Retin A and Acne– What Cleansers and Moisturizers Can I Use?

I got a great  email from a 16 year old  who  is using Retin A micro  for acne control.  Like most of us, she got the prescription with little or no advice about   how to use it.  She wanted to know what  scrubbing grains, toners and moisturizer I would recommend.  She was concerned about the redness and peeling and wanted to avoid these problems with additional  skin  care products

Retin A  was actually originally  developed and approved for acne  management.  This vitamin A derivative helps the skin to empty  pores clogged with debris, shuts down overactive oil glands and helps skin turnover to reduce discolorations from old acne eruptions.   This process includes flaking off old dry keratin that is contributing to blocked pores and breakouts. Some peeling and flaking is necessary and actually good.  However   you need to keep it under control to … Continue Reading…

Milia – those annoying white bumps under the skin

Its amazing what you can learn at a medical conference.  At a lunchbreak at the recent Mount Sinai Derm meeting, I sat down next  to two young dermatologists.  They were  talking about milia, those little white bumps under the skin– sort of faux pimples. ( In the picture below my milia is under my eye). Milia are formed when a pore becomes blocked with dead skin cells.  They are more common as we get older,  the result of slower cell growth.  Unlike the garden variety pimple, they do not contain oil or bacteria  so they don’t become red and inflamed.   Milia  just sit there. Forever.

Another important difference, milia are actually  in the dermis and if you try to  remove them yourself, you  can do real  damage to the skin. Seriously, you … Continue Reading…

Reversing Summer Aging– The Plan Begins

As I  progress in this anti-aging journey, I’ve discovered two things about myself:(1)  I really want to look good; (2) I want to look good really  FAST.  The little home  DDF Revolve Exfoliator  delivered on both accounts.  My skin looked fresher and healthier and it took only one minute.

The small hand held Revolve 400X is ultra easy to use.  It comes with two types of heads– a brush for deep cleansing and a sponge that’s used with a gritty gel.   The instructions are short and simple.  Squeeze out 1/2 teaspoon of the gel onto the sponge head.   Wash face as usual but don’t dry.   Push the grey button and press the vibrating sponge agaist your face for one minute.  I also aimed the exfoliator at my neck to tackle  that dull, bumpy skin.  Then I rinsed off my face throughly  to remove the gritty bits.

The difference was clear … Continue Reading…

Anti-Aging skin Care: The Teenage Years

There is a gorgeous  buffet of choices  for acne care including gels, pills, antibiotics, lights, retinoids,  lasers, hormones, peels and wipes.  There is even an i phone app that offers an acne-fighting light that has good science behind it!  This plan looks at  a way to integrate standard acne fighters with anti-aging protection. 

In the Morning:

* Wash face with oil -free cleanser such as Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Anti-Blemish Cleanser ( Neutrogena, $7.99) and Clean and Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser ( Johnson and Johnson, $6.99).   Wet your face and rub a dab into your face.  Massage  gently and rinse thoughly with warm water.

* Apply a treatment  product  that contains acne fighters such as benzoyl peroxide which deals acne causing bacteria in  the pores or salicylic acid which dries up blackheads and small blemishes. 

* Top with oil-free moisturizer/ sunscreen such as Oil-Free Moisture, SPF 15 ( Neutrogena, $10.99)

Nighttime Care

* Wash your face with … Continue Reading…