3 Acne “Fighting” Ingredients that Can Increase Signs of Aging!

When it comes to addressing acne, many will go to great lengths to treat their condition, but did you know that certain ingredients commonly found in many topical acne treatment can age your skin quicker?

We all know that what we put into our bodies can have a big effect on our health, and the things we choose to treat our body’s largest organ, the skin, can also yield differing results. Many acne-fighting topical treatments are intended to zap any of that excess oil created by the sebaceous glands. This oil is called sebum, and plays a necessary part in maintaining healthy skin by protecting and hydrating the complexion, keeping skin looking youthful and supple. While keeping our oil levels in check in important, it’s equally imperative we not over-dry, as that can not only lead to more breakouts, but advanced signs of aging as well.

Whether you’re a teen treating their acne for the first time or an adult working to keep their skin condition under control, it’s important to understand what ingredients to look out for to ensure the healthiest, happiest clear skin possible!

Common Ingredients To Look Out For

Alcohol. This is a tough one to avoid in a lot of acne cleansers but an important one to be aware of, as it can dry your skin to look ahead of its time. When researching your topical skin care treatment, keep a special eye out for ethanol, methanol, benzyl alcohol, isopropyl, and ethyl alcohol, and do your best to steer clear - your skin will thank you for it!

Mineral oil. A common ingredient found in many topical acne washes and creams, mineral oil is derived from petroleum, and can lead to clogged pores, which may result in acne. This alone can lead to inflammation, irritation and/or redness, which can result in fine lines.

Sulfates. Another ingredient commonly found in hygienic and cosmetic products is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, or SLS. During the manufacturing process, SLS is contaminated with a carcinogenic byproduct, and can irritate the skin and eyes. Toxic to body organs, sulfates can be linked to cell mutations and cancer, as well as increased dryness, which can result in fine lines and wrinkles over time. Many shampoos and conditioners contain sulfates, which tend to over-dry the scalp, leading to flakes, and may trigger an overproduction of oil.


Gentle Skincare Tips To Keep Your Complexion Healthy and Clear

Tone with a gentle astringent. If you aspire for a healthy and clear complexion, use a powerful natural astringent like chamomile, which can control bacteria, help to prevent razor bumps and even speed up the healing of pimples. Chamomile has naturally soothing and antibacterial properties, and when applied topically, it can help reduce inflammation associated with acne.

Moisturize. If you have an oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturizer that works to hydrate your acne-prone skin, we recommend sticking to it in addition to your skincare regimen. To add a little acne-friendly pampering that can also improve the condition of aging skin, try whipping up a gentle mask made of antibacterial honey and lactic acid-rich organic yogurt for a weekly treat!

Resist the urge to over-wash. Over-washing can lead to over-drying, and this dehydrating effect can result in enlarged pores and flaky skin, as well as fine lines and wrinkles. Finding a gentle formula that works for your skin is a crucial part of treating acne, and limiting your washes to twice daily will ensure that too much sebum isn’t being stripped from the skin’s surface (which can actually trigger even more sebum to become produced, potentially resulting in more acne!). Keep water lukewarm, and always gently pat skin dry with a clean towel after cleansing.

The New Powder Exfoliant Worthy of Top-Shelf Space is Now Available in Atlantic Canada

It's that good.

 Dermalogica has brought us some insanely cool skin-care launches over the years, including  its chart-topping eye cream, and now, the Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant.

The Daily Superfoliant, which is not to be confused with its rice-based, best-selling predecessor, the Daily Microfoliant, is the brand's answer to the rise of anti-pollution products we've seen within the last year. "While similar in form, the Superfoliant and Microfoliant couldn't be more different," says Diana Howard, vice president of research and development for Dermalogica. "Daily Superfoliant resurfaces skin and helps prevent premature signs of pollution-related aging, while Daily Microfoliant is known for its smoothing and brightening capabilities."

Dermalogica's new exfoliator, which is finely grained in texture, boasts the pollutant-absorbing ingredient activated binchotan charcoal powder (another ingredient we've seen sky-rocket in use in 2016) to extract dirt and oil; rice bran, which gives the powder its grit; anti-inflammatory niacinamide; and lactic acid to slough off dead skin cells.

So, how do you use it? Pretty easily, actually. After cleansing, simply pour out about half a teaspoon of the powder into wet hands (that's important) and start slowly rubbing the gritty formula together until it forms a foamy paste. (If your hands aren't wet, you won't activate the formula.) From there, glop onto your face, rubbing in circular motions for about a minute before thoroughly rinsing. The result? Gorgeous, glow-y skin (trust us, we've tried it).

And swapping out your go-to liquid scrub for a powder version like Dermalogica's is a great option for those who'd prefer the opportunity to customize their exfoliating routine, says Elizabeth Tanzi, a dermatologist in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the George Washington University Medical Center.

"The powder has to be mixed up right before use so it can be customized to be thicker or thinner, depending on individual needs," says Tanzi. For instance, you could go for a grittier consistency if you wanted to brighten your complexion, or a smoother more liquid version to target pores. Either way, you're getting an exfoliating double-whammy, as the powder's physical exfoliants, like rice bran, rub away dead skin cells, and chemical ones, like lactic acid, gently dissolve debris.

Tanzi warns to scrub with a light hand no more than once or twice a week, as overdoing it can lead to irritation. "Powder exfoliators are a mechanical exfoliator like mini microdermabrasion, so they can be a little too irritating for people with the most sensitive skin," she says.


Dermalogica Producats are available at DermaEnvy Skincare at all locations in Moncton - Dieppe NB, Mount Pearl NL, Gander NL and Corner Brook NL

Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup FAQ - Atlantic Canada's Skincare Experts

How to get the most out of your mineral makeup

We get very few complaints about our makeup, but here are the problems we sometimes hear and what we suggest to solve them. Usually, it requires just a simple adjustment. Most women are used to a liquid foundation that they have to apply in copious amounts to get any coverage. The switch to a powder that is applied in small amounts and gives instant coverage may take some suspension of disbelief as well as some practice. We always recommend that the tools that were designed for these powders be used. This isn't just to sell product – the results are visibly better.  

"Too Much Shine"

Layering too thickly and pressing into the skin with a sponge tends to separate the individual minerals. This pulls the mineral that creates the glow to the surface. It is easy to avoid this by applying the minerals in thin layers in downward strokes with the brush. Keep adding layers until the desired coverage has been reached. It may also help to spritz with our D2O, Balance or POMMISST and then blot. Try applying PureMatte on top. For very oily skin with large pores, apply Absence underneath powders especially in the large-pore area. Apply minerals on top and touch-up with PureMatte throughout the day.

“Accentuates Pores Or Fine Lines”

Try using the pressed powders not the loose. Spritz with D2O, Balance or POMMISST and blot, or mix the loose powders into a moisturizer and make a cream foundation. Apply it with fingers or a sponge. If the powders appear to accentuate lines under the eyes, dampen a cotton pad with one of our facial sprays and gently press it on the problem area, or dab on a small amount of moisturizer.

“Uneven and Blotchy” 

This is usually because the minerals have been applied before the moisturizer has been absorbed or because the moisturizer being used only lays on the surface of the skin. The simple solution is to wait a minute for the moisturizer to disappear or to blot any excess. D2O, Balance or POMMISST are good substitute moisturizers for oily skin. Also, some unevenness can be attributed to sponge applicators that do not “move” on the skin. This is why, if a sponge is used, we recommend our Flocked Sponge. It’s the only sponge we've found that blends the powders and does not drag. The sponge in the pressed compacts is only meant for touch-ups.

Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup is available at DermaEnvy Skincare at all locations in Moncton - Dieppe NB, Mount Pearl NL, Gander NL and Corner Brook NL