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#10: Products I Use: A Simple Routine

My Simple Routine note: I just posted an album in the gallery of before/after pics a.m. gentle foaming cleanser (I was using Institut Dermed Sensitive Cleanser but will be switching soon because the company changed the formula to include chemicals I wish to avoid...will likely switch to Haven Scent Foaming Cleansing Gel) p.m. gentle foaming cleanser Remedica clair visage treatment serum I like to use a gentle foaming cleanser (the 2 mentioned above cont

CA007

CA007

06/25/10

 

#9: Choosing Natural Products

I could go on and on about the pros associated with choosing natural skin care products including how it is better for the environment... and how avoiding synthetic colours, fragrances, and chemical preservatives helps to avoid toxic overload or avoid related skin sensitivities etc. However, choosing 'natural' products presents some challenges too. Labeling. Many products will have the words 'natural' or 'organic' on the packaging but if you read the full ingredient list you will realize

CA007

CA007

06/20/10

 

#8: Make-up: The Love-Hate Relationship

Ah Make-up. I need you, but I do not like you very much. I think my aversion to make-up is due to the fact I feel I rely on it so much. Having acne for 10 years, has meant a big dependence on make-up to help hide my skin so that I can feel more confident and less self-conscious it. I resented the feeling of HAVING to use it...I wish it had felt like more of a choice. Sometimes I wonder if make-up can actually contribute to the acne and make it worse. When I first developed acne(whe

CA007

CA007

06/19/10

 

#7: Let The Sunshine In

It seems that the sun has been demonized. This has always seemed misguided to me. Don't get me wrong, I am not suggesting that we should go out for a day at the beach without sunscreen/block--NO! However, I do think soaking in some rays is good. For me, I think 10-15 minutes with bare skin is great. Now, I must say I am in Toronto, Canada so maybe in your neck of the woods the sun would be too intense to do this... But for me I think getting a bit of vitamin D and the lovely feeling of s

CA007

CA007

06/18/10

 

#6: Diet...can it really help?

I'd say from my experience: yes. Trying to eat healthy is not only great for me internally, I definitely think it is reflected in the skin. Now, I know that some people eat really healthy and still have acne or conversely eat horribly and have flawless skin...so it is not the same for everyone. It is perhaps just one piece of the puzzle. Some things I think are worth trying in term of dietary changes: - limiting intake of sugars(ESPECIALLY processed)...but not drinking too much

CA007

CA007

06/17/10

 

#5: Rebound acne:trouble with bp and AHA/BHA

Rebound acne. The worst. You try a new regimen or treatment and within a fairly short period of time your skin starts to clear...maybe you even get completely clear--how exciting!!! BUT the acne returns either because you stopped treatment or the treatment lost its efficacy. ARG! Though some people seem to believe in bp, it did not work for me. I have tried both spot treatment formulas(i.e. Clinique Acne Solutions Emergency gel-lotion) and full face treatments(i.e. Proactiv) ...more t

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CA007

06/17/10

 

#4: Healing vs. Battle

When speaking about acne it is common to speak about how we 'battle' it...but waging a war on our own skin seems rather counter-productive. Sometimes I think in our attempts to rid ourselves of acne we are too aggressive and this leads to other problems which can make matters worse. We tend to use harsh chemical topicals which disrupt our skin leading to dryness, irritation, inflammation, over-stimulation...this throws our skin more off balance. I think we need to shift into thinking about ho

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CA007

06/16/10

 

#3: Sleep well... and hands off

Of course we have heard to ideally get 8 hours of quality sleep each night (which I agree is good so your body can use this time to repair)... but there are a couple of things I feel I should mention which may help to reduce the chances of a breakout or a negative effect on skin's overall health. Make sure you clean your pillow case regularly. I change mine twice a week. I wash my bedding with a gentle fragrance-free detergent and do not use any fabric softener/dryer sheets. I also have

CA007

CA007

06/16/10

 

#2: Cleansing

One simple thing I do that I think has been helpful is to remember to wash my hands before I cleanse my face in the am and pm. I always do a pre-wash with hand soap first to ensure I do not transfer any dirt/oils/bacteria to my face. I like to use a very gentle foaming cleanser. I would consider my skin combination though it changes with the seasons (winter=drier, summer=oilier). I do not like cream/lotion cleansers and prefer a mild foam/lather because my skin congests very easily and

CA007

CA007

06/16/10

 

#1: The problem with common acne treatments...

I think that many acne sufferers get very frustrated because most of the treatments offered such as: benzoyl peroxide, BHAs/AHAs, antibiotics, The Pill etc. do not offer a long term 'cure' but only control the outbreaks temporarily. Even if we dismiss many of the negative side effects(which can be horrific) associated with these treatments, it is still disappointing when 'rebound' acne is suffered when use of the treatment stops. Some even feel their acne is worse than prior to treatment. Ma

CA007

CA007

06/16/10

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