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Acne Mechanica: Breakouts From Working Out?

Do you play sports?  Do you exercise?  Are you wearing sports and exercise clothing and equipment?  Have you noticed that you’re experiencing breakouts happening where your sports bra or helmet touches?  If you answered “yes”, you are experiencing something called ACNE MECHANICA.

When you’re working out or playing sports, pores that are clogged are being subjected to pressure and friction from your clothing and/or workout gear. The debris and bacteria trapped inside the pores will then erupt into a papule or pustule. Sweating during your activities and not washing it off afterwards also aggravates the follicles which can lead to breakouts.

So, what are you supposed to do?  Stop working out? Stop playing your favorite sports activities? NO. You need to prevent the pores from being clogged in the first place. First things first: Immediately shower off after your activity using a non-comedogenic cleanser for the face and body such as the Ultra Gentle Cleanser.  Then, apply an exfoliant such as Mandelic Serum or Salicylic Serum to keep the dead skin cells from building up. Lastly, use a Benzoyl Peroxide acne medication to kill the bacteria inside the pores so pimples don’t have the opportunity to form. Acne Mechanica is preventable.

PS! Don’t forget to put on some loose fitting clothing after showering- nothing too tight on your body AND becareful- wear white clothing when using Benzoyl Peroxide as it will bleach fabric.

When you know how to properly cleanse pre and post workout/sports, you won’t need to choose between having clear skin or being physically active.  You can have the best of both worlds!

Supplements: Good Choices for Acne-Prone Skin

The following supplements have been found to be useful in aiding your recovery from acne; especially inflamed and cystic acne.

Zinc Monomethionine

This form of zinc is the most bio-available form that acts directly as an anti-inflammatory. Many people with acne have low levels of zinc in their body. Supplementing with zinc has been shown to reduce the severity of cysts and inflamed lesions.  OptiZinc is the brand we recommend.

Important Information about Zinc: These supplements can upset your stomach. To prevent nausea, always take OptiZinc with food. Zinc is an essential trace element for humans and there is evidence that it is similar to antibiotics in improving the condition of inflamed acne. The effective dosage is not clear. However, most studies indicate 50-100mg (The OptiZinc tablet has 30MG). We advise you to not take any more than 100mg because excessive zinc may lead to deficiencies in other vitamins and minerals. One of the reasons that we like OptiZinc is that it contains copper and copper is one of the minerals that can be depleted by taking zinc supplements. We are also recommending that you discontinue taking the zinc once you are completely clear. We are not recommending this as a preventative.

Omega 3 Fish Oils

Fish oil is a great anti-inflammatory and helps to alter sebum production; HOWEVER, only if it’s molecularly distilled or pharmaceutical grade. Unfortunately, many fish oil supplements are oxidized which actually creates more inflammation.

Instructions for taking fish oil capsules for your acne: Research and anecdotal evidence suggests that many of us who suffer from chronic inflammatory acne may benefit from taking relatively higher doses (1000-1700mg) of purified omega- 3 oils present mostly in wild ocean fish such as salmon, mackerel, cod and herring. Omega-3 oils are anti-inflammatory and the body utilizes them in many ways. Of particular relevance to acne sufferers, they may help regulate hormones and in addition help to shorten the intensity of your breakout.
*Please note: Although there is no known toxicity associated with using fish oils over long term, you should check with your physician particularly if you have a chronic underlying illness or are pregnant. The fish oil capsules we recommend are OmegaVia and are of therapeutic quality and are enteric coated to help assimilate the omega-3‘s in the most efficient way possible. In addition they are formulated not to have a fishy after taste and are guaranteed burp free. Consider taking 1 capsule/2 capsules with the lightest meal of the day.


These are good bacteria that colonize the digestive tract and the skin. They can help people who have been on long-term antibiotics (both oral and topical). These good bacteria compete with the pathogenic bacteria and can help improve the incidence of breakouts.  A good over-the-counter brand is Align Probiotics.

*The above article is intended for information purposes only and should not be construed as or substituted for medical advice.  Always check with your physician before taking any supplements. 

*information source: Face Reality

PRIIA Business Spotlight: Envision Acne and Skin Care Center

We are thrilled to add a new category to the PRIIA Beauty Buzz Blog: PRIIA Business Spotlight. We will be showcasing the FABULOUS businesses who sell the PRIIA minerale-derm line in their salons, spas and acne clinics.  You’ll have an opportunity to get to know these hard-working small business owners and if you’re in their area, please consider contacting them for an appointment.  PRIIA’s wholesale clients are an extremely vital part of our company’s success and we are honored to be a part of their lives!

Get ready to read all about Nikolett Ivanyi of Envision Acne and Skin Care Center!

  1. What is the name of your business?
    Envision Acne & Skin Care Center
  1. Where are you located?
    189 US HWY 9 South
    Manalapan, NJ 07726
  1. How long have you been in business?
    3 years so far.
  1. What types of esthetic services do you offer?
    We specialize in teen and adult acne treatments. Our unique Acne Free Skin Program ™ will clear up the skin in 90 days without the use of antibiotics or prescription medications. 
  1. Why did you choose to offer PRIIA to your clients?
    I have been looking for a make up line for years that I can safely offer to my acne clients. We tried many, but never found one that will provide full coverage, is non-comedogenic and is also reasonably priced. Luckily, one day I stumbled upon Priia and decided to give it a try. I was amazed by the coverage of the Loose Mineral Powder Foundation. It looks beautiful on the skin and provides a very natural look. I also love the fact that every single product from the line is 100% acne-safe and non-irritating for sensitive skin types. 
  2. What is your favorite PRIIA product and why?
    My favorite product is the Essential Cover Loose Mineral Foundation in Honey color. It helps even out my skin tone and covers any unwanted pigmentation. My clients always complement on how perfect my skin looks when I’m wearing Priia. In the summer time I like to dust a little Vacation in a Jar Mineral Bronzer over my foundation to achieve a nice bronze finish. 
  1. What do your clients think of the PRIIA minerale-derm line?
    My clients love how the foundation perfectly matches their skin tone. They also get excited about the great selection of acne-safe blushes and bronzers too.

Here’s Nikolett proudly displaying her selection of the PRIIA minerale-derm line.  Thanks Nikolett! You can find Envision Acne and Skin Care Center in New Jersey by using our retail locator .

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Summer is Ending but Your SPF Usage Shouldn’t!

SunBlockFace Summer is winding down and the kiddies are headed back to school.  For some, that means the SPF gets put away on a shelf somewhere until next summer.  DO NOT DO THIS.

We are exposed to ultraviolet light ALL YEAR ROUND.  This means we should be protecting our skin from sun damage 24/7 365 days a year.  Driving in the car, walking into the store and sitting by a window are all sneaky ways that photo damage can occur.

Many people think that if they don't get a burn, they don't get damage.  That's NOT true.  UVB rays cause the burn but only reach the skin's surface.  UVA rays penetrate all the way down into the dermis (deepest layer of skin) and cause hyperpigmentation (brown spots) and the breakdown of collagen and elastin.  This leads to wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin and uneven skin tone.

Did you know that the SPF rating on your bottle, jar or can of sunscreen is ONLY for UVB rays?  The SPF doesn't account for UVA rays.  The FDA is currently working on regulation for a system to rate sunscreen's effectiveness against UVA rays.

Most over-the-counter sunscreens contain chemicals such as oxybenzone and avobenzone.  Chemical sunscreens ABSORB the sun's rays and scatter them within the body.  Also, chemical sunscreens begin to breakdown as soon as they are exposed to light.  They need to be applied 20-30 minutes PRIOR to sun exposure and they need to be reapplied frequently to be effective.  Don't be fooled into thinking that an SPF 50 is BETTER than an SPF 30.  The amount of increased protection between the two is only about 2%-4% , yet it takes tons more chemicals to make an SPF 50.  You don't need all of those additional chemicals getting into your body.  Stick with an SPF 30 and look for one that states "BROAD SPECTRUM PROTECTION".

In my opinion, the best sunscreens are those with physical blockers such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.  These prevent the sun's rays from getting into your skin- the rays literally bouce right off.  They can applied as soon as you are exposed to light and they don't have the tendency to breakdown. Plus, zinc and titanium don't cause sensitivies like chemical sunscreens can.  Unlike the formulas of days gone by (think lifeguards with white goo smeared on their faces), today's physical sunscreens are more sheer and made to go on smoothly without leaving all of that ugly residue.

My favorite SPF product is by a company called IMAGE.  Their sunscreens are all physical blockers plus theyUniversal_moisturizer  are chock full of good-for-your-skin ingredients such as vitamins, antioxidants, skin hydrators and green tea.  Plus, they are all paraben-free.  IMAGE is a professional-only product but you can contact them directly to find out which salons in your area carries the line.

So, there you have it.  Be sun smart ALL YEAR ROUND not just in the summer months.  You'll be glad you listened to me. 😉

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Are Facial Scrubs Good For Your Skin?

The answer to this is question is "YES" and "NO".

ExfoFace2 Exfoliation of the skin is critical to keeping it looking good and healthy.  However, when using a facial scrub, look for one that has spherical (round) particles to exfoliate the skin such as jojoba beads.  Facial scrubs that contain ingredients like crushed apricot or walnut shells can have jagged edges. When moved over the skin, these jagged particles can cause micro-tears in epidermis leading to inflammation.  Inflammation is a pre-cursor to having the skin age more quickly which is exactly what you DON'T want to happen.

PRIIA Cosmetics offers a wonderful facial product called the Creamy Clay Exfoliating Cleanser.  It contains tiny micro jojoba beads that gently glide across the skin's surface loosening and lifting away dead skin cells.  This unique cleanser not onlyTn__MG_1279 Clay Cleanser 2 exfoliates the epidermis (top layer of the skin) but it also helps to rid the pores of impurities because it contains bentonite clay.  It's delicious citrus aroma will soothe and invigorate the senses at the same time.  PRIIA offers sample sizes of this wonderful cleanser so you can try before you buy the full-size version.  Give it a try…your skin will thank you.

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