Announcing New Skin of Color Tab

Fashion FLash Remembers-- Titi BranchEvery 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…

Tri-luma– Its back!

The return of Tri-luma, an effective treatment for dark spots and melasma Continue Reading…

Retin Road Rules– last chance for free anti-aging guide

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…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

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– Can it lighten my skin?

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.

If you want to try … Continue Reading…