Monthly Archives: December 2014

Sensitive Skin’s complex relationship with bacteria

The ‘common wisdom’ that bacteria are bad for your skin is generally not very wise at all. The strength of your skin depends on the strength and balance of the natural bacteria that are supposed to be on it.

Whether you like it or not, bacteria are supposed to be part of us. We could not exist on this planet if not for the gazillions of bacteria that live in us – in every single cell there are elements of bacteria that enable us to prosper and thrive on this planet.

A weak skin will tend to be more sensitive. It will react to many topical products just because it is weak. What can make the skin stronger? A balanced diet of 5 fruit and 5 vegetable servings every day, no processed and junk food, using gentle and non aggressive skin care products, and NO ANTI BACTERIAL SKIN CARE PRODUCTS!

Killing off the bacteria on your skin does you a great disservice…it unbalances the skin and sets you up for more sensitive reactions. I’ve written about this many times so I will give you the links to those blog entries rather than repeating myself…

Safeguard your bacteria for skin and body health, as well as Acne bacteria – some good and some bad.

And here is a great article about your skin biome and why it is important to safeguard it….he also links to his 1st article about the skin biome for those who are interested in learning more…. Mark Sisson is a well known writer and healthcare promoter and a great believer in the simple paleolithic diet (also known as the paleo diet).

So the best approach to Sensitive (unbalanced) skin (because you’ve been faithfully following the antibacterial approach) is to treat your skin sensitively using the Sensitive Skin Clinic approach. Follow the list of good things for your skin and refrain from engaging in any of the bad things… And more importantly, resist the urge to believe the hysterical media hype about bacteria… Once your skin is balanced and strong you will be amazed at how it no longer reacts and presents itself as sensitive!

If you have severe skin conditions then opportunistic bacteria can make the condition worse. These kinds of conditions should be handled by medical professionals. 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.

Anti aging with antioxidants

Aging happens! Skin aging can happen a lot more rapidly! Antioxidants can slow down both. With 20% oxygen in our atmosphere at all times, everything organic (living) will oxidise and eventually die. The sun damages our skin by setting up free radicals and only antioxidants will help reduce free radical damage. The sun is present every single day of our lives (UVA and UVB) and with UVA penetrating clouds, fog, windows, we cannot escape it – unless we live in a concrete bunker and never see the light of day!

So what is to be done?

1. Eat 5 fruit and 5 vegetable servings every day!

2. Apply a multitude of topical antioxidants to the skin every day from your teenage years onwards (like antioxidant defense complex). Why – what’s the rationale? see this blog article to get all the facts.

3. Apply a mineral (zinc and/or titanium) sunscreen to the skin every day (rain or shine, summer or winter).

What about taking antioxidant supplements? Well I’ve never been a fan of relying on pills to provide what natural fruit and vegetables do. Our body is made to digest real fruit and vegetables not just pills…if we only had to consume pills, we would have very small mouths – just a hole to pop a pill into! Here is an article from Mother Jones that will get you thinking twice about relying on your antioxidant supplements…

To find out more about antioxidants, view this SkinCareTV video at YouTube.