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Get to Know Your Specialist! Meet Melissa

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This is the first of our Get to Know Your Specialist! series.

Meet Melissa, licensed esthetician who has been a Specialist for more than 3 years.

What do you love about being an Acne Specialist?
I love seeing a real change in my clients’ skin and seeing their confidence grow.

What do you wish everyone knew about acne?
The cause of acne is a buildup of dead skin and is usually genetic. Bacteria and oil are only part of the problem, but not the main cause.

Before your skin was clear, what were your unsuccessful methods or products to treat your acne?
I tried nearly every home remedy on the internet, which is really embarrassing now that I know how terrible most of that stuff is for your skin. At one point I even put straight lemon juice on my skin because the internet told me to (I was a teenager, forgive me!). I got a chemical burn, and my acne remained unchanged. Glad those days are over!

What’s your #1 tip for people with acne-prone skin?
Exfoliate with a leave-on serum, not a scrub. And, of course, sunscreen every day – rain or shine.

What’s your favorite acne-safe beauty product?
AlimaPure Satin Matte Loose Powder foundation and blush. Great pigment, coverage, and texture. I love that there are no added ingredients – just minerals.

Our Specialists are nerds on all things skin. As former sufferers of acne, we have tried everything in the book (and on the web!). Now, we have turned our pain into passions for helping others on their journeys to clear skin.

5 Reasons Your Skin Stills Breaks Out

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As we always say, consistency is key to for keeping your skin clear of acne.

So, what do we mean by consistency?

We mean that you’re:

  1. Consistently using acne-safe skin care products
  2. Consistently sticking to the personalized day and night regimen provided by your Acne Specialist
  3. Consistently practicing lifestyle and health habits that help, not hurt, your skin

Sometimes, you’re doing everything right, but you’re still breaking out. It’s time to look at what you do everyday and find the culprit. Continue reading

New Probiotic Cleanser to Balance Bacteria on Acne-Prone Skin

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New probiotic cleanser has a rich lather. Click the picture to purchase the product online.

If you’re a germaphobe, I hate to break it to you… But, you have bacteria all over your body.

Bacteria lives on your skin, eyes, ears, and, most of all, inside your gut. We refer to the bacteria inside and outside your body as the microbiome.

Imbalance in your microbiome (when the bad bacteria gets out of control) can cause skin problems to flare-up, including:

  • Acne
  • Folliculitis
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Rosacea flares

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How to Maximize Your Acne Treatment Experience

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To get the most out of your acne treatment (or facial), follow the steps in this timeline before and after your appointment.

1 week before…
If you have a special event, schedule your treatment 1-2 weeks before the event date.

If you are using a prescription retinol, stop 1 week before treatment.

Be diligent about your SPF before a treatment. We can’t treat your skin if you’re sunburnt!

3 days before…
If you get your eyebrows waxed (or any other facial hair removal), schedule your facial hair appointment removal no closer than 3 days before treatment. After treatment, wait at least 1-week, or else your face will be red!

24 hours before…
Stop your actives (mandelic acid serums and benzoyl peroxide) 24 hours before your treatment. (If you’re dry of sensitive, make that 48 hours.) Continue reading

Prevent Eye Wrinkles With New Spin Trap Eye Serum

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Acne is not just for teens… Adult acne is a real problem affecting men and women into their 30s and 40s. While managing acne is the main concern of our clients, many ask about wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging.

In our efforts to treat acne-prone skin, we strive to make our clients’ skin look beautiful and radiant. That includes preventing pre-mature aging, especially in the eye area.
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9 Beach Vacation Tips For Sensitive & Acne-Prone Skin

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Our client snapped us this picture from the beach in Oahu, Hawaii. Aloha! 

Before her trip, she asked us for tips for taking care of sensitive skin on a tropical beach vacation. Read below for tips on how to not get sunburnt (or break-out) on your next sunny trip!

Before your trip…

  1. Buy acne-safe sunblock & vitamin C products. As we always say, protect your skin from the sunshine rays for long lasting, beautiful skin! For long-lasting coverage, we carry the Solarex zinc sunscreen. For the body, our favorite beach sunblock is Neutrogena Beach Defense. Vitamin C products are also a boost to your sun protection. Try our Vitamin C Super serum and Vitamin C toner. (On a hot day, the toner is great in a little spray bottle to carry with you and spritz on your face!)
  2. Stop using Vitamin A serums. Vitamin A makes your skin more sensitive to the sun. If you’re using a Vitamin A serum, stop one week before your sunny trip.
  3. Spray tan gradient towards your face. If you’re getting a spray tan, avoid spraying the product on your face. If someone is airbrushing you, as them to spray a gradient towards your face, starting from your shoulders.
  4. Use Aquafor on the airplane. If your skin and lips get try on the airplane, use Aquafor original to keep the moisture locked in. (Use the original Aquafor and avoid Aquafor for lips.)

During your trip… Continue reading

Why Teenagers Get Bad Acne

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Clear skin is hard to achieve for acne-prone teenagers. There are many factors that contribute to this, with two being out of anyone’s control:

Hormones: the hormones associated with puberty cause oil production, inflammation, and build-up of dead skin in the pores — all of which lead to acne. While adult hormones are manageable with dietary and lifestyle changes, puberty hormones can be much more difficult.

Stress: Do you remember high school? Talk about stressful! Academics, extracurricular activities, and social pressures increase stress levels dramatically, making hormones surge further. In some cases, the combination of stress and puberty hormones will override treatments and products.

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Camping & Backpacking Skincare Tips for Acne-Prone Skin

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Spring and summer weather call for camping and backpacking trips. While you are fierce when facing the elements, your acne-prone skin is more delicate. Your skin is more sensitive as you literally face heat, humidity, elevation, dirt, sweat, and sun exposure. On top of mother nature’s forces, you’re breaking your skincare routine. (As we always say, a consistent routine is key to clear skin.)

To keep you looking as beautiful as Reese Witherspoon on your own Wild adventure, here are skincare tips for when you hit the trail.

Cleansing Wipes: You may want to save your water for drinking, not cleansing your skin. We get it. We recommend packing acne-safe cleansing wipes (our favorite is the Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Wipes). Or, you can soak cotton pads in a toner for DIY cleansing wipes. If you’re sweating bullets, use the toner pads a few times a day and reapply your SPF. Continue reading

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