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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.

      Dr Gram on the CW Channel 6 San Diego

      Check Out Dr Gram on San Diego Living at 9am this Thursday July 2nd 2009.  That is San Diego CW channel 6.  Dr Gram will be talking about healthy skin, inflammation and how SKIN1 by Dr Gram products will help keep your skin looking and feeling healthy

      Tips to contol your SKIN

      Controlling inflammation in your skin can change your skin. 


      Inflammation is the Enemy Number #1 to Healthy Skin.  Inflammation breaks down collagen and elastin, increases oil production, and increases the amount of free radicals in the skin. 

      Here are a few tips to help control inflammation and keep your skin health.


      The normal cleanse, tone, and moisturize is the gold standard but what else can you do?

      You have to train your skin to change just like you workout to get your body in better shape your skin needs a workout too.  Here are some tips to keep your skin healthier.


      Dry skin:

      1. Water- Drinking water keeps the skin hydrated because throughout the day your skin loses moisture.
      2.  Take a daily Skin, Hair and Nails Vitamin.  Treating your skin topically with quality skin care is great but it is not enough.  You have to treat your skin from the inside too.
      3. Avoid using cleansers and scrubs that dry your skin.
      4. If you live in a dry climate use a humidifier to help keep your skin from drying out.


      Oily skin:

      1. Water- Rinse your face with warm water.  Warm water is a better solvent than cold water.
      2. Stress- I know easier said than done but if you can lower your stress level you will be able to control your hormone level that can cause excessive oil secretion.
      3. Use a non-drying mask can help control the oil production.
        1. The problem with most skincare products that “control oil” is that they dry the skin.  Drying oily skin is the worst thing one can do.  If you use a product that dries the skin the body will want to fix the dry skin by producing oil.  The problem is the body can fix the oil skin but the body does not know when to stop.  Example: You cut yourself and the body fixes the cut by growing new skin but the body does not stop at a nice new layer of skin it grows into a scar well the same thing happens with over producing oil.

      SKIN1 and Inflammation

      Premature aging of the skin and inflammation

      Scientists have long known that the root cause of most skin damage is inflammation.  50 years ago, Dr. Denham Harmon first documented the connection between inflammation and skin damage while researching the destructive impact free radicals have on cells.  30 years ago, Kligman and Lavker detailed the role that inflammation plays in visibly aging skin.  More recently, science has identified a link between inflammation and multiple disease states, including heart attacks, colon, skin and prostate cancer, as well as aging of the skin. 

      The mechanism of inflammation

      There are many factors that can damage the skin:  UV radiation, smoking, excessively aggressive facials, harsh chemicals found in some skincare products, and even hormonal imbalances (for example, in the case of acne).  What most people don’t realize is that all of these agents are related to inflammation of the skin cells.  Irritants such as those above cause disruption of the skin barrier which in turn activates the release of tumor necrosis factor α (TNF) and interleukins 1 (IL1) and 8 (IL-8), as well as other pro-inflammatory molecules to induce protective acute inflammation and trigger repair of the damaged skin barrier.  Matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) are enzymes that activate inflammation and degrade the damaged dermal skin cells like collagen and elastin to remodel the skin after injury.  These destructive enzymes are produced in several skin cells, including fibroblasts, keratinocytes and mast cells.  Collagenase , stromelysin and gelatinase are the most important enzymes in the inflammatory response.  Visible skin aging like fine lines, wrinkles, fragility and laxity are due to solar elastosis, collagen destruction and tissue atrophy induced by damaging MMP activity. 

      Thus, the acute inflammatory response plays a vital role in the repair of damaged skin cells.  But the modern woman often faces so much skin stress that chronic inflammation can result.  Here, the body has taken a beneficial reaction too far, and the continual release of destructive enzymes can damage the skin faster than it can repair itself.  The result is premature aging and the possibility of more serious diseases.  

      Reversing the damage

      For over 100 years, people have used aspirin and other anti-inflammatories to reduce internal inflammation.  And for decades people have taken antioxidant supplements to prevent damage to internal cells.  Now it’s possible to apply the healing properties of both these compounds to the skin as well, reducing current inflammation and preventing its recurrence in the future. 

      Any skincare regimen intended to reduce visible skin aging should begin by addressing chronic skin inflammation.  Daily use of a skincare line that fights chronic inflammation will ensure that the skin is functioning at its optimal level of protection.  Dr. Gram has researched the mechanisms of inflammation and the thousands of herbal and antioxidant ingredients available to fight inflammation in topical skincare preparations.  He found that only fourteen of these ingredients have been rigorously tested and clearly shown in human clinical trials to improve skin condition and decrease the visible signs of aging in the skin.  They include, for example, the alpha hydroxy acids that can be found in apples, panax ginseng root extract, green tea, ginger root, retinols from carrots, soy bean extracts, and grape seed extracts.  Dr. Gram has incorporated these proven ingredients to create a new line of skin-care products called SKIN1.  Inflammation has been shown to increase the number of free radicals in the skin, break down collagen and elastin, and increase oil production.  While many lines of skincare products attack free radicals, and anti-aging products seek to heal the damage to collagen and elasting, only SKIN1 does both while also reducing excess oil production by avoiding harsh drying sulfates. 

      In addition to SKIN1, Dr. Gram further recommends diet modification along the lines of Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet.  (Andrew Weil, MD, a leading name in the health field, believes that “without question, diet influences inflammation,” and has formulated a diet especially designed to reduce inflammation.)   


      Recent scientific advances have made clear chronic inflammation’s connection to multiple skin conditions, as well as its connection to a host of systemic diseases including cancer.  It is clear that skincare products with the right ingredients can help prevent and reverse chronic inflammation, restoring the skin to its normal condition and helping to minimize, reverse, and/or prevent premature aging of the skin.  Virtually everyone would benefit from a diet rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents and daily use of topical anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents such as those found in SKIN1.