Hair products can make acne worse

Very often I have clients come in for a facial and they complain about increased numbers of pimples in the hairline and especially behind the ears and on the neck. When all these areas combine, or it’s just in the hairline around the face, it’s inevitably the shampoo and conditioner they are using….

The ingredients in shampoos (and definitely in conditioners) are designed to coat the hair. They ‘stick’ to hair. They do not rinse out. This is how the shampoo marketers can promise you shiny, silky, soft hair. The ones that offer thicker, full bodied hair are worse. The shampoos and conditioners that claim to make your hair curly are the worst.

The ingredients may work well on the hair, but they are really bad for the skin. These shampoo and conditioner ingredients will ‘stick’ to the skin and help clog pores, so enabling the potential for more pimples. The conditioners in particular have ‘clinging’ ingredients that can easily clog pores. Conditioners should never be used around the hairline – only on mid to long hair length areas. All-in-one shampoo and conditioners are REALLY BAD for clogging pores and enabling pimples at the hairline, behind the ears and the neck.

Detergents used in almost all commercial shampoos will also strip your skin of it’s natural lipid barrier, and these are the same detergents used in almost all commercial skin cleansers. These detergents make dry hair dryer and oily hair oilier, the same way that they make dry skin dryer and oily skin oilier by overstimulating the sebaceous glands (the more you strip your natural lipid barrier off your skin the more the sebaceous glands will produce sebum (aka oil) to replace the lipid barrier – you will never win this battle so don’t even try to! See the video ‘how the skin works‘ and check out the blog entry on the best way to deal with oily skin).

The best shampoo I’ve found that is gentle to the hair and gentle to the skin, and will not clog pores and cause blackheads and potentially pimples, is a shea butter based baby shampoo. My personal favourite is SheaTouch Baby Shampoo and Body Wash. It does not foam. It does not smell like a fake fruit orchard. There are no plants growing around you when you shampoo. There are no birds tweeting. In fact none of the seductive marketing BS you see in ads for almost all commercial cleansers. The facts are that the ingredients in commercial shampoos are BAD for your skin. The SheaTouch baby shampoo is GOOD for the hair and the skin. Yes, it’s great for sensitive skin too!

As with your skin, you should wash your hair in cool water. Yes, the hair and skin are part of one body system – the Integumentary system – so both require cool water, not hot or warm water! YES, use the SheaTouch baby wash as your body wash – because shower gels and soaps are SO BAD for the body skin.

For dry flaky scalp, try using Scalpicin and the SheaTouch baby shampoo. Those harsh dandruff shampoos are so bad for the skin, and the environment, and they’ve all been tested on animals…..uuuugh!

Oil Cleansing Method…How to use Deep + Gentle Cleanser

Using a high quality oil based cleanser is the best thing for all skin types, and is the only type of cleanser that really does help to lift blackheads and yet does not strip your skin of it’s natural and vital lipid barrier….remember that ‘squeaky-clean’ is so totally bad, unnatural and unhealthy for all skin….

NOTE: Cleanse at night. Do NOT cleanse in the shower. You need to use cool water to cleanse.

OCM in 6 easy steps.

1. Do not wet face. Do not wet hands.

2. Apply about the size of US 25c coin to dry skin each P.M.

3. Move over skin in gentle circular motions for 1 to 2 minutes.

Concentrate on areas where you have blackheads and more ‘oil’ production.

It does not foam or have any of the tricks associated with all commercial detergent cleansers out there.

4. After 1 – 2 minutes add a little cool water to fingers and add it to the oil cleanser on your skin. Repeat 4x. The cleanser turns ‘milky’ with the addition of water.

At this point you will have the distinct tactile feeling of the skin of your fingers on the skin of your face – meaning there is no cleanser product separating them.

5. Remove all residue of the cleanser by splashing the face with cool water.

Your skin will feel soft, moist, and clean. There will be no unnatural ‘squeaky-clean’ feeling nor a sense of dryness on the vast majority of skin types.

6. Pat the skin dry with a clean soft towel and marvel at the great feeling.

It is important not to over cleanse the skin – only once a day (in the PM) is all your skin needs – unless you are a teenage type 4 acne sufferer who needs to cleanse twice per day – but the vast majority of people will just unbalance their skin by cleansing more than once per day.

To remove makeup like foundation, use more cleanser – you will have to try different amounts based on the type and quantity of makeup you apply to your face.

To remove eye makeup, apply cleanser to some cotton and wipe over eye area. Repeat if needed depending on the type and quantity of eye make up you applied. Do not rub harshly – just use a bit more cleanser. Be gentle with your skin – it does not deserve harsh treatment – after all you put the makeup on the skin – it’s not your skin’s fault – so be gentle with it!

Watch the OCM video at SkinCareTV.

Read the related blog entries on the easiest way to stop oily skin, and how to deal with oily skin in the morning.

Anti agingly feeding your skin organically – not sensationally addictively marketingly!

How exactly does one do this? Strictly speaking it is impossible to feed the skin – one feeds one’s body and all organs benefit therefrom (the skin is an organ), but lack of accuracy would never get in the way of marketing hype now would it? The mountains of marketing hype from skin care companies is overwhelming, but when you add in the food industry, the overall intensity of marketing hype becomes nauseating. Everything has to be sensationally addictive, or addictively sensational (the most biggest best ever!)…. I’m sure anti-agingly and addictively are not legal adverbs  but that in itself underscores the inaccuracy of marketing speak…and so too, in marketing speak, there is more than one way to decipher exactly what I mean when I title the article ‘feeding your skin organically’ when one determines what ‘organically’ means relative to the inaccurate description of ‘feeding the skin’…. :-)

The simple truth is that whatever you put IN your body will impact your skin! So why not make that impact a positive one rather than a negative one?

The essential approach to good skin care is:

1. Start with a nutritious daily diet.

2. Always treat your skin sensitively – no harsh or aggressive skin care products.

3. Find ways to reduce your stress levels….and count your blessings not your short comings….

So what about this nutrition thing????? It’s hard to get good nutrition facts because of marketing hype, and if we didn’t study nutrition at school, how are we to know? The answer – just be basic and eat like the animal we are! Why the heck did Mother Nature put fruit and vegetables on this planet? To make it look and smell pretty? They are there for us to eat…in their organic raw natural form.

We are organic beings and every fruit and vegetable on this planet is organic. Organic means that you and the plants are carbon based. Carbon is the basis of life on this planet. I always state that eating 5 fruit and 5 vegetable servings every day is essential for healthy and balanced skin – and such skin will naturally look and act in a more youthful way.

I recently discovered this blog, Authority Nutrition, that deletes the marketing hype and exposes just the scientific facts about food and fads. They claim to have 6 million readers, so the 2 people who read my blog may well know about them already :-)

In their recent blog entry on the 20 nutrition facts that should be common sense, I would start at #20 – Blaming new health problems on old foods doesn’t make sense… Eating naturally is what we are supposed to do – processed/refined/modified food is not….even if the marketers call it ‘organic’ processed refined modified food (#19). Then #17 – Health claims on packaging should never be trusted, and my favourite, #3 – The mainstream media should never be trusted for nutrition information…. Of note is #9, Feeding your gut bugs, as this has been a topic of some of my blogs recently that discuss how mistreating our skin bacteria can lead to, and enhance, sensitive skin

I also recommend that you check out this video of comedian Tom Naughton delivering a funny (sic!) presentation on how science and marketing skew the facts to prove their point and make us spend money….and in the end it all comes back down to the 20 common sense nutrition facts mentioned above :-)

Once you have happy, healthy, balanced skin, we can look at ways that new anti-aging skin care products may help you look even better :-) And by the by, eating fruit and vegetables is the most cruelty free form of skin care!

The Holiday Season can Worsen Skin Conditions! Part 3

Happy Holidays! We are supposed to smile and cheer and be happy, but very often it is a season that makes our skin unhappy. Why is this? Here is another major reason – following on from Part 1 and 2:

3. Climate. For most of the USA, the winter holiday season brings in cold weather, and in turn we increase the heating in our homes and offices. All around us, dry, artificially heated air is dehydrating our skin. Anyone with any level of sensitive skin will feel this more acutely. The skin feels dry, it may crack and flake, it may get irritated or red, it may even hurt. The dry air in planes will also impact your skin.

Solution: You will need to hydrate the skin with a hyaluronic serum like Sensitive Skin Clinic’s Hydrate + Serum that also has built in soothing ingredients like biosaccharide-2. Use a less aggressive AHA exfoliator maybe even a light exfoliation each night with the very effective Sensitive Skin Clinic Gentle + Exfoliate Gel. Increase the naturally hydrating aquaporin activity and functionality in every cell by using piptadenia colubrina peel extract (from a tree in the Brazilian rain forest) and found in Cell Youth Actif and Total Age Corrector. Do not use detergent cleansers – only truly gentle and sensitive skin cleansers that contain no detergent ingredients. Glycerin and Yucca extract are great for extremely sensitive skin. Other skin types can try an oil based cleanser like Sensitive Skin Clinic’s Deep + Gentle cleanser. Oil cleansers are great for removing makeup and also any level of dirt and debris, but it does not strip your essential natural lipid barrier off the skin. This is critical for any level of sensitive skin. Only use cool water on your face – no hot or warm water. Any level of warmth will make redness and irritation worse. Always soothe, cool and calm red and irritated skin. For a power boost to the skin before any big holiday event, use a soothing mask like Sensitive Skin Clinic’s Soothe + Hydrate Mask incorporating the super soothing ingredients of Sea Whip (from a marine plant), Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5) and Comfrey extract. Use a richer moisturizer that has shea butter extract in it. Shea butter comes from a tree nut, and though it does not naturally have a fabulous aroma, be sure to avoid the shea butter moisturizers and creams that have added fragrance because fragrance will worsen dry, irritated and red skin. For strong skin reactions, soothing aloe vera will help, and to help skin repair, aloe vera with glyco proteins from yeast will do an amazingly good job – as in aloCell Gel by Dr Gimmelsberger.

Being gentle to the skin will help it become naturally strong and balanced. Being aggressive will just weaken it further. A happier skin will look fresh and healthy, and younger. A happier skin is a happier you. Happy holidays!

The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions. Please see your doctor or a trained medical professional should you have any concerns.

The Holiday Season can Worsen Skin Conditions! Part 2

Happy Holidays! We are supposed to smile and cheer and be happy, but very often it is a season that makes our skin unhappy. Why is this? Here is another major reason – part 2 following on from part 1:

2. Food. Change of food and diet will often unbalance your digestive system and also can create more potential skin issues. An increase in consumption of complex carbohydrates, dairy, meat, and any reduction in fruit and vegetable consumption will dramatically alter the activity of inflammatory hormones like insulin and prostaglandin 2. And if alcohol consumption increases (especially if you have inflammatory skin conditions like rosacea and eczema) you will see a flare up of the condition with increased redness and discomfort.

Solution: Yes, it is difficult, but you need to try and control your diet – resist all the candy and processed foods of the season. Reduce alcohol intake. Your body needs healthy antioxidants, but your skin may need it even more. Use the multi-level topical Antioxidant Defense Complex every morning before moisturizer. It contains 18 different antioxidants in 1 topical solution. Use it IN ADDITION TO consuming 5 fruit and 5 vegetable servings every day!

Being gentle to the skin and treating it sensitively, will help it become naturally strong and balanced. Being aggressive will just weaken it further. A happier skin will look fresh and healthy, and younger. A happier skin is a happier you. Happy holidays!

The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions. Please see your doctor or a trained medical professional should you have any concerns.