Hello readers! We would like to thank everybody for responding to our calls for questions on Facebook and Twitter. We got a huge response, and we picked out a bunch of our favorites to respond to in depth. Remember, you can ask us a question anytime by posting on our Facebook wall, sending us a Tweet, or e-mailing us.
QUESTION: I have trouble when I’m pregnant with my skin getting super oily and prone to breakouts. This is my routine right now. Can you offer any suggestions? My face is still so shiny and still breaks out!
–Autumn B (Submitted via Facebook)
ANSWER: Autumn – Thanks for your facebook comment/ question. Happy to help. First of all, congrats on your pregnancy. Sounds to me like you are doing almost everything right for your oily skin although I do have some suggestions that would increase your results. You are missing one part of your clarifying regimen that will certainly make a difference: Our Drying Mask is suggested as an oil-absorbing, pore-tightening, zit drying treatment that you can apply 2-3 times a week for 20 minutes, after you cleanse and tone. Keep an eye out that you are not over drying the surface skin with your other acne products or over stimulating your skin. Your hormones are the boss now, increasing the activity in your sebaceous glands so you don’t need to help them along. Gentle care is best for oily, acne-erupted skin. Don’t over do it.
Second. I highly recommend that you use moisturizer that contains sun protection like our Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 17 or our Aloe Moisturizer SPF 15. If you are exposed to the sun for more than a few minutes a day, Suncare SPF 30 is the best choice for you. As you may already be unfortunately experiencing, healed pimples can leave brown or red marks that take many months to fade away. The fading process is not only slowed down by sun exposure but it can cause further darkening or bring out the reappearance of old marks that you thought were long gone. Also the surge of hormones during pregnancy can increase the likelihood of melasma (hyperpigmentation) which you need to protect against throughout the pregnancy and after. You can continue to use our soothing Control Moisturizer for Oily Skin in the evening or when you will be getting no sun exposure.
You don’t mention using an eye cream which I believe is one of the most important products for anti-aging. The eye area is very thin and delicate and more prone to wrinkles since there are very few oil glands in this part of the face. Check out our eye creams and get into the habit of using one twice a day, forever. If you are concerned about oil, ourCeramide Eye Gel is super lightweight and absorbent, best for your oily skin. It only takes a few more seconds to apply an eye cream and in the long run will make a huge difference.
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QUESTION: What is the best product for rosacea?
–Desiree F (submitted via Facebook)
ANSWER: Thanks for your question, Desiree. We are happy to offer many products that are gentle and safe for rosacea. Rosacea skin can be tricky since the sensitivity and redness issues must be dealt with along with addressing your skin type and other skin issues in general. Overall, rosacea skin needs to be treated with products that are mild, alcohol free and contain anti-inflammatory ingredients. Healing Cream is an oil-free, soothing cream that can be applied before your moisturizer or in place of your moisturizer if your skin is oily. Control Cream is a similar product that would be recommended if you are normal or dry. Calma Mask is a great treatment that can be used as often as you need and when you have flare ups. It will immediately calm the redness out of the skin making it look more even. It is an oil-free mask so no worries if you have oily skin. Azulene Calming Mask is a similar mask that would be recommended if you have normal to dry skin. Non-foaming cleansers and make-up removers are thoroughly cleansing yet gentle for sensitive, easily reactive skin types. Our Cream Soap, Make-Up Remover Soapand Keratoplast Cream Soap are just to name a few that we offer.
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QUESTION: For the bearded man in my life, what is the best way to prevent ingrown hairs and dry/flaky skin when a guy shaves his neck?
–Dana L (submitted via Facebook)
ANSWER: Sometimes the men in our lives don’t take the care or time to help themselves and just deal with whatever happens on their skin as if there are no solutions. Mario Badescu Skin Care is proud to offer a special selection of men’s products that address the needs of irritated, razor burned skin (and yes ladies, we can use some of them too!) Many of the products in the men’s line contain skin-soothing ingredients like chamomile and lavender that provide anti-inflammatory benefits for the men who suffer from the uncomfortable side effects of daily shaving like ingrown hairs. Pre-Shave Conditioner is a chamomile based gel that can be used under shaving cream to soften the beard area and to provide a closer, more comfortable shave. Our calming Control Cream can be applied to the beard area, including neck to reduce irritated or dry flaky skin, post shaving. Our Aftershave Moisturizer is a medium-weight, men’s moisturizer which can be used in the beard area after shaving or as an overnight moisturizer for soothing and nourishing benefits. For further anti-aging benefits, the Vitamin A & E Hydrating Balm is a vitamin and nutrient packed serum to combat wrinkles and dry skin. For treating bumps and ingrown hairs, a dab of our famous Drying Lotion helps speed up the healing and reduce the swelling and inflammation.
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