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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.

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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.

Your Pores: The Basics
Everybody’s got ’em — they’re the openings to our oil glands.  But whether or not you pay attention to your pores probably depends on their size.

If you don’t spend much time poring over your pores, chances are they’re small and don’t get clogged too often.  But if your pores are on the larger side, you might be dealing with one or more acne-related conditions including blackheads, whiteheads and cysts. Typically, people with oily skin tend to have enlarged pores that secrete excess oil, or sebum.  Larger pores are also more likely to get clogged with dead skin cells, dirt, and bacteria.  Dermatologists generally treat acne-related conditions with topical antimicrobials that help disinfect the skin, and topical retinoids to help unclog pores and prevent whiteheads and blackheads from forming.  For more moderate or severe cases of acne, an oral antibiotic like erythromycin, tetracycline, doxycycline, or minocycline may be prescribed.

The fact is you can’t get rid of your pores, or even shrink them, but you can cleanse and care for your skin in ways that make pores less visible.  And that includes staying out of the sun — too much sun exposure (as well as the aging process) reduces the amount of collagen in our skin, and that also causes pores to expand.

Do-It-Yourself Tactics
Try these at-home strategies and you might be able to avoid expensive dermatological procedures and spa treatments.

  • Use a pore-refining cleanser to help break up excess oil, dirt, dead skin cells, and bacteria that can clog enlarged pores.
  • Give yourself a weekly pore-purifying facial treatment.
  • Make your own deep-cleansing mask using ingredients such as honey, yogurt, or basic Fuller’s earth clay (find it at a health food store) and adding citrus, strawberries, banana, apple cider vinegar, or rosewater.
  • Exfoliate a few times a week with a store-bought or homemade scrub, or go for an exfoliating cleansing cloth. More options to try: products that contain chemical or fruit-enzyme exfoliants such as lipohydroxy acid, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and alpha and beta hydroxy acids, all of which work to dissolve build-up in your pores.
  • Try store-bought microdermabrasion cleansing cloths and/or polishers, which work similarly but more gently than a professional microdermabrasion treatment.
  • Put your makeup to work. Products such as primers, concealers, foundation, loose mineral powder, and blotting sheets can help you maintain coverage and make large pores less visible. Just be sure to thoroughly cleanse your face at day’s end to keep pores from getting clogged with makeup residue.

Get Professional Help
If your issues are more significant, talk to your dermatologist about professional treatments such as:

  • Dermatological Facials: Many dermatologists and licensed aestheticians offer professional facials that include deep cleansing, exfoliation, steaming, extractions, massage, mask, and moisturizing.
  • Chemical Peels: A professional peel performed by a dermatologist or licensed aesthetician can remove dead skin cells, clear plugged pores, eliminate whiteheads and blackheads, correct discoloration, and generate new skin growth.
  • Microdermabrasion: During this deep-cleansing procedure, your practitioner “sands” your skin with a handheld device that shoots a spray of fine crystals onto your face and simultaneously vacuums them up. This non-invasive procedure produces instant pore-perfecting results. (Microdermabrasion is also effective at reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, creases, sun damage, and minor scars.)

A Final Word
Even though people with normal and dry skin tend to have smaller pores than those with an oily or combination complexion, they may still be susceptible to certain pore problems the cause your acne. Plus, skin type can change with age, or as a result of environmental factors, genetics, nutrition, or complications related to other health conditions.  If you’re concerned about any skin changes, talk to your dermatologist.

 

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.

 

 

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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Review: CoralActives Acne Treatment
I received these products for free, but I can honestly say that I will definitely be repurchasing them when I run out. For sure! If you have (occasional) breakouts or if you’re just interested in reducing redness/inflammation, you might want to consider Coral Actives. A+ in my book!

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CoralActives Acne Treatment
If you follow my blog, then you know about my skin issues. I have extremely oily skin. I don’t think I’ve ever seen my face completely matte. I also suffer from the occasional whiteheads (due to hormones or stress), which leave red spots on my skin for months…

Having good skin is really important to me. More important than makeup actually. Cause if my skin doesn’t look good, there’s no makeup in the world that will make it look completely flawless all day long!

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CoralActives Retinol Exfoliating Cleanser
When I was younger I would often use Oxy cleansing pads or their topical creams to treat pimples that always seemed to emerge at the worst possible times. What I hated most about it, was that it dried out my skin. I would apply it in a circle covering the pimple and within a day I would have a circle of peeling skin. So if people weren’t staring at Mount Vesuvias on my face, they were staring at my peeling, dry skin no thanks to Benzoyl Peroxide, which is known to dry out skin.

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When you are living with acne it’s hard to think about anything else.  Your life exists around getting rid of and concealing your pimples.  This can lead to other areas of your life to suffer.  For a few folks, if their acne is bad enough they will decide to stop socializing, lose interest in friends and family, and become depressed.  There’s hope.   These days there are many varieties of treatments for acne.  Doctors understand more of the causes of acne and ways to treat it.

Living with acne once meant that you had to live with the scarring that it causes.  When acne gets severe and is out of control, the 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, new products to treat scarring have been developed and best of all new treatments for acne are coming out every day.  Let’s treat the acne before scarring occurs.

Look, living with acne can be rough.  It has lasting effects on many people.  The most effective method to combat acne is to stop it dead in its tracks.  Develop lifelong cleansing practices that keep oils and harmful bacteria from invading your pores.  The things you are doing daily will have an effect on when and if you get additional pimples.  Wash your face and use the right treatments that will help you stay acne free for the remainder of your life.  Find what works for you and your skin and stick with it.