Question: You’ve totally sold me on the benefits of tretinoin but it just doesn’t work for me. I used Retin A Micro and followed your guidelines– washed with a mild soap, waited 30 minutes after washing, and used it 3X/week– but my skin is constantly irritated and flaky. What else can I do to deal with too many years in the sun?
Answer: Before you declare defeat, keep in mind that Retin A is a brand name( like Kleenex or Xerox) and there are different formulations that could be a better choice for you. Retin A Micro is a gel that is actually approved for acne, not anti-aging. It works well for thicker, oilier skin ( like mine) but finer, drier skin types may over react.
To get the benefits of tretinoin without irritation, Dr Heidi Waldorf of Mount Sinai Medical Center … 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… →
Many derms believe that adult acne breakouts is powered by, wait for it, three factors in your diet. While teenagers can blame hormones, bacteria in the pores and increased oil production, nutritional issues seem to be the big trigger over age 30.
1. Dairy Products
There are few foods that seem as natural and nutritious as milk. Full of calcium and protein, we are urged from childhood to have 2-3 servings of dairy products a day. However, along with all that protein and calcium, milk is also a source of androgen-like hormones. Some are naturally in a cow, but most are the result of feeding the livestock genetically altered hormones in order to increse milk production. And androgen hormones are notorious acne triggers. That’s the bad news. The good news? Organic … Continue Reading… →
There are undeniable benefits being 50 plus. I don’t have to study for SAT’s, I don’t have to endure “keggers” and I don’t have to pack school lunches– so why should my aging face have random breakouts? I mean, if I don’t have the hormones to keep my skin soft and firm why should the mirror show inconvenient blemishes.
According to my acne guru, Dr Albert Lefkovits, diet can play a big role in adult acne. And the big shocker was the role of milk and dairy products. In a landmark study of 47,000 nurses, those that had more than three servings of milk a day had as much as 44% more acne than those that had less than one serving.