All About Retinols

As far as anti-aging ingredients go retinol is a superstar.  And the great thing about retinol is that it not only fights the effects of aging it also helps clear acne and hyperpigmentation as well. Retinol refers to the entire Vitamin A molecule and were originally introduced in skincare products 1971 when Retin-A came on the market.  When applied topically retinol functions as both an antioxidant and as a cell-communicating ingredient.  Being a cell-communicating ingredient means that retinol helps speed up skin cell turnover and helps the skin create healthier...more

Can Over Washing Your Face Lead to More Acne?

For some reason the idea exists that if you over wash your face – that is wash your face too many times during the day or use a cleanser that leaves your face feeling “squeaky clean” – your body will begin to  produce more oil and you will get more acne.  Now if this was true – how would there be anyone with dry skin?  And since there are many people who have dry skin obviously there must be another explanation here for this theory. The issue here isn’t over washing your face.  The issue is really balance.  It is actually quite easy to over wash your face so...more

A question not about acne but about blackheads. I've looked on the internet, I've bought ...more

Should You Try Proactiv?

You’ve probably seen a Proactiv commercial more than once.  Heavy with celebrity endorsements the commercials also feature “real people” and their before and after photos.  Certainly the results from using Proactiv, as shown on the commercials, look amazing.  So if you have acne should you try Proactiv? Proactiv isn’t so much an anti-acne treatment system but a phenomenal marketing success.  Developed by two dermatologists, Proactiv was the first company to package and sell its anti-acne products together thus creating the anti-acne “system” craze. ...more

The first 23 years of my life my complexion was clear and beautiful. Then I got adult acne for ...more

Skincare Tips for Your Teens and 20s

When you are in your teens and 20s this is the time to start and maintain great skincare habits: Always remove all your make-up at night – no matter how tired you are Always wash your face at night Always use sunscreen on all exposed skin everywhere on your body (don’t forget your lips) and remember to reapply throughout the day If you get into the habit of taking good care of your skin when you are in your teens and 20s you will definitely see results in the future.  ...more

Five Steps to Perfect Health

Time is a limited commodity.  Doesn't matter how rich or how famous you are, everybody gets 24/7. That's why when we get sick, and time seems to come to a grinding halt, all we want is a magic bullet to 'get on with it.'  Of course, there are no magic bullets and soon we learn prevention is the only way to stop from getting taken out of the game in the first place....more

How Acne Forms

Acne forms over the course of several weeks and through a series of complex events in the skin. The pimple that you see on your chin as if it appeared overnight, has in fact been hard at “work” below the surface of your skin for weeks before you see it.   Below I’ll describe the entire process of how acne forms. ...more

Ridiculous iPhone App?

I don’t have an iPhone.  I don’t have any kind of smart phone even though my husband and numerous friends have repeatedly recommended that I get one.  I don’t have one not because I am opposed to smart phones; I don’t have because I am afraid if I have one I’ll never put it down.  I fear that my time sucking habit of internet surfing will simply over take my life if I have a smart phone so in lieu of just gaining some much needed self-control I  decided to just have a simple cellphone instead.  For now all I can do with my phone is make and receive ph...more

What Causes Acne?

Even with all the research that has been conducted about acne the debate still rages about the causes of acne.  The exact causes of acne are not entirely known and subsequently because of this there is no actual cure for acne.  At the moment experts believe that acne results from several related factors.  ...more

The Acne Connection: Cellulite, Cystic Acne, and Lymph Drainage Therapy

If you’ve read any of the recent ketchup posts, you might already be aware that the Cellulite Investigation was launched while ANALYST was living in Scotland on a Fulbright gran...more

I'm Not A Teenager, So Why Do I Still Have Acne? Can Retin-A Help?

I went to the dermatologist for the first time in my life last week...At the ripe old age of 42, I thought it was about time. I decided it was time to go for several reasons: ...more

I have to agree with Jennifer. I struggled with adult acne my whole adult life. I tried ...more