Acne 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.
Fashion 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 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… →
This 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 reality … Continue Reading… →
Can 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… →
This 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… →
June 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
This 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 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… →