Taking Charge of Your Health

Hey guys~ Welcome back! It’s Rowena. It’s Felicia~ We’ve all heard the phrase, “Don’t sweat the small stuff”, Right? Well, it’s easy to say because when it comes to the small things in life, it’s surprisingly how big they can seem in our heads. And today we’re going to be talking about probably one of the smallest but most frustrating things of all the little feisty friends we call pimples! And I’m like struggling through it right now, people. I had my first breakout. She did! I now understand you oily acne prone skin types. And this is something that I think a lot of us can relate to because although they are in reality quite small, they have such a huge impact and hit deeper than just our skin surface. Struggling with pimples and acne can really affect our self-esteem and confidence. No matter what your age is, and they can pop up because of completely different reasons for different people. So there’s even more added frustration which then causes more breakouts. Whyyyy? but you’re not going through this alone trust us and the more we learn about why these little buggers flare-up in the first place the more confidence we can truly gain by knowing exactly how to properly treat them from the inside out. Each specific acne product does, including the hydrocolloid patches, those pretty pink drying lotions, the ointments, and acne creams. And most importantly, how and when to use these in our skincare routines. and then of course, it wouldn’t be a Beauty Within an episode if we didn’t go into some ingredients, right? So we’re going to explain how the most popular acne ingredients like zinc, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and even retinoids can help with breakouts and acne. Now, let’s get into some reasons on how acne forms in the first place. All right, it’s probably safe to say– even the most blessed and flawless-looking skin people have encountered the terror of a pimple at least once in their lives. I hope God is fair. But how exactly does a pimple form and what is really going on under the skin when they rear their cute, ugly, little heads? skincare story time Once upon a time in the vast lands of skin, there laid hundreds of tiny little holes and their names were called pores. And if you want to look inside any of these pores, you would come across a hair follicle going from deep inside like Jack’s beanstalk and the part that helps to nourish that hair follicle to grow, is the sebaceous gland which produces a sticky substance called sebum. Every day, the sebum makes its way to the surface (and) traveling up the hair follicle towards the surface of the skin. While this is all happening our skin is also constantly shutting off dead skin cells that have lived their best life and are now moving on to the next phase of their life: to become dust. Because around 50% of the dust, we both see and don’t see is made up of of dead skin cells and that’s kind of creepy. This concoction of natural oils is a high functioning wet suit that’s not only holding all our organs and cells together, it’s naturally waterproofed and designed to protect and keep us alive and healthy and in this story there are dry skin people and oily skin people. And people that fall everywhere in between. Everyone can get acne. But what acne comes down to internally is all inflammation and skin turnover. When you have acne, your skin cell turnover is in overdrive. While new cells are being produced, the old cells aren’t being shed as fast as they could be which leads to build-up and clogged pores. There’s also inflammation inside our bodies that can create acne from inside, like hormones, foods that we eat, lack of sleep, and so on. which are directly linked to producing inflammation internally. When our body senses that there’s bacteria, known as P. Acnes, living in the hair follicle, as well as the trapped dead skin cells in the pores, what our bodies will naturally do is send out white blood cells to fight the nasties having a partay within the pore This finally becomes a pimple that we all know nice and has filled. Delicious yes So if you think about it, a pimple can sort of be considered a good thing, right? Because it’s really just your body fighting off the intruders that could potentially harm it. This is all happening on the surface of our skin. but what happens on the inside that leads to acne formation are the ever-changing waves of hormones. and when hormones fluctuate it can signal to the sebaceous glands to create more sebum, and therefore increasing the chance of dead skins getting stuck into the pores, causing breakouts. and One of the most important and underrated reasons for breakouts and acne is related to the food we eat. Because different foods cause inflammation in the bodies, which of course affects everyone differently. But on a whole– fried foods, dairy, sugar create a well wind of reactions inside. and It really does make us inflamed. We’ve done in-depth videos explaining how this all works in a two-part series. So please, please check out those videos to learn all about it. So now that we know what’s going on inside and outside our bodies, let’s talk about two main types of acne we commonly deal with. First up, any sort of breakout of acne can be divided into two groups: noninflammatory and inflammatory. Noninflammatory types of acne referred to whiteheads and blackheads. So what’s the difference between a white head and a black head? White heads appear on the skin like small, whitish or even flesh colored spots and bumps. And they’re kind of circular, so while the skin around it is a little bit wrinkled and red or tight. and It’s also formed with dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria which becomes trapped in your pores. It’s also usually quite small and easily punctured. So on a scale of pain, it’s like a one or two. I sometimes don’t even notice it’s there until I look in the mirror and get slightly horrified. No, sometimes you think you’re like looking cute and then you see a reflection, and you’re like, “AHHH!” And another important thing to note is that they’re also closed comedones, meaning they’re not exposed to air. Blackheads on the other hand, are open comedones, which means unlike whiteheads, they’re an opening at the top which then oxidized with sebum that fills our pores. and When this happens, it will make this sebum appear black like when you leave fruit out on the table. It turns dark. So this isn’t because of dirt stuck in the pore, making it dark-colored. It’s air. Unlike noninflammatory acne, inflammatory acne becomes a little more complicated if you have things like papules, pustules, nodules, and cysts. We’re looking at something that is generally a little swollen and red– sometimes even itchy and these are the ones that can cause more permanent scarring or pitting on your skin if we were to pick at it. so A papule and pustule are the ones we normally think of when we say the word ‘acne or ‘breakouts’. Papules are usually like a larger white head. They’re tender bumps with redness and swelling around the center caused by inflammation. and imposters alike the evolved form of a Papio like Pokemon! It’s just getting bigger and bigger. More pus and more pus. It’s usually like a raised area that’s spreading and the inside can look like a sunny-side up egg. Yay!!! exciting news is that most pimple products out there are designed to help with these three forms of acne– whiteheads, papules, and pustules. Anything more than that–products really aren’t going to do much. Which brings us to the more severe forms of acne including nodules and cysts. So nodules can look like flesh colored lumps that are hard and painful if you touch it, and they can also have red inflammation surrounding the area as well. and this is because the root and the inflammation extends way deeper into the skin than a papule, which is why it’s so painful. and If any of you have had this, you’ll know what we mean. It’s like firm. Even if you wanted to squeeze something out, there might not be anything there to squeeze. It could be blood and it’s just straight-up painful. And then there’s cysts which are in a complete league of its own because it’s formed so deep in the lays of skin. And they have a membrane that lines the inner surface like a womb. so It feeds itself and so in order to really remove a cyst, you have to cut into it and then remove that lining and take it out from its root. andcCysts can also be there for years. and they develop and develop. And so by the time you get it out by a professional, like Dr. Pimple Popper, it can even smell so rank. So definitely see a specialist for this, and I’m sure if you are fighting things like cysts, it’s not about the surface. Its about your body, your hormones, and that’s something completely different. So because Rowena has dry skin, and she’s probably never experienced like prolonged breakouts. I got you a present. What is that? pimple picker? yeah open it oh it’s the game oh my goodness So it’s basically a piece of flesh, where there’s also pus. so I’m going to set this up for you. There was something in here already. so I don’t know if it was used, but this is so nasty. (It) looks so real! Okay, but what you do– is you put this nice… …filament of pus– and warm it up in the microwave for 10 seconds. 10 amazing seconds. (Fel sings ~^_^~) All right The gunk is ready, friends! Shake the pimple pot. Oh, you can hear it. AHHHHHH!>____>>_________________

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