I have suffered with adult acne for as long as I can remember, and during the last 20 years have been on 7 courses of Accutane. I didn't believe there was any other way to manage my skin. I was recommended Studio Blu by my dermatologist to try before going back on Accutane for the 8th time, and I cannot believe how great my skin is after only EIGHT WEEKS! It is completely clear and without ANY medication. For anyone who suffers with bad skin and knows how debilitating and depressing it can be, I highly recommend going to see Cora - she has totally turned my skin around and consequently stopped me feeling depressed and embarrassed. I can now go out without makeup on and my skin looks GREAT! I cannot say thank you enough :)
- Lower salt intake
- Drink enough water (half your body weight in ounces)
- Get enough sleep (at least seven hours)
- Reduce alcohol and caffeine
- Don't smoke
- Keep to a healthy weight
- Avoid scented skincare and household products
- Wear sunglasses
- Cut out all dairy, soda, sports drinks
- Control allergies
- Discuss with your doctor for any possible health concerns that may be making it worse
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Absolutely amazing. I started out with absolutely awful skin, which I had been dealing with off and on for 10 years. Now my skin has neverrrrr been better. I hardly every get any breakouts and I constantly have a glow to my skin. I get compliments all the time!
I love the way Cora treats acne holisticly in a way. It's a lifestyle she sets up for you, which is super healthy and gives you great results. Cora saved my skin and my life! I've never felt so confident in my skin. I owe it all to her and her great products.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED :)
- Shave in the direction of the hair growth
- Use a single blade disposable razor like Bic for Sensitive Skin or PFB Bump Fighter
- Use your razor once or twice then discard
- Shave area once
- Use an acne safe wash, fragrance-free shave cream or a gel cleanser containing benzoyl peroxide
- If using an electric shaver, use professional disinfectant spray before and after shaving to disinfect and lubricate the blades
- Do not tamper the skin introducing secondary bacteria
- Do not use rotary shavers to cut beards
- Do not use depilatory creams or shaving powders
If you use hair trimmers or clippers, they must be kept absolutely clean to avoid spreading acne bacteria or lesson the chance of spreading contagious skin disease. This includes home use! See videos below. If you go to a barber or beauty shop, make sure you see the barber or stylist clean after they cut or trim hair. The bottom line: If you are not comfortable with what you see in a salon or barber shop, the best thing you can do is leave.
Got Acne? What a Dermatologist Won’t Tell You. Skip the Dairy
If you want to help clear bumps, pimples, blackheads, cysts etc., we recommend no dairy in your diet.
Why? We are not sure why but we think it may have to do with inflammation. It’s probably the same reasons it’s been linked to all kinds of health problems. Think about it, was milk from cows, meant to feed baby calves, made for human consumption? It's natures concoction to provide vital nutrients and fats to a young animal that will grow into a gigantic heifer. For humans, it seems to me, that dairy is just not meant for us. I tend to think it’s inflammatory. We do know that dairy can contribute to weight gain, digestive problems, water retention, high blood pressure, bloating, puffy eyes and is also linked to many other health problems if you begin to research it. Yuck right? Well for skin, it exacerbates acne. Doesn’t matter if it comes from a goat or cow. Doesn’t matter if it’s lactose-free, no-fat, organic etc. If it comes from an animal, it’s a no go for clear skin.
I get asked this question all the time when I say skip dairy for amazing skin and clearing your acne, “But what about getting enough calcium and vitamin D?” I say ask a Dietitian, they will recommend foods like lots of dark green vegetables or to take supplements with calcium citrate, magnesium and vitamin D.
I love and adore cheese just like you. It’s been a hard habit for me to break. Luckily, there are amazing cheese alternatives now. Check out a meltable cheese called Heidi Ho or Kite Hill cheeses or my personal favorite Miyoko’s Kitchen, the Classic Double Cream Chive or Double Cream Sun-dried Tomato Garlic are very yummy. I heard Miyoko’s Kitchen now has a meltable cheese for pizza. Hooray!
For milk alternative my favorites are Trader Joe’s brand almond milk or 365 brand from Whole Foods. The reason I choose these two brands are because you want to skip products containing iodine. Careful, many dairy milk alternatives contain an ingredient called carrageenan or algin. Carrageenan is extracted from red edible seaweeds. Algin is derived from marine brown algae. They are widely used in the food industry, for their gelling, thickening, and stabilizing properties but are also high in iodine making it a big no-no for acne prone individuals.
Will skipping dairy keep your acne completely under control? The answer is no. In most cases, it takes doing many things correctly to keep skin clear. This is why you will need an acne specialist. Come visit us at Studio Blu Acne Clinic in San Anselmo (North Bay Area) or work with us in our long-distance program from wherever you are, we can help.
For more information, please feel free to contact us: www.clearskinofacne.com and www.acnesafeproducts.com
First, what is acne? There are lots of very technical descriptions of acne that I won't bore you with. This is how I like to explain it; acne is a disease where there is no known cure, all we can do is control it. Acne is genetic in almost all cases, you can thank your parents or possible even your grandparents for it. So guess what? It's not your fault because you didn't wash your face enough. Acne simply means you produce more dead skin cells than you would if you didn't have acne. If you don't have acne, you shed approximately one layer of dead skin cells every day. If you do have active acne, more than likely you shed up to five dead skin cell layers every day. What we do at Studio Blu Acne Clinic is help you not have those dead skin cells back up and cause breakouts. We can do that either in our studios, that is located in the San Francisco North Bay Area or in our long-distance acne program wherever you are, is coach you about what lifestyle choices prevent breakouts, acne bumps, cysts, hormonal breakouts, blackheads, pimples etc., that we all find highly annoying. We also fight acne with a regimen with products that actually work.
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Here are just three lifestyle tips. There are many more. Contact us, we look forward to hearing from you.
1. Reduce your stress.
Stress stimulates the adrenal gland, it creates a sticky backup, mess, of oil that clogs pores. In acne-prone individuals, it creates a back up dead skin cells that produce bumps, pimples, blackheads, acne cysts etc. in acne-prone individual.
What can you do to reduce stress? Do whatever it takes.
When there is nothing you can do to change your stressful situation, we usually recommend talking to your doctor about getting onto a good vigorous exercise program of some kind. You will feel better and sleep better and this will help you and your acne prone skin look it's best.
2. Sleep at least eight, uninterrupted, hours every night
This means no electronics in the bedroom. No beeping. No checking. No watching.
Night shift and sleeping with infants or small children means trouble with acne-prone skin.
Travel and crossing time zones causes severe physical stress, making it harder to clear acne.
3. Drink more water
Plump up fine lines, reduce dark circles, brighten your skin tone. Drink at least half your body weight in ounces, we are now recommending three litters a day for most adults. Water intake should be throughout the day for best results.
If acne breakouts are concentrated on the hairline, forehead, temples, sides of the face, neck and jawline, sideburns, scalp, behind the ears or upper back your hair products may be the culprit. Whatever you put in your hair will migrate onto your skin and cause breakouts. You perspire when you sleep, overheat, get stressed and exercise, when this happens your hair products can travel to other parts of your skin. Check all your products for pore-clogging ingredients. Hairspray must be light and unscented; cover your face with a paper plate before you spray. This trick won’t work with oil sheen, braid spray or scented hairspray.
During the Summer, if you’re like most people, you crave the fresh mountain air and roasting marshmallows around a campfire. Though camping cleanses your soul, it makes maintaining an acne regimen a challenge. Follow these few tips, and a few nights under the stars won’t throw your skin off the deep end.
No access to water, use Costco brand Kirkland Baby Wipes or Target unsented Baby Wipes before you begin your skin regimen. Always check the ingredient deck for pore-clogging ingredients.
Always remember to reapply your sunscreen every 1 to 2 hours in the intense outdoor sun.This is especially true if you’re at higher altitudes. We recommend acne safe Studio Blu mineral sunscreen.
ICE, ICE BABY
Most campers will have a cooler with plenty of ice in it, so go ahead, ice. Apply ice, in circular motion, 1 to 2 minutes on acne prone skin. Be careful not to leave in one area too long as it may result in ice burn.
With a lack of access to running water, washing your hair can be a pain in the neck. Remember to pack some acne safe DRY shampoo. It absorbs all the grease from your hair, which results in less grease getting on your skin. It’s also a plus to have beautiful clean hair while camping. Be sure to check the ingredient deck.
LOOK OUT FOR HIDDEN PORE-CLOGGERS
When we’re at home it’s easy to be on high alert about using non-clogging products. When you’re out in the wild, it’s a tad more difficult. Watch out for these skin abusers when camping:
bug spray: nearly all bug sprays are made with soybean oil, which is on the no-no pore-clogging list. The only acne safe bug spray is Greenerways Organic Bug Screen bug spray.
body sunscreen: sun protection for your body is, of course, important, but make sure whatever sunscreen you’re using on your body isn’t pore-clogging. Even if you don’t tend to break out on your body, when you touch your skin throughout the day, the sunscreen will get on your hands, and will almost certainly end up on your face.
campfire food: we all know better than to mess with soy and dairy, so make sure you steer clear of them even while camping. Check ingredients on any canned or processed foods you plan on bringing – you’ll find that a lot them have some form of sneaky soy.
a dirty pillow: just like at home, make sure whatever pillow you’re using is CLEAN. To play it safe, pack an extra tee or two to put over your pillow each night.
If you try your best to follow these tips, it should be easier to enjoy the fun shenanigans and all that camping is about, without stressing about your skin.
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Four must know tips for sunscreen.
Choosing the right sunscreen can help reduce the risk of cancer. It is an important tool in the fight against skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. The Amercian Academy of Dermatology recommends consumers choose a sunscreen which states on the label:
- SPF 30 or higher
- Broad Spectrum, which means the sunscreen protects the skin from Ultraviolet A (UVA) and Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, both of which can cause cancer
- One ounce of sunscreen, that's enough to fill a shot class, is the amount needed to cover the exposed parts of the body
Learn more oat www.spotskincancer.org