Are You Susceptible to Oily Skin?


skin oilyUnfortunately oil skin is an issue for many people. It is often a chronic ongoing condition and leads to all sorts of problems including acne, black heads, and pimples. The real culprit is an overactive sebum gland. The sebum gland creates oil on the skin. The skin needs a certain amount of oil, but when the sebum gland creates too much oil the results are bad. Some causes are heredity, diet, cosmetic products and hormones.

Oily skin can affect people of all ages, but teenagers due tend to experience the problem more often. This is because of the many hormonal changes going on during the teen years. This is why teens are so prone to breakouts and acne. The extra oil on the face causes bacteria to accumulate which leads to inflammation, irritation and acne breakouts.

Adults with oily skin usually have more problems in the t-zone, nose chin, and forehead area. Hormones, especially in women, may still be the underlying cause of extra oil. Women often experiences oily skin during pregnancy or when taking birth control pills. The problem may also be due to stress or heredity. Some people suffer from oily skin throughout their lives.

If you have oily skin, using the right skin care products can make all the difference. Avoid harsh chemical ingredients which are irritating and may take away too much oil. Use products that gently cleanse and help create a balance on the skin. Zinc pca is a natural ingredient that is a huge help for people with oily skin.

Skin Cream is Important for Healthy Skin

great skinOur skin can be categorized into one of five complexion types:  oily, dry, normal, sensitive or combination.  It is important to know what type of skin you have so that you can choose the correct skin care products.  But whatever type of skin you have one thing is for sure you need to use a good moisturizing skin cream to keep skin looking and feeling youthful. 

Many skin creams are full of chemicals that do more damage than good.  It is best to look for proven ingredients.  Good companies will be able to provide you with proper research and a guaranteed product.  Be sure to read label and do your research. 

The primary job of a skin cream is to moisturize and protect the skin.  Moisture is lost every day.  So all skin, even oily skin, needs to have that moisture replaced.  This is important for both men and women. 

 Dry skin needs extra moisture of course.  But even people with oily skin should moisturize.  Oil skin cream should be oil free.  Moisturizing will help with your anti-aging efforts.  Skin cream that is worn during the day should also contain sufficient sunscreen.  Damage from the sun is the number one cause of skin damage and aging.    Sun damage leads to loss of collagen, wrinkles and sun spots.  All of these can be helped with the proper skin creams and lotions.

Dealing With Severe Dandruff

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Many people complain of dandruff. For most people it is a relatively mild condition with some flaking and annoying itching. Sometimes however, dandruff can be quite severe. This severe dandruff is also known as seborrheic dermatitis.

 Seborrheic dermatitis may be referred to as seborrheic eczema. No matter how you label it, severe dandruff is a big problem. It comes with large greasy scales that appear on the scalp. These scales are usually yellowish in color. It is accompanied by flaky skin. It is also very itchy. Seborrheic dermatitis can appear on more areas than the scalp such as the upper chest and the ears. Dandruff is caused by a fungus called malassezia. This fungus is always on the scalp in small amounts, but when it multiplies into large numbers, that is when the problems start. This can be due to stress or hormonal changes. Dandruff is a chronic condition for many people and therefore must be treated.

 Too much oil on the scalp is one thing that can cause fungus to multiply. It feeds off the oil. You need to create a balance on the scalp to avoid these problems. Zinc is a completely natural ingredient that can help create this balance. It takes away the excess oil gently without harming the scalp. It also helps regulate the sebum gland, the natural oil producing gland on the scalp. Be sure to avoid chemical treatments that are harsh on the scalp and often cause the problems to worsen.

Emu Oil for Hair and Scalp Cleansing

scalp Emu oil has become quite popular as a natural skin and hair ingredient.  There are great reasons for that.  It is a natural ingredient with many benefits.  It works especially well for hair and scalp care.  Emu oil has been shown to effectively treat scalp conditions such as dandruff, psoriasis, eczema, acne.  It has even been shown to help prevent hair loss in some people. 

Emu oil is a clarifying and cleansing agent.  It works be cleaning hair and scalp gently without taking away too much of the scalps natural oil.  Many commercial products remove too much oil and cause more problems.  Too little or too much oil on the scalp will render it susceptible to common scalp conditions.    

Essential acids in emu oil help the scalp produce healthy skin cell turnover and new growth.  These acids leave hair thicker and stronger.  Emu oil stimulates the hair follicle which can help grow hair faster.  Hair that is limp and lifeless will benefit from regular emu oil treatment. 

Emu oil is also anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory.  It will help remove and deter fungus and bacteria growth which leads to scalp problems.  Emu oil also adds deep moisture to the hair.  It is nourishing from roots to tips.  Dry and damaged hair can benefit from the amino acids and vitamins found in emu oil.

Five Types of Skin

bodyHow you take care of your skin over the years will make a big difference in the way you look.  The skin goes through many changes throughout your life.  You can’t help it from getting older, but you can slow the signs of aging by your life style and the products you use.  It is important to know what type of skin you have to know how to treat it properly. 

The skin has five basic categories.  They are normal, oily, dry, combination and sensitive.  Even though skin may be categorized as normal, it probably leans slightly toward oily or dry.  Combination skin is often oily in the t-zone, forehead, nose, and chin, and dry on the rest of the face.  You have to be careful with sensitive skin as it can be easily irritated by many products. 

No matter what type of skin you have, there are some basic steps to caring for it.  Everyone needs to cleanse, exfoliate, protect and moisturize their skin.  This is true for men and women.  You will choose different products to do these four things based on your skin type.  For most people cleaning the face twice a day is sufficient.  If the skin is extremely oily you may need to clean it a third time.  Getting rid of dead skin cells through exfoliation should be done at least once or twice per week.  Protecting the skin from the sun and the environment is extremely important.  The sun does more to age the skin than anything else.  Your day moisturizer can also include sunscreen for protection.  The moisturizer you use at nighttime should be able to deeply replenish the moisture that has been lost during daily activities.

Body Wraps for Skin Care and Weight Loss

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Fighting Hyperpigmentation

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More and more women are complaining about hyperpigmentation on their face.  This condition causes dark spots or patches to appear on the skin.  The dark spots are not dangerous, but they are problematic.  They occur when there is too much melanin, brown pigment, in a small concentrated area. 

Age spots are a form of hyperpigmentation.  The primary cause is sun damage.  This can be damage that has built up over a lifetime.  Age spots can form anywhere that is exposed to the sun, but age spots on the face get the most complaints from women. 

Melasma is another form of hyperpigmentation.  It occurs over larger areas of the skin and is most often due to hormones.  This condition often occurs during pregnancy, and is sometimes referred to as the “mask of pregnancy”.  Sometime hormone birth control treatments can also lead to melasma.

Sometime dark spots come from scaring as well.  Acne is a major cause of scars in many individuals. 

There are ingredients such as matrixyl, peptides, and minerals that can work to lighten the skin and reduce brown spots.  When used in the right combination, and skin cream these ingredients will make the skin look much more even and younger.

What Do You Do When You Have Scalp Odor?

mens hair wash Some people have the problem of scalp odor. You may assume it is from a lack of good hygiene. In reality, people may suffer from annoying and embarrassing scalp odor even when they wash their hair regularly.

Odor on the scalp is actually caused by a buildup of bacteria. Too much oil on the scalp allows this bacteria to multiply in large numbers. The oil and bacteria can clog hair follicles. Some bacteria is particularly hard to get rid of. This is what leads to scalp odor. Even though you are washing the hair, and even scrubbing your scalp the bacteria does not wash away. Until the bacteria is gone, the odor will persist. Sometime washing removes the smell temporarily, but as soon as you begin to sweat, even a little, the smell will return.

It is tempting to use perfumed shampoos to try and cover the odor. This unfortunately does not work very well. The only way to remove scalp odor is to use a product that removes the stubborn bacteria. Zinc is a natural ingredient that will do just that. It has been shown to remove odors effectively. Zinc also has the added benefits of balancing the scalps oil production and helping to heal scalp problems.

Scalp Acne and Zinc Plex

scalp acneWe all know about acne on the face, but how do you deal with acne on the scalp.  This can be tricky.  It is often very itchy and is covered with hair.  Even though the conditions are similar, products used to treat facial acne are not appropriate for the sensitive scalp area. 

A healthy scalp depends on a delicate oil balance.  Many acne ingredients are designed to remove oil, which is necessary, but too much oil removal on the scalp will lead to more problems.  This is important to remember when choosing a product to treat scalp acne.  You should especially stay away from chemical products.

Zinc Plex Shampoo and Conditioner is perfect for treating scalp issues such as acne.  The zinc pca in this shampoo is a natural way to balance the scalp.  It will remove just enough oil.  It is also gentle enough to use on an irritated and enflamed scalp.  Zinc pca is also anti bacterial which makes it perfect for healing acne.  The sebum gland which releases oil onto the scalp can also be normalized with the use of zinc.  Zinc Plex Shampoo can be used to treat almost any scalp condition successfully.

Using Coconut for Hair Care


Chemicals and more chemicals, that is what many traditional hair products contain.  They may coat hair and make it feel better for a little while, but in the long term they are drying to both hair and scalp.  Chemical ingredients also tend to burn the hair when heated styling tools are used causing more damage.  Coconut oil is a terrific natural alternative.

Coconut oil is non-greasy.  It is 100% natural and can be used in a variety of ways for both skin and hair care.  It is perfect for both shampoo and condition.  This hardy oil is not fragile like many natural oils.  The fatty acids in coconut oil are rejuvenating to hair.  The provide moisture for damaged hair.

It is also used to relieve flaking and itching on the scalp.  Coconut oil penetrates the hair shaft where it can really repair and protect the hair.  It works very well on chemically altered hair, such as color treated or permed hair.