Posted by : July 10, 2011
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Bloggers have long been posting non-stop about the benefits of jojoba oil. What is it and how does it help people with acne issues? And what are my experiences with it? Firstly, let’s begin with a basic rundown:
Despite it’s name, jojoba oil is actually not an oil but what is known as a wax ester that is a botanical extract derived from the jojoba tree. The best thing about jojoba oil is that it is the most similar to sebum, human skin oil. Due to this fact, it is suggested that we either use jojoba oil as a daily moisturizer or add a few drops of it into our regular daily moisturizer to keep our skin supple and hydrated.
Why is it a good moisturizer? You may have heard that dry skin can also exacerbate oil production in our skin. If you think about it, it makes sense – our skin creates even more oil when it is dry in order to compensate for the dryness. Thus, by moisturizing with jojoba oil, we can trick the skin into believing that we have enough oil and balance oil production.
Since jojoba oil is not water based, it will not evaporate during the day and will keep our skin moisturized for the entire day. Some of you may be concerned that jojoba oil can clog your pores but it is non-comedogenic and absorbs well. For those of you using it on your skin, it is best if you choose a brand that is organic and free of GMOs and pesticides.
The highest rated jojoba oil on the market so far seems to be the Desert Essence Organic Jojoba Oil. I personally purchased Acne.org’s Organic Jojoba Oil.
Review: Despite my terrible experience using solely jojoba oil in the OCM method, I do still love jojoba oil as a moisturizer. I sometimes will add 1-2 drops into my Olay Complete All Day Moisture Lotion, SPF 15 and I especially feel that my skin is less flaky even while using Tazorac 0.1% and 10% benzoyl peroxide. In terms of the oiliness of my skin, I do feel that I blot less whenever I do add jojoba oil into my moisturizer.
I also use a few drops as a hair treatment over other day and my hair feels absolutely great! It feels silkier and I have not see frizz or split ends since I started to use the product. A warning though, I would not use that much jojoba oil in my hair during the summer since it’ll just look extremely greasy and disgusting. Also, do not go overboard on the jojoba oil, limit it to less than 10 drops because it tends to make your skin shiny and oily.
Jojoba oil is a great investment since you can use it for just about anything. Other than using it as a moisturizer or hair conditioner, you can use it as a make-up remover, lip balm, massage oil or to prep your skin for shaving.
Posted by : July 2, 2011
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I always had interest in and high expectations for alternative health – maybe its the inner hippie in me? I also follow a lot of guru’s and health blogs related to acne, such as High on Health, that has influenced me to start trying to heal my acne holistically. I wanted to start incorporating holistic methods of treatment into my daily regimen, not only to try and treat my acne but also to strengthen my overall health. I have used almost everything short of Accutane (both OTC and Rx medications) and have always experienced a relapse. I hope that holistic methods will help me be acne-free (as “free” as my skin will allow) for a long, long time.
While many people initially argue that diet has nothing to do with acne, I strongly believed that it was one of the major players in my summer flare up. In a way, acne is a sign or symptom of imbalance in the body – whether it be a hormonal, chemical or what-have-you. When our bodies become imbalanced, it gets stressed – and what does stress lead to? Acne.
My skin started to break out like crazy the moment I returned home after graduating from college last month in June 2011. I believe that my break out is caused by a number of things – especially the sudden change of environment and sporadic diet. The weather back at home (very dry, heat in the upper 90s and lower 100s each day, with stagnant air pollution) is very different than that of the Bay Area (relatively cool, steady temperatures in the 60s and 70s all year long, precipitation and regular winds). I also felt my body struggling to digest the foods that I was eating – summer vacation inevitably means the amount of junk food in my diet increases.
I believe that a combination of an irregular diet high in unhealthy processed foods and exposure to pollutants in the environment has led to toxic buildup in my body. Toxins create an imbalance in the body, which can manifest itself in the form of acne. Your major organs such as your skin, liver, stomach and intestines can become stressed trying to correct that imbalance.
In the next article, I will go over some of the things that I am doing and taking in order to get my body back into balance!
Posted by : June 29, 2011
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For those of you who also suffer from acne (especially to those with severe acne), you’ll know how hard it is to show an image of your face to others. For some reason, seeing a picture hurts so much more than looking in the mirror. It’s like your mind automatically adjusts your vision so that what you see isn’t “as bad” as it really looks. But a camera is merciless. I figured, I needed to do this so that I wouldn’t have to live in fear of my acne.
I would have to say that my acne that you see below is actually not the worse that it has been. At the moment however, I have a feeling that if I let it progress without changing my lifestyle and treatments around…that it would soon return to the extremely severe acne I had a couple years ago.
As you can see, my acne is concentrated on the lower portion of my face. I have whiteheads and a few pustules and papules located on my right and left cheek. I mainly have nodules, pustules and papules located on my upper lip, chin and around my jawline. I actually have not had a break out on my forehead regions in several years – not since about sophomore or junior year of high school. Doing some basic research on face mapping and how it can explain acne, I believe that my acne is mainly due to a hormonal imbalance.
In the recent months, I have made a few new “discoveries” and developed a few new “theories” as to how I could go about healing my acne. I will be going into these separate methods of treatment in the next upcoming posts but as a quick rundown, these are some of the things I’ll touch on:
1) Holistic methods of treating my acne.
2) Review of current products I am using. For a quick list, check out my regimen.