohesion
of the top layer of the skin which is responsible for holding moisture.
Astringents that have strong alcohol content can act as a drying agent.
Dry climate cause moisture to evaporate quickly. Hot showers which removes
sebum on the skin's surface, it also causes tendency for capillary damage
and dehydration. Excessive intake of table salt (sodium chloride) can
have a dehydrating effect. Coffee also contribute to dehydration.