Link Between Dairy And Acne Is Confirmed


Oct23 2012 - Acne,AcneCare,SkinHealth

Whether diet plays any role in the development or severity of acne has long been debated.   Recent research indicates that it does, but not by pointing to the food items that are traditionally thought of as exacerbating acne – things like pizza and French fries.

According to an article by Dr. Mark Hyman published in the Huffington Post, dairy products have been shown to have a significant impact on acne, both in the number of cases and the severity.  The reason is that milk, yogurt, and cheese all contain naturally high levels of anabolic hormones.  And, according to the article, there is no such thing as hormone free milk.  Even organic, raw, and bovine growth hormone free milk can contain up to 60 hormones, just a few of which are listed below:¹

•    20α-dihydropregnenolone
•    progesterone (from pregnenolone)
•    5α-pregnanedione
•    5α-pregnan-3β-ol-20-one, 20α- and 20β-dihydroprogesterone (from progesterone)
•    5α-androstene-3β17β-diol
•    5α-androstanedione
•    5α-androstan-3β-ol-17-one
•    androstenedione
•    testosterone
•    dehydroepiandrosterone sulphate acyl ester
•    insulin like growth factors 1 and 2 (IGF-1 and IGF-2)
•    insulin

Dr. Hyman’s recommendation for helping get acne under control is to modify your diet with these tips:¹

Eliminate – Dairy, high glycemic index foods (white flour, sugar, rice, etc.) and foods that you are sensitive to.  When cutting back on dairy, make up for the missing nutrients (calcium and protein) elsewhere in your diet.

Add – More fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy anti-inflammatory fats (omega 3’s), supplement with zinc, evening primrose, vitamin A, and vitamin E. Include foods that correct acne problems, like dark purple and red foods such as berries, green foods like dark green leafy vegetables, and omega 3-eggs.

While you are adjusting your diet to get a grip on acne, a topical benzoyl peroxide product like SkinHealth Technology’s AcneCare ClearTech® Treatment can help calm and speed healing of breakouts.  A combination of these diet guidelines and topical treatment can give the right inside-out approach to controlling acne.

1)    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/do-milk-and-sugar-cause-a_b_822163.html

Mom’s New Workout: Skin Strengthening

Healthy SkinMy mom works out three days a week and is in pretty fine shape for her eighty-some years. However, her skin is not a strong as her muscles. She has found that she bruises more easily than in her younger years. How can she make skin strengthening part of her workout?

The skin’s protective qualities are diminished by aging or sun damaged skin. More specifically, the cushioning effects of glycosaminoglycans are reduced, allowing small capillaries to easily break and leak blood into the surrounding skin. This lack of elasticity and general thinning of the skin can be offset by simple topical treatments that are far more convenient than trips to the gym.

Therapeutic moisture needs to be infused back into the epidermis. However as dermatologist Jeffrey Parks MD, explains, “Traditional moisturizers simply sit on the top layer of skin helping the dry outer texture.”  The treatment needs to “penetrate deep into the skin to the tissues where the capillaries live”.

Bruising or purpura, a chronic type of bruising found particularly on the arms and hands, is the injury resulting from even minor impact to weakened skin. Addressing the healing of this damage is the first step in the strengthening process. BruiseCareX8 Treatment Balm combines several homeopathic ingredients to help speed the appearance recovery process. By facilitating elasticity, it will also aid in preventing future damage.

After the visible damage is controlled, a regimen of twice a day application with a specialized blend, like BruiseCareX4 Skin Conditioner, will build up the resistance to harm. This formula is easier to apply than the more concentrated balm.

Mom’s workout: Treat any bruise damage and then maintain healthier, more protected skin with a true skin conditioner. This workout routine will strengthen her skin and improve its appearance. Healthy skin is beautiful skin.

Harmless Skin Virus May Be Harnessed to Fight Acne


Oct06 2012 - Acne,AcneCare

Pimples of Acne?According to a recent report by the BBC—US scientists believe a harmless virus that lives on our skin could be used as a treatment for acne. The virus, called a phage, is naturally built to target and kill bacteria that cause acne.¹

Experts at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Pittsburgh found 11 different versions of virus in the phage family that had this power. The researchers plan lab work to see if they can harness it as a therapy.¹

“Acne affects millions of people, yet we have few treatments that are both safe and effective. Harnessing a virus that naturally preys on the bacteria that causes pimples could offer a promising new tool against the physical and emotional scars of severe acne,”~ Professor Robert Modlin, Lead Scientist.¹

Acne is caused when hair follicles become blocked with an oily substance called sebum, which the body makes to stop the hair and skin from drying out. Normally harmless bacteria that live on the skin can then contaminate and infect the plugged follicles.¹

Phages appear to help counteract this with endolysin – an enzyme thought to destroy bacteria by breaking down their cell walls. And unlike antibiotics, which kill many types of bacteria including “good” ones that live in our gut, phages are programmed to target only specific bacteria.¹

Co-researcher Dr Jenny Kim, director of the UCLA Clinic for Acne, Rosacea and Aesthetics said: “Antibiotics such as tetracycline are so widely used that many acne strains have developed resistance, and drugs like Accutane, while effective, can produce risky side effects, limiting their use.”¹

1) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health

Why Do I Bruise More Easily As I Age?


Oct02 2012 - Bruising

Normally we think of a bruise as a discoloration that occurs on the skin after a known trauma has occurred (pinching, a friendly punch in the arm). But more and more my patients complain to me about bruising that seems inappropriate.  They feel if someone looks at them cross-eyed they will bruise.  They want to know why they are bruising and why doesn’t their family doctor or cardiologist have an answer.  We call this bruising that occurs without known trauma purpura. Bruise Care Before & After

What happens in purpura is that small capillaries in the skin leak blood outside their vessel wall just for a second and the blood that has leaked out ends up discoloring the skin, usually in a circular or stellate pattern.  In young healthy skin the small blood vessels/capillaries are protected by a substance known as glycosaminoglycans. These cells act as a protective cushion that resembles bubble wrapping around the small capillaries to keep them protected and preventing their cell walls from leaking blood into the surrounding skin.  In fact, all the surrounding skin in younger non-sun damaged skin seems to have more of a cushion that is well hydrated and full of healthy glands and tissue that protect the capillaries.

As we obtain more birthdays and intrinsically age, the skin loses some of these protective qualities, becoming less elastic and thin and frail. In fact in many cases you can see larger blood vessels through the skin.  This thin, fragile skin is accentuated by extrinsic factors, especially ultraviolet light from the sun.  Other extrinsic factors that can affect the quality of the skin adversely are medications that thin the skin such as prednisone and medications that promote blood flow and can lead to more increased bruising, such as aspirin, Plavix and Coumadin.

So now that we know what is happening how can we fix this problem?  How do we protect these small capillaries and add quality back to this sun exposed aged skin? Traditional moisturizers simply sit on the top layer of skin helping the dry outer texture but traditionally do not penetrate deep into the skin to the tissues where the capillaries live.

Forward-thinking new bruise care products combine unique innovative natural ingredients to help rebuild the glycosaminoglycans to protect the small capillaries and to decrease free radicals in the skin that cause inflammation and loss of elasticity and collagen.  When you can combine these innovative new products along with an ingredient like Arnica Montana which has been well know to help bruises absorb faster,  you can really see a difference in the quality of the skin.  Not only can you speed the resolution of an active bruise or purpura but you can begin a regime that allows this fragile skin, especially of the arms, hands and legs, to become strong like it was when it was younger.

This article is authored by Jeffrey Parks, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist dedicated to providing each patient with the highest quality of care. Dr. Parks’ memberships and professional affiliations include: the American Academy of Dermatology, American Medical Association, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, American Society for Mohs Surgery, Laser Institute Society, as well as numerous state and local organizations.

Aging Skin On The Hands, Legs, And Arms

Beauty products that treat aging skin on the face and neck account for some of the fastest growing sales in the skincare market.  Let’s not forget that the same factors that cause sagging skin and wrinkles on the face affect the skin on the extremities as well.  Sun damage from years of unprotected UV exposure is the key reason that skin on the arms, hands and legs becomes papery thin and prone to bruising and tearing.

Even if you have not been an avid sunscreen user, it’s not too late to help prevent further damage.  To help protect the skin from sun damage going forward, it’s important to use a product that will provide a 30 SPF or higher.  It is equally as important to choose a product that offers UVA protection too.

UVA is responsible for most of the skin aging effects of a life in the sun.  SkinHealth Technology’s UV SkinCare Daily Facial Light Lotion Sunscreen provides 35 SPF with a high level of UVA protection – perfect for the arms, legs and face.  This light weight formula is also oil and fragrance free – perfect for daily use.

To help restore sun-damaged skin’s elasticity, plumpness, and resistance to bruising and tearing, the BruiseCare® product line by SkinHealth Technology is a great system. Both products contain arnica montana, a powerful homeopathic anti-inflammatory that helps the body reabsorb trapped blood and fluid more efficiently, along with three other advanced ingredients – a peptide, a polysaccharide and an anti-oxidant.

BruiseCare®X8 Treatment Balm is a highly effective treatment to help improve the appearance of bruised skin. BruiseCare®X4 Skin Conditioner strengthens, nourishes and softens for more youthful looking skin.  Use them in conjunction for best results.

Vitamin D May Give 2012 Olympic Athletes an Edge

Exercise Increases Vitamin DAccording to an article in The Post Chronicle, a paper published by The American College of Sports Medicine determined that vitamin D may give athletes an advantage in the 2012 Olympics.

Athletic Performance and Vitamin D, (originally published in 2009) said vitamin D improves reaction time, muscle strength, speed and endurance. In fact, from the 1950s through the 1980s, Russian and German Olympic training techniques included using sunlamps to stimulate vitamin D production in their athletes to increase performance and reduce injuries. At that time this was considered controversial, but it was countered that rather than an unfair advantage, the doctors and trainers were providing them a healthy vitality by assuring vitamin D sufficiency.¹

The piece also draws a correlation to the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. It states that few athletes live in such a sun-rich environment, so they don’t have naturally high 25(OH)D levels and many may be deficient.  The athletes arrived early that year to acclimate to the 7,400 foot altitude.  During the games a number of new world records were set and Americans won more medals, especially in outdoor sports. The combination of altitude, equatorial location, and summer would have provided a large amount of ambient UVB to convert into full stores of vitamin D in the athletes’ bodies, perhaps contributing to the exceptional performances that year.¹

Due to the many complications of vitamin D deficiency, including stress fractures and chronic musculo-skeletal pain which commonly affect athletes, sports medicine professionals may find that performance enhancement is a secondary benefit to the overall well-being of athletes in their care.¹

1) http://www.postchronicle.com/cgi-bin/artman/exec/view.cgi?archive=144&num=229302

Vitamin D May Reduce Risk of Hospital-Acquired Infections

According to the Vitamin D Council, a paper published recently in Dermato-Endocrinology reviewed evidence that vitamin D can reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).

The paper states: “Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are a leading cause of death in the US health care arena, with an overall estimated annual incidence of 1.7 million cases and 100,000 deaths. Pneumonia was the most likely disease, followed by bacteremias, urinary tract infections, surgical site infections, and others.”¹

Patients who are admitted to hospitals often do so as the result of other diseases linked to low vitamin D blood levels like cancer, cardiovascular disease, fractures, and infectious diseases. And HAIs are becoming more common due to several factors including a high number of people who might be infected and the use of antibiotics leading to antibiotic resistance bacteria.¹

“Low blood vitamin D concentration is an important risk factor for many types of infectious diseases, both bacterial and viral. The mechanisms include induction of cathelicidin and defensins, which have antimicrobial and antiendotoxin properties and affecting other aspects of the body’s innate immune system such as inflammatory cytokine response to infection.”²

To reduce the risk of developing HAIs, people entering hospitals should try to get blood vitamin D concentrations above 40 ng/ml either before admission or as soon after as possible.²


1) http://blog.vitamindcouncil.org/2012/07/06/vitamin-d-reduces-risk-of-hospital-acquired-infections/

2) http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/health-conditions/

New Sunscreen Labeling Rules Postponed


Jul10 2012 - Sun Protection,SunCare

What is UVA Sunscreen?Just as summer officially arrives, the FDA has announced that they are postponing required compliance with the new sunscreen regulations that they published last year.

The larger sunscreen companies were originally supposed to have new labeling in place on products beginning in June 2012. The delay gives them until December 2012 to comply with the new requirements. Smaller companies will be given another year to make the package changes.

When the rules take effect, consumers will either benefit from, or be confused by new labels on their favorite sunscreens. Some of the changes are listed below:

Terminology such as “waterproof”, “sweatproof”, and “sunblock” can no longer be used.

Maximum SPF is capped at 50+. The FDA doesn’t believe that higher SPFs offer any additional protection, so you won’t see those 100 SPF products on the shelves next summer.

Rather than a specific UVA rating system, the new regulations propose a claim of “Broad Spectrum” can be made if the formula meets a set UVB to UVA ratio as measured by way of a Critical Wavelength Test.

Only products that have an SPF of at least 15 and meet the Broad Spectrum test can claim to reduce the risk of skin cancer and skin aging.

Sunscreen formulators and marketers will have to work within these guidelines while trying to differentiate their products’ benefits on a more generic appearing label.

1) Huffington Post

Low Vitamin D Levels May Increase Weight In Women Over 65

Skin AgingA new study published in the Journal of Women’s Health may give yet another reason to increase vitamin D levels. The study from the nonprofit Kaiser Permanente Center for Heath Research shows that women who have insufficient vitamin D levels are also more likely to gain about two pounds over a nearly five-year period, compared with people who have enough in the vitamin.¹

“Nearly 80 percent of women in our study had insufficient levels of Vitamin D,” study researcher Dr. Erin LeBlanc, M.D., an endocrinologist and researcher at Kaiser, said in a statement. “A primary source of this important vitamin is sunlight, and as modern societies move indoors, continuous Vitamin D insufficiency may be contributing to chronic weight gain.”¹

The women who had insufficient vitamin D levels gained a little more weight over the course of the study than the women who had higher levels. While the study does show a correlation between weight gain and insufficient levels of vitamin D, it is inconclusive and should be studied further. Health concerns vary between individuals and you should speak to your doctor about any vitamin deficiency or weight concerns.

1) Huffington Post

State Laws Ban Application Of Sunscreen On School Children

A mom in Tacoma, Washington learned last week – only after her two daughters came home from school with severe sunburn – of a state law that prevents the application of sunscreen on students at the school without a doctor’s note.  It turns out that 49 states have such restrictions (only California does not).

The end of year field day was scheduled that day and although the morning began with rain, by afternoon the sun was shining.  One of the girls suffers from a form of Albinism and is particularly sensitive to sun exposure.  By the end of the day the two girls were painfully sunburned and their mother was furious.¹

The specifics of the restrictions apparently vary from state to state, and the enforcement can vary between institutions.  Sunscreen is considered an Over-The-Counter drug by the FDA, and in Florida, where SkinHealth Technology is based, schools and camps handle them the same way as other OTC’s.  The parents can sign a consent form for its use on their children and sunscreen can be exempted from self application restrictions.²

Aside from the restrictions governing Over-The-Counter drugs, there are some policies, whether imposed by the state, or by the school, camp, or other organization attended by minors, that relate to the touching of children by other children or adults.  Application of sunscreen could be considered inappropriate contact in certain interpretations.

The Washington mom is pushing to raise awareness of this issue and challenge policies that could inadvertently harm the children they are designed to protect.  In the meantime, with summer camps and other activities provided by organized programs in full swing, parents should make sure that they are fully informed of policies on sunscreen use whenever placing their kids in the care of others.

1)    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/school-sunscreen-policy-blamed-sending-girls-hospital-article-1.1101567

2)    http://sss.usf.edu/resources/format/pdf/med_in_use.pdf

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