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Skin Mapping Helps Unmask Skin Conditions

What Acne Outbreaks Are Telling You

By Lauren Salapatek, Modern Magazine

Did you know that acne could be linked to health issues? According to traditional Chinese medicine, internal imbalances in our body can show up on our face. These issues can show up in the form of acne, dark circles or rashes.

Although western medical practitioners find little truth to face mapping, many Eastern medicine practitioners believe otherwise. “There are no medical studies to link facial mapping with specific breakout areas, but there may be factors you are overlooking,” says dermatologist Dr. Brian Russell.

According to Chinese medicine,  the location of acne on your face can indicate the underlying cause. Here, MODERN has compiled our own face mapping guide which can help you diagnose your acne problems. If you’re an esthetician, you might find this very interesting.

UPPER FOREHEAD (Zone 1): You could be experiencing poor digestive health and/or your body may be having trouble digesting food, which can lead to a build-up of toxins.
Associated with the: Bladder and Digestive System.
The Fix: Load up on antioxidant rich foods like berries, nuts and green tea.

LOWER FOREHEAD (Zone 2): Breakouts in this area of your face can be triggered by irregular sleep, stress, bad blood circulation or depression.
Associated with the: Bladder and Digestive System
The Fix: Adults require 7-8 hours of sleep per day. However, the National Sleep Foundation says there is no “magic number” of hours. The number of hours needed varies across populations and the individual. Get more beauty sleep.

BETWEEN EYEBROWS (Zone 3): Pimples in this area can be a directly linked to consuming too much alcohol or a diet that’s high in fat. This area can also indicate a food allergy.
Associated with the: Liver.
The Fix: Cut down on the partying. Eat more fruit and leafy greens.

UNDER EYES (Zone 4): Dark circles in these areas is a sign of dehydration.
Associated with the: Kidneys.
The Fix: Drink more water for your skin.

NOSE (Zone 5): This area can tell you if you are experiencing too many fluctuations in blood pressure and stress.
Associated with the: Heart.
The Fix: Manage your blood pressure with a monitor.

RIGHT AND LEFT CHEEKS (Zone 6): Do you have lung allergies or smoke cigarettes? Those who smoke tend to have acne breakouts on the cheeks. Also, you may see broken capillaries in this area. Acne in the lower parts of your cheeks may suggest dental issues like Gingivitis.
Associated with the: Lungs/Respiratory System.
The Fix: Quit smoking.

SIDES OF CHIN (Zone 7): Hormonal changes and stress can leave this spot imbalanced. Breakouts occur on either side of your chin right around the time of your menstrual cycle. Interesting Fact (from laurenconrad.com) Breakouts in this area happen on one side or another depending on which ovary is ovulating that month.
Associated with the: Reproductive organ or kidneys.

BOTTOM OF CHIN (Zone 8): This is a sign of digestive issues.
Associated with the:
Stomach.
The Fix:
Try adding more fiber to your diet or detoxing.

EARS (Zone 9): You could be experiencing dehydration which could be caused from too much salt and caffeine. If you drink too much soda, coffee or alcohol, this area can get affected.
Associated with the: Kidneys.
The Fix: Drink more water — limit your salt intake.

For more information about face mapping and other skin conditions, please contact us at Skin Care Plus. We are skin care experts who use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area.

Skin Care News via http://www.modernsalon.com/features/spa-skin-care/Face-Mapping-What-are-Your-Acne-Breakouts-Telling-You-275314201.html

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Clean Your Face Properly For Optimum Skin Health

Facial Cleansing Twice Per Day Promotes Healthy, Beautiful Skin

Cleansing your face is the first and most important step in your twice daily skin care routine. If the skin is not clean, your toners, serums and lotions or creams will not be effective. Also not cleansing appropriately will cause the skin to be rough feeling, congested, dull, dry, and age faster. So to have healthier, younger looking skin, you need to cleanse twice a day. Once in the morning is sufficient, but two times at night is necessary.

A morning wash gets all of the dead skin cells that float around your room, other pollution in your house, and the skin care product you have on from the night before. It’s best to clean the face twice at night to really clear off the makeup, oil and perspiration that develops, and the toxins from the air. Even if you don’t wear makeup, cleanse your face twice at night.

To accomplish this you need a gentle cleanser that is still powerful enough to remove the collected debris. A professional cleanser is best. Most of them can take the eye makeup off too. And the disposable wipes are not a thorough enough cleansing. They are only good for a pre-cleanse. Soaps are a no-no also because they are too harsh and cause the skin to be dry and irritated. They can leave a film on the face, preventing absorption of your serums and creams.

Wet your hands and face with warm water. Apply cleanser to every area of the face and neck with your fingers, getting into every nook and cranny. Rewet your face and massage lightly for at least 30 seconds each time you wash, more can be better. This helps you to clean out the pores better and soften the residue. You can liken this to soaking your pots and pans. The soap softens the residue and makes for easier cleaning. Use a soft washcloth and warm water to remove all the cleanser. (A fresh washcloth needs to be used each time.) Then splash your face with warm water to be sure all the cleanser is off. You can pat dry lightly if you are not using a toner. Otherwise, leave you face damp for the next step.

Other Skin Care Tips

  • Going to bed with makeup on can age your skin up to seven times faster.
  • Cold water should never be used to wash your face. It blocks the skin from a proper cleanse and exfoliation because the pores are constricted.
  • Medicated lip balms that have camphor actually dry out your lips. No petroleum or mineral oil, they also dry your lips. Look for shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, aloe, vitamins A, D and E.

To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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Surgeon General Issues New Warning About Tanning, Skin Cancer

Most Skin Dangers Completely Avoidable

Those of you tanning or burning your skin this summer should stop — seek the shade, wear a hat and some sunscreen and, whatever you do, stay out of indoor tanning salons. It’s a familiar skin-cancer prevention message, but it’s coming from a new source: the office of the U.S. Surgeon General. The call to action from acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, released Tuesday, says that skin cancer is a “major public health problem” and that too much exposure to indoor and outdoor ultraviolet light is a major cause. It comes just two months after the Food and Drug Administration announced it will soon require labels on tanning beds and lamps warning against use by anyone younger than 18.

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But more action is needed, because skin cancers in the United States, unlike many other cancers, continue to rise, the new report says. Nearly 5 million people in the United States are treated for skin cancer each year, at a cost of $8.1 billion, the report says. About 63,000 cases are the most serious kind, melanoma, and about 6,000 of those cases are directly linked to indoor tanning, the report says. The report says ultraviolet radiation exposure from indoor tanning is “completely avoidable.”

In an interview, Lushniak said it is time for additional states to join the several that have banned indoor tanning by minors and the 44 with some kind of restrictions. The report also calls for individuals — of all skin colors — to follow the usual advice for minimizing sun exposure, including using sunscreen, hats and shade. It also says everyone from schools to businesses to urban planners have roles to play in providing shady spaces and making it easier for people to protect themselves. The report does not say we should all live in caves. “Enjoy the great outdoors,” Lushniak says, “but take steps to protect your skin.”

There’s some evidence some people are listening to some of the warnings: Indoor tanning use by teens dropped in recent years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC says 12.8% of teens younger than 18 admitted to indoor tanning in 2013, down from 15.6% in 2009. The World Health Organization called indoor tanning devices cancer-causing in 2009. It says that tanning laws are linked to less tanning in teen girls. The report “is a major step forward in the fight against the epidemic of skin cancer, but the value of this step will be measured in the follow up,” says Tim Turnham, executive director of the Melanoma Research Foundation.

The Indoor Tanning Association did not immediately return a call for comment. In past statements, the industry group has disputed the WHO position that tanning devices cause cancer and has also said use by teens should be up to parents, not government.

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To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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Skin Care Tips From Mayo Clinic

Protect Skin From The Sun, Bad Diet

Don’t have time for intensive skin care? Pamper yourself with these basic tips from the Mayo Clinic. Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay the natural aging process and prevent various skin problems. Get started with these five skin care tips.

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1. Protect yourself from the sun: A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer. For the most complete sun protection:

  • Use sunscreen. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. When you’re outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours — or more often if you’re swimming or perspiring.
  • Seek shade. Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest.
  • Wear protective clothing. Cover your skin with tightly woven long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats. Also consider laundry additives, which give clothing an additional layer of ultraviolet protection for a certain number of washings, or special sun-protective clothing — which is specifically designed to block ultraviolet rays.

2. Don’t smoke: Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin — the fibers that give your skin its strength and elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking — such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke — can contribute to wrinkles.

3. Treat your skin gently: Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin. To keep it gentle:

  • Limit bath time. Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. Limit your bath or shower time, and use warm — rather than hot — water.
  • Avoid strong soaps. Strong soaps and detergents can strip oil from your skin. Instead, choose mild cleansers.
  • Shave carefully. To protect and lubricate your skin, apply shaving cream, lotion or gel before shaving. For the closest shave, use a clean, sharp razor. Shave in the direction the hair grows, not against it.
  • Pat dry. After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin.
  • Moisturize dry skin. If your skin is dry, use a moisturizer that fits your skin type. For daily use, consider a moisturizer that contains SPF.

4. Eat a healthy diet: A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. The association between diet and acne isn’t clear — but some research suggests that a diet rich in vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might promote younger looking skin.

5. Manage stress: Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin — and a healthy state of mind — take steps to manage your stress. Set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect.

Skin Care News via: http://www.mayoclinic.org/skin-care/art-20048237

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To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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Geneva Skin Care Expert Offers Tips For Men

Men Tuning In To Better Skin Care

Cleansing and moisturizing are not enough to keep male skin healthy and clean. To avoid dry, dull and brittle skin, follow these simple tips:

Cleanse: Cleansing is essential to sanitize your skin and eliminate dead skin cells. Use mild cleanser that cleanses the skin without drying it. Men often are not as diligent about washing their face before sleep to remove dirt and germs and stimulate the circulation. Cleansing is must for clear skin and to avoid acne.

Moisturize: Moisturizing prevents cracks, dry and dull skin. A moisturizer doesn’t mean a greasy afterglow. Many moisturizers are light and can protect your skin for hours.

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Sunscreen: Use a sunscreen with minimum SPF 30. Sunlight damages collagen in the skin, which causes the skin to lose it’s firm tone, which causes sagging and wrinkles with age.

Lip Care: You need to pay attention to your lips as well. They also tan and chap and look bad. A good lip balm is a must to cure all these problems; it also makes them soft and supple.

Facials: Ak the women in your life if a professional facial makes you look and feel your best. As our clients know, facials can open up clogged pores, remove dead skin, improve circulation and provide many anti-aging benefits.

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To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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