If ITG were to have a mascot, and that mascot was a facialist instead of a cartoon character, I’m relatively certain we would draft Renée Rouleau for the job. Even among the Joelle Ciocco’s and the Isabelle Bellis’ of the world, Renée has cast something of a spell over the whole team since we first discovered her miraculous Anti-Cyst Treatment way back when. Renée, it turned out, didn’t just have great products, she is a veritable tip hotline for problematic skin, too—Tom spent an hour on the phone with her once discovering the difference between AHAs and BHAs. Her specialty is balancing acne-prone skin, with a side of helping everyone discover their own bespoke skincare routine. For this entry in our Facialist series, we asked Renée to focus on just that because, whether you have acne, just occasional breakouts, or a cabinet full of spot treatments you don’t know what to do with, you deserve answers.
Washing your face with regular soap is not enough to make acne better. The best face wash for acne is effective at removing oil and dirt, but still gentle enough to use regularly without overdrying your skin. Look for topical acne medication ingredients salicylic acid and/or benzoyl peroxide in your face wash and use gentle, nonabrasive cleansing techniques.
The good news is that whatever parts of your face are having a little high-school reunion, your body is probably in the clear. Oil glands on the chest and back typically become less active with age, so if you’re still suffering from a bumpy chest or bacne, a change of wardrobe may be in order. “The times I see increased body acne in adults are more commonly in women who work out and who wear spandex or tighter-fitting clothing,” Day says.
After years of battling with my skin, I’ve (almost) got my acne under control. I’m using benzoyl peroxide to tackle it, but while it is definitely treating the blemishes, it makes my skin painfully dry. I’m thinking about going on Roaccutane if this doesn’t give me the results I want, but I know the dryness will be even worse if I do. What do I do? I know it’s silly!
Papaya eliminates dead cells and excess fat from the skin surface. In its raw form, it also contains papain – a powerful enzyme that cuts down inflammation and stops the formation of pus. That is the reason why it is commonly found in many commercial produced beauty products.
To get your beauty sleep, crank your thermostat down to between 65 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. French researchers found that a cooler body temperature makes it easier to fall asleep after you’ve hit the sack.
95% of acne treatments on the market don’t work as advertised and often make acne worse. They can burn your skin and make your face red, which actually makes your acne worse and as such only serves to make you even more self-conscious.
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Before a patient starts oral isotretinoin therapy, baseline blood work is recommended.38 This testing includes serum blood lipid measurements, complete blood count and differential, liver enzyme tests and blood glucose levels (and a pregnancy test for women of child-bearing age).41 These tests should be repeated at monthly intervals during treatment. In women of childbearing age, two forms of birth control should be used during and for one month after therapy, unless the patient has had a hysterectomy or is sexually abstinent.41
Considerations: Because tazarotene is a retinoid (vitamin A derivative), like Accutane, it should not be used by women who are pregnant because of potential harm to the fetus. Exposure to sunlight should be avoided. Wind or cold may be more irritating when taking tazarotene. Side effects occured in 10-30% of patients and included dry peeling skin, burning, stinging, dry skin, redness, and itchiness.
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Tetracyclines, a first-line therapy, include doxycycline and minocycline and work by binding to the 30S subunit of the bacterial ribosome; they also have anti-inflammatory effects. Pharmacists can make sure they’re being dosed correctly. Doxycycline is most effective at 1.7 to 2.4 mg/kg and can be dosed once- or twice-daily. It’s important to counsel patients that gastrointestinal (GI) upset, photosensitivity, and are possible AEs.
Acne vulgaris is one of the most common skin disorders in the UK and accounts for more than 3.5 million visits to the GP every year. It affects 80% of people at some point in their lives and is most prevalent in adolescents and young adults between the ages 11-30 years. There is also evidence to suggest that the spectrum of onset of acne is changing, with cases emerging both earlier and later than what has been noted in the past. Acne can affect adults and may also develop for the first time after the age of 25 years.
Some over-the-counter acne products can cause rare but serious allergic reactions or severe irritation. Seek emergency medical attention if you have symptoms such as throat tightness, difficulty breathing, feeling faint, or swelling of the face or tongue. Also stop using the product if you develop hives or itching. Symptoms can appear anywhere from minutes to a day or longer after use.
Thanks to the exfoliating malic acid ( another alpha hydroxyacid), it’s great for acne scars. It also has antibacterial properties that help prevent the formation of new acne and pimples. If you have dull skin, apple cider vinegar will fix that right up too.
You’ve seen the words “non-comedogenic” on product packaging, and know that it means that it won’t clog your pores. But the products you put on your face that don’t say that—typically ones with heavy oils—can clog pores and create pimples. And never sleep in your makeup; the pressure of your face in your pillow in addition to makeup can earn you a pimple overnight.
Unlike common acne, rosacea is not primarily a plague of teenagers but occurs most often in adults (ages 30-50), especially in those with fair skin. Different than acne, there are usually no blackheads or whiteheads in rosacea.
If saving babysitting money for a year still won’t make a dent in the funds you need to get a fancy laser treatment that will blast away acne scars, don’t be discouraged. Thanks to the geniuses behind one of our favorite drugstore brands, La Roche-Posay, there’s a new class of products that feature smart technology and better-than-ever ingredients to help treat dark marks and acne scars — at an affordable price. “La-Roche Posay’s Pigmentclar line is unique in the way it combines exfoliating lipohydroxy acid (LHA), phe-resorcinol, and ferulic acid, which are both strong brightening ingredients, all together to form a topical product that’s seriously effective,” says dermatologist Dr. Mona Gohara.
Other medications: A doctor may recommend other types of drugs or therapy to improve acne. For women, medications such as birth control pills or certain “water pills” (spironolactone) may be helpful. These drugs counteract the acne-causing effect of male hormones. Newer treatments for acne include the use of light or zinc. Your doctor can advise you whether these types of acne therapy might be good for you.
Exercise regularly. Exercising does a number of things to help reduce your acne. It releases endorphins which lower stress levels and therefore reduce oil-production and also makes you sweat which cleans out dead skin cells. Try exercising on a daily basis for a minimum of thirty minutes to help reduce your acne not only on your face, but also on your chest, shoulders, and back; which is where the term “bacne” comes from.
Spironolactone. This diuretic packs an anti-testosterone effect, which is especially effective in treating acne in patients with the hormonal disorder polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS, says Dr. Lee. “Patients also like how it improves the feel of their skin by reducing oil production,” she says.
That’s good news because the British Medical Journal reports that acne affects more than 80 percent of teenagers and continues in adult life in 3 percent of men and 12 percent of women. In fact, it seems to be increasing, which could be due to autoimmune disease, leaky gut syndrome or allergies, for example. Hormonal factors may play a role in breakouts as well. (1)
NOW Tea Tree Oil for acne is a popular choice thanks to the product’s strong antiseptic and germicidal properties. Distilled from the leaves of the tea tree in Australia, this brand is 100 percent tea tree oil and also has a milder smell than you might expect.
If you have body acne, taking a shower as soon as possible after working out is also key. It turns out that standing around in tight, sweaty workout clothes puts you at greatest risk for body acne and rashes. “The whole idea is that the bacteria that live on the skin can get trapped in the hair follicles and cause inflammation,” says dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Hale. “The more you work out in the heat the more likely this is.” So, make sure to shower (or, at the very least, change out of your sweaty clothes) right after working out.
The sebaceous glands or oil glands are where the acne form. These glands are more developed on the face, neck, scalp, and chest. Also, the face is more exposed to pollution and bacteria compared to the rest of the body. Both these factors work together to make acne mainly affect the face.