Acne in Pregnancy- Safe Treatment for both Mother and Child

acne and pregnancyAcne is as much a part of pregnancy as swollen  ankles and back aches. Since June is Acne Awareness Month I thought it was the perfect time to interrview dermatologist superstar Dr Ellen Marmur on the best ways to deal with pregnancy breakouts.

According to the New York based dermatologist, the hormonal firestorms during pregnancy can produce that characteristic glow of pregnancy or a truely wicked set of spots.  Durig the first three months, the levels of the gorwth hormone HCG rises quickly to prep the placenta and increase blood volume.  The rosy glow of pregnancy is actually due to this increased blood flow.  In the next  twelve weeks, a surge in a second hormone called progesterone increases oil production which can trigger acne.

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Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion Flash logoFashion Flash is hosted this  week by Kari of Faboulous Over Forty. There is  a lot of  beauty  and fashion advice out there but often its directed at the Mommy Universe.  There is good info  on how to lose weight after pregnancy, how to  be a great looking soccer Mom and for  single moms, what to wear for an evening of  speed dating . But that’s not me and my Fashion Flash  tribe.  And that’s why I love Fabulous Over Forty. Kari is one of use but she has the  make-up skills and style sense to  know what works in our lives.  She has a knack for picking  just the right type of foundation to make our  skin glow and the best  gloss to make  our lips  look fresh and moist, not oily.  I have a … Continue Reading…

Glycolic Acid and Retin A– What’s The Difference?

Q&A logoGlycolic acid and Retin A are two of the most popular and effective skin care ingredients  that are used  in two very different skin problems– aging and acne. Gycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid ( AHA) derived from sugar cane.  There are other AHA’s from  milk ( lactic acid), apples ( malic acid) and citric acid ( lemons), but glycolic acid is considered  just about the most effective.  AHA’s  help the skin exfoliate the top, dead, dry layer of cells that are clogging pores and dulling the complexion.  When the layer of dead cells are removed, it signals new growth of fresh healthy skin cells. In oily and acne troubled skin, glycolic acid cleans up clogged pores.  Skin growth in older skin is slowed down and can look dull and  dotted with brown spots and patches. Glycolic acid  can trigger  a better rate … Continue Reading…

Anti-Aging Style at Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion Flash logoThis week Staness of Menopaue Makeover is hosting Fashion Flash.  Staness  has  just finished  the 400 page manuscript for her  second book  on woman’s health issues.  She has interviewed  experts round the world and  some of the anti-aging  information is so cutting edge that it was  not even taught when most of our doctors were in medical school. There is so much new research, its hard to know how to put  the findings into  daily health care  Staness has done that heavy lifting and  we’ll all benefit.

Kate’s Style by Caroline Jones

Kate Middleton is a unique style icon.  Rather than  a party girl model, a  uber sexed Anti-Aging style from Kate Middletonreality … Continue Reading…

Anti-Aging Claims and the FDA

collection of cosmetic productsCan anti-aging products really deliver as promised?  The FDA is not so sure and in recent months sent  warning letters to several  cosmetic  compaies including  Avon and L’Oreal.  Their concern?  Questionnable claims made for some of  their skin care products that included ” improve condition around stem cells”, “boosts activity of genes”,  and “stimulates production of youth proteins” (???).

Can You Believe What You Read?

By law, the FDA defines cosmetics as a product used for cleansing and beautifying, but if it affects structure or function of the skin or body, it is classified as a drug.  And if its a  drug, it must go through extensive clinical trials to prove its both safe and effective.  The FDA is asking that  Avon  and L’Oreal  either  prove their claims or change … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday for Anti-Aging, Fashion and Fitness Tips!

Fashion Flash logoThis week Shawna of Female Fat Loss Over Forty.  I love this anti-aging  site because it explains why  diet and exercise routines that kept us trim and fit in our twenties no longer work and offers  great  tips  that deliver  after forty.  And to keep it real, Shawna shares  inspiring stories  of her clients.

Breakthrough Study on Sunscreens and Anti- Aging

Just in time for beach season an important article published in Annals of Internal Medicine  has good news and bad news about  how we protect  our skin from the sun. Past   research has shown that sunscreens  can protect individual skin cells, but this landmark study from Australia showed that IRL situations  a broad spectrum sunscreen  can slow skin aging.  A total of 1000 adults  were divided into study groups that  were … Continue Reading…

Acne in the Spotlight in June

Question and answer logoJune is Acne Awareness Month and almost on cue, I’ve been getting at least one break-out related question each day.  Most if not all  deal with problems using uber powerful Retin A. 

Three Top Retin A and Acne Questions

Question 1 — Does Retin A  always make your face red?

Answer- Its a very  common  problem.   Retin A does two things to the skin that causes redness.  It reves up circulation ( great for new collagen)  and increases skin turnover which peels off the top pore clogging layers– but the net result  leaves the skin tomato red. You can reduce redness by:

1. Waiting 30 minutes after washing your face to apply Retin A

2. Use Retin A only 3X a week rather than every night

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Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion Flash logoThis week Jodell of Black Cat Plus is hosting Fashion Flash.  She  has an amazing eye for fashion and each week decodes current style trends  for  beautiful plus size proportions.  I especially love   her advice on skirt and dress lengths as well as siloutettes that are both sexy and comfortable.   While  many fashionistas  push Spank  as THE solution for style,  the hot summer weather turns spank from shapewear into just plain cruelty, Black Cat Plus   finds clothing that feel as good as they  look.

Book Review:  Bonding Over BeautyBonding with beauty

My mom and I  often disagreed over many issues, but the one area where we could find common ground was  beauty care.   … Continue Reading…