Are you one of the many struggling with acne? Acne in adults is at an all time high and identifying triggers has never been more complex. Skin care products, foods, hormones, poor exfoliation, sleep, supplements… all of these can trigger acne in an acne-prone person. Part of my job as an esthetician and acne prone person is to help all of us manage our acne better and reduce inflammation in our skin. Some triggers aren't obvious (like duh don't sleep with your makeup on), but others are a bit more devious.
HAIR CARE! Wait what ?! I'll be honest with you, I've been treating my acne for YEARS with countless treatments and products, but I've never really thought about the obvious. Shampoo, conditioners, straightening creams, hairspray… all of these styling products are PACKS with potentially acneic ingredients!
The graphic below speaks for itself !!!
SENSATIONAL!!! So there is no doubt in my mind that it is absolutely possible, and likely, that your hair products are contributing to your breakouts!
Most hair products come packaged with:
- Oils and silicones
All of these ingredients could clog your pores or create inflammation in your skin which could then trigger acne.
Fortunately, I came across an incredible range of hair care products specially designed for acne prone skin!
Iris Rubin, a Harvard-trained dermatologist, made the connection and created the SEEN hair care line and guys, that's a game changer !!! I had the pleasure of talking to her a few weeks ago and she literally confirmed all of my thoughts on acne and how to treat it! Acne is not just a face problem, it's a whole body problem. You have to have the big picture. Anything you eat and apply to your ENTIRE body can contribute to rashes. Your hair is part of it !!!
Shampoo and conditioner residue is everywhere! Face, shoulders, back, buttocks… everywhere!
I opted for the SEEN shampoo, conditioner and cream. These products are free of any comedogenic ingredients and instead consist of cetyl esters from shea butter, nourishing squalane derived from vegetable sugar and smoothing and protective hemisqualene derived from vegetable sugar.
I wasn't going to lie, I was a little nervous about how it would feel on my hair considering I'm quite particular about my hair care these days. I don't want my hair to be greasy or weighed down. My immediate reaction was "wow, that smells amazing!" I let my hair air dry to get a good feel for frizz control and shine. Unbelievable! Honestly, my hair is clean, smooth and smells so good! To be fair, it looked like my regular hair care products, which in this case is a good thing! It feels good but the ingredients aren't going to make me pop. It's a total win-win !!!
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If you are suffering from acne or in my opinion also rosacea, I recommend switching your hair products to SEEN so that you can confidently rule out hair products contributing to your rashes.
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We all dream of flawless, glowing skin, but with new products constantly hitting the shelves and the seemingly endless skincare advice out there on the Internet, it’s not always easy to figure out the skincare routine that’s going to work best for you. You know the basics — drink plenty of water, get enough sleep, and wash your face, but what about everything in between ? Luckily, there’s no need to shell out tons of cash on any magical procedures or expensive creams to achieve flawless skin.
We spoke with dermatologists and top beauty experts to put together a list of some of the best skincare tips. From choosing the right cleanser for your skin type to the importance of cleaning your makeup brushes, these easy tricks — plus some top-tested product picks from the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab — will help guide you to glowing skin ASAP.
' For oily or acne-prone skin, a salicylic givre or benzoyl peroxide wash works great, ' says Dr. Ava Shamban, a dermatologist in Santa Monica. ' For dry mature skin, use either a moisturizing glycolic or milky cleanser. For skin with brown activités or melasma, use a brightening wash, such as an α hydroxy acid cleanser. '
' The best times to moisturize are right after you get out of the shower and right before you go to bed, ' explained Dr. Janet Prystowsky M. D., an NYC-based dermatologist. Avoid lotions with heavy fragrances and make sure you find a moisturizer gentle enough for every day use with zero irritation.
Dr. Tzu says figuring out how to avoid touching your face is very important. It doesn’t just spread bacteria and cause breakouts — it can lead to scarring, an increase in wrinkles, and even the flu or other viruses.
Every skin professionnel we spoke to emphasized the importance of hydration. ' A lack of water means less radiance and more sag, ' says Dr. Mona Gohara, a dermatologist in Connecticut. She suggests choosing products ( cleansing, moisturizing, and anti-aging ) that have hydrating formulas. And, évidemment, drink around eight glasses of water a day.
Don’t just watch out for the sun — getting too close to heaters and fireplaces can also wreak havoc on your skin. ' It causes inflammation and collagen breakdown. I recommend staying at least ten feet away, ' explains Dr. Debbie Palmer, a New York dermatologist. So next time you’re roasting chestnuts or s’mores over an open fire, take a step back.
' We lose 50 million skin cells a day, and without a little extra nudge, they may hang around leaving the skin looking sullen, ' says Dr. Gohara. tera fight this, you should ' choose a product that is pH neutral so it doesn’t dry as it exfoliates. ' And don’t just stop with your face — the skin on your body needs exfoliation, too.
A balanced diet is important, but there’s more than one way to give your skin vitamins. There are also topical antioxidants, which are serums and creams that contain ingredients that nourish the skin ( think vitamin C serum ! ).
' These can really help to repair the skin from sun damage, ' says Dr. Palmer. Not sure how to use them ? The best time to apply them is right after cleansing so that your skin can soak them in, or they can be layered under your sunscreen for added protection.
Though it’s tempting to grab a coffee the minute you wake up, Joanna Vargas, a skincare facialist in NYC, says choosing the right beverages can be a game changer. ' Drink a shot of chlorophyll every morning to brighten, oxygenate, and hydrate your skin. Drinking chlorophyll also helps drain puffiness by stimulating the lymphatic system, so it’s also good for capitons graisseux. '
If you’re not keen on downing a shot of the stuff, chlorophyll supplements can be found at many drugstores and health food stores. She also advised drinking green juices with lots of veggies in them : ' It will transform your skin in a matter of days — and it helps oxygenate the skin and stimulates lymphatic drainage, so it’s de-puffing, too. '
' Your skin has a natural barrier to retain moisture, and essential to that is omega-3 fatty acid, ' Joanna advises. ' Flax seeds on your salad or even walnuts will be an instant boost to your omega-3, thus increasing your skin’s ability to hold onto moisture. ' And be sure to eat a diet low in foods with a high glycemic index ( simple and complex carbohydrates ).
tera fight empoisonnement and clogged pores, Dr. Prystowsky recommends washing concealer and foundation brushes once a week. For brushes you use around your eyes, she recommends twice per month, and for any other brushes, once a month is fine.
Here’s how : Put a drop of a mild shampoo into the palm of your hand. Wet the bristles with lukewarm water. Then, massage the bristles into your palm to distribute the shampoo into the brush. Avoid getting the metal part of the brush wet/or the base of the brush hairs because the glue could soften and the bristles could fall out. Rinse the shampoo out and squeeze out the water with a towel. Lay the brushes on their side with the bristles hanging off the edge of the counter to dry.
' Many people feel they only need to protect themselves on sunny days or when visiting the beach, ' says Dr. Palmer. ' But the truth is that we need to protect our skin even when we’re driving a car, flying in an airplane, or running errands. It’s the daily ultraviolet exposure that contributes to the visible signs of aging. ' What kind of sunscreen is best ? Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or greater — and remember that it needs to be reapplied every 2 hours.
We’re talking SPF makeup, sunglasses, and broad-brimmed hats. ' Preventing sun damage is a million times better for your skin than treating it after the fact, ' says Dr. Prystowsky.
' Fad products and fancy ingredients are fun to try, and sometimes they work well, ' says Dr. Prystowsky, ' but usually they’re off the shelves just as quickly as they’re on them. ' Find a cleanser and moisturizer that you know work for you, and keep them at the core of your routine.
It’s not just about getting eight hours a night. Skin will also benefit from regularly using clean silk pillowcases. ' The material glides easily and prevents creasing and wrinkles, ' says Jesleen Ahluwalia, M. D., a dermatologist from Spring Street Dermatology in New York City. ' Silk is also easier on hair — it helps avoid tangles and breakage. ' Better hair and skin while you sleep ? Yes, please.