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

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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.

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Pollution protection: 5 easy tips for combating the environment’s effects on skin

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Properly taking care of your skin each day — and countering the possible effects of pollution — is quick, affordable and easy to do. So why do so many Americans forgo that step in their daily routines?

A recent survey by CeraVe found 48 percent of American adults often worry about their skin, yet 36 percent have no regular skincare routine. Only 36 percent regularly use cleanser, and 33 percent say they’re confused about how to choose effective products and methods.

Unfortunately, everyday pollution and UV rays can easily wreak havoc on your skin, so it’s essential to develop a proper skincare routine to combat these effects. In a given year, Americans are subject to some 83 million tons of pollution particles emitted into the air. Many Americans encounter those particles on their daily commutes, and because they can be 20 times smaller than your pores, they can infiltrate deep levels of your epidermis, leading to inflammation, dehydration and/or loss of elasticity.

Without a regular skincare routine, you’re also more apt to deal with dryness, irritation, acne, accelerated aging, hyperpigmentation, dullness and other unwanted attributes that can result from the air quality. That may be why six in 10 U.S. adults say they cope with as many as 10 “bad skin days” monthly.

“Forming good skincare habits is not complicated, and it can pay off significantly in terms of your health and appearance,” notes board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michelle Henry. “It’s never too late to begin a daily skincare routine that offers the best possible protection against unhealthy elements in our environment.”

Consider adopting these five habits that will keep your skin glowing and protected from all that it encounters.

1) Use an effective sunscreen every day. Apply a product that has an SPF of 30 or higher, is water resistant and provides broad-spectrum coverage so it protects you from both UVA and UVB rays. Reapply it throughout the day as needed. Henry points to studies indicating pollution may worsen the effects of UV and increase the risk of skin cancer.

2) Wash twice daily with a quality cleanser. Choosing the right product is key. Henry recommends CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser or Foaming Facial Cleanser, which are gentle on skin and deeply cleanse to remove dirt, oil and residue that build up throughout the day, helping to counteract the harmful effects of pollution and leaving skin hydrated.

3) Send linens through the laundry. Ideally, towels and washcloths should be washed in hot water after one use, and pillowcases should be washed or changed multiple times per week. While this may seem nearly impossible, frequently changing or washing pillowcases will help to keep dirt, oil and dead skin cells from building up and seeping into skin night after night.

4) Eat an optimal diet. Henry suggests eating a diet rich in antioxidants, which may help protect skin, pointing to foods such as carrots, apricots, spinach, tomatoes, berries, beans, peas, lentils, salmon and nuts. Conversely, diets high in processed or refined sugars or other carbohydrates and unhealthy fats may promote skin aging.

5) Get moving. Ever notice how your skin glows after a good workout? Physical activity promotes circulation, which carries oxygen and nutrients that nourish skin cells. Increased blood flow also helps whisk away waste products like free radicals from your cells. Further, exercise can reduce stress that may adversely affect your skin.

Taking a few minutes each day to care for your skin is well worth your while, especially when it comes to combating the effects of pollutants encountered daily. Visit Cerave.com to find dermatologist-recommended skincare products suitable for your skin’s needs.

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La vie est belle

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“La vie est belle”, a French expression meaning “Life is beautiful”; the manifesto of a new era. Universal yet personal, Lancôme’s femininity is a choice embraced by women, not an imposed standard. The choice to live one’s life and fill it with beauty. Your own way.

Lancôme has long fostered this conviction, and shares it today with all women in the form of an exceptional creation. The fragrance of joyful femininity and happiness. The fragrance that makes life more beautiful.

La vie est belle introduces a new olfactive story, the first ever iris gourmand. The juice is made with the most precious natural ingredients, a modern interpretation of an oriental fragrance with a twist of gourmand. It entwines the elegance of iris with the strength of Patchouli and the sweetness of a gourmand blend; for an incredible scent with depth and complexity.

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Moonlight in Heaven- Croisière

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A limited edition blend that pushes exoticism to its extreme, more succulent and addictive.

The new fragrance opens with a sunbeam of lemon and bergamot to the unique accord of a juicer mango and addictive coconut milk that captures the core vacation vibe. Sambac jasmine, mixed with the gourmandise of Tonka bean, form a delectable entry into a veritable slice of heaven on earth.

Styled fresh for summer, with the transparent glass of the iconic KILIAN flacon getting gunmetal hardware and a paintbrush stroke in Klein Blue. Made in two spontaneous gestures—one serene like the sea’s surface and the other more rounded, recalling the sea’s deep sensuality and undulating infinity.

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