5 ACNE Myths

We have all heard them and some of us might still believe in them Let us clear the air in regards to acne myths once and for all.

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MYTH 1

Acne is something that only happens to teenagers. Teens definitely do suffer from acne, but some people develop acne for the first time in their 20s and 30s. In fact, in Manhattan’s business district, most patients treated for acne vulgaris are women between the ages of 20 and 45.

MYTH 2

Acne occurs because your face is dirty. Many people feel like acne means their face is somehow unclean – but that’s just not true. The truth is, acne is a complex skin disorder that can’t be boiled down to simply “dirt”. It’s likely that the connection between the skin condition and the dirt was made because blackheads are, well, black – but blackheads aren’t caused by dirt either.1c0e308efb4256c2013860c213c88140

MYTH 3

To relieve acne, scrub your face really hard. Remember, acne isn’t caused by dirt – so you can’t just wash it away. A cleanser with ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and sulphur compounds will help clear the skin, but it won’t cleat it any faster if you scrub harder. Scrubbing acne too hard can actually inflame blackheads, so be sure to be nice to your skin.

Myth 4

Popping your pimples makes everything better. Will people please stop picking at their faces! Popping pimples spills inflammatory gunk into surrounding tissues, which can cause scarring.

Myth 5

Tanning in the sun will help clear acne. Tanning does help hide acne, but the UV rays ultimately dry the skin, and can make the skin condition worse. And do we really need to remind you that tanning causes premature aging, not to mention skin cancer?

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Want to read how to prevent breakouts from happening? Read this acne related article…

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Collagen: Is It Really So Important?

Collagen is the most abundant structural protein in our connective tissue, making up 75% of our skin. It supports the appearance of smooth youthful skin and also provides structure and strength for our bones, muscles and tendons. Collagen, keratin and elastin give the skin its strength, elasticity and structure.

The body naturally produces the collagen that it needs, but this production gradually disrupts as part of the natural aging process. Women produce less collagen than men, and this collagen is lost at a rate of about 1% per year. This means that a woman has lost almost half of the collimagemodel-77122agen from her skin by the age of 50.

Collagen is also greatly affected by environmental stresses such as sun exposure, nutrition, skin damage, and exposure to toxins such as pollutions, cigarette smoke and recreational drugs. With decreased collagen, the skin loses its natural elasticity and firmness, and fine lines, wrinkles and sagging appear.

What is collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, supporting the cohesion, elasticity and regeneration of the skin. The predominate form of collagen in the skin is type 1 representing about 80%, supporting skin strength, while 20% is type 3 collagen which maintains elasticity. The most common amino acid includes glycine, proline, hydroxyproline and arginine. They supply nutrition to nourish the skin, hair and nails and are essential to maintaining collagen at healthy levels.

What are peptides?

Peptides also play an important role in maintaining healthy collagen levels I the skin. Amino acids form chains of proteins called peptides, these chains form both long and short strands each offering a specific and powerful anti-aging benefit helping to stimulate natural collagen production. Maintaining the amount of collagen is the key to beautiful skin, unfortunately as we age the production of collagen begins to slow down and cell structures begin to lose their strength. As a result, the skin becomes fragile, less elastic and wrinkles begin to form, this is when supplemental forms of collagen should be added to daily regimens.therapy2-300x169

What is hydrolyzed collagen?

Supplementing collagen to the skin is best achieved in a specific form called hydrolyzed collagen which is comprised of small amino acids, also referred to as collagen peptides which are absorbed quickly by the body and stimulate the body’s own natural production of collagen. In clinical studies this bioavailable form of collagen has been shown to significantly reduce wrinkle volume, increase elasticity and skin hydration levels. Due to the absorption ability of hydrolyzed collagen, significant increases in fibroblast leading to increase density of the skin have also been demonstrated.

How do ceramides contribute?

Like collagen, ceramides are also a major component of the skin. Ceramides protect against moisture loss and promote a youthful and supple appearance. Ceramides also support the skins matrix contributing to firmness and hydration. A potent plant based extract derived from wheat seed is a natural and gluten free ceramide which has been shown to be very effective in replenishing skin hydration, essential to the moisture barrier.

IMAGE Skincare is now launching YANA Daily Collagen Shots to Australia. A revolutionary new way to rejuvenate your skin from within.

What is YANA?

Described in ancient cultures as passage or journey, YANA is the path to radiant skin that begins from within. The unique fusion of ancient wisdom and cutting edge technology unveils a new path on the journey to a more youthful, radiant complexion.

YANA is a daily anti-aging collagen drink that helps to rebuild and strengthen skin by boosting the body’s natural collagen production. YANA offers a new approach to skin yana-beauty-liquid-16ozhealth, utilising a bioactive collagen peptide that is clinically proven to:

  • Increase skin firmness
  • Reduce wrinkle depth
  • Restore hydration
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Revolutionise your Foundation with our NEW I-Conceal Flawless Foundation

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Skincare meets beauty; I-Beauty to be exact. Image Skincare has just launched their new range I-Beauty, and it’s hitting salon shelves already! For a healthier, flawless looking complexion every day with all the benefits of a cosmeceutical, the range contains a primer, foundation, contoured foundation brush and rejuvenating eye pads to protect and nourish your skin, while providing all-day long coverage.

Image Skincare is the most innovative brand in the industry, known for consistently producing the latest anti-aging, hydrating, and illuminating technologies to further its mission of helping the world to Age Later™. With a new trend of cosmeceutical makeup arising, the I Beauty range draws on a wealth of skincare knowledge, research and innovation to develop a product among this trend by creating the first ever professional cosmeceutical foundation for salons and clients alike.

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With the all-in- one illuminating I Conceal Flawless Foundation, your skin will only benefit from the superior coverage, and healing and concealing properties it provides.

Forget clumpy, clay-like foundations that claim to hydrate your skin, the I Conceal foundation is ultra-lightweight and water-resistant, protecting your skin from the damaging environment by offering much needed broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, and concealing those blemishes that no other product seems to cover.

Using CPN TM system, this cosmeceutical foundation corrects imperfections, through utilising plant derived stem cells for regeneration and protection against ageing, plant extracts to soothe and calm skin irritation post-treatment, and fourteen key cosmeceutical-grade ingredients that oxygenate skin cells and increase wound healing to combine your skincare and beauty regime into one effective step.

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As an added bonus, the inclusion of biometic peptides aim to inhibit facial muscle contraction, increasing the production of collagen and improving the appearance of wrinkles, for a natural Botox effect after 28 days of use.

Suitable for all skin types – including pigmentation, redness and rosacea, acne and acne scarring, post cosmetic injections, bruising and scarring, post-treatment, post-laser, post-surgery – this cosmeceutical foundation will become you daily dose of skincare meets beauty in a bottle.

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Do you still need to use sunscreen in winter?

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The sun feels weaker, you’re spending less time outside and you think it’s ok to slack off on your usual SPF protection. You’re not getting burnt so you think you’re safe. Right? Wrong.

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The sun’s harmful rays can be almost just as powerful and damaging despite what the thermometer says – especially UVA rays which are responsible for ageing. 90 per cent of visible ageing is due to sun damage – and it doesn’t all happen in summer.

UVB rays (which cause that tell-tale sunburn) are indeed less intense in the winter months, however UVA rays are still out in full intensity – all day and all year-long they hit with the same ferocity as in the very peak of summer.

“There is hardly a day that goes by when UV radiation does not threaten some acceleration in skin ageing or bring forward the time when skin cancer appears.”

— The Skin & Cancer Foundation’s Dr Rod Hannaford

 

UVA rays, which account for up to 95 percent of UV rays that reach the Earth’s surface, penetrate deeper into skin, cause wrinkles and have been associated with melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer. According to a 2014 report by The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Australia and New Zealand have the highest rates of melanoma in the world. In fact, one person will die every six hours from melanoma in Australia. While 90% of cases are treatable, prevention is the best cure.

Not only does year-round sunscreen application significantly reduce the risk of developing melanoma it also delays the signs of ageing. A 2013 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that test subjects who used sunscreen daily decreased the speed of the skin’s ageing process by 24% compared to the group that did not.

It’s important to remember that UVA rays can even penetrate clouds and glass, so you’re still in harm’s reach when the sun isn’t shining, while driving to and from work, while sitting by the window in your office, or when going for a walk on a cloudy winter’s day. It may not feel particularly warm but the UV index is still high and can still lead to skin damage.

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Winter skin is also more sensitive to sun than tanned summer skin. During winter the skin is no longer accustomed to UV radiation and melanin concentration is reduced, making it more susceptible to the sun’s effects . Melanin is the skin´s own pigment (responsible for the pigmentation or tanning of skin) and is built in response to UV light to protect the skin’s cells against damaging UV radiation. With less UV exposure in winter time, skin produces less melanin and as a result becomes more sensitive to UV radiation when the sunshine finally hits.

Hitting the slopes? UV protection is a must. Reflection of radiation from snow calls for aggressive sunscreen protection show can reflect some 80-90% of the sun’s UV rays. You may be actually safer on the beach mid-summer, with sand reflecting only 25% of UV radiation.

And if you think the added sunscreen in your moisturiser or makeup will suffice for the winter time, think again. While it’s definitely a great start for the time poor, unfortunately it doesn’t leave you fully protected from the effects of UV exposure. The SPF of sunscreens is measured using 2mg/cm-squared but studies have shown that most of us use less than half the amount necessary, which means we only end up getting a square root of what is written on the bottle (ie SPF 5 instead of 25).

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Sun protection should be a habitual part of the daily routine and ideally it should be practised all year round. The harmful effects of UV rays are cumulative, and their long-term and irreversible effects – think increased skin ageing, reduced elasticity, wrinkle formation, uneven pigmentation and sunspots –  might not be seen until many years later.  Why risk it?

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