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August 26, 2014
by Jill
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Skin After Pregnancy: Treating Acne And Melasma

There’s no question—pregnancy affects your skin. Once you’ve delivered, some skin care issues may continue to linger—including acne and melasma (areas of hyperpigmentation). The good news is that there are steps you can take to help get your skin after pregnancy back to pre-baby condition.
skin after pregnancy

Post-Pregnancy Acne
Did you experience acne during your pregnancy? You might still have it… or you might be getting it for the first time. Even worse, you’re probably not sleeping as much as you need, triggering the production of Cortisol and causing body-wide inflammation (thereby aggravating acne). You also might not have as much time to care for your skin as you’d like, thereby creating a perfect storm for acne breakouts.

Fortunately, your hormones will eventually return to normal. Until then, try to work in a consistent skin care regimen of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing twice a day. You can also spot-treat any breakouts to help speed up the healing process.

[We recommend: Enzyme Cleansing Gel or Acne Facial Cleanser*, Special Cucumber LotionOil Free Moisturizer, and the Drying Lotion*] (See below for important note regarding breastfeeding and acne-fighting ingredients)


Melasma

Melasma is also known as the ‘mask of pregnancy’ because it often creates a mask-like area of hyperpigmentation on the face. In particular, your forehead, cheeks, and upper lip may be affected by areas of darkened skin.

Fear not—melasma usually fades with time. You can, however, hasten its departure with a few simple strategies. Here’s what to do:

1. Always (always) keep your skin guarded from the sun with broad spectrum sun protection. [We recommend: Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30]

2. Exfoliate regularly using an Alpha Hydroxy Acid such as Glycolic Acid.

3. Look for masks and serums with skin-brightening ingredients, including Vitamin C and Kojic Acid. [Check out: Whitening Mask and Vitamin C Serum]

 

*The Acne Facial Cleanser and Drying Lotion contain Salicylic Acid, which is considered generally safe to use when breastfeeding. However, we suggest you speak with your doctor regarding any and all topical products.

August 25, 2014
by Jill
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Product Spotlight: Temporary Lifting Mask

This mask is the most ingenious thing!

egg mask
I always feel like we never give the Temporary Lifting Mask that much attention, yet it’s always there when we need a little ‘lift!’ 

Literally. 

The Egg Albumin in this mask helps to firm, tighten, and improve the appearance of your skin prior to a big event. It’s also formulated with Calamine and Zinc Oxide to help calm your complexion.

It’s a special-event mask… or an any-day-you-need-a-lift mask.  If you’re experiencing large pores on a regular basis, you might want to consider this mask for more regular use.

Have you tried the Temporary Lifting Mask yet?

August 21, 2014
by Jill
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Q & A: Getting Rid Of Acne Scars

acne scarsQ. How can I get rid of Acne Marks and Acne Scars?

A. This is a very common skin care question. In fact, we hear it on a daily basis. The good news is that there are some really good options for helping to fade acne marks—those red marks or spots that are left behind after an acne breakout. These marks are otherwise known as Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH).

It’s important to note that there is a difference between acne marks and acne scars

The term ‘acne marks’ refers to the above-mentioned PIH. Acne marks are the red or brown areas of hyperpigmentation caused by inflammation. During the healing process, this inflammation triggers the production of melanin, which darkens the skin.

‘Acne scars’ happen when a serious acne breakout destroys skin tissue. This destroyed tissue is then replaced with too much or too little fibrous tissue as it heals, causing either hypertrophic or keloid scars (which are raised) or atrophic scars (‘ice pick’ scars that are small depressions in the skin).

The main difference between these two categories is that marks typically respond well to daily care and skin-brightening strategies; they are often temporary whereas acne scars involve a change in texture and are harder to alleviate.

The good news? Many of the strategies that are used to fade acne marks will also help (to some degree) with scarring.

Here’s what you’ll want to do to help get rid of scars and marks:

  • If you’re not already, start using a daily sunscreen with a sun protection factor (spf) of at least 15. Sun exposure is a major way to darken acne marks and other types of hyperpigmentation.
  • Choose skin care products with ingredients designed to brighten up the skin—including Kojic Acid and Licorice Extract. [We recommend: Whitening Mask]
  • Also, consider using a Vitamin C Serum to help brighten your acne marks. 
  • Exfoliate! If you are not currently experiencing an acne breakout, feel free to use an exfoliating scrub. If a scrub is not your thing—or your acne is currently active—choose an exfoliating cleanser with an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (such as glycolic acid),
  • Prevent future acne occurrences by sticking to an anti-acne skin care regimen. The less acne you have, the lower your risk of getting future scarring. [We recommend: Anti-Acne Serum]