Rid Blemishes (Marie Paul)

Blemishes are skin flaws like pimple inflammation marks, pigmentation imprints and dim spots. Blemishes are generally brought about by oil-obstructed pores and anxiety.
Blemishes can’t be evaded and like numerous others skin issues it is feared and dreaded by all. There are a lot of people home and proficient cure that can help you rid blemishes.
Never crush a pimple this demonstration will harm the skin and spread the microorganisms and expanding possibility of pimple inflammation.
Clean and clear skin is the thing that we all need toward the end of the day. Tragically, not every one of us have our wishes conceded. Be that as it may a couple of fastidious exertions can go far in saying farewell to blemishes.
Skin Blemishes ruin your looks. A large portion of the young people have skin inflammation and skin blemishes on face sooner or later of time amid their lives.
There any protected treatment that will rid blemishes
Pores expand when they get to be stopped up with earth, oil, or microorganisms, making them get to be aroused. Washing your face frequently however not very regularly once in the morning, once during the evening will help keep your pores looking more diminutive and feeling better.
Disposal surpasses cure: The most ideal approach to kill flaws ought to be to keep away from the skin defects originating from happening to begin with. Begin treating zits, whiteheads furthermore whiteheads when you see these recorded. Don’t prick zits/ skin inflammation or maybe endeavor to draw out dull brains or maybe white brains effectively.
Normal healthy skin: wash your face day by day that has a slight face cleaner that is helpful for taking care of your skin challenges like excessively of oil, dryness, and pimples furthermore zits. Not utilize merciless scours while they get to be more regrettable zits.
Keep up a sound eating methodology. Nourishments rich in vitamin A, C, B And E can make your skin solid and sparkling. Vitamin A will clear the wrinkles and scarcely discernible differences from face, while vitamin E will saturate making it delicate. Vitamin B and C will support skin cells, fabricate collagen and lighten skin appearance
Evade excessively of daylight exposure: Sun beams kindle zits and this could result in flaws. To balance devastation from your daylight, use a brilliant sunscreen utilizing in any event SPF 15 all alone demonstrated skin areas on the off chance that you go forward inside daylight.

Calamine Cream: Chafe painstakingly calamine item all alone face or maybe precisely where the epidermis defects are as a rule. Calamine item helps inside drenching up surplus gas from your skin thus brings about for you to evacuating the epidermis defects, which incorporate face flaws. Use calamine item as much since needed.
Utilize the astonishing force of lemons to rid blemishes.
The citrus extract in lemons assaults the shades in your skin in charge of a red or stained imperfection, evening it out. Lemon juice will make blemishes less observable, yet it can likewise lighten your skin tone and make you powerless to sun harm, so dependably wear sunscreen when you go out.
*Mix tomato juice and lemon squeeze together and apply to face with a cotton swab routinely. Wash away with cool water following 10 minutes. This mixwill diminish blemishes and lighten any facial hairs about whether.
*Mix together 2 tbs nectar and 1 tbs lemon squeeze alongside a squeeze of turmeric. Wash away with cool water following 10 minutes. In the event that connected consistently, this mixture functions admirably.
*Rub a lemon peel alongside a bit of sugar over your skin. Let sit for 10 prior minutes washing without end with cool water

What's the Difference Between Tretinoin and…

Updated June 19, 2014.

Written or reviewed by a board-certified physician. See About.com’s Medical Review Board.

Question: What Is the Difference between Tretinoin and Isotretinoin?

Are tretinoin and isotretinoin the same medications? What’s the difference between tretinoin and isotretinoin? Can they be used interchangeably?

Answer:

Tretinoin and isotretinoin certainly sound similar, so it’s no surprise that you’re wondering if they’re the same medication. But despite the sound-alike names, tretinoin and isotretinoin are two very different drugs that work in very different ways. They cannot be used interchangeably.

Tretinoin is the active ingredient in the brand name drugs Retin-A and Retin-A Micro (just to name a few). On the other hand, you’ll probably recognize isotretinoin by its more common name Accutane.

Tretinoin medications are used topically to treat acne, so you’ll apply them directly to your skin. Typically, you apply tretinoin medications once or twice a day. Tretinoin helps to clear acne by speeding up cell turnover rates and unclogging pores. It can help clear inflamed pimples as well as blackheads.

While tretinoin medications are used to treat mild to moderate breakouts, isotretinoin is reserved for severe forms of acne. It is also used to treat acne that isn’t necessarily severe, but stubborn and not responding to other types of acne medication.

Although the brand Accutane hasn’t been sold in the U.S. since 2009, there are plenty of other isotretinoin medications available. You’ll know them as the brands Sotret, Amnesteem, Claravis, and Roaccutane (in the UK and Canada). Generic isotretinoin is also available. Isotretinoin medications aren’t topical, so you don’t apply them to your skin. Instead, isotretinoin is taken orally, in pill form.

Unlike most acne medications, isotretinoin is only used for a finite length of time. Most people only need one or two courses in their lifetime. If it works, it essentially “cures” acne.

Tretinoin, on the other hand, can be used for longer lengths of time. You’ll probably continue to use it even after acne has cleared up, to keep breakouts from coming back. Tretinoin controls acne, while you’re using it, but doesn’t cure it like isotretinoin can.

All this talk about curing acne probably has you thinking “bring on the isotretinoin!” But with isotretinoin, you really have to weigh the benefits against the risks. Isotretinoin is an effective acne treatment, but it does come with the possibility of side effects, some of them serious.

Isotretinoin can dry out the skin considerably, and this is the most common side effect. You might also notice your eyes and lips are super dry as well.

It’s extremely important that you not get pregnant while you’re taking isotretinoin. Isotretinoin medications cause severe birth defects.

Everyone who takes isotretinoin products in the U.S. has to be registered in the iPledge Program. It doesn’t matter your age or gender, or if you’re physically capable of becoming pregnant. Both men and women, teens and adults must register with iPledge before being prescribed isotretinoin.

Tretinoin comes with less risk. (You still shouldn’t use it while pregnant, though. Topical tretinoin hasn’t been extensively studied in pregnant women). The typical side effects you’ll see with tretinoin will be more along the lines of dry skin, peeling, and redness.

Obviously, these are two very different medications. But, despite their differences, they do have a few things in common. Both tretinoin and isotretinoin are related to vitamin A (this explains why they have such similar sounding names).

And, for both tretinoin and isotretinoin, you’ll need a prescription from your dermatologist. In fact, making an appointment with a dermatologist is probably a good idea anyway. Your dermatologist can help devise a treatment plan for you, whether it includes tretinoin, isotretinoin, or another acne treatment option.

Next Steps:

Everything You Need to Know About Retin-A

Everything You Need to Know About Isotretinoin

Sources:

“About iPledge.” iPledge Program. iPledge, n.d. Web. 31 Jul 2013. https://www.ipledgeprogram.com/AboutiPLEDGE.aspx

“Isotretinoin.” MedlinePlus. 15 Feb 2013. U.S. National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health. 20 Jul 2013. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a681043.html

“Tretinoin Topical.” MedlinePlus. 03 April 2000. U.S. National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health. 20 Jul 2013. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a682437.html

Tripathi SV, Gustafson CJ, Huang KE, Feldman SR. “Side effects of common acne treatments.” Expert Opin Drug Saf. 2013 Jan;12(1):39-51. doi: 10.1517/14740338.2013.740456. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23163336

Is Premenstrual Acne Real?

Updated February 25, 2013.

Question: Is Premenstrual Acne Real?

It seems to happen every month, like clockwork. Your skin appears to be clearing up nicely when suddenly it begins erupting in breakouts again, just around the time of menstruation. A vast majority of female acne sufferers believe the menstrual cycle directly impacts their acne. Premenstrual acne, often dubbed “PMS acne” by unfortunate sufferers, is a consistent flare up or worsening of acne every month, coinciding with the menstrual cycle. But is premenstrual acne a real phenomenon?

Answer:

Dr. Alan Shalita, co-author of one of the largest studies on the effects of the menstrual cycle on acne, is a believer. He states, “Acne has often been associated with hormones and a women’s monthly cycle. This study confirms that women do, indeed, have a premenstrual flare of their acne.”

Dr. Shalita’s study included four hundred female patients between the ages of 12 and 52. Forty four percent reported premenstrual acne breakouts. Interestingly enough, women aged 33 and older tended to suffer from breakouts around the time of their periods more often than did younger women. Ethnicity did not seem to be a factor in acne development.

And it seems the menstrual cycle impacts not only the amount of comedonal lesions present on the skin, but the amount of inflammation as well. Between day 22 and 28 of the monthly cycle, acne inflammation may increase 25%, with comedonal lesions increasing more than 20% (compared to days 1 to 7 of the monthly cycle). It is suggested that sebaceous duct size decreases between days 22 through 28, however more research needs to be done to verify this.

Premenstrual acne is a real occurrence, with some studies reporting it affecting up to 78% of adult female acne sufferers. Women do not seem to outgrow premenstrual acne, and it typically does not lessen on its own. But premenstrual acne needn’t be something you must suffer through. There are treatments that can help control your monthly breakouts. For example, hormonal contraceptives have long been used to reduce premenstrual breakouts, presumably because they help regulate hormonal fluctuations. So don’t curse your skin this month. Instead, see your doctor and look forward to clear, healthy skin all month long.

Sources:

Stoll S., Shalita A., Webster G., Kaplan R., Danesh S., Penstein A., “The effect of the menstrual cycle on acne.” Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (2001); 45 (6): 957-960.

Lucky AW. “Quantitative documentation of a premenstrual flare of facial acne in adult women.” Archive of Dermatology (2004); 140:423-424.

Poli F., Dreno B., Verschoore M. “An epidemiological study of acne in female adults: results of a survey conducted in France.” Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (2001); 15 (6): 541-545.

Is Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen worth a try?…

Updated July 16, 2014.

Written or reviewed by a board-certified physician. See About.com’s Medical Review Board.

Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen with SPF 30 is a light, non-greasy, and fast-absorbing sunscreen that is designed with oily, acne-prone skin in mind.

Apply as directed, and this product will help protect your skin from sunburn and sun damage.

It’s not a moisturizer/sunscreen combo, so it won’t moisturize your skin if you’re feeling dry.  But it’s light enough that you can apply it over your regular oil-free moisturizer.  And it’s perfect if you need solely a sunscreen product that is made for blemish-prone skin types.

Active Ingredients:  Avobenzone 2.5%, homosalate 5%, octisalate 4%, octocrylene 3%, oxybenzone 4%.  (These are the “sunscreening” ingredients).

Inactive Ingredients:  Acrylates/dimethicone copolymer, BHT, bisabolol, butylene glycol, C12-15 alkyl benzoate, capryloyl glycine, caprylyl glycol, cedrus atlantica bark extract, cetyl dimethicone, chlorphenesin, cinnamomum zeylanicum bark extract, diethylhexyl 2, 6-naphthalate, dimethicone, disodium EDTA, ethylhexyl stearate, ethylhexylglycerin, mannan, neopentyl glycol diheptanoate, phenoxyethanol, polyester-7, portulaca oleracea extract, propylene glycol, sarcosine, silica, sodium polyacrylate, steareth-100, steareth-2, styrene/acrylates copolymer, trideceth-6, xanthan gum, water. 

Price:

About $11 for a 3 fluid ounce tube

Where You Can Buy It: 

Look for this sunscreen at your local drug store or big box store, like Target or Walmart.  You might even find it at the grocery store (I got mine at Save Mart).

Pros:

  • It’s incredibly light and non-greasy.
  • No funky sunscreen smell.
  • It’s fast absorbing.
  • Broad-spectrum protection with SPF 30 (and also comes in SPF 55).

Cons:

  • The cinnamon bark extract might be irritating to some people.

Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30 Guide Review:

Finding a good facial sunscreen when you have acne had proved, to me, to be near impossible.  Not only did I need good sun protection for my skin, but I also needed a product that was light and fast-absorbing.  A product that I could use under my makeup without feeling goopy.  That wouldn’t suddenly turn shiny if I started to sweat, and that was non-greasy so my teenagers would actually use it too.  And, of course, it absolutely could not make our acne problems worse.

I tried (what seemed like) millions of facial sunscreens.  While many of them were good, they all fell a bit short.  

But Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen is the closest I’ve found to a perfect facial sunscreen.  

I was looking for an actual sunscreen product not a moisturizer.  I’ve plenty of oil-free moisturizers in my cabinet.  I needed a sunscreen that would protect my fair skin from hours outdoors during the hot California summers.  This product fits the bill nicely, and is one of the first sunscreens I’ve found that is made especially for acne-prone skin.

First, it’s amazingly light.  It takes just a minute to fully absorb, but once it does it’s not greasy or heavy at all.  

Another bonus – it doesn’t have that funny sunblock scent.

My kids, who have the typical oily teenage skin, use this product too.  They love that it doesn’t leave their faces looking shiny.

The price is another positive.  It’s just $11 per tube, way cheaper than many of those posh facial sunscreens, and I like this drugstore find better.

In reviewing ingredients, one caught my eye: cinnamomum zeylanicum.  Cinnamon bark extract can irritate the skin, and some people are more sensitive to it than others.  If you’re unsure, try this sunscreen in just a small area to test for irritation before applying it to the entire face.  (This is a good practice when you try any new skin care product, actually.)

In short, I’m in love with this sunscreen.  While I’ll probably use my moisturizer/sunscreen combos during the dreary winter months, Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion is my go-to product when I need some serious sun protection without the worry of triggering a breakout.

Looking for more sunscreen reviews?  Take a look at these:

Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer with SPF 30

Murad Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 20 for Blemish-Prone Skin

Purpose Redness Reducing Moisturizer with SPF 30

Readers Respond: What’s Your Fav Facial Sunscreen?

Esthetician

Updated November 25, 2014.

A person who specializes in the beautification of the skin. Estheticians are not medical doctors; they perform cosmetic skin treatments such as facials, light chemical peels, body treatments, waxing.

Estheticians can offer skin care products and deep pore cleansing that may help clear mild cases of acne. Estheticians who work under a physician’s supervision may treat more severe grades of acne.

Pronunciation: es-the-TI-shun

Also Known As: Skin care therapist

Alternate Spellings: Aesthetician

Customize Acne Treatment to Your Life Stage

Adult Acne

Adults get acne too. Adult acne is caused by the same things as teen acne – primarily, hormones. This explains why women tend to break out more often than men.

Those treatments you used as a teenager might not be the best choice for adult breakouts, though. Unless your acne is very mild, OTC products won’t do much good.

The better option is to see a dermatologist. You’ll get faster results with a prescription medication.

No matter what your age, acne isn’t something that you have to live with. With the right treatment, your acne can be cleared.

Sources:

“Adult Acne: Effective Treatment Available.” AcneNet. 20 Sep 07. American Academy of Dermatology. Accessed 22 Aug 13.

“Early Acne Often Predicts Severe Acne.” AcneNet. American Academy of Dermatology, n.d. Web. 26 Aug 2013. http://www.skincarephysicians.com/acnenet/early_acne.html.

Eichenfield LF, Krakowski AC, Piggott C, Del Rosso J, Baldwin H, Friedlander SF, Levy M, Lucky A, Mancini AJ, Orlow SJ, Yan AC, Vaux KK, Webster G, Zaenglein AL, Thiboutot DM; American Acne and Rosacea Society. “Evidence-based Recommendations for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pediatric Acne.” Pediatrics 2013;131;S163. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2013-0490B

Friedlander SF, Baldwin HE, Mancini AJ, Yan AC, Eichenfield LF. “The acne continuum: an age-based approach to therapy.” Semin Cutan Med Surg. 2011 Sep;30(3 Suppl):S6-11. doi: 10.1016/j.sder.2011.07.002.

“Infantile Acne.” AcneNet. American Academy of Dermatology, n.d. Web. 26 Aug 2013. http://www.skincarephysicians.com/acnenet/infantileacne.html.

“Questions and Answers About Acne.” National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). Jan 2006. National Institutes of Health.More »

How to Clear Acne Before Your Wedding Day

Updated June 16, 2014.

Written or reviewed by a board-certified physician. See About.com’s Medical Review Board.

Congratulations on your engagement!

You want your wedding day to be perfect, from the flowers and music to your dress or tux. But if you have acne you have another big worry — how your skin will look on the wedding day.

Although nothing can guarantee flawless skin for your wedding, the right management can greatly improve acne. Follow these steps to help get your acne under control before your wedding.

As Far in Advance as Possible:

See a doctor and devise a treatment plan. You could spend months jumping from one over-the-counter treatment to another with absolutely no improvement at all. When you’re on a deadline it’s best to bring in the pros right away.

Acne treatments don’t work overnight, and you may need to try several options before hitting on one that works for you. Keep time on your side. See a doctor as soon as possible to ensure treatments have plenty of time to work.

Even if you don’t need a prescription acne treatment, your dermatologist can suggest effective OTC products, saving you time and money shopping around.

Discuss the possibilities for scar treatment. Your dermatologist will also assist you if acne scar treatments are needed. Usually, your doctor will want acne to be under control before starting a scar treatment program.

Even if you don’t have true scarring, many people find that as their acne starts to clear they are left with uneven skin tone, or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Your derm has treatments that can improve this too. Again, allow for plenty of time for these treatments to work.

10-12 Months Before:

Start a strict skin care regimen. A good skin care routine will include cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing and sun protection, and will incorporate your acne treatment medications.

Head to your nearest day spa. You may want to invest in a series of facials. A well-trained esthetician can give deep-cleansing facial treatments and extract stubborn blackheads. She’ll also recommend skin care products if you’re feeling overwhelmed by choices.

One caveat: if you’re using prescription acne medications, get your doctor’s OK before having a facial done. And tell the esthetician about any acne treatment you’re using, even over-the-counter products.

8-10 Months Before:

Book a makeup artist. If you’re opting to have a pro do your makeup, now is the time to start lining one up. Meet with a few makeup artists, and let them show you their work.

A good makeup artist can help camouflage breakouts, so even if your skin isn’t quite perfect by the time your wedding arrives, at least it can look like it is. The best makeup artists are busy, so book your date well in advance.

Grooms — ask your bride-to-be’s makeup artist to carve out a few minutes to touch up any blemishes you have. Don’t worry, this is a common practice and the results are very natural. Many makeup artists offer this service as part of a package.

6-8 Months Before:

Take stock of what’s working, and what isn’t. Let your doctor know how the treatments are working. Are you noticing side effects? Are you seeing improvement? There’s still time to try another treatment if needed.

Often, acne treatments don’t work well not because they aren’t effective, but because they aren’t being used correctly. Make sure you know exactly how to use your treatment, and follow these directions exactly. Ask your doctor if you’re unsure.

4-6 Months Before:

Manage stress. By now you’re totally immersed in wedding-planning details and starting to feel the pressure. A few studies have shown a link between acne severity and stress . There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence as well.

Take plenty of time to de-stress. Try yoga, meditation, reading, running, or any other activity that helps you feel more centered. If alleviating stress doesn’t help your skin, it will at least help you enjoy the wedding planning.

2-4 Months Before:

Continue using your treatments consistently. You’re busy planning all those last-minute details, but don’t let your acne treatments fall by the wayside. Remember, consistency is important, so no skipping days!

Also, don’t let your busy schedule preempt your dermatologist visits. Keeping them now is just as important as ever.

Even if your skin is clear, keep using your medications diligently. Acne treatments don’t cure acne; they just control it. Once you stop using them acne is likely to return.

1-2 Months Before:

Schedule your last facial treatment. If you’ve been having regular facials, get your last treatment done a few weeks prior to the wedding.

Don’t get a facial less than one week before the wedding, especially a procedure like microdermabrasion, chemical peels, or even extractions. The last thing you want is a red or splotchy complexion for the wedding.

If you’re keen on having a salon treatment done, instead of a facial try a relaxing massage or body wrap instead.

1-2 Weeks Before:

Don’t try any new treatments. Now is not the time to start a new acne treatment or skin care product. The last thing you need is a reaction to a new product, or excessively dry, peeling skin.

Don’t pick, pop, or squeeze. With the wedding just around the corner, you’re starting to scrutinize your skin. Resist the urge to pop those pimples. Picking at the blemishes can trigger more inflammation and only makes acne look worse. Plus, makeup can cover a blemish more easily than it can a scab. So don’t pop!

1-2 Days Before:

Get a cortisone shot. It’s everyone’s worst fear — a massive pimple appearing just before the wedding day. Cortisone injections to the rescue! A cortisone shot helps reduce inflammation and flattens out those big blemishes, sometimes within a matter a few hours.

Talk to your doctor about the possibility of having a cortisone shot done before you desperately need one. Then, if the need arises you can be in and out, without a big fuss.

Day of the Wedding:

Relax! If your skin isn’t as clear as you’d like, don’t panic. Remember, makeup can do wondrous things. Let the makeup artist do his work.

If you are doing your own makeup, use a dab of green concealer to cover red blemishes. Cover with skin-toned concealer and a dusting of powder. (You’ll want to practice and perfect this technique before your wedding day.) Grooms — ask a sister, cousin, or female friend for help.

Enjoy your wedding day! Remember, your skin problems are more noticeable to you than they are to anyone else. Don’t agonize over pimples, just enjoy your wedding. After all the preparation, you deserve it.

Why You Should Love Your Skin (Even When It's…

Your skin is the largest organ of the body.

Yes, your skin is in fact an organ, just like your lungs, heart, and liver. The skin makes a good covering for you, keeping all of the outside stuff out, and the inside stuff in. And you’d probably look pretty scary without it (ever see the Bodies Revealed exhibit?).

But your skin is much more than just a wrapper for your body—it actually has many jobs. Your skin helps regulate your body temperature by either releasing or retaining heat as needed, and it’s also an organ of protection. Your skin also guards your muscles, nerves, and other internal organs from injury, and it defends the body against invading bacteria as well.

Of course, the skin also helps us experience the world. Through our skin we feel the sensations of heat, cold, pain, and pressure (touch). The skin has thousands of sensory nerve fibers specialized just for these purposes.

All of this occurs in an organ that covers nearly 20 square feet, and weighs about 6 pounds.

Am I Allergic to Benzoyl Peroxide?

Updated May 17, 2014.

Written or reviewed by a board-certified physician. See About.com’s Medical Review Board.

Question: Am I Allergic to Benzoyl Peroxide?

How do I know if I’m allergic to benzoyl peroxide?

Answer:

True benzoyl peroxide allergies are not quite as common as people believe. Some people think they are allergic to benzoyl peroxide but are actually experiencing normal side effects of benzoyl peroxide treatment.

Benzoyl peroxide does cause dryness, redness, and peeling to some degree. So, how do you know if you are truly allergic to benzoyl peroxide or if you’re simply experiencing common side effects?

Symptoms of benzoyl peroxide allergy include:

  • Swelling of the skin, lips, or tongue
  • Severe redness, burning or itching
  • Rash or hives
  • Serious skin irritation, peeling, or cracking

These symptoms will continue to worsen until you stop using benzoyl peroxide.

Typical benzoyl peroxide side effects are less severe than an allergy, and usually aren’t anything to worry about. Using a moisturizer daily will go a long way in controlling normal side effects, but won’t help at all if you are allergic to benzoyl peroxide.

If your side effects are severe enough to make you believe you are allergic to benzoyl peroxide, stop using it right away and give your doctor a call.

Be careful when choosing and using other acne medications too, since benzoyl peroxide is a common ingredient in acne medications (both over-the-counter and prescription) and many skin care products made for acne. Always read those ingredient lists before using any new product!

Tips for Using Benzoyl Peroxide