Lifestyle




Scarring? Let’s make a thing of the past

From mild acne scars along the temple and cheekbones to keloid tissue, most people have imperfections they would like to eliminate. Scarring can often remind us of times we’d like to forget, and for some it can be embarrassing—or even painful. Not only this, but the appearance of acne scars increases as we age due to lower levels of collagen production. Luckily technological advances have given us several laser treatments that are proven to help reduce or even eliminate scarring.Read More >

Face




Are your pillows causing acne?

Frequently washing pillowcases has long been an established beauty trick for keeping skin breakout-free. But the culprit might be the pillow itself. Pillows are quite porous, and can accumulate dead skin, dirt, and bacteria that can lead to acne. If you can’t quite figure out the source of your breakouts, try washing your pillows at least once a month and see if your condition improves.

Hair




Are hats the root of your sudden breakouts?

As cold weather approaches, hats once again are becoming a must-have accessory.  But if you notice the arrival of hat weather has coincided with the arrival of sudden breakouts around your hairline and forehead, don’t worry! There’s hope. Because hats can trap sweat and bacteria against your skin, you may need to switch to something that’s a bit looser. If your hat is knit, wash it often, and if all else fails, switch to earmuffs or scarves.

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Want soft skin without the breakouts? It’s time to ditch the masks

If you’re over 30 and still using drying anti-oil masks in your beauty routine, it might be time to pause for some serious reflection. While they may have worked in your teenage years, these masks might be too harsh for adult skin, which may overdry and break out. Keep skin soft and radiant with exfoliation instead, or use masks that ADD hydration instead of removing it.

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Are your medications causing breakouts?

Whether prescription, over-the-counter, or holistic, many medications can have the unintended consequence of causing our skin to become irritated, and in some cases break out. If you’ve recently started taking anabolic steroids, bromides (found in cold remedies and sedatives), or iodine (contrast dyes, asthma remedies, and mineral supplements), you may very well be noticing an increase in acne. Check the Prescribing Information or the Drug Facts Label of any product you might be taking.Read More >

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Winter moisturizers: What to look for in acne-prone skin

Often times, people with acne skip moisturizing, even in this cold and dry weather, increasing the risk of breakouts. If you’re battling acne, then be sure to look for a lotion that is light, oil-free, and noncomedogenic. Look closely at the ingredients: you’ll want a moisturizer that contains ceramides (which improve the skin’s barrier function), but that DON’T contain petrolatum and mineral oil.

Hair




This spring, waxing perfection

Hair removal is war, not just against the follicles, but against the bumps they leave behind. When a strand of hair isn’t entirely removed, the remaining root can get trapped under sebum (oil), dead skin, and dirt. This can lead to an inflamed, pimple-like bump, which can be painful and unsightly. What to do about it? Dot the area with a product containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide in the morning and at night.Read More >

Skin




Beautiful skin you won’t want to mask

If the skin on your body is prone to blemishes, bumps, or dry spots, consider a body mask to help your skin become more radiant. There are a few ingredients to look out for: kaolin clay fights oil, lactic acid smooths the surface of the skin, and natural oils are a great source of hydration. For dry patches or other trouble spot treatments, apply the mask to the area, then cover with a warm, damp towel for 5 minutes before washing it off.Read More >

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Banishing dark circles

Dark undereye circles are a telltale sign you’re missing sleep—or at least looking like you are. If you’re trying to make it through fashion week without excess baggage, try using a saline nasal spray first thing in the morning. It helps relieve congestion, which can cause blood to pool under the eyes, giving the appearance of dark circles. Dab the undereye area with a yellow-toned concealer, and you’re looking red-carpet ready in no time.