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… →
When 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… →
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
Question: 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… →
Each 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… →
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… →