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Pore Clogging Ingredients in Skin Care

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Pore Clogging Ingredients in Skin Care

Do not ever put anything on your skin or your hair without checking the ingredients first, even if it says “won’t clog pores” or “noncomedogenic” on the bottle.

Many professional skin care products, natural skin care products, organic skin care products and even acne skin care products can have pore-clogging ingredients. No government agency oversees this, so skincare companies can claim their products promote clear skin and have pore cloggers in their ingredient deck.

There are many ingredients that sound wonderful for your skin, but can be some of the worst offenders. Natural oils like cocoa butter and coconut oil which are found in many “organic” skin care lines will wreak havoc with acne-prone skin. Other oils such as jojoba, olive and lanolin are mildly comedogenic and can be a problem if formulated with other comedogenic ingredients.

The prescription product Retin A (the cream form) has isopropyl myristate – a potent pore-clogger. Some other prescription products are comedogenic as well. Many over-the-counter acne medications also have pore clogging ingredients. “Oil-free” products are not necessarily safe either.

These are all the ingredients that can aggravate acne.

Acetylated Lanolin
Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol
Algae Extract
Butyl Stearate
Cetyl Acetate
Cetearyl Alcohol + Ceteareth 20
Chondrus Crispus (aka Irish Moss or Carageenan Moss)
Coal Tar
Cocoa Butter
Coconut Alkanes
Coconut Butter
Coconut Oil
Colloidal Sulfur
Cotton Awws Oil
Cotton Seed Oil
D & C Red # 17 (can also be listed without D&C)
D & C Red # 21 (can also be listed without D&C)
D & C Red # 3 (can also be listed without D&C)
D & C Red # 30 (can also be listed without D&C)
D & C Red # 36 (can also be listed without D&C)
Decyl Oleate
Dioctyl Succinate
Disodium Monooleamido PEG 2-Sulfosuccinate
Ethoxylated Lanolin
Ethylhexyl Palmitate
Glyceryl Stearate SE
Hexadecyl Alcohol
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
Isocetyl Alcohol
Isocetyl Stearate
Isodecyl Oleate
Isopropyl Isosterate
Isopropyl Linolate
Isopropyl Myristate
Isopropyl Palmitate
Isostearyl Isostearate
Isostearyl Neopentanoate
Laminaria Digitata Extract
Laminaria Saccharina Extract (Laminaria Saccharine)
Lauric Acid
Mink Oil
Myristic Acid
Myristyl Lactate
Myristyl Myristate
Octyl Palmitate
Octyl Stearate
Oleyl Alcohol
PEG 16 Lanolin
PEG 200 Dilaurate
PEG 8 Stearate
PG Monostearate
PPG 2 Myristyl Propionate
Potassium Chloride
Propylene Glycol Monostearate
Red Algae
Sea Whip Extract
Shark Liver Oil (Squalene)
Shea Butter
Sodium Chloride (Salt)
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Solulan 16
Sorbitan Oleate
Soybean Oil
Steareth 10
Stearic Acid Tea
Stearyl Heptanoate
Sulfated Castor Oil
Sulfated Jojoba Oil
Stearyl Heptanoate
Wheat Germ Glyceride
Wheat Germ Oil

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The TOP TEN Acne Myths

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The Top Ten Acne Myths

1. Myth: Washing Your Face Often Prevents Breakouts.

Fact: Washing your face several times a day will not do anything to keep you from breaking out. In most cases, it will only serve to irritate and dehydrate your skin. Acne starts deep within the pore – dead skin cells pile up faster than normal and get caught inside the pore causing a “microcomedone” (the beginning of an acne lesion) to form. You need products that penetrate inside the pore to prevent acne from forming in the first place.

2. Myth: Acne is caused by poor hygiene and/or acne is caused by dirt.

Fact: As said before, acne starts deep within the pore. Acne prone pore shed dead skin cells five times faster than normal pores. Dirt and/or surface skin oil has nothing to do with the formation of acne. Even if a person washes their face several times a day, it won’t stop acne from forming. (See myth #1). Acne needs to be managed with the right products that penetrate the pores to stop acne where it starts.

3. Myth: Acne is caused by candy and french fries.

Fact: A diet high in iodides (the salt on those french fries) can make acne worse, but neither candy nor fried foods “cause” acne. There have been studies that show that sugar-laden foods and fast foods can make acne worse, but it certainly is not the “cause”. If it caused it then every teenager in America would have acne, but that is not the case. Acne is an inherited disorder of the pores – you either are prone to it or not.

4. Myth: Acne is just a cosmetic disease.

Fact: Any disease that can leave permanent disfiguring scarring on the face is more than just a “cosmetic” disease. It affects the self-esteem of the acne sufferer deeply, some to the extent that they won’t leave the house or even go to school. Some people can get staph infections with their acne, which can be dangerous if not treated. Some people take Accutane (its equivalent) which can cause a whole host of really dangerous side effects. Acne is a disease that needs to be taken seriously!

5. Myth: You just have to let acne run its course.

Fact: Some people (not very many) never grow out of their acne. I had a client in her seventies that still broke out! For others, it is not worth the risk of potential permanent scarring that acne can cause. When acne can be managed with the right products, why take the chance? There have been studies done that people with acne get lower-paying jobs and get passed over for promotions. We live in a culture that rewards healthy, attractive people. While that may not be “right”, it is the reality. If you can do something about an unattractive condition then it is a really good idea to take action. Let an acne expert help you get your acne under control!

6. Myth: You should spot treat zits with benzoyl peroxide

Fact: Benzoyl peroxide is best used as a preventative for acne. It kills the microcomedones (the beginning of an acne lesion) before it gets a foothold in the pore. If you just spot treat with it you are only treating the existing acne and not all of the pores where acne may be forming. Acne can take up to 90 days to form and come to the surface, so the area that you don’t treat may be the area where acne is getting its start.

7. Myth: Acne can be cured.

Fact: There is no “cure” for acne. Most people will grow out of it at some point in their lives, but no one can predict when that will be. Acne can wreak havoc on your face until you do. The good news is that acne can be controlled by using the right products for your type of acne and used in the right way. You want an acne expert to guide you in this process to get your skin clear as quickly as possible.

8. Myth: Toothpaste can cure acne.

Fact: This is truly an urban myth. While toothpaste may be able to dry out existing lesions, it has nothing in it that can prevent acne from forming in the first place. And, if you want a spot treatment (which is, at best, a band-aid approach to your acne problem), there are better alternatives. Toothpaste can really burn your skin AND most brands have sodium lauryl sulfate in the formulation – a know pore clogger. (See list of pore-clogging ingredients.)

9. Myth: Moisturizer will make you break out.

Fact: Most people with acne are deathly afraid of moisturizers and with good cause! There ARE many moisturizers with pore-clogging ingredients in them. However, any product that is active enough to get your acne under control can and will be inherently drying/dehydrating. This means you will need to:

  1. Start slowly with strong products to allow your skin to get used to them.
  2. Use a sunscreen/moisturizer during the day to give your skin the moisture it needs so it doesn’t get completely irritated and dried out from your acne regimen.
  3. Make sure the sunscreen and/or moisturizer you use is noncomedogenic (non pore-clogging).
  4. Never use moisturizer over the top of benzoyl peroxide – it will stop it from penetrating the pore where it does the work of preventing acne from forming.

10. Myth: Products need to tingle or sting in order to know they are working.

Fact: While it’s true you need strong products to get acne under control, if they are too strong, that means your skin will eventually get too irritated and burned. Stinging = Burning!! At that point, you will have to stop all products that are working to get you clear and take a break for a few days. This will impede your progress of getting clear. Let your Acne Specialist choose the correct strength of product for your type of skin and your type of acne.

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Dry Skin Care – Dry Skin Treatment and Remedies

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Dry Skin Treatment and Remedies

Dryness of skin is an apparent fact that the skin has dropped nearly all of its vital defensive characteristics. Dry skins are mostly damaged by sun’s rays, hard water, and breeze. The skin failures its real softness, dries up, and right after each and every rinse the skin obtain abnormally tough and difficult.

Ecological elements like as direct exposure to sun, wind flow, frosty, substances, or cosmetic makeup products, or too much showering using unpleasant soaps may also lead to dry skin. Situations like this kind of dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, or seborrhea also are result in the dry skin.

In accordance to Ayurveda, dryness of skin is a prevalent characteristic of a Vata composition. Vata leads to dryness of the skin whenever it is vitiated owing to periodic affects.

Honey, is an excellent therapy intended for dry skin.

Include half tablespoon of honey to 1-2 tablespoon of rose water. Implement on face, neck, and other dried skin area. This is organic and harmless. Depart it for about 15-20 minutes, after that rinse off with tepid water. Honey moisturizes and soothes dry skin, and is soothing enough for daily use. This combination wipes the skin, tones it, and makes it shining.

Egg yolk and honey is one greatest option for dry skin care.

Create a composite applying egg yolk (one teaspoon), milk powder (1-2 teaspoon), and honey (one teaspoon). Implement this paste on face, neck and other dry skin area and let it dry for 10-15 minutes after that rinse your face applying frosty water.

Is Microneedling Really the Next Big Thing?

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Wendy Lewis explores the buzz surrounding skin needling | Plastic Surgery Practice July 2014

By Wendy Lewis

Skin needling, also called microneedling therapy, collagen induction therapy (CIT), and percutaneous collagen induction (PCI), is a minimally invasive skin-rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of a device that contains fine needles. The needles are used to puncture the skin to create a controlled skin injury. Each puncture creates a channel that triggers the body to fill these microscopic wounds by producing new collagen and elastin. Through the process of neovascularization and neocollagenesis, there is improvement in skin texture and firmness, as well as reduction in scars, pore size, and stretch marks.

Among the earliest proponents was Michael Pistor, the French doctor who is credited with having developed mesotherapy in 1952. In the 1990s, Montreal plastic surgeon Andre Camirand, MD, experimented with using tattoo guns without ink to treat postsurgical scars. South African plastic surgeon Des Fernandes, MD, founder of the Environ skin care range, introduced skin needling using a roller for treating vertical perioral wrinkles at the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) congress in Taipei in 1996.

There has been a recent proliferation of devices and systems on the market in this category that vary in the diameter and length of the microneedles, generally ranging from 0.5 to 3.0 mm. Essentially, there are two basic categories of devices: battery- and cord-powered systems. Each design has some advantages, and personal preference determines operator selection. There are also flat-edged tips versus beveled tips. Current devices range from mechanical to manual models with shorter needle lengths designed for home use to rollers or stamps with longer needles designed for skin professionals only.

PCI has proved to be a simple and fast method for safely treating wrinkles and scars. Because the epidermis remains intact, the procedure can be repeated safely and is also suited to regions where laser treatments and deep peels are not typically performed.1 PCI therapy is now becoming widely used as a treatment for photoaged skin to improve the skin’s appearance and quality, and to improve or even prevent scarring.2

Microneedling can be performed in an office setting and does not require extensive training or costly equipment. Single-use systems are available for up to a few hundred dollars, with multiple-use devices costing roughly a few thousand dollars, depending on the model. It is cost-effective, and can be done on areas of skin that may not be suitable for peeling or laser resurfacing, such as around the eyes and mouth, hands, and chest. The procedure is well tolerated by patients with minimal downtime, and can be easily personalized by going deeper on some areas where skin damage requires a more aggressive approach.


Topical anesthetic cream is used to keep the patient comfortable during the procedure. Patients should be advised that multiple treatments will be necessary. The number of needling sessions depends on the individual skin condition. Three or four treatments may be recommended for mild to moderate acne scarring, whereas deeper scars and stretch marks may require upward of five treatments. An interval of 4 to 6 weeks between treatments is typically recommended. Many practitioners are also doing maintenance treatments at intervals of 6 to 12 months. When utilized for generalized skin resurfacing, products such as topical growth factors and antiaging serums are better absorbed in the skin as an adjunct to treatment.

“Microneedling is a safe, chemical-free method that triggers new collagen production,” says Beverly Hills, Calif, nurse and aesthetic trainer Sylvia Silvestri, RN. “Because it can be performed on all skin colors and types, it is sometimes the preferred treatment over laser as there is no risk of burning the patient.”

Best Anti-Aging Practice

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What can remove your wrinkles? How do you keep your look pretty and evergreen? Listen, anti-aging doesn’t come from outside. Inside your mind, you need to practice a sound and healthy life. Consider the right food and drink. Change your lifestyle with the advice your physician. You need not to use lotions and potions like cream, moisturizer, anti aging skin products externally. Just avoid all excesses like overexposure to wind or water with all irritating elements. It is happiness that can surely keep your natural beauty. But, when you really in need of best anti aging skin products, you need to make your best choice.


Healthy Life with best Anti-Aging Skin Care Practice

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When you look at your old photograph may be ten years back from the present, you are not the same one. But you must see some people who remain the same as they were in the old days. Time just stops for some people. It is not always miracles fallen on them. Look at their lifestyle and routine life. Having the best anti-aging skin care is a wish which comes in mind eventually.  In the market, there are lots of products on anti-aging skin care. However, both women and men ages 34 and up are advised to incorporate appropriate cream or lotions and potions for 7days or even 4 months regularly. Without maintaining routine in your daily life all efforts can go in vain.  The best anti-aging skin care can only ensure when you find the best products are available. Moisturizer is one of the most important elements for skincare. If you are not enough aware of taking foods and habits, you can lose your natural beauty and eventually wrinkles in your face.