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Acne Tips

Acne Tips!

Here are a couple of tips to help you control your acne.

1. Moisturize

  • Being outside exposed to the elements can dry your skin.
  • Moisturizing will not cause more acne.  When your skin is dry your body wants to produce more oil which leads to acne.

2. Avoid irritating the skin.

  • Do not over wash or use harsh scrubs.

3. Don’t pick at your acne.

  • This can cause scarring or make acne worst.

4. Make-up.

  • Use water-based make-up.  Try to avoid oil based and alcohol based make-ups.
  • Don’t share make-up with your friends because this can spread bacteria.
  • Wash your face at bedtime.  Your facial skin needs to breath.

5. See your local esthetician for an acne peel and/or acne facial.

My Favorite in San Diego Amy Midland at:

Beauty Defined
616 Stevens Ave Suite N
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Don’t forget to use the Clarifying Regimen by GRAM Skincare
Remember to CLEANSE, TONER, and MOISTURIZE to keep your acne under control.

      Dr Gram’s Wellness Recommendations for Taking Care of Your Eczema

      Dr Gram’s Wellness Recommendations for Taking Care of Your Eczema

      • Prevention – The key to controlling eczema is prevention. Avoid or reduce your exposure to soaps and cleansers that have sulfates.  If the cleanser you use has a lot of bubbles it has sulfates and that can irritate your skin.  Try to avoid household cleaners, detergents, and wool clothing.
      • CLEANSE, TONE, and MOISTURIZE –My motto to young healthy skin for men, women, and children.
      • Don’t Scratch – Do not scratch even if it itches! Get some over the counter Hydrocortisone with aloe to help the itch.  Scratching can further irritate the skin and can even cause the skin to break and crack, opening the door to infection.
      • Identify Your Triggers – Take the time to identify your triggers. This can help you to avoid or limit your exposure to the offending item even better. If you think a food item is causing your problems, talk to your doctor about getting an allergy test or try an elimination diet to help you identify the offending product.
      • Keep Hands Dry – Be sure to dry your hands completely after you wash them and don’t forget to remove your rings and dry them too.
      • Wear Protective Gloves – Wear gloves when your hands will be exposed to anything that can irritate them.
      • Stress Management – Harder to do than just saying reduce your stress but if you regularly exercise, try breathing techniques, biofeedback, meditation and yoga these things can help reduce your stress.  I practice these methods and my stress levels are much more controllable now.

      Eczema is inflammation in your skin so if you use GRAM Skincare it will also help reduce the inflammation and help control your eczema.  If you have have severe eczema do not use the daily scrub, stick to the cleansers.

      Medications and your Skin!

      Vitamins and Medications that can Change the way your Skin Looks.

      There are many OTC, Prescription and Vitamins that can dry your skin, discolor, and make your skin more sensitive to the sun.  Here are a few medications and tips to help you keep your skin young and healthy.

      Thyroid medication and high doses of Vitamin A can dry your skin which can lead to increase to oil production, fine lines and wrinkles.

      Aspirin, penicillin, and Sulfa drug like Macrobid and Bactrim can cause rashes and hives.

      Cortisone, birth controls, and anti-epilepsy medications can increase your oil production which leads to that dreaded acne that everyone loves…NOT.

      If you are taking sulfa drugs, high blood pressure, birth control, or tetracycline make sure you wear SPF!  Your skin becomes more sensitive to the sun and you increase your risk of burning.

      Even though these are possible side effects of some of these medications never discontinue your medications without first consulting your pharmacist or physician.

      Inflammation in the skin can lead to increase in oil production, drying, and discoloration of the skin.  GRAM Skincare decreases inflammation which helps control all the issues listed above from the medications and general stress of daily living.

      10 Tips to Fight Dry Skin by Dr. Gram

      1. Use a good moisturizer daily like SKIN1 daily moisturizer.

      2. Increase water intake to stay well hydrated, 6-8 8oz. glasses per day is ideal.

      3. Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.

      4. Limit sun exposure time. if your job requires you to spend ample time outdoors, use a moisturizer with SPF.

      5. Wash your face no more than twice daily and use a non-drying cleanser or scrub.

      6. Shorter shower time with warm water rather than hot.  Hot water tends to dry the skin faster.

      7. When drying after the shower pat dry instead wiping dry because wiping with a towel wipes off natural oils on the skin.

      8. Apply moisturizers while the skin is still damp.

      9. If you live in a dry climate buy a humidifier because dry heat or too much air conditioning can dry the skin.

      10. Read the SKIN1 Blog regularly for more great tips! :)