Skin Care Questions and Answers About clogged pores
I am 30 years old and I have had acne for almost 10 years, from cystic bumps on my cheeks, to blackheads on my nose and chin, to those annoying little bumps that seem to never go away. I live in NM (it is the desert and it is hell on skin) and now that we are heading into fall/winter the air is very dry. So I cant seem to find the right balance for my skin. I either look broken out like a teenager or dried up and old. ...Read Response (asked by Kate S. of Albuquerque, NM)
Based on the information that you provided regarding your skin type, I am recommending that you continue using the Acne Facial Cleanser since the 2% Salicylic Acid will continue to prevent breakouts. The Special Cleansing Lotion C is meant for problematic skin with daily breakouts and would be too strong for you. I would follow your cleanser with the Special Cucumber Lotion toner twice daily after cleansing to disinfect the skin and discourage the acne. You may use the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser 1-2 times a week only at night to deep clean and exfoliate surface dead skin. Use the oil-free Aloe Moisturizer (SPF-15) daily to soften dry skin without clogging pores. I would suggest the Herbal Hydrating Serum to hydrate and soften dry, parched skin nightly. Use the Flower & Tonic Mask 2-3 times a week for 15 minutes to gently deep clean the skin without over-drying skin. The Drying Lotion is the perfect overnight spot treatment for surfaced whiteheads. Lastly, for stubborn cystic acne, the best spot treatment is the Sulfur based Buffering Lotion. It is a light, liquid antiseptic solution to soothe and heal cystic blemishes.
What kind of products would you recommend for patients on Accutane?...Read Response (asked by Jennifer L. of Los Angeles, CA)
For patients on Accutane, it is best to consult with your dermatologist regarding skin care products. One of the typical side effects would be very dry, sensitive skin. Our customized regimens consist of specific products meant to help your various skin concerns; however, it is important to keep your regimen extremely simple since the skin can be very delicate. We do have gentle products such as the Cream Soap that would be suggested for mild cleansing of delicate skin. Follow with the Chamomile Cleansing Lotion to instantly soothe dry, sensitive skin. Use the oil-free Aloe Moisturizer (SPF-15) daily to soften dry skin without clogging pores. Lastly, I would suggest the Herbal Hydrating Serum to hydrate and soften dry, parched skin nightly.
For the most part my skin is pretty good. Iím 34 and fair skinned, with my skin occasionally prone to small whiteheads in the nose/chin area, but otherwise Iím fairly dry. My biggest concern is clogged pores on my nose. Iíve started using your Seaweed Soap Cleanser followed by the Honey Moisturizer and I am very happy with the results. Can you suggest anything for the clogged pores?...Read Response (asked by Delaney M. of Unknown)
Since your biggest concern is clogged pores on your nose along with some small whiteheads, use the kaolin based Flower & Tonic Mask twice a week on your t-zone to discourage blackheads. It will help to absorb oil and impurities from pores as it calms and soothes sensitive skin types. On alternating days, use the mild Almond & Honey Face Scrub to exfoliate surface dullness and prevent any congestion. It is made with finely ground almond and cornmeal combined with honey to buff away flaky skin without irritating.