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Sensitive skin with acne – solutions are available

A cry for help from a viewer of the SkinCareTV channel’s video ‘The 12 Worst Things for Sensitive Skin’:

Lina: hello wonderful sir, thank you so much for your videos. You have no idea how grateful I’m for finding your channel and listening to your advices. literally I’m on tears from shock. I’m a 19 years old girl with horrible sensitive skin. My skin is level 1 in sensitivity and I’ve acne all over it, went to a dermatologist and she gave me adapalene, used it for a really long time and all I noticed was that my skin is getting worse and worse. However, that’s what happen at first, they said. after that I stopped using it but felt no change at all and I won’t even describe the depression and anxiety I suffered from going to college every day with my face like that. right now I’m using an acne biotic lotion (it consist of zinc and erthomycin, aslo want to know if it’s any good for my skin!) and I’m following the advices you gave in the other video on what’s best for sensitive skin. I wash my face and shower only with cool water. in the morning if my face gets oily I wash it with flowerwater. I looked up for the product you recommended but found nothing to clean my face with except glycerin soup (you see I’m not an American, I live in Egypt^) also most moisturisers and sunscreen have alcohol or sodium and they make my face look glowy, so I know you don’t quite know the products provided in my country but if you could recommend me something that’s is well known everywhere, that would be great. Thank you so much again, I hope you never stop posting videos and spreading awareness. sorry for the long post ^^ it just I’ve been enduring alot and finally found the right place to let it out 😀

Response from SkinCareTV: I appreciate how upsetting it is to have bad skin as I’ve suffered with genetic acne and sensitive skin all my life. Any form of prescription vitamin A (adapalene, tazoratene, tretinoin) is for cystic acne. They are not ‘spot’ treatments. They do not cure acne. check out my video on acne – it’s a very big topic of discussion – and there are no ‘easy-1-2-3-step’ products that will control it while being ‘good’ for your skin.

Yes, cool water only. Use the glycerin soap at night rather than in the morning. I prefer a very gentle cleanser like Extreme + Sensitive Cleanser.  Just splash the face with cool water in the morning. Try not using moisturizer – usually acne skin produces enough of it’s own natural moisturizer…the stuff people erroneously call oil. Try an hydration gel (like Hydrate + Serum) in morning and evening. Use a gentle enzyme exfoliator to reduce the ability of dry dead skin cells to block the pores (see the ingredients in the sensitive skin clinic ‘No Dry Skin + Enzyme Gel‘ and see if you can find something similar in your country).

Make sure your diet is skin-positive…mainly fruit and vegetables…eliminate processed carbohydrates (breads etc), eliminate dairy and meat. If you can find the book ‘the clear skin diet‘ by logan and treolar, read it. Teenage hormones are always going to be a problem for a lot of people – but be sure not to make the situation worse by eating badly or using harsh skin care products.

The stress hormone ‘cortisol’ also makes acne worse and only a good night’s sleep and meditation can reduce daily cortisol build up. I prefer colloidal sulfur in a spot treatment (like Clear It) product because it is not irritating for sensitive skin…I hate the use of benzoyl peroxide products because they are very irritating. The antibiotic you’ve been given is just to control bacteria, and it is effective, but I don’t like the use of antibiotics because better skin care techniques work better than relying on antibiotics (which many bacteria have become resistant to due to over use by prescribing doctors).

The products at Blue Turtle Spa Online Shop are available for international orders but you will need a PayPal account to facilitate that. You will also be able to purchase an online video consultation which often helps in me providing you with better skin care advice, once I’ve seen your skin condition.

I hope that helps… thank you for liking my videos 🙂

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.

Acne prone sensitive skin – help with skin care solutions

A visitor to the SkinCareTV channel on YouTube asked for help after viewing the video 3 Levels of Sensitive Skin:

Question from Emily Lan:

Hi, I have combination acne prone skin. I swim 4-5 times a week and for days after I swim my skin is flaky and when I use any product on my face it literally feels like it’s burning my skin off. The acne treatment I use is 0.5% adapalene and it works really well. The areas on my face that burn the most are around my mouth, nose, temples, and sometimes cheeks, so mostly all of it. Any moisturizer I try burns, even days after my last swim session. My skin feels like it’s burning with any slightest touch… help please?

Response from SkinCareTV:

Unfortunately most swimming pools are highly chlorinated – and that strips the natural lipid barrier off the skin, causing it to be more prone to sensitivity, and simultaneously increases the dry flakiness of the outer layer of the skin. The dry flaky skin increases the potential to block the pores and produce pimples. The reduced barrier function increases reactivity of the skin and often results in tiny pimples which are more irritation than acne.

Adapalene and the other forms of prescription Vitamin A (tretinoin and tazoratene) will also make your skin sensitive and more reactive. Prescription vitamin A was developed for cystic acne…i would never recommend that you use it for spot treatment of acne or pimples.

All in all, you are doing a lot to make your skin unbalanced and thus more reactive and here are some ways you can try and reduce the damaging impacts

So, swimming is good exercise, but maybe try increasing some other non swimming form of exercise and rely less on swimming. If that’s not possible, then protect your skin from the drying (and thus sensitizing) effect of chlorine water by putting a layer of vaseline/petrolatum/petroleum jelly on your skin before swimming…wipe it off when finished swimming, and use a gentle (non detergent) cleanser or an oil based cleanser (like Deep + Gentle Cleanser or Dr Schwab Sensitive Cleanser) to remove any residue from your skin. Use a gentle enzyme exfoliator after cleansing – it will help eliminate the dry flakes on the skin that help cause pimples…never use a scrub or anything harsh. Apply a hydration gel all over, and moisturize only where you naturally don’t produce your own natural moisturizer (aka that stuff that comes out of our pores called sebum). Use only cool water at all times – never hot or warm water.

Re-balance the skin and it will naturally get stronger. Have patience and build the skin’s strength slowly because swimming will naturally keep it weak… check out my other videos on how the skin works, when is exfoliation necessary, the worst and best things for sensitive skin, as well as the correct sequence to apply skin care products.

I hope your skin gets stronger and happier 🙂

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 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.

What you eat affects Climate Change AND your skin condition

What we do and what we eat affects climate change. What we do and what we eat affects our skin. If you suffer from any level of sensitive skin, acne, rosacea, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis etc, you should be VERY concerned about what you eat AND what climate change means for your skin condition…. Each individual’s carbon footprint on this planet is HUGE. We can’t blame others for climate change. It’s all about what WE do INDIVIDUALLY. As an added benefit, your eating habits can also reduce the amount of animal cruelty on this planet.

In this Yahoo News article, studies are showing that eating animal products is contributing more to climate change than driving your car! Nope – that does not mean that all is forgiven and you can drive your car guilt-free again!

There is also a definite link between Acne and diet – I see it all the time in my treatment rooms – and you can read the blog article here. There is research showing the link between the two. Eating red meat and consuming dairy is bad for acne sufferers. Consuming dairy products is bad for EVERYONE with any kind of sensitive skin condition that produces red, itchy, inflamed, uncomfortable skin with red bumps, pustules and pimples. Read a well researched book (The Clear Skin Diet) about the diet you need to help clear up your skin condition.

And what can you do about climate change? Well, there is a lot…and it’s simple.. Start by taking the 50% climate change challenge.

If you have any type of sensitive skin condition (including acne and rosacea), you can help your skin in a severe climate changed world by:

  1. Only ever use cool water for cleansing. NO hot or warm water on red, irritated or inflamed skin conditions – EVER!
  2. Cleanse only once per day – in the evening. Too much cleansing is bad for everyone’s skin. Just splash the face with cool water in the morning. Use only gentle cleansers with no detergents in them (so that excludes Cetaphil, Neutrogena, and most other commercial cleansers available in super markets, drug stores and department stores).
  3. Apply a light hydration serum like Sensitive Skin Clinic’s Hydrate + Serum to help keep your skin hydrated morning and night.
  4. Apply a multi level antioxidant defense complex on the skin every morning and make sure you consume lots of antioxidants by eating 5 fruit and 5 vegetable servings every day.
  5. Always wear a mineral sunscreen like the silky smooth Sensitive Skin Clinic Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40 with 20% clear zinc. Wear sunscreen every day, all year round. Skin cancers may become even more common in a climate changed world.

Eating less (or zero) animal products plus using only plant based skin care products that are not tested on animals, will further increase your positive impact on the planet. For more information about animal testing of skin care products, watch this SkinCareTV video at YouTube (there are NO graphic images in the video).

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.

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.