The thinnest skin on our face is the skin surrounding our eyes. Not coincidentally, this area has the least amount of oil glands, which is why we often notice “expression lines” around the eye area first. Most of the time, the lines we see in this area are not true wrinkles, but rather a sign of dehydration! Continue reading
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:
- Consistently using acne-safe skin care products
- Consistently sticking to the personalized day and night regimen provided by your Acne Specialist
- 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
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
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…
- 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!)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
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
The winter months can leave skin dry, sensitive, and full of dead layers. To relieve your skin of those dry winter layers, try using either the Mandelic Acid Scrub or Clarifying Granule Scrub twice a week in the shower instead of your usual cleanser. No need to scrub hard, gentle upward circles for 30 seconds should do the trick! You can even use a little scrub on your shoulders to be tank top ready. Slough off that unwanted and uncomfortable texture to reveal glowing skin for spring.
Warmer weather and sunny days seems like a dream after all the cold and rain, but a rise in humidity can also trigger more oil production. While you’re changing your jacket from thick to light-weight, the same can be true for your moisturizer! Replace richer moisturizers with something lighter, like our Oil Free Moisturizer or the Hydra Gel underneath your sun protection.
And of course, we always recommend that you wear sunscreen everyday. You’ll thank us in 20 years. 😉
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.
Are you in the honeymoon phase of a new relationship? After kissing your sweetheart, does more acne form around the sides of your nose?
If so, you’ve got a case of the makeout breakout.
While making out, your partner’s nose touches your face, creating a combination of oil and friction that causes your skin to breakout. Also, if your partner has facial hair, the scruff can scratch your skin, which causes irritation and more pimples.
No, we won’t ask you to not kiss your partner… 😉
Here’s what you can do:
- After making out, do your clear skin regimen: cleanse, tone, and apply benzoyl peroxide cream.
- Don’t rest your face on their chest.
Now go have fun!
Our Acne Specialists have amazing success with the most aggravated, acne-prone skin. When someone still has recurring pimples, we can usually pinpoint their problems with these 5 questions:
1. Have you checked your haircare and makeup products against our pore clogger list?
Always, always, always check your makeup, hair products, and toothpaste ingredients against our pore clogging ingredients list. Even if you’re doing everything right with your skincare routine, diet and lifestyle, you will continue to struggle with acne breakouts if products that touch your skin contain pore clogging ingredients.
2. Are you consistent with your home-care routine?
Every single product in your routine is working hard to fight and prevent new acne from forming. If you aren’t consistent with your morning and night routine, or run out of products, acne will have a chance to form. It can take months to clear up new and existing acne, so keep up with your routine and don’t let your products run-out. For truly clear skin, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
3. Are you using the correct quantity of product?
When using your products, it’s important to use the correct amounts. Your Acne Specialist will guide you on how to use your products. For products like the exfoliating serum or benzoyl peroxide cream, we often see that clients don’t use enough. For the full effectiveness of these products, you need at least a dime to nickel size amount.
4. When was your last facial appointment?
Everyone’s skin is different. While some people can remain clear without the exfoliating facials, others need maintenance appointments to stay clear. Once your skin is clear, we recommend scheduling maintenance appointments every 4-6 weeks.
5. Has your diet or lifestyle changed?
There’s many factors that affect your skin. For diet, we often see that dairy, sugar, peanuts and processed foods are the worst offenders. Protein powders or vitamins may also be the culprits. Biotin and whey protein are especially aggravating for acne prone skin. (To read more about diet and acne, read 4 Worst Types of Food for Acne Prone Skin.) If you recently started a new exercise routine, your skin might start breaking out. Hot yoga is especially aggravating, and you should never workout with makeup on. Stress is also a huge factor, so starting a new job or going through a big life change can cause acne to flare.
Always feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or concerns about your skin.