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Lady Gaga Thanks The Photographers Who Told Her She Was Pretty

“Thank you to all of the photographers that, very early on in my career, thought that I was beautiful. Because there were many who didn’t understand my face. And didn’t understand my style. Or what I was trying to say. But there were, just a few of you, who loved it so much.”

Lady Gaga, thanking the photographers who embraced her unique look at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards. Aw. [ONTD] Keep reading »

Ask An Esthetician: I’m So Over My Acne! Plus, What Is Up With Bacne, Really?

Skin: Our largest organ, and also probably our biggest pain in the butt. Managing its temperamental, over-sensitive ways is pretty much a full-time gig, especially if your skin is a delicate Sensitive Sally like mine. Thankfully, we’ve got our new BFF, esthetician Jenna Kulp, to help us solve our skin woes. Jenna’s here to answer all of your troubling skin problems — to offer suggestions and solutions to your skincare needs.

I’ve had clients that can’t figure out that taking a shower and changing their shirt and sports bra are necessary after a workout.

Q: I am 27 years old and have been battling acne since I was 10. I’ve been on every medication under the sun, and have been on Accutane twice. I’ve tried nearly every facewash and skin care regimen that promises to banish acne, with disappointing results. Needless to say, I am over it. I’m sick of having acne and waking up to a new blemish every morning. It’s ridiculous. I was wondering if Jenna has any advice for somebody like me? (Also, my father’s side of the family has a history of acne).

A: You are not the only one dear, but don’t get discouraged! Acne is hereditary so you may have to deal with it for the rest of your life so take it in stride. Sometimes less can be more and you might be over-drying or overdoing it with the skin care. If you’ve ever asked someone with perfect skin how they achieved it, they’ll almost never respond with some extensive skin care regimen. Usually it’s “oh, nothing really, I don’t use much on my skin.” For example, one of the girls here in the office rarely ever washes her face and sometimes just cleans it with random shampoo at the gym and she has blemish-free, perfect skin.

Your skin may just be out of whack from everything you’ve tried. I would suggest going back to square one and getting back to your natural roots. Getting off the products, drugs, heavy makeup or whatever for a couple weeks can really help you understand more about your skin. Figure out your natural skin type and take it from there; your skin may be dry and overproducing oil, or needing some serious inflammatory help. In the meantime, you can use a mild cleanser (like Eminence’s Lemon or Coconut Cleansers) and moisturizer (like their Guava and Bamboo Moisturizer) to make sure you are still doing a little something to battle the elements.

My advice: Stop the laundry list of skin care products for at least two weeks and really commit to the au natural route which will be your best bet. Afterwards, and like everyone, you’ll experience a breakout here and there but you can get your acne under control. When you do figure out what’s really going on and your skin type, commit to a basic regimen and stick it out for a least another few weeks to test if it works. Remember, with acne it will ALWAYS get worse before it gets better so give it time.

Q: What’s your advice for treating and/or preventing breakouts on the chest and back?

Let’s start with the basics with acne. (I’m keeping this short and sweet.) There is no definite answer to the question of “what causes acne,” but there are a variety of things that can be happening with your skin. Usually when a breakout happens it’s technically caused by the overproduction of sebum which gets trapped by dead skin cells in the pore. When bacteria gets inside of the blocked pore, it swells up and results in redness and pus. A big part of acne also has to do with fluctuating hormones, stress, genetics, how you take care of your body (as well as your skin), and a little part is hygiene. Most of us deal with acne on our face, but there is a good amount of people that experience it on the chest and back. Here are my tips for taking care of bacne:

  1. Keep it clean!
    I’ve had clients that can’t figure out that taking a shower and changing their shirt and sports bra are necessary after a workout.

    I shouldn’t have to explain that one, but you’d be surprised. Also, change your pillowcase and sheets at least 2-3 times a week so you’re not sleeping in a breeding ground for bacteria.

  2. Keep yourself hydrated. You’ll hear this a million times but drink PLENTY of water and lightly moisturize so your body isn’t overcompensating for the loss of water/oil.
  3. An old remedy to try is a little bit of apple cider vinegar mixed with a little bit of tea tree oil and applied after you get out of the shower before bed time.
  4. This is where I feel a glycolic can be needed. Glytone’s Exfoliating Body Wash is great for clearing up body acne. It’s exfoliating and revitalizing with 8.8 percent glycolic acid in it. If you feel like you’re too dry after the body wash, follow up with Glytone’s Body Lotion to round it out. Not only are these two products effective but they’re raved about by DermStore customers.

If you want to explore more options with back acne products I would also recommend Glytone’s Back Acne Spray, which has 2 percent salicylic acid and a 360 degree spray pump so you can spray it upside-down, and Avene’s Diacneal Soap-Free Gel Cleanser for sensitive or dry skin types.

The Good, The Bad & The WTF A Glamour’s Women Of The Year Awards

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On Tuesday night, British Glamour celebrated its Women of the Year Awards, honoring outstanding women who have changed the world. And of course, the evening’s attendees came decked in some rather, um, eclectic visions. Check out the best — and the rest, including a hat we’re pretty sure is made of duct tape and bubble wrap — after the jump.

All About Daphne Guinness

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You might think that oppulent, over-the-top fashions begin and end with Lady Gaga, but then you (probably) haven’t met Daphne Guinness. The British socialite and artist is regularly on both sides of the best and worst dressed lists by perfecting the art of looking totally batcrackers in photos. Look at the great FACE she’s giving! Check more Guinness out after the jump.

Who Came Out On Top At Fashion’s CFDA Awards?

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The Council of Fashion Designers of America had its annual awards show last night, and all the fashion birds flocked together in their finest feathers. There were so many gorgeous dresses that we couldn’t pick favorites. That’s why we’re calling on you to make the choice for us. We’ve grouped dresses together based on similar styles or colors. Tell us which of each bunch is your fave!

Real Women Are More Interesting Than Teenagers, Says Vogue Editor

“When they changed from the supermodel to the skinny girl, I remember Eva Herzigova was not working, and Cindy Crawford, all these girls they were working less and less. And I remember at an Hermès show a few seasons ago, they put on the runway with these young teenager girls Naomi [Campbell] and Stephanie Seymour, and they look almost big if you compare them [with the other models]. But they were looking so beautiful because they look like women. We are used to seeing teenagers — 14, 15, 17, 18 years old — they are not able to use their bodies and their bodies are still not shaped. I don’t know why it became a prototype of a beauty, like Twiggy in the sixties or Veruschka. But you realize the women with the bodies are much more interesting than teenagers.”

Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani, on why she was thrilled to put three models with voluptuous bodies on the cover of this month’s Vogue. [NYMag.com] Keep reading »

Have You Ever Fought With Friends Over Clothes?

I was at a flea market this weekend with a friend, relishing in my new discovery that yes, despite the fact that I am only five-feet tall, I can actually wear three-quarter-length skirts as long as I wear heels, when I happened upon the perfect new skirt. The only trouble? My friend Sarah thought it was the perfect new skirt, too — for her. At first, her praise of the brightly-colored button-down vintage skirt (priced at a reasonable $20) was neutral. Until she tried the skirt on, too, and realized it fit her (at a good eight inches taller than me) just as well as me. “Wellllll, you know, that skirt is exactly what I’ve been looking for…” she said, her voice trailing off. Keep reading »

Not All Cats Hate Water

These swimsuits from Australian fashion house We Are Handsome prove that not all cats shirk away from taking a dip in the pool. [We Are Handsome] Keep reading »

Forever 21 Wants To Shut Down Blogger … For Making Fun Of Forever 21

It’s often the biggest companies that have the tightest reign on their public perception — and inexpensive clothing company Forever 21 is no exception. Despite their public image of being young and fun (and, oh, totally Christian), the company is really, really up in arms over WTForever21, a funny blog that chronicles the hits and misses that come out of what blogger Rachel Kane calls the “shame factory.” Forever 21 sent Kane a cease and desist letter in April, claiming that she was violating copyright and trademark laws, even though Kane clearly states on the homepage, “Just FYI, The term ‘Forever 21′ is a trademark of Forever 21, Inc. This site is not affiliated with Forever 21, Inc.” Keep reading »

Kid Shoes We Want: Converse Burger Shoes

Dear Kid Who Rocks These Burger Shoes: You obviously have a really awesome mom. You’re wearing hamburgers on your feet! Give her a hug today, okay? [$37, Vans] Keep reading »

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