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Acne can be devastating. Leaving both physical and emotional scars. It is reported that almost “80% of people will experience some form of acne during their lifetime, and according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States, affecting 60 million Americans at any one time.” To make it a bit easier on acne sufferers, here is a round-up products specifically formulated to treat acne, both on the face and the body.

Clark’s Botanicals Skin Clearing Face & Body Wash
Packed with Jasmine Absolute extract to help soothe and nourish, this algae-enriched, exfoliating face & body wash rids skin of dead surface cells and debris. Formulated with salicylic acid, this refreshing formula refines and minimizes the appearance of large pores. It is ideal for all skin types… especially problem skin.

Avon Clearskin Professional Clarifying Toner Pads

This pack of 45 pads is specifically formulated to help retexturize, calm and soothe. Your skin will both look and feel smoother after just one use.

Tria Skin Perfecting Blue Light

The Tria Skin Perfecting Blue Light  beauty  is FDA and  safe for all skin types with mild to moderate acne.  The blue light penetrates skin  to kill acne causing bacteria  and allowing clogged pores to open. See ThisThatBeauty’s preview here.

X Out Wash-in treatment

XOut  is  specially formulated for teens (or adults) who want a one step treatment to help manage and prevent acne. X Out washes “powerful, acne fighting medicine into the pores and leave it behind to treat blemishes and help kill the bacteria that causes breakouts.”   X Out is formulated with glycerin to moisturize skin leaving it feeling smooth and looking healthy. See a complete ThisThatBeauty’s preview here.


Clean & Clear Advantage Popped Pimple Paste

I always hear not to pop pimples but sometimes it is just plain impossible.  The Clean & Clear Advantage Popped Pimple Relief Paste is formulated with salicylic acid to targets  acne blemishes, including popped pimples. See ThisThatBeauty’s review here.

Soap & Glory Dr Spot™ Invisible Spot-Fighting Gel

This lightweight and invisible gel improves spots without drying out the skin. Salicylic and lactic acids clear clogged pores. Other ingredients balance pH, control oil, and help to relieve irritation and inflammation.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

The Drying Lotion is a fast acting, effective acne spot treatment formulated with salicylic acid, calamine and other quick-drying ingredients, this product will shrink ugly whiteheads virtually overnight while you sleep. See ThisThatBeauty’s review here.

dr. brandt pores no more vacuum cleaner

This gentle exfoliating mask helps loosen and extract blackheads without painful extraction tools while absorbing oil and tightening pores. Dr. Brandt’s exclusive formula combines Salicylic and Glycolic Acid to assist in the release of blackheads while Eijitsu Rose helps tighten pores.

Burt’s Bees® Natural Acne Solutions Targeted Spot Treatment

This natural spot treatment is clinically proven to help reduce and improve the appearance of blemishes without irritating skin. Formulated with Tea Tree, Calendula, Yarrow and Parsley Extracts to help soothe skin and reduce redness and Borage Extracts to promote healthy skin resulting in clear and smooth skin, naturally. Employing naturally derived salicylic acid, the non-comedogenic, dermatologist-tested acne fighter reduces redness after 24 hours and reduces acne after 48 hours.

For a complete look at how ThisThatBeauty overcame adult acne, see this epic post, ThisThatBeauty vs Hyperpigmentation.


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More than two years ago, I went through the worst acne bout of my entire adult life. While I am affectionately known to be a bit of a Drama Queen, I exaggerate not when I say my skin was totally out of control. This was an incredibly frustrating phase of my life. By the time I figured out how to get the acne under control, I was left with dark, frightful, pigment marring spots all over my face. While clever skin mimicking concealers and foundations helped keep my dirty little secret, my nightly face wash revealed the horror beneath the guise.

In an effort to help others, I wrote an epic post on the topic of Hyper pigmentation…and later started a blog series titled, what else: Hyper pigmentation Series. In the series, I highlight the many products on the market designed to treat hyper pigmentation.

If you go back and read my inaugural hyper pigmentation post, you will note that Murad Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Gel was an integral part of my hyper pigmentation recovery routine. That stuff WORKS. PERIOD! Within 3-4 weeks of continued use, my spots diminished…A few more weeks later and, what spots? That stuff WORKS. PERIOD!

GIRRRRRRLS..and boys (like my beloved twitter Beauty Boy @calebjf) —

Hold the phone! Dr Murad has improved on perfection.

“Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum” fast tracks results in as little as one week. The next generation of Murad’s award-winning Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Gel is more advanced because it targets, treats and prevents future pigmentation. I have always said that Murad is the gold standard when it comes to spot lightening. The enhanced formulation is appropriate for all ethnicites and appropriate for a wide range of spots including: age spots, sun spots, freckles, post acne spots, and other unwanted pigmentation.

Key features (via Murad):

  • Clinically proven to restore clarity and even skin tone by reducing the appearance of sun spots and age spots 33% in 1 week
  • Hydroquinone fades dark spots, age spots and freckles, evening skin tone to reveal a clearer, brighter complexion
  • Hexapeptide-2, an advanced skin lightening peptide, complements the results of Hydroquinone, helping block future damage by prohibiting pigment formation
  • Glycolic Acid exfoliates to remove dead skin cells, helping the active ingredient penetrate quickly for faster results
  • 88% of study participants saw a more even skin tone in 2 weeks

If clear, vibrant skin is on your wish list for the new year, mark your calendar for next month’s launch at Sephora, Ulta…and leading spa/salon locations beginning 2012.

It is $60…and worth E-VE-RY penny!

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And my “for serious” beauty writer side generally tries to avoid such overused language like “amazing”, but tis what it tis. In a matter of 24 hours, Clean & Clear Advantage Popped Pimple Relief Drying Paste completely wiped out a major complexion-marring zit.

It went a little something like this:

Day one – Zit arrives. I immediately inspect my beauty arsenal to assess my options. I generally rely on Mario Badescu Drying Lotion but decided to go with something new.

Day two – Drats! Totally forgot to apply drying paste and now I have to hop on a plane for a press trip to Atlanta. What self respecting Beauty Editor arrives to a press outing with a zit…Igad! At this point, the zit is now inflamed, dark, and an imposing eyesore. I am near tears! (#firstworldproblems)

Night two – I apply a dap of Clean & Clear Advantage Popped Pimple Relief Drying Paste to the dastardly intruder. By morning, after washing with Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash (complements of the W Atlanta), the dark surface of the pimple dried up, flaked off, healed the skin underneath, and now it’s like the zit was never ever there. It’s a miracle…I am healed {said in Jimmy Swaggart voice}.

Note of Caution: The treated area is now dry as heck…but it’s the kind of dryness that will subside after a few days of intensified moisture to the surface. Nooo worries….I’ll take a few days of residual dryness over a residual acne mark ANYDAY!


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We continue the Hyperpigmentation Series with luxury Swiss skin care company La Prairie. The latest collection, The White Caviar Illuminating Système consists of three innovative skin care products designed to firm and brighten the complexion by zoning in on age spots, skin discoloration and areas of pigmentation. Of The White Caviar Illuminating Système, La Prairie states that each product adds “lightening, brightening and lifting effects” to the skin.

During the Hyperpigmentation Series I have focused on various ingredients that skin care lines use to target pigmentation issues. The White Caviar Illuminating Système incorporates golden caviar sourced from environmentally regulated farms. The golden caviar is then boosted with a clarifying whitening complex of larch tree extract, detoxifying Swiss garden cress sprout and Vitamin C.

The brightening and firming system includes:

  • White Caviar Illuminating Cream: A light moisturizer that contains brightening ingredients to control age spots and discoloration. The pearlescent powders in the cream helps to give skin a luminous glow and promises to even out skin tone
  • White Caviar Illuminating Serum This potent anti-pigmentation serum works to prevent age spots and discoloration as well as provide skin with hydration, anti-oxidant protection and anti-aging benefits
  • White Caviar Illuminating Eye Serum This eye serum promises to banish under-eye dark circles

La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Système is available at www.laprairie.com.

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When it comes to stubborn adult acne, there’s more than one way to skin a chicken. What I mean by this is: There are many acne treatment options, both over the counter and via prescription, to help women manage their breakouts. This is refreshing news because the same over the counter benzoyl peroxide product that might work for excessively oily 18 year old skin might wreak havoc on combination 40 year old skin.

In my own struggles with acne, I have bounced around from Salicylic Acid, to Retin A, to (now) Clindamycin. I say all of this to say that every one’s acne situation is different and it is important to educate yourself on the various acne treatment products available.

Clarisea Salt Solutions is a skin care line rooted in nature and based on the healing properties of the sea. The skin care line incorporates a blend of Pacific Ocean salt and mountain salt to deeply exfoliate pores and eliminate bacteria without stripping skin of essential natural moisture. Clarisea Salt Solutions is a nature based line for individuals who seek an effective alternative to harsh chemical acne treatments.

Frustrated by her ten-year struggle with adult acne, creator Alison Carton became obsessed with discovering an effective yet gentle treatment for her skin. Little did Alison know, a college trip to the shore would inspire the creation of an acne treatment line.  After swimming in the ocean, Alison noticed that the salt water actually helped clear up her skin. In an attempt to recreate the effects of the ocean, Alison began mixing her own solutions and eventually created a custom cocktail of salts that work to treat and combat breakouts.

Clarisea Salt Solutions is a five piece system for face and body. Clarisea Clarifying Salt Treatment ($18) is the brand’s hero product and the core of the line. It uses optimal amounts of sodium chloride to naturally flush out impurities, tone, and soften skin. Other products in the collection include:

  • Clarisea Purifying Scrub ($16) – Exfoliating cleanser. This gentle exfoliating cleanser can be used daily to help control and prevent breakouts, and is specially formulated to maximize the effectiveness of the sea salt soak with the Clarifying Salt Treatment.  This cleanser also features 0.5% salicylic acid to boost its acne fighting abilities, along with vitamin E millicapsules that lightly exfoliate and soothe.  Macadamia Seed and Sunflower Seed Oils are compatible with skin sebum, and provide skin with a non pore clogging moisture boost.
  • Clarisea Perfecting Clay Mask ($22) – Non-drying clay based treatment mask (or spot treatment). Kaolin clay absorbs excess oil while Macadamia Seed and Sunflower Seed Oils moisturize, leaving skin silky smooth while purifying pores and accelerating healing.  This refreshing, non drying mask also makes for an ultra-effective spot treatment.
  • Clarisea Exfoliating Scrub ($14) – Body exfoliant. This gentle exfoliating body wash contains 1% salicylic acid to help control and target breakouts on the chest, back, shoulders and arms.  Vitamin E millicapsules deeply exfoliate to slough away problem causing dead skin cells and impurities while Macadamia Seed and Sunflower Seed Oils moisturize and soften skin.
  • Clarisea Salt Scrub ($26) – “Bacne” and body breakout treatment. The ultimate “bacne” and body breakout banisher!  This powerful non-greasy treatment scrub sloughs away dead skin cells and combats acne causing bacteria with Clarisea’s unique sea salt blend and purifying Fucus Vesiculosus (seaweed extract).

I must admit…using the power of the ocean/salt to treat acne is a new one for me…and I’ve tried pretty much everything. I love new product discoveries focused on acne management so I’m thrilled to share Clarisea with you! If you are still struggling to find a system that works for YOU, consider Clarisea. Want to hear what Clarisea customers have to say? CLICK HERE for The Faces of Clarisea — real women giving their testimonials.  For more information on this revolutionary acne treatment system, join Clarisea’s facebook page and follow Clarisea on Twitter @Clarisea

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Can you realistically expect your foundation to clear up your acne? I’ve never been one to promote skin care through cosmetics. For example, I like my sunscreen solo….not in my foundation. If my tinted moisturizer happens to offer an SP15, well that’s just gravy baby. But my “core” SPF protection is a stand alone product. And based on my recent gold star for great skin from Derm TV’s Dr. Neal Schultz, you can trust that I know what the heck I’m talking about.

But I digress. How much can a cosmetic product contribute to the management of your acne? Well the good folks in white lab coats at Clinique are banking on the success of a product set to launch in April. Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup claims to actively conceal and treat blemished complexions as well as prevent future breakouts. The innovative product incorporates a proprietary blend of balancing ingredients that work to minimize sebum and maintain skin’s moisture balance.

When it comes to over the counter ance fighting products, brands generally call upon the pimple popping powers of either salicylic acid or good ol’ benzoyl peroxide (STRIDEX and Degrassi Jr. High memories be gone!). Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup includes four key ingredients:

1) salicylic acid – an exfoliant

2) laminaria sacharrine extract – sea algae that helps to regulate sebum production and balance moisture levels

3) hydroxydecanoic acid – helps to control the spread of blemishes

4) caffeine – to soothe, calm and reduce redness

With eight shades ranging from fair to deep, the formula promises to not only conceal blemishes, but also neutralize visible skin redness and reduce the appearance of large pores.

The fragrance free and oil-free blemish clearing liquid makeup makes rather lofty claims. If it lives up to the hype, it could truly be a God send for acne sufferers everywhere.

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