I’m Breaking Out—Does My Skin Need Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide?

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by Kaitlyn McLintock Apr 4, 2021 So you’re breaking out. Maybe you look in the mirror and you see an eruption of angry, red bumps. Or maybe it’s all clogged pores for you—whiteheads and blackheads span your skin. Either way, you’re left searching for a solution. All of that searching may have led you to two hero ingredients of the acne-fighting world: salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. These ingredients, while each effective in their own right, are often used interchangeably by people who are attempting to clear their complexions. That’s okay, though, isn’t it? They both fight acne, and they’re both effective, so it doesn’t matter which one you use, right? Wrong. Salicylic acid and benzoyl… read more

The Best Men’s Skincare Regimens for All Skin Types

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written by Adam Hurly updated Mar 26, 2021 While each individual has specific needs for their skin—whether it’s sensitivity, common breakouts, premature aging, hyperpigmentation, and so forth—there is still a baseline skincare regimen that unites us all. As simple as it is to cleanse, exfoliate, and hydrate skin, there are minor adjustments that need to be made for three types of skincare concerns: dry/sensitive skin, oily/acne-prone skin, and anti-aging. Below are prescriptive routines for those types of skin concerns. To build these routines, we spoke to two trusted, board-certified dermatologists—just as you should speak with your own board-certified dermatologist—to get an even more detailed, tailored routine that builds on the… read more

Confused About Exfoliating Toners? Here’s How & When To Use Them

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Plus the 10 most popular formulas on the market right now. By Jessica Ourisman 3.30.2021 Proper pH is integral to your skin’s overall health. It impacts everything from the optimal functioning of the skin barrier to maintaining an appropriate environment for the skin’s microbiome (which is full of beneficial bacteria) to thrive. Because most cleansers increase the skin’s pH to above 6 (which is roughly the average for most people), restoring the skin’s ideal level of acidity typically means reaching for a toner. And now, exfoliating toners are all the rage for their ability to brighten the skin, fade hyperpigmentation, clear breakouts, and purify the pores. Exfoliating toners contain active… read more

What Derms Want You To Know About Using Retinol For Dark Spots

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By Rachel Lapidos March 29, 2021 Retinol may have more research-backed skin-boosting benefits than any other beauty ingredient on the shelves. It fights acne, is an anti-aging superhero, increases cell turnover, improves texture, and boosts collagen production. But does retinol help with dark spots too? According to dermatologists, treating dark spots is yet another function of the all-revered skin care ingredient. Dark spots — also known as hyperpigmentation — are really common BTW, and can happen for any number of reasons, from sun damage to acne scars. “Dark spots appear after inflammatory conditions that damage skin cells and release pigment into the deeper level of your skin outside of the cells,”… read more

3 Dermatologists Reveal Their Morning Skin Care Routines

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The best cleansers, serums, SPFs, moisturizers, retinols and more, and how these pros apply them. By Abigail Abesamis Demarest 03/22/2021 05:45am EDT | Updated March 22, 2021 With the massive amount of skin care products available on the market these days and the numerous ways in which these products are marketed to us — Instagram ads, YouTube beauty gurus and even skin care enthusiasts on TikTok — it can feel overwhelming to curate a skin care routine that suits your lifestyle and budget, and addresses your goals. But you know who’s good at cutting out the BS? Dermatologists. To that end, we chatted with three board-certified dermatologists to get the ins… read more

See how Skin Wellness will upgrade your skincare routine

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Author Claire Hancock – March 22, 2021 If you’ve been on social media lately, you’ve probably seen that skincare is the new makeup. Now it’s time to step up your skincare (and selfcare) game with Skin Wellness and Dr. Corey Hartman, MD. What is Skin Wellness? Skin Wellness offers cutting-edge dermatological solutions for a wide variety of skin needs and conditions. With three MDs, two CNRPs, and four aestheticians, Skin Wellness is able to treat most skin concerns from acne to eczema to skin cancer, and they also offer surgery and injections. Skin Wellness aims to give each patient a customized experience that suits their individual needs. Dr. Hartman and… read more

14 Common Skin-Care Mistakes Dermatologists Say We’re Guilty of Making

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March 22, 2021 by Jessica Harrington Dermatologists have seen it all: random bouts of acne, horrific sunburns, unidentifiable rashes, moles in all assortments of shapes and sizes, dry skin patches that just won’t quit — and that’s just the beginning. They’ve also seen (and heard) it all when it comes to skin-care mistakes and misconceptions. Among the countless patients dermatologists see a week, there are some mistakes they encounter repeatedly. Aside from not wearing sunscreen enough and picking at your zits (two things we’re all guilty of from time to time), there may be some mistakes you don’t even know you’re making, like serum cocktailing and forgetting about your neck.… read more

Your Hair Is Also Experiencing Pandemic-Related Stress. Here’s What to Do.

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Just like skin, hair shows the impact of stress, lack of sleep and the passage of time. Brands addressing hair aging are taking a holistic approach, one that starts at the root. Fiorella Valdesolo March 24, 2021 8:38 am ET In January of last year the actor Ricki Lake posted a selfie with a buzz cut. In the caption she revealed that she had been suffering from hair loss for nearly 30 years. “Ever since I played Tracy Turnblad in the original Hairspray back in 1988 and they triple-processed and teased my then healthy virgin hair every 2 weeks during filming, my hair was never the same,” Lake wrote. She’d… read more

Roundtable Underlines Diversity Gap in Dermatology, Medical Research

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March 25, 2021 Contact Author Rachel Grabenhofer A recent report published in Practical Dermatology details a virtual roundtable discussion, supported by L’Oréal brands CeraVe, La Roche-Posay and Skinceut­icals, including dermatol­ogists and industry executives. The discussion emphasized the lack of diversity in professional represen­tation and clinical trials, the effects of this gap in patient care and treatment outcomes, and opportunities to change this dynamic. For example, dermatologist Jeanine Downie, M.​D., noted that only 3% of dermatol­ogists across the U.​S. are African-American. Corey Hartman, M.​D., emphasized the crucial need to include skin types of all ethnic backgrounds in clinical trials testing product efficacy and safety, to understand how the products interact with… read more