Treating Acne Scars
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So you've finally eliminated your pimples, only to be left wondering how to get rid of the scars. The good news is that you can absolutely find an acne scar treatment that will work for you, from laser resurfacing to collagen injections.
Transcript: That nasty pimple finally faded-but it left a tell-tale mark. If an acne scar is marring your complexion,...
That nasty pimple finally faded-but it left a tell-tale mark. If an acne scar is marring your complexion, a variety of cosmetic options can minimize its appearance. Acne, a common skin condition, occurs when pores become blocked with dead skin cells and oil. These blemishes usually disappear over time, but occasionally, one will leave a scar in its place. Let's look at the ways in which scars can form. When a blemish appears, the body's white blood cells rush to the site to repair tissue and fight infection. A scar can form as a result of the healing process. Note even the hottest celebrities are immune to the scarring caused by blemishes. Cameron Diaz bears pockmarks and scars from past bouts of acne, yet the actress is still admired for her unique features. Popping, picking, or even touching a blemish can send bacteria deeper into the skin, increasing irritation. This greatly increases the likelihood that a scar will result. Scarring can also follow a bout of severe acne. Nodules and cysts, the more intense forms of blemishes, penetrate deep in to the skin, and are therefore more likely to leave behind scars. A common type of acne scar is actually caused by a loss of tissue. These scars are characterized by depressions in the skin surface.Excess collagen can also cause scarring. When the body needs to heal a blemish, it creates new layers of collagen, a protein found in connective tissue. When excess collage is produced to compensate. This can transform into a hypertrophic scar, a smooth mark raised above the skin's surface. Your cosmetic treatment options depend on the type and the severity of scarring, as well as your current skin condition. One way to improve the appearance of a scar is via injection. A dermatologist can inject collagen into a depressed scar, filling out the hollow area. The injection process can also be done by using fat from another part of the body. In both cases, the cosmetic benefits are temporary, lasting no more than six months A dermatologist can also inject corticosteroids into a hypertphic scar to flaten and soften the raised area.. Another scar reduction technique, laser treatment, reduces redness and evens out scar tissue. The results are permanent, but can be tough to achieve. Laser treatments are expensive, and can require multiple visits. In severe cases, skin surgery may be used to remove scar tissue or to elevate it as necessary. Another treatment option for removing acne scars is dermabrasion. This procedure uses a high-speed brush to remove surface skin, eradicating superficial scars and reducing the appearance of deeper ones. If acne has left you with embarrassing marks, there are plenty of options available to remove scars. However, it is always easier to prevent scars than to treat them, so try to not touch your blemishes and talk to your doctor if your acne is severe.More »
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Understanding acne and other types of blemishes is important, as they can lead to scarring if not treated properly. Watch our video to learn about common causes and treatments.
Transcript: Acne affects nearly all teenagers, as well as 25 percent of adult men and 50 percent of adult women!...
Acne affects nearly all teenagers, as well as 25 percent of adult men and 50 percent of adult women! In this video, dermatologist Hadley King discusses what you may see in the mirror. Acne is a skin condition in which hormonal changes cause the pores and their oil-producing glands to become clogged. Pores cover most of our entire bodies, so almost every body part is a target for acne. Although teenagers are the most prone to the condition, people of any age can be affected. Men are most likely to develop severe cases of acne. That's because male hormones, called androgens, have the greatest effect on the skin's oil glands. On the other hand, women's monthly hormonal changes make them more likely to experience occasional acne well past their teenage years. Even the hottest celebrities aren't immune to acne's effects. Brad Pitt still bears scars and pockmarks from his teenage acne, and Jessica Simpson has openly talked about her struggle for clear skin. Acne's no fun, that's for sure - so why on earth do we get it? During puberty and times of stress, the body's hormone levels elevate. This causes sebaceous glands in the skin to produce more oil. In addition, when hormone levels are high, skin cells shed more rapidly. When dead skin cells build up inside pores, they catch around hair follicles and block the pore's openings. With no place to go, the skin's oil, dirt, and bacteria get trapped in the pore. This causes the surrounding cells to swell, turn red and become painful to the touch. The type of acne that results - blackhead, whitehead, pimple or cyst - will depend on how much oil accumulates, and how your body responds to the oil. And while you can't get rid of acne entirely, there are some factors that may increase your likelihood of breaking out. It's no coincidence that a pimple will show up just before a hot date, big meeting or other important event. Studies have shown that people under stress are actually more likely to break out. So calm down - stressing out about that zit may make things worse! Sometimes, excessively good hygiene can actually be a hindrance to good skin. Washing your face too much, or using harsh cleansers and scrubs, can irritate the skin and make acne worse. Opt instead to gently wash with mild soap twice a day. Cosmetics, particularly liquids, creams and gels, may block pores, causing acne. Medications that affect your hormones can also cause you to produce more oil, and prompt a breakout. Even humidity and overexposure to the sun can prompt a zit or two. Both irritate the skin, making it easier for acne to take root. Because acne is a skin condition caused by fluctuating hormone levels, it can't be entirely avoided. The good news is, mild and moderate cases of acne will diminish with over-the-counter medications and cleansers.Remember, you should see a dermatologist if your acne is particularly painful, leads to scars or resists treatment.More »
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For most of us acne means pimples, but did you know that there are different types of acne? Hence different treatments for them. Watch video to learn more.
Transcript: Could it be? ... Yep, that red sore probably means you're developing a zit. But if you know what kind...
Could it be? ... Yep, that red sore probably means you're developing a zit. But if you know what kind of acne is cropping up on your body, it will be easier to treat. Acne, a common skin condition, comes in several varieties. The type you develop depends on where the acne forms, and how your body reacts to it. Here's a rundown that will help you understand and treat that unwelcome blemish! The least severe-and most common-forms of acne are called comedones. Comedones include both blackheads and whiteheads and usually crop up on the face, targeting the nose in particular. Blackheads occur when a pore becomes blocked with oil, dead skin cells, minute hairs and bacteria. A blackhead has an engorged opening which hides just below the surface. Whiteheads are similar to blackheads, A whitehead except the pore's opening is much narrower. A whitehead stays the whitish tint of the oil inside plus skin cells of the blemish. The most severe kinds of acne, nodules and cysts, are significantly more painful than other types. Because they're often found together, dermatologists call them nodulocystic acne. A nodule is an inflammation of the hair follicle that penetrates deep into the skin. Nodules are firm to the touch. Cysts, like pustules, are formed of bacteria, dead skin and white blood cells. But they're much larger than common pimples, go deeper into the skin and are usually more inflamed. Because they penetrate so deeply into the skin, nodules and cysts are more likely to leave scars, and are also harder to treat. They usually require the aid of a dermatologist and prescription medication. No matter what type of blemish you have, you'll need more than patience to get rid of it! There are plenty of over-the-counter and prescription medications to treat the full gamut of acne classifications. Because acne comes in so many different forms, it's good to know what you're seeing in the mirror, so you can treat it effectively. And remember, please see a dermatologist if your acne is particularly painful, leads to scars or resists treatment.More »
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Would you believe that preventing acne is almost always possible? Here, we'll explore acne prevention in detail, starting with stuff you already know about skin care (like the importance of washing your face) and ending with a few surprising tricks.
Transcript: Acne always seems to form at the worst times: like before a big date or a business presentation. Luckily,...
Acne always seems to form at the worst times: like before a big date or a business presentation. Luckily, there are some things you can do to prevent blemishes from affecting a big day. Acne is a skin condition caused by hormones which targets nearly all teenagers and more than half of adults. While it's impossible to avoid acne entirely-hormones will do what they do-there are ways to reduce your chances of breaking out. The most important thing you can do to prevent acne is to develop a cleansing ritual for use in the morning, at night, and after exercise. Using a mild soap, gently wash your face from under your jaw to your hairline. Rinse thoroughly. Talk to your dermatologist about which kind of cleanser to use. Astringents, rough scrub pads, and strong formulas all have the potential to dry out your skin, making your acne worse, instead of better. Be sure to cleanse your scalp daily as well. Plenty of people get acne along their hairline and on their scalp, and a gentle shampoo can help prevent the oil buildups that can lead to zits. As much as possible, avoid touching your face. Squeezing, popping and even grazing blemishes can spread the bacteria-laden contents, prolonging your breakout. And breaking that zit may lead to scarring. Nicking a blemish while shaving is tantamount to popping it: Your breakout can spread! To avoid this, clean the area to be shaved with soap and warm water, and then coat it with shaving cream. This makes shaving smoother, so you're less likely to irritate your acne. To keep acne at bay, women should look for makeup that is oil free. Scan the labels for the phrase "non-comedogenic," which means the product is less likely to induce a break-out. If you're determined to stick with your favorites, swap cream blushes and shadows for powdered or mineral ones, and go easy on the foundation. This will minimize skin irritation. Acne can also be brought on by environmental irritants, like high humidity, smog, cigarette smoke, and excess sunlight. All of these factors can bother your skin, increasing bacterial activity. But the worst of the environmental irritants is airborne grease, from, say, the fryers at a fast-food restaurant. That extra oil that lands on your face contributes to already clogged pores. While you may have to avoid the sun, the good news is that you can enjoy that chocolate bar! Studies have found that eating junk foods doesn't prompt breakouts. While that doesn't mean you should give up fruits and veggies, the occasional candy bar won't harm your skin. Because acne can result from the elevated hormones that come with stress, take a deep breath ... and relax. Meditate, take a break from work, do something to uplift your mood - and simultaneously reduce your chances of breaking out. Changing your daily behaviors can help prevent acne breakouts to some extent. Unfortunately though, most sufferers of the hormone-induced skin condition will still need help in the form of over-the-counter or prescription medications.More »
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Mild acne can be treated with over the counter products packed with salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. Watch this to see how these medications work.
Transcript: Want to know the secret to getting rid of mild to moderate acne? It's right there on your drugstore shelves!...
Want to know the secret to getting rid of mild to moderate acne? It's right there on your drugstore shelves! In this video, we'll look at simple treatments for those annoying blemishes. Americans spend more than $100 million every year on over-the-counter acne treatments, and it's little wonder! Most mild to moderate cases of acne can be treated effectively with drugstore cleansers, scrubs and ointments. The treatment that is best for you will depend on the severity of your acne, your skin type and the kind of blemishes you have. While scanning the drugstore shelves, it's important to read the ingredient labels. You'll want a treatment that contains one of five proven acne-fighting compounds. A popular acne treatment product, salicylic acid, draws the oil from blackheads and whiteheads, and slows the shedding of skin cells that can block pores and cause acne. Salicylic acid is the most versatile over-the-counter acne-fighter. You'll spot it in everything from cleansers and scrubs, like Stridex Triple Clear Acne wipes, to acne-safe makeup, such as Neutrogena SkinClearing Oil-Free Makeup. The strongest and most effective over-the-counter acne treatment contains benzoyl peroxide. Applied as a cleanser or lotion, like ProActive, benzoyl peroxide kills harmful bacteria and clears oil and skin cells from pores. Benzoyl peroxide can bleach fabric, so take extra care when using it-and, for your sheets' sake, remember not to apply products with this active ingredient right before bed. No matter what product you use, remember that what works well for a friend may not work for you-and vice versa! Just look at the case of siblings Bo and Katherine. Bo and Katherine both had teenage skin plagued by blemishes. To help treat their acne, their mother bought them a tube of Clean and Clear. After trying the cream, Bo's skin cleared up instantly, but Katherine's looked even worse! Distraught, Katherine went to see a dermatologist who recommended an over-the-counter medication containing salicylic acid. To Katherine's delight, it worked! In mere weeks, her skin was as clear as Bo's! Another acne-fighting agent, resorcinol, breaks down the structure of blackheads and whiteheads and removes excess oil. It's most often used in ointments, like Clearasil, which are meant to spot-treat individual blemishes. Sulfur, which aids in acne breakdown, can be combined with other acne-fighting ingredients. Scientists aren't sure why it's so effective, but, unfortunately, sulfur's rotten-egg smell limits its uses. Two ingredients used in combination, alcohol and acetone, eliminate oil and kill acne-causing bacteria. The acne-fighting duo is usually found in astringents and facial washes like those made by Clean and Clear. No matter what active ingredient is in your acne-fighting agents, you may notice some redness or skin irritation at first. If this does not diminish after several days, discontinue using the offending products. Use over-the-counter acne treatments on all acne-prone regions, not just individual blemishes. Doing so will clear up blemishes and can help stop them from forming in the future. Continue your daily treatment even after your face clears. If you stop cleansing your skin, the blemishes will usually reappear in a matter of weeks. Remember, most acne will go away with the help of over-the-counter medications. If your acne doesn't respond to these treatments after four to six weeks, make an appointment with your dermatologist to consider prescription options.More »
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Thinking of using isotretinoin for your acne? This acne medication will help clear up your complexion, but you should get details about the side effects of isotretinoin first. Watch this video for details.
Transcript: If you suffer from severe acne, you may be a candidate for a STRONG medicine called isotretinoin, otherwise...
If you suffer from severe acne, you may be a candidate for a STRONG medicine called isotretinoin, otherwise known by its recently discontinued brand name, Accutane. Since its release in 1982, over 13 million people have benefited from this drugs skin-saving powers. Although Accutane was DISCONTINUED in 2009, there ARE still prescription generics available. Here are the facts about isotretinoin. Isotretinoin, a vitamin A derivative, REDUCES the amount of sebum oil your glands make, LESSENS inflammation, SHRINKS pores, and REGULATES how skin cells are made. Sebum oil keeps your body moisturized and water-proofbut make too much and pimples appear. Thats why isotretinoin is approved for TREATING and PREVENTING severe nodular cystic acne, which is a fancy way of describing swollen, tender, red lumps that form in the skin. This acne resists conventional, topical treatments. You have to treat these zits quickthey can lead to serious pain, scarring, and discoloration. Isotretinoin is often taken twice daily, in a personalized dose based on a patients weight. Generally, a course of isotretinoin is 15 to 20 weeks, after which, many patients RAVE that their acne has vastly improved, if not entirely eliminated. But every strong medication has side effects. The most common complaints include dry skin, lips, eyes, sensitivity to the sun, dry nostrils that lead to nosebleeds and thinning hair. OBSESSIVE moisturizer, lip balm, and sunscreen use is a must. Acne can get worse before it gets better, and sometimes dermatologists prescribe steroids to PREVENT inflammation. There are reports of isotretinoin worsening DEPRESSION, IN FACT there have been patients who have committed suicide while using the medication. If you have a history of depression or develop depression while using the medication, its important to tell your doctor IMMEDIATELY. The most concerning side effects is isotretinoins potential to cause severe birth defects, premature births, and even miscarriages. In fact, a FEDERAL registry called the iPledge Program was created to require female patients to use TWO forms of birth control while on the medication. Women also have to take a monthly pregnancy test BEFORE they can receive their next months medication. Due to these serious side effects, EXPENSIVE personal injury lawsuits and more affordable competitors, Accutane was discontinued in 2009.Fortunately, GENERIC isotretinoin, like Sotret, Claravis, and Amnesteem, continue to zap thousands of zits Remember, Isotretinoin is still ONLY available via prescription! To learn about other ways to care for your skin, watch more videos in this series!More »
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Being aware of the pros and cons of glycolic acid peels can help you get that beautiful skin. Watch this video and find out more about this treatment.
Transcript: If youre looking to rejuvenate your skin, you might find it sweet that a compound derived from sugar...
If youre looking to rejuvenate your skin, you might find it sweet that a compound derived from sugar cane can help. The name of this sugary skin-saver is glycolic acid, and its gained a great deal of notoriety in the past several decades. Glycolic acid is best known for its work in superficial chemical peels, procedures that are performed by a dermatologist in offices and surgery centers. During a peel, a chemical solution made up of 20- to 70-percent glycolic acid is applied to the face, neck, and/or hands. The acid penetrates the upper portion of the skin, called the epidermis, breaking up the bonds holding old, damaged skin together. This causes the old skin to literally peel off. The new skin left behind is usually smoother and brighter than it was pre-peel. The best part about chemical peels is that theyre effective for SO MANY skin complaints. They can reduce wrinkles and fine lines, eliminate age and sun spots, treat acne, or simply brighten up dull skin. And if youre fair skinned and light haired, youre in luck! People with these physical traits are the least likely to incur uneven skin color from the procedure, and so are the best candidates for successful peels. That doesnt mean youre out of the prospect pool if you have darker skinyou just run a slightly higher risk of an uneven skin tone post-procedure. In truth, ANYONE can experience color changes in the skin post-peel, and theres also a risk that scarring will occur. During and possibly shortly following the procedure, youll probably experience five to ten minutes of a burning or stinging sensation. Peeling also tends to cause redness and scaling that can last for up to a week. Occasionally, small blisters will appear on the skin which will break and crust before disappearing. This is also expected. Because your new skin is super fragile post-peel, youll also need to avoid exposure to the sun for a time., and as always, it is very important to use a sunscreen. Also, it is important to tell your doctor if you have a history of cold sores or fever blisters, as chemical peels can an induce an episode. Not to worry, as pre-peel antiviral treatment can prevent this from happening. Yet despite these potential pitfalls, glycolic acid peel devotees will tell you that its a wonderful way to revitalize your skin to its full potential. With glycolic acid peels, one probably needs somewhere between 4-6 treatments to get the desired effect. And you can even take it for a test drive by buying an over-the-counter peel, lotion, or soap that contains glycolic acid. Although its only available in small dosages up to ten percent of the total product--an OTC product can be actually prepare your face for the in office peel, in order to get the most out of this procedure.More »
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Retinoids are one of the few ingredients in skincare products that can help treat your wrinkles. Watch this video to learn about how best to use them, whether you use a prescription, over the counter treatment, gel, or cream.
Transcript: If you're looking to treat aging skin, retinol is a key ingredient, that, if it's not already, needs...
If you're looking to treat aging skin, retinol is a key ingredient, that, if it's not already, needs to be in your medicine cabinet. Retinol, a more extravagant word for natural vitamin A, belongs to a family of chemical compounds called retinoids, and RETINOIDS are FDA-approved to treat aging skin. That's because they're one of very few substances with a small enough molecular structure to worm into the top layer of skin. From there, retinoids dig deep-all the way to the dermis, or the innermost layer where wrinkles form. Once there, the wonder ingredient encourages natural, rapid cell renewal and reduces the amount of cellular damage caused by oxidation. In OTHER words, retinoids create healthier skin cells, with fewer wrinkles, dark spots, and other damage! Of course, nothing's perfect and even retinoids have their downside. MANY people seeking skin rejuvenation find that retinoids actually make things worse before they get better. Common complaints among first-time samplers include chronic inflammation, red patches, itchy, flaky skin, and extra sensitivity to the sun. However, if you start slowly-only applying retinoids every few days at firs and using a facial moisturizer-your skin SHOULD gently settle in to the product....OK, so if Retinol is really just a fancy word for vitamin A, couldn't you just rub some A-rich foods such as yogurt or mango on your face? Not exactly. In order for them to really work, retinoids need to be broken down into a compound called retinoic acid, which is then put into lotions, creams, gels, and oils. Super strong concentrations of retinoic acid in gels and creams may turn back the clock in four to six weeks. However, it can sometimes take months to see noticeable results, but they are worth the wait. These preparations are by prescription only, so you must be evaluated by your dermatologist prior to use. Or, you can start out slow by trying an over-the-counter retinol formula. Although they are ten to 15-percent weaker than prescription variants, over the counter retinoids are gentler on skin. You'll have to be more patient though, as you can expect a 12-week wait to see results. Remember: Even if you go to over the counter formulas, it's wise to talk to your doctor before starting a new skincare routine. And if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, it recommended that you do not use these products as there is a potential risk to the fetus. For more skincare tips, check out other videos in this series!More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-26 | Tags »
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Everyone knows that a zit can ruin a seemingly perfect day. But do you know that popping zits can be like playing with fire? Check this video out for tips on minimizing the appearance of your zits and blemishes.
Transcript: It's the morning of your class presentation and you've got a DISTRACTING pimple on your face. STOP....
It's the morning of your class presentation and you've got a DISTRACTING pimple on your face. STOP. Don't pop it yet! Listen to the words of pretty much every dermatologist out there and Put. Your. Fingers. DOWN. Sure, closed comedones-or whiteheads, as we call them-are ugly, but picking a zit can make it stick around your face MUCH longer. That's because dirt from your fingers can make its way into your pimple, causing a bacterial infection. Plus, picking at your skin can force a temporary pimple to turn into a permanent scar. So to properly banish a blemish, washwith a cleanser containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. For double the dosage, you can also use an acne treatment with the same ingredient listed, as both of these agents can kill the bacteria that cause acne, and even cut down on the redness. Feeling particularly oily? Cut down on the sheen by using a gentle astringent post-washing. If oil keeps up, try a glycolic-acid mask. This will gently exfoliate the outermost, and the oiliest, layer of skin. While you wait for your pimple to pass, minimize its appearance by applying redness reducing eyedrops to the area. So if you STILL can't wait it out, there are safer, smarter ways to pop a zit than just digging in with your bare fingers. For starters, wash your face and hands with warm water and soap. Then, wet a washcloth with warm water and hold it to the affected area for 30 seconds. Grab two cotton swabs or tissues, and use them to gently press on either side of the pimple in a down and in motion. The zit should pop with little effort. If it doesn't, STOP! Your pimple simply isn't ready, and if you persist, you could be left with an unsightly memento of your ill-fated attempt. After popping, apply a dab of hydrocortisone cream before going hands-off again. Remember though, poppers never prosper. If you are concerned about the severity of your acne or the potential of scarring, see your dermatologist for a PROFESSIONAL evaluation and treatment.More »
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Proactiv is a very popular acne treatment, but is it worth the cost and the subscription commitment? Watch this video to get the truth about this popular skincare line.
Transcript: You've seen all those celebrities tout Proactiv as their acne treatment of choice. But is Proactiv really...
You've seen all those celebrities tout Proactiv as their acne treatment of choice. But is Proactiv really the most effective and smartest choice for YOU? Proactiv's cleansers, toners, masks, lotions, and moisturizers contain FDA approved ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, sulfur, glycerin, glycolic acid... all of which are also found in acne products sold at the corner drugstore in the same strengths. Now, benzoyl peroxide is a powerful antibacterial agent. However, it can bleach clothing and towels - so be careful when applying it and wash your hands afterwards. Salicylic acid dissolves the clog in clogged pores, and has been found to be the most effective for acne patients at a two percent dose. It's very well tolerated by most people. Sulfur removes the dead skin cells that can clog pores, and is excellent at absorbing extra oil. Unfortunately, it can have an unpleasant odor that can smell like eggs. Glycerin is a gentle and light moisturizer that is safe for acne-prone skin, and it's even been shown to be antimicrobial. All of these ingredients - especially in combination with one another - can be very effective on acne. The most common side effect is dryness, as every ingredient except for glycerin can have a drying effect on its own. Proactiv isn't recommended for use on cystic acne, which doesn't always respond to topical treatment. Now cystic acne are those large bumps underneath your skin that can take a long time to go down. So what edge does it have over those drugstore products? Since it's a subscription service, it offers users a regimen that encourages adherence to a daily care routine - and consistency is essential to effectively treating acne. Proactiv does offer a 60-day money back guarantee if it doesn't work for you, but customer service reviews indicate that you might get mired in a web of phone calls and emails on your way to canceling the automatic 3-month renewal. If you do have trouble, you can call your credit card company to refuse future charges. If your acne is severe, talk to your dermatologist about your best treatment options because there is a solution out there for everyone. And watch other videos in the series for more beauty product facts!More »
Last Modified: 2013-10-31 | Tags »
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The Clarisonic cleanses your skin better than regular old washes-- or so they say! Watch this to learn if the Clarisonic lives up to its promises, and see a demonstration!
Transcript: The Clarisonic is an electric skin-cleansing brush that claims to clean your skin six times better than...
The Clarisonic is an electric skin-cleansing brush that claims to clean your skin six times better than standard washing. It also claims to reduce the appearance of pores and help control oil and acne. What's so special about the electronic brush? Rather than spinning in one direction, it has different sections that gently move back and forth in opposite directions, oscillating over the skin to remove dirt, oil, makeup, and dead skin cells. The timed wand beeps when it's time to move to a new area of your face, and stops after two minutes - which is the recommended cleansing time. To use it, you first apply cleanser either to your damp face or to the brush. There is a choice of brush styles that you can put on-anything from deep cleansing, acne, sensitive skin, and more. Now the Clarisonic is well-tolerated by most people, but if you have acne or your skin is sensitive, you may need to run the device at a low speed, or scale back on how often you use it. Now how well does it work? Nearly everyone I know who has tried it says it definitely cleans more thoroughly than just washing with your hands, and the majority of people DO love the Clarisonic. We had one of the Healthguru team use it daily for two weeks and she thought it made her skin smoother and pores tighter. She also found it was easy to integrate into her daily skincare routine. I also think it's better than just washing with your hands and exfoliating regularly really does make your pores appear smaller and your skin appear younger. It also promotes better absorption of serums and creams that you may use afterwards. And if you use full coverage makeup during the day, it gets every bit off so that you feel fresh and clean afterwards. On the negative side, if you use Clarsonic twice a day, you have to buy a replacement brush every three months and that costs about $25. And you have to remember to clean the device frequently to prevent bacteria build up that can be transferred to your skin, and I don't know about you but i don't need another thing to clean. You also have to keep the device charged and if you travel it can be bulky to pack. But it could be all well worth it if you like the results that you get with the Clarisonic. To learn the truth about more beauty products, watch other videos in this series!More »
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Severe acne don't respond to over-the-counter treatments. You'll need a dermatologist to recommend prescription treatments, or even surgery. Watch this to learn about the options.
Transcript: You've tried just about every cleanser and ointment at the drugstore, but nothing seems to clear up your...
You've tried just about every cleanser and ointment at the drugstore, but nothing seems to clear up your severe acne. In this video, we'll look at your other options. Acne is a skin condition in which the body's pores become blocked and inflamed. Nearly 40 percent of acne sufferers have what is known as severe acne, which results in chronic, painful lesions that spread over the entire face. These blemishes don't respond to over-the-counter treatments. Most sufferers of severe acne are men. That's because male hormones called androgens send the skin's oil glands into overdrive, generating even more blemishes. Severe acne sufferers may have blemishes known as nodules or cysts. Nodulcystic acne penetrates deeper into the skin than milder forms, and is usually more painful and inflamed. Your dermatologist will help determine the best course of action to treat your severe acne. You may need to be patient during this process, because it can take time to find a treatment method that works for you. Prescribed oral antibiotics fight acne by killing the common bacteria usually found on the skin, and decreasing inflammation. Your doctor may prescribe one of any number of common antibiotics, like Tetrocycline and Doxycycline, gradually reducing your dosage as your acne clears up. Another long-term prescription treatment for acne is only available to women: oral contraceptives. Some birth control pills suppress the skin's oil-producing glands, resulting in reduced acne. If prescription methods prove ineffective, there are several in-office procedures that can help particularly resistant blemishes. Injecting diluted corticosteroids into an extremely inflamed blemish can prevent it from rupturing and causing scarring. A single injection of diluted corticosteroids works over a few days to reduce swelling and promote healing. Your doctor may also drain individual lesions that don't respond to medicinal treatment. This "acne surgery" is not unlike popping the pimples, but it is performed with sterile tools in a safe way that won't spread the blemishes or leave scars. While severe acne can be painful and embarrassing, these blemishes are treatable. Remember, no matter what acne therapy you use, it's imperative to follow your dermatologist's instructions carefullyMore »
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Just what are wrinkles? Why do they appear? Find out all you want to know about wrinkles and how to minimize them.
Transcript: Facial wrinkles have been called the roadmap of your life but many of us would rather NOT have the souvenir!...
Facial wrinkles have been called the roadmap of your life but many of us would rather NOT have the souvenir! Unfortunately, no one is immune to the toll that time takes on our skin. As we age, our cells reproduce slower. In terms of the skin, this causes the middle layer, or dermis, to thin due to decreased production of key structural elements. Meanwhile, elastin which is a protein that allows skin to be flexible and collagen fibers that support the skin become brittle and can unravel. Because elastin and collagen keep your skin smooth and plump, it makes sense that losing them causes wrinkles. Older skin is less able to retain moisture and its own natural oils, further contributing to the formation of wrinkles. What's more, older people have spent decades making habitual facial expressions, like grinning, frowning, and squinting. Over time, the temporary creases and lines formed by these expressions become more permanent in the dermis layer of the skin. While you can't turn back time, you CAN do things to minimize the formation of creases. Most importantly, start using sunscreen every day. It's quite vital, as exposure to the sun is THE number one cause of premature aging to the skin. That's because UV rays damage collagen fibers, in turn leading to a more wrinkles. Another simple way to save your skin is to stop smoking! Smokers make much less collagen than non-smokers do, and skin without collagen is skin that is creased. If you've already got wrinkles, there are many ways you may attempt to reduce them! Prescription wrinkle creams, like Renova and Retin-A, are derived from vitamin A and are known for their ability to smooth fine lines. Botulinum toxin type A, or the ubiquitious Botox, is aprescription that your dermatologist must administer directly into your facial muscles with a needle. Botox blocks the signals that cause muscles to contract, preventing the formation of new wrinkles and flattening ones that are already present. Other in-office, anti-wrinkle treatments include dermabrasion, chemical peels, injectable fillers, and laser surgery. To learn more about the skin you're in, visit other videos on this website.More »
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