When pores are clogged with oil and dead skin, they can become infected with the bacteria that cause acne. An acne lesion is a type of wound, and as it heals, it causes changes in the skin that can leave behind a scar. Either too little or too much connective tissue may be created during healing, and the trauma to your skin also causes inflammation that can leave behind dark marks.
There are two layers to the skin, the dermis and the epidermis. The epidermis is the top layer that gives skin its coloring, and it's composed of keratinized, or non-functioning cells. The thicker epidermis beneath is the part of the skin that has connections to capillaries, nerve endings and connective tissue. Various treatments for acne scars focus on one or both of these layers of skin. Uneven skin from previous acne breakouts can be smoothed and resurfaced, and over-pigmentation can also be eliminated. Here are some of the treatments available for acne scars.
Copaiba oil is derived from a sap, or resin, that's exuded from tree trunks found in the Amazon rainforest. The trees that produce it, Copaifera officinalis and Copaifera langsdorffi, are part of the same species. The sap is also referred to as a balsam, and it's used to make medicine. In native South American populations, copaiba balsam has been used as a treatment for urinary tract infections, bronchitis, constipation, diarrhea and hemorrhoids. The oil is extracted and used in topical form or taken by mouth.
Copaiba balsam is believed to thin mucous secretions, making it useful for treating upper and lower respiratory infections. In its original form, the sap is also used to create varnish and lacquer and can be used as a biodiesel fuel. To obtain copaiba oil from the sticky oleoresin that's secreted from the Copaifera trees, the bioactive properties are extracted using steam. The pale yellow, mildly bitter oil that remains is similar to tea tree oil in its ability to fight bacteria and fungi. It has a woodsy scent that some people say smells like honey.
Natural CBD oil comes from hemp, one of the most versatile and useful plants around. Like bamboo, hemp can be used to make paper, textiles, fuel and other practical products. One of the most beneficial uses of the hemp plant is in distilling a substance called cannabidiol. This is a non-psychoactive natural substance usually sold as an oil. CBD oil is emerging as a natural way to treat pain and inflammation and promote healthy skin.
To understand why cannabidiol (CBD) oil supports healthy skin, it's necessary to learn about its source. CBD is just one of over 100 chemicals called cannabinoids that are derived from the buds and flowers of the cannabis sativa plant (hemp). Marijuana is a cousin of this plant, and many people are familiar with a psychoactive compound extracted from it, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). While THC causes feelings of being 'high' or intoxicated, non-psychoactive CBD oil doesn't have this effect.
Hemp and marijuana (cannabis indica) are both cannabis plants, and CBD is extracted from hemp for a couple of reasons. First, industrial hemp has less than a .3 percent concentration of THC and isn't psychoactive. Second, hemp has a higher concentration of CBD and other beneficial cannabinoids that marijuana. While there are strains of cannabis sativa that contain more THC, in this article we refer only to the non-psychoactive hemp variety.
Photobiomodulation, or low-level light therapy (LLLT), was popularized in the 1960s by Hungarian physician Endre Mester. His experiment using a low-level ruby laser to shrink tumors in mice had a side effect of growing hair. He continued to experiment successfully with low-level laser treatment of wounds and ulcers.
Also known as low-power laser therapy (LPLT) and light-emitting diode (LED) therapy, photobiomodulation involves using certain wavelengths of light to improve health. It's theorized that the light waves from the red spectrum provide benefits by stimulating mitochondria, the power-emitting parts of cells. There's published evidence that the therapy is effective in pain reduction.
When you read about foods or supplements that have a strong positive effect on health, fish is at the top of any list. That's because it contains omega-3 fatty acids that the human body needs to maintain health. These beneficial fatty acids are only found in supplements like fish oil or in the foods we eat since the body can't produce them on its own. We'll explain why they're so important and share some of the best foods for providing these omega-3 fatty acids.
You might say that autophagy is the body's tendency to cannibalize itself. Although that's an attention-grabbing definition, the actual description is much more nuanced. Your metabolism needs to be able to "clean house" and get rid of the body's garbage, in this case, non-functioning cells and extraneous proteins and organelles. On one hand, autophagy helps the body by repurposing the building blocks of cells and eliminating debris. But taken to extremes by starvation, it can literally cannibalize healthy cells to maintain energy stores.
One of the lesser known supplements, MSM or methylsulfonylmethane provides the body with biologically active sulfur. It turns out that sulfur is a vitally important ingredient in pain relief, metabolism, healthy skin and more. When you're not getting enough sulfur from the foods you eat, supplementing with MSM can provide you with a natural energy enhancer and metabolic catalyst. Conversely, having a sulfur deficiency can negatively affect your health and worsen conditions such as arthritis.
Like most of us, you've probably noticed that you're at your best when you're well-rested. Sleep is a basic need of human beings, like food and water. When we're tired, the bed can seem like an oasis of comfort and bliss beckoning us away from the cares of life, and getting enough sleep keeps us mentally healthy and physically fit. There are real emotional and medical benefits to sleeping well, and we're going to share some of those with you.
When you think of baking soda, the first things that come to your mind are probably cooking and cleaning, and for good reason. Baking soda is the ingredient in quick breads and pancakes that gives them a fluffy texture. You can also clean your house from top to bottom without any cleaning products, as long as you have baking soda and vinegar in the house.
However, the benefits of baking soda aren't confined to cooking and cleaning. It's a common ingredient in health and beauty products because of its unique properties. One of the best known of these is the ability to foam and bubble when it comes in contact with an acidic substance. Less known is the fact that baking soda has antibacterial and antifungal properties and is classified as a mild disinfectant.