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… →
Retinol and retinoid sound so similar, its easy to think they are the same thing. Not really. Retinoids , available only by prescription, have been proven to change aging skin, starting deep in the lower layers of the skin. Countless studies have shown that retinoids can both prevent and reverse UV damage, increase circulation and reduce aging inflammation. Because retinoids make organic changes in the skin they can unwanted albeit temporary problems including flaking and redness.
By contrast retinols are a much milder form of retinoids. Applied to the surface of the skin, they slowly are converted into true retinoids, but at a much lower concentration. The good news is that are much less irritating. The bad news? They produce less dramatic improvements. I have read that retinols have about 1/4 the strength of retinoids. This means that a .4% Retinol is equal to a .1% Retinoid. However most of the drug and department store products with … Continue Reading… →