Skin Care Tips
Sometimes using fragrance-free detergents can help to minimize irritation. Do not use fabric softeners and/or fabric softener sheets in the dryer, especially on pillowcases as they cause a waxy residue that can clog pores on acne-prone individuals.
  
Change pillow cases often and flip your pillow over, use the other side and then try not to sleep on it again. 

Certain birth control pills can help maintain acne.  Talk to your OBGYN about this.  Also, the taking of birth control pills may delay the onset of acne and once off them, you may experience the acne you would've had before taking them. 

Limit sun exposure and use a sunscreen. If you suffer from acne the lasting scars from acne are increased without protection from the sun.  Sun exposure causes undesirable scaling and drying, it also damages the follicle, exacerbates hyper pigmentation, causes skin cancer and premature aging and can cause "solar acne" later in life, as well as "Acne Majorca" also caused by sunlight. Warm climates with heat and humidity can exacerbate acne.  Find a sunscreen that you love to put on..

Why Wear Sunscreen? 
Prevents sun burns 
Prevents photo damaged skin (aged look – brown spots, wrinkles) 
Prevents actinic keratosis and perhaps squamous cell cancers
The best anti-aging thing you can do!

To help prevent other skin cancers Wear Sunscreen no matter what!  Always look for a sunscreen that delivers full spectrum protection form UVA and UVB rays.
More and More Clients are coming to me thinking they have acne and to their surprise it's Rosacea Acne. 
 

Which sometimes is fairly an easy fix for the reactive element.  My number one advice for Rosacea skin types is be GENTLE!  Listen to how your skin is responding and avoid doing the things that trigger it to react!

Of course it's more complicated but a good place to start is to be gentle with your skin.
What is Rosacea?  Rosacea (say "roh-ZAY-sha"











Rosacea (say "roh-ZAY-sha") is a skin disease that causes redness and pimples on your face. People with rosacea may have a flushed face and pimples or bumps on or around the cheeks, nose, mouth, and forehead.  


The redness may come and go, or sometimes can last for days. If left untreated some cases of rosacea can continue to get worse. Rosacea in past is sometimes mistaken for acne. People sometimes call rosacea "adult acne" because it can cause outbreaks that look like acne, but it’s not acne. 


Other problems arise when rosacea is treated as acne.  It can cause the problem to worsen. What causes rosacea ? Experts are not sure what causes rosacea. It tends to affect people who have fair skin or blush easily, and it seems to run in families. Rosacea often flares when something causes the blood vessels in the face to expand, which causes redness.


Things that cause a flare-up are called triggers. Common triggers are exercise, sun and wind exposure, hot weather, stress, spicy foods, alcohol, and hot baths.


Swings in temperature from hot to cold or cold to hot can also cause a flare-up of rosacea.


Find out more at http://www.rosacea.org/ Can someone with rosacea have a facial ?  Yes, I have many options for people with rosacea.

 

Book A Rosacea Appointment to find out more

There are no ONE-FITS-ALL acne treatments.


There are many types of acne.  Some people may have one kind and others may have many kinds. 


Acne regimens are not a one size fits all

that’s why a lot of OTC or acne kits don’t work


Everyone has a different skin type such as oily or dry.  In addition, some skin can tolerate products more or less.  All Products are NOT created EQUAL.  


I am asked a lot for recommendations for over the counter (OTC) products to save money. However, when using professional products you use less and they more effective.  In the long run you can actually save money   I admit there are some ok OTC products.  The truth is it’s complicated.  I have never seen an OTC product work as effectively as a professional product.  What I want for my clients is effective products that do the job they were intended to do.  To give my clients the results they want.  It’s difficult to do that with OTC products. I truly believe you get what you pay for.


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Don't Trust What the Bottle Says!

 I find a lot of consumers trust in the advertising and marketing of products.  Do not ever put anything on your skin without checking the ingredients first, even if it says "won't clog pores" or "noncomedogenic" on the bottle. 


We can waste so much time and effort jumping around from product to product.  What I find and it boggles my mind, is that most of the time none of the products my clients currently using have any benefit in helping their acne.


The desperation we feel over our acne I can relate too.  Don’t fall for another advisement or bottle that say,  it was for acne and would do ABC.  Or the sales lady at the make-up store, that said this one is great for acne.  Sales personnel quite frankly are just that Sales personnel, not very qualified to help you with skin care issues; they are qualified to highlight the features and benefits for the products they sale.


You must also remember to be sure that products with certain ingredients are formulated properly so they are effective.  Not all products are alike.  There are so many OTC products popping up every day it starts to become overwhelming.


The Importance of Sunscreen! 











Without regular use of sunscreen the skin can develop many different problems.  Sun damage or photo damage produces both skin cancers as well as photo-aging. Photo-aging shows itself on the skin as wrinkling, scaling, dryness, and dark pigmentation.  Being aware of the damage that is caused by the sun is half the battle.  

Sun avoidance and regular sunscreen use is prevention against unwanted effects of the sun. Misconception About Sun Exposure On cloudy or rainy days the sun is still in the sky and as powerful as it ever was. 


People that work indoors all day don't think they need it.  Think again, the sun can penetrate through the windows.   Using sunscreen on a daily basis will improve and protect you from the damaging effects of the sun.  The lighter your skin the more protection you should use.  There appears to be some confusion about the messages people are getting about sunscreens and why they’re so important. 


Why Wear Sunscreen? 
Prevents sun burns 
Prevents photo damaged skin (aged look – brown spots, wrinkles) 
Prevents actinic keratosis and perhaps squamous cell cancers
The best anti-aging thing you can do!

To help prevent other skin cancers Wear Sunscreen no matter what!


  Always look for a sunscreen that delivers full spectrum protection form UVA and UVB rays.

s that can contribute to dry skin, but the first defense against dry skin is proper cleansing, nourishing, and sun protection.  

My product recommendations for dry skin..

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Typically people with dry skin have smaller pores and that sometimes leads to less penetration of products.  However, preparing the skin to accept moisture benefits from products is an important factor regardless of pores size.  Using products like soap, harsh cleansers, products that contain alcohol and irritating ingredients could be disrupting and weakening the skins ability to stay hydrated.
Don't forget the fragrance is highly problematic for dry skin..

 A skin care regimen specifically designed for your skin type and conditions will  improve any skin. 

What is Eczema? 
What it looks like?  

It is a chronic recurring rash that seem to occur in the drier, colder months. The lesions are usually round, disk-like plaques or patches of very dry skin. There is a lack-luster appearance to the skin and it looks and feels scaly. This dryness occurs even in the areas of skin not involved directly with active eczema.

Eczema Facts 
There is usually a family history of eczema.  The most common sites of involvement are the hands and feet as well as. It can be very itchy.  Infants and babies usually have it on the face, upper chest, the scalp and neck. The eczema is usually more localized than in the infant.


What Causes Eczema? The cause of eczema (atopic dermatitis) is unknown. It is a genetic disease. It arises from interplay of multiple genes with external environmental factors. The more atopic genes that are present, the less.


What you can to do help - Some known triggers to avoid


Several factors are known to trigger or aggravate eczema, and should be avoided.


Some of these factors are weather conditions as well as air-borne allergens, certain foods, skin irritants, and stress.


Cleansing when you have eczema, you should avoid soaps, especially bar soaps, even ‘moisturizing soaps’ as they will dry the skin and may damage the skin barrier.


Mild soap-free cleansers are best.  Soaps tend to be degreasers removing oils that are needed in the skin. Bathing Baths may be better than showers. The water temperature should be luke warm.


Long hot showers are not recommended and should be avoided when possible.


Moisturizing The best time to moisturize is after a bath or shower.  The skin is wet and can accept moisturizers far better.  Moisturizers have been found to help restore the skin barrier providing a protective layer on surface of the skin to trap water and prevent the penetration of irritants and allergens.














II challenge my clients all the time to challenge themselves not to pick!  I have seen the damage caused by picking and it can be permanent if you continue.  With my own personal battle for years with large cystic acne, one would think I would have major scarring.  I don't do to being as gentle as possible when acne surfaced.  I NEVER pick my skin!  Why?  Because as you do this it leads to spreading of acne and pushing the infection deeper, thus causing scarring that could be beyond repair.  The two pics above show 2 different cases.  The upper is a young client who became obsessed with the little bumps and made a mountain out of the mole hill.  I can say today that she has milky soft smooth amazing skin because she stopped picking!  The lower picture is an older client who hasn't been able to stop for over 20 years and the damage is deep and can never be repaired if she doesn't stop.  Do whatever it takes to leave those pimples alone.  I guarantee they will heal 10x faster if you leave them alone.  Challenge Yourself for YOU!


Things to Know about Treating Acne

Fact:  There are no simple acne treatments.  They just don’t exist! 


When you are ready to commit, put in the effort, because it is NOT an easy thing to do, doing the work, it takes to gain control over acne is key to success, and of course the right products. Let me help you take the guess work out of it and educate you to success.


The Right Products
I can't tell you how many times my clients were using products that were not right for their skin type or skin issues.  Just because it says its for ACNE doesn't mean it will be right for you.  
The other thing I realized is 99% of my clients have no clue as to what those products are doing to the skin let alone to the acne.


Is It NORMAL TO BE
RED, IRRITATED & PEELING?   

Treating Acne can often lead to red, irritated, and flaky skin.  This is one of the toughest parts of treating acne. However, not everyone will experience a lot of it, but know it is a temporary thing. Understanding that it takes time to get used to some products and adjustments are key to dealing with these issues.  There is no way possible to know ahead of time how someone will respond to a product.  It’s important to let the skin adjust to the products, so as time goes by there are less and less side effects.  It’s not fun to go through, but the process almost always requires the peeling of the skin to open up the clogged pores.  You can do the process slowly and have fewer side effects, but then it can take longer to get acne under control.  Going at the speed you can personally tolerate is best.  Having these kinds of side effects are very normal.  These mild side effects are generally not an allergic reaction.  

If you think you are having an allergic reaction don't hesitate to call upon a doctor immediately.


The Biggest Misconception about treating Acne


Once your clear doesn’t mean you’re cured and can stop doing your regimen.  You must maintain the regimen to keep control over the acne.  Sometimes you can back off a bit, but listening to what your skin is telling you is important.  There is no way to know how long it will be before the acne runs its course.  There will come a day when the acne will stop, we just don’t know how long any one person will suffer.  Treating acne is no simple task and can be a small investment.  There are many elements and ways to deal with acne. It can be overwhelming at first, but being committed will get you there.  It’s not an easy process and cutting corners won’t get you there or the results you want. 


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How important are the ingredients?

 Acne can be controlled by specific product ingredients.  Different types of acne use different kinds of ingredients.  It is essential to know what ingredient is good for what type of acne you have; and how to use the products correctly.  I have seen this happen over and over, knowing what, why, and how will help you determine the right fit. There are two kinds of products, products that maintain our skin and products that change our skin.  You cannot control acne without using products that change your skin. It’s not enough to find and use products with these specific ingredients.
But finding the right combination and then using them correctly to achieve the desired results.

Don't forget to check your make up ingredients  Check Now...

Make Up Beware: Check your cosmetics and/or hair products for pore clogging ingredients; Here are a few common bad ingredients: Isopropyl myristate, cetyl alcohol, sodium lauryl sulfate, laureth-4, natural Vitamin E, most natural oils, cocoa butter and D & C red dyes all agitate acne. Benzoyl Peroxide medications found at cosmetic departments may contain isopropyl myristate and laureth-4, oils or other ingredients, that impede the active ingredient of benzoyl peroxide. 
Retin A medications also from your Dermatologist! Can contain one of the most offensive pore clogging ingredient:  Isopropyl myristate,  

Watch out for "oil-free" products. They contain synthetic oils (fatty acids), D&C red dyes and detergents that can aggravate acne. See my complete list of offensive ingredients: 

Cornstarch (also called Zea Mays or corn starch) and rice starch. Starch obtained from corn and sometimes used as an absorbent in cosmetics instead of talc. However, when cornstarch becomes moist, it can promote fungal and bacterial growth, causing acne to get worse. 

 Another aspect is you must also be sure that products with certain ingredients are formulated properly so they can do what they say they do. You may find Over The Counter (OTC) products with these certain ingredients but added pore clogging or aggravating ingredients could worsen or impede the active ingredient.  As to eliminate any question about this I highly recommend the professional products that I have personally worked with for years and have rave results
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