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Right when you thought you were done with your struggle of fighting acne as a teenager, you welcome adult acne. That’s one thing you never add to your nostalgia list when missing your teenage years. However, acne is also a symptom of aging skin, where you notice a sprinkling of pimples on your face along […]

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Right when you thought you were done with your struggle of fighting acne as a teenager, you welcome adult acne. That’s one thing you never add to your nostalgia list when missing your teenage years. However, acne is also a symptom of aging skin, where you notice a sprinkling of pimples on your face along with blemishes and wrinkles.

Acne is a problem for women of all ages. It even affects around 12% of women [1] between the ages of 41 and 50. Regardless of the age, pimples are usually the result of oily, blocked pores. It’s about skincare that we take for granted until we see pimples reappearing as we are aging.

Just like the early years, other influencing factors behind adult acne are our lifestyle, stress, dietary imbalances, lack of proper skin care, and of course, the trouble-makers ‘hormones’.

Here are top five ways you can deal with acne to get a more youthful, clearer skin.

1.      Lack of Balanced Diet

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Lack of a balanced diet and consuming too many refined carbs are major causes of adult acne. If you take a lot of junk food and sugar in your diet, pimples are a natural side effect. Following a more balanced and a low-glycemic index diet is the key. Researchers reveal how increased insulin levels in the blood can trigger hormones to produce more oil and inflame follicles.

Keeping a check on the glycemic reading of the foods you are eating can take you closer to a healthier, balanced diet.

2.      Blue Light Therapy

 

This tech-advanced skin therapy is also a great way to treat adult acne. The powerful rays of blue light penetrate through the follicles to kill the acne bacteria. Redness of the skin is a possible side effect of this therapy, but it is only temporary. However, this is a good option if you are not on a budget.

3.      Tea Tree Oil

A very well-known and less harsh cousin of benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil is highly effective in treating mild to moderate acne regardless of the age. Tea tree oil has natural antiseptic properties that help clear the blocked pores and keep the oil from coming to the skin surface.

The oil also naturally quells skin inflammation. You can find tea tree oil in different varieties including topical lotions, washes, and soaps.

4.      Reduce Salt Intake

Time to get rid of that salt shaker from your dining area. Doctors highly suspect sodium to be one of the most prominent reasons why you may experience a worse acne breakout. Control your sodium intake and stick to low-sodium versions when eating out or buying packaged foods.

It’s best to keep your consumption below 1500mg in a day.

5.      Manage Stress

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Stress is another major factor that triggers the hormones in a negative way. Stress does not affect the skin directly. But whenever you are under stress, it naturally makes pimples and blemishes appear on your skin. The stress hormone boosts inflammation levels in the body, which further stimulates oil glands and its production.

The best way is to manage stress through meditation, exercise, or any other way that works for you.

Final Word

For the best results, make a few dietary and lifestyle changes along with seeing a professional dermatologist to learn more about retinoids and topical antibacterials that work for you and help you get rid of adult acne.

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[1] https://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/17/fashion/adult-women-battle-acne.html

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Surprising Things that are Destroying Your Skin https://htv.com.pk/lifestyle/surprising-things-destroying-skin Fri, 23 Mar 2018 07:53:54 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=20918

Want a reality check? Nobody would have fallen in love with makeup if their

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Want a reality check? Nobody would have fallen in love with makeup if their skin were flawless. We all want that perfect skin with a natural glow instead of investing into an expensive highlighter. Some blame genes and some blame the weather. We all deny the reality or maybe some of you are not aware of it. Here are a few surprising things that are destroying your skin.

Chlorine

Don’t fall for it when people tell you that chlorine helped lighten up their skin tone. That’s just a myth. Instead, chlorine gives you a tan. Not a good tan but an ugly one. Chlorine clings onto your skin even after a shower and may react with lotions, medicines and cleansers. Make sure you use an extra sudsy body wash or soap after a good swimming session.

Skipping Meals

Skipping Meals

Ladies, stop starving yourself. It does not help lose weight. Starving has a negative impact on your skin since skin is the biggest organ. The food that you eat fuels up your body. Skipping meals only drains away the energy and deprives your body of ions and vitamins hence destroying your skin.

Talking on the Phone

Talking on the Phone

It surely does sound strange. Excessive use of phone can cause rashes and breakouts on the skin. The whole point of grossing you out is that you become a freak and take care of your skin. Wash your hands so that you do not transfer bacteria to your phone and also make sure that you do not keep your phone on a dirty place. Clean your phone regularly and wash your face at least thrice a day.

Hot Showers

Hot Showers

Hot shower in the morning after a long cold night sounds amazing, no? It feels good and relaxing, however, it damages your skin by striping your skin’s natural oil. Hot water destroys not only your skin but your hair as well. Try not to get so comfortable under hot water and turn the temperature to lukewarm if you want a moisturized flawless skin.

Coffee

Coffee

Stop drinking coffee to stay up late because you are supposed to sleep on time anyway. Coffee, chocolate and whatever you crave for at midnight, is usually bad for your skin. Coffee is acidic and messes up the hormonal system of the body causing oil production and breakouts. Nobody wants a bumpy skin even under those thick layers of makeup.

Towels

Towels

Pillow covers and towels are one of the most common reasons behind your acne. These two things contain too many bacteria. Keep clean towels in the bathroom all the time and make sure that you change the pillow covers every now and then.

Lack of Sleep

Lack of Sleep

Staying up late for studies or movies, whatever your excuse maybe, it is unhealthy. Lack of sleep causes dark circles, dullness, premature aging and wrinkles. In short you will wake up looking like a zombie soon if you have not been getting proper sleep. It isn’t a joke when people tell the brides to get a beauty sleep because proper sleep does make your skin look good and flawless.

Sleeping with Makeup On

Sleeping with Makeup On

It is pretty much normal to sleep with makeup on, but what isn’t normal is the effect it has on your skin. At times, we are too exhausted by the end of the day that we can’t be bothered about taking off our socks let alone makeup. However, we all want an amazing skin, don’t we? So, stop being lazy and cleanse your face before be. Makeup clogs the pores and the bacteria can cause acne. If you are still lazy after knowing this, keep some makeup removing wipes on the side table to remind yourself before bed.

Hair Products

Hair Products

Sounds strange but avoid spraying on your face even if it is by accident. Hair sprays damage your skin and clog the pores. In long term it may cause premature ageing as well. Keep a clean towel on your face before using the spray.

Excessive Salt

Excessive Salt

You must have heard that sugar damages the skin but so does salt. Everything in excess is harmful. Too much intake of sodium can cause our skin to become dry and dehydrated. Make sure you cut back on salt if this happens and drink lots of water.

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Why Do Women Crave Chocolate? https://htv.com.pk/lifestyle/women-crave-chocolate Wed, 21 Mar 2018 05:42:11 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=18354

All of us, at one point in our life, have craved chocolate with such an intensity

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All of us, sometimes, crave chocolate with such an intensity that we may feel like we’d explode if we don’t get it just now! To some, this is a common occurrence, while for others this may be an occasional thing, especially around the time of the menstrual period. So, is it true that women crave chocolate more than men, or are they just very indiscreet about it? Is this a psychological phenomenon that makes us go crazy with choco-lust or do our hormones have a role to play? Check out the connection between women and chocolates.

Chocolate and Happiness

choclate and happiness

What most of you may or may not know is, that chocolate has a tendency to make us happy. Or at least make us feel like we’re happy. And no, this has nothing to do with the gooey caramelized center or crispy wafer or the sugar rush. Chocolate increases the amount of serotonin released in our brain, which is basically a neurotransmitter, responsible for better mood, decrease in anxiety and better sleep. It also causes our body to release dopamine, which is a feel good chemical and enhances the effect of serotonin.

Chocolate and the Menstrual Cycle

choclate and manstrul cycle

The feel good chemical is one of the reasons why eating chocolate during PMS makes us feel so much better. Right before menstruation, our body’s serotonin level decreases, which accounts for the mood swings and depression. Chocolate also contains the obromine which stimulates sexual arousal.

Magnesium in Chocolate

mangnisem and choclate

Your body works like a well oiled machine. If it requires something to function and the demands are not met, it will send signals throughout your body. One such requirement is magnesium. Magnesium is used to make neurotransmitters in our body which are required for our mental well being. Not surprisingly, chocolate is a great source of magnesium along with leafy greens, avocados and nuts. So, as soon as our body’s magnesium stores run low, we automatically start craving chocolate. This could be a good and a bad thing. Good, because of the yum chocolate. And bad, because processed chocolates have high calories and can make you gain weight as well as cause acne.

Do Men Crave Chocolate?

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Although it is not advertised a lot, men crave chocolate too. The feel good effects of chocolate aren’t at all gender biased. However, the whole idea of craving chocolate, before you get your period or eating chocolate to reduce stress, has been greatly exaggerated by the media. Ever seen a show, movie or commercial where a girl binges on chocolate to get over a break up or get together for a sleepover and eat nothing but chocolate. This kind of mentality promotes women to crave chocolate for refuge.

Antioxidants in Chocolate

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Another reason why some women may crave chocolate is the many benefits of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate, unlike milk chocolate, is known to have myriad health benefits. It contains antioxidants that are required to slow down the aging process. It can even help you shed a few pounds and is an amazing addition to a low-calorie diet plan.

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Zinc: A Cure for Acne https://htv.com.pk/beauty/zinc-a-cure-for-acne Sun, 15 Mar 2015 22:36:50 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=4564

Usually triggered by hormonal imbalances within the body, acne outbreaks can easily be classified as one of the most common grievances of the global adolescent population. For some fortunate pubescent acne proves to be a temporary concern while others experiment with various techniques in an attempt to curb this skin condition. There is no dearth of medicinal products that claim to have cracked the code to acne elimination. The caveat lies in the variable success of these products and while they

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Usually triggered by hormonal imbalances within the body, acne outbreaks can easily be classified as one of the most common grievances of the global adolescent population. For some fortunate pubescent acne proves to be a temporary concern while others experiment with various techniques in an attempt to curb this skin condition. There is no dearth of medicinal products that claim to have cracked the code to acne elimination. The caveat lies in the variable success of these products and while they may reduce the severity of acne itself, the individual may become susceptible to several other side-effects.  Natural remedies provide a side-effect free alternative for those wary of medicinal products. However, their effectiveness too cannot be guaranteed. While they work wonders for some, they may provide negligible relief for others.

The question of the most effective acne treatment has yet to be answered satisfactorily, however experts have made promising headway with the discovery of the link between zinc and acne alleviation. Zinc may sound like an unlikely candidate in the search of the ultimate acne treatment method, but experts have concrete reasons to belief that this mineral has more to it than meets the eye. Studies have identified an acute zinc deficiency in individuals who suffer from recurring acne outbreaks. Eradicating this deficiency through zinc supplements or natural zinc rich foods is being touted as the latest remedy for acne.

Making a well-informed decision is of prime importance when matters of health are concerned. Read through the following essential facts about zinc before opting for this particular treatment option.

Zinc: An Overview

Zinc is an essential trace mineral that can be supplied to the body through zinc supplements or natural zinc rich foods such as spinach, cashew nuts and cooked mung beans. It may not be required in large quantities but its importance to the optimal functioning of the body cannot be underestimated. Your bodies are not designed to produce or store zinc on their own, which is why it is essential for you to supply it through external sources.

Why Zinc Is Important for You

To gain an understanding of zinc’s role within the body, take a look at the following list:

Healthy Skin, Hair and Nails

Zinc accelerates the renewal of skin cells. In addition to acne treatment, zinc creams are also used soothe diaper rashes, heal cuts and wounds, act as anti-inflammatory agents, soothe sunburn, alleviate blisters and gum diseases. Insufficient zinc levels may lead to hair loss, thin hair, and dull hair that show signs of early graying.

Fertility and Growth

This trace element offers benefits for both males and females. For the former, zinc is essential for the maintenance of a healthy prostate gland, normal sperm count and stable testosterone levels. For the latter, zinc has the potential to alleviate menstrual issues and premenstrual symptoms (PMS)

During pregnancy, zinc facilitates healthy fetal development, prevents pregnancy complications and birth defects, and reduces the risk of pre-term delivery. As the newborn child grows up, zinc facilitates the process of growth activation in terms of height, weight and bone development.

Immune System

Zinc has a powerful influence on the strength of the immune system. It enables the body’s natural defense mechanism to ward off infections such as pneumonia, diarrhea and the common cold.

Taste, Smell and Appetite

Zinc activates areas of the brain that receive and process information from taste and smell receptors. Moreover, it can also influence appetite and taste preference. Research suggests that zinc may also be effective in the treatment of eating disorders such as anorexia.

Healthy Vision

High concentrations of zinc are found in the retina of the eye. With age, the store of zinc in the retina naturally declines increasing vulnerability to age-related macular degeneration. This degenerative eye disease can lead to partial or complete loss of vision. Zinc may also arrest the onset of night blindness cataracts.

Key Sources of Zinc

Zinc is present in a variety of natural food products. While oysters (78.6 mg in 100 grams) contain the highest percentage of zinc, most people receive a large chunk of their daily zinc intake from red meat and poultry. Some other food sources that contain zinc are seafood (crab and lobsters), fortified cereals, beans, cashew nuts and dairy products.

Diets rich in animal protein promote greater absorption of zinc than plant protein based diets. Moreover, if you consume breads, cereals, legumes and whole grains regularly you may be susceptible to zinc deficiency. This is due to the presence of compounds call phytates which are inherent in these food products. As a result of biological and chemical reactions within the body, these phytates can decrease the process of zinc absorption.

How Much Zinc Do You Need?

                                Age        Daily Zinc Requirement
Birth to 6 months 2 mg
Infants 7 months- 3 years 3 mg
Children 4–8 years 5 mg
Children 9–13 years and Adult Women 8 mg
Teens 14–18 years (girls) 9 mg
Teens 14–18 years (boys), Adult Men and Pregnant Women 11 mg
Pregnant teens and Breastfeeding Women 12 mg
Breastfeeding teens 13 mg

How To Detect Zinc Deficiency

Given the various instrumental roles that zinc plays to support the optimal functioning of the body, it is imperative that zinc deficiencies be detected without delay.

Zinc deficiency is ranked as the 5th leading risk factor in causing diseases, especially diarrhea and pneumonia, in developing nations. Zinc deficiency in the early years of child development can lead to stunted growth, impaired cognitive functioning, behavioral problems, memory impairment and problems with spatial learning.

Mild zinc deficiency can be identified through the manifestation of one or more of the following symptoms: acne, dry and rough skin, dull looking hair, brittle finger nails, white spots on nails, reduced taste and smell, loss of appetite, mood swings, mild night blindness, frequent infections, dermatitis, acne scars , and delayed wound healing.

If you notice any of the aforementioned symptoms consult your doctor immediately. Furthermore, seek your dermatologist’s expert opinion if you wish to adopt zinc as treatment for your acne concerns.

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