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Friday, February 22nd, 2008
ACNE is the four letter word that makes most people cringe. I am sadly one of those unlucky people that have adult acne; mine is caused by overactive hormones and I really hate it. I am working hard to battle it and with the help of my Esthetician, Doctor and Dermalogica, I hope to win that battle soon.
HOW IS ACNE CAUSED?
“Blemishes start when sebaceous glands, which are attached to the skin’s hair follicle canal, produce too much oil. When there is excess oil production – combined with ‘sticky’ dead skin cells lining the hair follicle canal that fail to flake – the pore becomes clogged. These conditions multiply, causing inflammation,” explains David Orentreich, Clinique’s Guiding Dermatologist.
Good daily skin care is so important for acne prone skin and will help remove excess oil, keep pores clear, and speed the healing of breakouts.
WOULD A FACIAL HELP?
People with blackheads and other non-inflammatory blemishes may indeed find regular facials help to reduce the amount of breakouts they experience. During a facial treatment, estheticians perform extractions by manually removing pore blockages, or comedones. By extracting these impactions, the pores are cleared of excess oil and cellular debris. Blemishes are less likely to form, improving some cases of non-inflammatory acne.
David Orentreich strongly recommends that you do not take matters into your own hands – that means NO squeezing or PICKING (though so tempting). He says that squeezing traumatizes and often breaks the stretched pore under the surface. The pore contains oils and bacteria and when squeezed will set off a spot.
Clinique Acne Solutions Clear Skin System Kit
The perfect introduction to the Acne Solutions Clear Skin System. Three simple steps that work together to treat acne—and help prevent future breakouts.
Step 1: Cleansing Foam
Step 2: Clarifying Lotion
Step 3: Clearing Moisturizer
Kit includes a 1.7 oz Cleansing Foam, 3.4 oz Clarifying Lotion, and a 1 oz Clearing Moisturizer.
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Line with Microclear
This line contains a new technology called MicroClear, which is clinically proven to boost delivery of acne medicine to unclog congested pores and speed treatment deep to the source. Each product is formulated with skin-soothers, including green tea and cucumber, to actively reduce redness and irritation.
Products in the line: 3 in 1 Hydrating Acne Treatment, Power-Foam Wash, Power-Clear Scrub.
Clean and Clear ADVANTAGE Acne Control Kit
This convenient kit includes 3 Acne Controlling products that contain bacteria-fighting ingredients, penetrating pores and fighting breakouts long after you’ve washed your face.
Kit includes: Acne Control Cleanser 4 oz, Acne Control Moisturizer 2 oz, Spot Treatment .5 oz.
Murad Acne Complex Starter Kit
Sized for travel, this comprehensive collection of blemish-blasters is equipped with four target-specific products, which work synergistically to heal acne and decrease oil production.
Kit includes: Clarifying Cleanser 2 oz, Exfoliating Acne Treatment Gel 1 oz, Acne Spot Treatment .25 oz, Skin Perfecting Lotion 1 oz.
Philosophy Acne Kit
Philosophy offers a four-step approach to treating acne that is benzoyl peroxide free.
Step 1 – Suppress excessive oil production
Step 2 – Shed the pore wall (exfoliate)
Step 3 – Help sanitize the skin to protect against bacteria
Step 4 – Seal the skin to help keep the good treatments in and the bad elements out
Kit includes: On A Clear Day Super Wash For Oily Skin 3.3 oz, On A Clear Day Blemish Serum for Adult Acne 1 oz, On A Clear Day Hydrogen Peroxide Cream 1 oz, On A Clear Day Protection Cream 1 oz.
Available at Sephora and Blossom Lounge
Dermalogica MediBac Clearing Adult Acne Treatment Kit
Each product, with its unique acne-fighting and clearing ingredients, is designed to be layered upon the skin to provide around-the-clock, maximum control of the four main factors that contribute to acne: overactive sebaceous glands (the production of too much oil), dead skin cell accumulation, bacteria and inflammation.
Kit includes: Clearing Skin Wash 1.7 oz, Clearing Mattifier 0.5 oz, Overnight Clearing Gel 0.5 oz, Concealing Spot Treatment 0.1 oz, Sebum Clearing Masque 0.75 oz and a Oil Control Lotion (sample).
Available at Spas throughout North America
If you find that nothing is helping clear up your acne, visit your doctor or dermatologist.
Tuesday, August 7th, 2007
When it comes to our faces, we should never scrub, scrub, scrub – but gently exfoliate. Exfoliation keeps your skin looking clean, healthy, more uniform in tone and less likely to break out. It addresses dullness and lining by attacking the appearance of past sun damage and allows for more effective moisturisation, so skin looks and feels comfortable.
There are multiple exfoliants on the market. I took five that are available and tested them on my sensitive skin. Here is what I thought of each of them:
Product: Gentle Cream Exfoliant
Description: A gentle, non-abrasive exfoliation treatment to thoroughly remove dulling surface debris, dramatically improving skin texture. Alpha hydroxy Lactic Acid, beta hydroxy Salicylic Acid and natural fruit enzymes detach dead skin cells, helping to stimulate skin renewal. Conditioning botanical extracts and humectants soothe the skin and combat dryness. Fragrance free.
Price: $33.50 USD/ $49.40 CAD
Where to buy: dermstore.com, pelle.ca, local spas
Overall: This is a very gentle exfoliant mask that really works wonders on my skin. I wash my face and smooth a good layer on and ten minutes later my skin is glowing, smooth and clogged pore free. I use this once a week. Downfall is that it is very pricey.
Would I buy?: Definitely. This is my favourite exfoliant.
Brand: Juice Beauty
Product: Green Apple Peel – Full Strength
Description: A high-mineral, gentle AHA enzyme peel that delivers a spa quality treatment at home, thanks to the infusion of certified organic fruit juices and raw cane sugar. Blended with 12 percent “real fruit” alpha hydroxy acids and enriched with the antioxidant benefits of vitamins A, C, and E, this gentle treatment dramatically improves skin tone, texture, and color, as it smoothes fine lines and boosts healthy cell turnover.
Price: $39.00 USD/$44.00 CAD
Where to buy: Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs, Drugstore.com
Overall: This product works really well and eats all the dead skin cells from your face. I like that it is organic and natural. It is very expensive which is the downside.
Would I buy? I would definitely buy this as part of the Juice Beauty skincare line.
Product: Gommage 305
Description: This 4 in 1 product exfoliates, hydrates, tones and brightens, and works to eliminate flaws and dull, lifeless cells.
Where to buy: Skinstore.com, Essential Day Spa, local spas
Price: $33.00 USD/ $45.50 CAD
Overall: It smooths onto the skin nicely and you just wait for a bit until it starts to slightly dry and then you gentle run it off. Once again I am not a fan of the peeling/rubbing scrub. I do not like the crumbs that fall into the sink and I am nervous of dragging my skin and potentially hurting delicate skin. My skin did however have a lovely glow and felt very smooth afterwards. Too perfumed for me personally.
Would I buy? Probably not
Tuesday, April 10th, 2007
April is skincare month here at Lipstick, Powder ‘n Paint and today I wanted to share with you some great cleansers that are on the market.
There are so many different skincare products for sale that it can be really confusing which one to buy. I am always very nervous of trying a new products as my skin is really sensitive – so once I find a product I love I am very hesitant to change. Blog for Beauty wrote a great piece on choosing the right cleanser for you and if you have the time, I recommend taking a peep at it.
Here are a selection of very good cleansers that you can find at the drugstore or at your local spa:
Aveeno Positively Ageless Daily Exfoliating Cleanser
Skin Types: All
A light foaming, soap free cleanser. It is clinically shown to exfoliate and replenish surface cells faster so your skin looks and feels younger. The fine micro-beads in this cleanser gently remove the dull, dry skin that prevents younger, fresher cells from showing through.
$8.99 USD $14.99 CAD
Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
Skin Types: Oily/Combination
A gentle soap-free foaming clear cleanser that helps to keep your skin’s natural moisture in balance whilst washing away toxins and debris.
$29.50 USD $30.00 CAD for 8.4 fl oz
Phytomer Velvet Cleansing Cream
Skin Types: All
This cleansing and softening cream, naturally rich in marine active agents, quickly eliminates makeup and impurities.
$27.50 USD $34.00 CAD
Skincode Purifying Cleansing Gel
Skin Types: Normal to oily skin
An extra-gentle foaming gel that deeply cleanses make-up and impurities, regulates surface oils and leaves the skin purified and soft with a fine matte finish.
From the European Collection at Walgreens
Spa Aquatique 1.1 Regenerating Cleansing Milk
Skin Types: All, especially for aged-damaged skin
This product gently removes traces of make-up, cleanses impurities and prepares the skin to receive other marine treatments.
From the European Collection at Walgreens
Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash
Skin Types: All
A 2-in-1 rinse-off cleansing and exfoliating gel that leaves skin clean, hydrated and fresh. $18.00 USD $23.00 CAD
There are of course hundreds of other cleansers to choose from. I would suggest that you speak to friends, do research on forums and/or speak to an esthetician or dermatologist to find out products might be good for your skin type.
I’d love to hear what your favourite cleansers are!
I am now off to wash my face!