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Natural solutions for skin impurities

Hair, skin and nails

Even those who usually have a normal, or combination skin, in summer time, due to excessive heat, high levels of humidity and scorching sun both at the sea and in the city, may have to deal with an unusually oily skin, which is characterised by enlarged pores, excess sebum and a constant feeling of shiny, clammy skin, not pleasant at all.

A blemished skin is often caused by excessive production of sebum by the sebaceous glands: this is a kind of protective shield against external agents that can cause discomfort: pollution, humid air, sunlight, heat or cold. However, when the air is warm and moisture-laden, you sweat more: excessive sweating stimulates the secretion of the sebaceous glands, which generate oily skin. As a matter of fact, the sebum, which however, due to its richness in fat, gives the skin elasticity and impermeability, gets stuck in the glandular duct.

Oily skin is recognisable from the excessive production of sebum, is sensitive and delicate, and prone to the formation of pimples and inflamed areas. People with this type of skin have sebaceous glands twice as large compared to normal skin: consequently, sebum production will be so much higher as to prevent the removal of dead cells, making your face lose its glow. The classic T-zone (from the forehead to the nose and chin), highly prone to pimples and blackheads, is the richest of the sebaceous glands: in this area, a blackhead serves as "cap" for the gland, which, once cleared, tends to get filled up again. The sun, a diet low in vitamins, minerals and vegetables, heat and humidity can only worsen the situation. 

To combat oily skin, you can make use of products containing substances that counteract the sebaceous hypersecretion (favouring the shrinkage of open pores) and bacterial overgrowth. However, caution is advised in the use of such products which, if too aggressive, may further increase the production of sebum. To cleanse oily skin, it is recommended to use mild soaps and cleansing milks or supplements based on natural ingredients. Among these, Burdock, an herbaceous plant that is found in large quantities in Italy, at the sea and in the mountains, stands out.

Burdock is known for its draining properties; a malfunction of the skin tissue can hinder the removal of toxins produced by the body; on the other hand, the drainage favoured by Burdock, may foster «the elimination of toxins from the body, through the stimulation of the organs naturally appointed for this function» (G. Crescini, S. Garzanti, E. Minelli, E. Sangiorgi, Fitoterapia: principi di fitoterapia clinica, tradizionale, energetica, moderna Milano 2007). The result of a good drainage is then manifested in the enhancement of liver activity, the secretion of bile, urine output, intestinal transit and in a better activity of the secretion of sweat glands and in the regulation of sebaceous secretion.

Currently, «the use of Burdock is primarily directed to the treatment of skin diseases» (F. Perugini Billi, Manuale di fitoterapia, Azzano San Paolo 2004).

FURTHER INFORMATION

Nature at the service of Engineering

Even modern technology was inspired by nature surrounding us: after all, mankind has always made full use of it to mould valuable tools. Starting from the game of throwing burrs of the burdock plant on the sweaters of boys and girls, in the 60's a Swiss engineer (George de Mestral), «noting the obstinacy with which these flowers clung to fabric, examined burdock under a microscope, discovering that it had very tiny hooks, which allowed the seeds to catch on to things like fibres, to then unhook with a slight push. That is how Velcro was invented». (C. Vestita, Coltiviamo la salute, Firenze 2010).

 


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