Every day I get great skin care questions from visitors to No-Nonsense Beauty Blog. Some like which moisturizer to wear with Retin A or how does vitamin C work , I can answer easily. Others like skin care during pregnancy deal with health issues that need an expert for safe and accurate info. But its the questions about skin of color that challenge me the most. All too often these questions ask for advice after standard treatments have not only failed , they have made the situation worse.
Skin of color is genuinely less troubled by acne and aging, but its this inherent strength that can lead to two common problems– irregular pigmentation and scarring. For example at least once a week I get an email asking about the safety of hydroquinone for lightening dark patches. … Continue Reading… →
While I cover many anti-aging tools, I get so many questions about Retin A, I decided to do a post covering the Five Top Questions. This actually increased the number of questions that I posted a free, four page PDF guide to Retin A. Retin A Road Rules covers the basic issues such as how it works and who should use it. The guide continues with a step by step program for incororating Retin A into a daily skin care. For example to avoid irritation and flaking you need to wait at least 20 minutes between the time you wash your face and when you apply Retin A before bedtime. Road Rules also includes a complete review of the six different types of Retin A , including the pros and cons of each … Continue Reading… →
This beautiful spring morning the host of Fashion Flash is Jodell of Black Cat Plus. Not only does Jodell discuss the plus size fashion tips, she is now an e-tailer of some of the top clothing brands. My cousin lives in an area where choices in plus size fashion is very limited. She could find the basics, but for anything aboove that it was a struggle. Now with Black Cat Plus she can find clothing she loves, not something she has to settle for.
And when you’ve finished looking through all the dynamic Fashion Flash sites, check out Brown Skin by Susan Taylor MD. A Harvard trained dermatologist, Dr Taylor provides a culturally sensitive, comprehensive guide to skin care for women of color. African American, Hispanic and Asian skin has the ability to naturally resist aging, but is vulnerable … Continue Reading… →
Kojic Acid has been around for almost 100 years. It was originally discovered by Japanese scientists who were working on different fermenting methods to turn malted rice into sake. As the story goes, the scientists noticed that spots and freckles on their hands disappeared after working with Sake production. Kojic Acid has been a popular Japanese beauty aid for generations. In recent years we’ve learned that Kojic Acid acts somewhat like hydroquinone by preventing melanin formation.
Research has shown that Kojic Acid can be effective but it has its problems. On the one hand it tends to be unstable and high concentrations are often needed to be an effective spot buster. On the other hand, Kojic can be very irritating and is known to cause allergic reactions. Often the best solution is to combine lower concentrations of Kojic acid with other skin lighteners like soy or hydroquinone.