Acne Scarring, PIH & PIE: Differences, Causes & Treatments

I am often asked how to fade acne scarring which to me is a super loaded question since the term has been lumped into one big category. However, while a pimple is the root cause there are actually three main responses from the skin that could occur. True acne scarring, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation and/or post inflammatory erythema. Because of this, the treatments for each these will vary so recognizing the differences will provide the correct approach and success in alleviating them.

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Your Glossary of Clean Beauty Terms

The beauty industry has never slowed down and lately, there are tons of conversations happening about "clean, toxin-free, chemical-free, green and natural beauty" from bloggers, magazines, social media, and beauty brands. I see these buzzwords tossed around left and right and most of these words are used incorrectly without a full understanding or used to drive fear in consumers. So, I thought it was a good time to have a no BS conversation what exactly some of these terms and claims mean and if there is any validity in them. 

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14 Skincare Tips For Your 20's + Routine

Our 20's are a special yet confusing time for our skin (and other areas of our lives too but that is another blog post!) There's nothing like that gorgeous plump youthful glow that our 20's brings. Our hormones start to balance out from puberty around 22-25 years old, yet for some, acne may stick around. At the same time, we may start to see some fine lines appear or throw a pregnancy into the mix which can have its own set of skin issues. Our skin won't let us forget about those sunburns we got as a kid and now that damage is showing up to the party. SKIN, ARE YOU DRUNK? What's happening?

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Rosacea

Considering rosacea affects an estimated 16 million Americas and 415 million people worldwide, it seemed like a topic that needed to be talked about! 

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How Sugar Affects the Skin

I know, this is not what you (or I) want to hear but you may want to put down that cookie or bag of potato chips. We know sugar and refined carbohydrates are not only terrible for our overall health but also have some not so desirable effects on our skin. Growing up in a big Italian family we ate a lot of carbs, to say the least. So as I write this my pasta eating heart breaks a little.

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The Truth About "Base Tans"

With Springtime around the corner, I thought it was the perfect time to talk about the infamous "base tan." It goes a little something like this "I am going on a beach vacation next month and I don't want to burn, so I am going to work on my tan to get a base color." This is a pretty common pre-travel prep ritual, however, it could not be any further from the truth.

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DIY: Homemade Spa Gifts

Homemade bath and body products make the perfect gifts for any occasion but especially the holidays! Not to mention your friends and family will be blown away by your craftiness! Here are some of my favorite easy bath and body DIY recipes you can whip up at home in your kitchen!

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How To Keep Your Beauty Products + Tools Bacteria-Free

Are you a double dipper? No, I'm not talking about double dipping a chip into salsa twice. What I mean is do you have a habit of dipping your fingers into a skin care jar to use on your face. When is the last time you washed your makeup brushes, cleansing tool or wiped down your tweezers? These are just a few of the beauty items that could harbor bacteria. Here are how to keep your products and tools safe and bacteria free...

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Your Ultimate Guide to Retinoids

By now you, I am sure you have been told or read a 8,367,692 times how magical retinol is. Maybe you currently use it or have tried it in the past or maybe you haven't because you have a lot of questions. Is it good or bad for your skin? Is it a safe ingredient? Can I use it on sensitive skin? At what age should I start using it? Is there a difference between over the counter and prescription strength? What is Differin? Here is the ultimate guide to retinoids!

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Post Birth Control Acne

"The pill" is one of the most popular forms of birth control and many of us have been on it at one point or another. However, when a woman decides to get off the pill sometimes there are some not so desirable side effects that happen to the skin. I refer to this as "post-birth control skin syndrome." This is basically when the skin throws a tantrum for a few months while the body acclimates back to its normal hormone level. Unfortunately, if you suffered from oily skin or acne before the pill some old skin issues may come back. There are definitely some things you can do to help the process along and not make it so miserable.

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