Acne Care for Latina Skin

Question and answer LogoQuestion:  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.

Acne 101 

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…

Rosacea- Sensitive Skin, Part 2

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.

2– The second … Continue Reading…