A New Tool to Fight Acne

Acne Acne– it affects more than 90% men and women, but there is   small comfort in numbers when you wake up with new  bright red bump on your face.  And while  acne affects so  many of us, we seem to  react  differently to standard acne plans.   Because  what works  for  you  may not work for  me, I  was so  happy to learn of  an effective  new tool in our anti-acne arsenal.

IlluMask is a light therapy  mask that is backed up with solid science.  The face shaped mask is studded  with mostly blue  LED lights. FDA approved, it targets acne in two ways:

1. It reduces the production of inflammtory  chemicals called porphorins. At its core, acne  is an inflammatory process and any way we can reduce inflammation will interfere with the … Continue Reading…

Free! No-Nonsense Acne Guide by Deborah Chase

acne questionsWhen I first started No-Nonsense  Beauty Blog, I thought I would focus on anti-aging  issues such as  lines,  wrinkles and  age spots.  As  it turned out  my readers  sent in the most amazing questions from  a wide range of   beauty issues including sunscreens for sensitive skin,  best options for “age spots”, the differences between  Marula oil and  Argan oil and  which body shaping device   is  best  for saggy upper arms.  And the #1  topic?  The causes  and  treatment of acne.

Over the past four years it  has been  fascinating and  fulfilling to search out the most  up to date   answers  to a problem that affects  most people at some  point in their lives. Now I have  compiled  all this basic info in a  five page guide to acne care. You can download this guide for free 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

3. Mix Retin A with a drop of oil free moisturizer before  spreading it … Continue Reading…

A Moisturizer For All Seasons

Q&A2Question:  Is there a moisturizer that doesn’t clog pores?  When my skin gets dry from RetinA or a laser type treatment, I need to  put on a moisturizer to relieve dryness and flaking.  But whatever I try  seems to provoke acne  breakouts.  Any ideas?

Answer:  This is such a common problem and until last week I didn’t have  much of an answer.  Sometimes a moisturizer that was both oil and fragrance free would work, but often that too  could provoke problems.  Then at a recent dermatology conference in New York,  laser care expert Dr Mark Nestor of Miami recommended a  water based spray to provide moisture.  In addition to water, the spray should contain glycerin and  natural  moisturizing factors  such as hyaluronic acid. Plain water sprays would actually increase dryness but  the glycerin and hyaluronic acid would help the skin … Continue Reading…

Anti-Aging Advances

DERMATOLOGY CONFERENCEEach year  in December, the three day Mount Sinai conference on new developments  in dermatology is the holiday gift that keeps on giving. The best of the best   share  what they’ve discovered and how they care for  a wide range of skin, nail and hair problems.  This year the presentations were truely amazing and I got answers to long asked questions including:

* How long do  you need to stick to an acne regimen to determine if its working?  Hint: its shorter than you might think.

* How can I moisturize  the skin without clogging pores?

* Can women of color use lasers?

Founded by Dr Albert Lefkovits, this program attracts worldwide  experts both to speak and to  learn.   What I find is especially helpful is that  most of the … Continue Reading…

Beauty Best Bets– Three New Favorites

When it comes to personal care products, I tend to  follow the less is more philosophy.  Rather than   shelves of different options,  I  like to  find what I think  is the best product for me — and then stick to it.  This sets the bar pretty high and a new formulation  has to be unique to find a spot in my medicine cbinet. I’ve not added  to my  Fabuous Fifteen in more than ayear but with  newly sensitive skin, I needed new options:

1.  Anti-Redness Foaming Cleanser ( Alaur, $50) — When it comes to skin care it seems that most  people start with a moisturizer.  Not me.  I think that the right cleanser is the foundation of any treatment plan.   When my skin developed a type of rosacea,  I … Continue Reading…