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October 24, 2014
by Jill
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How To: Clear Up Cystic Acne On The Back, Chest, And Shoulders

acne on backI have a friend who, for years, refused to take his shirt off at the beach or the pool because he was self-conscious about the cystic acne on his back and chest.

As many of you have experienced, Cystic Acne can happen on different areas of your body, including your back, shoulders, and chest. These areas of inflamed, deep breakouts are often painful to the touch, making everyday activities uncomfortable; they can also affect your self-image.

It’s important to keep your hands away from the area and not try to ‘pop’ your cystic acne. This type of breakout is deeper in the skin, and no amount of force is going to speed up your recovery time. If anything, trying to pop an acne cyst will cause damage to healthy skin tissue.

You may also want to keep an eye on the foods you’re eating. Making choices that will help reduce inflammation (including foods high in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants) can help protect the skin while having a calming effect. The opposite is also true, of course: foods that cause inflammation will not be helpful for cystic acne on the back or anywhere else on the face or body.

[Read more: 5 foods for beautiful, clear skin]

Another good choice is to stay away from the sun. Years ago, doctors prescribed sunlamp therapy for serious cases of acne. We now know that this is practice is both dangerous and ineffective, but the myth of an acne/tanning cure persists. And it’s just that—a myth. Any improvement in your acne after tanning is a temporary façade. The truth is that tanning is never good for your skin; it doesn’t help acne and it darkens acne scars.

Use products specifically developed for treating body acne:  the Special Cleansing Lotion O was designed to address body acne, including cystic acne. Use this after washing up with the AHA Botanical Body Soap.

Don’t be afraid to use products developed for face, too: the Drying Mask is an excellent choice for body acne. Additionally, our Buffering Lotion helps speed recovery times for cystic acne and can be used on the body as well as face.

Cystic acne on back

The Buffering Lotion was formulated to help heal Cystic Acne breakouts.

 

October 22, 2014
by Jill
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Q. When Should I Start Using A Skin Care Regimen?

skin care regimenA. If you’re not currently using a skin care regimen, the answer to this question is…right now. You should start using a regimen right away. 

Even if you haven’t taken care of your skin before, it’s never too late to achieve your skin care goals.

Allow me to explain.

A full regimen is actually fairly simple. We call this collection of skin care products the ‘sacred six,’ and it consists of the following:

Cleanser
Toner
Moisturizer
Eye Cream
Exfoliant
Mask

Here’s how you’ll use it:

  • Cleanse, tone, and moisturize twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. You may want to cleanse during the day if you’ve been sweating heavily. Also, using a moisturizer with a sun protection factor of at least 15 is essential during the day; at night, you will want to use a non-sunscreen moisturizer or night cream. Apply your eye cream.
  • Exfoliate between one to three times every week, depending on how sensitive your skin is. If your complexion isn’t at all sensitive, you can exfoliate three times; if it’s very sensitive, try exfoliating once a week. Exfoliation can either be done with a scrub or a chemical exfoliant (such as Glycolic Acid).
  • Use a mask twice a week to target your skin conditions, such as serious dryness or oiliness, acne, sensitivity, or the appearance of aging. The purpose of masks is to zero in on the issues you’d like to improve.

[Check out: a nightly skin care regimen for Combination-Oily skin]

It’s pretty simple. If you’re currently seeking a skin care system and just want to get your feet wet, start with cleanser, toner, and moisturizer and work your way up! A consistent routine is the very best way to get the skin that you’d like—whether you’re trying to clear up acne, prevent and fight the signs of aging, hydrate seriously dry skin, or control shine.

[Read: the perfect regimen for OILY skin]

As Mario Badescu would say… put your best face forward!

October 20, 2014
by Kimberly Yang
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Cubicle Surival Kit: Look Amazing All (Work) Day Long

cubicleWhen clocking in (at least) eight hours per day, five days a week, it’s safe to say that – like it or not – our cubicles become our second home. They are the only areas of the office we can decorate to our little hearts’ content (unless you’re like me and have yet to start even after three years…) so our little office spaces often start to feel like our little sanctuary. Our home-away-from-home.

But sometimes insta-collages and teeny-tiny succulents aren’t enough when the clock strikes 3 p.m. If you’re a glass-half-full kind of person, then sure, we’re well into the home stretch. But unless you’ve been subsisting on espresso IV drips or have been blessed with the best night’s sleep ever, it’s nearly inevitable to start feeling drone-like.

Was it the late night? Is it the never-ending pile of work with deadlines practically screaming today? Was it the two pizza slices you had during lunch because you forgot to pack your usual tuna-over-spinach salad? I can  actually hear you thinking: My goodness, is all that dairy and grease going to give me a pimple right before my four o’clock meeting with the big guns?! You swear you feel it coming.

Quick, before give yourself a conniption: pizza will not make you break out. (Nor will eating chocolate. It’s a little more complicated than one tiny indulgence.)

But just in case you do feel a little bugger surfacing, it’s paramount to keep your desk well-stocked so you can survive the nine-to-five workday no matter what.

1. WAKE UP! Stand up, shake it out, and resist round two at the coffee machine. Opt for a decaf tea instead. You want to be able to sleep later tonight to avoid perpetuating this cycle of drabness, no? Grab a banana, steep a cuppa, and refresh with a few generous spritzes of our Rosewater Facial Spray. It’ll rejuvenate your day’s makeup so it looks freshly applied; plus, natural botanical and herbal extracts will give your skin the boost it needs.

2. Drink up. You need more than just tea: good ol’ H20 is crucial for mental and physical health, so keep hydrated throughout the day. In fact, we count it as one of the best beauty products of all time. Our tip? Keep a big bottle of water (1.5 – 2 L, because if we shoot for the moon, we’ll land in the stars) at your desk and make it a priority to finish at least one fill-up between answering all those emails.

3. Plump your pout. The secret to healthy, fuller-looking lips is keeping them well-moisturized. Keep a Lip Wax (or two) handy for easy re-application.

4. Wake up those tired eyes. Computer work is hard on the eyes! Renew dry, puffy under-eyes with our Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream. It’s a lightweight, creamy formula that provides instant, easily absorbed hydration. Plus, it’s packed with nourishing oils and antioxidant-rich Rose Hips to help brighten and plump up the delicate eye area for an instant reboot.

5. Get your glow on. Sometimes we need a little help in the radiance department; hours of air conditioning can often leave skin dry and tight, and fluorescent lighting certainly isn’t helping the situation. You have two options: the ultra-lightweight Herbal Hydrating Serum or easily-absorbed Rose Hips Nourishing Oil. Both are easy to apply (only a few drops are needed) and are designed to help instantly reduce surface dehydration, minimize flakiness, and restore a natural, healthy glow.

Still craving a little more brightening action? (Trust. We all do.) Stash a highlighting concealer pen in your pencil cup. It’s quick, no-fuss application: simply apply under the eyes, around the nose, under the brow, and/or on the cheekbones and tap to blend. Look ma, no hands brushes! Just make sure you keep a bottle of hand sanitizer nearby pre-blending and after application to avoid causing breakouts.

6. Color me mine. Sometimes a pop of color is just what the doctor ordered. Since we prefer things as simple as possible, we’re partial to multi-purpose cream products that – you guessed it! – don’t call for brushes. Plus, creamy formulas lend a hand in creating that dewy, fresh finish we’re all after. A bright peach or pink blended onto the cheeks and lightly dabbed over the lips will instantly perk up your complexion. You’ll look and feel brighter and fresher.

7. The sky’s the limit. Sure, it’s a good motivational quote to tack onto your bulletin board. But we’re talking you: if your hair is showing the day’s wear (again, central air is not friendly), it’s time to give it quick lift. A few spritzes of our Nucleic Moisturizing Hair Rinse followed by some strategic tszuj-ing is fantastic for restoring moisture, shine, and body to limp hair. Locks feeling a little more greasy than you’d like? A travel-size dry shampoo will help refresh instantly. Give your hair a quick flip (careful not to bang your head on the desk, though) and voila, volume a la a blow-dry in less time than it takes to say “Is it time to go yet?”

And if you’re really in need of a lift, let’s get literal. Hair-ties and bobby pins should always be kept at your desk in case you need a high pony or topknot to save the day.

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What in YOUR at-the-desk survival kit?

October 15, 2014
by Kimberly Yang
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What Is Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation?

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) refers to any type of skin discoloration left behind after inflammation (including the inflammation associated with acne). Often referred to as acne marks or macules, this form of hyperpigmentation occurs when inflammation triggers melanin production during the healing process. As blemishes start to clear up, reddish or brown spots take their place.

Although PIH is often (misleadingly) grouped with acne scars, PIH is not acne scarring. Acne scars are permanent fixtures that result from irreparable damage to collagen and skin tissue, leaving behind thicker, raised lumps (called hypertrophic scars) or indents (appearing as keloid or atrophic scars). Acne marks, however, are simply changes in pigmentation. The discoloration is only temporary; these marks naturally fade over time.

Post inflammatory hyperpigmentationHow to Prevent PIH

It’s important you know that cystic acne and other under-the-skin bumps are more likely than other types of acne to result in PIH. The deeper and more inflamed the blemish, the more likely it is to leave a mark; such is the natural course of the skin’s healing process.

That said, it’s still possible to prevent acne marks. To start with, leave your pimples alone. Picking at your skin will not only leave it more susceptible to infection and inflammation, but will also increase your chances of causing scarring. Instead, let acne heal naturally with the help of gentle yet effective skin care products.

Start by wearing sunscreen daily. UV rays actually trigger melanin production, so prevent PIH from occurring (or further darkening) with proper sun protection.

Be sure to incorporate regular exfoliation into your skin care regimen. Using Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) or Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs) like fresh fruit extracts or Salicylic Acid (respectively) can actually help speed up the fading process. These chemical exfoliants slough away dulling, discolored buildup and are incredibly efficient at killing two birds with one stone: future breakouts can be prevented by ridding the skin of pore-clogging buildup as cell turnover is encouraged to reveal the newer, pigment-free skin beneath.

#MBSkinTip: No granular scrubs for acne-erupted skin; those might be too abrasive for already sensitive skin. Instead, supplement with a Salicylic Acid facial cleanser to help deep clean pore while fighting existing blemishes.

To brighten, look for serums and other treatments featuring ingredients like Kojic Acid, Licorice Extract, Mulberry Extract, and Vitamin C, all of which are known for their ability to minimize PIH with regular use.

Wondering if a professionally-administered treatment will amp-up your efforts to regain an even complexion? Speak to your aesthetician to see if you are a good candidate for a skin brightening glycolic peel or Vitamin C treatment.

October 13, 2014
by Jill
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What’s In Your Skin Care? Vitamins

You already know you need to eat ingest certain vitamins for excellent health and beautiful skin. But what happens when you apply vitamins topically? What do they do for your skin? And which are the best vitamins for skin health?

best vitamins for skin Vitamin A and Vitamin A derivatives
(i.e., retinoids) are used to fight wrinkles, reduce age spots (hyperpigmentation), and help smooth the skin. Vitamin A also helps fight against aging free radical damage.

Find Vitamin A in:
Hydrating Moisturizer With Biocare & Hyaluronic Acid
Vitamin A-D-E Neck Cream
Elasto-Collagen Night Cream

Vitamin C works to brighten up skin discoloration (age spots) while providing protection against free radicals.

Find Vitamin C in:
Vitamin C Serum
Hydro Moisturizer with Vitamin C

Vitamin E works to fight dryness and neutralize free radicals that can age your complexion.

Find Vitamin E in:
The Moisture Magnet SPF 15
Vitamin E Night Cream
Vitamin E Body Lotion