June is National Acne Awareness Month and the perfect time to get up close and personal with salicylic acid. One of the first and still highly effective tools in the anti-acne tool box, it is closely related to the aspirin we take for pain and fever. Salicylic acid is found primarily in the bark of the willow tree,and wintergreen leaves. If you see willowbark extract on a label of a skin care product , the active ingredient here is salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is also known as Beta Hydroxy acid, and is often compared to its more famous cousin, glycolic acid.
Salicylic Acid—Your Skin’s BFF
Salicylic Acid has three valuable properties for the skin:
Even in low concentrations, it dissolves the dry,dead cells on the skin surface, … Continue Reading… →
I’m always looking for the ideal facial. Not infrequently, I leave the facial looking a bit splotchy and/or greasy And the next moring I wake up with… breakouts. But I still kept looking. I wanted something that would make my skin look fresh, poreless with a pink, not red glow. And this summer I found it at the office of Park Avenue cosmetic surgeon, Dr Paul Lorenc. Famous for inventing the endoscopic browlift, Dr Lorenc is a physician who believes in combining non-invasive anti-aging tools like the Hydrafacial with surgical options.
The Hydrafacial is considered the third generation of microdermabrasion. It has about seven steps, each one offering different but related benefits. The Hydrafacial combines a unique type of tip with an array of products. The spiral tip ( see pix) rotates on the skin … Continue Reading… →
Since I started my anti-aging journey I think that the most frequent problem which my friends and co-workers shared with me for was the freckles and sun damaged skin on their chest, AKA the decollete. Often their chests seemed permanently sunburned and a few had developed skin cancers which needed to be surgically removed. Polling my all-star team of dermatologists for a solution, I got a range of different answers. Some suggested salicylic acid peels, while other suggested Fraxel laser, CO2 lasers or skin lightening cream.
Before I vounteered a friends’ chest freckles for science, I decided to try out some of these options on a large brown spot on my chest. First approach– a laser. The series of photographs show this bad boy freckle before and after treatment. First photo show that that its not that … Continue Reading… →
I have been getting quite a few questions about acne past the teeneage years. Its not really surprising since up to 50% of women over 25 have acne problems. And while its not an anti-aging issue, the whole point of getting rid of age spots and wrinkles is to look better– and getting rid of breakouts certainly falls under that category.
Question 1: I am 45. Can I use my daughter’s acne soaps and gels to control my breakouts?
Probably not. During the teenage years bacteria in the pores are a major driver of breakouts. In moms, not so much. Benzoyl peroxide, an ingredient found in many acne cleansers and treatments products, works by attacking these bacteria, and is a go-to ingredient in many acne products aimed at teenagers. When you’re in the … Continue Reading… →