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

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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Birth Control Tips for Women with Acne-Prone Skin

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Birth control pills, IUDs, implants, and shots are widely used by women today. Besides preventing pregnancy, birth control is also often prescribed to control acne. However, not all birth control is the same. Some birth controls actually aggravate breakouts in women with acne-prone skin.

So, what’s the deal?

Typically, birth control is divided up as estrogen or progestin dominant and have varying degrees of androgenic (testosterone-like) effects. As a general rule of thumb, birth control with the potential for higher androgenic symptoms promote breakouts. Women with acne-prone skin should speak with their doctors about selecting a form of birth control that is higher in estrogen and lower in androgen potency.

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Does Smoking Cause Acne-prone Skin to Breakout?

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smokingSmoking and skin health are extremely connected. People who smoke have skin that ages much earlier than non-smokers due to oxidation, circulation and cellular health.

Why does smoking age your skin? Smoking triggers the breakdown of elastin, an element that makes our skin supple, strong and also supports proper distribution of pigmentation, therefore causing the skin of smokers to not only be wrinkled, but also discolored. Because the skin is not as strong, healing of wounds becomes impaired.

The lack of oxygen to the skin due to smoking’s effects on one’s lungs causes skin to be thinner, producing further lines and wrinkles. Constricting blood vessels further tissue oxygenation. Smoking causes weakened capillaries and creates broken blood vessels that are visible on the surface of the skin. Continue reading

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