Skin Spring Cleaning: 6 Bad Ingredients in Your Medicine Cabinet

Skin Spring Cleaning: 6 Bad Ingredients in Your Medicine Cabinet

When skin health, acne and other skin problems are talked about, the focus is on good ingredients and regimens. It is equally important to know what is not good for your skin too. After all, skin is the largest organ, and a very important one.  Some of these harmful ingredients used in topical products may actually get inside of your body.  This is especially important to know if you use certain products for an extended period of time.

 

If you already have skin problems, especially acnethese ingredients will further affect your skin health, making treating acne more difficult.


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Are Exfoliations & Chemical Peels Good for Acne-Prone Skin?

Are Exfoliations & Chemical Peels Good for Acne-Prone Skin?

Skin Exfoliations and Chemical Peels became very popular with Glycolic Acid (and less Salicylic Acid) becoming the toast of the town.

There is reason to believe that for most skin types, with the exception of dry and sensitive skin, some level of exfoliation may be beneficial. It can help to remove dead skin cells, helping to unclog pores, remove dry, dark, and flaky skin resulting from photo-aging, and stimulate collagen production to help skin regeneration.  

As with many things that are "in" at the time, we seem to go overboard. Too frequent and strong chemical peels may lead to sensitized, irritated and over-dry skin. And too vigorous and frequent abrasive exfoliation can lead to skin inflammation. The COST of the procedures can take a toll on you too! 

 

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7 Tips to Avoid Getting Acne Symptoms Again!

7 Tips to Avoid Getting  Acne Symptoms Again!

So your skin is FINALLY clear and your pimples, cysts, blackheads and whiteheads have diminished.  And you couldn't be happier! 

But wait, can they come back? How do you decrease the probability of seeing those pesky zits again?  And if they show up, how do you "terminate" them quickly?

Since acne is a manifestation of an internal imbalance that leads to overproduction of sebum (skin oil) by the sebaceous glands, the factors that were responsible for this overproduction of sebum may return.  But you are not helpless!

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The Easiest Male Acne MakeUp Tutorial

The Easiest Male Acne  MakeUp Tutorial

A message from Dr. Agnes:

 

Hey guys.  It's no secret that male acne is difficult to treat.  But while you're working on treating your acne with AcnEase®, there are ways to make it look better, and have people focus on you instead of your zits.

 

Maybe you've thought about applying makeup before or maybe the thought never crossed your mind.  Either way, know this.  These days, makeup isn't just for women.  An enormous amount of men actually apply makeup to their faces daily, and you wouldn't even know!  

 

So muster up the courage, and take your buddy or partner with you to the cosmetics counter if you're feeling like you need a little cover-up - you'll be glad you did (especially when those holiday photos begin to surface!). 

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7 Steps to a Celebrity Glam Look for the Holidays

7 Steps to a Celebrity Glam Look for the Holidays

The holidays always arrive with lots of party invites. And who doesn't love a party? But if you're feeling self-conscious about your skin and aren't sure how to go from everyday makeup to festive glam, it can all seem overwhelming. But putting on the glitz is easier than you think, even if your everyday routine consists of mainly lip balm. The following 7 steps will ensure you're party-ready for every invite you receive.

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7 Easy Everyday MakeUp Tips for Acne Prone Skin

7 Easy Everyday MakeUp Tips for Acne Prone Skin

A message from Dr. Agnes:

Treating acne takes time, dedication and perseverance, as there is no miracle cure that will allow you to regain clear skin overnight. While we are waging our war with pimples and cysts however, we still want to look and feel good about ourselves. So let's talk about make-up that does not spoil your results (or your progress with AcnEase®), but will make you feel secure without using products and techniques that may slow the healing process or actually accentuate your blemishes.

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Chronic Acne? 2 Ingredients that Can Make it Worse

Chronic Acne? 2 Ingredients that Can Make it Worse

For those with acne prone skin - especially with chronic acne (acne lasting 3 or more years, or re-occurrs over the years), what you put on your skin repeatedly and long term is very important.

 

There are two chemical substances that can be found in most topical acne products that need to be used with caution - especially while used longer term to try to control chronic acne: Salicylic Acid and Alcohol.

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Body Acne: Don't Wait to Take Your Shirt Off! How to Treat Your Body Acne Now for Summer

Body Acne:  Don't Wait to Take Your Shirt Off! How to Treat Your Body Acne Now for Summer

Spring is almost here, and before you know it, summer will be upon us. Don't wait to take your shirt off to get rid of your body acne. If you start now, by then, you will have made some clear skin to show off! Here are our top tips on how to say "goodbye!" to body acne.

Cause of Body Acne
Women and men that have active physical lifestyles tend to suffer more with body acne primarily due to androgens that are the main stimulator of sebaceous glands. Acne results from the over secretion of sebum by the sebaceous glands and inflammation that follows too much sebum clogging the pores and mixing with acne bacteria that will cause inflammation known as pimples, cysts, lesions, etc. More acne occurs where the skin surface has a greater concentration of sebaceous glands, and where perspiration is more prevailing. The most common sites for acne are, therefore, the face, back and chest.

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Do I Have Male Hormonal Acne? How to REALLY Treat It

Do I Have Male Hormonal Acne? How to REALLY Treat It

What is Male Hormonal Acne?

Teenagers aren't the only ones who get acne - it can can effect adult men of all ages.  The average age of the acne sufferer in the US increased during the last decade from 20.5 to 26.5 years old.

Are You a Statistic?

Acne is a manifestation of internal imbalance that leads to overproduction of sebum (skin oil) by sebaceous glands. This extra sebum together with dead cells and dirt creates an ideal condition for bacteria what in turn will cause an inflammation that presents itself as ACNE (pimples, cysts, blackheads, whiteheads etc).

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Is Your Zip code Effecting Your Skin? Where you live may be causing your breakouts!

Is Your Zip code Effecting Your Skin? Where you live may be causing your breakouts!

Although there are many factors that can contribute to acne, little do many know that where you live not only contributes to skin problems, but it requires a personalized skincare regimen.

Depending on where you live, there are some important steps that you can take to greatly improve your skin's health.  But in general, no matter where you live, it is imperative to learn how to really clean acne prone skin without chemicals and how to moisturize acne prone skin if you want clear skin for good.

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Does Acne Prone Skin Need Daily Moisturizing Treatment?

Does Acne Prone Skin Need Daily Moisturizing Treatment?

The answer to this question is unequivocally YES.

 

If your skin is plagued by acne, blackheads or whiteheads, ranges from dry to oily, part of your daily skincare routine MUST include an appropriate moisturizer 2 TIMES daily - in the morning and in the evening - in order to help the skin stay hydrated and supple.

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How to REALLY Clean Acne Prone Skin Without Chemicals

How to REALLY  Clean Acne Prone Skin  Without Chemicals

One of the most prevailing and potentially disadvantageous myths about cleaning acne prone skin is a belief that you need to use salicylic acid or alcohol based products to do it, and in addition, scrape the skin during vigorous exfoliation.

As the intentions behind this belief are good (killing bacteria that thrive in clogged pores), and some may even experience a temporary decrease in pimples, long term effects are certainly not worth it. A few of the adverse effects you may expect from this type of cleaning is dry, irritated, prematurely aged, sun sensitive skin, and an actual increase in inflammation due to skin abrasion.

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Better Sex? Better Skin! The Best Aphrodisiacs for Sexy, Acne-Free Skin

 Better Sex?  Better Skin!  The Best Aphrodisiacs for Sexy, Acne-Free Skin

Little do many know that sex has many beauty and health benefits, including making your skin very happy! Those engaged in regular sexual activities look and behave younger, sleep better (orgasm produces endorphins and oxytocin - associated with bonding) and burn calories. Having an active sex life also increases your DHEA level; and this hormone is credited with anti-aging effects. 

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Fats that You and Your Skin can LOVE!

Fats that You and Your Skin can LOVE!

Important Information for Preventing Acne and Acne Scars

STAY TUNED BELOW FOR RECIPES THAT ARE SURE TO "WOW" ON VALENTINE'S DAY!

In our society, a simple 3-letter word "fat" grew to become a notorious villain. The fact is, however, that to live a healthy life and to show off a beautiful complexion, we need to recognize the "good" from the "bad" fats.

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The Current Hazards of Treating Acne with Birth Control Pills

The Current Hazards of Treating Acne with Birth Control Pills

Currently, the FDA is concerned about the side effects of 10 brands of birth control pills sold in the US, and 4 of the pills that are already on their list are a subject of a class action suit (Yaz®, Yasmin®, Beyaz®, Ocella®) .

With the ban of Bayer's acne drug Diane-35 in France due to the number of associated deaths and other serious health problems, and a follow up investigation in the UK, Spain, Australia and other EU and middle eastern countries as well as Canada, we feel that as a service to our clients, we need to help them to understand these developments on how this affects their own acne treatment options.

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