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Aug 27 2010

QUESTION: I have white balls (like milia), but deep in my skin. I will feel a sore spot – like a deep pimple, but it will not go away. I can usually feel a hard cyst under it. Most of the time, I get up my courage and use the tweezers to gouge the spot and locate the cyst. After I remove it, it heals quickly. Is this normal? I seem to get many and they are very painful. Do you have any advice?

You have a couple options here. First STOP gouging them with tweezers…you are setting yourself up for, infection, scarring, the list goes on and on!! There are tools specifically designed to help properly extract the milia as well as the underground cysts. They are called lancets and they are designed with a razor sharp edge that safely pierced the skin so you can extract the blemish easier. Once you have lanced the blemish you should then use and extractor tool to remove it. You can get a Double Loop or Wire extractor it is preference, they both work extremely well. Next you will want to look into Skin Rx Clinics Microdermabrasion Peel. It is formulated with a combination of Glycolic Acid and the same Corundum Crystals used in machines at Doctor’s offices or Salons. The unique 2 in 1 combination of Glycolic Acid and Corundum Crystals will peel away the dead, dull cells and revel renewed refined & retexturized skin. Once that dead skin cell buildup is removed then you can lance and extract the blemish with ease. I also recommend Skin Rx Clinic Jojoba Exfoliating Cleanser to help keep your skin clean and exfoliated and A Glycolic Lotion for the day  to keep you hydrated.

Aug 24 2010

QUESTION: I just recently discovered your site on the Internet and am interested in your products. I am wondering if you can advise me on what products to use for the problems I have with my skin. I have had a dark spot on my cheek for numerous years about the size of a nickel that is like an age spot and have tried hundreds of products for at home with no real results. Do your skin products REALLY lighten dark spots???I cannot afford to go to Dr’s and have treatments and swore I would not try another product, but I am enticed by your site. Any info would be appreciated. Thank you

I can imagine you have tried a thousand products, without results. So I absolutely understand you frustration and lack of trust in products. I will be completely honest with you…when you are dealing with age spots which are an overproduction of melanin they are extremely hard to get rid of. Now don’t get me wrong, you can diminish the look and lighten the dark discoloration of the spots but to say you can completely get rid of them would be lying. With that being said I do have suggestions and options for you. If you have tried everything on the market from Skin Lighteners to bleaching agents with no success it’s safe to say they are not going to work for you. But before we completely rule them out I want to make sure the skin lighteners you have tried contain: Hydroquinone, Kojic Acid & Glycolic Acid. Skin Rx Clinic offers a Skin Lightener with all 3 key ingredients. It is essential that they contain all three lightening agents. Other option is a Lactic Acid At Home Peel. Lactic Acid is  an AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) derived from sour milk. It is a superior exfoliant and because it is a naturally occurring metabolite found in the body it is highly recommended for the treatment of Hyper-pigmentation (dark spots). Because it is an at home peel you are not paying for the doctors visit and can perform the peels when it is convenient for you on a more consistent basis. It is better to peel less severely more often than it is to peel more severely less often, and an At Home Peel allows you to do just that. Skin Rx Clinic offers Lactic Acid in 3 strengths…30%, 40% & 50%. I always recommend starting at 30% or 40% Lactic Acid depending on the severity of the discoloration and working your way up to 50%.

Aug 20 2010

QUESTION: What is a good bronzer product? I don’t want to look orange and I have yet to find a bronzer that doesn’t give you that you can tell your wearing bronzer look!! It must exist because I see perfectly bronzed people all the time! Am I just looking in the wrong places?

Let me just start by saying as a makeup artist by far the hardest task I have had to overcome is finding the perfect bronzer! Just when I was about to give up I came across Mineral Secrets Congo Safari Bronzer. It is the only bronzer I have ever tried myself or used on a client that doesn’t leave even a hint of that fake orange bronzer color. It has 3 different shade of bronze swirled together in a tiger pattern. You can also use it as a highlighter on the brim of your nose and cheek bones. It’s a must have for the summer & winter…to keep a that perfect sun kissed look year round!

Aug 18 2010

QUESTION: I do not use make up very frequently because when I do I get blackheads and pimples. What is the problem, how can it be solved?

There are several factors to address when dealing with acne and blackheads. First you want to make sure you are using the proper cleanser. This makes all the difference. By keeping the skin exfoliated and killing pore clogging bacteria you can prevent the breakouts from occurring in the first place. Skin Rx Clinic carries a Jojoba Exfoliating Cleanser. It is give a deep down clean feeling and contains Jojoba beads to naturally buff away dead skin cell build up. That in combination with Salicylic Acid allows the skin to breath even under makeup. You should also use a good moisturizer. This will assure your skin stays properly hydrated throughout the day and as a result will not over produce oil and clog the pores leaving room for bacteria to grow. Skin Rx Clinic also carries a Glycolic Face Lotion that is lightweight and beneficial in helping prevent and clear up acne prone skin. Now that we have touch base on what to do before you apply your make up to keep your skin clear, let’s talk about the right kind of makeup. I am sure you have noticed the Mineral Makeup crazy, and rightly so…it is fantastic! You also have options;  Mineral Secrets carries a fantastic line of mineral makeup products, Pressed Mineral Base, Loose Mineral Base and Liquid Mineral base. These are all oil free products made of mineral pigments and will not clog your pores or cause acne causing bacteria to grow. My personal preference is the Liquid Mineral Base. I love its texture and it provides medium coverage without feeling heavy and wearing off mid day! But if you prefer a powder base the Loose Mineral Base is light weight and provides minimal coverage, the pressed is also lightweight as it is still a powder but it provide better coverage. One you decide on what type of Mineral Makeup you prefer the rest is easy…just apply and feel how natural your skin feels and looks!

Aug 12 2010

QUESTION: Hi my name is Kiley and I hate wearing make-up. I try to wear as little as possible but it always looks bad, I don’t like foundation or powder because it makes my face feel loaded down and very oily. I wash my face every morning and night and take off make-up before I go to bed. I don’t know what the problem is. How can I wear make-up and look like I’m barely wearing any at all?

HI Kiley, let’s take a couple steps back and start with your skincare routine. You mentioned you wash your face am and pm, that’s good! I am curious as to what you do next. Your skincare regime plays a role in your makeup application. If you start with over or under hydrated skin your make up will reflect that! For example if you are using a moisturizer that is too heavy to penetrate the skin thoroughly, it won’t properly absorb, resulting in a layer of buildup that sits on the surface of the skin. When you then apply your foundation it cannot bind properly to the skin and you are left with that thick, sticky, heavy make up feeling you dislike so much. So start with a good moisturizer. I recommend Skin Rx Clinic’s O2 Rejuvenating Day Crème.  It hydrates the skin with moisture binding Hyaluronic Acid, helps the skin to accept nutrients and fights free radicals. Not only will you hydrating the skin you are also preventing aging. Now that I’ve touched base on Skincare let’s get to your question. I am going to assume you have heard of mineral makeup. I am also going to assume you are only aware of the Powder side of mineral make up. I am going to introduce you to the Liquid side of mineral makeup. Mineral Secrets carries a line of mineral make up that is by far the best mineral makeup I have ever worked with as a makeup artist. I suggest looking into Mineral Secrets Liquid Mineral Foundation. It has a velvety smooth texture covers like a liquid and dries like a powder. It will keep you hydrated without that oily feeling and it is mineral based so it wears all day without smudging and transferring. It also has a natural SPF factor of 15 so you are protected from damaging sun rays.

Aug 04 2010

QUESTION: I am from India and have brown skin. I have combination of dry to oily skin also with mild to moderate acne. I also have acne scars and uneven skin tone. I was looking on your site but am not sure which products to use for these problems. Can you help me with that? I am extremely interested in your chemical peels, but not familiar with them. It would be greatly appreciated!

I do have some recommendations for you:  You first want to pick a treatment product, a power product so to say…

-Reducing unsightly razor burn, bumps and ingrown hairs on face, under arms, bikini & legs
-Assists in removing and preventing acne on face, chest, back and arms
-Reduces fine Lines, acne scars & uneven texture.
-Diminishes the look of sun damage, hyperpigmentation & brown spots.
-Dissolves pore clogging bacteria that causes blackheads & whiteheads

  • Glycolic Acid Peel-If you would like to get a peel I would suggest a low percentage Glycolic Acid Peel…maybe 30% or 40% Buffered Glycolic Acid. If you are a beginner or this is your first time performing an “At Home” peel. If you have had a Glycolic Acid Peel before, and this is not your first experience you then could use 50% or 60% Glycolic Acid. Like with any acid you should do a patch test on your cheek and jawbone before placing it all over the face…this will ensure you do not have a reaction.
  • Also, the Glycolic Lotion would be something to think about. It is a light weight, oil-free, glycolic treatment lotion ideal for acne or oily skin. Fights blackheads, lines and large pores!
  • The 15% Glycolic Smoothing Gel is also ideal for treating acne and acne scars and it is good to use to prep the skin before performing a 30% or 40% Glycolic Peel. It still contains 15% Glycolic Acid it is just not as invasive as the peel but you will still get results!
  • If you want to perform a peel, the Glycolic Acid is the way to go as far as addressing your specific concerns. It is designed to refine and renew the skin, and as a result minimizes scarring and fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps to balance & maintain sebum (oil) levels to reduce the amount of sebum the skin produces!

All of these products contain Glycolic Acid…Glycolic Acid is specifically designed to treat oily, acne prone skin. It is formulated to resurface the skin and minimize pore size and scarring. You would not want to use all four of these products together. You should follow the links and see which product you think will be best for your specific skin. I just gave you a reference to go by as far as what products treat your concerns! Please let me know what your thoughts are once you review the suggested products! After you have decide what treatment products to pick we can see what Face wash and moisturizer would be best compatible with that product! Let me know what questions you have and I will gladly answer them!

Aug 04 2010

QUESTION: I am new to your site and very hopeful you can help me. I am a 48 year old female who has suffered cystic acne since I was in my late teens. I’m no stranger to dermatologists, but nothing ever really cleared up my skin. I have been using Proactive’s 3-step system for about 7 years now and nothing has kept my acne more under control. Not even the prescriptions the doctors would have me use. A few years back I became concerned that the benzoyl peroxide (2.5%) might be the cause of some deep vertical lines I am getting in the hollows of my cheeks. I don’t know if it’s too harsh for aging skin. In addition to the deep lines, I have quite a bit of hyper pigmentation, whether it is from acne or sun damage. The tops of my cheeks are most likely sun damage (I have an olive complexion) and there are pretty deep holes where large cysts were at one time. I use filler for these before putting on makeup, they are so large. My facial skin has always bothered me, however, I’ve been able to make a pretty drastic difference using makeup. Lately though, this is not the case. The lines are deeper, hyper pigmentation darker, and the old scars seem to be drooping with the skin. The overall appearance of my face has taken on a kind of “wavy” appearance. I can only hope this is the result of so many different skin tones and that there’s a remedy for it. HELP! WHERE DO I BEGIN?

The good news is I can help!! It will however be a process and we will have to address your concerns individually! Your best chance at seeing a result would be a chemical peel. I would suggest Skin Rx Clinic’s Jessner Peel judging by the extent of the damage you described. Here is a link with a day by day documentary of a Jessner Peel: http://skinrxclinic.com/blog/jessner-at-home-skin-peel-documentary-journal/ and here is an informational link from the website explaining exactly what concerns the Jessner Acid addresses! This is where you would begin…review this info and let me know what questions you have and we will continue from there.

Aug 04 2010

QUESTION: I need some help with foundation & concealer? I finished my recent foundation and I need help finding the right color and coverage. My old foundation is not the correct color for me anymore now that it is summer and I am getting tan. I am looking for a new concealer and foundation and need it to be oil free, long-lasting, provide excellent coverage (I have spots and redness), and be easy to apply. I also need a good concealer to help cover the dark circles under my eyes. Any advice is welcomed, thank you.

Today is your lucky day, because have a solution for all of your mentioned concerns. First as far as foundation goes Mineral Secrets Liquid Mineral Foundation is the best I have ever tried! It has great coverage, a velvety smooth texture, it last all day, and it is a breathable makeup so it won’t clog your pores. It covers red/blotchiness like nothing I have every used and it is Matte so it absorbs oils. Just when you thought I described the best product on earth (which is exactly what I did) they also carry a Camoufleur Concealer that is a pliable concealer, meaning it moves with your skin so it won’t cake and crease into lines or pores, and it provides better loner lasting coverage than your traditional concealers.

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