Everything You Need to Know About Microneedling

Microneedling is one of the latest facial treatments to grow in popularity. It is exactly what it sounds like – very small needles puncturing the surface of your skin. But, don’t get intimidated by that because it only feels like little pricks and it brings incredible results. We offer this treatment at the Clearskin Institute! The article below describes more about it. Give it a read and then schedule your appointment with us!

For those looking to improve the look of scars, boost collagen, or encourage hair growth, microneedling might offer a minimally invasive solution. The practice of microneedling dates back to 1995, but it has gained significant traction in recent years thanks to new technology?and YouTube, where the mesmerizing?albeit bloody?process calls up tens of thousands of videos. Here, Yale dermatologist Macrene Alexiades, MD PhD who has published extensive research on microneedling, along with fellow Yale dermatologist Mona Gohara PhD demystify the multi-purpose treatment.

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Microneedling creates microscopic punctures in the skin.

Simply put, microneedling is the insertion of very fine short needles into the skin for the purposes of rejuvenation, explains Dr. Macrene. The most popular (and cost effective) microneedling device, known as a dermaroller, is made up of micro-fine needles that range in diameter from 0.5 and 2.5 millimeters. But if the prospect of multiple needle wounds sounds slightly ominous, rest assured, the punctures are more like pin-pricks that enter only skin deep.

Microneedling offers fairly immediate results.

“From microneedling alone, you will look plump, pink and luminous for a couple of weeks. On a short-term basis, it plumps the skin and makes the skin look more radiant from inflammation and very superficial swelling,” Dr. Macrene says.

But microneedling also promises improvement over time.

According to a 2008 study, skin treated with four microneedling sessions spaced one month apart produced up to a 400% increase in collagen and elastin six months after completing treatment.

Microneedling stimulates dormant hair follicles.

Which equals new hair growth, confirms Dr. Gohara. In a recent study, 100 test subjects were divided into two groups; one set was treated with minoxidil lotion and the other received minoxidil lotion plus microneedling. After 12 weeks, 82 percent of the microneedling group reported 50 percent improvement versus 4.5 percent of the minoxidil lotion-only group.

Your dermaroller plays well with other skincare treatments.

Dr. Macrene recommends pairing microneedling with topical treatments (like her 37 Extreme Actives anti-aging cream or serum) and lasers. “Oftentimes, we use this as an opportunity to apply anti-aging preparations that will penetrate better through the needle punctures. When you combine with topicals, you have a shot at some collagen building. When combined with radiofrequency, you can see tissue tightening over the course of months,” she says. “Microneedling alone has not been shown to yield much in the way of long-term results.”

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DIY microneedling is legit…

As long as it’s blessed by your dermatologist, says Dr. Gohara, who cautions those with eczema, rosacea, acne, and perioral dermatitis against rolling at home, as it might cause flare-ups. For a gentle introduction to at-home microneedling, try the Beauty Stamp from celebrity skincare guru Nurse Jamie. The handheld tool works just as the name suggests, by stamping the skin with ultra-fine pin-pricks designed to increase the efficacy of your topical treatments and boost collagen (just like a traditional dermaroller).

It’s possible to OD on microneedling.

Frequent microneedling can lead to broken capillaries “and predispose skin to a plastic look if you over abuse it with repeated microneedle insults,” says Dr. Macrene. Instead, curb dermaroller dependency by sticking to a once-a-month plan and always allow time for full recovery between roll-sessions .

Source: http://www.elle.com/beauty/makeup-skin-care/a12773502/microneedling-faq-facts-cost/

Counterfeit Fillers

Fillers and Botox are getting more and more popular. There are plenty of brands like Juvederm, Kybella, Dysport and more that are extremely well known and widely used. However, like anything else in the beauty industry, there are counterfeit fillers than can cause serious issues if used. We recommend reading this article about warning signs and doing your own research before going under the needle.

To put it bluntly, deciding on getting fillers or Botox is a BFD. Between the endless research and choosing a trusted physician, there’s a lot to consider. Throw in the fact that there’s a possibility your injectables could very well be counterfeit (it’s a very rare but real scenario), could make the process a little more complicated (and dangerous). “There’s, allegedly, illegally imported Botox that you can get from other countries here in the U.S. market,” says Joseph O’Connell, a plastic surgeon based in Westport, Connecticut. Here, five ways to tell if your filler is fake ? and what to do when it is.

1. Make an appointment with a board-certified professional.

The simplest way to avoid treatment with a fake filler is to have the treatment done by a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, plastic surgeon, or dermatologist, says Min Ahn, a facial plastic surgeon in Boston. “Ideally, this person has either been recommended by someone you trust or has a stellar online reputation,” he says. A quick Google search can pull up whether or not your doctor of choice is certified with the state board of registration in medicine.

2. Ask to see the box the filler came in.

“If you’re getting Botox, ask to see the box it comes in,” says O’Connell. “There’s a hologram on the box.” But, says Ahn, the typical consumer may not be able to tell the authenticity of the box, so it’s important to have an open dialogue with your doctor.

3. Pricing is important.

Typically, if filler or Botox is super marked down in price, there’s a good chance it’s a phony, says Ahn. “If the treatment is unusually inexpensive, you should wonder ? it’s almost too good to be true,” he says. Adds O’Connell: “[Doctors] all pay close to the same price for Botox ? we all have to buy it from the company.”

4. Check your symptoms.

If, during your treatment, there’s unusual pain, you should be wary of the filler’s authenticity, says Ahn. Other side effects to be on the lookout for are: “persistent redness with swelling, deeply colored bruising of the skin (which may indicate blockage of a blood vessel or soft tissue), and hard, irregular contours,” explains Ahn. “Any medical emergency, such as an infection or reaction that may affect sensation, vision or function should be treated immediately.”

5. Get help.

If you feel as if you’re experiencing the above side effects, return to the medical professional who injected you for a post-treatment examination. “If you are not satisfied with the answers, you can obtain a copy of the records and seek help from another doctor,” says Ahn. “Ultimately, the only recourse, after the incident has resolved, may be with the medical board.”

For more on injections:

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Source: https://www.allure.com/story/counterfeit-botox-side-effects

Dermaplaning 101

For some women, facial hair is embarrassing and a contributor to low self esteem. There have always been plenty of methods out there to remove unwanted hair, but some are not as effective as others. The latest method is called dermaplaning. Many medical spas offer this service, and besides hair-free, it leaves skin looking better overall. Learn how it works in the article below.

I’ve always wanted to remove all the hair from my face. I contemplated lasers, but because my skin has too much melanin, it could cause hyperpigmentation. Instead I’ve been waxing, tweezing, and Nair-ing for years. That was, until I discovered dermaplaning.

Dermaplaning is a skin care treatment that removes dead skin cells and vellus hair, aka peach fuzz. An aesthetician uses a small, sterile blade while holding the skin taut, swiping the blade in gentle upward motions.

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A few weeks ago, I visited

Stacked Skincare

to try dermaplaning for myself. The treatment got rid of my gnarly sideburns with just a few passes?and best of all, it’s painless. It felt quite relaxing, actually, like little baby hands running across my face.


“Dermaplaning leaves your skin brighter, smoother, glowing, and more youthful,” says Stacked Skincare founder Kerry Benjamin. “The only people who can’t dermaplane are those with active pustular acne.”

Here, Benjamin breaks down everything there is to know about dermaplaning, the Stacked Skincare method, and getting your smoothest skin ever at home.

Dermaplaning goes beyond a basic shave

The procedure involves the use of a 10-inch scalpel, which curves into a sharp point. The blade is used on clean, dry skin on the forehead, cheeks, chin, nose and neck. “You can expect to see an instant improvement in skin texture and tone, while the long-term effects are increased cell turnover, fewer wrinkles and dark spots, reduction of acne scarring, and the removal of fine facial hair,” Benjamin says.

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Hairless skin is the cleanest

Removing the peach fuzz is beneficial since the fine hairs trap debris and oils and give skin a dull look. “After dermaplaning, skin care products and treatments perform much more efficiently since they can penetrate the skin more easily. Your makeup goes on smoother as well,” explains Benjamin. “It’s the perfect procedure to begin stacking other treatments, like our TCA Multi Acid Face Peel, Serums, and MicroRoller.”

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Stacking is exfoliation on steroids

Step one: Slough off dead, dry skin with a combination of chemical exfoliation (aka a chemical peel). “Combined exfoliation treatments promote healthy skin cell turnover, prevent acne, reduce dark spots and blemishes, and boost collagen production for plumper skin.”

Step two: Cocktail two or more serums. “When stacked together, the active ingredients in our serums work synergistically to address multiple problematic skin symptoms at once.”

Step three: Dermaplaning, microneedling, and microdermabrasion.


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Maintenance is a major key

“I always tell my clients that they can’t just treat their skin when they see me?they have to do it at home too,” Benjamin says. At-home peels between professional treatments can really boost and maintain your results. “If you are battling acne, a peel will gently exfoliate, kill acne-causing bacteria, and calm inflammation,” says Benjamin, who sends clients home with her TCA Multi Acid Face and Body Peel. “In addition to being a deeper, non-abrasive exfoliation, peels can hydrate, lift hyperpigmentation, and speed up cell turnover, all revealing brighter, healthier, more glowing skin.”

Photographer: Kevin Gonzaez (@shotbykvng)

Source: http://www.elle.com/beauty/hair/news/a37596/dermaplaning-facial-hair-removal/

Beware of Imposter Fillers/Injections

In the past few years, beauty trends have shifted (like they always do over time) towards emphasizing certain features like defined cheek bones, distinct eyebrows and full lips. No two sets of lips are created equal, however. Some people have naturally full lips while others have less noticeable lips. For those who have the latter that want fuller lips there are fillers and injections that can get the job done, as most of us know. Unfortunately, not all fillers are created equally either. The article below warns of the potential dangers knock-off/imposter fillers can cause. If you have been wanting to alter your lips be sure to do your research and consult your trusted medical professional first.

Lip fillers ? pout-plumping injections given by your derm ? are super popular (just call it the Kylie Jenner Effect. It?s easy to see why: one speedy in-office injection and you can walk out with more luscious lips. But that doesn?t mean things can?t go wrong, as one dermatologist wants us all to be aware of.

Dr. Miray, a dermatologist in Oslo reposted a before and after photo of lip fillers gone wrong. “This post is for all of you looking for a cheap, quick fix and do not research your injector nor the substance that you are getting injected in your body,? she wrote.

The photo shows the results of an excision ? a.k.a. the surgical removal of fillers. Typically, when you?re after a fuller pout, a dermatologist will inject your lips with hyaluronic acid fillers, which are dissolvable plumpers that fade naturally over time. Dermatologists use a variety of formulations with HA molecules of different sizes to fine-tune a natural end result. In the rare event HA fillers are botched or you just don?t like the look, you can even have them safely dissolved on the spot.

Dr. Miray?s post shows what can happen when you get biopolymer implants. ?Biopolymers are a gel-like implant (‘liquid silicone’) that non-professionals inject in the buttocks, hips, breasts, lips ? you name it. It may lead to severe pain, compromised health, tissue death, and even death of the patient,? she wrote. ?As far as I know, there are not many doctors performing this procedure with good results. For lips, I only recommend non-permanent fillers that are dissolvable.”

According to an article by New Beauty, silicone injections aren?t FDA-approved in the U.S. ? but some doctors and other med spas still use them.

So how do you avoid a case of lip fillers gone wrong? First off, know your dermatologist, says Dr. Miray. ?Do not trust anyone blindly just because they have a medical title.? Secondly, talk to your dermatologist before any procedure about exactly what they?ll be injecting and the risks. ?Make sure the package is opened in front of you (NOT saved in the fridge for later touch ups!),? wrote Dr. Miray.

Dermatologists agree: if you?re going for lip fillers, it?s HA all the way.

For more filler news:

Source: https://www.allure.com/story/why-you-should-never-get-cheap-lip-injections

How Hair Follicles Grow

Ever wonder how hair actually grows on the body, and more specifically how skin functions in this process?  As certified laser technicians (or future technicians) understanding this concept could be you a better, more effective laser technician given that a HUGE use of lasers is for hair removal.  Researchers and scientists at the University of Southern California have studied how hair follicles develop in the skin and how hair grows from them.  Check out the article below from Science Daily that gives their findings and more useful information.

‘How to’ guide for producing hair follicles

Date: August 11, 2017
Source: University of Southern California – Health Sciences
Summary: How does the skin develop follicles and eventually sprout hair? A new
study addresses this question using insights gleaned from organoids, 3-D
assemblies of cells possessing rudimentary skin structure and function
— including the ability to grow hair.

How does the skin develop follicles and eventually sprout hair? A USC-led study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
(PNAS), addresses this question using insights gleaned from organoids,
3D assemblies of cells possessing rudimentary skin structure and
function — including the ability to grow hair.

In the study, first author Mingxing Lei, a postdoctoral scholar in
the USC Stem Cell laboratory of Cheng-Ming Chuong, and an international
team of scientists started with dissociated skin cells from a newborn
mouse. Lei then took hundreds of timelapse movies to analyze the
collective cell behavior. They observed that these cells formed
organoids by transitioning through six distinct phases: 1) dissociated
cells; 2) aggregated cells; 3) cysts; 4) coalesced cysts; 5) layered
skin; and 6) skin with follicles, which robustly produce hair after
being transplanted onto the back of a host mouse.

In contrast, dissociated skin cells from an adult mouse only reached
phase 2 — aggregation — before stalling in their development and
failing to produce hair.

To understand the forces at play, the scientists analyzed the
molecular events and physical processes that drove successful organoid
formation with newborn mouse cells.

“We used a combination of bioinformatics and molecular screenings,
and the core facilities at the Health Sciences Campus have facilitated
my analyses,” said Lei.

At various time points, they observed increased activity in genes
related to: the protein collagen; the blood sugar-regulating hormone
insulin; the formation of cellular sheets; the adhesion, death or
differentiation of cells; and many other processes. In addition to
determining which genes were active and when, the scientists also
determined where in the organoid this activity took place. Next, they
blocked the activity of specific genes to confirm their roles in
organoid development.

By carefully studying these developmental processes, the scientists
obtained a molecular “how to” guide for driving individual skin cells to
self-organize into organoids that can produce hair. They then applied
this “how to” guide to the stalled organoids derived from adult mouse
skin cells. By providing the right molecular and genetic cues in the
proper sequence, they were able to stimulate these adult organoids to
continue their development and eventually produce hair. In fact, the
adult organoids produced 40 percent as much hair as the newborn
organoids — a significant improvement.

“Normally, many aging individuals do not grow hair well, because
adult cells gradually lose their regenerative ability,” said Chuong,
senior author, USC Stem Cell principal investigator and professor of
pathology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. “With our new findings,
we are able to make adult mouse cells produce hair again. In the
future, this work can inspire a strategy for stimulating hair growth in
patients with conditions ranging from alopecia to baldness.”

Additional co-authors include: Chao-Yuan Yeh, Ping Wu, Ting-Xin
Jiang, and Randall Bruce Widelitz from USC; Linus J. Schumacher from the
University of Oxford and Imperial College, London; Ruth E. Baker from
the University of Oxford; Yung-Chi Lai from China Medical University;
Wen-Tau Juan from China Medical University and Academia Sinica, Taipei;
and Li Yang from Chongqing University.

Most of the experimental work was supported by U.S. federal funding
from the National Institutes of Health (AR42177 and AR60306). The
multi-disciplinary team members were also supported by nine non-U.S.
sources: the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (2016M590866);
Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities
(106112015CDJRC231206); Special Funding for Postdoctoral Research
Projects in Chongqing (Xm2015093); the China Scholarship Council
(2011605042); the Innovation and Attracting Talents Program for College
and University (111 project grant B06023); the National Nature Science
Foundation of China (11532004 and 31270990); the Academia Sinica
Research Project on Nanoscience and Technology; the Ministry of Science
and Technology of Taiwan; and the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences
Research Council (EP/F500394/1).

Story Source:

Materials provided by University of Southern California – Health Sciences. Original written by Cristy Lytal. Note: Content may be edited for style and length.

Journal Reference:

  1. Mingxing Lei, Linus J. Schumacher, Yung-Chih Lai, Wen-Tau Juan,
    Chao-Yuan Yeh, Ping Wu, Ting-Xin Jiang, Ruth E. Baker, Randall Bruce
    Widelitz, Li Yang, Cheng-Ming Chuong. Self-organization process in newborn skin organoid formation inspires strategy to restore hair regeneration of adult cells. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2017; 201700475 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1700475114

Source: University of Southern California – Health Sciences. “‘How to’ guide for
producing hair follicles.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 11 August 2017.

New Impressive Face Masks

We are all about new products that will boost your beauty and the appearance of your skin. Face masks are a great option to give your skin a much needed break and reset. According to Elle Magazine the products listed below are some of the best mask you can get your hands on these days. Check them out and give them a try!

Our editors share their favorite moisture-packing, pore-shrinking, humanity-restoring face masks that get their skin as close to perfection as possible (or as one editor describes, Cate Blanchett).

Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask

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“I stan pretty hard for Tatcha. From their cleansing oils to their ACTUAL gold-spun products, they can do no wrong in my eyes. This goes for their masks too, and their latest is a doozy. I love anything with Vitamin C, and this formula brightens up my skin as soon as I do that dramatic yet useless face-splash-over-the-sink thing actresses in commercials always do. This also comes in the most delightful shade of lavender, making it difficult to not post to your stories.”? Justine Carreon, ELLE.com Associate Market Editor

Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask, $68; sephora.com

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask

“I can disembark a 12-hour flight with a face like an old hot dog (as I often do), then slap one of these miracle-workers on for 20 minutes and presto?my humanity is restored. Not only does this mask, which is drenched in the brand’s signature pitera, impart a certain lit-from-within radiance (see: Cate Blanchett), it also moisturizes and firms, making it the ultimate complexion-revitalizing trifecta?and one of my top 5 most-hoardable beauty products ever.”? April Long, Executive Beauty Editor

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask, $135; nordstrom.com

Tonymoly Master Lab Sheet Mask

“This mask is uber hydrating?and since my skin can act like a sad, neglected sponge in the winter, absorbing my daily moisturizer so fast it’s like I never even applied it, uber hydrating is exactly what I need.”? Sally Holmes, ELLE.com Executive Editor

Tonymoly Master Lab Sheet Mask (Set of 2), $9; tonymoly.us

GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment

“When it comes to masking, I’m all about instant gratification. This tingly, menthol-scented charcoal mask targets breakouts and shrinks pores (albeit temporarily) in just 15 minutes with a mix of mandelic, glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids.”? Julie Schott, ELLE.com Beauty Director

GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment, $22; sephora.com

The Body Shop Amazonian Acai Energizing Radiance Masque

“This mask is pretty, firstly, and smells good. If you saw it out of the jar, I’m pretty sure I could convince you it’s homemade. So many masks I’ve tried have barely noticeable effects (and maybe it’s just a placebo thing), but this one leaves my skin glowing as soon as I rinse it off.”? Leah Melby-Clinton, ELLE.com Senior Editor in Branded Content

The Body Shop Amazonian Acai Energizing Radiance Masque, $28; thebodyshop-usa.com

Zelens Transformer Instant Renewal Mask

“For skin that’s starting to look as drab as February feels, nothing works for me like Zelens Transformer Instant Renewal Mask. I smear it on, usually widely blow the 15 minute mark, and let the silky, sticky mask do its thing (it’s thing being, according to the company, increasing oxygen to skin cells and giving a little cellular boost with marine glycogen and vitamin C for glow). Not only does my skin feel uber hydrated, the mask is also gentle enough on my face to use more than once a week.”? Cotton Codinha, Associate Beauty and Fitness Editor

Zelens Transformer Instant Renewal Mask, $175; zelens.com

Fresh Rose Face Mask

“New York City’s elements are harsh year round, but this mask helps fight whatever it throws my way. In the dead of winter when my skin is looking more tired and dull then ever, the rose infused gel gives it a moisture boost, and reminds me of warmer days. It also has a cooling and calming effect – making it perfect to use after a day at the beach – or Central Park.” ? Mariel Tyler, Photo Editor

Fresh Rose Face Mask, $62; fresh.com

Source: http://www.elle.com/beauty/makeup-skin-care/a25480/best-drug-store-face-masks/

3 Things That Can Help You Live Longer

Researchers are constantly looking for ways to boost health and improve overall quality of life. Increased longevity is something that people often think is intangible, however new a study shows that doing 3 things might help you live longer. We love sharing research like this because the overall health and well being of our clients is important!

Want to add years to your life expectancy and delay the onset of disability? New research suggests doing so may come down to drinking in moderation, not smoking, and maintaining a non-obese weight.

A team of researchers from the University of Michigan just published a study in the journal Health Affairs that looked at how specific lifestyle choices impacted people’s life expectancy and overall health over time. The researchers analyzed data from over 14,000 people age 50 and older that had been collected since 1992. It turned out that adults who hit age 50 with a BMI never having smoked, who had BMIs under 30 (which is considered the threshold for obesity), and who didn’t currently drink heavily lived seven years longer than their counterparts, six of which years were disability-free. (Heavy drinking is defined as more than 14 drinks per week for men and more than seven drinks per week for women.)

In life expectancy terms, men and women who followed these guidelines increased their life expectancy to 85 and 89 respectively, as opposed to the current life expectancies of 78 for men and 82 for women.

Alongside these findings, the study highlighted an alarming statistic: Some 80 percent of Americans have smoked, been obese, or both by their fifties. Researchers say this shows the importance of creating policies and programs that tackle these issues sooner. “Our study speaks to the importance of prevention at whatever level that can occur in community health or in public policy,” study co-author Neil Mehta, an assistant professor of health management and policy at the University of Michigan, said in a press release.

Mehta also pointed out that investing in prevention could eventually lower the cost of treating disabilities. And on an individual level, while genetics and environment play large roles in your life expectancy and quality of life, it’s helpful to know that behavioral changes can make a difference.

More on physical health and wellbeing:

Source: https://www.allure.com/story/you-could-live-longer-by-avoiding-these-things

Don’t Fall Victim to Buying Fake Products

There are more beauty products on the market than one can count. We know that there are skin care products created by different brands that are extremely similar to each other as well as makeup products that mimic one another. However, the dark side of this is that there are brands creating counterfeit products that could potentially give you a reaction and end up costing you more than the price of the product. Learn how to differentiate between counterfeit and real in the article below.

There?s a reason there?s a cottage industry growing up around makeup dupes: the knockoffs of your favorite products can be really and actually good. When you snag a faux version of a high-end highlighter from the drugstore or online, you know (and are cool with the fact) that you?re not getting the real deal?but imagine you thought you were buying the OG product, only to discover something about your purchase was off. Not cool. According to a new consumer report, more people than you’d think are unknowingly buying counterfeit makeup and skincare.

MarkMonitor, a brand protection agency that keeps companies in the know about falsies floating around on the internet, just released survey data from 4,400 respondents across 10 countries that found some pretty disturbing things about our online buying habits. First off, over a quarter of people are unknowingly buying counterfeit goods ? including makeup, skincare, supplements, and even (shudder) medication ?when they buy online. Of the fakes, makeup was cited as the most commonly purchased knockoff item, and the majority of falsies came from online marketplaces like eBay or Amazon where individual sellers have access to the platform.

The scariest part is how consumers reported they finally found out about their counterfeit goods. Receiving a knockoff isn?t just annoying, it can be dangerous ? 34 percent reported they figured out the products in question were fake after experiencing a bad reaction. Yikes.

To be clear, there?s a difference between makeup dupes ? the more affordable versions of popular products we knowingly buy ? and counterfeits ? knockoffs you don?t realize aren?t the real deal until it?s too late. It?s the latter that are way more insidious. A report from Bloomberg Businessweek released earlier this year reported that fake makeup is on the rise and is becoming a major problem, a la fake news.

Considering the sheer amount of goods we get online ($394 billion worth each year, to be exact) it?s scary to think the bottle of shampoo or tube of lip balm you snagged online might actually be from a sketchy warehouse located who knows where. While shopping for your staples and splurges online can save you time and cash, you don?t get to check out the products IRL before you buy. With every online purchase, you?re trusting that you’re getting the real deal unless explicitly being told it?s a dupe. It’s kind of a gamble.

Respondents blame the brands they thought they were purchasing, according to the report ? 34 percent stated it was the brand’s responsibility to keep counterfeits off the market.

Surprisingly, despite the ubiquity of dupes, 83 percent of survey respondents said they wouldn?t knowingly hit purchase on non-genuine products. To be fair, that number lumped makeup, skincare and medications together, and picking up a knockoff lipstick is a lot different than a knockoff pain reliever.

If you don?t want to risk not getting the real deal, buy directly from the brand?s website or a trusted retailer like Sephora or Ulta. And if you do wind up with a dishonest dupe, be prepared to leave a truthful review.

For more knockoff news to know:

Source: https://www.allure.com/story/how-to-avoid-buying-counterfeit-beauty-products

Wear That SPF

Sunscreen should be used every day no matter where you live or what season it is, but this time of year is especially when sunscreen is extremely important.  Wearing sunscreen can help prevent your skin from things like premature aging, dark spots and fine lines — all things we help treat with lasers at the Clearskin Institute.  Once you have some spf on for the day you can’t forget to reapply.  Here’s how you can reapply to your face without messing up your makeup.

How to Reapply Your Sunscreen While Wearing Makeup

By Sarah Kinonen May 25, 2017

We all know how important it is to slather on sunscreen every day (quick refresher: it’s like, really important. A few dollops a day can potentially shield skin from damage brought on by the sun’s powerful UV rays). But did you know that reapplying your SPF is just ? if not more ? crucial? Yep. According to dermatologists, you should be re-administering your SPF every two to three hours, which means that full face beat you put together early in the A.M. may get a little disheveled after the second slathering. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be that way. Turns out, there are foolproof techniques to reapply your sun protection without smudging or smearing your early-morning makeup masterpiece. Here, the top six tricks, plucked from top dermatologists and makeup artists.

Start strong: Apply sunscreen under your makeup.

Before you kickstart your makeup routine, prep your skin with protection ? and not just in the major areas of your face, like the cheeks and forehead, says Heidi Waldorf, director of laser and cosmetic dermatology at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “One of the reasons that the top of the forehead ? near the hairline and the sides of the cheeks, jawline, and neck ? get more sun is because everyone starts their sunscreen [application] in the middle of the face and neck,” Waldorf says. “Be sure to apply ? and reapply ? to those areas. Extra sun damage tends to occur on the upper cheek bones, too.”

Or, try a moisturizer with built-in SPF.

If your skin is on the sensitive side, streamline your product lineup with a multitasking moisturizer ? but only sometimes. “In the cooler months, it’s acceptable to “cheat” [your sunscreen game] by using a moisturizer with a sunscreen in it instead of two separate products,” says Elizabeth Tanzi, founder and director of Capital Laser & Skin Care and associate clinical professor, Department of Dermatology at the George Washington University Medical Center. “When products are asked to multi-task, make sure you are using enough of the product in order to get the SPF on the label.”

Even better, make it a tinted moisturizer with SPF.

Swap out your heavy foundation for a lighter formula, like a BB cream ? but with a hint of tint and added SPF. “If you invest the time to find the perfect match for your skin, you are much more likely to use the two products every day, which is a major investment in the long-term health and beauty of the skin,” says Tanzi.

Finish your look with a setting spray ? packed with sunscreen.

Celebrity makeup artist Mai Quynh sets her clients’ red-carpet looks with setting sprays that offer built-in sun protection. “They’re clear, so there’s no white film, and they go on lightly as a fine mist,” she says. Her favorite? The just-launched Kate Somerville UncompliKated SPF 50, which can be spritzed on before, during, and after makeup application. It’s also made with hyaluronic acid to hydrate as it shields skin from the sun.

Brush it on.

If you don’t want to mess, smudge, or smear your makeup during a mid-day SPF touchup, Quynh recommends sweeping on a powder sunscreen to the face. “The powders can be in a loose powder or a pressed powder form,” says Quynh. For a loose powder formula with water-resistant protection, we (along with Tanzi and Waldorf) recommend Colorescience Sunforgettable Very Water Resistant Powder Sun Protection SPF 30. “The loose powder is easy to use, you can just brush it on directly to the face, as the powder is built into the brush.”

Adds Tanzi: “These are the absolute purest form of powder sunscreen with colors that blend with all skin tones. The [sunscreen powder] is an excellent, water-resistant formula that looks like photo-perfect makeup, but is actually a great sunscreen. The powder locks my makeup in place, cuts down on facial oil on a humid day, and provides excellent sun protection.”

Touch it up with a compact.

If you’re not big on powders ? whether it’s a texture thing or you worry about handbag spillage ? we’ve found a happy medium. The Eau Thermale Avène Mineral High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50, which comes in two different shades. “It allows you to touch up your makeup and [apply sunscreen] at the same time,” says Waldorf. “It’s great to keep in your purse, desk, or even car for touchups.”

Source: http://www.allure.com/story/how-to-reapply-your-sunscreen-while-wearing-makeup

Stop Picking At Pimples

Pimples can pop up on your face at any given time, and when they do the temptation to pick at them is at an all time high.  Unfortunately picking or popping zits can create further problems.  We see a lot of patients at Clearskin Institute that have concerns about marks and scars left from pimples.  If you need an awakening to stop picking at pesky pimples immediately, read the article below.

Why Definitely Shouldn’t Pick At That Pimple, According to Dermatologists

By Macaela Mackenzie June 13, 2017

There?s a reason why Dr. Pimple Popper?s sickly satisfying videos have racked up millions of views: Pimple popping feels freaking great. Yes, yes, you know it?s not good for your skin but getting rid of those suckers just feels So. Damn. Good. Even when you have the best intentions for leaving it alone, there it is every time you look in the mirror, taunting you, just daring you to give it a little squeeze. Of course, there will be the pesky red mark that lasts for weeks after, but you can?t think about that now. You?re in pursuit of the pimple popping high.

?When performed properly, extractions can clear certain types of pimples. However, bad techniques combined with attempts to pick non-pickable pimples can be a recipe for disaster,? Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, tells Allure. Allow us to deflate your destructive habit with some facts.

1. You?re preventing your body from healing

Acne is your body?s response to blocked pores and bacteria ? that bump means your bod is doing something about it. ?If you think of pimples as areas of skin where your body is trying to heal itself, it should deter the urge to pick,? Erin Gilbert, M.D., Ph.D., Vichy consulting dermatologist and celebrity skin expert, tells Allure.

2. You?ll tear your skin

?When you pop a pimple, you are forcefully pushing the contents ? bacteria, oil, debris ? of the acne bump out,? Sejal Shah, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in New York City, tells Allure. To do that, you actually tear the skin. So best case scenario, you?re left with an open wound instead of a bump.

3. You might make the pimple worse

Instead of making progress, you might just end up forcing the bacteria and oil down even further into the skin leading to an even larger pimple. ?As you press on the pimple, you are introducing bacteria and dirt from your finger into the zit,? says Shah. ?That can cause the pimple to become more red, inflamed, swollen and infected.?

4. You might create more pimples

Ever notice that a second pimple often pops up in the place of one you just popped? Popping a pimple ? whether you?re successful or not can spawn more spots. ?The bacteria, oil, and debris that are being contained by the acne papule, pustule or cyst once released, can spread and lead to more acne,? Shah says. No one wants to play Whack-a-Mole with their skin.

5. You might cause a scar

All these things can also up your risk of leaving a scar. ?Scarring is also a risk for people with deeper cystic pimples. These scars are difficult to treat once they?ve occurred,? says Gilbert. ?Save yourself the money you?ll have to invest in laser or filler treatment by avoiding the urge to pick.?

To fight that urge, the first step is to understand the all these downsides accompanying your popping habit, says Shah. ?If you are armed with this knowledge, you may be less likely to try to pop them.?

Secondly, treat your pimples properly. ?Rather than picking, apply a product with two percent salicylic acid to draw out extra oil and dry the pimple,? says Zeichner. ?To help overnight, you can try a hydrocolloid bandage which both allows the skin to heal itself and prevents you from picking or scratching.?

If all else fails, replace the urge to pop with something else. ?Popping a pimple is often an impulse move, so when you have the urge, try to come up with a method to divert it,? says Shah. ?For example, try wearing a rubber band around your wrist and gently snapping it when you feel the need the pop.?

Excuse us while we stock up on salicylic acid products and rubber bands.

Source: http://www.allure.com/story/should-you-pop-pimples