Category Archives: Acne

Sensitive skin with acne – solutions are available

A cry for help from a viewer of the SkinCareTV channel’s video ‘The 12 Worst Things for Sensitive Skin’:

Lina: hello wonderful sir, thank you so much for your videos. You have no idea how grateful I’m for finding your channel and listening to your advices. literally I’m on tears from shock. I’m a 19 years old girl with horrible sensitive skin. My skin is level 1 in sensitivity and I’ve acne all over it, went to a dermatologist and she gave me adapalene, used it for a really long time and all I noticed was that my skin is getting worse and worse. However, that’s what happen at first, they said. after that I stopped using it but felt no change at all and I won’t even describe the depression and anxiety I suffered from going to college every day with my face like that. right now I’m using an acne biotic lotion (it consist of zinc and erthomycin, aslo want to know if it’s any good for my skin!) and I’m following the advices you gave in the other video on what’s best for sensitive skin. I wash my face and shower only with cool water. in the morning if my face gets oily I wash it with flowerwater. I looked up for the product you recommended but found nothing to clean my face with except glycerin soup (you see I’m not an American, I live in Egypt^) also most moisturisers and sunscreen have alcohol or sodium and they make my face look glowy, so I know you don’t quite know the products provided in my country but if you could recommend me something that’s is well known everywhere, that would be great. Thank you so much again, I hope you never stop posting videos and spreading awareness. sorry for the long post ^^ it just I’ve been enduring alot and finally found the right place to let it out 😀

Response from SkinCareTV: I appreciate how upsetting it is to have bad skin as I’ve suffered with genetic acne and sensitive skin all my life. Any form of prescription vitamin A (adapalene, tazoratene, tretinoin) is for cystic acne. They are not ‘spot’ treatments. They do not cure acne. check out my video on acne – it’s a very big topic of discussion – and there are no ‘easy-1-2-3-step’ products that will control it while being ‘good’ for your skin.

Yes, cool water only. Use the glycerin soap at night rather than in the morning. I prefer a very gentle cleanser like Extreme + Sensitive Cleanser.  Just splash the face with cool water in the morning. Try not using moisturizer – usually acne skin produces enough of it’s own natural moisturizer…the stuff people erroneously call oil. Try an hydration gel (like Hydrate + Serum) in morning and evening. Use a gentle enzyme exfoliator to reduce the ability of dry dead skin cells to block the pores (see the ingredients in the sensitive skin clinic ‘No Dry Skin + Enzyme Gel‘ and see if you can find something similar in your country).

Make sure your diet is skin-positive…mainly fruit and vegetables…eliminate processed carbohydrates (breads etc), eliminate dairy and meat. If you can find the book ‘the clear skin diet‘ by logan and treolar, read it. Teenage hormones are always going to be a problem for a lot of people – but be sure not to make the situation worse by eating badly or using harsh skin care products.

The stress hormone ‘cortisol’ also makes acne worse and only a good night’s sleep and meditation can reduce daily cortisol build up. I prefer colloidal sulfur in a spot treatment (like Clear It) product because it is not irritating for sensitive skin…I hate the use of benzoyl peroxide products because they are very irritating. The antibiotic you’ve been given is just to control bacteria, and it is effective, but I don’t like the use of antibiotics because better skin care techniques work better than relying on antibiotics (which many bacteria have become resistant to due to over use by prescribing doctors).

The products at Blue Turtle Spa Online Shop are available for international orders but you will need a PayPal account to facilitate that. You will also be able to purchase an online video consultation which often helps in me providing you with better skin care advice, once I’ve seen your skin condition.

I hope that helps… thank you for liking my videos 🙂

The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions. Please see your doctor or a trained medical professional should you have any concerns.

Acne prone sensitive skin – help with skin care solutions

A visitor to the SkinCareTV channel on YouTube asked for help after viewing the video 3 Levels of Sensitive Skin:

Question from Emily Lan:

Hi, I have combination acne prone skin. I swim 4-5 times a week and for days after I swim my skin is flaky and when I use any product on my face it literally feels like it’s burning my skin off. The acne treatment I use is 0.5% adapalene and it works really well. The areas on my face that burn the most are around my mouth, nose, temples, and sometimes cheeks, so mostly all of it. Any moisturizer I try burns, even days after my last swim session. My skin feels like it’s burning with any slightest touch… help please?

Response from SkinCareTV:

Unfortunately most swimming pools are highly chlorinated – and that strips the natural lipid barrier off the skin, causing it to be more prone to sensitivity, and simultaneously increases the dry flakiness of the outer layer of the skin. The dry flaky skin increases the potential to block the pores and produce pimples. The reduced barrier function increases reactivity of the skin and often results in tiny pimples which are more irritation than acne.

Adapalene and the other forms of prescription Vitamin A (tretinoin and tazoratene) will also make your skin sensitive and more reactive. Prescription vitamin A was developed for cystic acne…i would never recommend that you use it for spot treatment of acne or pimples.

All in all, you are doing a lot to make your skin unbalanced and thus more reactive and here are some ways you can try and reduce the damaging impacts

So, swimming is good exercise, but maybe try increasing some other non swimming form of exercise and rely less on swimming. If that’s not possible, then protect your skin from the drying (and thus sensitizing) effect of chlorine water by putting a layer of vaseline/petrolatum/petroleum jelly on your skin before swimming…wipe it off when finished swimming, and use a gentle (non detergent) cleanser or an oil based cleanser (like Deep + Gentle Cleanser or Dr Schwab Sensitive Cleanser) to remove any residue from your skin. Use a gentle enzyme exfoliator after cleansing – it will help eliminate the dry flakes on the skin that help cause pimples…never use a scrub or anything harsh. Apply a hydration gel all over, and moisturize only where you naturally don’t produce your own natural moisturizer (aka that stuff that comes out of our pores called sebum). Use only cool water at all times – never hot or warm water.

Re-balance the skin and it will naturally get stronger. Have patience and build the skin’s strength slowly because swimming will naturally keep it weak… check out my other videos on how the skin works, when is exfoliation necessary, the worst and best things for sensitive skin, as well as the correct sequence to apply skin care products.

I hope your skin gets stronger and happier 🙂

The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions. Please see your doctor or a trained medical professional should you have any concerns.

Moisturize always or never, for sensitive skin?

A question posed by a viewer of the SkinCareTV channel on the YouTube video Moisturize Yes? or No?

Amadeus:
hye, i have combination type of skin.. but if i put moisturizer, it will turn to whitehead n bumps.. it is so pain n moisturizer make my face look greasy even the water based 1.. should i use moisturizer or not?
Answer from SkinCareTV:
As mentioned in the video, only use man made moisturizer if your skin doesn’t naturally produce it’s own. That stuff everyone calls oil, is actually sebum that your skin produces as it’s own natural moisturizer. If you are like me, my skin produces a lot of sebum and i never use a man made moisturizer. We are all made differently so we have to adapt what we do with our skin to the way we are made….. and don’t make your skin worse by using hot water and detergent cleansers to try and get rid of the ‘oil’ and ‘shine’…they will just force your skin to produce more sebum. use cool water only. Splash your face with cool water as often as you want during the day…cooling the skin down will also reduce the shine. Usually oily skin will also need exfoliation because skin with strong keratin growth will often cause sebaceous cysts to form under the surface (that does not mean acne cysts). Dry flakes (they are possible even with ‘oily’ skin) will clog pores and increase the potential for pimples. Dry flaky skin requires an enzyme exfoliator. Strong keratin growth requires and alpha hydroxy acid like glycolic acid….one that has a pH and %AHA that suits your skin type (not lower than 3pH and not more than 10% AHA). Knowing your skin would help me advise you better. We can always do a skype video consultation (International orders require a paypal acc).
The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions. Please see your doctor or a trained medical professional should you have any concerns.

Reverse or reduce damage and hyperpigmentation from laser treatments

A laser burns the skin. That’s what it is designed to do. Acute burning and killing of skin cells will stimulate new cell growth. It can help reduce wrinkles. It can help reduce the depth of acne scars. It can help reduce hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage in your youth. BUT it can also INCREASE hyperpigmentation in the skin. It can also leave you with more sensitive skin….

The natural process of the skin is to produce more melanin (your skin colour cells) to cover any inflamed tissue because inflamed tissue is more easily damaged by the sun than non-inflamed tissue. This is particularly important for people with colour in their skin…whether it be Mediterranean, Latino, Middle Eastern, Asian or Equatorial African….etc.

If you have an inflamed acne pimple, the chances are you will have a dark spot on your skin when the swelling reduces and the pimple goes away. So too with laser treatments on skin with colour.

Even though you may have very light skin, and have the lightest skin tone in your family, the chances of having dark pigmentation after laser treatments is still a very real threat. Check out and see if previous generations on your mother’s and father’s side had naturally dark skin…you may have inherited those genes, and will scar quite deeply after laser treatments.

Unfortunately, laser technicians (who are supposed to be medical professionals) don’t know who will pigment the most – and besides, they want to make money so won’t be too concerned about your particular genetic inheritance….

For some clients I’ve seen, essentially the pigment is deep seated due to the laser treatment that traumatised the skin and created the pigmented response… It will be impossible to remove deep seated pigmentation, but we can lighten it and maintain it in a lighter form. Sun exposure will cause deep seated hyperpigmentation to get a lot darker.

So, here’s what I suggest (assuming your skin may still have some low level sensitivity as a residual of the laser treatment):

We start with a nightly Vitamin C Serum plus Decircling Serum treatment. I  blogged about how to use it as a solution for the hands – that’s just an example of where this treatment can be used…it is definitely suited to the face and neck etc… if you feel sensitivity, reduce the frequency of application.

You will use it in the same manner on the face/neck, at night, after cleansing the skin using a gentle cleanser (extreme + sensitive cleanser) and only with cool water. Use 2 – 3 pumps of the C + Renew Serum and apply firstly to pigmented areas and then spread out to all other skin on the face. You will need 3 – 4 pumps of the Decircle + Firm Eyes, and apply it over the C + Renew Serum. Do this about 30 – 40 minutes before going to bed, or anytime in the evening after you cleanse. Leave it on over night.

After a few months you will begin using an alpha hydroxy acid like Age Limit at night before the application of the Vitamin C. I don’t rush this step because it’s best not to re-sensitize or traumatize your skin…the glycolic combined with the vitamin c will be instrumental in lightening the darker pigmented areas even more than the above mentioned step. It will still be slow, so be patient.

For now, if you want to even out skin tone during the day, use the TINTED 20% zinc sunscreen for a subtle evening out of skin tone, or the Zinc and Titanium Tinted sunscreen if you prefer a little more definite coverage.

Always remember to keep your face out of hot or warm water. Use cool water only. Only use sensitive skin products.

By the by, all medical treatments are tested on animals, in case you are opposed to painful and torturous experiments on unwilling caged lab animals…

The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions. Please see your doctor or a trained medical professional should you have any concerns.

Acne and antibiotics, or a holistic approach?

Medically, a common approach for anyone complaining about experiencing acne, is to prescribe antibiotics. After all, bacteria play a vital role in the development of acne related pimples right? Yes, but there is waaaaaaay more to acne than just bacteria! And with it being common knowledge that antibiotics create many more problems in the body, why are adults constantly being prescribed antibiotics for a few pimples?

Maybe you read recently about the Dangerous C. Difficile bacteria that infects half a million Americans each year…and how it is enabled by the use of antibiotics? Based on this and other common-knowledge facts, using antibiotics for acne is a stupid solution as far as I’m concerned… Most of the clients I see found out that antibiotic use did not solve their acne problem. So why are so many adults still being prescribed antibiotics for acne? I believe it’s because the medical profession does not take the time to inform you of all the elements that combine to enable acne…..

There’s genetic acne and there’s incidental pimples…but the medical profession, drug manufacturers and acne cosmetics manufacturers prefer to lump it all under the term acne. After all, it’s easier to market products to the general population who have been conditioned to use the term acne to describe all types of pimples. I’ve had clients who have been prescribed antibiotics because they ‘break-out’ after hair removal by waxing, for resulting ingrown hairs, and some take antibiotics for keratosis pilaris… Yikes! There are better, simpler, more realistic, less dangerous solutions for these problems….

And if you still suffer from a few pimples even when you are on antibiotics, then you can be pretty sure that the reason for your pimples is not bacteria! Real acne requires a holistic approach to cover all factors implicated in the medical condition known as acne.

A complete acne program will have to address the following factors:

1. The over stimulation of the sebaceous glands – so creating more sebaceous fluid (aka ‘oil’)

2. Dry flaky skin that helps clog pores

3. Strong keratin growth that enables pools of sebaceous fluid (aka ‘oil’) to be caught under the skin

4. An unbalanced level of natural bacteria living on our skin

5. Hormonal influences that impact the sebaceous glands…and that is not just monthly hormonal cycles for women, it definitely includes the stress hormone cortisol, and food related hormones due to the typical bad diet of our modern society…

But then that’s waaaay too much for most people to have to consider – it’s just soooo much easier to just pop antibiotics into ones mouth…right? Or just buy up all the ‘acne’ products in the drug store. Rest assured, the marketing hyped ‘acne’ products will not solve the problem either…they usually have a short term result that makes you believe it’s working, then all the old problems return. The solution is to deal with ALL the aspects of acne as listed above. There are cruelty free approaches to acne. All medical solutions are tested on animals!

Check out the real facts of acne via this 2 part acne video. It’s important to note that teenage acne and adult acne are similar, but different, conditions and require different solutions.

And finally, a few pimples here and there, and infrequently appearing, does not mean you have acne. You have a few pimples because of maybe 1 or 2 of the aspects listed above. Check out the other articles in the acne category. Skin care treatments at Blue Turtle Spa will help you to properly address the factors causing pimples on your skin.

The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions. Please see your doctor or a trained medical professional should you have any concerns.