5 Ways to Keep Acne Away

Is there a secret to avoiding acne? No and, well, yes.

As the Doctors say, there is no cure for acne. Genetics and hormones decide who gets it, and when. Teens and adults both deal with hormones that stimulate oil production, which is a part of the acne cycle. And if your genetics made you prone to acne — with a propensity for clogged pores, excess oil, dead skin cells that don’t slough off — then you may be in the 85% of teens and young adults or up to 40% of adults who experience acne.

But you can manage acne and even prevent blemishes from forming. A skincare regimen that targets the acne cycle with over-the counter and cosmetic ingredients used consistently is your best defense.

There are other tips and tricks you can practice to keep your skin blemish-free, or as close to it as possible. Here are a few of our favorites.

1. Clean your Makeup Brush!

Whether they are made from synthetic or the finest natural bristles, makeup brushes are a magnet for dead skin cells, oil, dirt and bacteria, which can all contribute to blemishes. If you have acne-prone skin, you should clean your brushes after every single use. Wash them with a cleanser or mild soap and rinse until the water is clear. Squeeze out excess water then dry them flat on a paper towel. Cleaner tools = clearer skin.

2. Put Down the Tweezers

Plucking a facial hair can hurt — that’s because it’s traumatizing the hair follicle it’s being plucked from! Always store your tweezers in a sanitary place (i.e. not the bottom of an old makeup bag) and sanitize them before use with germ-killing rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. You don’t want the kind of trouble that’s lurking on the tips of your tweezers to get into your pores.

3. Change your Pillowcases

Ever notice you are breaking out more on one side of your face than on the other? And then consider which side you sleep on. Your pillowcase may be trying to tell you something. A buildup of dirt and oil can contribute to clogged pores when your face is lying in it for eight hours. Or perhaps your laundry detergent is irritating your skin. Try a more lightly scented or unscented (or fragrance-free, they are different!) detergent and change pillowcases often, you’ll sleep better knowing they are not making your acne worse.

4. Beware of Your Cell Phone

Your phone can pick up lots of dirt and bacteria (from your hands, your bag, the kitchen counter) which can then get transferred to your face when you’re chatting. It’s known at “tech-ne” or acne brought on by a tech device. The good news is tech-ne has an easy fix. Clean your phone often with antibacterial wipes or rubbing alcohol and hold it away from the side of your face — or wear headphones.

5. Hands Off!

If your skin is pimple-prone, keep your hands as clean as possible and avoid touching your face! The flow of bacteria, viruses and allergens from your fingertips onto your face can prompt a breakout. Wash your hands often with warm water and soap. And remember, the care and handling of your acne-prone skin should not actually involve your hands, unless you’re washing your face or applying skincare.

Lash Boost or Extensions?

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In the not-too-distant past, there were really only two ways to make your eyelashes appear thicker, longer and darker, and both were temporary: mascara or false lashes. These days, there are more modern, longer-lasting options, including lash extensions and our lash conditioning serum, Lash Boost.

If you’re considering an upgrade to one of these newer choices, we recommend that you make your decision based on the results you’re hoping for and the time commitment that makes the most sense for you.

Lash Extensions

Lash extensions are individual fibers (either natural or synthetic) that are attached to your natural lashes at a salon.

Lash Extensions may be right for you if:

  • You want instant gratification. You immediately see a dramatic difference with extensions making them a great option for a special event that’s coming up soon.
  • Expense isn’t an issue. An initial set of lash extensions can cost hundreds of dollars.  Plus, there’s the additional cost for maintenance appointments every 2-3 weeks.
  • You have time for upkeep. Salon application can take up to an hour, and requires you to return regularly to maintain your lash extensions.
  • You don’t mind a lengthier routine. You must be gentle with your lash extensions lest they — or your natural lashes underneath — fall out. This might slow down your makeup and cleansing routines, but is necessary to keep your lash extensions in prime condition.
  • You prefer an edgier look. Depending on the style, lash extensions can look overtly faux. If you intend your look to be dramatic, you can match the length and fullness of your extensions to match.

Rodan + Fields Lash Boost

Rodan + Fields Lash Boost is a conditioning serum. Applied to your natural lash line each night, it will make your lashes appear fuller, longer and darker over time.

 Lash Boost may be right for you if:

  • You prefer a natural look. The lashes you see are your real lashes, ensuring they won’t look fake.
  • You prefer to minimize maintenance. Applying Lash Boost is quick and requires no salon appointment. Once you achieve results, you can apply Lash Boost less frequently.
  • You’re consistent. You have to apply the product regularly, as directed, so consistency is key.
  • You want to condition additional areas. You can also use Lash Boost on your brows to improve their appearance over time.
  • You’re willing to invest time in real results. It takes 4-8 weeks to see visible results.

Whichever route you take today, keep in mind that the appearance of longer, fuller lashes that are 100% real and 100% yours is an investment many feel is definitely worth making.

Keeping Your Skin Happy This Winter

18_DermRF_hero_winterneeds_v2Freezing temps and blustering winds are doing a number on my skin! Here are some dos and don’ts for keeping your skin healthy and hydrated this winter.

  1. DO hydrate. When skin is at its driest, a daily and nightly hydration boost is exactly what it needs — and serums pack the biggest punch, in some cases raising hydration levels by 200% after just one use. Layer one under your moisturizer morning and night to comfort dry skin.
  2. DON’T skip sunscreen. Even if you don’t see the sun, its harmful rays can find you 365 days a year. Help prevent premature signs of aging by applying sunscreen every day.
  3. DON’T use hot water. Whether you’re showering or washing your face, using water that’s too hot can dry out your skin. For best results, use lukewarm water and moisturize when skin is still damp to help lock-in extra moisture.
  4. DO exfoliate regularly. Dead skin cells make it harder for moisturizers and other products to reach the uppermost layer of your skin and do the job they’re supposed to do. Once a week, use an exfoliator to reap the benefits of your products and enjoy softer-feeling skin.
  5. DON’T hit the tanning bed. When you’re feeling pale and pasty, it can be tempting to make a stop at the tanning salon, but doing so is harmful to your skin. If you’re in desperate need of a skin-kissed glow, use a self-tanner
  6. DO care for your eyes. The delicate skin around your eyes is easily affected by harsh winter weather. It’s thinner than skin on other areas of your body and isn’t able to retain moisture as well. Keep your eyes looking their best by locking in moisture and adding hydration with a product made specifically for the eye area morning and night. And don’t forget about your lashes: Condition them nightly to keep their appearance looking long and lush.
  7. DO hydrate from the inside out. You might not feel as thirsty as you do during summer, but drinking water and eating hydrating fruits and vegetables is just as important in the winter.
  8. DON’T neglect your hands. There’s nothing enjoyable about having dry, rough hands — and they can make you look older than you are. Keep them happy by applying a rich cream or balm at least two or three times daily.
  9. DO change up your routine. A few tweaks to your usual skincare regimen can make a big difference. In winter, your skin might feel better if you switch to a gentler, creamier facial cleanser. If you’re going skiing, apply an additional layer of serum before you hit the slopes to help reduce the likelihood of dry, irritated skin instead of your usual one.
  10. DON’T wait until it’s too late. Why not try a proactive approach when winter is coming? Step up your hydration game before seasons change, and winter weather won’t feel so bad after all.

What’s your favorite winter skin tip?