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What is PHA?

Polyhydroxy acids are ingredients such as gluconolactone and lactobionic acid. They’re supposed to be as effective as AHAs, but less sensitizing. PHAs, also known as polyhydroxy acids, are the newest acid to take over ingredients lists and news feeds all over the beauty world. “PHAs (Poly-hydroxy acids) fall under the AHA family. They are much larger in size compared to the more common AHAs like glycolic and lactic acids.

Because of their larger structure, PHAs do not penetrate as deeply into the skin but rather work on the outer layers of the skin. PHAs tend to be less sensitizing and gentler as compared to other chemical exfoliants. PHAs are used on the skin for its exfoliating, skin smoothing, moisturizing, and anti-aging benefits… PHA may be a good alternative in patients with sensitive skin, including those with rosacea and eczema, who cannot tolerate AHAs and BHAs.

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PHAs (polyhydroxy acids like lactobionic acid) are similar to alpha-hydroxyacids but they are more superficial—acting and less irritating.  A dry, sensitive skin type with pigment and a little sun damage, for example, might use PHAs followed by moisturizer (or combined) to brighten, smooth, hydrate and plump the skin quickly.

POLYHYDROXY ACID (PHA)

TYPE OF INGREDIENT: Exfoliant.

MAIN BENEFITS: Repairs skin, exfoliates away dead skin, reduces the appearance of skin damage.

WHO SHOULD USE IT: PHAs are usually safe for all skin types, but especially for those with oily or acne-prone skin.

HOW OFTEN CAN YOU USE IT: To start, try using PHAs three times a week. You can use it in the form of a toner, a face wash, or even a serum.

WORKS WELL WITH: Other acids in low concentrations.

DON’T USE WITH: Other acids in very high concentrations, retinoids if you’re particularly sensitive.

How to Use It

PHAs are best used in products that are left on the skin for an extended period of time to give them sufficient time to loosen the bonds between the outermost epidermis/skin cells. Products like liquid exfoliant, toner, mask, or moisturizer, always best to chose one that is organic and free of toxics and villain’s ingredients.

A must try the I’m Fabulous organic Renew serum with Polyhydroxy acids.

The Amazing Benefits of Trichloroacetic Acid For Your Skin

Various topical acids are commonly used to treat various skin problems and conditions from acne, brown spots, wrinkles and even some cancerous and precancerous growths.  There are many benefits to using trichloroacetic acid on your skin.  It’s an at home affordable and extremely effective way to change the way your skin looks and feels and you can also have a procedure done by a physician or spa.

HOW IT WORKS

Caustic acid or substance is applied to the skin to burn and usually slough off or remove the outer layers of the skin (epidermis) and allow new skin to grow. Some chemical peels may go deeper into the dermis (next layer of skin).  Some of the most common purposes of this process is to remove damaged, blemished, sun-damaged, freckled skin and replace it with younger, healthier skin.

After healing the skin will be tighter, thicker (due to increased collagen production – an added benefit of the stronger peels). Upon healing the skin may appear fuller, smoother with smaller pores and with less wrinkles and fine lines. Proven results, that the skin will look rejuvenated and more youthful following a chemical peel.

I’m Fabulous Cosmetics offer products that feature trichloroacetic acid, in the form of serums and peels.  These products are user-friendly options, which can be the high cost of a doctors office or the time-consuming inconvenience of a spa or salon and expensive.

THE MOST USED ACIDS FOR SKIN

There are many types and varieties of these topical acids.  They are usually grouped and defined by their relative strength and depth reached into the skin layers.

There are basically six kinds of commonly used topical acids for skin: the light acids (AHA), light oil-based acids (BHA), lactic acid, malic acid, medium acids (TCA), and deep acids (Phenol).

AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) – These are the mildest of the topical acids. They are usually sugar derived hence their names, glycolic, malic, lactic and other fruit acids. These peels are usually performed by a dermatologist or esthetician and have minimal healing or downtime. Downtime is referred to as the time when the skin is healing and may be uncomfortable to be viewed in public due to peeling and possibly discolored dead skin that is usually associated with a deeper peel.\nMalic Acids – Typically derived from apples, this acid considered milder than glycolic acid, and if added to a product or a chemical peel, can add a nice multi-level effect to the process.  Malic acids contain antioxidants that are great for your skin.

Lactic Acids – Lactic acid is usually derived from milk.  It can do everything glycolic acid does, but just a bit slower because it’s a little bit larger, which slightly reduces its ability to penetrate skin’s outermost layer. Topical lactic acid in concentrations of 2% and up can hydrate skin; when used alone or with other AHAs, it begins working as an exfoliant at a 5% concentration, with amounts between 5% and 10% considered ideal for skincare products meant to exfoliate.  BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acids) – The main difference between these acids and alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA) is that BHA’s are only oil soluble. There is basically only one BHA, salicylic acid. This unique feature of being oil soluble makes this acid very effective in cleaning and removing bacteria, dead skin cells and sebum oil from deep inside the pores. Because of this solubility difference, salicylic acid is better suited for use on oily, blackheads and whiteheads.

Available in, creams, gels, lotions, shampoo, and topical solutions. The latter two forms are primarily for treating the scalp as salicylic acid has also been found effective in the treatment of dandruff, psoriasis, and dermatitis of the skin and scalp. Same as with AHA peels, occlusive dressings and\/or layering may be used to drive the acid in farther.

TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid) – TCA or trichloroacetic acid is considered a deeper medium depth acid. TCA is a more effective and longer lasting than the sugar and citric acids as it goes deeper into the dermis and can treat more skin ailments, conditions, and problems. A TCA peel does not require layering or occlusive dressings (methods used to drive AHA and BHA peels deeper). TCA, being a deeper reaching acid, is effective on more skin conditions and problems. TCA peels have the amazing benefits of both AHA and BHA peels along with deeper penetration and longer lasting effects. The downtime tends to be longer as much as several weeks or more depending on the depth achieved. Peeling is more severe and the results more dramatic. TCA peels are used very often by dermatologists and plastic surgeons in office as recommended treatments for all stages of acne including acne vulgaris, sun damage and aging skin.

TCA is derived from a modified version of acetic acid, which can be commonly found in vinegar. TCA concentrations range from 3% to 50%. Higher concentrations result in deeper peels. The TCA peel is useful for pigmentation irregularities, such as sun damaged skin and discoloration from pregnancy. TCA products have been used for years to treat severe actinic damage and prevent the progression of skin cancer. Ethnic skin tones such as Asian, African-American, Italian and other darker skins tones can safely undergo beneficial resurfacing. This peel can be used not only on the face, but on the neck, chest, back, arms, hands, etc.

TCA is a highly regarded acid and is perfect for treating the following common issues:

  • Acne
  • Skin Tone Irregularities
  • Texture Problems
  • Age Spots – hyperpigmentation – epidermal and some dermal melasma
  • Fine Wrinkles
  • Scarring and Acne Scars – icepick, rolling

All skin types can benefit from TCA peeling. But, persons that are prone to post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation, or have a naturally darker skin tone, will need special pre-treatment to avoid any unintended color changes in the skin. These are generally fitzpatrick 4, 5, and 6, but any type could potentially have an issue. 

TCA has also been proven to remove and treat freckles, years of sun damage, bad pigmentation, scars, loose skin and wrinkles and fine lines. TCA has recently even been used by doctors to treat, remove and lighten tattoos. Phenol Peels. Phenol peels are the deepest chemical skin peels. They commonly result in a permanent bleaching pigmentation effect as they reach deeply through the dermis.

TCA BODY PEEL

Phenol Acid – Phenol peels are the deepest type of chemical peel. It will penetrate the skin deeper than AHA peels or TCA peels to address more serious imperfections such as blotchiness, coarse wrinkles, and acne scars. Compared to light chemical peels and medium chemical peels, deep chemical peels have more dramatic results, and only a single treatment is required. Also, deep (phenol) chemical peel recovery is lengthy and considered extremely uncomfortable compared to milder chemical peels.

Clinical studies published in the Annals of Plastic Surgery and elsewhere show the TCA acid are the most effective for most skin conditions and problems. Regardless of the peel used, maximum sun protection must be used to protect the new skin from harmful UV rays that can cause cancer in unprotected skin. A high SPF (sun protection factor) sunblock and protective attire (hats) are recommended.

Evidence and Considerations in the Application of Chemical Peels in Skin Disorders and Aesthetic Resurfacing

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2921757

Comparative study of 15% TCA peel versus 35% glycolic acid peel for the treatment of melasma

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3481880/

Superficial basal cell carcinoma treated with 70% trichloroacetic acid applied topically: a case study.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5327847/

Why every anti-aging skin care routine needs acid?

Anti-aging skin care can be found in creams, serums, and boosters and more often than not we overlook the benefits of a simple acid peel that gives us that fresh radiant complexion that we dream on!

There is only one BHA – beta hydroxy acid – more commonly known as salicylic acid. Because it is oil-soluble it can penetrate beneath the skin’s surface, cleaning out excess sebum from the pores and reducing oiliness. Basically, if you have blemish-prone skin and you aren’t already using BHA, you’d better start now.

Throughout the last decade, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) have increasingly appeared as ingredients in cosmetics intended to reduce the signs of aging in the skin. More recently, beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), or a combination of AHAs and BHAs, have appeared as ingredients in these skin care products. While both AHAs and BHAs act as exfoliants, it has been claimed that BHAs are effective in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improving overall skin texture, without the occasional irritation associated with the use of AHAs.

BHA ingredients may be listed as –

  • salicylic acid (or related substances, such as salicylate, sodium salicylate, and willow extract)*
  • beta hydroxybutanoic acid
  • tropic acid
  • trethocanic acid

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s) – is a naturally occurring ingredient, that offers many benefits to the skin, from rejuvenating to collagen boosting. Derived from plants such as sugar cane its botanical properties help to treat many skin conditions including acne, melasma and seborrheic keratosis. AHA stands for alpha hydroxy acid. BHA stands for beta hydroxy acid. AHAs are water-soluble acids made from sugary fruits. They help peel away the surface of your skin so that new, more evenly pigmented skin cells may generate and take their place.

Different Types Of Acids:

  • Glycolic Acid: The smallest acid that is capable of penetrating the skin and is good for cellular turnover and smoothing the complexion.
  • L + Lactic Acid: Is an excellent antimicrobial that reduces pigmentation, breaks down sebum and debris to clear clogged pores.
  • Beta-hydroxy Acids, or BHAs: Which you probably best know as Salicylic Acid is especially helpful because it breaks down the keratin that blocks pores and causes bumpy skin and acne lesions. Particularly useful in treating all forms of acne.
  • Polyhydroxy Acids, or PHAs:  Found in Gluconolactone are the perfect acid for sensitive skin, PHAs are a more gentle form of AHAs with large molecules they can’t penetrate as deeply into the skin, so exfoliation is more gentle. PHAs are also humectants that can retain moisture.  They also strengthen the skin’s barrier function which is especially helpful for rosacea and eczema.

What causes clogged pores?

Clogged pores are the result of dead skin cells getting trapped in your skin instead of being shed into the environment.

Pores are tiny openings in the skin that release oil and sweat. When pores are clogged, it can result in blackheadswhiteheads, and acne.

You can tell if your pores are clogged if you notice whiteheads, blackheads, or an overall dullness to your skin’s complexion.

Environmental factors also contribute to clogged pores. These factors include:

  • toxins in the air
  • noncomedogenic makeup
  • oil from your hands transferred when you’re touching your face
  • sweat

FOR THE ULTIMATE MULTI-TASKING EXFOLIANTS YOU MAY LIKE:

The Bio Gorgeous Peel

TCA Cleanser

TCA Toner

I’m Fabulous Hyaluronic acid hydrating serum is formulated with low-molecular-weight and with a patented LIFT-TECHNOLOGY,  Hyaluronic Protein is bio-identical and can be compressed into the skin and absorbed as deep as 1 full micron of topical penetration. Bio-Identical compounding is a brand new technology where the topical compound can be metabolized by the skin tissue rather than creating chemical dependency. This serum includes hemp oil, niacinamide B3, and lactic acid to improve skin health on multiple levels.

The key to flawless skin is RAPID EXFOLIATION followed by INFUSION OF PROTEIN.

  • Aging skin
  • Damaged skin
  • Poor skin health
  • Diminishing elasticity and tone
  • Scar recovery
  • Anti Aging Maintenance Regimen
  • Excellent for post peel

This product is compounded from NASHA GRADE Hyaluronic Acid which is the key active ingredient in the injectable filler called RESTYLANE sold for $600 per cc administered only by trained professionals! This product contains no preservatives or inactive materials. 

Hyaluronic acid is a protein naturally occurring in the deeper layers (dermis) of human skin.   As we age, we lose the Hyaluronic acid in our skin and the wrinkles and other outward signs of aging set it. 

Hyaluronic acid has the ability to hold up 1000 times its weight in water making it one of the most effective moisturizers discovered by medical science.

Hyaluronic Acid

As the best hydrating ingredient on the market, it can lock and absorb the moisture and nutrients in the dermis making your skin healthier, soft and supple. Also contains brightening lactic acid and the wonderful hydrating hemp oil.

IMMORTELLE FLOWERS

  • Smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Immortelle essential oil evens out skin tone.
  • It restores sun-damaged skin and helps block UV rays.
  • Diminishing under-eye bags.
  • It also clears up scars and spots

50 ml

Body Peel, TCA Chemical Peel for Home Use, Sun Damage, dull skin and brown spots.

  • Improve the texture and appearance of skin
  • Pose as anti-aging and sun damage treatment of wrinkles
  • Improve acne scars, sun damage, and brown spot
  • Proven acne treatment
  • Reduce age spots, freckles and melasma

An excellent choice for treating problem areas on the arms, legs, back, chest, hands, and feet.

Choose from 30 ml or professional size 100 ml bottle.

If you are going to do legs and arms and other areas we highly recommend the larger size bottle.

Improves the appearance and texture of the skin with a combination of exfoliating, smoothing and brightening ingredients. It is an excellent choice for promoting an even skin tone and clear complexion on the arms, legs, back, chest, hands, and feet. This product is not recommended for dark skin type.

Powerful Actives

  • MALIC ACID: An exfoliating acid that hydrates and brightens and tightens pores
  • TCA (TRICHLOROACETIC ACID): A powerful acid that resurfaces and promotes skin radiance
  • SALICYLIC ACID: A beta hydroxy acid that battles acne-causing bacteria
  • GLYCOLIC ACID: Brighten, exfoliate, refresh, and great for wrinkles.
Dish and brush sold separately. Instruction sheet included.

For: All skin types except overly sensitive. Sun damage / dull skin / brown spots

Sunburn Alert: This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterward.

Disclaimer: Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Always consult with your professional skin care provider and or physician. Every skin is different and results may vary. It might take many applications to achieve the desired results. And the results are not guaranteed.

Warning: *California residents:  This product can expose you to TCA (INCI: trichloroacetic acid). You may still purchase this product by agreeing to our “Terms and Conditions” during the checkout phase.

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FDA December 2, 2002 Posting – Sun Sensitivity
Clients need to be aware that by using glycolic acid and other peeling products, your skin will be more photo-sensitive than normal. It is recommended that you use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, preferably SPF 30 or higher, after using skin peel products. The FDA recommends using an SPF for one week post-peel.

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If you eat a plant food diet, or you are vegan and really care about what you put into your body then you certainly do not want to take medications or skincare products loaded with toxic ingredients and preservatives!

Clearing Acne With Clean Beauty; Once you’re ready to start looking for cleaner alternatives to incorporate into your routine, it’s important to make sure you’re still choosing ones that are right for your skin type. Luckily, there are many natural alternatives to common derm-approved ingredients like bakuchiol for retinol, willow bark for salicylic acid, and sugarcane derived lactic acid.

Stay away from: artificial fragrances, sulfates, and ethyl alcohol, “which is very drying and can make your skin overproduce oils to compensate for the lack of moisture.”

No matter how broken-out your skin is, establish a skin-care routine and really stick to it, give it time to work, and then you should see real improvements. Consistency can make an enormous difference for problem skin.

The thing to remember once your skin starts to improve—you need to give any new routine at least six weeks before judging its results—is that consistency remains just as important when your skin becomes clearer.

1 CLEANSE

Regular cleansing diminishes excess oil and helps keep bacteria on the skin in check. For the breakout-prone, the key ingredient in a cleanser. Cleanse morning and night if you’re at all oily, and always cleanse after a workout.

The I’m Fabulous TCA Cleanser is great for acne, scars, wrinkles, fine lines, dull skin and sun damage.

This incredible, highly effective face wash will act as an acne treatment, pore minimizer & oil reducer by removing the top layer of skin, helps reduce fine lines, wrinkles and scarring thus leaving you with fresh, healthy, radiant skin!

TREAT MULTIPLE SKIN CONDITIONS! Salicylic Acid reduces acne inflammation and scars, sun damage, blemishes, blackheads, whiteheads, acne, psoriasis, and large pores – all with one simple treatment!

2 TONE

Toners and essences can add to both your cleansing step and your treatment step: A good one accomplishes a mild bit of exfoliating and leaves treatment ingredients behind on your skin to do their work.

The I’m Fabulous TCA Toner is a highly effective face toner that will act as an acne treatment, pore minimizer & oil reducer by removing the top layer of skin, thus leaving you with fresh, healthy, radiant skin. Salicylic Acid reduces acne inflammation and scars, sun damage, blemishes, blackheads, whiteheads, acne, psoriasis, and large pores. The TCA toner, great for acne, sun damage, scars, wrinkles, reduce pores size, oil reducer, fine lines, and dull skin.

Excellent must have toner for daily uses, to keep your skin from aging, acne and to keep a smooth skin. Great for all type of skin. It is great for daily face cleaning to keep your skin looking young and acne free.

3 EXFOLIATE

Exfoliating—removing the top, dead layers of skin, along with oil, dirt, debris, makeup, and anything else that can clog pores—is critical in any skin-clearing routine. Along with addressing troubled skin, exfoliants can help soften the appearance of dark spots and lines, as well as allow any treatments you apply afterward to better absorb into your skin. You should not exfoliate more than once a week.

This I’m Fabulous Wild Berry Honey Exfoliator is a wildcrafted cleaner that is also a gentle exfoliating mask. Handmade with wild maqui berry antioxidant superfood,  enzyme super-rich organic honey, organic pollen rich in vitamins, french clay, camelia oil, wild-harvested Hibiscus petals to gently exfoliate the skin.

Maqui Berry on the market claim to be beneficial supplements, packed with nutrients, antioxidants, omega fatty acids, and fiber. Both the acai and maqui berries make health claims including detoxification and cleansing, antiaging, immune support, anti-inflammatory benefits, and treatment for common issues such as sore throat and fever to more serious diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer.

French Clay

• Naturally absorbs excess oil
• Pulls bacteria and toxins to the surface of the skin
• Gently exfoliates away dead skin cells and sebum
• Rich in minerals that nourish the skin
• Great spot treatment for acne
• Nourishes skin cells by increasing circulation

Camelia Oil is a rich source of Palmistic and Omega-6 Linoleic fatty acids, as well as numerous anti-aging polyphenol antioxidants. It is non-greasy and an excellent all-around moisturizer for the skin.

Harvested Hibiscus petals, has a sort of magical reputation in skincare because it is a natural source of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). Chemical forms of these acids can be overly harsh and damaging to the skin, but natural sources such as those in hibiscus can help provide the same benefits without the harsh drawbacks. AHAs are known to help exfoliate, control oily skin and clogged pores, all of which can encourage fresher, younger, and smoother looking skin. They also increase moisture and firm your skin’s look.

On top of the AHA activity are the antioxidants, which are called “anthocyanocides.” These not only protect the skin from environmental stressors but have properties that help pores to appear smaller. They also can help with sensitive skin.

4 DETOX AND SOOTHE

Detoxifying, skin-calming face masks can be powerful adjuncts to a daily routine, whether you do them several times a week or only once. A mask sits on the skin longer than a cleanser, giving active ingredients more time to work.

The I’m Fabulous Turmeric Healing Mask, is an incredible Ayurvedic healing face mask created with Turmeric, Manjistha, Neem and Multani Matti to brighten up your skin! Multani helps draw out impurities.

Neem is a well-known Indian herb that is used in many beauty and skin care products. The antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties present in neem is a perfect remedy for several skin problems like rashes, allergy, and irritation.

Neem leaves are used to make face washes and creams for oily skin that are prone to acne. The turmeric healing mask made with neem powder, neem leaves or neem oil are beneficial to get rid of blemishes, pimples and cure other skin infections.

Manjistha evens out the skin tone and helps with any dark spots/scarring while Tumeric gives that beautiful glow to the skin.

5 APPLY VITAMINS

Vitamin C, an antioxidant that targets pores and mildly exfoliates, is great for all skin types and helps support any blemish-fighting routine you choose. Make sure you use it every day morning and night.

The I’m Fabulous is an organic Vitamin C 30% serum is Ultra Hydration Hyaluronic Acid Serum, loaded with hyaluronic acid serum. INTENSE HYDRATION. PLUMPS & ILLUMINATES SKIN FOR A MORE YOUTHFUL LOOK.

6 MOISTURIZE AND HYDRATE

Thinking to combat oily skin by drying it out is understandable, but because overdryness can both spur oil production and cause irritation, keeping acne-prone skin moisturized is important. Naturally infused with phytonutrients, antioxidants, and other soothing compounds, face oils and creams can help balance skin.

I’m Fabulous Blemish Potion is a A POTENT TREATMENT OIL DESIGNED ESPECIALLY FOR ACNE SKIN TO HELP REDUCE INFLAMMATION, CLEAR ACNE BREAK-OUTS AND RE-BALANCE BACTERIA MICRO-FLORA.

Decongest your skin and keep blemishes at bay with this quick-absorbing dry oil helps to clear congested pores, prevent and treat acne and smooth the appearance of wrinkles. Hemp Seed Oil is infused with clinically proven Vitamin C (THD) to help lighten dark spots and boost collagen while Teprenone is shown to work on all functions of cellular aging and pore size reduction. Anti-inflammatory properties from Blue Tanzy, Tea Tree, and Thyme Oils help calm acne flare-ups. This amazing blend is perfect for skin prone to breakouts and redness that also feels dry and dehydrated. 

CLINICAL RESULTS OF (THD) AT 16 WEEKS

  • At 0.1% reduces melanin synthesis by 80%
  • At 10% eliminated age spots in 16 weeks
  • At 0.1% in vitro increases collagen by 50%
  • Tested at 10% in vivo to treat acne with 80% (12 people) satisfied with results
  • Increases collagen synthesis by double compared to L-Ascorbic Acid
  • Protects cells against UV-B better than other esters of Vitamin C

7 STEAM YOUR FACE

Steam opens up your pores and helps loosen any buildup of dirt for a deeper cleanse. Opening up your pores also softens blackheads, making them easier to remove. It promotes circulation. The combination of warm steam and an increase in perspiration dilates your blood vessels and increases circulation. You should steam your face once a month.

  • It promotes circulation. The combination of warm steam and an increase in perspiration dilates your blood vessels and increases circulation. This boost of blood flow nourishes your skin and delivers oxygen. The result is a natural, healthy glow.
  • It releases acne-causing bacteria and cells. Opening up your pores allows the release of dead skin cells, bacteria, and other impurities that clog the pores and contribute to acne.
  • It releases trapped sebum. This naturally occurring oil is produced by your sebaceous glands to lubricate your skin and hair. When sebum gets trapped beneath your skin’s surface, it creates a breeding ground for bacteria and causes acne and blackheads.
  • It’s hydrating. Steam hydrates the skin by helping to increase oil production, naturally moisturizing the face.
  • It helps your skin better absorb skin care products. Steam skin’s permeability, enabling it to better absorb topicals. This means you get more bang for your buck from skincare products applied after a steam.
  • It promotes collagen and elastin. The increased blood flow experienced during a steam facial promotes collagen and elastin production. This results in firmer, younger-looking skin.
  • It’s soothing. The feeling of warm steam on your face is relaxing. Add some soothing scents using herbs or essential oils for aromatherapy to take your steam sesh to a whole other level of calm!
  • It helps with sinus congestion. Steam can help relieve sinus congestion and headaches that often accompany it. Adding certain essential oils to your steam can boost the effect.
  • It’s affordable and accessible. You don’t need to dish out big bucks for a steam facial at a spa to enjoy the benefits; it can be done at home using items you already have.

To steam over a bowl or sink of hot water

  1. Grab a big fluffy towel and choose your spot. Comfort is key, so if you’re doing this over a sink you’ll want to use a chair or stool that offers the right height. Otherwise, a bowl on a table is your best bet.
  2. Secure your hair so that it’s off your face and cleanse using a gentle exfoliating cleanser. Don’t forget to cleanse your neck, too!
  3. Bring 4 to 6 cups of water to a boil in a kettle or pot, depending on the size of the sink or bowl.
  4. Add a handful of herbs once the water begins to boil and stir.
  5. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 2 or 3 minutes. Carefully pour into the sink or bowl. If you’re using essential oils, this is the time to add a few drops to the water.
  6. Have a seat, drape your towel over your head and the pot, and hold your face 6 inches above the water.
  7. Raise or lower your head for more or less heat and lift a corner of the towel to cool off if needed.
  8. Steam your face for 5 to 10 minutes.

Or invest in a professional face steamer like the LONOVE Nano Ionic Face Steamer for Home.

The LONOVE facial steamer home facial designed with EXCLUSIVE Atomizing Lamp and new sonic atomizer to produce nano steam with negatively charged ionic particles.Nano steam combined with ionic water particles are up to 10x more effective in penetrating skin.It can unblock your pores and improve your skin tone.That means you can enjoy professional facial SPA at home or even in travel! Please NOTE:ONLY ADD PURE WATER, do not add Essential oil.

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According to Allure Magazine, chemical peels are the secret to better looking skin.  TCA peels are in our opinion one of the best, most effective options.

TCA is considered a keratocoagulant, meaning it coagulates the skin’s proteins together. This process is a lot like cooking egg whites – the raw egg white is slightly clear and goopy and cooking it turns it white and hardens it.

TCA is a great acid that any skin enthusiast can incorporate into her or his treatment arsenal to focus on pigmentation and aging. If combined with other chemical agents (like Salicylic Acid), it can also show marked changes on acneic breakouts and the common side effects that acne leaves behind, such as post-inflammatory pigmentation.

WHAT IT’S TYPICALLY USED FOR

Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) can be used in a variety of concentrations
and is used to accomplish the following:

  • Smooth fine surface wrinkles
  • Remove superficial blemishes
  • Correct pigment problems 
  • Reduce brown spots and age spots
  • Improve the texture of leathery, sun damaged skin and impart more
  • More glowing skin
  • Improve melasma
  • Treat some types of acne

WHERE IT COMES FROM AND HOW IT WORKS

You might be surprised to know that many of today’s chemical peeling agents originated from household kitchen items. Take the hydroxy acids: Tartaric Acid comes from grapes, Malic Acid from apples, Glycolic Acid from sugar cane and Lactic Acid from sour milk, to name a few. Similarly, the more potent peeling agent TCA (trichloroacetic acid), is a modified synthetic chemical based on common vinegar, or acetic acid. However, it’s a powerful solution that effectively desquamates the outer layers of the skin without posing a serious risk for toxicity.

I’m Fabulous Cosmetics range of acne care products are specifically designed to calm and quell acne prone skin and alleviate the effects of acne scars and discoloration.   Naturally, heal skin with earth derived ingredients and beautiful botanicals.  We are your “go-to” option for truly natural acne care skin products, when you want solid results and also want to avoid harsh chemicals and synthetics.  Prevent breakouts with better skincare options, made fresh for you the day you place your order.

Some dermatologists, in fact, still prefer TCA peels for treating sun damage or melasma, usually in combination with prescription creams. TCA peels may be a good option, particularly if you have melasma, Because many lasers are difficult to use when treating melasma.

Lighter TCA peel product results are considered the best approach. This is similar to other light peels that usually involve hydroxy acids such as glycolic, salicylic, or a mixture of other hydroxy acids. Medium depth TCA peels are usually done once or twice a year and do require some downtime – usually about a week – when the peeling is obvious.

How much do TCA treatments cost?

A TCA peel or treatment in a doctors office or spa can run from $300 to $1,000 for a full face peel and are often done in a series. A full face, neck, and chest will cost more.

One of our TCA products will be a much more affordable option for you. One of the great benefits to using one of our products is that you can control the gradual effects over time.

In minutes, acids lift away dead cells and trigger a lovely chain reaction: “As that topmost layer is shed, signals are sent to the living cells below to multiply and move up, to increase collagen production, to make more hyaluronic acid—to act younger. “Your skin-care products perform better after a peel because there are no dead cells impeding their penetration,” says New York City dermatologist Elliot Cultz, MD.

According to Allure Magazine, chemical peels are the secret to better looking skin.  TCA peels are in our opinion one of the best, most effective options.

TCA is considered a keratocoagulant, meaning it coagulates the skin’s proteins together. This process is a lot like cooking egg whites – the raw egg white is slightly clear and goopy and cooking it turns it white and hardens it.

TCA is a great acid that any skin enthusiast can incorporate into her or his treatment arsenal to focus on pigmentation and aging. If combined with other chemical agents (like Salicylic Acid), it can also show marked changes on acneic breakouts and the common side effects that acne leaves behind, such as post-inflammatory pigmentation.

WHAT IT’S TYPICALLY USED FOR

Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) can be used in a variety of concentrations
and is used to accomplish the following:

  • Smooth fine surface wrinkles
  • Remove superficial blemishes
  • Correct pigment problems 
  • Reduce brown spots and age spots
  • Improve the texture of leathery, sun damaged skin and impart more
  • More glowing skin
  • Improve melasma
  • Treat some types of acne

WHERE IT COMES FROM AND HOW IT WORKS

You might be surprised to know that many of today’s chemical peeling agents originated from household kitchen items. Take the hydroxy acids: Tartaric Acid comes from grapes, Malic Acid from apples, Glycolic Acid from sugar cane and Lactic Acid from sour milk, to name a few. Similarly, the more potent peeling agent TCA (trichloroacetic acid), is a modified synthetic chemical based on common vinegar, or acetic acid. However, it’s a powerful solution that effectively desquamates the outer layers of the skin without posing a serious risk for toxicity.

I’m Fabulous Cosmetics range of acne care products are specifically designed to calm and quell acne prone skin and alleviate the effects of acne scars and discoloration.   Naturally, heal skin with earth derived ingredients and beautiful botanicals.  We are your “go-to” option for truly natural acne care skin products, when you want solid results and also want to avoid harsh chemicals and synthetics.  Prevent breakouts with better skincare options, made fresh for you the day you place your order.

Some dermatologists, in fact, still prefer TCA peels for treating sun damage or melasma, usually in combination with prescription creams. TCA peels may be a good option, particularly if you have melasma, Because many lasers are difficult to use when treating melasma.

Lighter TCA peel product results are considered the best approach. This is similar to other light peels that usually involve hydroxy acids such as glycolic, salicylic, or a mixture of other hydroxy acids. Medium depth TCA peels are usually done once or twice a year and do require some downtime – usually about a week – when the peeling is obvious.

How much do TCA treatments cost?

A TCA peel or treatment in a doctors office or spa can run from $300 to $1,000 for a full face peel and are often done in a series. A full face, neck, and chest will cost more.

One of our TCA products will be a much more affordable option for you. One of the great benefits to using one of our products is that you can control the gradual effects over time.

In minutes, acids lift away dead cells and trigger a lovely chain reaction: “As that topmost layer is shed, signals are sent to the living cells below to multiply and move up, to increase collagen production, to make more hyaluronic acid—to act younger. “Your skin-care products perform better after a peel because there are no dead cells impeding their penetration,” says New York City dermatologist Elliot Cultz, MD.

A breakout of acne can be distressing to people. It sometimes directly impacts your self-confidence and overall feeling of wellness. Often people, because of the embarrassment they feel because of acne and acne scars become less social and have trouble facing people. Additionally, apart from having a breakout of acne once they are done, they even form scars that stay for a long time. 

Acne is considered to be in different forms of intensity. 

  • Mild acne: This is the most common form of acne and causes whiteheads and blackheads. Most people face this at some point in their life. 
  • Moderate acne: This is where you face inflamed pimples that are red and pimples with white centers called papules and pustules respectively. 
  • Severe acne: These are pus-filled cysts or lumps under the skin that can be painful.  

There are many options where acne scar reduction treatment is available. However, before we get to that we must first understand the kind of acne types that exist. There are primarily two kinds of acne, namely, Hypertrophic or keloid scarring and Atrophic or depressed scarring.

  • Hypertrophic or keloid scarring: This is a condition where the scar remains because of too much collagen in the body. Because of the collagen production as the acne heals, a mass of raised tissue is the result of the skin. 
  • Atrophic or depressed scarring: In this condition, the scar develops due to loss of tissue. This is when not enough collagen is produced in the body. This is a fairly common type of scarring. Within this condition there are three common types: 
    • Boxcar: This type of scar is wide, U-shaped. It typically has sharp edges. It can be either shallow or deep. The shallower ones respond better to skin resurfacing treatments.
    • Rolling: These types of scars are wide depressions. They are round and irregular. 
    • Ice Pick: These are small and obvious looking holes in the skin. These are harder to treat because they could be deep in the skin. They are typically narrow and shaped like a V. They look very close to chickenpox scars.

With this information, it is very important that any person that is trying to treat their scars speaks to a good dermatologist to first understand the kind of scar you are facing and the right type of treatment you will need to reduce the acne or eradicate it from your skin when possible. 

The following are some of the options that you can look at as cream options in-house to help clear out the scars: 

  • Salicylic acid: Considered one of the most common and best acne treatments, salicylic acid clears pores, and reduces swelling. It reduces the redness in the skin and exfoliates it when applied topically. 
  • Alpha hydroxy acids: Alpha hydroxy acids also called AHAs help remove dead skin. It is found in products that are used to treat acne. They prevent clogged pores. 
  • Lactic acid: This is a type of peel that can be used every two weeks for a few months. This helps improve the texture of the skin. It also lightens acne scars and improves the appearance and pigmentation of the skin. 
  • Retinoids: Topical retinoids is an acne treatment that also smoothes scars. It helps speed cell regeneration and improving your skin’s texture. However, this treatment can make the skin sensitive to the sun, therefore wearing sunscreen becomes important.  

Clinical Acne Scar Reduction Treatment Includes:

  • Dermabrasion
  • Laser Resurfacing
  • Chemical Peels
  • Injections
  • Microneedling
  • Fillers

The above procedures will need more extensive consultation with dermatologists and plastic surgeons. These will require you to take a lot more precautions and consultation and post-procedure care. 


Author Bio:

Rena Joshi is a healthcare content specialist who is currently employed at Welona, a skincare clinic in Chennai. She aims to combine her passion for skin and hair care along with her flair for writing and blogging, to educate a wide online audience about trends and tips in the field.

“After high school it will go away.”

This is what I told myself about my acne in high school. Then it was “after college.” And after college I found myself in a vicious cycle; I was buying the latest and greatest skin-cleansing product that promised the moon, but it came with side-effects like “dry skin” and “irritation” (exactly what I wanted to avoid!). This meant I had to purchase even more cleansing products to mitigate the harmful effects these initial cleansing products had, and all-told I had an arsenal of over 10 skin-care products in my apartment bathroom at age 24.

Something had to change. Now, did poor lifestyle habits and alcohol use play a role in my skin health? Absolutely. But none of the advertising I faced everyday me how important diet and exercise are to

skin health. So I kept following the advertising and kept pouring chemicals onto my skin, because, well that’s what you do to get good skin! Right?

Skin Care Marketing

If you look at the marketing out there, we’ve been told that in order to have clear skin, you have to buy products that contain, amongst other things;

. Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs)

·      Beta-hydroxy acid (salicylic acid)

·      Hydroquinone

·      L-Ascorbic Acid

·      Hyaluronic Acid

·      Copper Peptide

More often than not, what you’re really buying (other than a bottle of very hard-to-pronounce chemicals) is just the latest marketing ploy; “You need moisturizer XYZ with hyper-cooling scrubbing beads developed by NASA!”

Your Skin Knows What Its Doing

Your skin knows what it’s doing, and it knows how to keep itself healthy. I decided to do some serious research in an attempt to wean myself off chemically-laden skin cleansers and moisturizers. I learned that when I give my skin what it needs, it does an excellent job at maintaining a healthy look and feel. In doing the research I decreased my skin care product count from 10 to 2. One of the biggest keys to healthy skin I learned in my research? Healthy bacteria.

Yes, that stuff you’ve been vigorously trying to scrub off your face for all these years, is actually the good guy. But not all bacteria is good for your skin. Probiotics, and in particular Lactobacillus, L. acidophilus, and B. bifudum, are what you want. But what are probiotics, and how can you use them to improve your skin health?

What Are Probiotics?

The human body is a giant, complex ecosystem. There are literally trillions of microorganisms in your body, right now. In fact, the number of microorganisms in your body outnumber your human cells 10 to 1.

Don’t panic!

  1. These microorganisms are so small that even though they outnumber your human cells 10 to 1, they only make up 1-3% of your total body weight.
  2. Second, we have to dispose of the notion that all bacteria are bad for us. Bacteria does not equal “germs”; this is simply not true. We are made of bacteria, and without it, we would not last very long in this world of ours.

Probiotics are “good” bacteria that assist in things like digestive system function and compete against “bad” bacteria that cause illness and weaken the immune system. Probiotics can be found in food (kimchi, Greek yogurt, sauerkraut), capsule form and even probiotic-enriched soaps.

However, before we resort to probiotics, let’s look at exactly why traditional cleansers are so hard on your skin in the first place.

The Dangers Of Traditional Cleansers To Your Skin

Before the invention of cosmetics, before marketing, before even the industrial revolution or agricultural revolution for that matter, our skin had a natural way to stay moisturized. The Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF) is a highly water-soluble layer that lives just beneath the outermost surface of your skin- the Stratum Corneum (SC). The SC is where your dead skin lives, and it plays a crucial role in the moisture content of your skin.

What Is The Natural Moisturizing Factor?

NMF is made up of primarily amino acids and their derivatives such as pyrrolidone carboxylic acid and urocanic acid along with lactic acid, urea, citrate and sugars and accounts for roughly 30% of your Stratum Corneum by weight. The NMF actually absorbs atmospheric water, which is just one of the ways it does such a great job at keeping your skin naturally moisturized.

So How Do Traditional Cleansers Affect The NMF?

Once your skin cells die and end up on your Stratum Corneum, they lose their nucleus and cytoplasm, leaving them hard, dry and be difficult to get off your skin with water alone. So cleansers use chemical surfactants, such as sulfates, to help better wash away this dead skin along with oil and dirt. By over hydrating dead skin and binding to dirt and oil, surfactants make it easier to rid your skin of these “unwanted” factors. That means the soap gets deep into your pores. But that is not necessarily a good thing; chemicals in your pores can actually wreak havoc on your skin’s NMF. The result? Dried out skin that feels as if it’s being stretched over your body.

That is not how healthy skin is supposed to feel.

Moreover, many traditional cleansers pay no attention to or grossly underestimate the importance of pH for skin health and moisture retention. The skin’s natural pH is around 5.5, and any cleansers outside the 4.5 – 6.5 pH range will significantly impact your Stratum Corneum’s ability to retain moisture as it naturally would.

To add to this laundry list of offenses, traditional cleansers also strip your skin of its natural bacteria and biome.

Clearly, we need some help finding a better way to care for our skin.

So, How Do Probiotics Help With Skin Health?

In large part, your skin health has to do with what is termed the “gut-skin axis“. The reasoning is simple; probiotics improve digestive health, and digestive health is directly related to the health of all the body’s organs, including skin.

The Gut Biome

Dr. Whitney P. Bowe, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist and clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York, says the stress and diet accompanying our modern lifestyle have a significant impact on the health of our skin. The lack of fiber in processed foods coupled with regular stress leads to high levels of bad bacteria in the gut. If the conditions are right, this bad bacteria can pierce the gut biome and enter the bloodstream, causing skin flare-ups (amongst other issues).

The Evidence Of Probiotics On Skin Health

A study involving 56 patients with acne saw healthy decreases in both their acne and overall skin oil production over 12 weeks simply by drinking a beverage containing the popular probiotic Lactobacillus.

Similarly, a study done on Italians suffering from acne and rosacea treated half the participants with an oral probiotic while the other half received a placebo. The result? Those who received the probiotic saw improvements in both acne and rosacea symptoms compared to those who received the placebo.

How Topical Probiotics Affect Skin

Dr. Bowe goes on to detail how topical probiotic treatments, such as probiotic soaps, can affect the skin. One aspect is the “shield” probiotics form. When someone gets acne or rosacea, their skin is actually reacting to their natural surface-level bacteria as foreign objects, and thus inflammation, redness and irritation occur. Topical probiotics can actually run “bacterial interference” and prevent the body’s natural overreaction to these non-foreign invaders.

Dr. Bowe also says probiotics have antimicrobial properties, which means they kill bad bacteria that lives on your skin- likely a result of this “good” bacteria competing with “bad” bacteria for resources.

What To Look For In Probiotics

Oral Probiotics

Topical Probiotics (Soaps, Creams)

Other than a balanced pH, choose a topical probiotic that has few to zero additives, perfumes or artificial colors. Just because ingredients are FDA-approved does not mean they don’t cause side-effects. For instance, triclosan was a common ingredient in soaps up until 2016 when it was found to alter hormone regulation and potentially contributed to antibiotic resistance and harmed the immune system.

In particular, avoid:

  • Phthalates– A common ingredient in topical creams and soaps, phthalates are a known endocrine disruptor. The most common phthalates are di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP), di-isononyl phthalate (DINP), di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP) and benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP).
  • Fragrances– Do your best to elect a fragrance-free topical probiotic, as fragrances have been tied to allergies, respiratory problems and even cancer.
  • Triethanolamine (TEA)- Known to cause allergic reactions, itchy skin, watery eyes, scaling, blisters and burning sensations.

While I did this without the supervision of my dermatologist, I highly recommended you consult your physician about probiotic use, especially if you plan to take oral probiotics and are regularly taking prescription medications.

At the end of the day, do your research, invest in good products, and give your skin the tools to do what it knows how to do.