Archive for the ‘Acne & Breakouts’ Category

Do you struggle with zits along your jawline?

       
Friday, November 30th, 2012

Do you struggle with zits along your jawline?Have you noticed that acne seems to strike your face at exactly the same spot, without fail? For many women, zits, blemishes and other signs of the condition are most noticeable on the jawline, and can often be difficult to avoid.

If you struggle with jawline acne, a purifying skin cleanser can be a great way to soften your complexion and reduce imperfections in your tone. However, if you want to put an end to jawline acne once and for all, it's also important to know how it forms.

According to TotalBeauty.com, jawline acne is linked to hormonal changes in the body and can also sprout up right before you have your period. If you have facial hair along your chin, another cause could be tweezing.

"People really go to town," Ranella Hirsch, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine, told Allure magazine's beauty blog. "Often, the hair is not just sticking out, so it's a picking and tweezing combination – they go digging for a hair." 

Instead of subjecting your sensitive complexion to the rigors of tweezing, you should consider investing in an at-home waxing kit that will help you remove unsightly hairs without doing damage to your skin!

Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Collection

       
Friday, August 31st, 2012

Try the Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Collection!Acne is a common skin condition that most men and women have to deal with at some point or another. Waking up to a zit or two – especially on the day of an important event – is never a good feeling, but you don’t have to condemn yourself to live with acne for days on end. The Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Collection is one way you can stop pimples in their tracks and get back to living your acne-free life.

To start off, try the Clear Days Ahead Acne Trial Kit, which includes the entire fast-acting system that will eliminate blemish-causing bacteria and prevent future breakouts and scarring – all without irritating or drying out your skin.

Once you’ve witnessed the quick effects that this system has, you may want to purchase the full-sized versions of your favorite products. The Clear Days Ahead Fast-Acting Salicylic Acid Acne Spot Treatment, for example, works right away to clear up most blemishes and soothe the redness and discomfort that they cause.

When you combine this product with the rest of the Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Collection, you may notice clearer, smoother skin in a matter of days. And who wouldn’t want that?

Caring for your Skin Type

       
Saturday, August 18th, 2012

Caring for your Skin Type infographics

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Caring for your Skin Type

Adopt this habits for your unique skin type to maintain an even, blemish-free tone!

  1. Dry Skin: Tight & Uncomfortable
    • Skip the morning wash wit soap and use plain water instead. Applying moisturizer frequently helps skin produce and retain natural oils.
  2. Sun Damaged: Spots & Wrinkles
    • While you can’t undo the effects of sun damage, you can prevent further wreckage by always applying sunscreen before heading outside.
  3. Sensitive Skin: Stinging & Burning
    • Reduce exposure to irritating chemicals by avoiding products that contain fragrance, alcohol or acidic ingredients.
  4. Oil & Acne: Shine & Pimples
    • Wash your face 2-3 times daily with a gentle cleanser. Use a light, oil-free moisturizer that won’t clog pores or irritate pimples.

Why you might not want to spot-treat blemishes

       
Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Spot-treating isn't the answer to clear skin!If you’re prone to breakouts, you might think that the best approach to getting rid of them is using products to spot-treat the affected areas. According to Allure Magazine, this method can definitely help to reduce the lifespan of a zit, but it’s not very effective if your ultimate goal is to end up with clear skin.

That’s because prevention is the key to a blemish-free complexion. If you’re spot-treating your pimples, you’re only making sure that the ones you have will go away – you’re not preventing new ones from popping up right after the old ones are gone.

“You need to prevent acne from forming, and that means treating skin that’s prone to pimples even if there are none present,” dermatologist Karyn Grossman told the news source.

To do this, use a facial cleanser with benzoyl peroxide or glycolic or salicylic acid, like NeoStrata – Foaming Glycolic Wash AHA 20. Then, use an acne cream like Murad – Skin Perfecting Lotion all over your face. To prevent dryness and irritation, only use a very thin layer, then use a moisturizer over it. You should notice less breakouts as a result.

Avoid dairy to help fight acne

       
Friday, January 27th, 2012

If you're experiencing breakouts, you might want to cut down on your dairy intake!When it comes to fighting acne, your best bet is to go directly to the source. For many women, that means following up a skincare regimen with the right foods that can help your skin repair itself from the inside out.

The Beauty Department got a few tidbits of advice from Dr. Jessica Wu, a Los Angeles dermatologist who wrote the book Feed Your Face. Among her helpful hints was the fact that dairy can do a lot of harm to your skin if you’re already breaking out. The hormones associated with many varieties of dairy can be transferred into your body and stimulate your own hormones, making your skin more oily with more clogged pores.

Try using almond or soy milk as a substitute for milk, and choose organic, nonfat or skim dairy products for everything else, which don’t contain as many hormones.

Also, be sure to use an acne cleanser twice a day, like Exuviance – Moisturizing Antibacterial Facial Cleanser. Then, follow it up with Exuviance – Blemish Treatment Gel, which can help your skin restore its former glory.

How to look fabulous at your high school reunion

       
Friday, November 4th, 2011

You should look amazing for your high school reunion!High school reunions are a great way to get in touch with your former classmates and see what’s going on in everyone’s lives. You can get reacquainted with your old friends and maybe even make a few new ones that you never would’ve expected. If you’re nervous about what you should wear or what people will think of the older you, there’s no need to worry. There are plenty of ways to ensure that you’ll look fabulous and younger for the big event. Here are a few from Allure magazine.

Amp up your eyes
Eyes are usually the feature that people notice first, so it’s important to make sure yours are giving off the right first impression. You want bright, wide-awake eyes that look young and vibrant. The key to pulling this off is by de-puffing them and eliminating dark circles on the day of the event. Use a cold compress or even a frozen bag of peas to cool down your lids for ten minutes, then use a product like Sothys – Active-Contour Age-Defying Cream (Eyes). It will reduce the depth of wrinkles and fine lines, and if you keep it in the fridge, it’ll have extra de-puffing powers. Afterwards, use Jane Iredale – Active Light Under-eye Concealer to hide dark circles and signs of fatigue without any creasing.

Steer clear of acne
Even if your high school days are over, that doesn’t mean that your acne has completely gone away. If you’re still prone to the occasional breakout, it’s important to take preventative measures before the event. Wash your face twice daily with a cleanser meant for acne-prone skin, and consider using a product with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid afterwards. If you already have a breakout close to the event, do some damage control by warming up your skin with a warm compress, like a damp washcloth, for several minutes. Once your pores have opened, use two clean Q-tips to press on either side of a pimple to get rid of it, then use a zit-sapping product on top before concealer.

Get a dewy glow
You don’t want to look drab and burned out or oily on the day of your reunion, so use a product like BABOR – Advanced Biogen Intensive Repair in the days leading up to the event. Your face will have a smoother texture immediately and the formula will help with any scarring, abrasions and excess oil. Make sure to use plenty of moisturizer, and a facial spritzer like GloMinerals – gloMoist Hydration Mist can give you a quick pick-me-up, even in the bathroom of the venue!

Whiten your smile
There’s nothing like yellowing teeth to make you look older, so turn up the brightness of your smile with a kit like Supersmile – Professional Whitening System (Large). You’ll have much more confidence without even having to step foot in the dentist’s office. To get rid of any stains, you may want to try using hydrogen peroxide. Just dip a washcloth in it, then use it to scrub stains from the surface of your teeth. GoSMILE – TOUCH UP Mini (pear-licious) can also help you get rid of stains from coffee or wine on the day of the reunion.

Shine up your hair
Dull, dry hair can make you look much older, so it’s important to pamper your locks before the big day so your tresses will be glowing along with your face. Use a luxurious masque like BORGHESE – Fango Active Mud for Hair and Scalp, which will give you plenty of body and moisture. When you’re styling, use a shine spray like Hamadi – Shea Spray to get soft, luscious hair that your girlfriends will be jealous of.

What tomatoes can do for your skin

       
Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Tomatoes are great for your skin!Tomatoes are great in salads and pasta sauces, but did you know they're also awesome for your skin? According to DailyGlow.com, tomatoes are a great treatment if you're concerned about large pores, acne, rashes and more. The best part is that they're easy to use at home.

To shrink pores, just mix up a tablespoon on fresh tomato juice with a couple drops of fresh lime juice. Use a cotton ball to wipe it all over your clean face, using circular motions to massage it in. Leave on for 15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

You can cure acne by mashing up a fresh tomato and applying it to your face. Leave it on for about an hour, then rinse. If you do this for several days you should notice your acne disappearing.

If you're not really into the whole "sit around with tomato on your face" thing, you could lather up with L`Occitane – Organic Olive & Tomato Organic Garden Shower Gel, then moisturize with L`Occitane – Organic Olive & Tomato Organic Garden Hand Cream. Your skin will look radiant and smell super fresh.

Your shower routine could be causing body acne

       
Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Wash hair before you wash your body!Take a second to think about your daily shower routine. Step in, get wet…then what? If you wash your body before you wash and condition your hair, that may be the reason why you have acne on your back or chest.

Your conditioner may be staying on your skin after you rinse it out of your hair, clogging pores and creating those pesky pimples. To avoid this, simply wash your body after your hair. If you're one of those ladies who keep conditioner in while you do the rest of your routine, clip it up and off of your skin before rinsing it out. Give your back and chest an extra rinse before you step out of the shower.

It may help to choose a body wash specially formulated to clear up skin. June Jacobs – Green Tea and Cucumber Purifying Shower Gel sweeps away impurities while moisturizing. June Jacobs – Citrus Clarifying Conditioner will nourish and detangle your hair without leaving any oil or extra weight – perfect for keeping your skin clear of blemishes. It may take a while to get used to your new shower routine, but the benefits will be noticeable.

Your pillowcase could be responsible for acne

       
Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Beware of dirty pillowcases!Believe it or not, your bed might not be as friendly as you think it is, especially if you don't regularly change your sheets. If you frequently wake up from a good night's sleep with a new zit or two, your pillowcase could be the cause.

With repeated use, your pillowcase builds up all kinds of dirt that can clog your pores and lead to acne. Conditioner residue after a shower, scalp oils and grease from your skin can all stick to your pillowcase. If you're allergic to dust mites, an unwashed pillowcase can even make your eyes red and puffy.

Experts recommend washing your sheets and pillowcases once a week – more if you're prone to acne. Use hot water to make sure you're killing any bacteria that may be present. It's a good idea to wash your face before bed (if you don't already). A product like Exuviance – Moisturizing Antibacterial Facial Cleanser will make sure your face is clean. Wash again in the morning.

If you do happen to wake up with a new pimple, use a treatment concealer like Jane Iredale – Disappear to cover it and get rid of it while you go about your day. Problem solved.

Why toner matters

       
Monday, July 11th, 2011

Toner can help clear up your skin.For many of us, achieving a clear complexion feels like a far-fetched dream. If you had acne in your teens and still get zits in your 20s, 30s or beyond, you might be wondering why washing your face and using over-the-counter products isn't banishing your blemishes. But whether you suffer from uneven skin tone, large pores or acne spots, there's one product that can take your cleaning routine to the next level and clear up your skin in no time – toner.

Toners are designed to cleanse your skin of the last dregs of oil, dirt and makeup that your face wash may have left behind. Many toners are made with glycolic or salicylic acid, natural ingredients that can help exfoliate skin and reveal a healthier, cleaner complexion. A good toner will also cause your pores to constrict, keeping out dirt and bacteria, and leave your face feeling refreshed and cool.

Toner should be applied before bed, after you've washed your face. The easiest way to apply a toner is to squeeze some onto a dry cotton ball and wipe it across your face until it comes away clean.

If you you want consistently clear skin, incorporate a toner into your beauty routine today.