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You need to adjust your skincare routine to accommodate seasonal changes. What works for your skin in the winter, won’t quite meet your skin’s needs in the summer.

Sun protection remains a constant. Especially in the summer, when the days are longer and the sun’s UV rays are intense, you want to keep your skin hydrated, bright, and protected.

You should include these skincare basics in your routine: cleanser, toner, serum, moisturizer, and sunscreenEvery day if you will be outside. The sun emits harmful UV rays year-round. Even on cloudy days, up to 80 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays can penetrate your skin. Your goal is to nourish the skin and protect it from UV rays, without clogging the pores and exacerbating its naturally oily film.

1. Cleanser Tips for Summer Skincare

For most people, summer probably means lots of sweating. And lots of sweating means an increased chance of clogged pores. When the skin is moist from sweat, it’s a magnet for dirt and debris. As dirt, pollutants and random particles stick to your face, they can clog your pores, which creates acne breakouts.

Cleanser Tip: Using a gentle cleanser is key in the summer.

Harsh cleansers that strip the skin barrier should be avoided entirely. Don’t deprive your skin of its natural defense mechanism. Your gentle cleanser should be kind to your skin, but proactive in cleansing the impurities from your skin.

Maintaining the skin’s natural barrier during the heat of the summer is essential for protecting the skin from the sun’s long-lasting UV rays. You want to choose a cleanser that goes below the surface of the skin to remove dirt, debris and residual sunscreen from the pores, without stripping the skin of its natural oils, are prime. 

The heat and humidity trigger sebum production in the skin, which means increased oil production. Increased oil production means increased risk of clogged pores, and we all know what clogged pores lead to… unsightly acne breakouts. 

When it comes to exfoliation, we’ll recommend chemical exfoliants over physical exfoliants in any season. Chemical exfoliants, like BHAs (salicylic acid) and AHAs (glycolic acid), exfoliate the skin on a cellular level. These exfoliants work by breaking down the sugars in the skin to loosen the dead skin cells on the surface. This forces the dead skin cells to shed and new skin cells to generate. 

Use exfoliants only at night, a few nights a week (give or take a night depending on your skin’s sensitivity) and plan to use them a few days before you’ll be in the sun for an extended period of time. Don’t exfoliate the night before you head to the beach.

2. Toner Tips for Summer Skincare

Yes, toner is a must! The right toner will work alongside your skin’s natural composition to balance your skin’s pH levels. Skin pH levels have everything to do with oily skin, dry skin, and every skin type in between. 

The pH scale ranges from 1 to 14, with 7 considered “neutral.” The lower numbers are acidic, while the upper levels are considered alkaline, or nonacidic.

You might be surprised to learn that a healthy skin pH is more on the acidic side. With more acidity, your skin can combat harmful microbes and damaging free radicals that might increase the aging process.

Stay away from toners with alcohol! It’s a common belief that toners with alcohol are an essential step to killing acne-causing bacteria, but it’s also a double-edged sword. Though alcohol does fight bacteria, it also strips the skin of moisture. Alcohol also strips the skin of its natural, protective oils. Just like over-exfoliating, toning the skin with alcohol can make your skin more susceptible to sun damage. Toners are critical after the double cleanse because they remove any impurities your cleansers didn’t catch.

If skin is not at a balanced pH level, it becomes prone to the cycle of excessive dryness followed by too much oil production, and even environmental damage.

Toners facilitate active ingredient penetration from your other skin care products. Think of it as a booster for your vitamin C, retinol, or expensive anti-aging creams.

Aloe vera is natural, antibacterial, and antimicrobial. Using a toner with aloe vera is basically a double-cleanse for your face. Especially in the summer, antibacterial properties in your skincare ingredients are essential for maintaining a fresh, gunk-free complexion. Aloe is also anti-inflammatory, so it can effectively dull any sun-induced redness or irritation on your face. 

I’m Fabulous cosmetics toners have aloe vera as a main ingredient instead or water, zero alcohol and loaded with active raw plant-based ingredients.

Tea tree oil, like our other two toner ingredient must-haves, is a natural ingredient with powerful skincare benefits. This agent is antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory, and has tons of different uses for the body. Tea tree oil is used to clean wounds, to treat psoriasis and eczema, to treat oily skin, itchy skin, dry skin—the list goes on. Toners with tea tree oil will penetrate deep into the pores to kill bacteria at the source.

3. Serum Tips for Summer Skincare

Serums with antioxidants are one of the best ways to nourish and revitalize the skin year-round. Serums are potent, brightening, hydrating, and refreshing. Providing your skin with antioxidants is like giving your skin the gift of vitality. Serums are great!

All forms of sun damage and over exposure to the sun (like hyperpigmentation, dark circles, dull skin, dark spots, wrinkles, and enlarged pores) can be treated with a vitamin C serum. That’s because vitamin C is a miraculous antioxidant. Antioxidants transform the skin on a cellular level, by neutralizing free radicals

Vitamin C should be at the top of your summer skincare list—right beside sunscreen.

4. Moisturizer and Sunscreen Tips for Summer Skincare

Thick moisturizers can leave your skin feeling oily, sticky, and acne-inflamed when the humidity and heat are high in the summer. Choosing moisturizers with hyaluronic acid and peptides, specifically, can hydrate your skin throughout the summer without leaving a film of un-absorbed product on your face. Hyaluronic acid increases the skin’s resilience, increases collagen production, and increases the rate of cellular turnover. Peptides fight fine lines and wrinkles.

Whether you have sensitive skin, oily skin, or combination skin, your skincare routine needs some modifications throughout the seasons if you want your best skin to come.

Sunscreen use can help prevent skin cancer by protecting you from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of age, gender or race. In fact, it is estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.


The American Academy of Dermatology recommends everyone use sunscreen that offers the following:

  • Broad-spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB rays)
  • SPF 30 or higher
  • Water resistance

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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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If you want to get rid of an old scar, you need to understand what a scar is and what type you’re trying to get rid of.

A scar forms as part of the natural healing process following an injury. When the dermis — the second layer of skin — is damaged, your body forms collagen fibers to repair the damage, and that results in a scar.

There are different types of scars, each with defining characteristics.

Atrophic scars

Atrophic scars are characterized by the loss of tissue. They appear depressed, serrated, or flat against the upper layer of the skin. Often atrophic scars have darker skin pigmentation than other area of your skin. Examples of atrophic scars include acne scars and chickenpox scars.

Hypertrophic scars

Hypertrophic scars are characterized by excess tissue that forms over the skin as it heals. Unlike a keloid scar, it does not grow outside the injured area. Hypertrophic scars are commonly darker than other skin in the area.

Keloid Scars

Keloid scars are the result of aggressive healing and an overproduction of tissue. They are characterized by a raised, thick, puffy appearance. They are typically darker than the surrounding skin. Unlike a hypertrophic scar, keloid scars can grow beyond the injured area.

Contracture scars

Contracture scars result from large areas of skin being lost or damaged, typically from burns. They are characterized by tight, shiny skin that can restrict movement.

Acne breakouts can be frustrating, and they can also leave scars on the face and other areas of the body. Some people find that acne scars are an unwanted reminder of a painful and bothersome condition. However, acne scars do not have to be permanent, as some home remedies and medical treatments can help get rid of them.

Several medical treatments are available to help reduce acne scars. A dermatologist may recommend different procedures depending on a person’s skin type and the extent of the scarring.

  • Chemical peel
  • Laser Treatment
  • Microneedling
  • Microneedling + Glow Derma Foundation

Laser treatment can be very expensive and not always work, the downtime is also very long. The chemical peel can be great and with some downtime. Unless you choose a lighter at-home peel. The least expensive procedure with amazing results is the Microneedling + Glow Derma Foundation. This procedure can be done by a beauty professional or by yourself at home.

The Glow Derma Foundation™ smooth wrinkles, moisturize and lift the skin, improve complexion, lighten pigment spots, and brighten the skin. The serums contain only organic and natural, safe ingredients that contribute to the regeneration of cells.

A semi-permanent organic plant-based foundation that adds that perfect GLOW.  Recommended for people seeking the reduction of freckles and skin discoloration caused by acne and aging. These pigments offer full coverage, ideal for covering hyperpigmentation, melasma, sunspots, and evening out skin tone. The Glow Derma Foundation™ pigments are also a pump system, eliminating product waste and the worry of pigment oxidation! This is only going into the epidermis of the skin and will go away when the skin exfoliate.

This liquid semi-permanent foundation is to be used with the Glow Derma Pen™ and NANO needle cartridges.

3 colors available: Light, Medium, Dark/Tan

  • WRINKLES – Plumps the skin, Gets rid of wrinkles
  • FREE RADICALS – Neutralizes free radicals
  • UV PROTECTION – Reduces melanin content in the skin
  • DISCOLORATION – Reduces skin discoloration
  • HYDRATION – Provides instant hydration to the skin
  • FRECKLES – Gradual lightening effect on the skin
  • PORES – Reduces the appearance of pores
  • COMPLEXION – Restores even skin tone and radiant complexion

You can purchase the complete Microneeding pen + Glow derma Foundation kit here.

Some, but not all, skin products might increase comedones by blocking pores, and greasy hair products (like pomades) can worsen acne, which creates blackheads. Skin products that claim to not clog pores may be labeled noncomedogenic or non-acnegenic. Make-up and skin products that are oil-free and water-based may be less likely to cause acne.[6] It is not known whether dietary factors or sun exposure make comedones better, worse or have no effect.

What Are Blackheads?

Blackheads typically begin with clogged hair follicles (aka “pores”). There are millions of hair follicles on the body, including your face. Each of these follicles contains one hair and a sebaceous gland that produces oil to help keep your skin soft. When the skin sheds dead skin cells, they can get into the follicle, mix with the oil and form a plug that pushes to the surface and forms a bump called a comedone.

How To Get Rid of Blackheads

Blackheads appear most often in the “T-Zone” of the face (forehead, nose, and chin) but may also appear on the back, chest, arms and shoulders. They can occur wherever there is a great density of hair follicles and their attached oil glands.

Topical products that include salicylic acid to clean out pores and tea tree oil to kill the bacteria that causes acne (the p. acnes bacteria) are the most common blackhead treatments. Blackheads should never be removed by picking, squeezing or popping because it will cause inflammation and potential scarring. Some people mistake blackheads for trapped dirt and try to remove them by scrubbing but this can make the condition worse.

We see excellent results when using the organic, vegan and cruelty-free TCA CLEANSER and TCA TONER in the morning and evening. They both have salicylic acid in it, TCA and over ingredients like tea tree oil. Exfoliating is also a must on a weekly basis using an organic gentle exfoliator like the I’m Fabulous Cosmetics Wild Berry exfoliator. The smooth exfoliating beads lift away dead skin cells, while our special formula containing a lot of antioxidants plant-based ingredients that help unclog pores and reduce oiliness to clear acne and help prevent future breakouts wherever they may occur.

Because natural hormonal changes in the body lead to excess skin oil, clogged pores and ultimately blackheads, it’s almost impossible to go through life without a few breakouts. Although blackheads are bothersome, they are not a serious condition, and most people can get rid of blackheads with topical products that contain salicylic acid

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/

What Causes Acne?

Some These factors can trigger or aggravate acne: Hormones. Androgens are hormones that increase in boys and girls during puberty and cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge and make more sebum. Hormonal changes related to pregnancy and the use of oral contraceptives also can affect sebum production.

What Causes Oily Skin?

Oily skin is the result of the overproduction of sebum from sebaceous glands. … Sebum is an oily substance made of fats. Sebum isn’t all bad since it helps protect and moisturize your skin and keep your hair shiny and healthy. Too much sebum, however, may lead to oily skin, which can lead to clogged pores and acne.

at home acne remedy

Exfoliate Regularly

Exfoliation is the process of removing the top layer of dead skin cells. It can be achieved mechanically by using a brush or scrub to physically remove the cells. Alternatively, it can be removed chemically by applying an acid that dissolves them.

Exfoliation is believed to improve acne by removing the skin cells that clog up pores.

It is also believed to make acne treatments for the skin more effective by allowing them to penetrate deeper, once the topmost layer of skin is removed.

Unfortunately, the research on exfoliation and its ability to treat acne is limited.

Men washing face

Moisturize With Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a tropical plant whose leaves produce a clear gel.

The gel is often added to lotions, creams, ointments and soaps. It’s commonly used to treat abrasions, rashes, burns and other skin conditions.

When applied to the skin, aloe vera gel can help heal wounds, treat burns and fight inflammation.

Aloe vera also contains salicylic acid and sulfur, which are both used extensively in the treatment of acne.

Several studies have shown that applying salicylic acid to the skin significantly reduces acne.

While research shows great promise, the anti-acne benefits of aloe vera itself require further scientific evidence.

I’m Fabulous Cosmetics TCA toner and TCA cleanser is loaded with organic aloe vera, Salicylic acid, and ingredients that will help with your acne. This two amazing products also help to reduce oily skin, shrink pores size, remove dead skin and much more.

I’m Fabulous Cosmetics TCA toner, is 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. This product is a must-have for TCA peel lover. It is great for daily face cleaning to keep your skin looking young and acne free.

  • Improves skins texture and discoloration caused by sun damage
  • Deeply cleans clogged pores, controls severe Acne, and eliminates blackheads
  • Removes deep wrinkles, strong fine lines, and dark spots on all types of skin, Great for removing age spots
  • Lightens and Removes medium to deep Scars, Reduces the appearance of stretch marks, birthmarks, and stubborn cellulite
  • Greatly minimizes lip creases, crows feet (lines around the eyes), liver spots, and forehead lines, Illuminates and brightens blotchy, dull skin.
  • Skin degreaser
  • Pores Minimizer
  • Oil reducer

This incredible, highly effective face peel 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!

TREAT MULTIPLE SKIN CONDITIONS! Salicylic Acid reduce acne inflammation and scars, sun damage, blemishes, blackheads, whiteheads, acne, psoriasis, and large pores – all with one simple treatment!How to use:After cleaning your skin, apply the TCA toner to your face and do not rinse.  Moisten cotton pad and sweep over face and neck.

Loaded with Ingredients like: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera),  Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree Oil),  Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin, Salicylic Acid, Trichloracetic Acid. And the packaging is recyclable made with Miron glass which keeps the raw ingredients from the natural sun lights.

This toner is great to use morning and night after the I’m Fabulous Cosmetics TCA cleanser for best results.

I’m Fabulous Cosmetics TCA Cleanser is great for acne, scars, wrinkles, fine lines, dull skin and sun damage. Excellent must have cleanser to keep your skin from aging, acne and to keep a smooth skin.

  • Pores Minimizer
  • Oil reducer

This incredible, highly effective face wash 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!

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

Great for all type of skin. It is great for daily face cleaning.

  • Improves skin’s texture and discoloration caused by sun damage
  • Deeply cleans clogged pores, controls severe Acne, and eliminates blackheads
  • Removes deep wrinkles, strong fine lines, and dark spots on all types of skin, Great for removing age spots
  • Lightens and Removes medium to deep Scars, Reduces the appearance of stretch marks, birthmarks, and stubborn cellulite
  • Greatly minimizes lip creases, crows feet (lines around the eyes), liver spots, and forehead lines, Illuminates and brightens blotchy, dull skin.

How to use:Moisten face and hands with warm water. Apply I’m Fabulous TCA cleanser onto the palm of the hand and work into a gentle lather. Gently massage over face and neck with fingertips. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

ALPHAFLOR® GIGAWHITE  – ECOCERT APPROVED 

Alphaflor® Gigawhite™ is a skin lightener developed from Alpine plants by Pentapharm/DSM.

Ingredients: *EcoCert Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate (and) Lauryl Glucoside,*EcoCert Decyl Glucoside, Xanthan Gum, Organic Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree Oil), EcoCert Alphaflor® Gigawhite, Organic Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary), Organic Peppermint essential oil, EcoCert Glycerin (and) Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate (and) Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract (and) Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Extract (and) Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract (and) Gluconolactone, EcoCert Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate, Salicylic Acid, Trichloracetic Acid.

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How was your face when you were a teenager? Did you have a face full of pimples or were you lucky and it was clear? Unfortunately, as you reach adulthood, your skin issues may not be gone forever. Anyone can pick up adult acne and there are a few reasons why it may be happening to you. 

Here are the top causes of acne in adults: 

  1. If you are a woman, adult acne can happen because of hormonal changes. You could see pimples pop up during PMS, your period, pregnancy, after birth, or menopause. You may have a hormonal condition that requires medication and it could clear up your acne. Many birth control pills also help adult acne as well. Getting a dual diagnosis of a hormonal issue and acne can help clear up many of your issues. 
  2. You may need to change your sheets. Dirty sheets and pillowcases can cause dirt and oil to get on your skin and cause pimples. Wash your sheets at least weekly to avoid this. 
  3. Remember to wash your face daily too. Washing your face in the morning and evening, not touching or picking at your face and never going to bed with makeup on can avoid zits. Make sure to clean your makeup brushes and other items that touch your face regularly too. 
  4. Your diet can affect your skin. If you have a diet filled with junk food, sugar, and processed foods, this can read all across your face. Clean up your diet and your skin may clear up as well. Dairy is often linked to acne issues too. 
  5. See your dermatologist. They may be able to track the cause of your acne based on your lifestyle. They can also prescribe an acne treatment that will work for you. 

Do you experience adult acne? What do you find fixes it?

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It can sometimes be difficult not to feel a bit jealous for those who are struggling with problem skin when they see someone who has perfect, blemish-free skin that was achieved without any effort. Normal skin is what everyone would want if they were given a choice. Words such as ‘radiant’, ‘lovely’, and ‘healthy’ are often applied to normal skin. However, keeping normal skin normal and healthy should not be something that is left to chance, and remember, too, that skin types can change over the course of a lifetime, and even normal skin should be cared for diligently to keep it the way it is.

Maintaining Normal Skin

  • Possibly the biggest mistake anyone who has normal skin can make, is to take their skin from granted. However, even the most normal of skins can suffer and become damaged if a program of good skin care is not followed. Neglected normal skin can develop wrinkles and acne, like any other skin type, but keeping your normal skin normal is not the most difficult thing in the world, and it’s easy to fit adequate care into even the busiest of lifestyles.
  • Sleep is necessary for keeping your skin healthy and vibrant. During your hours of rest, your body has an opportunity to repair cellular damage and restore your skin. Because you will be much more relaxed, your body will be less likely to release skin-damaging cortisol. Make sure that you get the proper amount of rest every night.
  • Keeping properly hydrated is also important for keeping your normal skin in good shape. When you become even partially dehydrated, your skin loses a good deal of the moisture that is helping to maintain its integrity, leaving it much more likely to wrinkle and sag. You will get some of the fluids you need from your food, by you will also need at least 5 glasses of water or other beverage (not alcohol) to keep your skin plumped up properly.
  • The sun can be just as damaging to normal skin as it can be to any skin type. Sunburn is the outward manifestation of damage from the sun’s UV rays, and this can be problematic enough, but it can also result in basal, squamous, or even melanoma skin cancers on the epidermis. However, some UV rays will even penetrate into the dermis to destroy and damage collagen and elastin fibers that keep your skin taut. Try to avoid going outside during the hottest hours of the day during the summer, and if you must, use sunscreen and wear a hat and protective clothing.
  • Even normal skin can get acne, and choosing a product to deal with even occasional outbreaks of pimples can sometimes be confusing. In order to make a good decision about which treatment to use, it can help to read proactiv plus reviews prior to purchasing any acne remedy. Try to nip any acne problems in the bud before they really become established.

Never be blasé about which cleansing agent to use for your face. Normal skin will benefit from soap or face washes that are mild and contain a moisturizing agent. Cleansers with oils or glycerin will do wonders in keeping your skin clean, but not scoured. An acidic sebum layer is present on your skin to provide a shield against pathogens or environmental conditions that could harm it; removing too much from your face can be detrimental for normal skin, too. Always use tepid water when washing your face, and it’s probably better to use your hands, rather than a washcloth as it will be much less abrasive. Pat your face dry after washing, rather than rubbing it, to avoid removing too much sebum. Your face needs to be washed only twice daily.
You will want to be sure to use a moisturizer after washing. Use enough to provide a complete coverage, but not so much that your face feels or looks greasy afterwards. Normal skin should use a cream or ointment moisturizer since these are oil based to provide the protection and nourishment that your normal skin needs. Apply moisturizer before putting on your makeup.

Exfoliants for Normal Skin

Exfoliating products may or may not be necessary for your normal skin. If washing and moisturizing seem to leave your skin looking healthy, just leave it at that, you need not do more. However, if you seem to be getting problems such as blackheads and large pores, you might find that an exfoliant can help to correct these. Stay away from very abrasive ones as they can remove too much sebum from your skin and even cause damage; and it’s never necessary to use an exfoliator more than two times a week.

The skin produces too much oil it mixes with dead skin in the pore, forming a clog that causes it to enlarge.

If the oil becomes trapped by the dead skin, it oxidizes, forming a blackhead.

What You Can Do About It

If you serious about removing your blackheads and shrinking your pores, then act now and get some skin care products that will clean this mess up!

What Causes Enlarged Pores and Blackheads?

 

It all begins when your oil glands make too much oil. This excess oil mixes with other substances (such as dead skin) in the pore, causing a clog. Not surprisingly, this clog makes it difficult for the oil to flow freely, which causes the pore itself to enlarge.

Even though the pore enlarges to provide extra room for the oil to flow out, the oil still can become trapped (especially around the nose) by dead skin. Once this occurs and the oil and dead skin at the end of the clogged pore is exposed to the air, it oxidizes, forming a blackhead. Yuck!

What You Can Do About It

  • Don’t use bar soap or other skincare products that clog pores. The ingredients that keep bar soap it in its solid form can clog pores. You should also avoid products that are overly emollient (meaning thick or greasy creams)—especially if you have oily skin.
  • Only use gentle, water-soluble cleansers and avoid products with drying, harsh ingredients. We love the TCA cleanser and the Deep Purifying Face Wash Organic (clay based).
  • Avoid scrubs and harsh cleansing brushes with stiff bristles. You can’t scrub away blackheads and the harshness just makes skin dry and flaky, creating more dead skin that can block pores.
  • Never go to bed without washing off your makeup. Neglecting to thoroughly, but gently, remove all your makeup can make clogged pores worse.
  • Exfoliate with a completely non-abrasive to shed built-up surface dead skin that would normally gather in the pore, stretching it out, and risk turning into a blackhead.
  • One more point about BHA, because BHA is able to exfoliate inside the pore, it can help return the pore to its normal shape and allow for an evener flow of oil. It really is amazing how well this works. Our Bio Gorgeous Peel can show improvement the first time you try it, amazing products that will shrink your pores too. Get an Exfoliating as well and use it every day!
  • Use products loaded with niacinamide. Once a pore has stretched beyond its normal size, niacinamide can help provide a “tightened-up” look by boosting skin’s healthy natural quality. The research about niacinamide and its benefit for skin is truly impressive. Try our Niacinamide +B3 Rescue Serum Organic for a concentrated yet gentle formula that also contains antioxidants and skin-replenishing ingredients!

Bio Gorgeous Peel

Other Considerations

For particularly stubborn blackheads, consider the following additional measures to see if they can get you even better results:

  • Absorb excess oil. Clay masks can temporarily help minimize the appearance of enlarged pores due to their oil-absorbing properties (as long as they do not contain harsh ingredients).
  • If stubborn blackheads won’t go away, consider extraction from a well-trained licensed aesthetician. A licensed aesthetician who knows what they are doing can extract blackheads without damaging your skin. But don’t try this on your own because aggressive squeezing, poking, and prodding of a blackhead can aggravate the skin and cause a bigger problem than what you started with and might live you with scarring.

References for This Information

Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, March 2008, pages 170-176
Dermatologic Surgery, Volume 31, Part 2, 2005, Discussion 865

There’s nothing more bothering than a clogged pore, which will quickly turn into an imperfection on the surface of our skin. Whether we are talking about pimples, zits, or blackheads, none of these are on the wish list of people. Both women and men would like to have a skin free of any imperfections, especially since we are talking about the skin on the face. While it may be tricky to keep dirt away from your pores, especially in the cities and during the summer, when our pores are more open than in the cold season, it is not impossible. All you need is a proper skin care routine, so do take a look at the tips below, as they will help you maintain a clear skin at all times.

  • Keep excess oil from accumulating in your pores

While this is a problem mostly met in people with an oily skin, during the warm season it becomes everybody’s problem. Due to high temperatures, our skin produces more sebum and the pores are more dilated. So, if you don’t clean your face as you should, the excess oil may end up accumulating inside the skin’s pores. These oil reserves will appear like small bumps on the surface of the skin and it is quite difficult to get rid of them. To prevent this from happening, wash your face in the morning and evening with adequate products. If you have an oily skin, cleaning is even more important, just make sure to use the right kind of products for your skin

  • Dealing with blackheads

Blackheads appear when the pores are enlarged, allowing oil to get inside. Once the oil gets trapped within the pore, it will oxidize in contact with the air and will become the black spots we all hate so much. Unfortunately, once a blackhead is formed, the only way to get rid of it is by getting out of the pore. This is why scrubbing your skin will not help you in this case. You either remove it manually, with the right kind of tools, or you use a blackhead removal mask. To keep pores clean, you can use products based on salicylic acid. Also, especially during the warm season, it is important to shrink your pores, so that dirt and oil won’t get trapped inside so much. This can be possible if you apply a tonic once you’re done cleaning your skin. Just do be careful to use an alcohol-free tonic if you have a dry skin.

 

  • Do your best not to touch your face too often

Your hands are often carriers of bacteria and dust, so each time you touch your face with unwashed hands you risk causing pimples or an acne breakout, if not even blackheads. So, do your best not to touch your face if your hands are not washed first. Also, never squeeze your pimples as you can wake up with a much bigger problem than just a small pimple. Salicylic acid products help again, as they will dry the pimples and get rid of the problem without aggressing your skin.