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Portion Control is a Key Ingredient
With so many different products out there, using a combination of creams, foams, scrubs, serums, moisturizers and other components, it’s nearly impossible to decipher what it is that works for you.
Not only is there enough products out there to make your head spin, everybody’s different – so what might work for one person might not work for another.
In the search for effective acne treatments that will work best for your skin, there are a few things to consider, all of which are linked in one way or another. Here’s what you need to pay close attention to if you really want to rid yourself of acne and obtain clear, pimple-free skin.
This is important, as your skin type will ultimately dictate how your body reacts to a specific treatment, so what kind of skin do you have? Is it dry and rough? Is it patchy and sandy? Is it oily and moisturized? Is it somewhere in between?
It’s a common myth that only people with oily skin can get acne, but that simply isn’t true, although they are more prone to breakouts than those without oily skin. Both oily-skinned and dry-skinned people can experience horrible acne, but the way to treat the two of them is very different.
Oily skin often requires a holistic treatment, combining oral supplements that affect the hormones and oil-producing mechanisms deep in the skin that cause acne. Treatments that only have a topical element to them are often useless on this type of skin.
On the other hand, those with dry skin have acne that is caused by buildups of dry skin and other debris. For people with this type of skin, an exfoliating cream is a necessity, as it clears the dry skin that is blocking their pores and causing the acne.
Somewhere in between lies those with neither excessively oily nor excessively dry skin. These people usually require an array of treatments in order to see significant results.
In terms of appearance, they’re pretty much exactly what they sound like: small blemishes with whitish “heads,” which result when the follicles get plugged with sebum and dead skin cells. Sebum is another word for oil but don’t be alarmed. Your skin needs a certain amount of natural oil to protect and nourish your skin. It’s only when there’s excess sebum and dead skin cells that you risk clogged pores.
If you see tiny blemishes that look like black dots, you’ve got blackheads. Like whiteheads, blackheads are, dermatologically speaking, classified as comedones. But unlike whiteheads, which are closed, blackheads are open, hence the black appearance—it’s what happens when the debris inside the follicle becomes oxidized. Comedones are another term for clogged hair follicles (pores). So if it’s clean and clear, call it a pore; if it’s clogged, call it a comedo or the plural, comedones.
Considering papules represent the phase beyond whiteheads, when the presence of bacteria, sebum, and dead skin cells under the skin have caused inflammation, you should know papules by their redness and swelling—not to mention, the absence of pus. Relatively speaking, they’re small to medium in size. Since inflammation and irritation are the symptoms of a papule, it’s best not to apply anything that will dry it out further. The goal is to soothe and calm the area until the medication helps subside it.
Pustules are similar to papules, but they’ve got pus—which hopefully makes the name easy to remember! Because they contain whitish or yellowish-looking pus, they can look a lot like bigger, “angrier” whiteheads, and they may feel painful to the touch. It’s tempting to want to squeeze them right away but you could pay for it later with a post-breakout scar. Patience is a virtue when it comes to pustules as you should wait until a whitehead is visible. Then you can carefully extract it.
If you’ve got a face full of large, red, inflamed blemishes that seem to last for months, chances are you’ve got one type of severe acne: nodules, cysts, or acne conglobata. These are indicative of a deeper condition than your average acne type and can cause more severe and permanent damage to your skin if left untreated. If topical, over-the-counter treatments aren’t clearing these types of blemishes after a few weeks, it’s time to see a doctor for stronger, prescription-strength medicine.
The type of acne that you’re experiencing is a huge factor in discovering the proper treatment for your acne.
There are major different types of acne. They are, in order from least serious to most problematic, as follow:
Age plays a big part in what kind of treatment works best for you. That’s one good reason to treat acne early.
As we get older, our skin begins to thin out, making it more sensitive to treatment. That’s why harsh treatments like Benzoyl Peroxide can be great for younger people, but it can seriously damage the skin in older people.
Likewise, younger people tend to have more oily skin, due to the constant flux of hormones that occur during the teenage years and early adulthood. Therefore, their treatment will differ from adult treatment.
So What Treatment Is Best For Me?
That’s not an easily answered question, because everyone is different. Some people have taken years to discover a skin care product that works for them. Many fall short of both expectations and advertising – Proactiv amongst them – and leave people angry and disheartened.
However, a breakthrough new treatment at Dr. Syverain Weight loss & Skincare Clinic seeks to cover every type of acne. This treatment, called Topical Acne Gel , is unlike any other product out there, and it could very well start jockeying with the big boys like Neutrogena and Proactiv. Actually it is better.
It is a combination of Clindamycin and a very low dose Benzoyl Peroxide – a spot cleanser, an exfoliating wash, a daily scrub, and a moisturizer – Topical Acne Gel seeks a holistic, rather than directed treatment, covering every type of acne out there.
The oral supplement Isotretinoin is a powerful treatment for hard to treat acne, working to uproot acne deep in the skin, like cysts and nodules, and even pustules, while the other treatments are perfect for eliminating the topical pimples like whiteheads and blackheads. It has even been shown to reduce acne scarring.
The topical treatments in Topical Acne Gel utilize Clindamycin with a very low dose of Benzoyl Peroxide, a treatment that is less harmful for sensitive skin, which can leave skin red and inflamed. This is especially useful in treating adult acne, which as noted earlier, is more sensitive to Benzoyl Peroxide.
At Dr Syverain Weight Loss & Skin Care Clinic we could attend to all your acne needs. Please give us a call today and start getting relief for your acne woes. Remember that it’s time to zap your zits with zest!
You can increase your muscle mass and lose fat by doing one simple thing. Stop eating two or three hours before you go to sleep. Going to bed slightly hungry is actually not a bad thing for gaining muscle, losing fat and general health.
Every time you eat a meal your metabolism increases a bit. But this effect is kind of opposite at night. At night your body naturally decreases its metabolic rate. Three hours after dinner the body prepares itself for sleep. The only calories you are going to burn during sleep are the calories that fuel main body functions such as heart beating, breathing and your eyes movement during the REM phase of sleep.
Eating before you go to sleep, especially starchy carbohydrates will increase sugar levels in your blood. Insulin gets released also in your blood to normalize this spike in blood sugar levels. This is bad because about 80-90% of HGH (the Human Growth Hormone that controls aging, controls metabolism, cell growth and repair, and regulates your lean body mass to fat ratio) is released while you sleep. High levels of insulin in your blood restrict the quantity of HGH released in your bloodstream.
So what can you do to increase HGH production ?
– Eat about 3 hours before you go to bed. Eat all your calories from carbohydrates during the day.
– Your last meal should be some sort of lean protein and non starchy carbohydrates like vegetables. Avoid starchy carbohydrates like pastas, breads, white rice, cereals, and potatoes. Good sources of lean protein include chicken breast, low fat cottage cheese, fish, turkey, and milk if you are trying to build muscle.
At Dr. Syverain Weight Loss & Skin Care Clinic we strive to provide you the tools that you need for permanent weight loss result. Drop us a line and tell us what you think.
Demonstrating once again the importance of a good night's sleep, new research has found that a six-month high-fat diet and one night of sleep deprivation could both impair insulin sensitivity in a similar manner and cause weight gain.
In this study, conducted at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA, researchers measured insulin sensitivity in eight male dogs, using an IV glucose tolerance test. They compared dogs before and after diet-induced obesity and one night of sleep deprivation, and compared those findings with the results of dogs that had a normal night's sleep.
Prior to being fed a high-fat diet, one night of sleep reduced insulin sensitivity by 33%, similar to the reduction caused by being fed a high-fat diet alone, which reduced sensitivity by 21%. Dogs that had impaired insulin sensitivity from the high-fat diet did not have further impaired sensitivity with one night of sleep deprivation.
The results from tests clearly showed that sleep deprivation can also lead to overall increased risk for metabolic diseases and increased food intake. "It is critical for health practitioners to emphasize the importance of sleep to their patients," said Caroline M. Apovian, MD, FACP, FACN, a Fellow and spokesperson for The Obesity Society. "Many patients understand the importance of a balanced diet, but they might not have a clear idea of how critical sleep is to maintaining equilibrium in the body."
At Dr. Syverain Weight Loss Clinic, we place great emphasis on eating a hearty breakfast every morning, walking at least 45 minutes five days a week and sleeping a minimum of seven hours every night. These few tricks could make the difference between maintaining your weight loss and gaining it all back.
People who have more body fat — regardless of their size — may have a higher risk of dying early than people whose bodies have less fat, new research suggests.
In contrast, having a high body-mass index (BMI) — a measure of weight in relation to height; often used to gauge obesity — was not associated with early death in the study.
The investigators said the findings support the idea that BMI is a fairly crude measure that may not reflect a person’s body composition, or be a good indicator of health.
Someone with a lot of muscle mass, for example, may have a high BMI and, technically, fall into the “overweight” category, explained researcher Dr. William Leslie.
So the relationship between body size and health “is more nuanced than the number on your bathroom scale,” said Leslie, a professor of medicine and radiology at the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg, Canada.
“It’s important to be attuned to what you’re made of, rather than just how much you weigh,” Leslie said.
The findings, published online March 8 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, may offer one explanation for the so-called “obesity paradox.”
It is quite surprising that the BMI has no correlation to early death as often been said for those who have obesity. What is this “obesity paradox” then?
That refers to a counter intuitive pattern that’s been seen in a number of studies: Overweight and moderately obese people with heart disease or other chronic ills tend to outlive thinner people with those same conditions.
But those studies have often relied on BMI, Leslie explained. And it’s possible that higher BMI reflects greater muscle mass and fitness, or less weight loss from a chronic disease — as opposed to some protective effect of body fat, he added.
For their study, Leslie’s team combed through data on more than 54,000 adults, mostly in their 60s, who’d undergone DXA scans to measure their bone density. Those bone scans have the bonus of allowing an estimate of a person’s body fat percentage.
Men in the top 20 percent had at least 36 percent body fat. And those with highest body fat were up to 59 percent more likely to die during the study period, versus men whose body fat was in the 28 percent to 32 percent range — which was about average for the group, according to the study.
The difference was smaller among women. Still, those with the highest percentage of body fat — about 39 percent fat or higher — were 19 percent more likely to die during the study period, compared with women in the 30 percent to 34 percent range (about average for the group), the study found.
In contrast, people with a BMI high enough to land them in the “obese” category didn’t show an increased death risk. And they were actually less likely to die than men and women with the lowest BMIs — lower than 24 or 25, which includes people in the “normal” weight range, Leslie pointed out.
In these older adults, he explained, a lower BMI may reflect waning muscle mass or frailty.
A researcher not involved in the study agreed.
“I think these findings help clarify some of the confusion around the obesity paradox,” said Rebecca Shenkman, director of the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education at Villanova University College of Nursing, in Pennsylvania.
More importantly, she said, the findings highlight the limits of BMI as a health indicator. “We really need to take a step back and look at everything’s that going on the body,” Shenkman said.
And, Shenkman said, it’s possible to be thin and out-of-shape.
“Healthy eating and regular exercise are more important than being skinny,” she said.
Leslie made the same point. “In our society,” he said, “there’s been this mantra that thin is ‘in,’ and being heavy is ‘bad.’ But health is about more than the number on your scale.”
At Dr. Syverain Weight Loss Center since 2002, I found waist line circumference to be a better indicator of health outcome than BMI in the absence of abdominal liposuction.
A woman trying to lose weight should have a waist circumference of 32 inches or fewer. While a man trying to shed some pounds should have a waistline of 35 or fewer.
In our clinic we believe strongly in measuring waistline circumference at least once a month for all our weight loss patients.
What a shocking relationship between BMI and health! Do you believe the BMI to be a good indicator of health or do you disagree like this article indicates? Please leave comments below and share your thoughts with us!
It can be challenging to maintain your weight after weight loss. It is important that you don’t fall into old habits after you lose weight. Here are some tips to help you maintain weight loss.
It is key that you exercise at least an hour every day. Exercising is a great way to stay healthy and fit. It also reduces the risk of developing certain diseases. It can reduce the risk of developing diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.
Watch Less TV:
It is also a good idea to minimize TV watching. Watching a lot of television can lead to bad habits. It can lead to eating an excessive amount of unhealthy foods like potato chips. It can also lead to laziness, and this can make you less active.
It is imperative that you eat a healthy breakfast on a daily basis. If you skip breakfast you may find yourself snacking more throughout the day. You should follow a low-fat, low-sugar, and low-calorie diet.
If you want to maintain a healthy weight you should exercise daily, watch less TV, and eat a healthy breakfast. Dr. Syverain provides weight loss programs in San Jose, CA. Please call us for diet counseling and nutritional programs.