March 21, 2009

Too Active for Pro-Activ

BY Xviara Owens ("Ask Xviara beauty advice")

I am a 28 year old gay male who is a bit of a gym rat and try to eat healthy, but for the last few months I’ve had the worst acne on my face, back and butt. This is all new to me as I did not even have but a few random pimples here and there through puberty. Spring is on its way and I want to show off all my hard work in the gym. HELP!

Too Active for Pro-Activ

Hello Too Active,

First off let’s say that though Pro-Activ might be great for those early and late teen users, I strongly steer all our 25 year old and plus clients away from harsh and stripping products. There can be a lot of varying reasons one might go through an acne breakout - diet, stress, hormonal fluctuations, recreational drug use, bacterial issues, stomach health and the list goes on. We see quite a few athletes who perspire and their skin becomes congested or even picks up acne bacteria from using the workout equipment at the gym. There are a few things you can try to bring your skin back to its normal state. Here is a great skin care regimen we use for most of our adult acne clients:

1) Glyco-BP face and body wash(stay away from anything with sodium laureth sulfate as it is a very drying and irritating lathering ingredient found in most shampoos, soaps, and cleansers which can make you produce even more oil in some areas and develop dry patches in others)

2) A dual action toner for the face(dual action toners remove excess dirt and oils from the skin with out drying you out, helps with cellular renewal, and helps restore your skin’s pH)

3) BP & Tea Tree face lotion

4) SPF specifically designed for oily skin types applied to all exposed areas (I really like sprays with added antioxidants, like Green Tea)

5) Drink lots of water….at least the recommended six 8 ounce glasses, as this helps the skin stay hydrated and healthy

Additional options that show great success and tend to speed up the skin’s health recovery are laser skin care treatments such as skin rejuvenation/foto facials, colon hydrotherapy/colonics, a series of chemical peels and/or clinical “facial” treatments for the face or body.

Xviara’s Recommendations:

Chicago Colon Hydrotherapy
Lincoln Park

Feel free to come in for a free consultation and I am sure we can have your skin back to its beautiful and buff state in no time.

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