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Nobody wants to flaunt spotty, oily skin, unappetizing wounds, blisters, pus pimples. Even though there is nothing contagious about it – most of the people around keep at a distance as a precaution. Elena Tsankova and Prof. dr.Arvid Kappas from Jacobs University Bremen recently showed that someone with flawless skin is even considered more trustworthy and credible. Unfortunately, there are more and more skin problems – and everyone knows them.The advertising promises to eliminate them – and the hope for (eternal) beauty ensures huge profit margins. Of course no one believes in the fairytale assurances and promises .. actually .. but how nice it would be if it were true.. may be ..? 😉
In the article about a problematic scalp, I described a possible (and not at all rare) cause of unsavory skin problems: Care and styling products can irritate the skin extremely- I myself had long really nasty skin reactions. Nobody found the reason for it .Hairdressers and beauticians only saw a buyer for very expensive products that could eliminate the problems..allegedly. Doctors only knew cortisone or a special shampoo from the pharmacy. If anything, it only helped in the short term right after the application.
By traditional hair washing (simple shampoo and thorough rinse with pure water) in China, I gradually got the mystery. Not enough, I got rid of my scalp symptom after 2 treatments – the hair did not shine like this in a long time as well. What more do you want? It’s not easy to do the same at home, but it’s possible. Since then I’ve never had to struggle with these problems again. Without the help of expensive special shampoos or other products. No product had led to a real cure before, no matter how sophisticated or how long I used it.
Now, these scalp and hair care are not directly transfer to other skin areas, but similar problems and causes there are. However, very few people feel like dealing with the protective and care functions that are provided by the body itself. Supporting these systems would already provide for a better skin appearance
Even “bacteria” are still something scary and the best one can do is to whack them immediately. Although their positive role is becoming increasingly well-known, the fears that have been inoculated for years are having an effect. In the same vein, the advertising sometimes plays clumsy with fears and selective “information”.
Of course: Bacteria, viruses, fungi can ALSO harm – they can be really dangerous, but in most cases only for very weak people. On the other hand, they seem to advance our development and take on all sorts of tasks for us, such as the synthesis of an important vitamin of intestinal bacteria- or breakdown of nutrients. On our skin, they fight every microbial “newcomers”. They spray deadly poison solutions, eg. Proteins that act like the body’s own antibiotics. Certain fatty acids, some of which are first formed by bacterial metabolism, are uncomfortable and more toxic to many types of bacteria. Our attentive “roommates” surround foreign invaders and starve them by eating away all food in their vicinity.
The microorganisms of the skin flora also form metabolic products, which have a favorable effect on the properties of the skin. Moisture, “acid value” (pH value) and oxygenation vary according to the skin area, so the composition of the skin flora is not identical everywhere. The germ spectrum and the number of microorganisms differ according to skin region, age, gender, genetic predisposition and environmental conditions.
The pH (acid degree) is influenced by several factors: age, sex, skin area, cosmetics products, etc. The importance of a slightly acidic pH has been investigated in various studies. It has been shown that it inhibits the growth of some pathogenic microorganisms (eg Propionibacterium acnes), whereas the microorganisms of normal skin colonization (eg Staphylococcus epidermidis) grow at a pH around 5. Thus, the “acid protection coat” can stabilize the growth of non-pathogenic (pathogenic) bacteria and interfere with pathogens (Pillsbury / Rebel 1952, Korting et al 1987, 1990 and 1992, Kurabayashi et al 2002, Lambers et al 2006). The slightly acidic pH is also important for the function of certain enzymes involved in the construction and regeneration of the skin barrier. To treat and irritate “microbiome” with antibiotics, disinfectants, alcohol (which also degreases the skin in addition), damage our intact and healthy external defense .
In my teenage years, it was common to “treat” his pimple-covered skin with high-percentage alcohol. Of course, the purulent pimples weren’t really impressed … but the rest of the skin looked sick and dehydrated. There was also an antibiotic from the outside, which didn’t really help, half-mechanical and chemical “peel” cures for which one decided only in utmost despair The result worsened the appearance .. even more durable.
With the help of the “Hobbythek” finally set a tentative rethink. There were, for example, a recipe that included tea tree oil, among other things, but generally cared for the skin, and was not limited to the mere fight against something “bad”. What can I say? Anyone who kept the application for at least a few weeks would get rid of their bad pus-bumps – even people who were not affected by acne until adulthood. In the meantime, I have learned that it often helps to keep the skin tender so that the contents of the sebaceous glands can be emptied unhindered and metabolized accordingly by their own bacteria. High-percentage alcohol causes exactly the opposite.
Another problem of skin “care”:
While in the past, only people of advanced age suffered from very dry skin susceptible to inflammation. Today they are already found in a third of teens- with an increasing trend.
Too hot and frequent showers, soaps that dry out the skin, preservatives in creams and lotions (which also dry out) are detrimental to healthy and intact skin – as well as chemical contaminated clothes, etc. Wash new clothes before wearing them for the first time. But even some detergents cause bad skin reactions. If you have problems with it – just try another – or even test your friend’s very good washing machine, where all soap remains can be washed out.
Very few people like a strong odor of sweat. But on hot days you do not have to rinse off thoroughly every hour. You can just leave the soap off with repeated showers.
Does anyone know what facial “cleansing milk” consists of? This is basically just diluted cream – but no soap. You can give the body a similarly good treatment and wash it with a diluted emulsion or a firm skin care made from a very good chocolate (WITHOUT palm oil .. 😉) and other natural care additives. Do not worry – you will not smell unwashed afterwards, unkempt or otherwise uncomfortable.