Acne Care for Latina Skin

Question and answer LogoQuestion:  I have struggled with acne  since I moved  to the  US from Equador when I was 13.    I am now 32 and its still a problem.   Even small breakouts leave long  lasting marks.  What am I doing wrong? Are there special  treatments for Latina skin I should know about?

Answer:    I got this letter last  month– very apppropriate since June is Acne Awarenss Month.  According to  Miami  based dermatologist Mercedes Florez-White, acne in Latina skin  needs a tailored treatment plan.

Acne 101 

The American Academy of Dermatology  spearates acne into four different categories from  mild uncomplicated to intense  inflammatory acne. Mild acne  is usually triggered  by teenage hormones or  oil rich beauty care products.  It  consists  primarily of black heads and superficial pimples.   By contrast inflammatory acne   has frequent breakouts that consists of … Continue Reading…

Are There Any New Treatments for Acne?

Rosacea in men questionQuestion: I’ve tried   everything you recommended, even downloaded your acne guide and I still get  breakouts . FYI  I’m 33  and too old for this.  Have you  any new ideas?

Answer:   June is Acne Awareness Month and the perfect time to answer this question.   It does seem totally unfair that at an age when you don’t have  to do homework or worry about  a prom date—you still have problems with teenage style breakouts.  But there  is good news– there are several new tools  for your anti-acne tool box. New York acne guru Dr Gary Goldenberg reports a great success with  light therapy,using  blue LED lights to kill bacteria in the pores  that provoke breakouts.  This acts much like Benzoyl Peroxide but without the dryness and irritation. … Continue Reading…

Salicylic Acid for Beautiful Skin At Any Age

Salicylic Acid for AcneJune is National Acne Awareness Month and the perfect time  to get up  close and personal with salicylic acid.  One of the first and still  highly  effective   tools in the anti-acne tool box, it  is closely related to the  aspirin  we take  for  pain and fever.  Salicylic acid  is found primarily  in the bark of the  willow tree,and wintergreen leaves.   If you  see  willowbark extract  on a label of a skin care product , the active ingredient  here is salicylic acid.  Salicylic acid  is also known as Beta Hydroxy  acid, and is often compared to its more famous cousin, glycolic acid.

Salicylic Acid—Your Skin’s BFF

Salicylic Acid  has three valuable  properties for the skin:

Even in low concentrations, it  dissolves the   dry,dead cells on the skin surface, … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

fashion flash logoThis week Jodell of Black Cat Plus is hosting Fashion Flash.  I love her site that  is a blend of plus size activism and gorgeous  fashions. She also is relaunching her  popular e- commerce  site which proves that style is not a size.  My aunt  was a beautiful blonde  who was  not able to find  what she needed for  her social obligations.  She would often stay home because  she did not want to “embarass” her husband.  She was a lovely intelligent woman and  I only wish  Black Cat Plus had been  around  for advice and support.

Jodell   also  is the  proud parent of a beautiful show cat  who has been  winning  ribbons  at every event she enters.

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The High Cost of Beauty Just Got Higher

high price of prescription sOver the past few months I  have been hearing  reports of the soaring  costs  of prescription skin care products.  For example I have received emails from readers about  the heart-stopping prices for  Retin A Micro( for anti-aging), BenzaClin ( for acne)  and Finacea ( for rosacea). In some cases the prices  have jumped as much as  400%. At first I thought it was  just a mistake or  an out of control pharmacy.  Actually that would  have been good news.  A little  research revealed   that insanely high prices for older drugs  are an all too common problem these days.

Three years ago, 45 gram tube of Retin A  Micro was $300.   Today, a 20 gram tube- about  half the size- is $450.BenzaClin, a combination of clindamycin … Continue Reading…

New Science for Healthy Skin

skinI am so grateful  that the American Academy of Dermatology  allows me to  attend their  summer academic meeting in New York.  Over the past five years I have seen research move from theoretical concepts to accepted  facts.  This year I  learned about new treatments  based on this new  clinical and lab research.  For a science  geek like  me, its just doesn’t get better than that.  All the sessions were packed with information,  but  developments in these areas  affect all of us.

 Stress and  the Skin

Based on what we see in the mirror, women know first hand that stress affects the skin.   In an early morning presentation, I heard about a fascinating study that gave real data to support our observations.  In a study published in the International Journal of … Continue Reading…

What’s New in Acne Care?

AcneJune is  Acne Awareness Month and it seemed like the perfect time to  search  out  the best  new acne care options.  Acne is an equal opportunity pest.   It affects  men and women, young and old and every culture and country. That’s the bad news.  The good news?   I’ve got five new options for your acne fighting tool kit.

1.  Dapsone Gel for Acne

Oral Dapsone was originally used to treat leprosy, malaria, and parasites.  Anti-inflammatory  and  antimicrobial,  it is now used in gel form to manage acne.   Sold under the trade name of Aczone, it  attacks acne from different angles.  It can be used alone or in combination with other medications. It works beautifully with Retin A, clindamycin, and salicylic acid.  However it can turn the skin yellow … Continue Reading…

The Trouble With Moisturizers, Part 1

Moisturizer QuestionQuestion:  Why do you hate moisturizers?  Every time a readers asks for moisturizer recommendations, you tell them not use use them.   How else would you prevent or manage dry skin?

Answer:  I  know I am a ” Debbie Downer”   when it comes  to moisturizers, but my  recommendations are based  on strong science.  Adequate water levels are essential for healthy soft skin.  How skin stays hydrated is complex, but the first line of control is the oil we naturally produce.  This oil forms a film that acts like plastic wrap on a sandwich to prevent water evaporation from the skin. If you produce enough oil to be bothered by breakouts, you don’t need additional moisturizer to maintain healthy water levels  In fact, using moisturizers on oily  or acne troubled skin is … Continue Reading…