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EXPERT SKINCARE Q&A

This thread is now closed. Thank you for everyone who participated! If your question did not get answered, Ole and Dr. Gross will do their best to post more responses later in the week. Also to those who asked questions, look out for a little gift of appreciation from the brands!

 

 

Beautiful skin is just a question away.  Visit this thread on January 25 between 12pm-3pm PST to participate in our live skincare Q&A with leading New York City dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross and celebrity skincare expert Ole Henriksen. Ask them anything—from how to manage acne to which moisturizer is best for your skin type. On January 25, ask your questions in the thread below and our experts will answer them, in real-time. 

 

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anyssamadison wrote:

how do you get rid of problem blackheads & closed comdomes (whiteheads) that contiue to come back and wont go away ?

my skins breaking out furiously in the white bumps, and they wont go away. I do everything i can, including toning and exfoliating, but at the sametime im drying out my skin, since i cant moisturize without cloggin my pores, since i hav oily skin Smiley Sad help !!!



The Alpha Beta® Peel will help with your complexion overall.  It will exfoliate dead skin cells, boost collagen production, and clear out pores. It is good for all skin types and minimizes the appearance of pores & blemishes.

All Over Blemish Solution is a great pore minimizer and will eliminate and prevent blackheads.

Correct & Perfect is a powerful spot treatement that will allow you to target whiteheads or problem areas.  You can also apply as a mask for 10 minutes for even faster results.

~Dr. Dennis Gross

 

Alpha Beta® Peel: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P269122&categoryId=B70

 

All Over Blemish Solution: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P158531&categoryId=B70

 

Correct & Perfect: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P158532&categoryId=B70

 

 

 

 

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I am 17 years old and for the past 3 years have been experiencing what i think is teenage acne. I breakout only in the t-zone, no where else on my body and the bumps go out, as upposed to the deep pimples, which leads me to believe it is surface acne, but im not sure. What is a good skincare solution to clear my skin. As well, does the food you eat really make your skin break out? And finally, I have tried both Estee Lauder Double Wear concealer and Clinique acne solutions concealer and have found that neither have helped my skin. I believe the estee lauder was making it worse so i changed, but the clinique which is suppose to have salicylic acid in it is not helping? Any solutions or products i could try that would actually help with healing acne and preventing it?

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I am 19 and I have combination oily skin. I have very large pores on my nose. What would be the best way to control my oil make the pores smaller?

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switch820 wrote:

I am 19 and I have combination oily skin. I have very large pores on my nose. What would be the best way to control my oil make the pores smaller?



I’d recommend the Alpha Beta® Peel to you.  Its excellent for complexion problems and will minimize the appearance of pores & blemishes too.  All Over Blemish Solution is another excellent option for you.  It’s a pore minimize for sensitive skin and a salicilyc acid acne treatment gel.  It eliminates and prevents blackheads, which seem to be a main concern for you, and also controls oil and shine.

 

Dr. Dennis Gross

 

http://sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P158531&categoryId=5668

 

http://sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P42787&categoryId=5668

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Hey I've never posted on here before so I am that I am doing this properly, I am 27 year old who has oily skin. I am in constant battle with chin and nose blackheads, dark circles and a small amount of brown discoloration. I am currently using my clarisonic and trying to find the right skincare regimen for me. Any helpful hints for the blackheads and/or dark circles? Thanks in advanced for your time!

 

Christina

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ctean84 wrote:

Hey I've never posted on here before so I am that I am doing this properly, I am 27 year old who has oily skin. I am in constant battle with chin and nose blackheads, dark circles and a small amount of brown discoloration. I am currently using my clarisonic and trying to find the right skincare regimen for me. Any helpful hints for the blackheads and/or dark circles? Thanks in advanced for your time!

 

Christina



Dear Christina,

 

Kudos for using the clarisonic! I really feel that it's a great tool to deep cleanse and care for your skin. When it comes to blackheads, I recommend that you use a physical exfoliant like my walnut complexion scrub 2-3X/week. Try adding about a little sesame oil to the scrub in your hand. This may sound counterintuitive, but the oil mixed with the scrub will help break up the oil that is stuck in your pores causing the black heads. You'll see that over time, when you faithfully scrub your chin and nose, the blackheads will disappear. I have seen results occur as soon as a week into scrubbing regularly. The key is consistency. The cleaner your pores are, the less visible they appear.

 

Dark circles can be caused by poor circulation, diet, or they could very well be hereditary. In treating dark circles, it's very important to use products that increase the circulation and gently exfoliate the eye area. Try using my truth eye peel concentrate with the total truth eye creme on top. These two products contain powerhouse ingredients to increase microcirculation, gently exfoliate and reduce dark circles.

 

As far as treating the brown discoloration, I would recommend using enlighten me serum every night underneath sheer transformation moisturizer. These two products are a perfect pair to treat dark spots, hyperpigmentation and even skin tone with ingredients like THC, mulberry extract, and lactic acid in enlighten me and sugar / pea extract, and natural fruit acids in sheer transformation, you are sure to see results with consistent use. I also recommend a special treatment 1X/month like the micro / mini peel system. The ingredients in the at-home treatment mimic a microdermabrasion and fruit acid peel. Using this 1X/ month as a special treatment will lighten the discoloration over time.

 

Cheers,

 

Ole

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What's the best regimen to prevent red spots and in-grown hairs after a wax or threading session?

 

Thanks!

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I gave birth 2 months ago, and I have patches of cloth in the face. As the product or how I fight. I have 32 years marks, acne and sensitive skin.

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selariza wrote:

I gave birth 2 months ago, and I have patches of cloth in the face. As the product or how I fight. I have 32 years marks, acne and sensitive skin.


I recommend using the Alpha Beta® Peel daily to improve complexion overall. It microexfoliates dead skin cells, boosts collagen production, and clears out pores.

In my practice, I would say that 50% of men and women suffer from adult acne while women may be more prone to scarring.  I wanted to provide my patients with a natural solution that worked-so I formulated Trifix™ Acne Clearing Lotion.

I have been thrilled with the results – 4 out of 5 patients tested reported immediate results in 24 hours.  Trifix will treat acne, heals blemishes, repairs scarring and reduce redness.  I formulated it with Bisabolol and marine botanicals so it soothes and protects the skin.  I think it would be a good solution for you.

~Dr. Dennis Gross

 

Alpha Beta® Peel: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P269122&categoryId=B70

 

Trifix™ Acne Clearing Lotion: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P291440&categoryId=B70

 

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What ingrediants should I look in for an Eye cream to reduce dark circles?

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neeharika wrote:

What ingrediants should I look in for an Eye cream to reduce dark circles?



Hi neeharika,

 

Building collagen will help to strengthen blood vessels around the eyes, preventing their breakage and. Vitamin D and K can help protect them from breaking in the first place and heal them once they do. Applying creams that contain vitamin K and D, as well as including it as part of a balanced diet, will be the successful.  
Vitamin D is an important anti-oxidant from nature that is necessary for one’s overall hearth and stimulates the building of collagen when applied on the under eye area. Try the Active Vitamin D Serum OIl-Vitamin D replenishes the skin with moisture, boasts elasticity, and creates luminosity.

For patients who are particularly concerned with dark circles, I also recommended looking for products with Arbutin(lightens dark circles), Chrysin (de-puffs), and cucumber extract (soothing).

 

~Dr. Dennis Gross

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I have very dry skin in small patches around my mouth and chin that seems to come and go throughout the winter. I have pretty sensitive skin and allergies to most perfumes and scented items. 1. How can I prevent this from happening and 2. How do I fix it once it has?

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I have atopic dermatitis/eczema that has really blown up this season, and spread to my face (upper forehead and sides of face). Generally my face is oily-combination, and I have very large pores. At the tender age of 24, I still get acne Smiley Sad  So I now find myself having two extremities of skin conditions on my face and am not quite sure how to handle it. I've been trying to moisturize, but I have noticed small whiteheads coming in, and spreading.... But, on the other hand, I definitely think my acne regime is further drying out my skin. I just can't win!  What kind of regime do you recommend? SOS. Thank-you!

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What can I do to get rid of hormonal acne?

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I've always been curious about "layering" products. Does applying a serum and then a moisturizer lessen the effects and SPF of the moisturizer?

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nadineg wrote:
I've always been curious about "layering" products. Does applying a serum and then a moisturizer lessen the effects and SPF of the moisturizer?

Hi Nadine,

 

There is no danger to layering treatments.  As mentioned in an earlier response, Healthy beautiful skin does not come from 1 product or ingredient.  You must incorporate 4 steps into your everyday routine.  I formulated my products to be multi-tasking because I know everyone is busy but you should always; Cleanse, Treat, Moisturize & Protect.

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Thank you for answering my question Dr. Gross! 

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OHoo!! I am so excited to actually get a beauty advice from my favorite expert!!! I am so having trouble knowing my skin type. It's oily as well as dry in some parts. My skin gets really oily during summer and so i started used oily skin regimen, but lately my skin is getting dry aroung my nose & around mouth. But it is still oily on my cheeks & forehead.

 

Please please please give me some advice on which regimen should I choose from?

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neeharika wrote:

OHoo!! I am so excited to actually get a beauty advice from my favorite expert!!! I am so having trouble knowing my skin type. It's oily as well as dry in some parts. My skin gets really oily during summer and so i started used oily skin regimen, but lately my skin is getting dry aroung my nose & around mouth. But it is still oily on my cheeks & forehead.

 

Please please please give me some advice on which regimen should I choose from?



Dear aab1042,

 

I'm so sorry to hear that you are dealing with such a difficult scar! When treating a scar, it's always important to keep in mind that you want to use non-agressive treatments and products. The fraxel laser and physical exfoliants could be a risky thing to use when treating a scar, as it might make matters worse and slow the healing process. Scars need comforting and soothing treatment to fully heal. I recommend using my all purpose aloe vera gel because it contains naturally healing steroids - you can use this as a mask treatment by applying a thick layer all over your skin, especially the scar, OR you can also use this a moisturizer at night time. It's very important to use sunblock on a daily basis to protect the scar tissue from further damage - sun damage can hinder the healing process. I recommend using a light weight, broad-spectrum sunblock like my protect the truth SPF 50+.

 

Nurture me would be a great creme to use on top of your protect the truth to further soothe the skin and the scar tissue. I also recommend treating the skin with truth serum collagen booster. Truth serum contains Vitamin C which works to strengthen collagen and add plumpness to the skin (which will help heal the appearance of the scar. As a part of your diet, I recommend that you intake a lot of antioxidants from fruits and vegetables to strengthen the tissue as well as eating foods that are rich in Omega 3, 6, 9 like fish and nuts. Taking a Vitamin C supplement will strengthen the collagen from the inside out.

 

Hold tight - scars can take some time to heal fully. I know that with a balanced diet and great skin care, you are sure to see your skin turn around.

 

Cheers,

 

Ole

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How much sunscreen/mineral foundation/anything with SPF do we need to apply in order to get the actual protection level that the product touts? I'm sure that the answer varies between products, so... does this mean that it's actually impossible to know whether you're getting the SPF protection for which you paid? 

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speckledkiwi wrote:

How much sunscreen/mineral foundation/anything with SPF do we need to apply in order to get the actual protection level that the product touts? I'm sure that the answer varies between products, so... does this mean that it's actually impossible to know whether you're getting the SPF protection for which you paid? 


Dear Speckledkiwi,
That is a great question! SPF stands for - Sun protection facor, and it really refers to how well a sunscreen protects from UVB rays. UVB rays are what cause sunburn and also responsible for skin cancer. (You also need to be cautious of UVA rays as well - these impact the aging process. Make sure when selecting a sunscreen the package reads "broad spectrum" protection - this refers to both UVA and UVB rays) Now to answer your question as to how much to apply? You want to make sure that you're getting full coverage (think of painting a white wall a vibrant blue - you want to make sure there are no white spots) - in other words, apply generously and make sure you dont miss any spots.  Keep in mind - if you're going to be in the sun for an extended period of time - you want to be sure to re-apply. The higher the SPF the longer you can stay out in the sun before having to re-apply. I like to reapply every hour or so when on vacation - in my favorite spot, Italy!
Cheers,
Ole

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I have little bumps below my eye area. I think its called milia. How can i get rid of it and get smoother skin? I have oily/combo skin and acne prone as well. Your advice will be greatly appreciated!

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Hello Smiley Happy I'm 31 years old and get between 1-4 hormone caused pimples once a month. They are 99% of the time on my cheaks and usually on my left cheak. This is also the area I have old acne scaring and discoloration, the worst side being my left. I have no other "acne" problems and have combination skin (the skin on my cheeks is normal/dry) So, my question regarding this has a few parts - can there be a corrolation between the scaring and that being where the blemishes show up? I've heard that nothing topical can be done to prevent hormone induced blemishes, is this true? When I get them, they seem imposable to get rid of and last for about 3 weeks - I've tried TONS fo different products with different active ingredients and nothing seems to even diminish them at all. Any tips/advise/products recomended to help them go away faster? This one is sort of out there, but I read a long time ago that using pillow cases with a high thread count can help blemishes from showing up on your cheaks, any validity to that? Lastly, is there any product that can truely dimishes acne scaring/discoloration? Thank you!

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HELP! I have really bad hormonal acne and acne scars due to my pregnancy and I don't know what to do so I cover up with mineral make up. How can I get rid of it and have smoother looking skin without using any harsh products? and is it bad to sleep with mineral make up on? Thank you so much for your time!

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Would love to ask Ole, I love your products, I look for paraben-free, products and love that yours fit that bill and are high quality and effective!  I'm in my mid-40's and battling drying skin/aging but also breakouts still.  In order to address the drying, I seem to breakout more, and when I address the blemish, I'm more dry.  I've tried your Truth Revealed SPF15 and like it, but its not hydrating enough.  Any suggestions at all for me??? Thank you so much!

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