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pores

Skin

4 Steps To “Adios, Acne!”Featured

1) Prevention

Acne on the forehead, cheeks, neck? Switch hair care and styling products. Bumps on the chin, jawline or around the mouth? Try a halogen-free toothpaste. And choose makeup that won’t clog or irritate your pores. We suggest: Essence Superwash Hair & Body Shampoo, Essence Skin-Saving Conditioner, Essence Skin-Saving Toothpaste.

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Clockwise from left: Skinthusiasm for Superwash (Harper’s Bazaar, Singapore), Conditioner (Misses, Japan), Toothpaste (Brigitte Mom, Germany).

2) Daily Regimen

A gentle scrub, treatment toner, spot treatment and sunscreen. We suggest: Id Anti-Acne Scrub, Toner, Monolaurin Gel (or get them all in the travel-sized Complete Clarifying Kit), plus Armada 30 Sun + Light Screen.

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Left to right: Skinthusiasm for the Id regimen Complete Clarifying Kit from a fan on Instagram, and Armada Sun + Light Screen (Estilo, Mexico).

3) Procedure

Deep cleaning helps keep pores clear and increases treatment efficacy. We suggest: a Blemish Buster Facial, monthly and a Glycolic Acid Peel every few months. If you have cystic acne, see a dermatologist.

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Our Club Scrub and Blemish Buster facials, and our Answer Back! “bacne” service, are like getting a professional cleaning at the dentist’s…except instead of tough plaque, you’re purging pore-cloggers. Call (212) 217-2762 or (415) 255-9510 to book your deep cleaning today.

4) Lifestyle

…think anti-inflammatory. Get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Control stress (meditate, yoga, whatever). No junk food (none). Yes to fish, fresh fruits & veggies. Daily exercise (helps with the stress thing, too).

Featured, Skin

Combining Actives: Customize Your Skincare Regimen Like A ProFeatured

First, some basics.

IS MORE…MORE?

YES AND NO.
Combining different actives in one regimen can give you multiple benefits but you up the risk of irritation and you can definitely over-treat. If you’re going to combine, keep the following in mind:

  1. Hypoallergenic: Choose products with minimal or no allergens to up the safety factor.
  2. Sensitive Should Simplify: For sensitive skin, less is more, period. Use fewer products and choose gentle but multi-beneficial ones.
  3. Date wisely. If you’re going to increase the risk of irritation by adding actives, add what’s proven to be good and reliable. Sexy, sci-fi-sounding claims that seem too good to be true probably are — big talk and broken promises are never fun. Stick to what’s backed up by studies published in peer-reviewed journals.

DO I NEED A TONER? 

NOT NECESSARILY
WHY: Not all skin types should use a toner. Very dry skin and sensitive conditions like rosacea, eczema and psoriasis do better with less cleansing overall.

CAN I USE MULTIPLE ACTIVES IF I HAVE SENSITIVE SKIN?

IT DEPENDS ON THE ACTIVES
WHY:  “Active ingredient” is often an alpha- or beta-hydroxy acid, another type of microscopic exfoliant (hastens the shedding of old cells), or a drug (like an antibiotic). While effective, too much of these good things can be too much for sensitive skin. There are excellent actives that are less irritating and some that are even anti-inflammatory such as virgin coconut oil (anti-aging, barrier repair, antimicrobial); monolaurin (anti-acne, antimicrobial), and green tea (antioxidant). As long as the rest of the ingredients in your products are free of allergens, combining anti-inflammatory actives may not only be ok but beneficial.

How to Combine Actives the Right Way

Think: Extra Slow, Extra Gentle. Protect.
1) GO SLOW. With any active product, start with once-a-week applications, then twice-a-week, very slowly increasing frequency to three times a week and so on until you achieve once- or twice-a-day usage, which should be no earlier than eight weeks after your first application.
Get to once- or twice-a-day usage of one active product before starting another. Do this for each new active product that you add. That’s eight weeks or more per new active product — for example, you would only be using three active products together by week 24, at the earliest.
2) BE GENTLE. It is crucial to use a pH-lowered cleanser (such as Id, Illuminants+, Re-Everything) to prevent irritations. Active treatments are more acidic, which the skin can easily adjust to (the skin’s natural pH is slightly acidic) but low-pH active treatments plus a high-pH cleanser can spell disaster.
3) PROTECT: Actives tend to make the skin more sensitive to sun and light. It is important to use an Armada Sun + Light Screen every day, indoors and outdoors, even if actives have not been applied on a given day.


4 MOST COMMON COMBOS

Can I combine Id and Illuminants+ for my acne and dark spots? What about a Pore Minimizer? Presenting our most popular “how-do-I-combine…” regimens at VMV Hypoallergenics: