Category Archives: Skin Conditions

Sensitive skin, allergies, what kind of skin care is needed?

An enquiry from a viewer of the SkinCareTV channel on the YouTube video Scar Repair and Wound Healing.

Question from Believe-in-you 123:

ok. I have had several very deep allergic reactions on my face in the last 3 Months. The wounds are deep and pitted and I am having a hard time getting them to close up. I have finally lowered my histamine levels. Usually I heal pretty fast, and I do eat healthy. I have had to debris my wounds several times because no matter what care I have taken, it’s like they want to fester and get itchy. I shower, and gently wash with warm water and a cream cleanser for sensitive skin. Then I cool my face because with my histamine levels being so high, I’m wheeling or getting hives just from too hot of water and scratching. Then I apply a cortisone cream. let that dry.. tgen I apply a vit c, and regeneration cream. let that soak in . then a strong antibiotic.. and bandage. grrrrrrr

Answer from SkinCareTV:

Yes, allergic reactions are hard to control. Anti-histamine (diphenhydramine) pills really help to lower histamine levels and thus the irritation…however they also can cause drowsiness and dryer skin. The steroidal cortisone creams will also lower skin irritation – topically – but they will weaken the skin barrier with sustained use, and also dry the skin.

It’s a hard place to be in – you need to lower the histamine reaction in order to stop the stinging and itching. From a skin point of view i prefer the use of anti histamine pills if possible – but you’d need to discuss that with your allergist/doctor.

Keep your face out of the shower water! Only use cool water on your face….never hot or even warm water. Irritated or allergic skin is naturally hot because of the histamines involved in the inflammation cascade happening in the skin. Heating or warming irritated skin just makes it worse. Only ever have cool water on irritated allergic skin!

Use a soothing product like hyaluronic hydration serum or aloe vera. Vitamin C can be irritating – the least irritating form will be esterized vitamin C – and regenerative creams generally will be irritating by the nature of the ingredients they are formulated with. Stop using both of them if your skin is irritated. Deal with the irritation/allergy first, once under control you can slowly and gently add in regenerative anti aging products. Don’t do antiaging until your skin is strong and balanced after the allergic reaction – otherwise you’ll just start the vicious cycle all over again. Sorry, but it’s realistic…

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?

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.

The Holiday Season can Worsen Skin Conditions! Part 3

Happy Holidays! We are supposed to smile and cheer and be happy, but very often it is a season that makes our skin unhappy. Why is this? Here is another major reason – following on from Part 1 and 2:

3. Climate. For most of the USA, the winter holiday season brings in cold weather, and in turn we increase the heating in our homes and offices. All around us, dry, artificially heated air is dehydrating our skin. Anyone with any level of sensitive skin will feel this more acutely. The skin feels dry, it may crack and flake, it may get irritated or red, it may even hurt. The dry air in planes will also impact your skin.

Solution: You will need to hydrate the skin with a hyaluronic serum like Sensitive Skin Clinic’s Hydrate + Serum that also has built in soothing ingredients like biosaccharide-2. Use a less aggressive AHA exfoliator maybe even a light exfoliation each night with the very effective Sensitive Skin Clinic Gentle + Exfoliate Gel. Increase the naturally hydrating aquaporin activity and functionality in every cell by using piptadenia colubrina peel extract (from a tree in the Brazilian rain forest) and found in Cell Youth Actif and Total Age Corrector. Do not use detergent cleansers – only truly gentle and sensitive skin cleansers that contain no detergent ingredients. Glycerin and Yucca extract are great for extremely sensitive skin. Other skin types can try an oil based cleanser like Sensitive Skin Clinic’s Deep + Gentle cleanser. Oil cleansers are great for removing makeup and also any level of dirt and debris, but it does not strip your essential natural lipid barrier off the skin. This is critical for any level of sensitive skin. Only use cool water on your face – no hot or warm water. Any level of warmth will make redness and irritation worse. Always soothe, cool and calm red and irritated skin. For a power boost to the skin before any big holiday event, use a soothing mask like Sensitive Skin Clinic’s Soothe + Hydrate Mask incorporating the super soothing ingredients of Sea Whip (from a marine plant), Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5) and Comfrey extract. Use a richer moisturizer that has shea butter extract in it. Shea butter comes from a tree nut, and though it does not naturally have a fabulous aroma, be sure to avoid the shea butter moisturizers and creams that have added fragrance because fragrance will worsen dry, irritated and red skin. For strong skin reactions, soothing aloe vera will help, and to help skin repair, aloe vera with glyco proteins from yeast will do an amazingly good job – as in aloCell Gel by Dr Gimmelsberger.

Being gentle to the skin will help it become naturally strong and balanced. Being aggressive will just weaken it further. A happier skin will look fresh and healthy, and younger. A happier skin is a happier you. Happy holidays!

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.

Adult acne is very different from teenage acne, so the solutions should differ too.

Acne is a pretty complex medical condition, (it is not right to refer to a few pimples on your face as acne)….and adult (or mid-life) acne is a very different condition than teenage acne… especially for women.

The big difference in the prevalence of acne today versus a few decades ago is the level and type of stress that women are under these days… Topical acne skin care solutions will help, but a reduction in the stress hormone cortisol, will be the best solution.

Here is a really good article on adult acne written by Dr Christiane Northrup. It is comprehensive and well worth the read – if you are interested in knowing more about your skin condition. Be warned though, it is longer than any article the average ADD person can handle!

Of course, being a doctor she goes through all the medical types of solutions, but later on in the article she also talks about lifestyle, food/diet, and holistic approaches….(it is so gratifying to see medical people step outside their pharmaceutical dominated world)….

My tried-and-true approach to adult acne is described in this article, and if you want to learn more about acne (teenage and adult) then watch this SkinCareTV video.

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.

Which exfoliator to use on your acne skin?

Question from a client: 

What is the difference between the Age Limit Advanced Refinishing Serum and the Clear Skin Ultra Gel? You have recommended the Age limit serum for me, however, my acne is still really bad.  So I’m curious if the Clear Skin Ultra would be a better exfoliator for me.

My Answer:

From your skin care chart, the last time you were in at Blue Turtle Spa, I made note of 3 potential issues…

  1. ingrown hairs caused by tweezing in chin area
  2. clogged pores in hairline due to shampoo and conditioner ingredients.
  3. the other note I made was about potential folliculitis (a medical condition). 

Because you are a dry skin type (Accutane has dramatically reduced your sebaceous fluid (aka oil) production), this means that the typical cause of pimples (too much oil and therefore a stimulant for bacterial growth) is not really relevant…. You do not have a typical acne skin condition.

My main concern is the level of dryness on the skin – hence the recommendation of age limit. However, it may work better to use a milder exfoliator 7 x per week rather than a stronger one less frequently. I would like to suggest you use the Gentle + Exfoliate Gel every night after cleansing. Believe it or not…but the milder exfoliator may control your acne pimples more than the stronger one.

For more information on exfoliation watch this SkinCareTV video.

Remember to always use the Clear-it on blemishes day and night before moisturizer.

For #1. When tweezing hairs, always tweeze in the direction of the hair – never in the opposite direction. If the hair breaks off without being properly tweezed out, it can cause an ingrown hair, and a subsequent pimple. Using the Gentle + Exfoliate Gel will reduce the potential for dry skin to help worsen the potential for ingrowns, and the Clear-it will help clear it up quickly.

For #2. In terms of the clogged pores and pimples in the hairline, you may want to try a totally different shampoo experience…try the Shea Touch Baby Shampoo… it does not foam nor have any tricks associated with most adult shampoos – it is just a really good lipid rich wash that will leave the hair soft and clean (not squeaky clean like most shampoos do). It may take a little getting used to, but it is amazing how it can help clear up clogged hairline pores that result from regular shampoo ingredients. Most modern shampoo ingredients are designed to coat the hair – they ‘stick’ to it and don’t rinse out so giving you the hair results you are expecting – HOWEVER, those same ingredients ‘stick’ to the skin around the hairline and neck, and don’t rinse out, so helping to clog pores in those areas and increase the potential for hairline breakouts and pimples.

For #3. For folliculitis, see your doctor – they will probably prescribe antibiotics…. If you want to try an alternative approach, use Gentle + Exfoliate Gel at night after gentle cleansing, apply Clear-it on pimples, and use aloCell Gel AM and PM to help strengthen and repair the skin. aloCell Gel is used before moisturizer and sunscreen. Always use a mineral sunscreen to protect against post inflammatory hyperpigmentation which often can result in the areas where you have folliculitis.

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.