Acne Resources

Comedogenic ingredients should be avoided while undergoing acne treatment and for a lifetime of clear skin. Even mildly comedogenic ingredients like Talc can be troublesome. Please use only loose acne safe mineral foundations like logo (1) which I highly recommend. It covers beautifully and leaves the skin flawless! Just click on any of the products to lead to my online store where I have loads of acne safe make up to choose from.

Hair products with ingredients on this list can also be a problem for those trying to clear. Men especially need to be wary of many products especially Axe hair products and body washes! They may be marketed well, but will exacerbate acne.

Please take time to download this free list of comedogenic-ingredients here.

Shaving Tips for Acne Prone Skin

Here are some shaving tips and tricks:

  • Be sure to pay attention to your pre-shave routine. Soften the bristles of your beard by using lukewarm water and an acne-safe, pre-shave soap to prep your skin for a smoother shave. Some great options include Acne Wash, Mandelic Wash, Ultra Gentle Cleanser, or Sensitive Skin Cleansing Gel.
  • Throw out that rotary or multiple blade razor. These can cause aggravating ingrown hairs, leading to inflamed acne. Instead, use a single edge razor such as the Merkur. The heavier weight ensures that the razor will do the work, resulting in less skin scraping and more of an efficient shave. Make sure you keep all shaving implements clean and blades sharp! Have a spray bottle of rubbing alcohol handy to sanitize your blades between shaves and switch the blades out once to twice a week for an optimum shaving experience.
  • Shave with the grain using slow, short, overlapping strokes. This prevents ingrown hairs and irritation from going over the same area more than once. Break the habit of shaving upward, against the grain, or over the same area multiple times to try and get a closer shave.
  • If you use clippers or T-edger blades, keep them clean! You can find sanitizing supplies at any beauty supply store. And keep your clippers to yourself—don’t share with anyone. If you get your trims done at the barbershop, keep a sharp eye out to make sure they are properly cleaning any implement that comes into contact with your skin.
  • Resist the temptation to tweeze any ingrown hairs. Sure you’ll be rid of them for a time, but they will return with a vengeance! And when they grow back, the vicious cycle continues as they just get trapped under the surface of the skin and become ingrown again and again.

We hope these tips shed some light on the art of shaving with acne-prone skin. Complements of Face Reality Acne Clinic and Skin Care.

 

Versatility of Vitamin A Corrective Serum

You already know how vitamin A can help Noninflamed acne and achieve clear skin.  Did you know that it also is great for skin rejuvenation?  Let’s look at how this versatile ingredient can work wonders for anti-aging clients.

Vitamin A can aid your skin by recalling its proper function. Known as a “cell-communicating ingredient,” vitamin A blocks incorrect messages that your cells receive and reminds the cells of what they are supposed to be doing. When one cell receives this communication, it passes it along to the next, and then the next—creating a chain of efficient cells. These functions include the formation of collagen and elastin as well as accelerated cell turnover. Skin goes from dull and sluggish to invigorated and ageless.

Retin-A is perhaps the most well-known form of topical vitamin A. The active ingredient in Retin-A is called retinoic acid. While it offers all the benefits of vitamin A, the side effects can be a deal breaker. Many users experience severe dryness and/or irritation and will have to discontinue use. Retin-A Cream is highly comedogenic and not an acne treatment. See my Pinterest under Acne Unsafe for more information!

Fortunately, there is a gentler alternative and it doesn’t require a prescription. It’s called retinaldehyde. When used topically, your skin converts retinaldehyde into retinoic acid.  How does this differ from putting retinoic acid directly on the skin (as in Retin-A) and why is it better? Your skin facilitates a controlled dose as opposed to an aggravating overflow. Think of it as overeating at a buffet versus a perfectly portioned meal. In this case, less is definitely more.

The Face Reality Vitamin A Corrective Serum uses retinaldehyde as its user friendly resurfacer. It also includes anti-inflammatory agents as well as ingredients that absorb excess sebum, alleviate skin discomfort, and visibly fade redness. This ensures a well-balanced formula that delivers the active power of vitamin A without the irritation. (Complements of Face Reality)

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