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Knowledge Is Power: Going More than Skin Deep on Acne Scarring



Acne, even when it’s mild, can result in scarring. In fact, at least 40% of people with acne also have scars. But along with acne and scars come inevitable questions: Who is at risk for scarring, and what can be done to prevent it? What’s the tipping point to schedule a visit to the dermatologist? And most importantly, why won’t these pesky blemishes just go away? The entire process can be emotional, confusing and overwhelming.

In an effort to “breakdown breakouts,” New York City dermatologist Dr. Josh Zeichner, a leading acne researcher and expert advisor for Galderma Laboratories, offers the following guidance:

“First and foremost, you’re not alone,” states Dr. Zeichner. “So many of my patients come in for acne – from one-off breakouts to cystic.” Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting up to 50 million Americans annually and approximately 85% of young people.

Treating brown marks as if they’re scars? Take a closer look: it could actually just be hyperpigmentation. “Inflammation after a breakout revs up pigment production as part of the normal healing process of the skin, creating a dark spot that is frequently mistaken for a scar,” Dr. Zeichner says. “Those with lighter complexions may be left with marks that are red or purple in color.”

True scars are broken down into two categories: depressed and raised.

“Depressed scars are ‘pits’ in the skin and also referred to as atrophic scars,” adds Dr. Zeichner. “When speaking to a dermatologist, keep an ear out for words like ‘boxcar,’ ‘icepick’ and ‘rolling.’ These are all specific types of depressed scars.”

“Raised scars are more common on the back and chest. You may hear a dermatologist refer to them as ‘hypertrophic,’” notes Dr. Zeichner.

Take notice of the other kinds of “scars” that may result from treating acne. When treating acne scars, individuals have reported feeling embarrassment or low self-esteem (41%), frustration/anger/sadness (31%) and an affect on their professional lives (22%). “There are powerful psychological and emotional effects from acne that should be acknowledged and addressed accordingly,” says Dr. Zeichner. “Pay attention to your feelings and don’t keep it inside if you need to talk to a friend, family member or your doctor.”

Concerned about scarring? Nip it in the bud, and leave it to the pros. “Early, aggressive and appropriate treatment of acne is important as it may effectively decrease the risk of developing acne scarring to begin with,” stresses Dr. Zeichner. “Everyone’s skin is different, and visiting a dermatologist will help establish a personalized plan of action.”

Above all, always remember that with the right tools, acne can be a manageable, treatable condition. The best path forward is to get a clear understanding of one’s acne from a dermatologist, who can help develop a customized treatment regimen. Not only are there trusted prescription treatments proven to fight existing and prevent future acne, but new research is also on the horizon demonstrating how treatment can help reduce the risk of acne scarring.

Net-net, don’t lose hope! Tackling acne early and quickly using powerful ingredients will lead the way to clearer, healthier skin.


Experience the Prada Parfum’s Way of Travelling at Qatar Duty Free



Qatar Duty Free (QDF) is delighted to announce the launch of the Prada Voyage Experience at Hamad International Airport (HIA).

Passengers will be able to capture their favourite moments at a Prada Voyage photo booth located in front of the confectionary area at Hamad International Airport. The podium will also feature an interactive fragrance discovery area as well as a gift wrapping station.

Qatar Duty Free Vice President Operations,  Mr. Thabet Musleh, said: “We are delighted to introduce the Prada Voyage experience at Qatar Duty Free. This innovative pop-up provides an opportunity for passengers to enjoy an interactive, personalised experience from Prada Parfums. This launch is a new step towards further enhancing the passenger experience at QDF. Interactive pop-ups offer a fresh and unique way to engage our customers, and are just one of the ways in which we seek to delight our passengers with something new every time they pass through our home and hub Hamad International Airport.”

Prada Voyage will offer passengers a unique experience with a personalisation stand that will enable them to customise their perfume bottle with a Saffiano leather tag stamped with their initials. The Prada Voyage photo booth will be available for passengers to capture, print and share their favourite moments, along with postcards that customers can decorate with exclusive QDF stamps and mail to their loved ones.

Prada’s diverse fragrance collection available at Qatar Duty Free includes: the iconic duo of La Femme Prada and L’Homme Prada; Prada Luna Rossa for men with powerful and fresh scents exploring man and nature, as well as the Prada Candy collection inspired by Prada’s femininity in a set of bold and lively scents.

QDF boasts more than 90 elegant boutiques and luxury, high-end stores, as well as more than 30 restaurants and cafés covering an area of 40,000 square metres at HIA, providing travellers with a world-class shopping experience under one roof. Luxury brands also available at the five-star airport include Tiffany & Co., Gucci, Bulgari, Hermès, Hugo Boss, Moncler, Rolex and Harrods.

Qatar Duty Free was recently awarded ‘Airport Retailer of the Year’ at the 2018 DFNI Global Awards. In addition, in April, the leading airport retailer was recognised at the PAX International Readership Awards, when Qatar Airways won ‘Best In-Flight Duty Free Program’ for the Middle East and Africa and was acknowledged as an industry leader for its outstanding in-flight duty free service, which is operated by Qatar Duty Free.

HIA the home of QDF, has already met a number of significant milestones in 2018, including being ranked fifth ‘Best Airport in the World’, fourth ‘Best Airport for Shopping’ and fifth ‘Best Airport for Dining’ at the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2018. HIA is the only airport in the Middle East to be ranked in the world’s top 10 airports of 2018. At the annual awards ceremony, HIA also took home the title of ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ for the fourth year in a row, and ‘Best Staff Service in the Middle East’ for the third year in a row.

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The best way to buy beauty products without stepping in a store



Mobile, social and e-commerce platforms as well as augmented reality have infinitely changed the way consumers research and shop for the things they need. Even with all of that information, buying beauty products online can be tricky.

Whether you are shopping for something you haven’t tried before or attempting to get the best bang for your buck, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the number of options. And unlike less personalized items, beauty products need to look and feel right for your own skin, hair and nails.

So how can you efficiently dig through the clutter to identify the products that will work best for you? Here are five tips to consider when shopping for beauty products online:

See what it looks like out of the tube: Lower prices and loyalty points are great but finding the right product online can seem intimidating when you can’t see or feel it in real life. If you can’t test a color in-store, try to find the swatch online or identify third-party tutorials showcasing application to get a more realistic view of how the product will look and perform on your skin. Some of the best tips can also be found on Pinterest or private Facebook groups specifically for beauty lovers.

Test it out (virtually): Brands using the latest technology have made it possible to try out looks without having to navigate beauty aisles. Amway’s Artistry Virtual Beauty App uses smart facial detection to guide true-to-life makeup application in real-time or on selfie photos. Android and iOS app users can test, discover and purchase products like the new Artistry Studio NYC Edition that channels inspiration from cities around the globe. The first edition captures the hustle, heart and unapologetic style of NYC with six products, from all-in-one palettes to double-duty sticks for eyes and lips, that make glam-on-the-go effortless.

Raise your hand for updates: Sign up with your favorite beauty brands and their reps to receive information and alerts on new products, sales and limited-edition collections. This way, you won’t have to worry about missing out on the latest launches or having to deal with the disappointment of finding the perfect product only to realize it’s no longer available!

Steer clear of unauthorized e-tailers: When buying beauty products, make sure to shop only from official brand channels — like brand reps, websites and apps. This will guarantee that the product you receive is new, undamaged and in good quality.

Do your research: Compare e-shops and brand sites so that you can identify a standard price. Once you determine the value, it becomes possible to eliminate stores that are unreasonably expensive. The key to finding the best deals? Purchase products you trust, and spend extra time sourcing the best price.

The options may seem limitless when it comes to searching for the ultimate beauty products online. These tips will help to make your next experience more seamless and successful.

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Fall-ify your routine: Transitional skincare tips and tricks



With fall in full swing, it’s time to reconsider your skincare regimen. Autumn’s cooler temperatures and lower level of humidity can lead to an uptick in dry skin and overall skin health changes. Researchers found that climate factors have the potential to influence skin health, especially skin’s moisture levels and textures, and that consumers should alter their skincare from season to season.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways to smoothly transition your skincare regimen to fall without overhauling your entire beauty product collection.

Here are five simple tips to consider to correct any summer damage and prepare your skin for the upcoming colder months:

Switch up your cleanser: With a decrease in sunlight and heat, our skin produces less oil. With that change, it is important to choose a cleanser that does not completely strip the skin of its natural oils. During the summer months, gel and foaming cleansers are great for a deep cleanse, however these may cause the skin to dry out in the fall. The key is to choose a new cleanser based on your skin type and how it reacts to different weather conditions, such as a sulfate-free or lotion-based alternative.

Don’t skip out on the toner: In addition to switching up your cleanser, it is also best to opt out of using alcohol-based toners. Alcohol-based products can be too drying in the cooler months. Instead, try incorporating a toner made with witch hazel or glycolic acid to help keep oil production to a minimum but also reduce blemishes and blackheads.

Invest in a personalized serum: To help transition your skin, focus on serums that help even skin tones, replenish hydration levels and enhance radiance. The Artistry brand by Amway recently created Artistry Signature Select Personalized Serum, a completely customizable serum solution equipped with the amplifiers needed to address skin concerns found across seasons. This serum uses Power Infused Technology — airtight packaging that becomes pressurized with nitrogen to infuse the concentrated skincare formulas into the base serum, ensuring the ultimate potency and freshness of each unique serum. Like with other skincare products, each customer has unique concerns and should consider what formulation would work best for them during these autumn months.

Purchase a humidifier: Boost the hydration in your living room or bedroom of your home by adding your own moisturizer with the help of a humidifier. Since you’ll probably be spending plenty of time indoors with the heat on, this can help provide much-needed moisture to the air, but also help with your skin health.

Don’t neglect the SPF: Sun damage can occur even in short periods of sun exposure year-round. It is important to continue to protect your skin by applying sunscreen each morning as part of your routine. UV rays can be present even in the coldest months of the year, so continue using an SPF of at least 30 or higher — especially on your hands.

Seasonal weather changes can definitely create change in the skin. If you follow these skin tips and slightly alter your skincare routine, you can keep it looking and feeling its best.

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