QUESTION: How do you get rid of clogged pores?

Tara Daniele
This is a tough problem with an easy solution. SkinRxClinic makes a product called 15% Glycolic Smoothing Gel. It is specifically designed to (for lack of a better word) eat away the dead skin cells sitting on the surface of the skin causing the clogged pores. Not only will it help unclog the pore from the surface, Glycolic Acid also has the ability to penetrate deep into the skin and kill any pore causing bacteria that may be under the surface. So you actually kill two birds with one stone and ultimately unclog and clear up your skin.

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QUESTION: How long will it take for acne scars to disappear? I had mild acne and for the most part it cleared up. But I still have red marks and a few scars on both cheeks. Can I get rid of them? If so what can I do and how long will it take?

Tara Daniele
Having gone through this myself I completely understand your frustrations. This also means I have a solution! SkinRxClinic makes a product called Microdermabrasion Peel. It works in two ways: 1st it is made with Corundum Crystals (which are the same crystals used in a professional microdermabrasion machine. 2nd : the Microdermabrasion Peel contains Glycolic Acid which is proven to refine and resurface the skin and specifically designed to improve and even remove acne scaring. You should start to see results in 2 weeks but won’t see a vast improvement for about a month. Don't get discouraged, at least you know there is a product out there that can...and will help! It is inexpensive and last forever! It has been a miracle product for me and I would highly recommend it to anyone suffering from this product!

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QUESTION: What is the best “compact powder” for greasy skin?

Tara Daniele

Mineral Secrets Pressed Base Compact. I have been a Make Up Artist for almost 4 years now, so it is safe to say I know what I am talking about! It is a light weight full coverage pressed minerals foundation so you don't have to deal with those pesty loose minerals flying around! It is also paraben free and matte - which means it absorbs oils throughout the day. You ca find it at www.MineralSecrets.com

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QUESTION: How exactly does skin clean/clear up? Does eating fruits and veggies and drinking lots of water help??

Tara Daniele
There is more to cleaning/clearing up your skin than just fruits, veggies & water...though you are absolutely on the right tract. All of those things also have anti-aging benefits as well so you are actually killing two birds with one stone! Everything you put into your body eventually comes out the body, through the skin, so what you put in you also put out! To thoroughly and completely clean and clear up your skin you also need to kill the bacteria on and just beneath the surface. The best way to do this is with an anti bacterial - anti microbial topical. SkinRxClinic carries a kit called the Cleanse & Tone Purifying Kit. It is a 2 part system- Step 1: Acne Cleansing Gel- this is a great start to perfectly clear skin. It gently exfoliates and penetrates deep into pores for a refreshing clean. Daily use will help to clean the pores, reduce pore size, control excess sebum, prevent acne breakouts, and provide overall healthier looking skin. Step 2: Purifying Tonic- this tonic is highly effective at keeping pores clean, removing excess oil and debris.It leaves skin feeling fresh and clean, without that "stripped" feeling and has an anti-inflammatory, tightening, calming and rejuvenating effect. It is worth looking into...www.SkinRxClinic.com has a list of all the products they offer.

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QUESTION: Under eye bags advice please? Can you recommend a way to get rid of my under eye bags that actually works? I seriously need to make them go away, they make me look tired everyday.

Tara Daniele
To answer your question...YES there actually is an affordable anti-puffiness eye cream that actually works!! I have been a skin specialist and make-up artist for almost 4 years now so trust me when I tell you I have tried it ALL! SkinRxClinic make an eye cream called Eyebright Anti-Puffiness Gelee. Formulated to reduce the signs of aging, puffiness, and darkness around the eyes. It is a super-cooling advanced peptide-packed gel helps decongest and revitalize around the eyes. Cucumber and licorice extract help calm swelling and irritation. Additionally, it revitalizes circulation and assists in eliminating under-eye discoloration and puffiness. Hyaluronic acid offers hydrating properties second to none. It is also paraben free which is just icing on the cake! You can find the product and description at www.SkinRxClinic.com

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QUESTION: What is the best way to cover acne without looking fake?

Tara Daniele
This is tough and I feel your pain. I had Cystic acne all thought high school and college and I look back at pictures and think omg the make up looks caked on! And it was because at that time there really was no suce thing as Mineral Make Up and that is really going to be the key here. First you want to avoid powders opt for a liquid mineral foundation...my favorite is Mineral Secrets Liquid Mineral Powder Based and it can be found at www.MineralSecrets.com. The Liquid Foundation Powder delivers all the benefits of mineral makeup powders in an easy-to-use hypoallergenic liquid powder. It is the best product I have ever used and I have been an Esthetician and Make up Artist for almost 4 years. If you feel you need a little extra coverage Mineral Secrets also offers a Camoufleur Concealer (ivory is the best color) that is better than any concealer I have ever tried! It is made with plyable molecules that wont rub off, its molds to your skin and is water and crease resistant. Trust me you want to look into this. Also your not paying for the "Bare Minerals or Bare Essentials" name you are getting an equally superior product without the retail mark up!

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QUESTION: Does lemon juice actually get rid of freckles? Will it damage my skin? If not how often should I do it? I have pale dry skin right now with lots of freckles on my face. Any advice?

Tara Daniele
I would first like to say you will...and I know you may not think so grow to embrace your freckles! But, if you for some reason do not under no circumstance should you ever put lemon juice on your skin, especially you FACE!!! With that being said...because lemon juice is super acidic the theory behind it is the acid can be used as a lightening agent. Unfortunately this is a myth...the pH level of lemon juice will never be low enough to have any effect on the skin, it will if anything only further dry out and dehydrate it! But you are in luck because there just happens to be an Acid that is specifically formulated for hyperpigmentation or dark spots and discolorations and essentially that is what freckles are...an over production of melanin. It is called Lactic Acid and is a superior exfoliant and is highly recommended for hyper-pigmentation. Typically, a Lactic Acid peel does not cause noticeable sloughing like other acid peels and it is a safe "At Home Peel" My favorite Lactic Acid Peel can be found at www.SkinRxClinic.com

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QUESTION: What is the procedure of getting rid of pimples with toothpaste? I was told by a friend that u can use toothpaste to get rid of pimples. Is this true? If so what are the correct steps of using this remedy..?

Tara Daniele
Here is the theory behind the toothpaste myth...toothpaste is extremely drying and high in Alcohol, and as a result when you apply it to a blemish/pimple it"drys" it out. With that being said it does not have any anti-bacterial of anti-microbial benefits so you are in no was killing the acne causing bacteria that is under the surface. So yes you have dried up the blemish but you haven't address what caused the blemish in the first place. So as soon as oil, dirt and debris builds back up on the skin you will be right back where you started...with toothpaste covered pimples! My suggestion to you is a product called End-Zit and it can be found at www.SkinRxClinic.com. I have always had acne, it was the cystic type and and they were big, hard, under the skin bumps that would not for the life of me go away and couldn't be extracted/popped. The only product that I found worked, and work fast was the End-Zit Acne Control Drying Lotion. Almost overnight this product can heal and minimize the appearance of pimples. The active ingredient is Sulfur 5% instead of your typical Salicylic or Benzoyl Peroxide Acne products. The product lasts forever! All you need is a dab before bed at night and your pimples will be gone in the morning!

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QUESTION: What do you recommend I put on sunburn so it doesn’t peel? I tend to sunburn really bad, even when I use sun block. I usually put aloe on it but my skin still feels irritated and peels. Is there anything else that I can use?

Tara Daniele
You are in luck because I have the perfect recommendation for you! SkinRxClinic makes an Aloe Soothing Masque. As you mentioned above Aloe by itself doesn't seem to help you! So I suggest this product due to its added ingredients and benefits! It is a gel masque loaded with botanical extracts for gentle, calming effects. Azulene, Chamomile and whole leaf Aloe Vera provide healing and hydrating benefits and Willowherb Extracts calms the skin and reduces inflammation. You can find the product and description at www.SkinRxClinic.com.

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QUESTION: Do I need to moisturize? I have combination/oily T-zone skin. Whenever I use the smallest amount of moisturizer after I cleanse, it makes my face feel oily and uncomfortable. Do you have any suggestions that might help?

Tara Daniele
You don't "need" to moisturize but I highly recommend it! If you are using the correct moisturizer you can actually control sebum (oil) levels. I also have oily skin and tend to be prone to breakouts. There is nothing worse than feeling like you are wearing a heavy moisturizer so I understand why you asked this question. That being said...I recommend trying Skin Rx Clinic's Acne/Oil Control Gel. It's non-greasy, lightweight gel contains salicylic acid and a botanical blend that is clinically proven to control and regulate sebum. It also contains natural anti-bacterial ingredients to decrease bacteria on the skin's surface. It’s a 2 in 1 product that will hydrate the skin while controlling and reducing oil production. You can find it at www.SkinRxClinic.com search "oil" and the product and description will come up.

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