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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.

Jul 28 2010

QUESTION: I have pale skin with freckles, (really pale), most foundations and concealer are too orange and I’ve tried everything! Any suggestions on what makeup I should wear?

Nothing worse than that orange look from the wrong shade make up! So I do have some advice. I have been a make-up artist and skin specialist for a while now and matching skin tone is one of the hardest skills you have to acquire. So when I say I know what I’m talking about I say it confidently. Mineral Secrets carries a Mineral Base line of cosmetics. They have the traditional Loose & Pressed Base Minerals, but they carry a Liquid Based Mineral Foundation as well. And that is what you should be using. Advanced technology delivers all the benefits of mineral makeup powders in an easy-to-use hypoallergenic liquid powder. It has a velvety smooth texture and provides medium coverage. It is a breathable make up and will blend right into the skin without looking like you are trying to cover up your freckles. Mineral Secrets Liquid Mineral Foundation is also a natural sun screen (approximately 15 protection) with its Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide ingredients. As far as your skin tone the Liquid Base come in two colors that I am sure will match…Porcelain & Linen. I would suggest getting both colors to custom blend a color that’s perfect for you, but if you have to chose only one Porcelain has a pink undertone and Linen has a yellow undertone and is the lightest shade. I also suggest using Mineral Secrets Loose Porcelain Finishing Powder over the Liquid to provide a matte finish, oil absorption and ability to diminishes pores. If you would like to give your skin that sun-kissed glow without looking orange Mineral Secrets carries a Kenya Safari Bronzer that is perfect for the skin tone you have described. Using the bronzer will also help tone down the look of your freckles if you choose. This combination will be your savior…

Jul 21 2010

QUESTION: What make-up should I be using and what steps should I take to get clear up my skin? I have acne prone skin so using things like liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer only makes my breakouts much worse. I need a skin clearing mineral foundation that could also be used as a concealer. Also How can I get clear healthy skin? I don’t want to wear a lot of make up when I go but I have a few scars too. What is your advice to get clear healthy skin?

My recommendation to you is Mineral Secrets Liquid Mineral Foundation Base. You get the same coverage as a full coverage foundation except it is a Liquid to Powder so you don’t feel like you have on heavy thick caked on makeup! Mineral Secrets Liquid Mineral Foundation is still mineral based so it will allow your skin to breath prevent pore clogging bacteria to build up and make your skin worse. If you still want a little more coverage you can get a Mineral Finishing Powder to put over the liquid foundation. As far as clearing up your skin you have a couple options…a good cleanser is a must (and it has to say it removes makeup or it doesn’t) plain and simple and if your face wash isn’t going to take your makeup off its also not going to clean your face! So SkinRxClinic carries a cleanser call Jojoba Exfoliating Cleanser. It is specifically formulated with Jojoba Beads, AHA’s, Salicylic Acid & Grapefruit Oil to remove make up, dirt & debris and impurities on the skin. Jojoba Beads are natural exfoliants that help buff away the dead cells that are preventing your anti-acne products from penetrating deep enough to clear up your skin. I also recommend trying a toner…SkinRxClinic also carries a Glyco-Lactic Toner that has worked wonders for my clients in the past! Its a mild, non-alcoholic toner. It contains natural, active plant extracts and AHA’s to gently exfoliate, soothe, clarify, and resurface the skin.

Jul 15 2010

QUESTION: How can you get your pores unclogged and fast at home for very little money? I am 36 years old and have quite severe acne scarring on my face, very oily skin with enlarged pores & blackheads on both my middle face & my nose, I have tried several times to remove these in different ways, but it seems that due to my enlarged pores, they just keep coming back. Is there a way that I can permanently rid myself of these black heads & minimize my pores?

I have two solutions for you:  Skin Rx Clinics 15% Glycolic Smoothing Gel & Skin Rx Clinic’s Microdermabrasion Peel. These two products will rid your skin of both the existing acne and the post acne scarring! The 15% Smoothing Gel is an oil free lightweight gel containing 15% Glycolic Acid. It is formulated to improve the texture and condition of skin with large pores, acne and blackheads, fine lines or sun damage. The Glycolic Acid has the ability to penetrate deep into pores killing and dissolving the pore causing bacteria from the inside instead of traditional topical products that are designed to work from the outside. The Microdermabrasion Peel is a formulation of both Glycolic Acid and Corundum Crystals. Together these two ingredients will peel away the dead, dull cells and revel renewed refined & retexturized skin. The Microdermabrasion Peel will better assist with the scarring and large pores. The 15% Smoothing Gel will better assist in minimizing your pores and keeping them from reclogging. It will also help control sebum/oil production. www.SkinRxClinic.com carries Professional Strength products at affordable prices that really provide results…even in those hard to get rid of areas around the nose and cheeks!

Jul 15 2010

QUESTION: What is the best cleanser for normal to oily skin with occasional breakouts. I want something that is awesome and price does not matter as much as quality.

I highly recommend trying Skin Rx Clinic’s Jojoba Exfoliating Cleanser. It is specifically formulated with AHA, Salicylic Acid & Grapefruit Oil. AHA/Glycolic Acid helps reduce dead skin buildup, this will allow for the Salicylic Acid to penetrate deeper and kill the active bacteria that’s under the surface instead of just trying to dry out the blemish from the outside. Jojoba Beads are natural scrub agents that are gentle but effective at keeping pores from getting clogged. Grapefruit Oil balances the drying effects of the AHA’s with its anti-irritant properties. If you are serious about clearing up your skin and quality is what you are looking for…this is defiantly the product for you!

Jul 15 2010

QUESTION: What are some of the symptoms of rosacea?

Some of the tell tale signs of Rosacea are redness of the face, flushing, the presence of small blood vessels, acne, surface irregularities of the nose, skin sensitivity, and enlarged sweat glands. Rosacea symptoms are diminished by controlling oil production, reducing inflammation, reducing cellular build-up and minimizing bacteria production on the skin. Skin Rx Clinic carries a product called RosaPlex Serum. RosaPlex Serum was awarded Skin Care Innovation of the and its unique marine complex combined with Arnica Montana Flower Extract and Beta-Glucan, provides combined anti-inflammatory and skin-clearing effects aimed at helping resolve and prevent rosacea symptoms while helping lightly and gently to renew skin texture prone to dryness, visibly open pores and/or superficial irregularity. The high percentage of pure beta-glucan an anti-inflammatory that assists healing and de-sensitization helps reduce the appearance of facial redness and calm reactive skin.

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