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March 20, 2015
by Jill
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10 Acne Treatment Mistakes

acne treatmentAcne treatment can be really frustrating. We know that it can sometimes feel like you’ll never get clear skin. Worse, some of the most common acne treatment mistakes feel like common sense, even though they’re really making your skin worse.

[Read: Is this the reason you’re still breaking out?]

Are you unintentionally making your acne worse? You might be if you’re doing any of the following:

March 19, 2015
by Jill
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Pregnancy Acne? Melasma? Read This!

Pregnancy acneLately, it feels like ALL of my friends are pregnant. In fact, three of my girlfriends are due this spring alone. (And yes, I go to a lot of baby showers. Diaper cake, anyone?)

Here’s what to know about skin care when you’re pregnant: You might get acne for the first time or your usual breakouts might get worse/better. In addition to pregnancy acne, your skin might also get a bit oilier. Also: stretch marks. The younger you are, the more likely you are to experience those.

Melasma often occurs during pregnancy as well. It’s also referred to as the ‘mask of pregnancy’ and refers to the darkening of the skin on the face and other areas. This hyperpigmentation is related to the hormonal changes that occur when you’re pregnant; you can help to avoid it by using broad spectrum sun protection every day.

[Learn more: Dealing with melasma post-pregnancy]

As with anything else, be sure to discuss with your doctor any medications that you’re taking for your skin. Also, be sure to discuss topical products, many of which have active ingredients that are absorbed into the bloodstream and are not recommended for pregnant women. Salicylic Acid (which is in the aspirin family) is a common acne ingredient that is sometimes not recommended during pregnancy.*

If you’re dealing with oiler skin and/or acne, check out our Flower & Tonic Mask, Drying Cream, and Enzyme Cleansing Gel!
MA_flowerto*Of course, discuss these issues with your doctor. 

 

March 18, 2015
by Jill
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Salicylic Acid Vs. Benzoyl Peroxide

salicylic acid vs benzoyl peroxideBoth Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide target a major cause of acne—the pore-clogging buildup of dead skin cells. However, there is a major difference between the two common acne-fighting skin care ingredients.

Salicylic Acid, derived from the bark of the willow tree, boasts anti-inflammatory properties to help keep acne-prone skin calm while treating the cause of the condition. Benzoyl Peroxide-based acne treatments tend to lead to dryness, peeling, redness, and even swelling—symptoms that most BP users can attest to.

Delivered in .5% to 2% concentrations, Salicylic Acid works to help clear up mild to moderate acne without over-drying the skin.

Here’s where you can find it: Acne Facial Cleanser, Anti-Acne Serum, and Drying Lotion.
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March 17, 2015
by Jill
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Let’s Talk: Freckles

frecklesWhen I was a little girl, I had a small triangle-shaped constellation of freckles on my nose. I was enormously proud of my freckles, particularly because so many people commented on them and because my sister didn’t have any.

This was the 80s, and my mother had a less-than-strict attitude about sun protection. Growing up, we spent our summers getting sunburned and suntanned and we never worried about any of it. Peeling skin was a normal part of summer life; we kept a large bottle of Aloe in the fridge.

[Does foundation protect your skin from the sun?]

Freckles are often quite beautiful and are not necessarily dangerous. These areas of increased melanin (skin pigment) are, however, an indication that the skin has been damaged. As time goes on, skin that’s regularly exposed to the sun will continue to amass freckles as well as sun spots. Worse, freckles represent an increased risk of skin cancer.*

[Read more: How To Reverse Sun Damage]

At this point, we think it goes without saying that you should be using daily broad spectrum sun protection, and not just for beach days. To deal with unwanted freckles as well as sun spots and other types of hyperpigmentation (melasma, for example), look for the following ingredients in your skin care products:

·         Alpha-Hydroxy Acids, such as Glycolic Acid [Check out the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser]

·         Vitamin C [Vitamin C Serum]

·         Kojic Acid [Whitening Mask]

·         Licorice Extract [Also found in the Whitening Mask]

Vitamin C is excellent for fading areas of hyperpigmentation.

Vitamin C is excellent for fading areas of hyperpigmentation.

*Be sure to consult with your doctor if any freckles, sun spots, or areas of hyperpigmentation change in color, size, or shape. Undergo regular full-body scans as per your dermatologist’s instructions. 

 

March 16, 2015
by Jill
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What’s In Your Skin Care? Cocoa Butter

cocoa butterThe Cocoa Bean is endlessly amazing—it’s gives us chocolate to eat and Cocoa Butter for skin.

[Read: Does Chocolate Cause Acne?]

The Cocoa Beans used to make Cocoa Butter are first fermented, roasted, and then finally separated from their hulls. With its lovely natural fragrance and super-emollient properties, Cocoa Butter is a natural choice for dry skin care.

Even better, Cocoa Butter is very similar to the lipids (fats) found naturally in the skin, making it an excellent ingredient to help keep your skin moisturized.

Want to see what it can do for your skin? You’ll find Cocoa Butter in our Caviar Night Cream, Chamomile Eye Cream, and Dermonectin Eye Cream.