As I have mentioned before, I have a little bit of an adult acne situation. Even worse (and if you’re my mom, or squeamish, don’t read this part), I tend to pick at my acne, inciting red marks, scars and flaky skin. So when I had the opportunity to try the Personal Microderm kit, well, duh. The Personal Microderm, despite its generic name, allows you to give yourself a microdermabrasion treatment at home, which sloughs off the dead top layer of skin to reveal the soft, dewy stuff underneath. The easy-to-use tool comes with a variety of detachable heads so you can use on your face or your body with ease. After one use, I was hooked; my skin felt softer and my face seemed to actually glow. The biggest problem with the Personal Microderm? You’re going to want to use it five times a day (and you really, really shouldn’t). [$169.99, Dermstore] Keep reading »
As if the return of cargo pants couldn’t be more offensive, we now have this to deal with: Acne’s “Highway” boot, which comes adorned with hobo-like patch pockets. To be fair, we’re huge fans of the edgy Swedish label but can’t quite understand a) why you’d need eight pockets on your feet, and b) why they’re called “highway” boots? [Creatures of Comfort] Keep reading »
I’ve never had acne that’s been bad enough to earn me the nickname “Pizza Face” or to produce yearbook photos that needed to be burned. But I have had persistent breakouts since I was a teenager, and have gone through the ringer of treatments from the prescribed (creams, cleansers, oral antibiotics) to the popular (microdermabrasion, galvanic facials, weird “As Seen on TV” heat-treating gadgets). The only thing that’s ever worked for me is Accutane, the hard-core prescription drug which is no pretty process and will give you a deformed baby if you happen to get pregnant on it. Yet, even after a few courses of Accutane, I’ve found (as is common with the drug), that its effects wear off after about a year … Keep reading »
Being a teen is hard — but being a teen with really bad acne is positively suicidal, at least according to a new Norwegian study. Teens with bad skin are two times as likely to have suicidal thoughts, say researchers from the University of Oslo. The study examined the psychological habits of Norwegian teens. Fourteen percent of teens reported having “a lot” of acne, and of those, 25 percent said they had suicidal thoughts, compared to 11 percent of the overall teen population. Bad acne was also linked to a lower attachment to friends, and teens with acne tended to have fewer boyfriends and girlfriends, and do worse in school.
But — before you pull out the hanky in despair — it might actually be teens’ acne meds that are making them suicidal. A drug found in several anti-acne medication, Isotretinoin, has been linked to depression, suicide, and suicidal thoughts. So, basically, you’re damned if you have bad acne, and you’re damned if you try to do something about it. [CNN] Keep reading »
As if bikini waxes weren’t inherently embarrassing enough, some of us (read “me”) may or may not have ingrown hair situations that make the whole thing all the more uncomfortable. Perhaps in an effort to put me out of my awkward misery, one of the lovely wax ladies at The Skin Spa suggested Peter Thomas Roth complexion pads to solve the problem. Skeptical though I was of using an acne product so near my lady parts, desperation is a great motivator and I gave it a shot. Awesome. The pads work as well on ingrowns as they do on acne and far better than, for example, Bliss’ ingrown hair pads, my former favorites. [$36, Peter Thomas Roth, Sephora] Keep reading »
As if you really needed another reason to kick that terrible smoking habit — that is, if you do smoke — here’s news that just might put you off those cancer sticks. Recent studies found that those who have the nasty habit are also more likely to have another nasty issue: acne. So that means in addition to stinky clothes, yellow fingers, and smoking breath, smokers can now add pimples and poor complexions to their list of issues, all thanks to the cigarettes they’re inhaling. We’d suggest heading out to the drugstore for Nicorette gum ASAP and relishing in your new, clear face once you’ve kicked the habit. Your lungs — and pores — will thank you. [BellaSugar] Keep reading »