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These Unconventional Acne Treatments Could Clear Up Your Skin

Whether you’re a teenager or you’re in your mid-30s, there’s no doubt that acne can put a real damper on things. In fact, 96% of people with acne have reported feeling depressed due to their skin issues. And while there are plenty of topical treatments on the market, many of the most common over-the-counter and prescription remedies may fail to do the trick. So if nothing you’ve tried has worked and you’re feeling discouraged, you may want to check out one of these lesser-known acne treatments to see whether it might clear things up.

Light Therapy

Many acne sufferers have to be careful about their sun exposure. Although more than two-thirds of U.S. adults believe that the sun can’t damage their skin when they’re inside, people with acne tend to know better. Even though there’s a misconception that tanning can hide acne and acne scars, that practice can actually make acne worse. As a result, many people with skin issues stay out of the sun or slather on the non-comedogenic sunscreen when they know they’ll be outdoors.

But there is one light source that could actually help people with acne. Homeowners have embraced LED light in recent years, as LEDs use only 15% of the energy used by standard halogen bulbs but provide up to 85% more light output. But LED light is also becoming a popular way to treat acne. Phototherapy, or light therapy, is sometimes used by dermatologists to target and treat acne. Experts will use blue light to fight acne-causing bacteria and red light to reduce inflammation, combat redness, and heal the skin. If you’re not keen to undergo this treatment in a medical setting, you could also try Neutrogena’s light therapy mask, which uses the same technology to treat acne (albeit on a slightly less powerful scale). Dermatologists caution that you might not experience the same results with the mask as you would with phototherapy sessions and that these treatments work best if utilized in conjunction with other treatments (like topical gels). It’s also important to be patient when trying out any new form of acne treatment, as it could take up to three months to see effective results. But if you want a more affordable way to try out light therapy, this might be an option.

CBD Oil

It seems like CBD products are popping up everywhere and are being lauded as a cure-all for any number of conditions — particularly anxiety. But evidently, CBD oil might calm your nerves and calm your skin. It’s thought that CBD oil has an effect on how the body produces sebum (the oily substance that, when combined with dead skin cells and dirt, is often blamed for acne development). And since CBD oil also has anti-inflammatory properties, it makes a lot of sense that it could make a viable acne treatment.

One 2014 study found that CBD prevented sebocytes, the cells that create sebum, from creating too much of this oily material. What’s more, CBD oil triggered anti-inflammatory reactions in cells and kept cytokines (an inflammatory component blamed for triggering acne) from activating. A review conducted in 2016 involving the cannabis plant focused on its antifungal and antibacterial properties, which further points to the idea that products derived from cannabis could reduce infections caused by pollutants and harmful bacteria on the skin.

Ultimately, there have been too few studies of the effects of CBD oil on the skin to reach a definitive determination as to its effectiveness, but many acne sufferers have reported positive effects after using it. You can apply CBD oil directly to the skin, though it’s essential to use what’s known as a carrier oil with it to ensure safe usage. Olive oil, coconut oil, and argan oil are all examples of carrier oils that can be mixed with CBD oil and applied to the skin. Others may find that taking CBD orally may improve acne. If you do decide to use CBD for acne, you should ensure that the distributor has conducted third-party testing to confirm the content of the CBD and that no other compounds are used (like THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis).

Vitamin-Infused Serum

So what if you’re able to clear up your acne but are still dealing with the scars left behind? Although there are some invasive dermatology treatments that can help, other former acne sufferers want to go a more soothing route. Face oils have been catching on for a while, and there’s a new vitamin oil that’s become extremely popular with those hoping to fade their acne scars — so much so that the company that makes it has had to limit how many bottles each customer can order.

Slurp Niacid

The serum in question, made by a Korean skincare brand called Slurp, has been flying off the internet shelves and has been applauded as a miracle cure for stubborn acne scars. Niacid, their clear-colored formulated with vitamin B3 and tranexamic acid, is said to “cure inflammatory trauma” and actually raise the indentations in the skin caused by acne. It also regulates sebum production, exfoliates the skin to prompt new growth, and minimizes pores. Despite the fact that the product is currently on pre-order, the reviews look promising. It’s recommended that users apply only three to five drops to the skin after cleansing and use a gentle pressing technique to evenly distribute the product. The makers note that it’s essential for users to wear SPF 50 sunscreen (or higher) to protect their skin in the sun, as the serum does contain acid. It, therefore, might not be the best choice for those with sensitive skin, but it may give hope to those who still aren’t pleased with their appearance due to the lingering after-effects of acne.

These unconventional acne treatments may work well for acne sufferers who want to avoid invasive treatments or who have not experienced success with other methods. But ultimately, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with a dermatologist to tackle the root causes of your acne before trying out a bunch of different methods.

Acne Solutions for Acne Breakouts

Breaking Out During the Fall/Winter Seasons? Try These Acne Solutions

We don’t know about you guys but for some reason, every fall and winter, we experience intense acne breakouts. This may happen for many reasons. It may be due to the change in temperature, stronger winds, or just the colder, drier climate. Whatever the cause we notice it’s happened every year without fail and we’re not the only ones affected. It seems many of you are experiencing acne breakouts during the transition to the colder seasons. For those who do, we have acne solutions for you from Alba Botanica, Glo Skin Beauty, Kamedis, and Hero Cosmetics.

Acne Solutions for Acne Breakouts

Let’s get to know these acne solutions that are sure to be your skin’s new best friends.

Alba Botanica Fast Fix for a Pimple: Kiss those blemishes goodbye naturally with this tinted botanical cream. this lightly tinted zit zapper with willow bark extract and sulfur instantly blurs the blemish while treating the underlying cause of acne.

Alba Botanica Pimple Patches: Don’t try to pop those pimples. Eliminate your pimples while protecting them from your germy hands with these small, transparent, pimple-sized hydrocolloid dots. Apply to your blemishes and see how it immediately starts to heal acne spots. The occlusive barrier prevents bacterial contamination and eliminates the urge to touch, pick or pop your pimples.

Glo Skin Beauty Clear Skin Set: Raise your hand if you experience skin congestion and breakouts! If you do then this set is for you. Decrease oil production and purify your skin by eliminating bacteria, reducing inflammation and healing breakouts with these clear skin essentials. This set includes a travel size Clear Skin Cleanser, Renew Serum, Oil Control Emulsion and retail size Protecting Powder SPF 20, so you can take it on-the-go.

Kamedis Clear Acne Kit: a set of three non-drying products formulated with botanical purslane that can be used together or individually. We met these powerful acne solutions at the most recent Beautypress event.

  • The Clear Acne Spot Treatment ($13.99) is a powerful gel treatment that is clinically proven to deliver clearer skin in only 12 hours.
  • Kamedis’s Clear Acne Face Moisturizer ($17.99) helps clear up oily skin symptoms like acne while working to prevent their recurrence and foster healthy, resilient skin.
  • The Clear Acne Face Cleanser ($10.99) is a lightly foaming, oil-free face wash that works to maintain a clear complexion. It’s good for adults and children as young as 10. It has no steroids, benzoyl peroxide, sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens or dyes.

Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Invisible+: We love the idea of using acne patches as go-to acne solutions; we much prefer using it as an alternative to acne creams. We love them so much we wanted to share another favorite. The Mighty Patch, which you remember we discovered during the Indie Beauty Expo,  uses the highest grade hydrocolloid to draw out pus and other impurities from your pimple. This reduces the blemish, speeds up the healing process all while protecting your skin.

Models Own Tea Tree Healer Concealer: Heal and Hide Your Imperfections

Our day to day involves a lot of multitasking, so of course, we want everything in our lives and around us to make our lives easier by multitasking as well. This week we were introduced to a wonderful beauty product that helps us in two ways – hiding, and healing our imperfections. As you all know, when you stay up late (in our case, to write), and significantly reduce your beauty sleep, you end up looking worse for wear. This lack of sleep can have a momentous effect on your skin. Your skin can end up looking tired, blotchy, and stressed from possible breakouts. Thanks to Models Own Tea Tree Healer Concealer, not only can you hide those skin imperfections, you can treat them as well.

Infused with tea tree oil, the multitasking, lightweight yet creamy Models Own Tea Tree Healer Concealer tackles blemishes, making your skin clearer while temporarily concealing redness and dark spots for all around coverage and a clear face. Does your concealer do that? For those who are not aware of the full benefits of this natural antibacterial disinfectant, Tea Tree Oil has amazing medicinal benefits. Tea Tree Oil is an excellent natural remedy for hundreds of bacterial and fungal skin issues such as acne, abscess, oily skin, and many others. This is why adding this vital healing ingredient to a concealer, a beauty product we use every day is brilliant.

The Models Own Tea Tree Healer Concealer is available in five colors: Vanilla, Cool Rose, Shell, Almond, and Deep Beige (Deep Beige is only available in the UK). With the applicator, apply a dot of healing tea tree concealer over blemishes. Pat in gently with finger tips and set with powder. Models Own Tea Tree Healer Concealer is available exclusively at Ulta and www.Ulta.com.

What are your thoughts on this healing concealer? Could the Models Own Tea Tree Healer Concealer help your skin?

Skin Deep: Proactiv Launches NEW ProactivMD System

We’ve all seen the commercials with the amazing before and after results using Proactiv. Because of those ads, most of us, yours truly included, couldn’t wait to get our hands on this breakthrough acne treatment regime. Well, Proactiv is blowing us away again with the introduction of their brand new acne-fighting ProactivMD System. This new acne treating system contains Adapalene, the first prescription-strength retinoid that is FDA approved to treat acne without a prescription.

Adapalene is the first new acne-fighting ingredient to be introduced to the over the counter market in over 30 years. Proactiv’s NEW ProactivMD is a next-generation 3-step acne treatment system which consists of four products, a Deep Cleansing Face Wash, Balancing Toner, Daily Oil Control for morning use only, and Adapalene Gel 0.1% for nighttime use only. ProactivMD’s Adapalene works at the cellular level to help clear acne where it starts and prevent future breakouts from forming…. beneath the skin. As it clears up your blemishes, it also helps restore your skin’s tone and texture, unblocks and shrinks clogged pores, and reduces acne redness and inflammation.

  • Step 1: Deep Cleansing Face Wash: gentle daily cleanser, developed for acne-prone skin, combines glycolic acid and smooth exfoliating beads to clear dirt and debris from pores and gently resurface skin for a smoother, softer looking complexion.
  • Step 2: Cleansing Balancing Toner: an alcohol-free toner helps balance skin’s pH levels and removes impurities lodged deep within pores. This toner is alcohol-free and contains a light astringent to sweep away impurities leaving skin feeling fresh, revitalized and balanced.
  • Step 3 (Morning): Daily Oil Control SPF 30: a lightweight, 3-in-1 moisturizer helps hydrate skin, control shine and protect from harmful UVA/UVB rays. The gentle formula absorbs quickly, is non-comedogenic and free of oil and fragrance. Apply liberally to face and neck each morning at least 15 minutes prior to sun exposure.
  • Step 3 (Night): Adapalene Gel 0.1%: A topical retinoid medication is used to battle acne and treat blemishes. Adapalene helps speed acne healing, prevents new acne from forming, and reduces redness and inflammation while restoring an even skin tone and texture.

“I see patients every day with low self-esteem and poor self-confidence due to their acne. The new ProactivMD system offers an easy-to-use solution with Adapalene that is scientifically proven to reduce acne. I am excited that my patients now have easy access to an affordable system that I know from first-hand experience will help their acne and make them look and feel great!” said Proactiv dermatologist partner Dr. Ted Lain.

The 3-step ProactivMD system is available now at $29.95 monthly for non-members on www.Proactiv.com, or by calling 800-235-605.

MURAD Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment for Acne Awareness Month

There are so many notable things to observe this month, we’ve honored and made note of a few, now it’s time to bring attention to another. It’s observation of a skin problem that plagues just about every teenager on Earth, and quite a few adults, with sufferers totaling in the double-digit millions, that skin condition? Acne! While many may only experience an occasional breakout or one or two pimples, zits, or blemishes here and there, many severe acne sufferers are quite emotionally impacted by this skin disease. As almost lifelong acne sufferers ourselves, we’re always on the lookout for solutions to our acne issues, and with June being National Acne Awareness Month, what better time to explore new acne fighting solutions, like the NEW Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment.

Just in time for Acne Awareness Month, Murad has added a new acne fighting solution to their sought after, and award-winning Acne Control collection (some of which are pictured below in their Advanced Breakout Control Regimen 7-Piece kit), scientifically proven to clear current breakouts and help prevent new blemishes from forming. We sometimes experience large, red, and painful breakouts called cystic acne, a painful annoyance that can take weeks to fully disappear, the perfect blemish candidate to try Murad’s latest acne relief on.

The Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment, which launched on June 1st, is a fast-acting, invisible gel that reduces blemish size and redness in just four hours. This newest acne fighter boasts a powerful, next-generation formula, and features the maximum strength of Salicylic Acid (2%, the highest percentage available without a prescription) to clear pores, smooth skin and treat acne at the source by killing bacteria.

The Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment is formulated with a patented complex that features thyme and pine extracts to fight irritants while preserving your skin’s natural balance. Horse chestnut and oat extracts help to reduce redness and soothe the skin, for an even and clearer complexion. A recent Murad sponsored study showed that 97% of acne sufferers agreed their blemish appearance improved after just one day of using the Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment, something we can attest to as well.

The 0.5 oz tube of Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment is available now nationwide and retails for $22.00. Like all other Murad skincare products, you will find this newest product on www.Murad.com.

Acne Problems? Eliminate your Pimples with these Zit Blasters

We remember seeing a hilarious quote that goes “Dear Pimples, if you’re going to live on my face, I need to see some rent,”  but let’s face it when it comes to having acne, there’s nothing funny about it. We know this first hand, so naturally we’re always up for trying new acne fighting skincare products. Our most recent search has brought us three wonderful brands, some of which you may already be familiar with. If you’re like us ad have acne problems, check out these products we’re excited about from PanOxyl, Bionova, and Clean & Clear.

PANOXYL

PanOxy Acne products

We love PanOxyl not only because it works, but because it gives you not one, not two, but three cleansing options. Maybe you prefer a foaming cleanser, creamy cleanser, or a cleansing bar to free your face from dirt, oil, dead skin cells, and of course, acne blemishes. Whichever way you prefer to wash the zits away, PanOxyl has you covered. A

  • The PanOxyl 10% Acne Foaming Wash (the #1 acne wash in the US) is a maximum strength foaming wash which boasts 10% benzoyl peroxide, cleans and unclogs pores on the face, chest, and back, exfoliates dead skin cells, and clears existing acne blemishes and helps prevent new blemishes from forming.
  • The PanOxyl 4% Acne Creamy Wash is made for those with sensitive skin……it’s also our favorite. It boasts a lower amount of benzoyl peroxide, specifically 4%. It’s still powerful enough to clear existing acne blemishes and help prevent new blemishes from forming, clean and unclog pores, and exfoliate dead skin cells, and is also pH-balanced, with three humectants and four emollients to increase your skin’s hydration.
  • The PanOxyl 10% Acne Cleansing Bar provides all the benefits of acne-fighting, 10% benzoyl peroxide – the maximum strength, in the convenience of a bar formulation. You get a deep cleansing formula that penetrates the skin quickly to fight existing acne and prevent new blemishes.
  • The last product in the series is the PanOxyl 3% Advanced Acne Spot Treatment, a maximum strength spot cream to target those few rogue bumps and surprise breakouts. The spot treatment contains 3% Benzoyl Peroxide, and like the washes helps clear existing acne blemishes and prevents new blemishes from forming. We had two sudden pimple eruptions on our nose and cheek and both were gone in two days…thank you PanOxyl

All four PanOxyl Acne products are available on amazon.com, drugstore.com, Walmart, CVS, and Walgreens.

BIONOVA

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We couldn’t even begin to tell you how excited we were to try these Bionova products. We are cursed with very oily skin, congested skin, and because we are weak when it comes to picking and popping the pimples we’re still cursed with, naturally we’re left with acne scars, so the products from Bionova is a godsend. *Quick Note: we’ll be doing a holiday giveaway soon with Bionova products, so definitely keep an eye out for it, you won’t be disappointed.* Now on to the products. The Bionova 3-Step Skin Regimen Kit for Oily Skin is a miracle sent from the gods for those of us with oily skin. If you’re like us and plagued with excess sebum, get this ASAP. The kit contains three products: Bioactive Cleanser for Oily Skin, Bioactive Cream Activator for Oily Skin, and Bioactive Facial Mask for Oily Skin. The final product (available separately) is the Acne + Acne Scar Treatment With UV Chromophores to improve your skin’s tone and texture.

  • The Bioactive Cleanser for Oily Skin removes all traces of excess sebum from the surface of your skin, helps to reduce skin greasiness, and clear up spots and other blemishes, especially if you have congested skin.
  • The Bioactive Cream Activator for Oily Skin revitalizes your complexion and reduces skin irritation. Like the above cleanser, it also helps to clear spots and other blemishes in congested skin. The Cream Activator helps to prevent breakouts and provides instant radiance to the skin and refreshes its condition.
  • The Bioactive Facial Mask for Oily Skin eliminates excess skin oil that can block the skin pores (it’s amazing if you have enlarged pores that are congested). This wonderful mask promotes fresh looking skin, revitalizes your complexion, rejuvenates your skin’s texture, and reduces skin irritation.
  • The Bionova Acne + Acne Scar Treatment With UV Chromophores features Hyper-Natural™ ingredients, identical to those already found in your body, to reduce oil production within weeks by 45% (hallelujah!!). Not only does this treatment prevent acne lesions and scarring, it also purges pores of bacteria to prevent breakouts, without causing inflammation or irritation. What more can you ask for!

If you’re like us and want an effective way of to controlling your skin’s sebum, get rid of your acne scars, and spend less on concealer and foundation, head over to Bionova.com to get these products in your life.

CLEAN & CLEAR

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We’re sure this brand was prevalent in just about all your bathrooms during your teen years. The Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Control Kit is a 3-step skincare regimen that can help keep your skin looking healthy and beautiful with some people showing clearer skin in as little as one day.

  • The Acne Control Cleanser penetrates to the pores with acne-fighting Benzoyl Peroxide and keeps fighting breakouts long after you’ve washed your face.
  • The Acne Control Moisturizer contains a breakthrough technology proven to dissolve oil fast, so serious acne medication can penetrate deep down to pores.
  • The Fast Clearing Spot Treatment shows results in as little as 8 hours. It clears up pimples and helps prevent new ones from forming.

This very affordable kit is available for only $13.61 (hello sale!) on Amazon.com, Rite Aid, Kmart, Walgreens, etc.

Our final thoughts for the evening (it is 2am after all), is to tell all of you who suffer from acne blemishes to bookmark this post and try these products. believe us when we say you won’t regret it.

What We’re Loving | illuMask Anti-Acne Light Therapy Mask

By now we’re sure you’re tiring of hearing us complain about our continuous battle with our acne issues unless you’re also trying to win your own battle. We were introduced to an amazing new beauty tech device that has us not only having some sci-fi fun (when you see the device you’ll understand), but is also helping us win the battle again acne inflammation with light therapy. We have highlighted beauty tech devices with light therapy before, but we promise you’ve never seen anything like the illuMask Anti-Acne Light Therapy Mask.
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This advanced beauty tech device has been scientifically proven to be an effective way to treat acne, among other skin conditions. Light Therapy, or Phototherapy as it’s also called, is a transformative treatment that is safe for all skin types. The illuMask uses groundbreaking, patented technology to deliver all the benefits of light therapy in a convenient hands-free mask. we can’t begin to tell you how we want to sing the praises of this device from the rooftops. We suffer from Inflammatory acne, and at the time of receipt of this device, we were suffering a really bad round of painful, deep, red and swollen breakout. The at-home light therapy device fits comfortably onto the face, just like a pair of glasses (actually UV glasses are built right in to protect your eyes), and treatments, which delivers better results than the leading prescription drug acne treatments, are in 15-minute intervals.

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The illuMask Anti-Acne Light Therapy Mask is FDA cleared for the treatment of mild to moderate acne, with clinical results that left skin clearer, smoother, and less oily with fewer blemishes. All of our inflammatory acne, which usually plagues us for several days, and sometimes weeks, were gone after only a few days). For the first time, we didn’t squeeze or physically disrupt any of our acne, and our skin looks better for it. This amazing device, which allows 30 treatments,  retails for $30.00 and is available to purchase at Ulta, Walmart, Target, Walgreens, and www.illuMask.com.

Miracle Skin Transformer Treat & Conceal 3-in-1 Concealer for Blemishes

I am not one to regularly wear or spend a lot time putting on makeup so I was excited to try Treat & Conceal, a 3 in 1 concealer from Miracle Skin Transformer.

This concealer comes in 3 shades and is designed to hide and treat all skin imperfections and blemishes while hydrating, enhancing and protecting the skin. The day I tried the product was the day a nasty pimple appeared. On what day you ask….”date night” of course. UGH!!!!


I tried the medium shade concealer with fingers crossed – Treat & Conceal is designed to erase imperfections and impart a natural radiance. The first-ever, naturally derived silicone concealer is supposed to provide powerful hydration, treatment, and protection benefits. Its formula claims to impart a velvety cushion to the skin, fills in fine lines, while smoothing out and refining pore texture resulting in firmer, brighter and even-toned skin.

The concealer eliminated most of the redness that resulted from the pimple and evened out my skin. It felt light; not cakey like some others concealers. The area where I applied the concealer did not feel dry or appear flaky. I was very satisfied with the outcome from using Treat & Conceal, so much so that I was able to enjoy my night without focusing on that nasty pimple that had invaded my face. I even got a compliment on my “lovely” complexion. Fabulous!!!

  • Color Minerals (iron oxides minerals) give Treat & Conceal a unique coverage (available in 3 shades) that adapts to virtually all skin tones naturally.
  • Naturally Derived Silicones allow light to deflect off skin, yielding a luminous radiance and an airbrushed finish for any imperfection. The formula imparts a velvety cushion to the skin, fills in fine lines, while smoothing out and refining pore texture resulting in firmer, brighter and even-toned skin. Additionally, natural Silicones protect skin from environmental pollution, cover pores’ visibility, evens out skin tone and eliminates redness.
  • Mica is a mineral pigment in the form of pearls to give skin uniformity, improve texture and performance, resulting in a flawless finish.
  • Vitamin K helps diminish vascular conditions that emerge as skin imperfections such as dark circles under the eyes, redness from rosacea, and broken capillaries (including spider veins).
  • Plant Derived Collagen is a protein that provides strength, resilience and support to the skin. As we age, skin loses collagen resulting in the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Collagen is the most powerful substance known to help keep skin young, soft and vibrant. By replenishing the collagen levels in our skin, we help slow down the appearance of aging.
  • Ceramide’s form an oxygen reservoir which accelerates skin cell renewal acting as a radical scavenger. This helps to restore the skin from an under-supply of oxygen and jump starts new cell’s metabolism making the skin look radiant and awake. These plant-derived ceramides release oxygen leaving a plumping effect under the eye.
  • Vitamin F is an essential vitamin containing Omega-3 & Omega-6 derived of fatty acids that has superior emollient and water-binding property that protects and strengthen the skin.
  • White Rose & Chamomile natural flower extracts helps purifies skin with high antiseptic qualities to help repair the skin. This is particularly beneficial for dry sensitive skin to help soothe and calm irritated skin with its high anti-inflammatory properties.

To learn more about Treat & Conceal or to purchase it visit www.miracleskintransformer.com or www.beauty.com.