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The Best Non Comedogenic Moisturizers for Your Face


The Best Non Comedogenic Moisturizer for Your Face – If you have acne prone skin, you’re probably nervous about using moisturizers because you don’t want to put anything on your skin that can cause or worsen your breakouts.

And this much is true—moisturizers can be greasy and loaded with potentially irritating ingredients that can trigger acne.

If you have acne-prone skin, the key is to use the right kind of products.

They should to be hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. This means that the product is less likely to clog pores or irritate the skin (Remember, irritated skin almost always equal acne).

This applies not only to your moisturizers but all your basic skincare products.

For for those with oily skin in particular, your skincare products should be lightweight so they’re easily absorbed by the skin. Products with thin, gel-like, or water-based consistencies are less likely to clog pores or worsen breakouts.

Quick Links: For those having trouble managing excessive oily skin, I highly recommend the Oily Skin Solution Program by Patricia Everson.

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The Best Face Wash for Oily Skin

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The Best Face Wash for Oily Skin – Sometimes oily skin are hormones at play, sometimes it’s the byproduct of unsuitable skincare, but most of the time it’s a matter of heredity.

Whatever the cause is, the universal goal if you have oily skin is to slow down your skin’s oil production for as long as possible so you can get the benefits of having this skin type (less wrinkles as you grow older) but not the disadvantages (shiny face, breakouts). 

The way to do it is to maintain a skincare regime using the right products–starting with right cleanser.

Here are a few tips and tricks to keeping oily skin at bay:

  1. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated and flush out toxins.
  2. Keep your skin very clean. Wash your face twice a day with gentle cleansers. Face washes that can cause irritations and dryness will trigger an overproduction of oil and sebum leading to blackheads, whiteheads, and acne. If you have excessive oily skin and have problems managing it, I highly recommend the Oily Skin Solution Program by Patricia Everson. 
  3. Use warm water to help break down dirt and makeup.
  4. If you have sensitive skin, introduce new products one at a time with at least 3 days in between to make sure you are not allergic.
  5. For acne-prone skin, products with Beta-hydroxy acids (ie. salicylic acid) are best as they are oil-soluble and go deep into the pore lining to purge deep seated dirt. If you have them, you will have an initial “purging” or breakouts to clear out all this oil and bacteria from you skin. Fear not, as after a few weeks or so, the BHA would have done it’s job and clear out all the grime that would eventually lead to an infection.
  6. If BHAs go deep, Alpha-hydroxy acids or AHA are water soluble and work on the the top layer of skin to buff it. They help stimulate cell renewal, face acne marks, and minimize large pores. When starting out, use no more than 5% AHA and only at night then work your way up.
  7. After cleansing, make it a habit to apply moisturizers specifically formulated for oily skin to keep your skin hydrated without breaking you out.
  8. Regularly use mud masks or clay masks (one or twice a week) to clear away excess oil.
  9. Reduce the amount of dairy and fat in your diet—fried foods, animal fats, vegetable oils, as they can aggravate your condition.
  10. Caring for oily skin DOES NOT mean drying your skin. Despite having excess oil, your skin may still lack moisture. Moisture is the amount of water in your cells, not the amount of oil. Making sure your skin is hydrated is one of the keys to keeping oil production at bay.

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The Best Primers for Large Pores (and for your skin type!)


The Best Primers for Large Pores — When people with large pores or acne scars do their makeup, they tend to apply layers of foundation to give the illusion of refined skin. (I know I did!)

Pushing makeup into your pores however, results in an unnatural texture and can eventually lead to breakouts.

Foundation just simply isn’t built to go deep into the skin.

What you can do instead is use the same techniques that professional makeup artists do to cover large pores–target and correct imperfections using a primer, apply a thin blanket of foundation, and mattify with a mineral powder.

This creates a flawless canvas without having the need to cake on foundation.

Using minimal foundation helps create a more natural and healthier looking finish.

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Is Olive Oil Comedogenic?

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Extra virgin olive oil is packed with antioxidants and has very high nutritional value. It is rich in omega-3 acids and is one of the healthiest and most beneficial natural oils for anti-aging and skin protection.

It’s wide range of compelling uses even include prevention of radiodermatitis–an acquired skin disease from overexposure of UV rays commonly seen in patients undergoing chemotherapy.


Is olive oil comedogenic?

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The Best Microdermabrasion Systems – At Home Kits & Products

The Best Microdermabrasion Systems – At Home Kits & Products – Microdermabrasion is the gold standard in maintaining flawless and youthful skin.

Through aging and other environmental factors, the process of skin renewal are disrupted. This causes delay and improper shedding of dead skin, which ultimately leads to dull and aged complexions.

The goal of an exfoliation treatment is to:

Microdermabrasion is a skin resurfacing treatment that removes the outer layer of the skin mechanically. The way it works is based on the principles of wound healing whereby removing the superficial layer of the skin promote cell renewal and generate a healthier epidermis.


How Does Microdermabrasion Work?

The equipment is a basically a closed vacuum that draws the skin to a diamond-tipped pad that abrades the skin’s surface. The surface debris or dead skin is collected in the device for disposal after the treatment. The depth or the strength of skin resurfacing is comparable to that of a chemical peel but without the downtime.


The Benefits of Microdermabasion

Visible clinical improvements with regular exfoliation using microdermabrasion machines are:

  • reduced hyperpigmentation (photodamage, sun spots, post-inflammatory scars) and evening out of skin tone
  • reduced fine lines and wrinkles
  • smoothes out rough skin and superficial acne scars
  • aids in penetration of active ingredients in your topical products, which means improved efficacy of regular skin care products
  • improved skin hydration
  • increased dermal thickness
  • refined pore size
  • the vacuum mechanism also takes out blackheads and whiteheads before they get a chance to get inflamed, thereby reducing your chances of getting acne (Heaven-sent for acne-prone skin!)

If you have post-inflammatory scarring from acne or have sun spots, an at-home microdermabasion system is one of the best products for hyperpigmentation you can buy. If you’re trying to solve this problem, make sure you also have an effective treatment plan in place.

Quick Link: The Best Products for Hyperpigmentation + The Aethetician’s Process to Reducing Hyperpigmentation

We’ve laid out the same steps aesthetician’s use in their clinics to treat hyperpigmentation in a previous post, so make sure to check that out as well (see previous link).


What Skin Problems Can Microdermabrasion Address?

As mentioned above, there are a variety of benefits one can achieve with regular exfoliation treatments. Among the top indications for skin treatments are:

  • hyperpigmentation (sun spots, post-inflammatory scarring or acne marks)
  • superficial acne scarring
  • dilated and enlarged pores
  • blackheads and whiteheads
  • acne
  • rough skin texture
  • wrinkles and fine lines
  • dull and sallow skin color
  • thick, scaling, and dry skin (and including in some instances, skin conditions such as ichthyosis, xerosis, seborrheic keratosis scaling)

In-office treatments microdermabrasion treatments run from $80 – $300 and not all of us has the luxury to go to the aesthetician’s office every few weeks.

Luckily, the advancement in technology and the demand for convenience have created devices that are effective, affordable, and safe to use at home.

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The Best Products for Hyperpigmentation + How To Use Them Effectively

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The Best Products for HyperpigmentationHyperpigmentation can cause significant stress to people who have it and is one of the most challenging skin problems to treat.

This condition is predominantly the result of post-inflammation from acne, sun exposure, hormones, or skin trauma.

In this article, we’ll share the various products and treatment options that are available to you and discuss how to get visible results and improvements on the skin.

Before you start any sort of treatment, it’s important to understand that these treatments are not to whiten or change someone’s skin color, but helping to bring out balance and correct signs of pigmentation.

What are the Common Causes of Hyperpigmentation?

The common causes of hyperpigmentation are:

  • Sun exposure – sun spots or brown spots are the easiest to treat as it is in the upper layer of the skin. For those aged 50 and above, these are known as liver spots or age spots.
  • Acnepost-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. These are the scars left from the aftermath of inflamed acne lesions. This type of hyperpigmentation are formed deep in the skin and will take longer to correct. When choosing topical products, look for salicylic acids, enzymes, anti-inflammatory ingredients.
  • Hormonally induced (pregnancy, hormone or birth control pills) or commonly known as melasma. Like post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, this type goes down to the epidermis of the skin and will also take time to treat. Look for oil or gel based exfoliants with retinol, lactic acid, peptides, Trichloroacetic acid (TCA).
  • Skin trauma from medical procedures like laser treatments.

It’s important to identify the cause of your hyperpigmentation in order to properly plan your approach accordingly.

Remember, the depth of the pigmentation will determine the degree of effectiveness when treating hyperpigmentation.

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The Best Over the Counter Benzoyl Peroxide for the Face


The Best Over the Counter Benzoyl Peroxide for the Face – Most mild to moderate cases of acne can be treated effectively with drugstore cleansers and ointments.

The strongest and most effective over the counter acne treatments contain benzoyl peroxide.

Benzoyl peroxide works to both prevent and treat inflammatory acne (cysts, red pimples, and zits) and non-inflammatory (blackheads and whiteheads).

It has 3 major acne-fighting actions:

  1. It’s a very effective exfoliantit clears pores of clogged oils and dead skin which are the root causes of blackheads and whiteheads. This exfoliation action also expedites cell turnover, which helps heal the spot.
  2. It’s anti-bacterial – specifically against acne-causing bacteria, p. acne.
  3. It promotes healing – by supplying oxygen to the skin.

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The Best Sunscreens for Oily Skin


The Best Sunscreens for Oily Skin90% of wrinkles and skin aging is caused by sun damage. People who uses SPF on a daily basis can lower their risks of skin aging by as much as 24%.

More importantly, UV rays are a proven human carcinogen. According to statistics, one in five Americans will most like develop skin cancer more than any other type of cancer in their lifetime.

This is not exactly news but people with oily or acne-prone skin are still hesitant to use sunscreens because they’re afraid that it can cause or aggravate their acne.

Normal sunscreen formulations are indeed thick and add a greasy layer on the skin, so this belief is not unwarranted.

Luckily, sunscreen formulas have come a long way.

The key is choosing the right base suited for your skin type.

Nowadays, there are several options available even for those with oily and acne-prone skin.

For acne-prone and/or oily skin, dermatologists recommend using products with fluid, lightweight formulas so they don’t clog the pores.

Not every type of oily skin is the same, there’s different needs that we all have. I’ll provide a short description about my experience (I have oily, acne-prone, and sensitive skin) so you can choose which one is right for you, but the main thing you need to know is that all the products mentioned are fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, and has the recommended SPF 30.

Another thing to remember is to be generous in applying your sunscreen. Spread it on your face to your neck for full coverage. Don’t freak out over the seemingly opaque, white cast during the initial application (see video below!).

A good sunscreen will melt as it absorbs into your skin for an invisible protection.

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Rosemary Oil – Uses & Health Benefits – Hair Growth, Skin Acne & Safety | Where to Buy Rosemary Oil

Rosemary Oil

The rosemary herb has fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves and white, pink, purple or blue flowers.


Derived from the Latin word ros ‘dew’ and marinus ‘sea’, Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) means ‘dew of the sea’. It is a perennial herb grown in many parts of the world for its multiple medicinal, aromatic and cosmetic properties.

Archaeologists and anthropologists have found evidence that rosemary herbs were used for medicinal, culinary, and cosmetic purposes in ancient Egypt, China, Mesopotamia, and India. In ancient Rome and Greece, rosemary was believed to strengthen the memory which accounts for it being known as the herb of remembrance and fidelity. Rosemary was also an essential part of the apothecary’s repertoire during the Renaissance period. Elizabethan sweethearts carried a twig of rosemary and is still used in bridal bouquets in England and Germany until today. The leaf of rosemary is an indispensable flavoring agent and spice of the French, Italian and Spanish cuisine.

The plant is very rich in polyphenols and flavonoids. These have with high antioxidant properties and are used for problems involving the central nervous system, cardio vascular system, liver treatments, and respiratory systems among many others. Rosemary leaves have been traditionally used to treat a variety of conditions including dyspepsia, headache and nervous tension.

Based on obtained scientific results, volatiles from the plant induced apoptosis at cytotoxic concentrations and indicate that consumption of the natural compounds might be valuable in the prevention of lifestyle diseases.

The herb is mainly produced in Spain, France, Portugal, Egypt, Germany, Romania, England, Russia, and the Balkans

Rosemary Oil

Rosemary oil is obtained by steam distillation of the fresh leaves and flowering tops of the plant. It is a colorless to pale yellow liquid having the characteristic odor of the herb and camphoraceous taste. The volatile oil consists of borneol, camphene, bornyl acetate, cineol, pinene and camphor.


Uses for Rosemary Essential Oils

The market demand of the plant is growing, as it is used in several commercially available products in the cosmetics and medical industry.

Externally, it can be used to treat bites, stings.

In aromatherapy, the essential oil is used as a decongestant and as an inhalant for exhaustion, headaches, loss of concentration, and memory loss. It also has a reviving effect when tired or lethargic. The essential oil also improves the blood-circulation of the limbs, has anti-rheumatic effect and relieves neuralgic pains.

Besides its therapeutic application, the essential oil is also widely utilized in the cosmetic industry. The oil is infused in creams, ointments, cologne waters, bathing essences, shampoos, and soaps.


Health Benefits of Rosemary Essential Oils

Results of relevant studies show that there are biologically active compounds in rosemary essential oils that exhibit cytotoxic, antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic and cognition-enhancing properties depending on their type and concentration. They also have the potential to influence glucose levels in diabetic patients and enhance bone resorption.

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Comprehensive Sonicare Diamondclean Review

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Studies have concluded that people tend to brush longer when they use an electric toothbrush, as the experience is generally easier and more enjoyable.


Dentists and the ADA (American Dental Association) agree that maintaining overall oral health and hygiene is ultimately about diet, flossing regularly, and how you brush. The ADA recommends brushing your teeth at least twice a day in all areas for a good 2 minutes and floss at least daily. All you really need is a soft-bristled manual toothbrush if you take the time and effort to really clean your teeth. But they say to stop smoking is as hard as to start flossing. Knowing the “proper brushing and flossing techniques” is one thing, but having the time and motivation to do it every single day is quite another.

If you tend to brush your teeth quickly, ultimately you end up missing spots especially at the back of your mouth. That’s the root cause of most problems because plaque can lead to gum disease and cavities. If you go to your regular dental checkups (which you always should!) your dentist will point out those painful problems and fix it for hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

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