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Oh no!  Acne!?

Oh no!  Acne!?

UNDERSTANDING ACNE ACCORDING TO TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE

{And ways to treat it}

Acne is an inflammatory skin condition that mostly occurs during teenage years but can continue into adulthood. Did you know that acne is the eighth most common skin disease worldwide? There is also a remarkable increase in adult acne over the past two decades. This can be linked to increased stress levels, poor lifestyle and environmental factors, especially in females. Studies have found that 85 percent of females and 15 percent of males have adult acne.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, acne is caused by too much Heat and Damp in the body. Heat cause inflammation, hyperactivity and overstimulation while Dampness irritates excessive water that is lodged between the tissues of the body causing overgrowth of bacteria, fungus and viruses. Acne is also considered as a Yang condition.

Depending on where you experience your acne, indicates which meridians are imbalanced:
Forehead: bladder and intestines
Temples and ears: kidneys
Between eyebrows: liver and stomach
Nose: heart
Under-eye area: kidneys
Upper cheeks: stomach
Lower cheeks: lungs and liver
Nasolabial folds: large intestine
Upper lip: hormones, heart, and spleen
Chin: bladder, hormones, kidney, and stomach
Jawline: stomach

Both adult acne and teen acne are caused by one or more of the following conditions:

  • Hormones – Fluctuating or excessive male or female hormones can lead to acne because of changes they create in the entire body and the environment of the skin. This can lead to a pH imbalance, inflammation, differences in circulation, or excessive production of oil (sebum). Hormonal fluctuations occur in the process of aging, and for females, during menstruation, pregnancy, the postpartum period and breastfeeding. Hormonal acne usually appears as deep and cyst-like and is often tender or painful.
  • Contact irritation – Anything that irritates the skin can lower the skin’s defenses and cause a protective reaction that leads to inflammation. This may include harsh cleansers or razors used against dry skin.
  • Emotional stress – Stress creates biological changes in the body that can lead to many of the other triggers of acne. Feeling scared, anxious, or pressured, your adrenal glands make more of the stress hormone cortisol, which causes an imbalance in the skin.
  • Physical stress – Physical stress can also trigger hormonal changes, weakened immunity, and inflammation. Physical stress can arise from extreme weather, lack of sleep, illness, dehydration and exposure to environmental irritants. Research shows that people who have allergies and migraines, and those who smoke, are also more likely to have adult acne. Air pollution may also be contributing to the rise in acne.
  • Clogged pores – Excess oil can clog pores, and a rapid turnover of skin cells can lead to backed up hair follicles. In both cases, the result is usually acne.
  • Bacteria – Bacteria called Propionibacterium acne causes acne when it’s present in the skin, especially if it manages to build up. Most people don’t get acne because of poor hygiene, however. The bacteria accumulate underneath the skin and can’t always be reached through surface cleansing.
  • Foods – Having a diet high in Yang-type of food can increase inflammation in the body and irritate the skin leading to breakouts and acne.
  • Medications – Certain medications have been found to trigger acne, including certain corticosteroids, antidepressants, and epilepsy treatments.

Acne can be divided into 6 different categories:

  1. Whiteheads – This is the build-up of dead skin cells and sebum that sits on top of the skin in one tiny, white package. Medically, a whitehead is called a closed comedo. Commonly found on oilier skin types. They can easily be combated with regular exfoliation and thorough cleansing of the skin.
  2. Blackheads – Blackheads are “plugs” formed by sebum, skin cell build-up, and bacteria. The comedo is open and the oil has oxidized, making it a darker color. You can treat blackheads with regular, thorough cleansing and exfoliation and purifying masks.
  3. Papules – this is technically any small, raised bump on the skin. It’s often part of a grouping of other papules that form a rash. It is red in color and swollen with inflammation. Papules are more painful than whiteheads or blackheads, but not as bad as nodules or cysts.
  4. Pustules – This is your normal pimple that has come to a head, forming a white, pus-filled bubble on top.
  5. Cysts – Cysts are much worse than regular pimples. They lie deep within the skin, are often caused by hormones, and occur when the pores become blocked and lead to infection.
  6. Nodules – Like cysts, nodular pimples are one of the most severe forms of acne. They’re slightly different in that they are not filled with pus like cystic pimples are. Instead, they form a hard bump deep within the skin and feel painful at the surface.

Acne can be treated successfully by implementing the following 5 steps:

Step ①
Invest in a all natural skincare range – like Yungskin 😊 Harsh acne treatments will strip the skin of its natural sebum, stimulating the brain to produce more oil that can blog the pores. Yungskin is non-skin type specific, meaning that it can be used on all skin types. Yungskin uses pure ingredients such as grapefruit that is anti-bacterial to help clear up acne skin. Getting a professional facial on a regular basis is highly recommended!

Step ②
Have a diet high in Yin-type foods. This includes foods like bananas, beans, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, mango, mushrooms, pears, peas, pumpkin, seaweed, spirulina, green tea, tomatoes and watermelon. Avoid greasy, spicy foods!

Step ③
Exercise regularly. Nothing too taxing on the body. Yin type of exercise like yoga, pilates, walking and tai chi.

Step ④
Acupuncture is a fabulous way to create equilibrium in the meridians that are out of balance. It also targets most of the causes of acne such as stress, hormonal imbalance and it helps to eliminate any heat and dampness in the body

Step ⑤
There are various Chinese herbs that has a cooling effect on the body and target the rout cause of acne. Speak to your Acupuncturist to get the best formula for your needs.

For more information on how Yungskin and acupuncture can help you heal your acne, contact our Yungskin Skincare Specialist, Anzelle at [email protected]

Defeat Dryness this Winter with Yungskin

Defeat Dryness this Winter with Yungskin


Winter finally arrived in South Africa with a bang and the best place to be is cuddled up before the fireplace, woolly socks and a cup of hot cocoa! But with Winter expect an onslaught on your skin that will make you wish you took a trip to the tropics! Brace yourself for dryness, itchiness, sensitivity and seriously dehydrated skin.

Besides soothing your skin with a top-notch skincare routine, here are some other tips to make sure your skin stays radiant with a healthy glow:

Control the temperature
If you are already suffering from skin sensitivity, rosacea, eczema or any other form of inflammation of the skin, change in temperature can aggravate the conditions. Even though cuddling up in front of the fireplace might be nice, your skin might not feel the same. Best is to keep your home temperature to a low or moderate temperature to avoid extra dryness in the air.

Humidify
The dryer the air, the dryer your skin. If you are living in an area where the weather is cold, crisp and dry, it is advisable to make use of a humidifier to increase moisture levels in the air.

Change your diet
Increase your intake of healthy fatty foods such as avocados, nuts, olive oil and oily fish. Also, a glass of red wine sounds like a great way to warm up, try to limit the intake of alcohol and caffeine. Drink plenty of water.

Yungskin has an arsenal of dryness-fighting products to lock in moisture, keep the skin hydrated and ensure a healthy Winter’s glow.

Yungskin top Winter tricks to combat dry skin:

• Yungskin Exfoliator – you can apply the best creams in the world to dry skin, but dry skin will stay dry without regular gentle exfoliation. The Yungskin Exfoliator is a mild facial scrub that contains a natural exfoliant (Apricot Seed Power), combined with natural oils, to moisturise skin and eliminate dead cells, brightening the complexion and leaving the skin fresh and healthy looking.
• Yungskin Tissue Oil – Now this is a bathroom cabinet “must have”! Use it on your face, use it on your body, but just use it! The Yungskin Tissue Oil contains neroli oil with deeply restorative properties to improve skin softness, moisture levels and skin elasticity. It can be used to treat stretch marks, scars, dehydrated and uneven skin tone.
• Yungskin Night Cream – during Winter you need a more full-body moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated. The Yungskin Night Cream is a rich-bodies cream, containing the finest natural essential oils, moisturizing actives and collagen-building properties. The Yungskin Night Cream is designed to regenerate the skin with its natural anti-oxidising and skin brightening properties. This cream deeply hydrates the skin to combat dryness and to lock in moisture.
• Yungskin Hydrating Face Mask – a deeply nourishing and moisturising face mask that will ensure a smooth complexion and reduce pore size, whilst lifting out fine lines and wrinkles and increasing firmness and elasticity. The mask will leave your skin hydrated and supple whilst combating inflammation.

For more information on how Yungskin can transform your skin, contact our Skincare Specialist, Anzelle, on [email protected]

To Tone Or Not To Tone?!

To Tone Or Not To Tone?!

So many times, I would ask my clients to explain their skincare routine to me and I am shocked to find out how few people actually uses a toner. And then I ask them why they are not using a toners, most of the time they will say that they don’t really know what the purpose of toner is, unlike a face wash that cleans the skin and a moisturiser that moisturise the face.

Well, toners are just as important as any other product in your skincare routine!

Toners has a lot of functions to help keep your skin youthful looking and radiant.

  1. Washing your face alone does not always get rid off all the dirt, make-up and impurities.  By using a toner, you can ensure your skin is squeaky clean.
  2.  When you wash your face, you normally wash it with warm water.  The heat will open your pores for the face wash to deeply penetrate the pore to clean it.  Toner helps to close and contract the pores.  If you don’t close your pores it becomes a gateway for free radicles and impurities to enter the skin and to cause things like breakouts, blackheads and premature ageing.
  3. Majority of facial cleaners has an alkaline pH, where the ideal skin pH should be around 5.5.  This is where toners play such an important role.  Toners rectify the skin’s pH to a slightly acidic which is necessary for healthy glowing skin and to fight of nasty bacteria and germs.
  4. Other benefits of toners are that they heal the skin, especially with acne prone skin, they hydrate and condition the skin, it calms irritated skin and provide an extra barrier against anti-oxidants.

Toner do’s and don’ts!

  • Avoid alcohol-based toners at all cost.  They will dry out the skin and will irritate sensitive skins.
  • Don’t get confused between a toner and an astringent. Although astringent can be used on acne-prone skin, the long-term use of it will cause skin irritability and the overproduction of sebum.
  • Avoid toners with high amounts of Salicylic Acid.  This ingredient can play havoc on your skin’s pH and will cause redness, tightness, itchiness and stinging.  High concentrations of Salicylic Acid will cause dryness and even mild chemical burns.
  • Rather skip the synthetic fragrances and stick with the real thing.  Synthetic fragrances can cause skin allergies and even headaches.

Yungskin Toner with a difference…

The Yungskin Toner contains natural vitamins and extracts to penetrate the skin and into the lymphatic system to increase cellular exchange and regeneration.  The toning properties helps to close the pores to reduce the penetration of oxidants that cause premature ageing.  It also helps to neutralize the skin’s pH and gentle conditions and hydrate the skin.  The Yungskin Toner can be used on all skin types and will not leave the skin feeling overly tight or dry.

The natural geranium oil will not only keep the skin and muscle of the face firm and prevent sagging due to a loss of elasticity but will also effectively treat acne, dermatitis and other skin conditions.  Grapefruit extract is a natural antioxidant rich in vitamin C that will help to balance sebum production and contains natural anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties.

Simplified Skincare

Simplified Skincare

Your morning and evening skincare routine can become quite a process if you have ‘zillions’ of products as part of your daily regime.  It’s OK if you really have nothing better to do with your time, however, most of us want to take the hassle out of skincare, right? We want it quick, easy, simple and get great results!

This is exactly what Yungskin™ offers you.  A skincare range as easy as 1 – 2 – 3, making your skincare routine fun again.

In most skincare ranges there are so many products to choose from one often has no idea where to start – we’re confronted with multiple options, creams for this, lotions for that and so the list goes on and on and on. And then you still need to consider your budget……….

Yungskin™ has literally rolled out a skincare range in a few easy steps to leave you with the skin you have always aspired to.  All our products are infused with the quantum energy to revitalise your skin and assist with skin regeneration.  Based on our Acupuncture principles, Yungskin™ will have a lifting and firming effect on the skin giving you a nourished, radiant and youthful appearance.

So here goes our easy step-by-step skincare regime:

Step 1 – Wash
Pump as small amount of Yungskin™ Face Wash on your hands and work up a lather.  Gently apply to the skin in circular motions to remove dirt and impurities.  The natural ingredients of grapefruit and geranium oil with deeply cleanse your skin without drying it out whilst preventing the loss of elasticity.

Step 2 – Exfoliate
Exfoliating your skin needs to be done 2 – 3 times per week.  Squeeze a small amount of the exfoliator onto your damp hands and massage the face, neck and décolleté area in small circular movements.  The finest grade apricot kernels in the Yungskin™ Exfoliator are rich in anti-oxidants to increase cellular regeneration. 

Step 3 – Tone
Spray directly onto the skin or apply with a cotton round, the Yungskin™ Toner will close the pores to reduce the penetration of free radicals which cause premature ageing.  The toner also refreshes and hydrates the skin.

Step 4 – Feed
Another unique Yungskin™ product is our oral supplement that feeds, nourishes and rejuvenates the skin from within.  The Skin Food assists in combating the negative effect of stress on the skin and helps to calm the nervous system.  10 drops on the tongue or in a bit of water is all it takes! (Yungskin™ Food is not available in Edgars stores, online only)

Step 5 – Moisturise
Our Yungskin™ Creams and Tissue Oil will hydrate the skin, enhance brightness, increase youthful elasticity and firmness.  Gently massage a small amount of cream to the face, neck and décolleté area to deeply nourish and hydrate the skin.

Step 6 – Sun Care
Lastly, to finish off your easy skincare routine is to apply a small amount to the face, neck and décolleté area.  Our Sun Care SPF 40 is approved by CANSA and will protect your skin from harmful UV rays (which, by the way, you can also find indoors!) 

A lengthy skincare routine with various serums, lotions and potions is not always the answer – think quality over quantity.

If you have any questions, join our Skincare Specialist, Anzelle Johnson-Brand, online for a complimentary skincare consultation.  Anzelle is also an Acupuncturist specialising in Facial Enhancement Acupuncture and had heaps of tips and advice to ensure you love the skin you’re in.

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