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May 25, 2011

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Baby acne appears as red bumps on the skin usually developing around the chin, cheek and forehead. The acne condition is caused as a result of females hormone passed on by the mother to her child while the baby is still in the uterus. Another skin condition that is often misread as baby acne is known as milia which bear resemblance to baby acne symptoms and appear in the form bumps however they are tinier white bumps that usually form around the cheek, nose and chin. The causes of milia are the flakes of the skin that form under the skin surface. According to health experts baby acne is actually quite a common skin condition.

Baby acne generally begins to develop within 3 to 4 weeks after the child is born. Usually the skin condition goes away after a couple of months. According to medical experts around this period of time there is no requirement for use of any kind of medical treatment. In case the acne persists for more than 3 months it is advisable to consult the baby’s pediatrician who can prescribe a medicated cream for treating the acne.

Simply washing the affected areas twice a day with warm water can help get rid of acne. Mild baby soap can be used to wash the skin however the skin should be wiped dry gently. The affected area should not be picked or rubbed since this can cause irritation and could make the acne condition worse. It is also advised that no creams, lotions or oil are applied to the baby’s skin. This will only exacerbate the skin condition making it worse.

In case the acne condition is severe or gets worse it is advisable to consult the relevant doctor who can guide the person to take the necessary steps for treatment and prescribe the right form of treatment so that the acne condition can be treated quickly while avoiding the risks that might be involved.

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Nick has been an expert in skin health writing specifically on the subject of acne. His work has been published on various websites and magazines and provides insightful advice for best acne treatment acne medication, skin regimes etc

February 26, 2011

Herbs of Kedem

Judean Desert Herbs

The ancient Hebrew medicine was practiced in the Land of Israel at least until the second century B.C., as attested by contemporary historians who described the export of ointments from the Judean Desert region.  Its approach included: the maceration of plants in oil (installations for such a process were recently discovered in Ein-Bokek, near the Dead Sea);

Emphasis on total change of an existing condition, as exemplified by symbol of snake on bar (current symbol of pharmacies), which Moses received: stick converted to snake and back.  Immediately upon receiving this symbol, he
performed an act of healing on himself: converting healthy hand to hand with leprosy, and healing it again.  This total transformation was typically performed with hormones-rich plants.
The Hebrew term Kedem means “antiquity” but also “forward”- and the idea of the name is that ancient remedies will be the basis for the remedies of the future.
Herbs of Kedem’s researcher, Isabelle Haim, a biotechnologist,  has succeeded to combine Dead Sea minerals with antiseptic local plants to create powerful anti-aging creams without any synthetic stabilizers or preservatives.  These creams bear biblical names related to their purpose:
KARMEL– following the name of the place where this rich anti-aging cream is made, and which means in Hebrew “God’s
Vineyard”, referring to the goodness o local crops on the desert’s verge.
MESHI– a rich facial serum for dry skin, meaning Silk in Hebrew, and indeed a silky texture is created by it
TSUKIM– a rich anti-wrinkle balm, applies the astringent features of desert shrubs to create anamazung Botox-like
natural lifting of wrinkled skin.  It means “cliffs” in Hebrew.
TISHREI is a gentle scrub for aging skin, containing rapidly absorbed oils and shredded jojoba seeds, rich in nourishing
proteins.  A weekly scrub with it creates wonderful results.  (In Hebrew, Tishrei is the first month of the year- a symbol
of skin regeneration).
AVIV, “spring” in Hebrew, is a cleanser for the skin, and BOKER, “morning” in  Hebrew, helps tone aging skin right after
the skin becomes loose at night.
The skin & body therapy line includes:
MACCABIM oil, meaning the ancient heroes that saved the Holy Land from Syrian invasion. Treatment for scars, hematomas, bruises, keloids, sprains, pigmentation, burns, eczemas, atopic dermatitis.  7 times more powerful than Aloe-Vera, and a first-aid must for any home.
REGALIM, meaning “legs” and festivals of pilgrimage to Jerusalem, is a balm for feet, nails & cuticles, using the powerful ingredients of MACCABIM.
MAZOR, meaning relief and healing  for chapped feet, athlete foot, jock itch, and together with MEDBAR oil (meaning desert), it treats psoriasis.
TOVA, meaning the good salve, supplements MACCABIM for eczema-affected skin.
SEPHORRIS, stemming from Nail in Hebrew, applied powerful Hyssop species to treat nail fungus.
BARKAN, stemming from Knee in Hebrew, provides relief for arthritis of joints, and helps improve motion of joints and slow down deformation.
Nikuz Organic Herbal Detoxification Tea
Importance of liver and kidneys for detox: “liver” in Hebrew means also “heavy, respectful”; “kidneys” in Hebrew mean also “totality”.
In our family we use many of the Kedem products. We know it is safe for our kids and grandkids.

August 11, 2010

Accutane is a medication used for the treatment of severe cases of acne, especially those linked to permanent and disfiguring scarring such as acne vulgaris, acne conglobata and acne fulminans.

This drug is related to vitamin A, which makes it classified as a retinoid. Most dermatologists and physicians prescribe Accutane for management of acne. Since there are high risks for developing side effects, it is often not used as the first course of treatment. Deep facial cleansers, herbal skin care creams and topical ointments are usually the first round of treatments patients will receive. These alternative methods have become more popular due to the side effects one can develop from using drugs such as Accutane.

Physicians have also utilized the drug to treat Harlequin-type-ichthyosis, a rare condition that causes the skin to present plating as thick as armor after birth. Accutane has also been used sparsely to treat certain types of cancers including pancreatic and brain cancer. However, the drug may work throughout the body in killing cells not related to cancers.

Accutane is linked to the development of severe side effects, including inflammatory bowel disease, which has prompted many patients to file an Accutane lawsuit to seek compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering. In a 2006 study conducted by The American Journal of Gastroenterology, treatment with Accutane was noted as a possible “trigger” for inflammatory bowel disease. Frequently referred to as IBD, inflammatory bowel disease is a gastrointestinal disorder that refers to two chronic conditions that cause inflammation of the digestive tract, known as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

According to a 2010 study published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology, Accutane may nearly quadruple a patient’s risk of developing ulcerative colitis, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that requires the surgical removal of the colon in 25 to 40 percent of all cases. The study also reported that the risk of developing ulcerative colitis was highest in patients who used Accutane for more than two months.

Despite the fact that a possible association between Accutane and IBD was first discovered in the early 1980s, Accutane contained no warning of an increased risk of IBD for the majority of the time it was available on the market. A number of patients who have suffered these side effects argue that Roche Pharmaceuticals did not adequately warn them about Accutane’s risks. Please be sure to speak or receive a checkup with a dermatologist prior to making a decision.

By providing FDA alerts, drug information and drug side effects about prescription and over the counter medications, we can ensure an environment where patients have the best knowledge on their medical treatment and health. Additional information may be found on DrugWatch.com.

July 16, 2010

Published with permission of http://www.skinrejuvenex.com/skin-care/646/#more-646

It is important to remember that what you put in your body, will be reflected on your skin. If you’re the type of person that generally eats fried up food, soda drinks and other foods that lack nutritional value, you will struggle to maintain a flawless complexion.
Estheticians understand the importance of identifying the cause of any type of skin problem. This helps us advise clients to the best of our ability. For instance, if a client has inflammation problems on the skin, you should generally be warned against eating tomatoes, potatoes or eggplants.
Yet once an esthetician identifies acne as the skin problem, how does one approach it holistically?
Acne is recognized by the American Academy of Dermatology as the most common skin problem found amongst younger and older persons. The reason there is an increase in the number of older clients looking for acne treatment is due to stress, bad eating habits and a poor exercise regime.
There are various types of acne but the most important are as follows: inflammatory, hormonal, bacterial and cystic. There are a number of contributing factors that can cause these types of acne. Some of these factors are oily skin, allergies, genetics, candidas, an exposure to certain types of drugs, exposure to pollutants, make up and a diet that is full of saturated fats.
Most dermatologists will automatically prescribe antibiotics and Accutane to treat most types of acne. The drugs can treat the problem but there are possible negative side effects. Whenever you take antibiotics, it depletes the body of both beneficial and harmful bacteria. When you take antibiotics, you should remember to take probiotics to maintain the health of your intestinal flora. By taking probiotics you are replenishing your body with essential bacteria.
Drugs with tetracycline can cause your skin to become photosensitive. This can promote hyperpigmentation. Holistically, it’s recommended to rather take colloidal silver, which is a natural antibiotic. Colloidal Silver can be taken orally or applied topically.
If you are struggling with acne, it is essential to increase your cellular turnover. The cells of the stratum corneum (the top layer of the skin) does not shed very fast. This creates a buildup of cells on the surface which can trap bacteria and oil. Facial exfoliation is very important step in our skin regimen, it is helping skin shed quicker than it would normally do. Among the variety types of exfoliation, we recommend MECHANICAL (such as Ultrasound Skin Spatula) or ENZYMATIC EXFOLIATORS.
It is important to realize that there is a direct link between sugar and inflammation. This is similar to the link between blemish-free skin and proper nutrition. There was a survey conducted with Japanese patients, once they switched to an American-style diet, they had an increase in the occurrence of acne.

Acne treatment

Weather and Acne:
In the summer months, we sweat. For this reason it’s essential to keep the skin clean of excess oils that can be created by sweating. Don’t use harsh chemicals to clean your skin around this time of year. When using harsh chemicals it can strip the skin of its natural acid mantle. This triggers sebum production which can stimulate an acne outbreak.
A similar concept should be applied during the winter months when dryness is experienced. It can be tempting to skip out on using moisturizer during the winter months. However, even acenic skin needs to be moisturized. It is suggested that you increase your intake of essential fatty acids by using either flaxseed or primrose oils. The fatty acids in the oil will help break up the fat deposits that block pores. It will also help restore healthy tissue.
Skin Exfoliation With Ultrasound Skin Spatula Protocol:
1. Cleanse once with cleanser
2. For second cleans, use brush machine with steam (you may also use hot towel if steamer is not available, then apply enzyme peel, and remove peel after 10 – 15 minutes).
3. Using either gauze wipe saturated with distilled water or with a small water spray source, moisten the face before cleaning with the Ultrasound Skin Spatula (in sonic mode / exfoliation).Repeat.
4. Massage lightly to relax facial muscles and follow with extractions then serum applications (e.g. Vitamin C Serum), then penetrate serum with Ultrasound Spatula (in ion +/-).
5. After penetration, apply and remove masque then tone (+ moisturizer with sun screen using Ultrasound Spatula (in ionzyme mode).
It is suggested not to use Ultrasound Skin Spatula on Pustular Acne or around areas of  Broken Capillaries.

August 17, 2009

Accutane has been linked to Diabetes, Crohn’s Disease, Bowel and Digestive Tract Disorders.

Accutane, also known as Isotretinoin, is a drug used to treat severe acne was approved by the FDA in 1982. Since then, over 5 million people have taken Accutane. Accutane may be linked to several serious side effects, such as Crohn’s disease and diseases of the digestive tract and bowels including ileitis, procritis, ulcerative colitis, and inflammatory bowel disease, also known as IBD. Accutane may also be linked to diabetes.
Here are some alternatives that are natural and do not have side effects.

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ZORI:  A solution for facial cleansing in the evening.  Rather than high-concentration alcohol, this solution contains plants which disinfect while being delicate on the skin, as well as other plants which prevent scarring.

ALMOGAN:  A mixture of essential oils and macerations, which includes various disinfecting plants.  To be applied locally on the skin when necessary, on a spot turned red during the past 2-3 days.  Not to be applied more than twice a day.

NIMIT: Milder in its composition compared to ALMOGAN, it is suitable for large acne-prone surfaces, such as : face, back, arms.

August 11, 2009


Acne is a common skin disease characterized by pimples on the face, chest, and back. It occurs when the pores of the skin become clogged with oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria.

acne-care.jpgThe National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases offers these suggestions:

Wash your face regularly — in the morning when you wake up, before you go to bed and always after you’ve exercised or sweated heavily.

Be sure to wash your entire face — including past the jaw and all the way up to the hairline.

Use only a mild face wash. Ask your dermatologist or doctor what is best for your skin.

Avoid using a harsh soap or astringent on your face, and don’t scrub the skin.

Wash your hair frequently. If you have oily hair, you may want to wash it daily. timeless-skin-care.jpg

— Diana Kohnle


Here is a great site that offers solutions.

The simple 3-step system contains powerful acne fighting ingredients to clear acne blemishes and allow skin to heal.

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