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How to Pop a Pimple

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They always say that you should never, ever pop a pimple. But most folks have that ‘picking syndrome’ where they won’t pass a mirror without squeezing what should be left alone (ahem, guilty as charged…).

If you absolutely MUST extract an icky pimple then do it right! You’ll want to make sure that you don’t spread the bacteria, and you’ll also want to make sure that you are being gentle on your skin.

First, wash your face with a mild cleanser to rid of dirt and residue. Next, apply a warm washcloth to the area where you’ll perform the extraction. The heat from the washcloth will open the pores and soften the skin. Then grab two tissues and wrap them around your index fingers. Apply gentle pressure from opposite sides of the pimple, and don’t squeeze too hard. If nothing is coming out, leave it alone for another day or two, and apply a spot treatment on the area instead. If you’re successful in performing the extraction toss those tissues and apply a cotton ball soaked in hydrogen peroxide to the area, it’s important to rid of the bacteria to assure you won’t be spreading infection to other parts of your face. Lastly, apply a tiny bit of Neosporin with cotton swab to the spot; this will facilitate quicker healing time and anti-inflammatory benefits.

To prevent new pimples from popping up use an anti-acne cleanser and moisturizer as part of your daily regimen. The M2 Skin Technologies line is a great choice, as it has mandelic and malic acids to exfoliate and keep the skin clear.

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Avene Professional TriAcneal

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We all remember being 14 and washing our skin raw with harsh scrubs to get rid of those clogged pores and pesky pimples. It’s only natural that you’d look to something to strip your face clean of all that icky dead skin, so it’s almost an impulse to cleanse with something super harsh and purifying. Thank goodness we’ve learned that gentle care is best when it comes to our skin, but from time to time the 14 year old in us is just dying to break out the bar soap, buff puff, and Noxzema. If you have this impulse please… slowly step away from the sink, go online, and order the Avene Professional TriAcneal. This is by far the best stuff since sliced bread.

Avene Professional TriAcneal has three different ingredients that fight acne and active breakouts; Retinaldehyde, Glycolic Acid, and newly patented Efectiose. These ingredients not only fight breakouts they’re also anti-aging! Avene is touted as one of Europe’s most gentle skin care lines, as the formulas are based on soothing thermal spring water. So while the active ingredients are battling your most frustrating skin foes, the gentle formula is also soothing, nurturing, and reducing redness.

Avene Professional TriAcneal helps to reduce acne scarring while exfoliating the skin and leaving it baby-bum smooth, and with just one application you’ll notice that your pores look more clear and tight, your overall skin texture looks more even, and redness and irritation is left to a minimum (unlike with many other acne products).
Though I am lucky enough to try hundreds of products that we carry at, I’m excited to say that Avene TriAcneal is hands down my newest favorite!

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What is acne? Besides a nightmare, acne is the infection of the follicle that has been blocked by an overproduction of oil, debris and dead skin cells. Acne can take on many different forms including: whiteheads, blackheads, papules, pustules and cysts.

Whiteheads – are smaller in size and remain under the skin, they can come to a white ‘head’, thus the name whitehead.

Blackheads – are similar to whiteheads but have reached the surface of the skin and oxidized, therefore turning black or grey in color.

Papules – White or pink bumps on the surface of the skin.

Pustules – Similar to papules but usually have an irritated red ring with a pus-filled top.

Cysts – Most of the infection in under the skin surface. Cystic acne is often hormonal and common in adults. Cystic breakouts can scar easily and are often painful to the touch.

Acne is associated with a hormone called androgen, which can cause an excess of sebum production in the pore.

You can treat a mild case of acne with a variety of different over the counter products. Look for ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, sulfur, retinol, and glycolic acid.

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Treating a serious case of acne may require an oral prescription such as antibiotics or Accutane. Consult with your doctor or dermatologist to determine which acne products and treatments are best for you.

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The seasons are changing, and we’re happy to embrace the cooler weather and all of the wonderful things that come with it. Some of our favorite autumn classics include pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks, cozy wool coats, and chilly football games. But our most favorite things about the new season are the new beauty products and trends, of course! Switching seasons also means switching skin care routines and incorporating products that will get us through the cold months ahead. Fall is also a great time to preview holiday gift ideas! Here are some of our newest launches that are quickly becoming staff and customer favorites.

Clarisonic PLUS Skin Care System with Deep Pore Cleansing in Blue. While you may go into lazy hibernation mode this fall, you shouldn’t let your skin do the same. Your face and body are in need of deep cleansing and exfoliation, and Clarisonic makes it fun and easy. The PLUS system works wonders for the face and the body with its four speed settings, and the new Deep Pore Cleansing Brush Head gets those stubborn trouble areas clean and clear with the push of a button.

ARCONA White Ice will hydrate your skin through the icy cool weather to come, and because it’s now available in a jumbo size you won’t have to worry about running out too soon. This lightweight gel will moisturize deep within the dermis, won’t clog pores, but will protect your skin against environmental assault.

Even though it’ll be chilly out it doesn’t mean you have to hide your neck, your neck will get all of the tender loving care it deserves with StriVectin TL Neck Firming Cream so you’ll want to show off your new swan-like self. The TL Neck Firming Cream uses breakthrough niacin powered technology to visibly restore firmness, shape, and contour while providing an immediate tightening effect.

If you’re looking for a total regimen overhaul then look no further, because our newest addition is sure to be one of our best as Bioelements joins the family. Since the early 90’s Bioelements products have been dominating the spa world with their innovative formulas that provide clinical-results. Founded by one of the first ever licensed estheticians the Bioelements brand brings innovative skincare technology and the spa experience straight to your home.

Cool weather doesn’t mean skipping sunscreen OR deodorant, so make sure to stock up on both, because getting a sunburn in the middle of fall is completely possible, and unfortunately smelling bad is too. We’re loving the new LaVanilla deodorants because they’re free of all the bad stuff like petrochemicals, phthalates, proplyne glycols, and synthetic dyes. They are chockfull of powerful antioxidants, essential oils, and soothing hydrators.

One of our worst things about cool weather is chapped, red, dry skin. We’re thankful for ATOAPLM! The original ATOPALM Intensive Moisturizing Cream has a cult following, and the new ATOPALM 130+ Concentrated Intensive Cream will surely be a hit. Enriched with olive oil, grape seed oil, and vitamin E, this parabens-free multi lamellar emulsion formula mimics the structure of the skin lipids, healing to restore the skin’s barrier function. It’s also great for rosacea, and for razor burn.

Dr.Perricone, a pioneer in the skincare industry is always coming up with the latest and greatest. Perricone MD Cold Plasma products were a hot hit during the summer time, and they’ll surely sell like hotcakes in the fall. In time for fall Perricone MD Cold Plasma had a growth spurt and is now available in a 2 oz super-size! The best thing is that it’s a $300 value for only $229!

Revaleskin is also taking their line to new heights with three new products. To rid of hyperpigmentation induced by too much fun in the sun, the Illuminesse Brightening Complex will help to lighten dark spots while brightening the skin with a potent coffeeberry complex. Revaleskin Skin Firming Serum helps increase resistance to stress and environmental aggressors. And the new RevaleSkin Elette 4% Creamy Wash rinses away dirt and residue while killing p.acne bacteria and zapping zits in a jiffy.

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Battling Breakouts

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We have all had a break out on our skin and it’s usually at the worst time …like right before we leave for vacation or have an event to go to.  Some products we use can irritate our skin and actually cause the break out to get worse or create more break outs. The iS Clinical Active Serum is a multi purpose product that will lessen the appearance of a break out and help to heal the skin.

The iS Clinical Active Serum not only addresses acne, but also helps to diminish fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. It works great for smoothing and softening the texture of your skin and will help to lighten post acne scars and discoloration. It contains Alpha-Hydroxy Acids like lactic and glycolic which will help to exfoliate and resurface the skin. It also has white willow bark extract which is a source of salicylic acid used to kill bacteria and treat the acne under the surface of the skin by deep cleansing the pore. It will also help with inflammation making this a quick and effective product for those troublesome break outs.

To fully address your concerns we suggest a complete anti-acneic regimen. Cleanse twice a day with the iS Clinical Cleansing Complex, hydrate with the Hydra Cool Serum then spot treat with the Active Serum. You can also use the active serum as a spot treatment for acne by applying it once or twice a day directly to the area of concern.  If you are experiencing painful acne that is more cystic or under the skin try the iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum Advance Plus as your AM skin treatment. This will help to reduce inflammation and heal the skin while preventing further damage.

If you are also looking for effective anti aging results you will want to apply the white lightening complex in the AM, then the active serum in the PM to target hyperpigmention and skin discoloration such as post acne scars.

Is Clinical uses only the finest pharmaceutical grade ingredients to give you results in a quick amount of time with no hassle. You really can survive a bad break out and keep them from coming back using the right products!

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Dr. Dennis Gross Trifix Oil-Free Moisturizer!

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Those of us that have oily skin and are acne prone know just how hard it is to bring ourselves to moisturize. We’re fearful of using something that may make our skin feel oily, and many of us inadvertently think that a moisturizer will clog our pores and cause more acne. It’s true that many conventional facial moisturizers are just too heavy for us oily-skinned folks, and that’s why it’s always best to look for an oil-free moisturizer to add into our regimens. An oil-free moisturizer will deposit water into the skin to provide hydration, which in turn will signal for the sebaceous glands to slow down with the oil production. Well-hydrated skin will produce less oil and therefore fewer breakouts will occur. Look for an oil-free moisturizer that has added benefits, too. Our newest favorite is the NEW Dr.Dennis Gross Trifix Oil-Free Moisturizer, which is a treatment powerhouse and more! It’s a fast absorbing formula that targets clogged pores, blackheads, whiteheads, and major breakouts while soothing irritation and reducing inflammation. Aloe and bisabolol soothe and quench the skin while willow bark extract reduces redness and irritation associated with acne and acne treatments.

Dr. Dennis Gross Trifix Oil-Free Moisturizer works well in a comprehensive treatment regimen. If your acne is active we suggest pairing the moisturizer with Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Trifix Acne Clearing Lotion, a treatment product that combines numerous treatment ingredients to clear skin quickly sans-irritation. Dr.Dennis Gross Skincare All in One Cleansing Foam is a great companion cleanser. Remember to wear SPF on daily basis, especially when using exfoliating treatment products or BPO.

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Determining Which Clarisonic Fits Your Needs

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While cleansing our face is typically one of the first things we do to start our day, and one of the last routines before bed at night, a good deep down cleaning can be overlooked. Manual cleansing can leave behind dirt, debris and oil. The Clarisonic is a device that has many great benefits to help your skin to look its best. Here are a few:

  • More than 2x as effective as manual cleansing
  • 6X more makeup removal
  • Leaves skin feeling and looking younger and smoother
  • Increases product absorption
  • Clarisonic Mia Sonic Cleansing System is gentle enough for use twice daily
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Helps reduce oily areas, dry skin patches and blemishes
  • Helps reduce the appearance of visible pores
  • Clarisonic Skin Care Brush System is waterproof
  • Brush heads are interchangeable with other Clarisonic Skin Care Systems
  • Suitable for use with any non-abrasive cleanser
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Used and recommended by skin care professionals

Here at we offer 3 different models of the Clarisonic. This quick overview will go over each of the models and their features to better assist you in determining which one would be best for you.

Clarisonic Mia- This device has all the benefits of the standard model in a smaller compact size with 1 speed. It is great for at home use or traveling, and it comes with an international charger as well. The Mia comes in a variety of colors such as white, pink, yellow, red, blue, turquoise, lavender and tangerine. This model comes with a 1 year manufacturer warranty.

Clarisonic Classic- This device is great for at home use, and has 2 speed settings for the face. It comes in white, pink, or gray and has a 2 year manufacturer warranty.

Clarisonic Plus- This system has 3 speeds for the face plus body mode for cleansing areas needing extra care and attention. It comes in white and in blue, and also has a universal charging cradle. As with the Classic, the Plus has a 2 year manufacturer warranty.

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SkinCeuticals Blemish and Age Defense Serum

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Has hormonal acne reared its ugly head? You’re not the alone my friend! Women of all ages are experiencing breakouts and we’ve got exactly what you need! SkinCeuticals just launched their latest must have product, Blemish and Age Defense Serum. This product targets two of women’s biggest concerns by banishing blemishes and fighting wrinkles.

Blemish and Age Defense serum is one of the first products to combine 2% Dioic Acid with alpha beta-hydroxy acid designed to prevent acne, minimize hyper pigmentation, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This is not your ordinary acne treatment; it goes beyond the call of duty to address the signs of aging for a brighter, more even, radiant complexion.

Key Benefits of Blemish and Age Defense Serum:
• Sebum production is reduced
• Kills acne causing bacteria, P acnes
• Prevents hyperpigmentation
• Decongests clogged pores
• Diminishes fine lines and wrinkles

What is your favorite acne treatment? Do tell us in the comments below!

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HOT Product-Jan Marini Duality!

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Say adios to fine lines and stubborn acne in one swoop! A leader in skincare technology, Jan Marini just launched Duality! A revolutionary skin care product that addresses both adult acne and anti-aging. This innovate product combines two of the most effective ingredients that have previously been incompatible; retinol and benzoyl peroxide. The product’s unique dispensing design has dual chambers, one containing an anti-aging complex with peptides, antioxidants, and retinol and the other with 10% benzoyl peroxide. The combination of high active ingredients delivers serious anti-aging and breakout banishing results without irritation. This one-two punch helps to smooth, soften, and make your skin blemish free!

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Anthony Logistics For Men

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Every man needs great skin care products to maintain that handsome well groomed appearance. For most men great grooming products start with shaving. Anthony Logistics offers excellent products for men starting with their Glycolic Facial Cleanser, which is designed to deep clean your pores, remove dirt and oil and prepare your skin for shaving. The Pre Shave Oil contains olive oil, eucalyptus extract, and peppermint to lubricate and assist in stimulating in the lifting of facial hair. The Shave Cream is beyond wonderful when it comes to having something that provides a smooth surface for your razor to glide on while protecting your skin and does NOT need water to lather up! For those with more sensitive skin Anthony Logistics offers  Razor Burn Repair.

Anthony Logistics For Men carries an entire line of simple, quick and easy to use shaving and skin care products for men of all ages and skin types. The best thing is with the purchase of any Anthony Logistics For Men product a percentage of the proceeds is donated to non-profit organizations that benefit Prostate Cancer research.

Do you have a favorite men’s product? Share with us in the comments below.

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