Acne-Prone Skin Oily Skin Skincare

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 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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Acne-Prone Skin Essential Oils Skincare

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 At Home Microdermabrasion Machines (With Reviews!)

The Best At Home Microdermabrasion Machines (With Reviews!) – 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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