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… →
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… →
I have been getting quite a few questions about acne past the teeneage years. Its not really surprising since up to 50% of women over 25 have acne problems. And while its not an anti-aging issue, the whole point of getting rid of age spots and wrinkles is to look better– and getting rid of breakouts certainly falls under that category.
Question 1: I am 45. Can I use my daughter’s acne soaps and gels to control my breakouts?
Probably not. During the teenage years bacteria in the pores are a major driver of breakouts. In moms, not so much. Benzoyl peroxide, an ingredient found in many acne cleansers and treatments products, works by attacking these bacteria, and is a go-to ingredient in many acne products aimed at teenagers. When you’re in the … Continue Reading… →
Many derms believe that adult acne breakouts is powered by, wait for it, three factors in your diet. While teenagers can blame hormones, bacteria in the pores and increased oil production, nutritional issues seem to be the big trigger over age 30.
1. Dairy Products
There are few foods that seem as natural and nutritious as milk. Full of calcium and protein, we are urged from childhood to have 2-3 servings of dairy products a day. However, along with all that protein and calcium, milk is also a source of androgen-like hormones. Some are naturally in a cow, but most are the result of feeding the livestock genetically altered hormones in order to increse milk production. And androgen hormones are notorious acne triggers. That’s the bad news. The good news? Organic … Continue Reading… →
Many derms believe that make-up and skin care products are key triggers for adult breakouts. Dubbed Acne Cosmetica, it is usually seen around the mouth, chin and jaw line. There are three ways that an anti-aging product can cause teenage problems:
1. Too Rich in Oil–
It’s probably not news that heavy, oily beauty aids can block pores and provoke problems. Some oils cause more problems than others. Lanolin is at the top of the list, closely followed by cocoa butter, mineral oil, coconut oil, and jojoba oil. If you’ve had frequent breakouts, best bet would be to go oil-free.
The perfume additives that are used to scent a product have a long history of driving acne eruptions. They create inflammation and it’s this irritation which leads to a series of events in … Continue Reading… →
Its true I love to watch Glee and relive my high school memories with better music– but I’m way too old to deal with teenage style breakouts. Or am I? I was trying out a new oil free cleanser and sunscreen that promised to reduce signs of aging. Well, the new combo gave me pimples and I don’t count that as a youthful look.
I had taken this photo to show a baseline photo before a laser treatment. When I saw teenage- style pimples next to my wrinkles, I buried the photo in the “never use” pile, too embaressed to use it. How could I put up a photo with zits when I’m doing a beauty blog that shows what works and what doesn’t. But I get so many questions about … Continue Reading… →
There are undeniable benefits being 50 plus. I don’t have to study for SAT’s, I don’t have to endure “keggers” and I don’t have to pack school lunches– so why should my aging face have random breakouts? I mean, if I don’t have the hormones to keep my skin soft and firm why should the mirror show inconvenient blemishes.
According to my acne guru, Dr Albert Lefkovits, diet can play a big role in adult acne. And the big shocker was the role of milk and dairy products. In a landmark study of 47,000 nurses, those that had more than three servings of milk a day had as much as 44% more acne than those that had less than one serving.