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Clarisonic Review: Clarisonic Skincare Brush

Clarisonic Exclusive Mia ARCONA Set
I had to post this Clarisonic review as soon as possible since I have had the most amazing results from it. After being advised by a salesman in Nordstrom, I recently purchased the Clarisonic Skincare Brush Set for both my son and daughter to use for their acne. I bought the smallest one, the Mia, since it was both the cheapest and it seemed to be all that was needed.

The Clarisonic Mia is the smallest of the different Clarisonic skincare brushes. It was originally meant for travel, but I see no reason why it can’t be used for every day. This is especially true since we already have plenty of junk by the sink. Who needs more clunky items to crowd up the space? Anyway, the one speed that the Mia offers is plenty, unless you have tough skin. Most people with acne, however, have quite sensitive skin.

The beauty of this device is that it gently cleans out the pores far more effectively than washing by hand. It is also much more gently than any wash cloth or scrub. My daughter has extremely sensitive skin and is not having any problem with added irritation. In fact, it is reducing her little blackheads and whiteheads significantly. For my son, the benefits are going to take longer. However, after only a few uses I can see that the blackheads are going away along with some of the flakiness from overusing his acne medicines.

According to an article on About.com,

The Clarisonic Skincare Brush Set is one of those rare products that is beloved by most everyone who tries it. Basically a tool for cleansing the face, you use the Clarisonic with your favorite cleanser to deep clean your pores. A great exfoliator, but with a hefty pricetag (up to $200).
I bought mine for only $149, but I could just kick myself.  Now I see it online at Skinstore.com for the same price, but with a 20% discount.  They have the more expensive versions also, with multiple speeds.  They also do a regular 10% off and free shipping for orders over $49.  Oh well, I’ll know better next time.
Just a couple tips on using the Clarisonic:
  • Put your cleanser directly on the brush
  • Don’t press hard on your skin – let the brush do the work
  • You really only need about a minute to clean your skin. More time might cause some irritation
  • Try it with your own cleanser first before trying the one that comes with it

Give it a try.  I hope you get as good results as we did.  Worst case scenario is that you return it. The Clarisonic has a 60 day guarantee.

Best of luck!

Sharyn

P.S. Definitely go to Skinstore.com and get the discount to save up to $30 on it.

P.P.S. My rationalization for buying the Clarisonic is that it is a LOT cheaper than going for a facial, or even a few more trips to the dermatologist!

Clarisonic Exclusive Mia ARCONA Set Clarisonic Exclusive Mia ARCONA Set

This set contains all the great benefits of the Clarisonic Classic in a new, smaller size with two bonus products from ARCONA. This perfect compact cleansing system for use at home or on the go. Mia is the new, go-anywhere Sonic Skin Cleansing System in a great compact size. The one-button, one-speed Mia fits your active lifestyle for beautiful, glowing skin wherever life’s adventures take you.Your Clarisonic Exclusive Mia ARCONA System Includes:ARCONA Magic White Ice, 0.5ozA daily hydrating gel that moisturizes deep within the dermis without clogging pores, to protect against environmental damage and leave skin fresh and dewy.ARCONA Booster Defense Serum, 0.5ozThis antioxidant cocktail leaves skin firmer, stronger, and protected from damaging environmental stressors. Eliminates environmental impurities that contribute to aging with super-oxide dismutase.







Do Certain Foods Cause Acne?

It seems that people still cling to the belief that their acne is directly related to what they eat.  If you are a chocoholic like me, people might even blame you for causing your own acne by eating chocolate.  When I was growing up, people in general believed that greasy food caused acne.  As if, in some way, the grease in the food transferred to your skin!.

Certain foods have been linked to an increase in acne severity. Other foods that have long been blamed for causing acne have been let off the hook (chocoholics will be especially grateful!)

Angela Palmer, one of the few acne ‘experts on the market who actually know what they are talking about, recently wrote an article on this topic.  In her article, Food and Acne, she talks about three foods in particular that are long believed to cause acne.

Chocolate, as I always suspected, is not a cause of acne.  Instead, it has been shown to have anti-oxidant, healthy effects.  Of course, if you are eating chocolate in place of healthy foods you might have a problem.  Lack of a healthy diet can contribute to your acne.

Greasy, fried food is also a myth when it comes to causes of acne.  On the other hand again, it’s not healthy in any way, shape, or form.  Stay away from it.

Milk can contribute to acne if you have an allergy or sensitivity to it.  This may be the case with other foods you have an allergy to.  If it doesn’t agree with the rest of your body, then it’s probably not going to help your acne either.  Just make sure you are getting enough calcium and vitamin D if you’re not drinking milk.

So, what is the moral of this story?  Eat a healthy, balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegatables.  Stay away from foods you are sensitive or allergic to.  And, don’t believe everything your mother told you.  (Sorry, mom!)

– Sharyn

Teen Girls Acne

The following is an article by a guest author from Acne Home.

Acne breakouts in the teen years can be a very depressing situation. As teenagers, about 85% of girls have to fight acne. Some of them get rid of it, but most have to face it for many years or even their whole life. Studies show that acne in teen girls is not as severe as in teen boys, but it can be more depressing and frustrating for girls.

Teen acne can cause psychological problems, such as an inferiority complex. Why are girls more depressed with this situation then their male counterparts? It’s because girls are more conscious about their looks than males. That’s why girls often avoid social contact when they have acne, which brings even more depression.

Causes of Teen Girls’ Acne:

There are many different causes of teen girls’ acne. The most common cause of any teen acne is hormones. Girls produce two fundamental hormones, i.e. estrogen and progesterone. The body produces these hormones normally, but their levels sometimes go higher than normal, which leads to an overstimulation of the sebaceous glands. Excessive sebum is produced due to these stimulated sebaceous glands.  The excess sebum combined with dead skin cells clog hair follicles which restrict efficient discharge of sebum.

Some other causes:

There are some other causes of teen acne as well, such as:

●       Lack of sufficient nutrients

●       Weak immune system

●       Drug reactions

●       Make up

Certain vitamins and minerals are very important to maintain hormones. For example, zinc helps to control the menstrual cycle and to maintain it.  It is important to take zinc in an appropriate amount. Some drugs may contribute to acne also.  If you notice breakouts after any medication, stop taking it and consult your doctor immediately.

Causes of hormonal imbalance in girls:

Teen girls often experience severe break outs before and after their menstrual cycle. This is due to increased hormone activity, especially before the menstrual cycle.  As you know, excess production of these hormones stimulates the sebaceous glands.  Therefore, these monthly periods cause the highest imbalance in hormonal levels.

Natural herbs and teenage girls’ acne:

There are many treatments available to treat girls’ acne depending on their skin type and severity. However, synthetic medications can have side effects and most of the girls are aware of it. For this reason, many girls prefer herbal products to treat acne. Herbal products are safe as well as very effective for all kinds of acne. There are many herbal products available to treat acne, including herbal lotions containing nutritional ingredients like vitamins and minerals.

Conclusion:

Acne is the most common skin disorder in teen years for both boys and girls. Boys are more susceptible compared to girls, but girls often suffer more depression as a result of it. The main causes of teen acne in girls are imbalanced hormones, weak immune system, and lack of a balanced diet. In addition, regular or irregular menstrual cycles and puberty cause overproduction of hormones which stimulate the sebaceous glands. Finally, zinc is an important dietary substance which helps maintain the menstrual cycle and balance hormone production.

About the author:

Helen has been an expert in skin health writing specifically on the subject of acne. Her work has been published on various websites and magazines and provides insightful advice for skin disease, home remedies for acne sufferers. For more articles on acne and its causes please visit http://www.acnehome.com/

NOTE: The views and opinions in this article are those of our guest author from Acne Home, Helen, and do not necessarily represent those of Makeup for Acne.

Vitamins for Acne: Cure or Scam?

Fish oil for acne

There are numerous testimonials by people that claim vitamins for acne were the ultimate and final cure for their acne.  Do not believe a word of it.  I don’t know where these testimonials originate, but there is no evidence that vitamins can cure acne.  However, certain vitamins can help your body fight off acne as well as other conditions. It is all part of your general health and taking care of your body.

Some of the vitamins and minerals that can strengthen your body’s defences and help alleviate your acne include:

  • Vitamin B complex
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin C
  • Chromium
  • Zinc

Different B vitamins taken together can help alleviate stress, which weakens the immune system and can be a contributing factor in acne for some people. Vitamin A strengthens protective tissue and reduces sebum production, especially as a topical treatment in the form of retinol or isotretinoin.  Both Vitamins E and C are antioxidants that help fight free radicals and strengthen your immune system.  Chromium, in the form of chromium picolinate, can help reduce infections.  Finally, zinc aids in the healing of tissue and can help inflammatory acne, although it can upset the stomach.

Rather than taking a multivitamin, it is always ideal to consume your vitamins in the form of real food.  These include fresh fruits and vegetables in a wide range of colors – yellow, orange, green, and red.  You can go by the guideline that the more variety of natural color in a fruit and vegetable the greater range of vitamins you’re getting.  Lean meats and whole grains provide other vitamins and minerals, while healthy oils (like avocado and olive oil) legumes and nuts provide even more.  A balanced diet along with regular exercise will provide everything you need to keep you healthy and help you fight off acne.

In reality, most people are unable to take in enough vitamins and minerals through diet alone.  In this case, a good multivitamin is essential.  There are some multivitamins on the market that claim to be especially beneficial for acne.  Those are a good option, but just remember that they won’t cure you overnight, even though some of them swear they will.  Your best cure is to combine your topical acne treatment with a healthy diet, plenty of water, and exercise.

– Sharyn

P.S. Some people have foods they are sensitive or allergic to that can trigger acne breakouts.  Be aware of what you are sensitive to so you can avoid them.  However, there is no food that specifically causes acne.  After all, does everyone who eats pizza or chocolate have acne?

The following is a product sold at Amazon that combines vitamins with a topical cream.  It got a 4 start rating by users, although I haven’t tried it myself.

Treatment for Mature Skin With Acne

Oil of Olay Total Effects Skin Smoothing Serum

This product has been a recent life-saver for me.  As I have gotten older, I have noticed more skin discoloration and uneven tone.  I tried quite a few products and then my daughter told me to try the Oil of Olay Total Effects line.  I figured I might as well save a little money and head to the drug store instead of the department store, though you can get this for less money on Amazon.  Sure enough, this product has made my skin smoother and more even toned.  I definitely recommend it for mature skin with acne.  Even my husband commented that my skin was looking great – and he doesn’t normally notice these sorts of things!

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