standard

Myths About Foods That Cause Acne

Photo courtesy of PopSugar.com

Photo courtesy of PopSugar.com

The existing links between what you eat and your quality of skin may surprise you. It is common knowledge that certain nutrients and vitamins help specific parts of the body opperate better, and the skin is a reflection of what goes into our bodies. A nutritious diet that keeps your inside healthy will help keep your outward appearance looking good. On the other hand, a poor diet will show up on your skin.

In this week’s blog, we compiled a list of the top 5 myth foods that are said to cause acne – so rest easy knowing that not everything you hear and read is true when it comes to breakouts!

 

  1. Chocolate: diets high in sugar or high in fat have shown to cause a significantly higher reaction on the skin than diets consisting of vitamin rich contents. This is not true – studies have shown that eating foods like chocolate, cheeseburgers, and French fries had no effect on the skin at all.

choco

  1. Spicy foods: studies have shown that when patients eat spicy, spice-filled foods, and in particular foods containing red pepper, that there is a larger amount of red inflamed spots on the face. False! Truth be told, the food itself typically doesn’t cause acne, but the side effects of eating spicy foods like hot peppers certainly increase the chances of your face turning red if you aren’t used to eating spicy foods.
  2. Dairy: Dairy triggers a spike in insulin dramatically, leading to inflammation, redness, swelling, clogged pores, andacne. Actually, Milk and dairy are a great source of calcium, protein and Vitamin D, and if you ever notice a breakout after consuming dairy, you may have an allergy.
Photo courtesy of CanyonWholesale

Photo courtesy of CanyonWholesale

  1. Caffiene: The claim that caffeine causes acne and breakouts may have more bark than bite. Some experts say it doesn’t directly cause acne, but may aggravate existing conditions. But caffeine has its benefits too. Many caffeine-laden drinks, like coffee and black and green tea, are also loaded with antioxidants that can help defend skin from damage, particularly from the sun.

 

  1. Salt: Too much salt dehydrates your skin and can cause swelling. It also prevents and slows the healing process of existing pimples. This is false. Most foods contain salt already, but it doesn’t actually cause acne

 

Top foods that help acne:

Dark berries: packed with numerous antioxidants that assist in healing damaged skin

Photo courtesy of Nutritionist.net

Photo courtesy of Nutritionist.net

 

Tomatoes: Rich in Vitamin C, which is known to help keep the skin firm, aiding in collagen production, and stimulates skin circulation.

Photo courtesy of Finest Produce

Photo courtesy of Finest Produce

 

Sometimes, eating right and keeping a food journal just doesn’t quite cut it when trying to treat acne. If you are interested in trying a product with proven results that treats acne at its source, visit our website for more information and to shop Clearogen. Did you know: Our products can also be found on Sephora.com!

 

 

 

 

Sources:

http://www.everydayhealth.com/acne/5-common-myths-about-acne.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

 

standard

What’s Lurking In Your Makeup Brushes Can Cause Acne

Photo courtesy of HuffingtonPost

Photo courtesy of HuffingtonPost

If you are anything like the average female, you more than likely have several makeup brushes – possibly makeup brush sets – and they are a breeding ground for acne causing bacteria just waiting to cause a mass breakout. This week, we are focusing on how to prevent acne flare-ups due to dirty makeup brushes, by giving you all the tools you will need to clean them properly, and tell you why you should.

When you clean your brushes, you’re not just getting rid of old makeup, but you’re also ridding the brush of old makeup, dirt, oil, dead skin, and bacteria. You (hopefully) wash your face every day. But if you’re faithfully cleansing and moisturizing only to follow up with a sticky, dusty powder brush, you’re painting a week’s worth of dirt and grime right back on your face.

Why you should wash your brushes:

Dirty brushes break you out – If you think foundation is ruining your skin, it could be your routine and not the product itself. Even if your skin is “clean,” your brushes are still collecting oil, dust, dead skin, and fallout from greasy hair products you spray around your mirror.

Dirty Brushes = Terrible Color Payoff – To get naturally blended eye shadow or dramatic looks like a cut crease,  or contouring, you need precision that you cannot get with a dirty brush.

Photo courtesy of Amazon.com

Photo courtesy of Amazon.com

Dirty brushes are a breeding ground for germs – Gels and creams are wet environments where germs can multiply, just waiting for you to feed them again with a dirty brush. It’s like swapping an infection back and forth with your partner. Products that should last six months or a year can go off and spoil, and the circle of acne continues.

Photo courtesy of LifeHacker

Photo courtesy of LifeHacker

 

Dirty Brushes Cause Skin Irritation – Bristles that are caked with dust and product can dry out and become brittle, making them more abrasive to your skin. Cleaning your brushes regularly keeps natural and synthetic fibers soft and supple.

Dirty Brushes Could Rip Out Your Eyelashes – Curling your eyelashes is an inherently dangerous activity. Don’t make it worse with a gross eyelash curler. Product build-up on your curler can stick to hair, pulling out a few or all of your precious lashes.

Photo courtesy of BeautyLish

Photo courtesy of BeautyLish

It’s gross, we know. But don’t worry! There are many resources out there to help you understand how best to take care of your brushes and in turn, take care of your skin. Here is a video to show you some great tips and tricks on cleaning different kinds of makeup brushes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCU0ZAPkmYw

If acne has been an ongoing issue for you, please visit our site to learn more about Clearogen and how it can help you better your skin appearance.

 

 

 

Sources:

Thegloss.com

http://www.thederminstitute.com/whats-hiding-in-your-make-up-brush/

 

Prevent Halloween Makeup Acne

 

 

halloween makeup

Photo courtesy of UrbanMuse

As you plan your epic costume for one of the most festive holidays of the year, did you take into consideration the possible breakouts from Halloween makeup? This week’s blog focuses on how to avoid an acne flare-up due to certain types of costume makeup, and what you can do to still be the most eye-catching attendee at the party.

 

We have the tips you need to ensure your skin stays crystal clear post Halloween makeup so that your costume can be the breakout star, not your impending breakouts!

 

  1. Avoid costume shop makeup. Most of the makeup found in Halloween stores have not been put through the stringent testing, like most makeup, and can be acne-causing products. They also contain artificial colors, fragrances, waxes and oils, which can cause severe skin reactions and block pores.
    Photo courtesy of WalMart

    Photo courtesy of WalMart

  2. Opt for “Theatrical” makeup vs. Halloween makeup. Use makeup that is designed specifically for costumes and is gentler on the skin. Theatrical makeup usually includes FDA-approved ingredients. Halloween makeup, on the other hand, often includes elements that can be harmful to your skin and irritate the nostrils and around the eyes.
    Photo courtesy of TheaterBHS

    Photo courtesy of TheaterBHS

  3. No matter what, take your makeup off before bed. You may be exhausted, you may have had one too many cocktails, but it is important to get that pore-clogging makeup off your face as soon as possible.
    Photo courtesy of WomenTips

    Photo courtesy of WomenTips

  4. Get your skin ready, starting now. If you plan on using a thicker makeup or costume grade products, start pampering your skin now with acne-fighting products like Clearogen, available at Sephora.com
  5. Prep your face before applying makeup. Use a moisturizer on your entire face and neck to protect it against any harmful ingredients that may cause a breakout. It will also ensure your makeup lasts and looks fresh all night, without cracking or flaking off.

 

Remember, treat – don’t trick- your skin this Halloween. If you are one of the millions of people who currently suffer from acne, we would love to help you. Please visit our website for more information and testimonials!

 

 

 

 

The Difference Between Acne and Pimples

 

So, you thought it was just a pimple and now it’s a spreading mass to other areas of the face, causing pain and discomfort, not to mention a dip in your confidence. This week, we are giving you the down and dirty on what the difference between a pimple and true acne is, as well as symptoms and treatments.

The literal definition of a pimple is: a small hard inflamed spot on the skin. That doesn’t seem to quite cover what a pimple really is, does it? They differ from face to face and come in many shapes and sizes. There are black heads, white heads, tender red bumps and large red nodules. Whatever form a zit takes, you might be tempted to squeeze it, but you should resist!

Did you know that a pimple contains debris and bacteria that can spread to another pore, causing another pimple, if you don’t tackle it properly. Left alone, a blemish will heal itself in 3 to 7 days. Popped improperly, it can linger for weeks or even lead to scarring.

For some, breakouts go beyond a pimple or two, and create a very common problem we all know as acne. Acne usually occurs by more frequent breakouts, multiple pimples at one time, often sore and inflamed and caused by an excess of oil in the pores. This oil accumulates below the skin and can lead to clogging, thus causing another pimple.

Here are 4 things to know about acne-prone skin:

  1. Water is great, but it won’t prevent acne: Studies show that increasing your intake of water improves skin texture, but won’t get rid of acne and stubborn pimples.
  2. Keep the AC away from your sleeping area: Being in close proximity to the cold air can dry out your skin and lead to oil imbalances that can ultimately make your acne worse.
  3. The sun is worse for your acne than you thought: The sun’s rays are pro-inflammatory, meaning they irritate existing pimples. Your skin’s full-blown negative reaction to the sun is delayed, however, which is why you may notice a temporary improvement in your complexion.
  4. Keep your gym clothes clean: It’s crucial to clean anything you wear that touches or rubs against your face, or other problem areas, because unwashed clothes can spread acne-causing bacteria.

What can you do to help treat existing problem pimples or inflamed acne? Good skin care can help. Common treatments for acne contain salycilic acid (to clear pores) or benzoyl peroxide (to kill acne bacteria) and are very effective when used frequently as part of an acne treatment regimen.

Clearogen products are one of the highest rated on the market for treating mild to severe forms of acne. If you are ready for a change and interested in trying some of our products, visit our website to learn the Science behind the success stories! If you are ready to shop, click here.

 

Sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/04/is-it-okay-to-pop-pimple_n_1837502.html

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/71702.php

 

Acne Explained: Top 5 Reasons For Your Acne

 

Photo courtesy of Sincerely Skin

Photo courtesy of Sincerely Skin

 

We’ve all been there, standing nose against the mirror worrying over the red bump staring back at you. Will it get worse? How can I stop it from getting bigger? Nearly 85% of people between the ages of 12 to 24 develop acne, making you one of many to go through this stressful dilemma. In this blog post, we will give you the run down on what causes acne, as well as how you can prevent the basic causes of it.

 

What causes acne?

 

Studies show that the primary cause could be in androgen levels – androgen is a type of hormone, and the levels rise when hitting puberty. Rising androgen levels make the oil glands under your skin increase in size; the enlarged gland produces more oil, blocking the skin pores allowing bacteria growth, which then causes inflammation, infection, and acne breakouts.

 

What are the types of acne?

 

  • Whiteheads– under the skin and are very small
  • Blackheads– visible, black and appear on the surface of the skin. Remember that a blackhead is not caused by dirt. Scrubbing your face vigorously when you see blackheads will not help
  • Papules– visible on the surface of the skin. They are small bumps, usually pink
  • Pustules– clearly visible on the surface of the skin. They are red at their base and have pus at the top
  • Nobules– clearly visible on the surface of the skin. They are large, solid pimples. They are painful and are embedded deep in the skin
  • Cysts– clearly visible on the surface of the skin. They are painful, and are filled with pus. Cysts can easily cause scars.

 

5 common causes of acne:

 

Science has undergone many tests and studies to prove the facts behind face-mapping for acne. Here are some of the basic causes of acne, and how you can reverse the effects.

 

1.  Acne on the forehead: Dehydration, stress, bangs (sweat or hair products). Dehydration? Keep better track of your water consumption!http://www.myhydrate.com/My hydrate tracks how much water you’re drinking and can help you set goals and keep them. Stressed? Try to find a way to reduce stress –workout, yoga, meditate, etc. And find a hair product that have fewer ingredients, or try a “patch-test” on your arm to see if your skin reacts to it.

my hydrate (1)

2.  Acne on the cheeks: Dirty sheets! Bacteria on your pillow could be the issue. Dr. Alex Khadavi says “get a few silk pillow cases and change your pillow case every two days”.Add picture of silk pillow sheets.

Photo courtesy of Houzz.com

Photo courtesy of Houzz.com

 

3.  Dryness, breakouts or irritation can occur when the lungs are unhealthy. Dryness, breakouts or irritation can occur when the lungs are unhealthy. We found that a soothing and cooling treatment works the quickest for these breakouts!

humidifier

Photo courtesy of Walmart

 

4.  Acne on the chin and jaw: Hormones and candida. Working out and/or using evening primrose oil help reduce the amount of hormonal breakouts. Avoiding sugary and starch-based foods can help prevent a breakout in this area as well.

 

Photo courtesy of DR. McDougal

Photo courtesy of DR. McDougall

 

 

5.  Acne can be a discouraging opponent when you have an upcoming special occasion, public speaking event, and everyday life… but it doesn’t have to be. In contrast to other acne face wash control products that only know how to treat pimples by killing bacteria and opening pores, Clearogen focuses on the best way to treat acne: attacking the root cause. To find out more, click here.

clearogen-box-with-products

– Team Clearogen

 

 

Sources:

http://www.sincerelyskin.ca/blog/2015/02/02/face-mapping/

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/107146.php

http://www.webmd.com/beauty/skin/skin-reactions

 

 

No More Left Swipes: Solving the Dating with Acne Dilemma

couple with laptop in cafe

It seems like all dating is now happening online. It’s quick, easy and you have a  plethora of singles at your fingertips. With most online daters making a yes or no decision within a matter of seconds, your appearance is everything. In fact, did you know that having acne and blemishes could ruin your chances for a date even more that being overweight?

 

When you only have a photo and a split second to make an impression, it’s tempting to Facetune but don’t do it or you risk getting a left swipe! Almost everyone can now tell if you’ve Facetuned. That radiant glow smoothing over all your features and glamorizing your skin like a prom photo form the 80’s will not get you a right swipe. No one wants to be fooled by another’s photo shopped image.

 

But what if you have acne? Dating with acne is rough. In fact, a recent study conducted at Stanford University shows that adults find moderate-to-severe acne is more undesirable than being overweight. And on a date, 84% of adults agree that women with moderate-to-severe acne scars have a harder time getting a date than women with a good complexion.

 

But rather than hiding your acne, clear blemishes and prevent more breakouts with Clearogen’s three-step acne treatment set. It works fast and on all skin types, and is 95% effective for adults as well as teens. Get a doctor recommended system for just $39.50 at Sephora.com. There is a reason it has four out of five stars on Sephora.com. Get yours before it sells out again.

 

 

 

Teen Acne May Cause Social Anxiety

anxiety

Photo courtesy of Tapp Medical Clinic

Summer is coming to an end and if you’re a parent that means its time to get the kids ready to go back to school. Teens may be especially anxious as they worry about making friends, fitting in, and keeping up in class. For teens suffering from acne, going back to school can be emotionally devastating. The looks, comments, heckling and even bullying about a teen’s acne can distract from relationship building, participating in activities and even distract from their school work.

The good news is there is a solution. Whatever type of teen acne your child has, blackheads, red bumps, or even cystic acne, Clearogen’s three-step acne treatment set can help them get clear skin in at little as 30 days. The reason it works so well is because it gets to the root cause of acne and reduces DHT production and prevents excess oil production. More about the science here: http://www.clearogen.com/the-science/

So help your teen start the year off right with clear skin and keep their mind focused being successful in their academics. Enter to win a year’s worth of product by entering our #clearogenbacktoschool contest on Facebook or purchase yours at http://www.sephora.com/clearogen.

Sources:

Studies Assessing the Effects of Acne on Adolescent Self-esteem, Hassan et al 19 (2009) 132 patients http://www.cosderm.com/fileadmin/qhi_archive/ArticlePDF/CD/025020066.pdf

Clearogen website http://www.clearogen.com/the-science/

Get Radiant, Acne Free Skin: The Summer No-Makeup Makeup Look

Photo courtesy of Stylecaster

 

Summer is here, time to lighten up the makeup and go for a more natural look. This look starts with clean skin, and moves into concealing imperfections and optimizing features with little effort to look like you’re naturally glowing. Channeling Cara Delvegne, Kate Bosworth and Zoe Saldana:

  

Skin Care Prep:clearogen treatment

What’s the one thing that’s synonymous with all of the “no makeup” looks? Flawless, glowing, radiant skin. This starts with theright skin care product to banish those blemishes. Start with Clearogen’s three-step acne treatment set at Sephora.com, it has almost 5 stars! Clearogen is unique because it contains natural anti-DHT ingredients that reduce oil production and break the cycle of acne formation without side effect or over drying.

Primer:smashbox primer

Want that flawless, long lasting makeup look? Who doesn’t! Next, use a primer before you apply the rest of your makeup. It smoothes the appearance of your makeup and keeps it in place much longer than just a moisturizer. We love Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer.

mattifierMattifier:

If you are plagued with acne prone or oily skin, a mattifier will be your new best friend because it helps control oil production, absorbs oil, and reduces shine. TotalBeauty.com shares some of the best on the market.

Concealer:

It seems simple enough to apply but to really cover up those acne spots or scars; you’ve got to get the right technique down. Here is an expert tip from TinyTouchups.com: apply concealer to spots both before and after you apply foundation. Our pick for best concealer: Makeup Forever Camouflage Cream

Tinted Moisturizer:

Tinted moisturizers are great because they protect the skin and provide coverage. Make sure to go for a lightweight formula that doesn’t make skin look too moist or too flat. Remember, you’re going for a natural look. And opt for a product with SPF like Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20. Expert tip from Birchbox: test out a product for a few days to make sure it works for your skin and lifestyle.

Highlighter:Elle highlighter

A highlighter should be the next step in your routine to add some dimension and make sure your complexion isn’t left looking flat. It will add touches of light to your complexion to keep you looking luminous. Here is a great article from Elle.com on applying highlighter.

Mascara:

Mascara that lengthens lashes is a must but it also need to stand up to sweat and trips to the beach and pool. Our favorite is Diorshow Blackout Waterproof Mascara, it stays put and gives you that full, long lash look to make your eyes pop. Get the most out of your mascara by applying it like a pro. Check out these tips from makeup artist Wayne Goss.

Lip Balm:

sugar lip balmThe last step in you no-makeup makeup routine is one of the most important: lip balm! Who doesn’t want soft and kissable lips? The key to perfect lips, according to Self.com, lies within three steps: exfoliate, hydrate, and add a touch of color. We love Sugar Lip Treatment with its protective properties, luscious texture, and range of colors.

You now have all the tools and expert tips you need to get that fresh, fun summer look without looking like you tried to hard. Enjoy your no-makeup makeup look!

See how it’s done! Chloe Morello’s tutorial is one of our favorites!

-Team Clearogen

Your Go-To Guide on Acne Types

 

Photo courtesy of Prevention.com

Photo courtesy of Prevention.com

Lots of people suffer from acne, but not all acne is the same, there are a variety of acne types. Your sister might be plagued with blackheads, while you get bright red bumps that sometimes contain pus. We’re here to tell about the different types of pimples, what causes them and what can you do about it.

Papules

These are the most common, the red pimples you see most people suffer from. They occur when sebaceous (a.k.a oil) glands get clogged with dirt and bacteria and infection occurs.

Blackheads

These small black spots are commonly known as acne vulgaris and look like little black specs of dirt but actually get their color from skin’s pigments reacting with air. They occur when the pores are partially clogged.

Whiteheads

These small, hard, white bumps happen when a pore is completely blocked, versus the partially blocked pores that result in a blackhead. The good news is they heal faster than other types of acne.

Pustules

One of the most visible, pustules are actually cysts that appear large, red and inflamed and have white center filled with pus. No matter how tempted, do not pop these or you risk scarring.

Cystic acne

This is a type of acne vulgaris but more severe. These bumps are also filled with pus but are larger than other types of acne and incredibly painful. This is one of the most difficult types to treat.

Nodules

Nodules are hard bumps beneath the surface of the skin. They are also difficult to get rid of and are painful. Because they are under the skin, these bumps tend to stay put for long periods of time and recur frequently. Make sure to talk to your dermatologist if you have nodules.

The good news is, no matter what type of acne you suffer from, there are products out there that can help you get clear skin. Treat the problem with clinically proven solution, Clearogen, and you’ll start seeing clearer skin in as little as 30 days.

Clearogen works because it blocks DHT (dihydrotestosterone) is a byproduct of testosterone. DHT stimulates the oil glands to produce excessive oil, which leads to clogged pores and oily skin and creates the perfect environment for bacteria to settle in and form the skin inflammation that we know as an acne breakout.

Try Clearogen’s three-step acne treatment, which includes a foaming cleanser, clarifying toner and acne lotion, today and take control of your acne.

– Team Clearogen

Sources:

http://skincare.allwomenstalk.com/different-kinds-of-blemishes-to-beware-of

https://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/for-kids/about-skin/acne-pimples-and-zits/different-kinds-of-pimples

http://www.clearogen.com/

 

I’ve Tried It All: Acne Clearing Myths

acne myth
I’m 25 and have been suffering from acne since I was 15 and it wasn’t until recently- last year- that I found an acne treatment that actually worked. Clearogen’s three-step acne treatment set has worked wonders for my skin. Check out the science behind this amazing product: http://www.clearogen.com/the-science/.

So I started thinking about what it took to get to this point and all the home remedies as well as expensive products I’ve tried over the years. Here are some of my biggest fails:

Toothpaste- I used to apply toothpaste to pimples because it would dry out the area and I thought that meant it was healing my blemish. Not so much. Toothpaste is meant for teeth, not skin. What I realized was actually going o was the toothpaste was burning my skin to some extent and causing irritation and redness.

Accutane– Now don’t get me wrong, this has worked for some people, just not me. It is a form of Vitamin A that reduces the amount of oil released by the oil glands. It is only prescribed in severe cases because there are so many negative side effects, like depression, dizziness, and dry, peeling and cracked skin.

Tanning- True, tan skin hides acne better than light skin and does dry out the skin, which may cause temporary clearing, but it does not eliminate acne and in fact can lead to even more serious skin problems like melanoma. I don’t know what I was thinking!

Popping zits- So tempting. My natural instinct is always to pop a zit because in my mind if I get rid of all that nasty stuff inside everything will be better. Well, while there have been times popping has helped some of my less severe spots clear up faster, I also am stuck with some scars due to my popping habit. Those are definitely harder to hide and get rid of than acne.

What it all comes down to is that for a long time I didn’t know that acne was caused by hormones, not dirty skin or eating too much chocolate (though those two things can definitely make acne worse). I tried all these surface level treatments looking for a magic cure. I’m so glad my dermatologist told me about Clearogen because it stops acne at the root of the cause by reducing DHT production (a derivative of the male hormone testosterone) and preventing excess oil production.

– Emma S. – Berkley, CA- guest blogger