Question: 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.
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… →
Question: 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… →
June 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… →
This 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.
Over 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… →
I 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… →
June 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… →
Question: 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… →