Monday, March 25, 2013
1.) Load up on Nutrients: Zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin C and Selenium are very specific for the treatment of acne. They help balance the hormones, support the immune system, support liver detoxification pathways, support healthy mucus membranes in the skin and digestive system, wound healing, anti-inflammatory and may reduce excess oil secretion.
2.) Avoid Dairy Products: Dairy can aggravate acne for some people; it can be beneficial to eliminate dairy for 6-12 weeks to see if there is any significant improvements to the skin.
3.) Reduce Sugar and Refined Carbohydrates: This includes white flour based products like breads, bagels, biscuits, processed breakfast cereals and crackers. These foods elevate insulin which can increase acne breakouts.
4.) Increase Fiber: Fiber improves blood sugar. You can increase your fiber by including extra foods such as hemp seeds, flaxseeds, oat bran or psyllium husks in smoothies, juices, breakfast dishes or simply take with water to move things along through your gut.
5.) Hydrate: Drink up for natural skin cleansing! Keep up those 8 glasses of water (64 oz.) every day!
6.) Consume More Fruits and Vegetables: Important for their cleansing benefit, they also help balance hormone levels by improving detoxification pathways. Dark green leafy vegetables improve skin radiance and reduce excess oil production.
7.) Hormonal Acne: All these suggestions will aid in balancing hormonal health. Female acne can also be helped with the herb Chaste Berry and vitamin B6 which may alleviate some cases of premenstrual acne.
8.) Anti-Microbial Agents: Eating raw garlic and consuming some herbal medicines such as calendula (marigold) and echinacea, can help your skin from the inside out. Eat foods that naturally contain bacteria to improve digestive health as this is also very important for reducing harmful bacteria which can contribute to acne.
9.) Stop Picking! Touching your face is another problem which further aggravates acne by increasing the infection rate of the pimples. People often pick and squeeze their pimples which will encourage more breakouts. Our hands are often covered in bacteria so it is important not to touch the skin when you have small open wounds that occur when the pimples are squeezed.
10.) Use Topical Lotions and Creams: These can help enormously to reduce bacterial infections getting into the pores and causing acne. Cleansing morning and night can reduce the incidence considerably.
Some make-up and oily face products can increase acne by clogging up the pores and increasing infections.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
I'm not going to post the whole article, but attached is a link. I thought this was helpful. I take many of them already because I run, but you can tailor the list to fit your own needs.
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Spring is in the air and hopefully the cold and ice are behind us! I ran the
half marathon last weekend and my toes did not stop tingling until mile 3! If I
weren’t running for the Children’s Tumor Foundation I assure I wouldn’t have
been up at 5 am getting ready to run in 27 degree weather!
Speaking of my favorite charity, as many of you know I run on the NF Endurance Team. And now my husband, Larry, does, too! And since many of you keep asking when I’m going to do another Groupon or Living Social deal for Botox, I came up with an idea that benefits both! Let me tell you a little about the charity first…. NF stands for neurofibromatosis. Although you may not have heard of it, NF is a genetic disease that affects 1 in 3000 births. NF causes tumors to grow on nerves through out the body….brain, spinal cord, face, arms, legs, anywhere. There is no cure and some of these tumors can become cancerous. These tumors are quite painful and the kids can have some developmental delays as well. I have church family whose daughter has NF. Our daughter’s best friend had an uncle who died of NF and his daughter is almost deaf because of NF. These are REAL people I know whose lives are affected. My job is to raise money and awareness for the Children’s Tumor Foundation so that we can find a cure. Their research benefits the entire community, not just NF folks.
So here’s the deal……Botox is normally $14/unit…..When you make a $50 donation to the Children’s Tumor Foundation (by cash or check),.you can buy up to 50 units of Botox at $12/unit. When you make a $100 donation to Children’s Tumor Foundation (by cash or check), you can buy up to 50 units of Botox for $10/unit. …..Now for the fine print…..this offer is only good until Mother’s Day, May 12th. The donation, which is tax deductible, must be made by cash or check. I will send it to CTF and you will get a receipt (and a huge thank you) from them for your tax records. You may pay for the Botox itself by credit card if you choose. This makes for great birthday and Mother’s Day gifts. We will even fill out a gift certificate for you!
And finally, if you are a runner, or want to be, let me know. If you don’t already run for a cause, you can join the NF Endurance Team! We are planning to do Vegas in November! You don’t have to be fast, and you can even walk if you want! Lord knows, I’m the slowest one on the team! If you’re getting Lipo-Ex treatments, it’s a great way to accentuate the benefits of those. Plus, our massage therapist, can help you work out any sore muscles.
Enjoy the blessings of Spring and Easter. Come get some Botox! And as always, let us know what we can do for you!
Anne R Trussell MD www.annetrussellmd.com
www.ctf.org (Children’s Tumor Foundation)