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 :)
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.
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.