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  2. I am an Esthetician and use professional grade products that are results driven which is indicated by the higher percentages of active ingredients like salicylic and glycolic acids. It's the approach I take to my personal skincare but not everyone is the same and each skin type presents it's own set of challenges. My Fitzpatrick skin type is a IV - V meaning that when exposed to UV rays I rarely burn and tan very easily but what that also means is that I have a higher risk of developing hyperpigmentation if I do too much to my skin. Knowing how your skin reacts to sun exposure is very important when experimenting with new products as well as knowing your skin type (oily, combination, normal, dry, dehydrate - lacks water). I wouldn't recommend that you run out and buy a bunch of products to mix together as you may damage your skin even further in the process. Sometimes people get lucky when they mix up their own and other times it creates more problems. If it's in your budget, seeking the advise of a licensed Esthetician is a great first step. Find one that gives you options for budget and the results you want to see. I like to offer product lines that is organic based and one that has performance ingredients as some people don't want to be as aggressive with their skin as others. There are websites that do sell professional grade products like the ones I use and recommend to clients but I think it's risky. Like 1underarm commented previously, oily skin is a result of oil production from the sebaceous glands attached to each hair follicle. The sebaceous glands creates whats called the acid mantel which is a protective barrier to guard against contaminants. Normal skin has normal balance of oil production where as dry skin lacks oil and oily skin has too much. There are degrees of oily skin as well. Normal oily skin tends to be the most oily at the later part of the day where as excessively oily skin is shiny by mid morning. The key is to find balance and not remove too much oil from the skin as this will create all sorts of problems like create more oil!. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (also found in asprin) commonly used to treat oily skin and acne but knowing the percentage to use and what your skin can tolerate is tricky. Most over the counter brands will have up to 2% and professional brands will have 3%. Bleaching serums either fade the dead pigmented skin on the top layer of the epidermis or inhibit pigment production. Its likely that the pigment you have on your neck is present in the warmer months as well when you are exposing your skin to the sun more frequent. Your skin produces pigment (melanin) to protect it from UV rays, and in response to trauma like burns which leaves dark scarring. Wear sunscreen with at least and SPF of 30 during the day to help reduce the amount of sun exposure and exfoliate regularly to remove dead skin cells. Bleaching and skin lighteners is a process and commitment. Limiting sun exposure and protecting your skin is a must if you want to see change. They also take time, months, and don't work over night. I alternate every three months with Image skin bleaching serum and the Image lightening serum. There are lots on the market but make sure you aren't allergic to the ingredients.
  3. Granulated sugar maybe too much for your skin. You may be developing rosecea which also has pustuals and papules in its early stages but consult a dermatologist to make sure. Ideally you want to exfoliate your skin on a regular basis to remove the build up of dead keratinized cells on the top layer of the epidermis and maintain clear hair follicles free of sebum and cell matter. There are several different methods of exfoliation so make sure that the one you choose is appropriate for you skin type and skin tone. And ALWAYS protect that freshly exfoliated skin with a moisturizer with a minimum of SPF 30. Because you have sensitive skin, it can't tolerate much therefore I would recommend an enzyme mask or peel. Image has a great Vital C one and Glo has a pumpkin enzyme mask. They are great for all skin types! Enzymes help breakdown the dead skin cells on the top layer of the skin and are much safer. Look at the product ingredients to make sure there isn't anything that will cause a reaction or inflammation. As for myself, I exfoliate my skin everyday. Estheticians get all good stuff! I have mild adult acne that can flare up from time to time so I use a salicylic cleanser twice a day to help with my oily skin. In the morning after I cleanse I apply a medicated lotion with a salicylic blend to keep my oil and acne under control. At night I use a retinol-a cream which has glycolic as my repair cream. (Salicylic and glycolic are chemical exfoliators that help remove oil and dead cells keeping hair follicles unclogged.) Then depending on how my skin feels, I will do an 20% enzyme peel after I dermaplane every 4 weeks. In between I might to do a glycolic mask followed by and enzyme mask. In the fall and winter I will make a sugar scrub with coconut oil and essential oils for my body.
  4. I hope you mean 2% hydroquinone. 4% is the highest percentage approved by the FDA but you can only get it by prescription. In those percentages, hydroquinone isn't an overnight miracle product. It works by preventing the skin to make new pigment which is caused by UVA and UVB rays or trauma to the skin. Because you have dark skin you are more likely to scar than light skin tones as your skin has more melanin in it.
  5. The scab falling off means that the skin is healing. Dead skin needs to fall off to make way for new skin cells. A moisturizer with a minimum of SPF 30 will help protect your skin and not make more pigment making it darker. Aquaphor isn't good for your face. It doesn't allow your skin to breath and causes the follicles to clog creating more acne. Look for a moisturizer that is oil free.
  6. Parabens are preservatives added to cosmetics so they don't grow microbes and turn into bacteria. They also are believed to cause cancer. The word you need to look for is "noncomedogenic" which means it doesn't clog pores. If you have sensitive skin, there could be several factors causing your breakouts. Sensitive skin has more issues with all natural products as they cause allergic reactions resulting in unbalanced irritated/inflammed skin and breakouts. You will have to figure out which ingredients could be causing the breakouts such as talc and discontinue use. And just because a product is all natural or organic doesn't mean it's good for your skin. Dirt is organic. Use products that are for sensitive skin that cause less irritation.
  7. Skin lightening products are a process and commitment. They don't lighten dark spots over night and the professional ones that do work are expensive and you have to purchase from a dermatologist. And you have to stay out of the sun and/or wear a moisturizer with a minimum of SPF 30 as to not cause more pigment and drive it deeper. Have them checked out by a dermatologist to make sure the dark spots are something else.
  8. Your face peeled after waxing because it burned your skin. That's not good because that causes scaring. If your skin has a rough texture the wax most likely almost caused a burn or there may have been an ingredient in the wax that caused a reaction with your skin. As a esthetician, I don't recommend that you do at home peels. I know a lot of people who do and have good results but there are many that do not and cause scarring and hyperpigmentation that leads to permanent skin damage. Mainly because the skin type and type of chemical peel they choose isn't the right one. If you want to exfoliate your skin safely at home, please try a enzyme based product that breaks down the dead skin cells on the top layer of skin. Enzyme masks and peels are great for all skin types, you can use them a few times a week and get great results without the risk. If you have not used products with alpha and/or beta hydroxy acids (aha's and bha's) before, the safest way is to start with a low percentage. Chemical peels are a controlled burns to the top layer of the skin so you most like will peel because that's what chemical peels do. The darker skin you are more likely to scar and cause permanent scarring. Also, many people think more is better when it comes to skincare and it's not the case. Especially with chemical peels. Since you waxed your face recently, you should NOT do chemical peel for at least another three weeks. Waxing is a form of exfoliation. Cell turn over is about every 28 days. Because you are new to chemical peels, please use caution and don't leave the solution on your skin long. 1 minute and rinse with cold water until the activity subsides. If/when your skin does peel DON'T peel off the dry flakes of skin as it can cause scaring. SCARING IS BAD! You don't need to cleanse after the peel but you will need to use a mild cleanser in the days after. But you DO need to apply a moisturizer with a minimum of SPF 30 to protect that freshly exfoliated skin free radicals like UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays which will drive the pigment down into the dermis. Don't use any oils, olive, blackseed, or other wise after a chemical peel. The whole idea of doing a chemical peel is for your skin to physically peel to remove the dead skin cells producing new skin. So you see, scaring of any kind is bad. It only makes those once fun inexpensive chemical peels more expensive down the road when it has to be corrected with lasers or a scalpel.
  9. Don't use the coconut oil!!! It's too heavy for acne prone skin and doesn't allow your skin to breath. Use a moisturizer that is oil free with an minimum SPF 30 that is made for oily skin. I'm a licensed esthetician so let me see if I can help. If you have oily skin, you want to use a gel cleanser. It's better at removing the excess oil where as cream based cleansers are for dry skin types. Acne happens for a number of reasons. Hormones, clogged hair follicles, too much sun, and stress and diet as previously mentioned to name a few. It sounds like you have grade 2 acne in your t-zone area which is common. The key is to balance your skin. Drinking lots of water is a great start, and next you need to find a good cleanser to use in the morning and at night. A professional product with active ingredients like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide will help remove the oils and dead skin clogging the hair follicles causing the closed comedones, and the benzoyl peroxide will kill the bacteria should those become red and irritated. The salicylic acid is a chemical exfoliant and will dry the skin causing you to feel activity and experience some peeling but that's normal until your skin builds up a tolerance to it. Usually takes 5-8 days of continuous use. You can use a light moisturizer after you tone but make sure it's made for acne prone skin. Look for the word "noncomedogenic" when looking for skincare products. I can recommend products if you're on a budget. Most importantly, protect that beautiful young skin with no less than a moisturizer with an SPF 30. If by chance you have acne scars as a result, the SPF 30 will protect your scars from them getting darker and driving the pigment into the dermis causing permanent scarring.
  10. The two professional brands would be Image Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Mask is great for at home use. It has a nice warmth to it and can be left on the face for up to 30 minutes. Pevonia has a Enzymo Spherides Peeling Cream loaded with papaya and pineapple enzymes. There are many more out there on the market so make sure that you read the active ingredients to avoid any allergies. I also really like the BioElements Pumice Peel. It's like a manual microderm!
  11. Enzyme peels are derived from fruit like papaya and pineapple or sometimes beef by products. They work by dissolving the keratin protein on the top layer of the skin. Enzymes peels are safer than chemical peels with alpha and/or beta hydrox acids and can usually be tolerated by more skin types expect those with skin allergies. A great treatment after Jet Clear/hydra facial, microderm or dermaplaning.
  12. If she isn't experiencing any breakouts, I would say establishing a cleansing routine would be a great start. Look for cream based cleansers if she does not have oily skin. Gel cleansers that foam are more combination/oily skin and are drying. CeraVe hydrating cleanser is an affordable drugstore brand and Image Vital C Hydrating Cleanser is affordable professional brand. Water intake throughout the day is also very important as well as a oil free moisturizer with an SPF of 30. If her skin does begin to experience breakouts, seek the advice of an esthetician who will analyze her skin and come up with a skincare routine to help balance her skin.
  13. My skin is more oily in the summer and slightly less oily in the winter so I have to switch up my products with the seasons. During the humid summer months here in the south, I have a morning routine of a 3% salicylic cleanser, followed by a balancing serum, then clairifying lotion with a 6% blend of salicylic and benzoyl peroxide, topped off with a SPF 30 oil free moisturizer. At night I cleanse with the same salicylic cleanser, then bleaching serum (help with hyperpigmentation), topped off with a retin A repair cream. In the winter I switch up the cleanser at night with one that has 12% glycolic. When I wear makeup, I use GloProfessional primer, concealer, and pressed base for foundation. Sometimes I use the infamous Ben Nye banana powder but I try not to touch up my face during the day because I don't always use makeup that is good for my skin other than Glo. It tends to elevate my grade 1 acne to grade 2.
  14. Has anyone tried the new Brisa Lite smoothing gel by CND? I really like that it smooths and evens out the nail surface but not sure if it's tricky to apply on myself.
  15. Your pore (follicles) are getting bigger because they are filled with oil and skin debris. Regular exfoliating is needed to dissolve the deposits and shrink the follicles back down. Professional skincare products (not over the counter) with a low percentage of glycolic will do this. If your skin is oily which is also indicated by large folicles, products with salicylic acid will also help. Please seek advice from a licensed esthetician before causing permanent skin damage. Hope this helps!
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