The Best Acne Treatments Out There

Posted for AcneAnti AgingBeautyMoisturizersOily SkinSkin CareSkin Care DeviceSkin Cleansers & Toners On January 17, 2012

These days, it seems like people of all ages are battling acne.  From teenagers to adults, everyone wants to know, “What is the best acne treatment out there?”

From clinical to over the counter (OTC) products, there’s so many to choose from.  But as some have already discovered, OTC products may just not be strong enough to see the acne battle come to an end.

Skin Care Heaven, an e-commerce store located in Carlsbad, offers clinical products and ships for free. In fact, they offer many of the clinical treatments mentioned here.

Remember, acne is treatable.  Below is a list of the best acne treatments out there and are priced from high to low to help meet any budget.

LightStim Acne Light Therapy

It’s probably surprising to read that LED light therapy is on top of the list.  For around $300, it’s a treatment that’s used in medical offices and is now available for at-home use.  It’s another tool used along with a topical treatment plan.

LightStim Acne Light Therapy is FDA cleared and that’s super important.

Its combination of blue, red, and infrared wavelengths combats acne and keeps it under control.

Even those with sensitive skin saw the following clinical improvements within eight weeks:

  • Calm redness and inflammation brought on by acne
  • Clinically demonstrated to destroy acne bacteria named, propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes)
  • Decreases pore size
  • Helps heal acne scars
  • Recommended by health care professionals
  • Treats blackheads

ZO Skin Health Acne Prevention and Care Program

ZO Skin Health Acne Prevention and Care Program is great for those who get breakouts that are related to hormones and genetics.  The system, costing about $120, has been described as one of the top acne treatments.

Its four quick steps include:

  1. The ZO OFFECTS: An exfoliating cleanser packed with vitamin E encapsulated beads and advanced lipopeptides that gently remove impurities, extra oil, and repairs skin surface.
  2. The ZO Exfoliating Polish: Round magnesium crystals with a boost of vitamins A, C, C-Esters and E removes dead skin cells and sebum to keep pores clean.
  3. The ZO OFFECTS TE-PADS: These pads, soaked in 2 percent salicylic acid and botanical extracts, calm the skin while controlling oil and getting rid of dead skin cells.
  4. The ZO Tea Tree Mask:  Once a week, this mask is applied to address sebum and soothe acne-prone skin.

Skin Care Heaven Basic Acne Clarifying System

For about $55, the Skin Care Heaven Basic Acne Clarifying System, reduces, restores, and prevents blemished skin.

This great treatment includes:

  • Resurfacing Cleanser: Gently, it cleans the skin while unclogging pores.
  • Resurfacing Toning Pads: These pads offer a gentle way to exfoliate the skin.
  • Clarifying Acne Gel: This anti-bacterial spot treatment helps fight acne breakouts.
  • Chemical-Free SPF 30: This product moisturizes while protecting the skin from harmful UV rays.

Dermalogica Clean Start Kit

The Dermalogica Clean Start Kit roughly costs about $35 and contains a five step program to target acne and prevent future breakouts. This system helps cleanse, tone, treat and moisturize.
Dermalogica Clean Start Kit includes the following kit items:

  • Washoff: a deep cleanser that gets down into the pores
  • All Over Clear: a great mist that keeps skin from getting oily throughout the day and offers UV protection.
  • Ready, Set, Scrub: a great scrub and masque which will help clear acne and renew pores.
  • Welcome Matte SPF15: another step to protect skin from UV damage while controlling acne and providing a shine-free complexion.
  • Bedtime for Breakouts: a great nighttime acne treatment that works hard to unclog pores during the night.

Living without acne can become a reality when the right treatment is found!

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The Year Ahead In Skin Care

Posted for AcneAnti AgingBeautyEye Care & Eye Make UPLip CareMoisturizersOily SkinSkin CareSkin Care DeviceSkin Cleansers & TonersSun Tanning On January 10, 2012

With an eye to the New Year, the science of skin care technology has been uncovered more than ever and is really forging forward in the year ahead.  Top quality devices used in clinical offices are now available for at-home use.

These tools are phenomenal and endless with their own unique capabilities.  Here’s a peek into a few of them which can be purchased online at Skin Care Heaven in Carlsbad which helps unleash gorgeous looking skin.  Above all, find a therapy which is FDA cleared and a manufacturer which stands behind its clinical studies.

Used as an adjunct therapy to a current routine, these devices are taking the art of skin care to a whole new level.

Micro-Current Technology

The superstar power behind micro-current technology is its ability to invigorate muscles beneath the skin.  It’s an anti-aging goldmine. NuFACE® has mastered this handheld device with its NuFACE® Trinity Device, NuFACE Microcurrent Facial Toning Device® Skin Care System Pink Plus Face & Body Universal, and NuFace® Microcurrent Facial Toning Device.

Beauty magazines are raving about it.

In less than five minutes a day, this pain-free tool will sculpt the skin and reveal immediate results.  FDA cleared, NuFACE® sculpts and decreases fine lines and wrinkles while firming up slack skin.

Devoted NuFACE® users have noticed remarkable improvements such as:

  • Tighter and supple skin
  • Defined and lifted cheekbones
  • Overall skin rejuvenation
  • More prominent jaw line area
  • Brow area toned and lifted

The kit comes with a conductive gel and optimizing mist. NuFACE is describing its devices as a person’s own personal trainer for their face and the glowing results are proving this claim.

LED Light Therapy

Many clinical offices are successfully using LED Light Therapy as a form of treatment to address signs of premature aging and acne.  LightStim, an at-home handheld device provides both kinds. Like NuFACE®, LightStim is FDA cleared and gives users peace of mind.

What separates LightStim from the rest of LED light therapy its unique application of red, amber and infrared LED light.  The LightStim Professional Anti-Aging Light Treatment offers all three combinations which boost collagen and elastin – these are the goals in achieving younger looking skin.

This noninvasive, pain-free treatment is recommended for daily use.

Clinical studies have reported the following skin improvements with LightStim Professional Anti-Aging Light Treatment:

  • Firms slack areas
  • Helps treat sun overexposure to the skin
  • Hydrates
  • Lessens lines and wrinkles
  • Promotes even skin tone
  • Treats hyper pigmentation
  • Softens skin

Acne just doesn’t pop up in the teenage years.  As many adults have learned, they aren’t inoculated to pimples.  LightStim Acne Light Therapy is breaking new ground in attacking acne. Those with sensitive skin are using it, too.

The light therapy attacks the bacteria which cause acne and calms irritated skin. Within two months, users have noticed an amazing improvement in their skin.  Highlights to its long list of benefits include:

  • Calm redness and inflammation brought on by acne
  • Clinically demonstrated to destroy acne bacteria named, propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes)
  • Decreases pore size
  • Helps heal acne scars
  • Recommended by health care professionals
  • Treats blackheads

For years, people have thought that celebrities and only the wealthy were privy to skin care device treatments.  But that’s all changed.  Now, these devices are available to everyone because it’s deserved by all!

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Different Cleansers for Different Skin Types Whats Your Pick?

Posted for Skin Cleansers & Toners On April 17, 2010


Skin care markets overwhelm you with a variety of options. Skin Cleansing products are available in an extensive variety of forms, types, price ranges and so on.

Here are some different type of cleansers that work well for different skin types:

Cleansing Soaps
Though soaps may claim to clean your skin very well, it should never be used on the face. Soaps contain harsh ingredients that strip off the natural moisture from the skin. However, there are gentle soaps as well which women with oily skin can benefit from.

Foaming Cleansers
They can be quite drying… so best used by women with oily skin. Even a small amount of cleanser is enough to clean your entire face. So it’s a good investment. Try Skin Care Heaven Purifying Gentle Cleanser, a deep cleaning foaming cleanser that is filled to the brim with potent antioxidants such as Green Tea and Caffeine. The Purifying Cleanser cleanses the skin and fights off free radical damage at the same time.

Cleansing Gels
They are gentle cleansers that don’t foam all that much… and therefore have a reputation of not cleansing the skin well enough. Cleansing gels can simply be washed off with water (or even wiped off with a tissue) thus making them a good choice for women with dry skin. La Roche-Posay Biomedic LHA Cleansing Gel is great for purifying and preparing the skin. Moreover, it helps to stimulate the exfoliation process as well. This Cleanser is great for evening out the skin tone and helps to remove dead skin cells.

Cleansing Lotions
These are just like gels or foaming cleansers. With its milky texture, it is an ideal choice for women with dry skin. These cleansers contain oils that remove dirt and impurities along with all traces of make-up and sunscreen without making the skin dry.

Medicated Cleansers
These cleansers are available in all forms – gels, lotions and soaps and are especially formulated for people with acne-prone skin. They contain special active ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide that help unclog the skin pores and kill the acne causing bacteria. iS Clinical Cleansing Complex by Innovative Skincare is great for resurfacing and deep cleaning the skin. It is anti-acneic and is safe enough to be used on sensitive skin. It does not leave the skin dry and contains a rich blend of antioxidants to fight free radicals.

So, the next time you are shopping for cleansers, make sure you opt for the right one!

Marilynn Syrett
Skin Care Expert


Toners Do You Really Need To Use Them?

Posted for Skin Cleansers & Toners On October 16, 2009


Women have always been skeptical about the use of toners. While some still take time out to include it in their skin care regimen, there are others who choose to skip its use altogether. This is however a serious mistake

Toning is an integral part of a skin care regimen that follows the cleansing routine and prepares the skin for the moisturization process. Here are some of the important functions of toning.

It removes the residual impurities from the skin pores that are left behind after the cleansing routine and then closes them. After cleansing, skin pores tend to open up and enlarge in size. As a result, moisture evaporates easily and makes the skin dry and dehydrated. Toners in turn close the opened skin pores and prevent the skin from becoming overly dry.

Because toners close the skin pores, dirt and debris from the environment do not settle within them and this helps to prevent skin damage. Moreover, good toners also include antiseptic properties and provide moisture and nutrients to the skin, thus preparing the skin for subsequent moisturization.

There are certain skin care products in the market that claim to have cleansing-toning-moisturizing properties all in one. However, it’s nothing more than a marketing gimmick. This is because cleansers are supposed to open the skin pores to remove the debris while toners are supposed to close the open pores. Then how can a single product perform both the functions simultaneously?

Follow an intelligent skin care routine consisting of all the 3 steps – Cleansing, Toning and Moisturizing! Also, don\’t forget to exfoliate twice a week.

Women with dry skin should avoid using astringents and alcohol based toners. They should rather stick to mild toners that contain soothing ingredients like witch hazel. Obagi Nu Derm Toner is a great product made up of a unique combination of natural ingredients and herbs that tones the skin and restores its normal pH balance. It contains a natural astringent called \’alum\’ that adjusts the skin\’s pH levels.


How Do You Remove Make-Up From Your Face?

Posted for Skin Cleansers & Toners On July 18, 2009


Removing make-up before you hit the sack at night is one of the most important skin care steps. In fact, no information about skin care is complete if it doesn\’t stress the importance of removing make-up and keeping the skin clean. After all, it is important let your skin breathe and regenerate at night as you sleep.

Well, let’s face it, removing make-up is not that tough a job. But still, thereare an alarming percentage of women who skip this nightly routine. After a hard day’s work, it’s no surprise that women go to or fall asleep without remembering to take off their make-up. But then this habit can be extremely damaging.

Leaving make-up on your skin during the night tends to clog your skin pores and give rise to breakouts and acne blemishes. In fact, when cosmetic particles get trapped within the skin pores, they make the pores appear larger and this paves the way for the development of ugly pimples.

Here is a step by step procedure to remove make-up from your skin effectively!

Start by removing your Eye Makeup
A regular cleanser or make-up remover may not be able to remove eye make-up effectively because mascara and eye shadows generally contain very stubborn cosmetic particles. Therefore, use a special eye make-up remover to wipe of all the make-up from the eyes and around. Take care not to stretch the delicate skin of the eye contours.

Cleanse your face with a Cleanser
Wet your face and apply a cleanser to wash your entire face and neck areas. Make sure you the areas where you had make-up on like the mouth andcheeks, etc. Rinse well! Make sure you remove all traces of cosmetics as well as the cleanser.

Tone your skin
Use a good toner or astringent to wipe your face. Toners remove all the leftover particles of make-up and cosmetics that the cleanser would have missed. Moreover, they also normalize the pH balance of the skin and reduce the pore size.

There you go! Follow these steps diligently as you remove your make-up at night every day. And remember, your skin is only as healthy as you keep it!


Do I Need To Use Toners?

Posted for Skin Cleansers & Toners On June 26, 2009


No matter how much is discussed about the topic of toners, this is one question that women seem to continually ask..

Probably that\’s because they are two major schools of thought – one that advocates the use of toners and the other that simply dissuades it as an unnecessary step in the skin care regimen.

Well.. we believe that the answer to the question is different for different types of skin conditions. In fact, it depends on your skin type, your choice of toners and the way your skin responds to it. As per skin care guidelines, toners are extremely important for women who have oily and acne prone skin. Toners provide an extra cleansing effect and gets rid ofstubborn make-up particles and residues that are left behind by the cleansers.

Here are some basic functions of toners:

Cleans Residual Impurities

Even after you wash your face with a cleanser, often there are impurities still left behind. They may be stubborn particles of make-up or just particles of the cleanser itself. Toners flush out all the impurities from the skin pores intensively and leave the skin squeaky clean!

Shrinks the Skin Pores

Toners also make your skin pores appear less significant. Thus, it is a great product for women who face the problem of enlarged skin pores. And because toners shrink down the skin pores, they help to prevent external impurities from entering the skin surface.

Adjusts pH Balance

The most important function of a toner is that it adjusts the pH balance of the skin. The pH balance of the skin gets disrupted by a number of factors, including using too many skin care products. Toners normalize the pH levels of the skin and prepare it for further moisturization.

So ladies.. The choice is yours! If your skin says that it needs toners.. Go ahead and complete your skin care regimen!


Toners Why Do I Need It Anyways?

Posted for Skin Cleansers & Toners On December 24, 2008


This is one question that gets thrown at me quite often.

Women know they need to use cleansers and they know they need anti-aging products and moisturizers but somehow they are skeptical about the importance of toners. Toners are often confused with cleansers and most people think they are just replaceable.

Toners are the last step to ensure that all makeup and residue have been removed. However, there is more to them than just that. Let me explain some benefits of toners.

Toners Restores the pH Balance of the Skin
After using a cleansers on your face, the pH balance of the skin is changed. Toners help to re-establish and normalize the pH balance of the skin. By doing so you allow any other product that you use after to work better.

Obagi Nu-Derm Toner
It is a unique combination of natural ingredients and herbs that tones your skin and restores the normal pH balance by using a natural astringent called ‘alum’.

Obagi Nu-Derm Exfoderm
It’s a great exfoliating lotion that comprises of Phytic acid and helps make the skin smooth and supple.

Obagi Nu Derm Exoderm Forte
A fabulous exfoliating lotion that has alpha-hydroxy acids in it that smoothes damaged skin and tones it.


Who Needs Skin Toners?

Posted for Skin Cleansers & Toners On October 21, 2008


I just checked out my mail box. And there were many of you who wrote to me rechecking if they really needed a toner. Apparently some of you have not had a good experience with toners!

So, here let me tell you… Who needs skin toners?

The answer is – Everyone! Yeah everyone!

Toners essentially clear of all residual elements that escape the cleanser and make the skin neat and dirt free.

There are available toners that cater to all skin types. However, you should be careful about what you decide to purchase…

Let me tell you who needs what…

Oily Skin Type
Women with oily skin are the ones who need it the most. Get a toner or astringent that is high in alcohol content. It works very well with oily and acne prone skin. Toners that contain salicylic acid not only get rid of the cleanser residues but also exfoliate the skin pores from within and thus reduce the chances of acne attack. Also, look for toners that have witch hazel.

Normal and Dry Skin Type
You guys have it made. Go for a moisturizing toner that contains humectants and botanicals that nourish sensitive skin.

Some women believe in completely abstaining from alcoholic toners. That need not be so! There are certain cosmetic alcohols like cetyl that doesn’t have any drying effect on the skin! However, regular use of toners with salicylic or glycolic acid can be bad.

What you can do is rotate them alternatively. For instance, use a mild cleanser one day and the stronger one the next! Try toners that contain chamomile

The moral of the story is that for any skin care product to be effective and work well, you need to know which ones to pick and how to use it correctly!


Toners- Do You Know Them?

Posted for Skin Cleansers & Toners On September 22, 2008


So we know how important is it to have squeaky clean skin yeah?

Cleansing usually removes all dirt particles, excess oils and make up residues from the skin. But how do you make sure that there is nothing left behind and your skin is completely clean?

Here comes the toner! Yeah… the oft forgotten and oft overlooked part of skin care regimens. I’ve seen women jump directly from cleansers to moisturizers… which is not quite the right way.

Let me tell you what toners can do for you…

Removes Residues

Thick creamy cleansers generally leave back a filmy residue on the skin. People with dry skin can live with it but those with oily or combination skin will have problems… severe ones. It could result in further oiliness and give rise to blemishes and inflammations.

Toners cut through this film and relieve the skin off any residue that is left behind by the cleanser!

Balances pH

Cleansers tend to change the pH balance of the skin, restoring which is very important. Toners come in handy here. They restore the normal pH balance of the skin and help prevent dryness or irritation.

Clarifies Skin Pores

There is a common misconception that says toners shrink the skin pores which is completely untrue. Stretched pores can never be shrunken down. However, toners can help you minimize the appearance of large pores.
How… u ask?

Toners that contain cosmetic alcohol like SD or isopropyl alcohol cause the opening of the pores to swell a bit… just so much as to make the actual pore less noticeable. But yeah… the effects are temporary!! ;-)

So there you have it! Move over to a 3 step skin care regimen and make use of the ‘jack-of-all-trades’ to get yourself better skin!

Watch this space as I get you more information on toners next time