Question: I have struggled with acne since I moved to the US from Equador when I was 13. I am now 32 and its still a problem. Even small breakouts leave long lasting marks. What am I doing wrong? Are there special treatments for Latina skin I should know about?
Answer: I got this letter last month– very apppropriate since June is Acne Awarenss Month. According to Miami based dermatologist Mercedes Florez-White, acne in Latina skin needs a tailored treatment plan.
The American Academy of Dermatology spearates acne into four different categories from mild uncomplicated to intense inflammatory acne. Mild acne is usually triggered by teenage hormones or oil rich beauty care products. It consists primarily of black heads and superficial pimples. By contrast inflammatory acne has frequent breakouts that consists of … Continue Reading… →
What do Renee Zellegwer, Cameron Diaz, Mariah Carey, and Bill Clinton have in common? They are four of the 16 million Americans who have to deal with a form of sensitive skin called rosacea. For reasons that are not clear, the skin tends to flush easily and stay red. It is more common in women with fair skin, but its also seen in men and people with darker eyes and coloring.
There are two main forms of rosacea:
1– The most common and mildest form consists primarily of bright red skin and numerous small broken blood vessels on the skin’s surface. Why this happens is not clear ( genetics?) but certain triggers seems to bring trigger flare-ups. Sunlight is the biggest culprit, followed closely by alcohol, spicy foods, stress, chocolate, coffee and hot showers.