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Eliminating Blackheads

What are blackheads? When a pore is clogged with skin debris (dead skin cells), sebum (oil produced by sebaceous glands) and Propionibacterium acnes (also known as P. acne), a comedo is formed. A comedo can be closed (whitehead) or open at the skin’s surface (blackhead). Oxidation (i.e. exposure to air), not dirt, is what causes blackheads to be black.   How to get rid of blackheads… Shedding agents are your best bet for clearing your face of unwanted facial foes like blackheads. Shedding agents help increase skin-cell turnover, thus, unclogging your pores of the gunk that caused the blackheads. Glycolic acid and salicylic acid are both shedding agents that are commonly used for chemical peels, a form of chemical exfoliation. They are among the safest…

Why Peptides Should Be Your Go-To Ingredient

Whenever we buy beauty products we always scan the ingredients section to see what beneficial stuff the products contain. But let’s be honest, some ingredients sound like tongue twisters or impossible to pronounce. If you are keen on finding the best products out there and a skin care ingredient that will target fine lines and wrinkles, then “peptides” are your go-to ingredient. Peptides are molecular links of amino acid, which are the building blocks of protein in the skin. So when peptides are applied topically it will help your skin produce the anti-wrinkle protein known as collagen. Collagen makes up about 75 % of our skin. Collagen is what gives your skin its smoothness, thickness, and suppleness. In other words, it gives your skin its youthful look. Over…

Periods and Pimples

Menstrual acne is a common condition amongst 65% of women. Women will PMS every month. Accordingly, the average woman will experience irritability, bloating, pains, and the undesirable breakout every month. But why do women breakout during this time? Two words…Hormonal changes. A women’s menstrual cycle is usually 28 days. Each day is hormonally different. A woman’s ovaries produce female sex hormones, and the two main hormones are estrogen and progesterone. Nevertheless, the ovaries also produce testosterone, which is a male hormone. During the beginning of a woman’s menstrual cycle, the leading hormone is estrogen. Estrogen controls sebaceous glands producing finer pores and drier skin. In mid-cycle, progesterone rises and becomes the predominate hormone. Unfortunately, progesterone stimulates the sebaceous glands increasing the production of sebum (an…

What Gives Your Age Away

None of us want to age. We want to stay young forever. Nevertheless, aging is a part of life and no one can escape it. Signs of aging will show up gradually. But some signs show up sooner than others and are much more obvious. MD Beauty Secrets reveals what visibly gives your age away and how to decelerate the aging process.   Hands Your hands, more so than any other body part, are the first to give your age away. You may start to notice your hands are aging in your 30s, or in your 40s when it is more apparent. Over the years, our hands go through a lot. We have a tendency to be the roughest with our hands, relying on them…

Why Are Mild Cleansers Better?

For healthy skin it is essential to wash your face twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. Nevertheless, using the wrong cleanser can worsen your skin. Many mistakenly believe the harsher the cleanser the better or that the type of cleanser they use doesn’t really matter so long as it cleans. Whether you have oily, dry or sensitive skin, a mild cleanser is the best way to go, Why? Your skin protects you from the bacteria, dirt and the environment (i.e. pollutants). Part of your skin’s defense system is a layer of oil produced by the sebaceous glands in your skin, known as sebum. Sebum helps stop unwanted excess, such as dirt, impurities, and microorganisms, from entering your body. Sebum also…

More on the Benefits of Antioxidants

Healthy choices have to start somewhere. So why not start with ANTIOXIDANTS! You can fight off diseases and build up your immune system while promoting healthier beautiful skin. How is that possible? Antioxidants are full of beneficial and powerful nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. The three major antioxidant vitamins are beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E. You’ll find them in colorful fruits and vegetables, with purple, blue, red, orange, and yellow hues (i.e. blueberries, strawberries, kale, broccoli, tomatoes, spinach, beets, nectarines, cantaloupes, etc.) Eating antioxidants is great but by time you see the improvements on your skin will take awhile. Using it topically will improve your complexion faster. Antioxidants can help in the repair of damaged skin by counteracting the effects of free…

Effective Acne Treatment Ingredients

With the numerous products out there it is difficult to make the right decision on what to use to treat and control your acne. MD Beauty Secrets is here to help you by providing you with more information on what acne treatment ingredients work and why. In the following article we have included over-the-counter (OTC) and prescriptive products.   Over-The-Counter (OTC) Benzoyl Peroxide Benzoyl peroxide is an antibacterial and antiseptic. It is used in both OTC and prescriptive acne products. It works by killing the bacteria that causes acne (also known as Propionibacterium acnes), increasing skin turnover, helping to dry up excess oils, and removing dead skin cells that obstruct your pores. Benzoyl peroxide is available in strengths from 2% to 10%. Since the ingredient…

Beauty Secrets For Your Thirties

When you enter your 30s signs of aging will start becoming more noticeable, particularly around your forehead and eyes, as well as naso-labial folds (the lines that run from the nose to the mouth) and corners of your mouth. The collagen and elastin levels in your skin tissue start to breakdown and your skin will become thinner and less plump. Your complexion will be dryer, and you may develop sensitive skin. Age spots may start to appear and your pores may become larger. The skin under your eyes becomes more delicate; as a result eye puffiness in the AM will take increasingly longer to wane. Aging is inevitable and you can not escape it. However, you can slow it down. Your 30s is the ideal…

Chemical Peels

Believe it or not, the skin we had a month ago is not the same as it is today. Everyday thousands of skin cells die, then flake and shed. New skin cells eventually replace the dead skin cells. The new skin cells travel from the lowest layer of the epidermis (which is the outer layer of cells that make up the skin) to the top layer and then shed off the skin. This keeps dead skin cells from building up on the skin’s surface. The process is known as skin cell renewal factor or skin cell turnover rate. As we age, our skin cell turnover rate decelerates. Accordingly, our complexion will change and become duller.  Below illustrates the change in skin cell turnover rate according…

Seasonal Skin Care Tips

The summer comes to a conclusion. The hot days and warm nights seem but a distant memory as nature turns auburn and the cold weather slowly makes its way in. Fall is here. Seasonal change can be harsh on your skin, especially when you transition from hot to cooler weather. Healthy beautiful skin is a year-round commitment that requires you to change your skin care regimen like you would change your wardrobe on a seasonal basis. This season your skin care regimen can mean the difference between healthy soft skin and dry scaly skin. Cooler weather will naturally dry out your skin. Consequently, you will need to ease up on drying skin care products usually used for acne and oily prone skin. For instance, if…

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