Question: I love to wear a little make-up, but my sensitive skin tends to react with redness and break-outs. Any suggestions?
Answer: There are five different types of sensitive skin, but they all share one characteristic– they don’t seem to like make-up. Here are some easy to follow guidelines to be able to “rouge up” without irritation:
Sensitive Skin and Perfumes Don’t Mix
Select only fragrance-free skin care and make-up. Fully half of all sensitivity reactions are due to fragrances and scents in our cosmetics. And don’t be fooled by so-called natural or botanical scents. These actually may be especially big troublemakers. Both Almay and Clinique have full line of truely fragrance – free products.
Sensitive Skin and Shimmer
Leave products that shine and shimmer on the shelf. The glittery mica flakes in eyeshadows, lipsticks, and foundation which catch … Continue Reading… →
Question: I have sensitive skin and my doctor gave me a new prescription for rosacea. It’s called Finacea, costs $185 and it has not made a difference since I started it 10 days ago. Now what?
Answer: Patience! I know first hand how frustrating it is to deal with rosacea, but please give this safe and effective medication time to work to work. According to Laura Cortelyou, acne guru at Marmur Medical, Finacea is not an instant cure. After several months, it will deliver good results although you will use it indefinately to maintain benefits.
Sensitive Skin and Finacea
Here’s how it works: The body produces a substance known as cathelicdin. It is a natural immune response and a great defense against bacteria. When you have a tendancy to rosacea, your body tends to over react and over produce cathelicidins which triggers redness … Continue Reading… →
Each year in December, the three day Mount Sinai conference on new developments in dermatology is the holiday gift that keeps on giving. The best of the best share what they’ve discovered and how they care for a wide range of skin, nail and hair problems. This year the presentations were truely amazing and I got answers to long asked questions including:
* How long do you need to stick to an acne regimen to determine if its working? Hint: its shorter than you might think.
* How can I moisturize the skin without clogging pores?
* Can women of color use lasers?
Founded by Dr Albert Lefkovits, this program attracts worldwide experts both to speak and to learn. What I find is especially helpful is that most of the … Continue Reading… →
When it comes to personal care products, I tend to follow the less is more philosophy. Rather than shelves of different options, I like to find what I think is the best product for me — and then stick to it. This sets the bar pretty high and a new formulation has to be unique to find a spot in my medicine cbinet. I’ve not added to my Fabuous Fifteen in more than ayear but with newly sensitive skin, I needed new options:
1. Anti-Redness Foaming Cleanser ( Alaur, $50) — When it comes to skin care it seems that most people start with a moisturizer. Not me. I think that the right cleanser is the foundation of any treatment plan. When my skin developed a type of rosacea, I … Continue Reading… →
Its been almost three weeeks since my red splotches and breakouts have been brought under control. The labor intensive protocol of washing my face 3x/day ( once with Anti-Redness Cleanser and twice with home microdermabrasion), glycolic peel pads 3 times a week and Metro Gel at night seems to be the perfect formula.
I also have been diligent in following rosacea dietary guidelines.This meant avoding spicy foods, coffee, alcohol and chocolate. With my skin so clear, I wondered if I really needed to be as careful with my diet. I mean, no coffee for life? I’m one of those annoying New Yorkers who walk around in summer with a container of ice coffee glued to my hands. The answer? Yes and no.
There are more than 50 million Americans with sensitive skin and I am one of them. It has been fun to do before and after pix that show quick and easy beauty benefits. But when I had to deal with a never ending series of red splotches that seemed to be hard to diagnose and resistant to every treatment, fun was the last word I would use.
The red splotches which appeared this winter, were first diagnosed as rosacea– but did not respond seem to standard treatments. Then the docs thought it was seborrheic dermatitis, a scaly red breakout that often appears around the mouth and chin– but that too did not respond to traditional treatments. I could cover the redness with concealer, but the raw itchy feeling kept reminding me what lay underneath the make-up.
Finally after about eight months of red spots and patches, a visit to Dr Lefkovits came up … Continue Reading… →
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.