Louisa’s Acne Treatment and Blemish Breakout Protocol

Everyone wants to know the best acne treatment and how to clear up acne! But, there is no one acne remedy. However, the following step-by-step process includes acne treatment tips that will address some of the following questions pertaining to teen and hormonal adult acne.

1. Cleanse skin with a paraben free salcylic acid wash such as Beyond Clean Cleanser . Whether you’re an adult or teen with acne,  Beyond Clean Cleanser can not only help to gently exfoliate skin,  it helps to unclog pores, refines pores and removes makeup – even eye make-up such as mascara.Acne Treatment: How to get rid of acne fast! 1

2. Be sure to remove make-up before bed and exfoliate skin two times a week. Exfoliating is very important because it helps to unclog pores, reduce pore size, fade spots, acne scars and reduce fine lines. You can exfoliate with either: baking soda, or our very popular professional strength, paraben-free Exfoliating Enzyme Powder. Acne Treatment: How to get rid of acne fast! 2

3. Every morning and evening, after cleansing skin, apply an alcohol-free toner that helps balance the pH of oily skin such as paraben-free Soothing Toner. Acne Treatment: How to get rid of acne fast! 3In fact, Soothing Toner balances the pH of all skin types whether oily, normal or dry. There is no other toner that offers the many antioxidant properties found in our professional quality Soothing Toner. When skin is pH balanced, you can prevent breakouts. And it’s only $17.95.

4. IN THE MORNING: After cleansing and toning skin, apply a non-pore-clogging moisturizer such as Ultimate Age-Proofing Complex, then  SPF 30 Sunscreen. then make-up. (See excellent make-up tips for naturally camouflaging acne and blemishes in #14 below.)

5. IN THE EVENING: After cleansing and toning, spot dab any blemishes or acne spots with either O24U Hyperoxygenated Serum or Beyond CP with copper peptides, antioxidants, essential minerals (for combination, oily,  acne-prone or  mature skin). Both products work so choose one or the other.

6. Very important!! Keep face out of the sun as this causes breakouts and enlarged pores. Apply sun screen religiously, rain or shine each day to bounce harsh UV rays away from skin. Choose sunscreen that is formulated for blemish-prone or oily skin. Louisa favorite for teen or adult acne is our 30 SPF Sunscreen by Suntegrity. It’s a nano-particle free sunscreen with antioxdiants and also acts as primer so skin looks smooth and dewy. Apply teeny dots on the forehead, cheeks and chin and blend. Then apply makeup. TIP: When working or exercising outdoors, wear a wide rimmed visor to block suns rays.

7. To shrink pores, and fade acne or blemish scars, twice a week apply Louisa’s popular mask. Mix 2 tbsp plain white yogurt with 1 tsp. FRESH lemon juice. Apply this mask for 30 minutes. It also evens the skin tone, helps fade acne scarring, prevents future breakouts, firms and tightens skin for a face lifting effect.

8. Some DIY ways to help shrink large or severe acne or pimples, dip a Q-tip into some Witch Hazel and dab onto pimples. Flip the Q-tip and dip into Milk of Magnesia. The magnesia dries up the oil, reducing the pimples. Another excellent option is O24U Hyper-Oxygenated Gel with powerful oxygen that kills acne bacteria, and retin A to fade acne scars. Spot dab it onto acne, blemishes or old scars.

9. Another great treatment called Blue light Therapy (DPL IIA) is beneficial for reducing and preventing acne. Check out more information about blue light therapy on our DPL IIA page. Get $100 off when you enter 2999 at checkout.

10. Stick to a low-glycemic diet to help keep blood sugar levels from spiking, preventing excess oil production. When blood sugar spikes, testosterone production increases, causing more oil production AND breakouts. Low-glycemic diets include The Zone, The Mediterranean Diet, The South Beach or Adkins.

Another tip: Before eating carbs, eat two to three bits of protein (nuts, egg, cheese, fish, meat, chicken) BEFORE diving into carbs on your plate. This keeps blood sugar from spiking, thus prevents breakouts. A great tips that REALLY works.

11. Taking omega 3 fatty acids (found in flax seed oil or fish oil capsules) can naturally help balance hormones, reducing breakouts. Take with meals 3 x a day.

12. Tie hair back when exercising or playing sports so soiled hands don’t contaminate hair that falls by the face. Be sure to NEVER touch hands to face unless hands are washed.

13. Using pressed powder to soak up oil can often trap debris and clog skin, causing more breakouts. Use a hair curler roller paper to dab oil from face instead of applying more face powder. Also be sure to clean cell phones regularly with rubbing alcohol or disinfecting wipes.

14. For those who wear make-up:  Powder mineral make-up is beneficial for all skin types including those prone to acne or blemish breakouts. I like Mineral Fusion which can be found at most health food stores.

15. Coconut oil has been very effective in hydrating all skin types to help resurface and smooth skin. It also contains natural properties that help “disinfect” skin. Get organinc food grade coconut oil ar any helath food store.

Want help hiding acne scars? The trick is to campuflage with mineral make-up as noted here:

STEP 1: Apply ONE VERY THIN application of mineral makeup powder onto entire face, using a soft buffing, circular motion. Do this with a clean Kabuki brush. Afterwards, if some of the blemishes, mild acne marks, or scars are not camouflaged, then follow Step 2.

STEP 2: DON”T apply another full layer of make-up. Instead, dip a CLEAN, fine tipped eye liner brush into the mineral powder foundation and gently “paint” over each little blemish, acne spot or scar peeking through the first application of mineral makeup. Just bend each spot with the eye liner brush. This camouflage method provides a natural-looking make-up base without looking too heavy. Afterward, spritz your face with Soothing Toner. Pour some Soothing Toner into a small 3 oz. spray bottle to do this. Soothing Toner contains Hyaluronic Acid to help set your makeup for the day and prevent dryness often associated with powder mineral makeup..

 

References:
Hollywood Beauty Secrets Remedies To The Rescue: Copyright 2009 Louisa Maccan-Graves

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The following is a listing of some of the current Cellulite Treatments.

You should consult your health care professional before untaking any course of action.

Even though there are numerous items and procedures that advertise to eliminate cellulite on thighs and butt, there is little proof that many of these work efficiently. The following is what you need to be familiar with regarding some of the different options:

Treatment for cellulite has many options…..

Cellulite ointments.

Recommended to break down body fat and smooth your skin, many cellulite ointments consist of aminophylline, a doctor prescribed medication authorized for the treatment of asthma. There isn’t any medical proof these types of ointments work well to protect against cellulite, and for some individuals they may be dangerous. Their own evident impact on cellulite may be due to reducing blood vessels and pushing water from your dermis, that could be hazardous for people with blood circulation issues.

Additionally, aminophylline could cause a hypersensitive reaction in some individuals. Methylxanthines are a collection of chemical substances which include aminophylline, caffeine, and theophyilline. These types of chemicals can be found in many cellulite creams and are marketed as control of cellulite due to their recognized capacity to break down fat stores. On the other hand, skin ointments cannot provide the needed power of these chemicals for the period of time necessary for substantial fat breakdown.

Liposuction methods.

Surgery to eliminate fat deposits from the body, liposuction was created to eliminate deep fat, not cellulite, which is underneath the skin. The American Academy of Dermatology cautions that liposuction procedures could make the look of fatty tissue even worse by creating more depressions in the skin.

Mesotherapy.

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Exercising To Control Cellulite

A questionable European procedure initially created to alleviate discomfort of inflammatory skin problems, mesotherapy entails inserting ingredients such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes inside the tissues underneath your skin. Even though mesotherapy could very well disintegrate fat and produce a small advancement in the visual appeal of cellulite, it also carries a probability of negative effects such as inflammation, an infection, and abnormal shape.

Therapeutic cellulite massage and spa treatments.

Therapeutic massage and other spa procedures could have a short term impact on the dimpling look of skin, however they will not eliminate cellulite. Just about any effect is short-lived and in all likelihood because of the elimination of extra water. Numerous devices have already been released which massage the areas impacted by cellulite. They employ moving cylinders to collect areas of skin and massage them within a chamber.

LED Light Therapy.

Doctors are considering brand new treatments employing laser treatment and light sources to deal with cellulite. A particular treatment entails red and infrared light emitting diodes (LEDs) to emit certain wavelengths recognized to interrupt fat tissue, leading to shrinkage. This process is coupled with rollers and suctions to soften the fibrous bands of connective tissue that create the dimpled look.

Collagenase

A naturally-occurring enzyme within the body which reduces collagen, an element of connective tissue (the tissues that combine our cells together).

Dietary supplements

A number of these items have been promoted and consist of a selection of materials such as ginkgo biloba, sweet clover, grape-seed bioflavinoids, bladder wrack extract, oil of evening primrose, fish oil, and soy lecithin. Such formulations state they have great results on the body for example improving rate of metabolism, enhancing blood circulation, blocking cellular destruction, and deteriorating fats.

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What are Wrinkles?

As we get older, our skin shows the signs of aging, particularly the areas which are primarily exposed to the sun’s damaging UVA/ UVB rays. Other reasons for aged skin are stress, unhealthy eating routine, smoking, lack of exercise, and living or working in a high altitude or climate.

Fine lines and wrinkles frequently show up on the forehead, between the eye brows, around the eyes, on the neck, chest (cleavage), around the nasal area and mouth, on the neck and hands. In addition to wrinkles, the chest can appear leather-like due to sun exposure and hands can age very quickly due to sun as well as from the many activities we do with our hands.

Wrinkles Affect How we Feel

Wrinkles and sagging skin can affect how we feel. Suddenly your aging face and hands look older than you are. But the good news is there are many options that can help reverse many signs of aging skin. The top three tips noted here below are what I recommend to prevent and reverse wrinkles. stop and reverse a sagging jaw line and jowls, sagging neck, achieve a smooth and youthful chest,  and ageless hands.  They’ve worked for me and many of my clients for many years. This is why my clients come back to me over and over again. They see results and my solutions are all affordable. See my photo here. I’m almost 63 and many folks think I’m 20 years yonger than my age.Wrinkles 4

Take Note of my Top 3 Proven Age-Defying Tips here:

 

1.Start with wearing gloves when you drive, to protect your hands from harsh UVA/UVB rays coming through the windshield. While driving, that harsh sun also ages your arms and chest area, so try this solution – I’ve been doing for years. Put a shirt on backwards. The shirt and collar will protect your chest, arms and lower jaw line from harsh rays of the sun. As you can see  by my photo on this page (and others)- my arms, chest, neck and hands have NO spots. Always keep a cotton shirt in the car. And I always wear a longs sleeved shirt and gloves when I’m outdoors.

2. Now, if you’re like me and do not want to go under the knife or spend a fortune on dermal fillers or costly treatments, please consider what has worked for me and countless of my clients and loyal customers. I exfoliate my skin twice a week with Exfoliating Enzyme Powder, I also use my micro skin roller  (once or twice a month -see the video on the product page and I religously apply my professional strength skincare products noted in Regimen #1 on the Skin Care Help Page ( Anti-aging Regimen 1). All skincare products are formulated in the USA with top quality, safe and healthy ingredients that are proven to help defy aging.

3. As icing on the cake and to prevent ever having to get a face lift, I use these two beauty devices which are quite affordable.

A) Facial Flex every other day for just two minutes to help firm the muscle in my jaw line, jowls and neck (pay only $44.95  HERE– and get Free S+H – Reg. 55.95) .

B) Lastly, I maintain my smooth complexion and youthful-looking hands with my DPL II Red Light system (1-2 times a week for maintenance). I’ve provided a $150 off coupon. Apply 1958 at check out so you get $150 off, a one year warranty and get free S+H in the USstatic or dynamic:

A little more about wrinkles. There are two types:

Type 1: Dynamic wrinkles

Most  facial wrinkles develop with constant facial expression. When we were younger, our skin was far more versatile and effortlessly sprung back to its authentic smooth condition after using our facial muscles. But as we get older, the skin slows down producing collagen and hyaluronic acid, it becomes dehydrated, it gets thinner and weakens. Over the years, our face muscle contractions cause lines and wrinkles to become “fixed”.

Type 2: Static wrinkles

Static wrinkles show up any time the facial area is at rest and in its standard posture. Static wrinkles result from natural process of getting older and skin damage brought on by ecological elements (sun).

Proven, Cost Effective Treatment for Wrinkles Include:

DIY Twice Weekly Exfoliation  (What I do twice weekly)

This by far is the least costly and one of the most effective do-it-yourself ways to help smooth fine lines and wrinkles. The key is to exfoliate the skin only 2 times a week.  The most effective way to do this is to apply our Exfoliating Enzyme Powder as a light scrub and then leave it on the skin for 10 minutes. Afterward rinse it off with tepid water. Follow with our profession strength age-defying creams and/or serums. They offer anti-aging peptides (which are proven to smooth, repair and can help prevent wrinkles), EGF (Epidermal Growth Factors) give the skin more volume and hydration. Here are two top sellers with peptides and EGF’s for morning: Ultimate Age-Proofing Complex or De-Aging Solution

Here are some suggestions for night. These are serums which can contain peptides, antioxidants, hyaluronic acid and/or Stem Cells. Click on each product to see the properties in each formulation that is made in the USA and free of parabens, fragrances synthetic dyes, mineral oil or petrochemicals: Skin Uplift Serum, Night Perfect, Stem Cell Serum, Night Nutrient Cream

See more information about the products noted here as well as usage on my SKIN CARE HELP page. Choose the Anti-Aging Regimen #1 for  correct product usage and details on the products.

Micro Needle Rolling  (What I do twice monthly)

Our 1.5 mm Micro Skin Roller is an effective tool can help renew your skin. The tiny perforations created by the needles help push serums into the skin and help speed up collagen production. Watch the video on the Micro Needle Roller page on usage with our premium-grade peptide skin serum or apple stem cell serum for the best results. Start with once weekly use. A micro skin roller may help reduce the look of acne scars, enlarged pores, wrinkles or loose, sagging skin on the face, jowls, chest and neck. The roller comes with a protective case. NOTE: The photo depicted may not be the same color as the one you receive, as these come in various colors. NOTE: Use this device at your own risk.

Red Light Therapy (What I do once or twice weekly)

See more information about DPL II Red Light Therapy and how it helps turn back the clock. Many call Red Light Therapy “a natural face lift”. I’ve used it for years and some of my clients include movie stars, singers, radio and TV hosts, actors, models, athletes, and busy moms and professionals. Get $150 off with coupon 1958 at checkout on the DPL II Red Light Therapy page and be sure to read the many testimonials from loads of of clients.

More Costly Suggestions:

If this is the route you want to choose, first consult a skin care expert for the most suitable treatment for your needs.

Dermal Fillers

Facial fillers for example Collagen, Restylane and Radiesse try to bring back lost volume in the cheeks which can happen around age 45 and up. Fillers are very expensive but can last 6 months to a year. Facial fillers adhere with water and fill in the wrinkles by plumping them. Individuals can experience some discomfort and stinging throughout the therapy but when required, topical lidocaine ointment may be used to lessen the discomfort. I personally can spot overinjected cheeks which looks un-natural and overdone. If you choose this treatment, tell your doctor you want a very conservative look. Don’t let them oversell you.

Intense Pulsed Light Therapy (FotoFacial)

This treatment utilizes a powerful pulsed light to correct wrinkles from deep inside the epidermis, leaving behind the top coating unscathed. The high intensity pulses of light make it possible to ease fine lines and wrinkles while enhancing the consistency of the skin. Typically 6-12 therapies are necessary and individuals can easily continue their everyday living as well as go back to work right after every process. However, it does not last forever. You will need to repeat the treatment once ou start seeing wrinkles again.

Botox Injections

Botox is inserted into the facial muscle areas using a very fine needle.  Botox is a non-surgical method that calms the forehead, frown line and crow’s feet muscles (expression lines) to prevent dynamic wrinkles from generating. To inject just those three areas can cost over $800 at $11 a unit. And the effect lasts about 3-4 months on average. It’s expensive though not quite as costly the Dermal Fillers noted previously. Invest in a DPL II red light to help repair and prevent wrinkles – for just $289.95 when you enter coupon 1958 at checkout on our DPL II Red light Therapy page.

Surgical Face Lift

A face lift is a medical procedure that smooths out wrinkles and removes loose and sagging skin. The result is firm and smoother looking skin. The surgeon commences the process by making a a series of little cuts on top of the hairline and by the ears.  Excess fat may also be removed or repositioned to generate a youthful as well as curved look and feel. Be sure to go to a board certified plastic surgeon and also ask to see actual before nad after photos of his/her actual clients. This procedure is quite costly stating at $12,000 or more.  Keep in mind that gravity continues to cause sagging skin so a face lift every 10 – 15 years may be necessary. My former neighbour had two face lifts and works for a plastic surgeious. She now only uses the DPL II Red Light and told me she will never get a facelift again. If you cannot afford a facelift, do what I do…Start using my professional strength healthy and proven age-defying products. Check out three of our most popular skin care regimens to help you get started on our SKIN CARE HELP page and invest in a Facial Flex and DPL II Red Light Therapy system.

 

 

How are Sun Spots formed?

Sun Spots are formed as a result of exposure to the sun. Sun Spots or lentigines are brownish and as time passes show up as sunspots on face and body because of overexposure to the sun’s rays. The particular spots obtain their identity from the fact that they had been improperly thought to be attributable to liver issues. They are from a physical standpoint not related to the liver, except for the same coloration.

As we grow older the skin is exposed to increasingly more sun damage. The outer skin has what is known as melanin pigment that soaks up sunlight so it helps naturally safeguard our skin from Ultra violet rays. On the other hand as we grow older, our skin’s normal capacity to battle UV rays from the sun starts to weaken. Consequently, there is the creation of age spots.

Treating Sun Spots.

Genuine sun spots on face are benign and don’t require treatment, however they can look just like cancerous growths. With regard to aesthetic factors, sun spots could be lightened utilizing skin-bleaching merchandise or eliminated. Nevertheless, stopping age spots by circumventing the sun’s rays and utilizing sunscreen may be the proper way to keep up your skin’s vibrant look and to prevent such dark skin areas.

You will find a few different types of liver spots that individuals get on their skin. There are actually solar lentigos (age spots) and freckles (known as ephiledes). That is because the sun damages the melanocytes, which are the cells in the epidermis (the skin’s surface layer) that generate melanin pigment. The majority of the cells in our epidermis are skin cells which make up the dead skin layer. Along with keratin which safeguards us externally one in every tenth or twentieth cell can be a melanocyte that typically generates melanin pigment. This transfers the brown pigment to our skin cells to help protect us against the sun.

Sun Spots actually have absolutely nothing to do with your actual age, they have to do with how much time you happen to be in the sun.

Sun spots generally cultivate in individuals with a fair skin tone, however they are visible in those with more dark skin. Sun spots are flat, oval areas of increased pigmentation. They are usually brown, black or gray and occur in the body areas such as the backs of hands, tops of feet, face, shoulders and upper back. These typically are the areas that are exposed to the sun the most.

With regards to size, age spots vary from freckle-size to greater than a half inch
(1 centimeter) across and may group together, which makes them significantly more dominant.

 

What is melasma?

Melasma is a type of skin condition observed in males and particularly females. Melasma can be a type of hyper pigmentation which will manifest on areas of the body which may be subjected to the sun’s rays.

It is frequently noticed in expecting mothers and is sometimes called the mask of pregnancy. The situation occurs as a darkish facial skin allergy together with abnormal boundaries. The rash is normally identified by its symmetrical display around the cheeks, lips, nose or brow. Skin discoloration can also happen around the upper arms. The skin discoloration may differ in color beginning from a darkish brown to a heavy gray.The condition is usually strictly cosmetic, in fact it is never painful.

The problem can be widespread as well as observed in just about all civilizations and ethnicities; yet it’s much more generally noticed in Asians, Hispanics, Arabs and North Africans that appear to have increased amounts of melanin in their skin along with a propensity to tan. People with fair skin may go through a lesser tone of melasma which isn’t usually identified.

Exactly what are the reasons for melasma?

Melasma causes continue to be unidentified however, it is assumed to be as a result of a rise in the creation of cells that discharge these pigment melanin, that’s accountable for the darkish colour of the skin.

What can cause the elevated production of melanin is not well-known however some melasma triggers include:

  1. Heredity elements and hormone fluctuation/production: the break outs can be most frequent in pregnant females
  2. Extended exposure to the sun – Ultra-violet (UV) sunlight energizes the melanocytes. Actually, just a little exposure to the sun will make melasma return soon after fading. Exposure to the sun is the reason why melasma can be more serious in summer months. It’s also precisely why lots of people having melasma have it over and over.
  3. Utilization of oral contraceptives as well as hormone replacement medication can also result in .
  4. Specific drugs like tetracycline and anti-malarial drugs (derived from quinine)
  5. Cosmetics: Skin care items that aggravate your skin could intensify melasma.
  6. Melasma is commonly a temporary skin problem which can take care of itself.

What are the sign of melasma?

Typical indicators (what you see) of melasma are brown or gray-brown sections around the facial area. Such areas most often are visible on the:

  • Cheeks
  • Forehead
  • Bridge of the nose
  • On top of the upper lip
  • Chin
  • Many people acquire spots on their forearms or neck. However this is less frequent.