Recovering A Clear & Clean Complexion: Jo’s Skincare Journey

Recovering A Clear & Clean Complexion: Jo’s Skincare Journey

Could you please give us some background on your skin and the journey you’ve been through with it? As a teenager I had great skin, I’m probably the opposite of most people! It only started to cause me problems as I got older actually, in my late 20’s really. I would constantly have a few spots that (I felt like) I needed to cover up, and my skin would occasionally flare up and get worse without a pattern. It’s always been an issue for me as I never felt like I could confidently go make-up free, and I always took concealer with me in my handbag. I ate well, drank loads of water, didn’t smoke, and did all the things you’re supposed to do to have good skin, but nothing worked.

How did you discover Atopis, and why did you decide to give it a go? I actually found it on Facebook and checked out the website, and thought it would be worth a shot as some of the success stories from their customers sounded just like me.

What product do you use? I use the Acne Prone Skin Cream.

Please describe how your skin was before Atopis and how it looks now. I always had spots around my chin as well as the occasional ones on my forehead and around my nose if I was having a really bad streak. They were always red and painful and not easy to hide, they would take days to calm down but by then I’d have more! Not fun when you’re in your mid 30’s and everyone else has finished with their acne stage. Now, I only get a spot or two occasionally but for the right reasons like if I eat badly or if I’m hormonal or even if it’s a super humid day – like ‘normal’ skin!

What changes have you noticed since you started using Atopis? My skin is clearer, and just seems generally happier if that makes sense? I have less fine lines too, which is a nice bonus, and my skin is firmer but soft at the same time.

When did you start noticing your skin changing, and how has it changed since? It took until I was halfway through my second tube to see real improvements. When using the first tube I had a solid few weeks of bad skin and I thought to myself ‘man this is just another product that doesn’t work for me’. Then I went back to read the reviews, and people were saying the same thing and said just to keep using it and it eventually improves. So I did, and it worked; they were right!

How does your skin feel? Happy!

How do you feel about your skin now compared to before? Also happy!

What is your current skincare routine? Exfoliate twice a week, wash face in the shower with goats milk/sensitive skin soap. I Moisturise my skin with the Acne Prone Skin Cream in the morning and on most nights.

What advice would you give to someone who is at the beginning of their skincare journey? Just keep going! The results will happen and they will be worth it!

 

Struggling with Breakouts?

Our Atopis Acne Prone Skin Cream is a 100% natural and safe way to clear pimples, enhance skin health, and help you to break out of the pimple cycle.

Getting treatment deep down into the pores is what our Acne Prone Skin Cream formula does, as it needs to break down the built-up dirt and slowly bring it to the surface so it can cleanse the pore with help from our immune system.

Once you have started with your Acne Prone Skin Cream, it may take up to two or over three weeks for the skin to restore its normal functions. The Acne Prone Skin Cream ensures that bit by bit bacteria comes to the surface, which is removed by your restored skin microflora and stops future bacteria build-up. 

It’s better to have small amounts of the bacteria release over time, so your skin microflora has time to respond and heal the skin. 

Everyone’s skin is unique, so depending on your skin type and amount of blocked pores, it will take a different amount of time.

 

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What is Milia? And Do You Have It?

What is Milia? And Do You Have It?

Milia – Those Bumps aren’t Acne!

If you haven’t heard of Milia it looks like small bumps that commonly form around sensitive skin places such as the eyes. It is not rare to develop a singular milium or a crop of Milia at some stage in our life, but the appearance of them can affect our self-esteem at times.

They do disappear eventually but generally, we want to speed this process up. So, it is key to recognize when you have Milia and what to do.

Our solution to protecting your skin against the build-up of Milia is our Radiant Balance Cream. Our cream unclogs the skin’s pores and reduces the build-up of sebum and dead skin.

Find out more information about Milia, its causes, and it’s cures below!

What are they then?

Milia, plural or Milium singular, form as a tiny bump just below the surface of the skin and present where the skin is thinnest, which is typically around the eyes. The milium bump can look whitish in colour and is a keratin-filled cyst. These cysts are benign thankfully! 

After the sebum and dead skin cells become trapped in the skin they turn into keratin, which over time solidifies. Keratin is a fibrous protein that forms to make the main structure of hair, nails and the outer layer of the skin. 

Typically keratin does its job at protecting the skin, (just like it does for our nails and hair!) but in the case of Milia it hardens up under the skin forming the tiny bumps.

Milia are also referred to as closed comedones, where the follicle is blocked. Comedones are the skin-coloured bumps that are mostly found around the forehead and chin of people who suffer from acne.

Blackheads, however, are called open comedones, which are exposed to the air turning the dead skin and oil black.

Who gets it?

Statistically, half of all newborn babies will likely get Milia around the cheeks, nose, and eyes. Adults can get Milia on the face, arms, and hands.

It is more often than not to develop on the hands in mature people after years of sun-exposure turned sun-damage. See our Sun Exposure and Your Skin blog to learn more about the effects of exposure on your complexion. 

Generally, some people are just more prone than others to Milia. It can be genetic causes, a skin condition or a number of other reasons as to why Milia can suddenly develop.

An interesting cause of Milia

Over applying thick moisturizers and creams, notably eye creams, have been linked with triggering Milia, especially in those that are already susceptible to it.

The skin also has a natural exfoliation process, when this malfunctions dead skin cells begin to build up under the skin’s surface and if they stay too long like this the build-up hardens into keratin. 

This keratin-filled bump won’t get red or sore – instead, it’ll just sit under a thin layer of skin.

Treatment

Unlike acne, Milia do not form in the pores, instead, it forms as a cyst. So knowing this means the treatment of Milia is a different approach. It can last on the skin from a few weeks to a few months.

Milia goes away on its own eventually, but the appearance of it can affect self-esteem and confidence. More than often we want to get rid of it as soon as we can. Below are a few tips to treat Milia – the key is patience however, as it can still take up to a few months of treating Milia from home for it to clear up:

1. Exfoliating

Due to the skin’s exfoliation process malfunctioning, choosing a targeted exfoliator is important.

One that contains salicylic acid to dissolve the bump can be used daily if it is gentle on the skin and does not cause irritation or drying out the skin.

Products containing glycolic acid are effective in exfoliators for Milia as well.

2. Creams

To avoid triggering Milia ensure you use a thin layer of skin cream. If the cream is too thick it can block the skin causing it to essentially suffocate and Milia can erupt.

Make sure to choose a moisturizing cream that won’t block your skin’s pores and that will allow the skin to still feel hydrated. 

Is Your Skin Showing Signs of Milia?

Atopis Radiant Balance Cream has been formulated using essential oils that do not plug up the pores.

Our patented process of making Atopis converts some of the essential oils to fatty acids which are critical to maintaining the health of the epithelium (skin).

Using a combination of probiotics and prebiotics, Atopis has been scientifically proven to restore the skin back to a normal function using all-natural and safe ingredients.

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The Critters That May Cause Rosacea

The Critters That May Cause Rosacea

Our face is home to a whole ecosystem of microscopic creatures!

These critters are mostly harmless. In fact, they are actually quite helpful – generally speaking their job is to eat dead skin cells, helping to rid the face of waste.

However, a growing body of medical research is pointing to abnormally high levels of Demodex mites as playing a role in causing or triggering rosacea.

If you’re looking for an all-natural solution to rosacea-prone skin, our answer is  Atopis Radiant Balance Cream. Scientifically formulated for rosacea-prone skin, the therapy cream reduces redness and inflammation by balancing the skin’s microflora, evening out your complexion.

Keep scrolling for more on Demodex Mites & their link to Rosacea.

What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic, common inflammatory skin condition that presents as redness of the face. 

Diagnosing Rosacea cannot be done through a medical test, however they can be used to rule out other skin conditions and narrow down on rosacea.

The skin condition is most often developed in fair-skinned, blonde and blue-eyed women between the ages of 30-50 years. Those with Celtic or Scandinavian backgrounds also heightens risk of rosacea. A genetic history of acne and rosacea also contributes to the possibility of developing it.

Males can also develop rosacea, but often have more severe exterior symptoms.

There are four main rosacea subtypes which present different symptoms. Learn more about the types of rosacea.

What causes rosacea?

While the exact cause of rosacea is unknown, researchers have identified some numerous causes such as genetics, a dysfunctional immune system, bacterial imbalance, a defective peptide, and the new research on naturally occuring mites on the skin. 

The critter culprits

We all have an ecosystem made up of bacteria on our skin, this is what contributes to our unique microflora.

Two new fields of research have opened up into the links of Helicobacter Pylori (H. Pylori) bacteria and Demodex mites playing a major role in the development and vicious cycle of rosacea skin. Mounting research suggesting that H. Pylori and Demodex can cause and trigger rosacea has encouraged more research to be conducted in understanding how these interplay with finding a cure.

The bacterial imbalance

H.pylori is a common group of bacteria found in our gut that may play a role in triggering and treating rosacea. 

When H.pylori are prevalent, levels of the hormone gastrin can increase, which causes an imbalance in acid regulation. This can lead to the flushing on the skin we see so often with rosacea.
When treated for H.pylori overabundance, rosacea sufferers experienced a reduction in symptoms, with papulopustular rosacea sufferers noticing the greater positive effects in remission.

As rosacea is a multi-triggered disease it’s possible H. pylori imbalance plays a significant role in aggravating rosacea.

Gastrointestinal symptoms are commonly present when there are high levels of H.pylori. These symptoms include stomach inflammation and ulcers as well as irritable bowel syndrome.

There are many links between bowel imbalances and skin issues, so assessing and improving gut health often helps with skin condition management. Learn more about the link between your gut and skin health here.

Demodex mites

Demodex mites are naturally occurring on the skin. There are two types; Demodex folliculorum that live in hair follicles, commonly on the face, and in the meibomian glands of the eyelids; and Demodex brevis that live in the sebaceous (oil) glands on the skin. 

An overabundance of demodex critters on the skin can aggravate the skin to show rosacea-like symptoms. Mounting research suggests that those with rosacea carry more demodex than a person without rosacea, and they are found in the regions that rosacea flares up.

Mites can be found inside pustules (small fluid-filled bumps on the skin) and papules (skin lesions) on the skin further disrupting the skin, or for some causing the skin to develop rosacea.

The peptide link

Rosacea sufferers experience a faulty peptide called the cathelicidin peptide; this is responsible for controlling blood flow and inhibiting bad bacteria.

The peptide for rosacea sufferers is present at much higher concentrations and has a different molecular structure, making it no longer function normally. It causes rosacea’s trademark bright red cheeks as well as sensitive skin.

The sensitive skin is in a hyper-reactive state so it is more affected by sun, food, drink, and temperature. These cause flare-ups of redness, swelling and even pain.

The faulty peptide also means that the Demodex mites have a better chance of attacking the skin, as it isn’t properly protected.

The mites and their bacteria then further aggravate the sensitive skin and trigger the immune system to overreact – and a vicious cycle of rosacea skin is perpetuated.

Gain control over rosacea skin

It’s important to understand that the different types of rosacea are not caused by a single issue but actually a combination of gut microbial imbalance, skin microflora, Demodex mites and potentially a genetic defect in the peptide cathelicidin

While there is no known cure for rosacea, and researchers can’t put their finger on the exact cause – we have a few tips on how you can manage it.

  • Food: Starting with diet. Many believe that starting with the gut has promising affects on rosacea. Cutting out dairy, alcohol, spicy foods, and junk foods works for most people with rosacea. These foods are all known to affect H. pylori population numbers. Keeping a journal on food can help link you to what can trigger rosacea for yourself. 
  • Weather: Protect the skin from harsh weather such as direct sun and cool winds. Sunscreen is very important especially in summer when UV is stronger, and in winter a scarf can lighten the impact the cold has.  
  • Moisturise: Keep the skin hydrated by moisturising daily. 
  • Prescription: Topical steroids work in the short-term but long-term use triggers steroid rosacea. Meaning, steroids pull you into a harsh life-long cycle. If you are to use them, then it is best to do so only for a short-term to calm the flare-up. 
  • Skincare: A good skincare product for rosacea should work with your sensitive skin and enhance the skin health. Bringing in skincare that can deal with the faulty peptide, offer skin repair and protection can significantly improve day-to-day quality of life.

Our skincare solution to rosacea-prone skin – Atopis Radiant Balance – works by inhibiting the bad bacteria on your skin. The therapy cream is prebiotic – supporting your good bacteria, calming redness and inflammation and works with the immune system to control its hypersensitive overreaction to the environment. 

Radiant Balance contains an equivalent peptide to normal functioning cathelicidin, meaning that the faulty peptide in rosacea skin can function normally again. When repairing this peptide, the redness associated with rosacea is reduced.

 

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From Sun-Damage To Smooth Skin: Toni’s Skincare Journey

From Sun-Damage To Smooth Skin: Toni’s Skincare Journey

Could you please give us some background on your skin and the journey you’ve been through with it?  I grew up in the 60s. We lived at the beach during the summer and we didn’t know about sun screen back then. So like many others, my skin is sun damaged and I have solar keratosis, large brown patches on my cheeks and across my eyebrows. The patches over my eyebrow became scaley and flakey like dandruff of the skin! Eww!

How did you discover Atopis, and why did you decide to give it a go? I saw an ad for Atopis on my Facebook page and I liked the fact it was new and unconnected to the big pharmaceutical companies. I also like that it was made from natural products, I could read the list of ingredients and they weren’t from a periodic table!

What product do you use?  Anti-Aging cream

What was the length of time since you started using Atopis? I’ve been using the Anti-Aging-cream for a year.

What was your skincare routine like before? I don’t use a big range of make up products but my skin is very dry and my cupboard is full of skin creams that never quite made the grade. Some of them were very expensive and I never felt I got value for money. I’ve been using the Anti-Aging cream for over a year and just bought my fourth tub of cream.

Please describe how your skin was before Atopis and how it looks now. I don’t have before photos but I’m very happy with how the brown patches look, especially the ones above my eyebrows. They are still there; (you can’t reverse nearly 40 years of sun damage) however, the yucky, scaley, flakey skin has disappeared and the area feels softer, not like crocodile skin. As a side effect, I found any scratches and blemishes I got disappeared too. What really got my attention was a nasty looking yellow cyst on my lower eyelid. The doctor wouldn’t touch it because it was too close to the my eye. After a few weeks of using the Anti-Aging cream it completely disappeared. That was what finally sold me on Atopis products. The deal breaker!

What changes have you noticed since you started using Atopis? My skin keeps the moisturised feeling. I don’t reapply any cream in the evening the way I used to.

When did you start noticing your skin changing, and how has it changed since? After the first few weeks I noticed that my skin felt good all day. My skin just didn’t dry out.

How does your skin feel? I feel the difference as soon as I put it on after showering in the morning. It feels like I’ve given my skin a drink.

How do you feel about your skin now compared to before? It doesn’t feel dry at any time during the day and I live in Perth WA, a hot dry area where your lips crack because of the wind.

What is your current skincare routine? Shower in the morning and then I apply the Anti-Aging cream.

What advice would you give to someone who is at the beginning of their skincare journey? Cover up. Wear sun screen all four seasons is what the dermatologist told me.

What other comments do you have? I have never blogged my opinions on skin care products and I’m known to be a person who tells it like it is.

 

Do you have sun damaged skin?

Like Toni, many of our customers have noticed significant improvements in the appearance of early sun damage and age spots using our Anti-Aging Cream.

Atopis Anti-Aging Cream has been scientifically formulated to repair and rejuvenate damaged skin, leaving you with an even skin tone and soft, hydrated skin.

The all-natural cream contains our patented Myriphytase extract, formulated by Chief Scientist Dr. Iona Weir. The active ingredients in Myriphytase work at the cellular level to eliminate unhealthy damaged cells and regenerate new cells for stronger, healthier skin.

 

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The 5 Types of Rosacea

The 5 Types of Rosacea

Identifying and understanding the type of rosacea you or your loved one has is crucial to learning how to effectively manage it.

Our answer to healing rosacea-affected skin is the Atopis Radiant Balance Cream – a steroid-free and 100% organic cream that combats rosacea symptoms; reducing redness, evens out skin tone, and calms inflammatory response. 

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a common, chronic skin condition that presents as redness of the face.

The condition often develops in adults between the ages of 30 and 60, with those who have Celtic or Scandinavian heritage more susceptible to the condition.

The cause of rosacea is currently unknown, but research has become focused on a defective protein that is responsible for controlling blood flow. Essentially, the malformed protein can no longer control blood flow, meaning blood vessels expand, causing the skin to redden. 

Here’s a short video that explores What Causes Rosacea:

If you’re interested in learning more, we’ve written a whole blog post on what causes rosacea.

There are five main types of rosacea, each with distinct symptoms and treatments.

Types of rosacea


1. Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea (ETR) 

ETR is the most common type of rosacea, and is generally characterised by flushing of the face and dilated blood vessels.
Middle-aged women are more susceptible to developing ETR, however, there have been cases of onset during young adulthood.

Symptoms: 

  • Facial redness
  • Flushing
  • Visible blood vessels
  • Sensitive skin, with a possible stinging or burning sensation
  • Dry, rough and scaly appearance

While there is no cure, ETR can be managed with topical creams, antibiotics, and even laser surgery.

2. Papulopustular (acne) Rosacea 

Often confused with acne, this type of rosacea presents as redness and swelling with breakouts that resemble teenage acne. While this type of rosacea can affect anyone at any stage of life, middle-aged women are most at risk.

Symptoms:

  • Facial redness
  • Red bumps around the nose/cheek area that appear similar to breakouts
  • Oily, sensitive skin
  • Visible broken blood vessels
  • Raised patches of skin

Like ETR, Papulopustular (acne) Rosacea treatment depends on the severity of symptoms, and can usually be treated through topical creams or oral antibiotics.

3. Rhinophyma

This rarer form of rosacea mostly affects middle-aged males who have a family history of rosacea. It is often presented alongside another rosacea subtype.

Symptoms:

  • Thick skin on nose, chin, forehead, cheeks and ears
  • Large pores
  • Visible broken blood vessels

Rhinophyma is a unique subtype of rosacea, therefore may not respond the same to treatment as other subtypes. Oral antibiotics are the most common form of treatment for people with rhinophyma. For more severe cases, surgery can be a form of long-term treatment.

4. Ocular Rosacea

Ocular rosacea is the subtype of rosacea that affects the eyes. Ocular rosacea can cause red, itchy, sore eyelids and irritation in the eye. This subtype is most commonly affects adults aged 30-50 years who tend to blush or flush easily.

Symptoms:

  • Dry eyes
  • Itchy, burning or stinging eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Broken blood vessels on the eyelids

Applying creams and warm moist compresses relieve the uncomfortable symptoms of Ocular Rosacea. Antibiotics or eyedrops can also be prescribed to aid symptom relief. In more severe cases, probing can be used – a doctor puts rods into the plugged up glands to open them up.

5. Steroidal Rosacea

Steroidal rosacea is a rosacea-like condition caused by the use of potent topical steroids – or withdrawal from them. Anyone who has applied strong steroid treatments to their face, or who have taken strong oral steroid-based antibiotics. A flareup can occur whilst on steroids, or when coming off the treatment. 

Symptoms:

  • Small bumps and pustules
  • Reddened areas that may be itchy
  • Enlarged blood vessels
  • Severely sensitive skin

To avoid long-term symptoms, the use of topical steroids should be discontinued. To reduce the likelihood of flareups, withdrawal should be a slow and steady process. Oral antibiotics are sometimes prescribed for several months to help with the withdrawal.

Managing rosacea-prone skin

Unfortunately, there is currently no known cure for any of the rosacea subtypes – the symptoms are simply managed.

To manage symptoms:

  • Avoid touching problem areas on the skin – Rosacea-prone skin is hyperactive, and touching can cause blood vessels to dilate
  • Protect the skin from harsh weather conditions – Wear a scarf during winter, and remember to slip, slop, slap and wrap during summer
  • Avoid topical steroids – Although this may help in the short-term with facial redness, use of potent topical steroids may cause steroid rosacea
  • Moisturise – especially in the affected areas
  • Limit alcohol consumption – alcohol can aggravate rosacea

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Dealing With Rosacea?

The Atopis Radiant Balance Cream is the world’s first facial moisturizer developed to break out of the rosacea cycle.

Having dealt with rosacea herself, award-winning Kiwi scientist Dr. Iona Weir decided to develop a natural solution to help others break out of the rosacea cycle. Here’s how it works:

1. Treats the symptoms
The peptides and flavonoids in Radiant Balance work to inhibit over-vasodilation of the blood vessels, and to reduce redness.

2. Inhibits bad bacteria
By mimicking the anti-microbial cathelicidin of your skin, the peptide inhibits bad bacteria, stopping those nasty infections that keep you stuck in the rosacea cycle.

3. Reduces overreactions to environmental triggers
Other peptilipids within the cream work to calm the immune system and heal the skin.

Radiant Balance contains an equivalent peptide to normal functioning cathelicidin, meaning that the faulty peptide in rosacea skin can function normally. As this is the peptide that controls blood flow to the skin and inhibits bad bacteria, the redness associated with rosacea is reduced.

 

Learn More About Radiant Balance Cream