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There are a lot of skin care myths out there. To help you weed out what’s true and what’s not true when it comes to skin care, we put together this list of seven skin-care myths your mom probably never told you about:

Myth #1 – acne is caused by poor hygiene and eating certain foods aggravates the condition. First, acne is not caused by dirt. No matter how many times you wash your face and your body, acne may still appear. The cause of acne is an overproduction of sebum, or oil, which clogs the pores. The rate at which the skin on your face produces sebum is not at all affected by dirt. Hormones, stress, pollution and bacteria are some of the culprits behind the appearance of pimples. Additionally, consuming junk foods like chocolate, soda, fried foods and any other oily or greasy foods will not aggravate acne.  Of course, we don’t recommend that you load up on junk food.

Myth #2 – not washing your face often enough can cause blackheads. Many people have blackheads, especially on either sides of the nose. Just like pimples, blackheads are not caused by dirt, so washing your face more often than usual is not the solution. Blackheads appear when the pores become dilated; the cellular buildup leads to oxidation that causes that black color. If you want to steer clear of blackheads, use a good exfoliating face scrub that is suited for your skin type.

Myth #3 – going to a tanning booth is the safest way to add some color to your skin. This is not true at all. Whether it’s natural tanning under the heat of the sun or tanning under the tanning booth, you’re still exposing your skin to UVA rays. Experts agree that this type of exposure can still penetrate deep into the skin and cause damage like premature aging. In effect, you’re also exposing yourself to the risks of developing skin cancers.

Myth #4 – when looking for products that help shield your skin from the rays of the sun, all you need to look for is a higher SPF.  SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, an ingredient that is ever-present in sunscreen lotions. Although a higher SPF will offer protection from ultraviolet rays, the SPF will only work in shielding your skin from UVB rays. There are other kinds of ultraviolet rays, including UVA and UVC, which some sunscreens may not necessarily protect you from. A good compromise would be to choose a product with SPF 15 or higher that contains ingredients that block both the UVA and UVB rays from penetrating into your skin.

Myth #5 – the more expensive a skin care product is, the better it is for your skin.

Myth #6 – a skin care product claims to be natural, it should be 100 percent good for my skin. First, there are no regulations in the market when it comes to using the term “natural.” Therefore, even if the product contains only one herbal ingredient, they can still use the term “natural.”

Myth #7 – dermatologist-tested and hypoallergenic products will work well for any skin type. What causes allergies for one person may not necessarily have the same effect for another person, so the term “hypoallergenic” is quite vague. Observe which products lead you to have breakouts or skin rashes and steer clear of them.

At the end of the day, taking care of your skin is all a matter of choosing the right products and having a good skin-care regimen that you can follow on a daily basis. Now that you know about the top skin-care myths and the truth behind them, you can make an informed decision about how to better care for your skin so that you can have that clear, smooth, and flawless complexion you want.

3 Rules to hide a pimple
Pimples seem to be able to read your mind. They know when its when its class picture day and even prom night! Here are three simple rules to follow when a pimple rears its ugly head.

1) If there’s no whitehead, DON’T squeeze it, since the pimple is probably too deep to drain.  Picking a deep “underground” pimple can end up turning it into a larger boil that may get infected.  Plus, squeezing can make it scab, which is harder to hide with concealer.

2) If there’s a whitehead that’s just too nasty to be seen, you can try squeezing it gently – BUT do this only at night, so it has time to shrink before morning.  And if it doesn’t come out easily, don’t keep squeezing, since this may cause more damage.  Cover with a Band-Aid to prevent scabbing.

3) Avoid letting hot water hit the pimple, this can make it more red and inflamed.  Instead, apply a cool, damp washcloth over the pimple to help reduce redness, pat dry and then apply concealer.  A stick formula will cover better than a liquid concealer.  For best results, dab on with your fingertip or a small brush, and keep dotting on until the pimple is covered.  Then apply foundation or powder.

Today is a time of modern medicine where medical technology has solved many of our health concerns, and even some of our cosmetic ones.  Treating acne can be a long and laborious process; a lot depends on the many factors of the individual.  Another area of treatment is often needed for people who have recovered from acne but still have remaining acne scars that are muddling their otherwise clear appearance.

Acne scar reduction treatments abound the market these days and are offered by dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons alike. Essentially the only way to effectively remove an acne scar is to get some serious professional treatments.  Over the counter acne scar removal creams simply do not work on acne scars where there is scar tissue as the ingredients are too weak.

Pitted acne scars are a common type of acne scar that can come in three different shapes; the ice pick scar, the rolling scar and the boxcar scar.  Pitted acne scars appear to be embedded into the skin, and have a “trough-like” appearance.  These scars can be treated in a variety of ways, such as in using laser resurfacing treatments, deep chemical peels and even micro-dermabrasion.  If the pitted acne scar is particularly deep and severe another treatment possibility is called punch excision where a small skin graft may be used to cover up the scar.

Of course one needs to seek medical advice from a professional before knowing which type of acne treatment can best suit them. Seeking a reputable physician without a history of complaints or lawsuits is a good clue that they are competent and successful. Overall, an acne scar reduction treatment is considered very safe and the results can be as good as a 30-80% reduction.  Every person, with a little savings will be able to pursue acne scar treatments and get the scar-free face that they deserve.

 

If over-the-counter acne treatments aren’t working for you, it might be time to visit your dermatologist to have stubborn breakouts treated.  Learn which procedures can help severe cases of acne.

While you can find nonprescription acne washes, lotions, and gels to treat acne sometimes it is not enough to control the problem.  For stubborn or severe acne, here are some procedures that can be performed at a dermatologist’s office:

Extractions (also called acne surgery) help remove pockets of oil and dead skin.   A few different sterile instruments can be used to safely drain whiteheads, blackheads, and small cysts.  Extractions must be done carefully by someone with experience or they can turn a small pimple into a festering boil, which can become infected and take weeks to heal. This is the reason doctors usually recommend that pimples not be squeezed; without the right instruments and technique, you can badly scar your skin.

Large cysts (such as those that result from hormonal breakouts) can be treated with dilute cortisone injections, which shrink the inflammation under the skin, often within a day or two.  The amount of cortisone is very small, but a skilled doctor must do the injection — otherwise it can cause your skin to become pitted.

Acne peels with alpha and beta hydroxy acids can help unclog pores and reduce blackheads, especially if there are lots of little bumps and pimples; dermatologist favor solutions containing salicylic acid and lipo hydroxy acid, which target the oil glands.  Peels generally cause pinkness and flaking for a few days.

Acne laser and photo facial treatments can help kill acne-causing bacteria and shrink pores, although the effect is temporary.  For best results, these treatments are done once every three to four weeks, so they can be very costly. However, there’s little to no recovery time.

 

When you are living with acne it can be tough to think about anything else.  Your life revolves around getting rid of and concealing your pimples.  This can make other areas of your life suffer.  For a few folks their acne is so bad that they decide to stop socializing, they lose interest in friends and family and they become depressed.

THERE IS HOPE!
These days there are so many varieties of treatments for acne.  Best of all, doctors understand more of the causes of acne and ways to properly treat it. So you can get back to the fun things in life.

FIRST, HEAL YOUR PSYCHE.
Many sufferers learn to deal with acne because they have to.  Not only do you have to make the blemishes disappear but you also need to heal your mind from the trauma they created in the first place. Talk with your dermatologist; they will help you on the road to recovery.

SECOND, TACKLE THE PHYSICAL SCARS.
Living with acne once meant that you had to live with the scarring that it causes.  When acne gets severe and goes untreated your skin begins to develop pits and scars. These blemishes never depart and can stay on your face all your life.  These days there are things you can do to prevent and treat scarring; special facial treatments have been developed and special products have been developed to cover acne scars.

THIRD, DEVELOP LIFE-LONG HABITS.
Living with acne will be rough.  It has lasting effects on many people. The most effective method to combat acne is to prevent and control it before it gets severe.  Watch your diet, your water intake and most of all go to bed every night with a washed face.  Control that oil!  A soft exfoliating cleanser will help your skin feel refreshed and clean.

 

 

Acne. It’s a word that makes most of us cringe. And it’s a condition that can instantly crush one’s self-esteem. But as we look forward to new beauty possibilities in 2011, we find hope for clear skin with Ermis Labs.

And in this company’s new 2-pronged attack on acne, we also discover a special ingredient at the bottom of the sea. It’s sea whip coral, and yes, it plays a key role in the acne treatment program of CoralActives.

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Consumers are always looking for the next best thing…this includes ingredients in beauty products that are rare or make you stand out from the others. And where there is consumer demand, there is demand in the media as well. (Beauty publicists rejoice!)

So what will we see more of in 2011? Whole plant extracts, bamboo, and sea whip to name a few. What trends are you seeing in terms of cosmetic, hair and skin care ingredients?

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Here’s the skinny on my current Skin Care Love-Affair with Coral Actives:
Waking up in the morning at the the ripe old age of 23 with another acne breakout? Seems to be the norm these days. What ever happened to the whole “Oh, you’ll grow out of that”, fable? We can ask questions all day, OR…. Try using Coral Actives Retinol Exfoliating Cleanser and Penetrating Acne Serum. After two days my skin showed visible improvement, I kid you not folks.

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My face has been LOVING these products!
Before I had been using Proactiv and other products that contain Benzoyl Peroxide, which have worked really well. unfortunately they do leave me with another problem though: dry and flaking skin. My skin gets really dry in the morning (after I’ve cleansed my skin), then a few hours later it gets really oily (its ‘normal’ self). by the end of the day my skin is one hot, flaking mess.so for the last 3 weeks (exactly 21 days now) I’ve added both Coral Actives to my skin care routine. Coral Actives is an acne treatment with a moisturizing formulation: the moisturizing formulation minimizes the traditional side effects of benzoyl periode. while trying out the products, I’ve been focusing on two things: has my occasional acne been improved? Is my skin still dry and flaking?

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Coral Actives for Acne and More
Sea Whip Coral is what sets Ermis Labs apart from their many competitors. It’s a soft coral found in the Caribbean, and it is a very potent, natural anti-inflammatory extract that is safe, effective, and environmentally friendly. Sea Whip Extract is also a completely renewable resource. “Colonies of Sea Whip Coral have been researched by independent scientists since before 1990 and consistently monitored since 1996. Their studies, as well as the records of the exclusive harvester, show that the coral extract has been collected in a sustainable manner that has consistently resulted in complete re-growth.”

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