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The How-To Guide to Most Skincare issues

How-To Guide to Most Skincare issues

But first, a bit about me:

List of Contents:

[more skin issues are added weekly]
1- How to Dramatically improve a double chin
2- How to treat eczema naturally
3- How to reduce face fat and re-contour your face
4- How to treat ingrown hairs 
5- How to get rid of Acne scars
6- How to treat Keratosis Pilaris
7- How to treat eye bags
8- How to treat eye puffiness

 

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1- How To Improve A Double Chin

I often get asked about tips and tricks on how to get rid of double-chin. I realize that this might be a bothersome issue for many. So I did a little digging into the various causes and ways that can greatly improve the look of a double-chin.

If you have a double chin, you might have started thinking of ways to get rid of it fast. In this article, I’m going to properly discuss methods/procedures that have proven to work best at getting rid of double chins.

But first, let us get into what a double chin is exactly. 


What is a double chin?

The medical term for a double chin is “submental fat”. It is most typically related to weight gain and develops when a layer of fat collects below your chin or around your neck area.

Although obesity is the most common cause of a double chin, not everyone with a prominent double chin is obese. Age, and genetics, are some other factors that can cause a double chin. 


Methods to improving the appearance of a double chin

There are natural ways to get rid of double chin fast without having to undergo surgery. I’ll be focusing on those natural ways in this blog.

  • Face exercise

Although there has not been much scientific evidence to back up the claims, people have used certain exercises to get rid of double chins. This is because exercise is one of the simplest ways to tighten your skin and help eliminate the excess fat around your neck and chin.

These easy exercises, often known as facial yoga, assist to firm up the area under your chin. Examples include:

  1. Puckering your lips and moving them from side to side.
  2. Tilting your head back and looking at the ceiling, then pressing your tongue against the roof of your mouth and holding for a few seconds.
  3. Placing your fingertips on your chin and slowly sliding them down your neck, then lifting your head up and down as you resist against your fingers
  4. Try a chin-toning product: There are creams and other products available that are specifically designed to help tighten and tone the skin on the chin and neck.

KITSCH Stainless Steel Gua Sha

This little Gua Sha tool is an amazing beauty tool you should definitely integrate into your self-care routine. It helps to give a youthful appearance as it has facial contouring properties and helps with lymphatic drainage and swelling. This is great as helps to promote blood circulation and drains excess fluid from our tissues which can make your face look slimmer.

Its design makes it so that you can use the longest edge to scrape down the chin, stopping before you reach your neck. You can then continue to glide up the jawline for added definition.  Always make sure to move your hand upward to your chin to prevent any sagging on your neck.

 

 

  • Weight Loss

Since double chins are mostly always caused by weight gain, it is best to lose weight (if you’re overweight) in order to get rid of them.

You can try going on a diet, taking workouts more seriously, and drinking lots of water so you can shed off any extra pounds. As you shed off some body weight, you’ll realize that the appearance of your double chin also reduces and more importantly you should always try to maintain a healthy weight to feel your best.

  • Skincare

Using skincare products that contain ingredients such as retinol and glycolic acid can help tighten and firm the skin under the chin. 

Bloomeffects Black Tulip Overnight Retinoid Serum is the best retinol product for this purpose. This is because it contains natural retinol - bakuchiol - instead of synthetic irritating retinol. Follow it up with Taila Prana Face Oil which brightens and nourishes the skin making it suitable for all skin types!

 

  • Get a non-surgical treatment

There are several non-surgical treatments that can help reduce the appearance of a double chin, including:

1.Kybella - an injectable treatment that dissolves fat cells.

2. Ultherapy -  uses ultrasound energy to stimulate collagen production and tighten the skin, may also be effective in reducing the appearance of a double chin.

3. CoolSculpting - a treatment that uses cold temperatures to freeze and eliminate fat cells.

4. Thermal mapping - a temperature sensing algorithm that ensures precise temperatures for the most effective treatments. The tool heats deep within the layers of the skin, which encourages elastin, resulting in tigher and smoother skin. Tripollar Stop X Rose is a skin tightening, facial reshaping device that uses thermal mapping innovation for immediate, professional-level results. 

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5. Red Light Therapy - a treatment that does wonders when it comes to treating and preventing premature signs of aging such as  fine lines, wrinkles, and dullness. It penetrates deep into the skin and helps to reverse the loss of firmness and elasticity which is a big contributor of unwanted fat under our chins.
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  • Consider surgery

 If non-surgical options are not effective, you may want to consider surgery to remove excess fat and skin from the chin and neck area. Options include liposuction and a neck lift. These procedures should be performed by a qualified plastic surgeon.

  • Have good posture

Standing up straight and holding your head up high can help to elongate your neck and make a double chin less noticeable.

  • Hydration

Drinking plenty of water can help to flush out excess fluids and toxins from the body, which may help to reduce the appearance of a double chin.

    As amazing as water is for our bodies it is crucial for you to intake water only after it's been properly filtered to remove all harmful toxins. To learn more about why our water is so toxic, check out our blog here. My personal favorite filter is Simpure Y7 Uv Countertop Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System. I have been using it for several months and each times I test it the water is optimal!

    THE TAKEAWAY:

      It's important to note that these methods may not be effective for everyone and that the best approach will depend on the individual and the specific cause of the double chin. It's always a good idea to consult with a qualified healthcare professional before starting any new treatment or exercise program.

       

      2- How To Treat Eczema Naturally

      Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a skin condition that causes red, itchy, and inflamed patches of skin. It can be treated with a combination of self-care measures and medical treatment. 

      Causes of eczema

      The exact cause of eczema is not fully understood, but it is thought to be related to a combination of genetic, dietary and environmental factors. Some of the potential causes of eczema include:

    1. Genetics: Eczema tends to run in families, so if you have a parent or sibling with eczema, you may be more likely to develop it.
    2. Immune system dysfunction: People with eczema often have an overactive immune system, which can cause inflammation in the skin.
    3. Environmental factors: Environmental factors, such as exposure to irritants, allergens, or dry air, can trigger eczema flare-ups.
    4. Diet: Food sensitivities can be a key contributor to eczema flare-ups. More on this below.
    5. Skin barrier dysfunction: The skin serves as a barrier that protects the body from the outside environment. In people with eczema, the skin barrier may be weakened, which can make the skin more prone to irritation and inflammation.
    6.  

      How to treat eczema naturally

      There are different ways and methods to get rid of eczema. In this guide, I’ll be talking about topical and dietary solutions to eczema.

      Topical solutions

      • Keep your skin moisturized:

        Make sure to use CLEAN formulations, approved by The Beauty Doctrine, that are free of both synthetic and natural triggers.

        Dry skin can make eczema worse, so it's important to keep your skin hydrated. Use a moisturizer several times a day, especially after showering or washing your hands. Include body serums & creams. This blog goes into more detail about the skin barrier function. You may find a variety of suitable products in the sensitive skin section here. But here are a few favorites:

        Blübiome Stem Cell Repair Cream is a good cream that will help you stay moisturized. It is also a prebiotic cream that helps restore skin tone, smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


        One-Love Botanical C Facial Serum is one serum I like to recommend. It is packed with ingredients that reinforce the lipid barrier, such as Jojoba and Shea oils, while delivering protective antioxidants to boost skin function and overall health. 

         

      1. Avoid irritants: 
      2. Certain substances, such as harsh soaps, detergents, fragrances, essential oils, certain preservatives, and alcohol, can irritate your skin and make your eczema worse. Make sure you always check the ingredient list of products you buy and try to avoid these irritants.

      3. Take short, lukewarm baths or showers: 
      4. Hot water and long baths or showers can strip the skin of its natural oils, which can make eczema worse. Instead, take short, lukewarm baths or showers and use a gentle, fragrance-free soap.

        Agent Nateur Holi (Wash) Ageless resurfacing body cleanser is made of nourishing ingredients such as Algae extract and gently exfoliates your skin while adding hydration and leaving it silky smooth.  

         

      5. Use a humidifier: 
      6. Dry air can dry out your skin and make eczema symptoms worse. Using a humidifier in your home can help to add moisture to the air and keep your skin hydrated.

        A great humidifier that I recommend is Homedics Totalcomfort Plus Ultrasonic Humidifier as it has a warm and cool setting all while producing virtually no sound so you can enjoy a peaceful sleep. 

      7. Avoid scratching
      8. It can be tempting to scratch eczema-affected areas, but scratching can damage the skin and make the problem worse. Instead, try using a cold compress or taking an over-the-counter anti-itch medication to reduce the urge to scratch.

      9. Coconut oil or oatmeal baths 
      10. Coconut oil and/or oatmeal baths can help to reduce the symptoms of eczema. This is because coconut oil hydrates the skin, reduces bacteria, reduces inflammation and pain, and reduces oxidative stress. All of which are key components in preventing eczema.

        Also, oatmeal baths can help to protect the skin and relieve the itching and irritation that comes from eczema.

        Dietary solutions

        Eczema is a skin condition that causes red, itchy, and inflamed skin. It is not caused by diet, but certain foods can trigger eczema flare-ups in some people.

        If you have eczema, it's a good idea to pay attention to your diet and see if certain foods seem to make your symptoms worse. Here are some general dietary recommendations for managing eczema:

        • Eat a balanced diet 

          A healthy diet that includes a variety of healthy fats, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can help support overall health and potentially reduce eczema symptoms.

          • Avoid potential triggers 

            it is important to pay close attention to the foods you are consuming. Food reactions typically occur within six to 24 hours of consuming a trigger food. To identify which foods may be causing your flare-ups, I recommend focusing on common eczema triggers such as wheat and gluten, citrus fruits, soy, grapes, broccoli, eggs, dairy products, tomatoes, dried fruits, avocados, and certain spices and nuts. Rather than eliminating multiple foods from your diet at once, try eliminating one food group at a time for a period of four to six weeks. This will help you determine if that particular food is causing your symptoms. Keeping a food journal can also be helpful in tracking your symptoms and identifying potential triggers. If you notice an improvement in your symptoms after eliminating a certain food, it is best to avoid it in the future.

          1. Stay hydrated 
          2.  Drinking plenty of water can help keep your skin hydrated and potentially reduce eczema symptoms. Remember to ONLY drink water once it has been properly filtered to remove harmful toxins. The common myth that tap water is safe to consume could not be more wrong. 

            To learn more about why our water is so toxic, check out our blog here

          3. Consider taking supplements 
          4.  Some studies have shown that supplements, such as fish oil or evening primrose oil, may be helpful in reducing eczema symptoms. However, it's important to talk to your doctor before starting any supplement regimen.

            Dr Perricone Skin and Total Body supplement is a good one to start with. It is a daily dose of premium nutrients and powerful antioxidants in convenient once-daily packets designed to help nourish your body from head to toe.

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            It's important to note that diet is just one factor that can affect eczema symptoms. Other factors, such as stress, environmental triggers, and genetics, can also play a role. 

            Foods that may help those with eczema:

          5. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids
          6.  These include fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines, as well as flaxseeds, chia seeds, and walnuts. Omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce inflammation. To find our best supplement recommendations for all your essential nutrients, including omega 3, check out our blog on best supplements.

          7. Foods high in antioxidants
          8.  Antioxidants can help protect the skin and potentially reduce eczema symptoms. Foods that are high in antioxidants include berries, leafy green vegetables, and citrus fruits. If you want a highly detailed list of the best foods rich in antioxidants and nutrients, check out our blog here

          9. Fermented foods
          10.  Fermented foods, such as yogurt, kefir, and kimchi, contain beneficial bacteria that may help improve gut health and potentially reduce eczema symptoms.

          11. Foods high in vitamin E
          12. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that can help protect the skin and potentially reduce eczema symptoms. Foods that are high in vitamin E include nuts, seeds, and leafy green vegetables.

            The Takeaway

            It's important to keep in mind that everyone is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. If you have eczema and are considering making changes to your diet, it's a good idea to talk to a healthcare provider or a registered dietitian for personalized advice.

             

            3- HOW TO REDUCE FACE FAT AND RE-CONTOUR YOUR FACE

            There is no way to spot reduce fat, meaning you cannot choose to lose fat from a specific area of your body. When you lose weight, you will likely see a reduction in fat from all areas of your body, not just a specific spot.

             

            However, there are various therapies that help tighten skin for a more contoured look.

            • Radiofrequency (RF) Therapy

            Radiofrequency (RF) therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses radiofrequency energy to heat the skin and underlying tissue. It is sometimes marketed as a way to reduce fat and improve the appearance of cellulite. However, the evidence for its effectiveness in reducing fat is mixed.

             

            Some studies have found that RF therapy can result in a slight reduction in fat, although the results are usually not dramatic. In most cases, RF therapy is not a replacement for healthy lifestyle habits like eating a healthy diet and getting regular physical activity, which are the most effective ways to lose fat and improve body composition.

             

            It's also important to note that RF therapy is not without risks. The treatment can cause side effects like skin irritation, swelling, and redness, and it is not suitable for everyone. It is important to talk to a healthcare professional before considering RF therapy as a treatment option. They can help you determine whether it is a safe and appropriate choice for you based on your specific needs and goals.

             

            Who should avoid radiofrequency therapy:

            • Anyone under the age of 18.
            • Anyone that has a history of cancer- especially skin cancer or premalignant moles.
            • Anyone that is pregnant or nursing.
            • Anyone that has had Botox administered to the treatment area in the past 3 months.
            • Anyone that has permanent fillers within the treatment area. If you have temporary dermal fillers I recommend consulting a physician.
            • Anyone that has a pacemaker or internal defibrillator.
            • Anyone that has metal implants in the treatment area. This does not include dental fillings.
            • Anyone that has severe concurrent conditions such as cardiac disorders.
            • Anyone that has an impaired immune system due to immunosuppressive medications or immunosuppressive diseases such as AIDS.
            • Anyone that has any disease that is stimulated by heat such as (but not limited to) recurrent Herpes Simplex within the treatment area.
            • Anyone that has any active skin condition in the treatment area including, but not limited to, sores, psoriasis, eczema, or a rash.
            • Anyone that has a history of keloid scarring, abnormal wound healing, or fragile skin.
            • Anyone that has had any surgical procedure, laser resurfacing, or deep chemical peeling within the treatment area within the past three months or is still undergoing a process to complete healing.
            • Anyone that has any suspicious lesions in the treatment area.
            • Anyone that currently uses medications, herbal preparations, vitamins, or food supplements that may cause fragile or dry skin.
            • Anyone that has diabetes
            • Anyone that has had a stroke in the past

            Not sure if this treatment is right for you? I recommend consulting with your doctor before commencing a treatment course.

            If you're still curious about radio frequency I recommend you use a safe at home device that will give you similar results to a professional session without the same amount of risks. The one I have been using for months and loving is Tripollar Stop X Rose uses radio frequency technology to heats layers within the skin to encourage elastin, resulting in tighter and smoother skin!

             

             

            • Laser treatments

            Laser treatment is a medical procedure that uses a concentrated beam of light to remove or destroy tissue. It can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including scars, birthmarks, and skin abnormalities. Like any medical procedure, it can have side effects.

             

            Possible side effects of laser treatment may include:

            • Redness, swelling, and discomfort at the site of treatment
            • Changes in skin color or texture
            • Blistering or crusting of the skin
            • Infection
            • Scarring
            • Changes in skin sensation, such as numbness or tingling

             

            In most cases, these side effects are temporary and resolve on their own within a few days or weeks. However, in some cases, they may be more severe or long-lasting. It's important to discuss any concerns you have about possible side effects with your healthcare provider before undergoing laser treatment.

             

            Some people who may not be good candidates for laser treatment include:

            • People with certain medical conditions, such as certain types of cancer or autoimmune disorders, may not be able to undergo laser treatment.
            • People who are pregnant or nursing should generally avoid laser treatment.
            • People with certain skin conditions, such as eczema or psoriasis, may not be able to undergo laser treatment.
            • People with certain medications, such as blood thinners or certain types of acne medication, may not be able to undergo laser treatment.

             

            • Microneedling

            Micro-needling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a cosmetic procedure that involves puncturing the skin with tiny needles to create microscopic injuries. These injuries stimulate the body's natural healing processes, which can lead to a variety of skin-related benefits.

             

            Some of the potential benefits of micro-needling include:

            • Reducing the appearance of acne scars: By creating small injuries in the skin, micro-needling can stimulate the production of collagen, which can help to fill in and smooth out acne scars.
            • Improving skin texture and tone: Micro-needling can stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which can improve the overall texture and tone of the skin.
            • Reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles: The increased production of collagen and elastin can help to fill in and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, giving the skin a more youthful appearance.
            • Reducing the appearance of large pores: By creating small injuries in the skin, micro-needling can help to tighten and smooth out the skin, reducing the appearance of large pores.
            • Improving the effectiveness of topical treatments: The small injuries created by micro-needling can help to increase the absorption of topical treatments, such as serums and creams, making them more effective.

             

            While I am a huge advocate of using Red Light Therapy at home (budget-friendly, non-invasive & highly effective), when it comes to micro-needling, I highly caution against the administration of the rollers at home. This procedure is best performed by a highly trained and experienced dermatologist or aesthetician. But if you chose to do it at home, it is best to use the pen rather than the roller.

             

            There are certain individuals who should not use micro-needling or who should be cautious when considering the treatment:

            • Individuals with active acne or infected skin should avoid micro-needling until the condition has been treated and resolved.
            • Individuals with a history of keloids or who are prone to scarring may want to avoid micro-needling or consult with a dermatologist before undergoing the treatment.
            • Individuals with extremely sensitive skin or a history of allergies may want to be cautious when considering micro-needling, as the procedure may irritate the skin.
            • Individuals who have recently had radiation therapy or certain types of skin surgery should avoid micro-needling until the skin has fully healed.
            • Individuals taking certain medications, such as blood thinners or isotretinoin (a medication used to treat severe acne), should consult with a healthcare provider before undergoing micro-needling.

             

            THE TAKEAWAY:

              It's important to note that these methods may not be effective for everyone and the best way to slim down your face and to feel amazing is to adopt a healthy lifestyle filled with a nutritious diet and and regular exercising. To help you get started I recommend checking out our blogs on maintaining a healthy gut, and our recent collagen blog filled with amazingly delicious collagen-boosting breakfast smoothie recipes!

               

              4-HOW TO TREAT INGROWN HAIR

              Ingrown hair occurs when a hair that's been removed starts to grow back and curves into the skin. Ingrown hairs are also referred to as razor bumps.

              Ingrown hairs are most commonly caused by shaving, waxing, or tweezing.  New hairs grow from hair follicles under your skin. Hair follicles are not removed by shaving, waxing, or tweezing; only the hair strands are.

              The areas of your body where ingrown hairs are most likely to form are your legs, armpits, and pubic region (bikini line and inner thigh). But they can also show up on your scalp, breast, back, belly, nostril, eyebrows, and buttocks, among other areas of your body.

              Although ingrown hair happens to everyone, it is a more common case in people with thick, curly, or coarse hair.

               Symptoms of ingrown hair

              There are a number of tell-tale signs that appear when you have ingrown hair. Some of them are:

              1. Small bumps with hairs in the middle on your face and neck (papule).
              2. Skin irritation.
              3. Itching.
              4. Discoloration (red, brown or purple).
              5. Rough texture.

              How to get rid of ingrown hair

              1. Exfoliate the skin around the ingrown hair: Gently massaging the area with an exfoliating scrub or a soft-bristled brush can help lift the hair and encourage it to grow out of the skin. I find Higherdose Copper Brush ideal. The ion-charged bristles wake up the body while helping to reduce cellulite!

              2.Try using a warm compress: Applying a warm, damp compress to the affected area can help to soften the skin and hair, making it easier to remove the ingrown hair.
              3. Use tweezers to gently pull out the hair: If the hair is visible, you may be able to gently lift it out with a pair of tweezers. Be sure to sterilize the tweezers with rubbing alcohol before using them.
              4. Don't try to dig out the hair: Avoid the temptation to dig into the skin with a needle or other sharp object. This can cause further irritation and may even lead to an infection.
              5. Avoid shaving or waxing the affected area: Shaving or waxing can cause the hair to become ingrown in the first place, so it's best to avoid these methods of hair removal until the ingrown hair has cleared up. Use an electric shaver instead. I recommend Braun Epilator Silk-épil 9 9-720, Hair Removal for Women. This product is great because it's easy to use and you're able to shave, trim, and epilate with interchangeable heads.
              6. Look for products that contain exfoliating acids (AHAs and BHAs): Lactic acid, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid help to exfoliate the skin and unclog pores. When pores are unclogged, it makes it easier for you to remove the ingrown hair. Agent Nateur Body Wash contains lactic acid and leaves the skin silky and smooth. If dealing with a small area like the bikini line, use Earth Harbor Glow Juice once were week. Formulated with red seaweed, fruit enzymes, white willow bark and aloe leaf juice makes it a powerful fast-acting AHA/BHA gel mask and exfoliant.

                

              Prevention of ingrown hairs

              1. Exfoliate your skin weekly using a sugar scrub or an exfoliating glove. I love using the One Love Organics Botanical C body polish as it helps get rid of dead cells, which often prevent hair from breaking through the skin surface. 
              2. Dry brush before every shower. The HigherDOSE Copper Body Brush is one of my favorite brushes. It has ion-charged bristles that stimulate the body, remove dead skin cells, reduce cellulite, and restore electromagnetic balance. 
              3.Use a body lotion or serum that has AHA’s and BHA’s. Earth Harbor Night Serum is a good AHA and BHA serum I always recommend. It effectively exfoliates the skin with Macro-algae Collagen, and Vitamin C-rich oils, without the drying effects of other exfoliants.
              4.Wear loose-fitting clothing. This is because tight clothing can force your hair to grow back into the skin, instead of outward.
              5. Use an electric shaver instead of a regular razor because the blades of an electric shaver do not cut directly at skin level. 

              If you must use razors, make sure you are shaving the right way. 

                1. Wet the area you want to shave.
                2. Apply a light body oil or gel. I use Graydon Intimacy Body Oil.
                3. Shave in the same direction that hair grows.
                4. Apply oil on the area after shaving.

                The Takeaway:

                Please note that not all of these products will work for everyone and it's best to slowly incorporate these products into your routine to test how they react with your skin and find which products work best for you. Make sure to check out our latest blogs on the best supplements for brighter and glowing skin and our skin cycling blog where we break down the viral TikTok trend and share our verdict on it.

                 

                5- HOW TO GET RID OF ACNE SCARS

                If there is anything worse than acne, it has to be acne scars. This is because they are stubborn and no single treatment is best for them. Many times, they are also present in the form of hyperpigmentation/dark spots. 

                 If you have acne scars, continue reading this guide because I’ll take you through different methods that can help you improve them.

                 

                What are acne scars?

                Before I get into methods that’ll help you get rid of acne, I’ll like to first define what acne scars are. 

                Acne scars develop as a result of the inflammation of acne blemishes. The acne pore swells, and the pore wall begins to collapse. Some acne blemishes are tiny, with shallow scars that heal fast. Blemish fluids can also leak into adjacent tissue, causing deeper scarring.

                Acne scars are usually caused by clogged pores, accumulation of dead skin cells, popping pimples, touching the pimples, and using the wrong skincare and makeup products.

                 

                How to effectively treat acne scars

                The methods of getting rid of acne scars are divided into at-home treatments (these involve the use of products) and in-office treatments (these are medical procedures used when at-home methods don’t work)

                 

                At-home treatments

                 

              1. Salicylic acid
              2.  

                This is a very popular skincare ingredient that is used in anti-acne treatments. Using a salicylic acid-infused face wash aids in the extraction of dirt from your pores, lowers inflammation and redness caused by acne, and so reduces the likelihood of scarring. You can find this powerful Acid in Earth Harbor Glow Juice, which is ideal for a weekly treatment. If you'd rather use a nightly treatment, I recommend One Love Organics Botanical A Bio Retinol. This is a blend of powerful skin renewing ingredients that will help speed up cellular turnover and reduce discoloration and texture. If you decide to go this route, make sure to load up on moisture and humectants in order to prevent executive drying of the skin.

                 

              3. Retinoids
              4.  

                Topical retinoids reduce acne scars, reduce inflammation, and accelerate cell regeneration. Retinoids also lighten hyperpigmentation, especially in people who have darker skin tones.

                It is crucial to understand that retinoids can make the skin more sun sensitive, therefore, anyone using retinoids for acne or scar treatment should use sunscreen when going outside.

                Commonly used synthetic retinoids carry a long list of unpleasant side effects, and the risk of cellular toxicity. Thankfully, many clean skincare brands have made great progress in Bio Retinol formulations, coming up with products such us Bloomeffects Overnight Retinoid Serum and Ere Perez Phyto-Retinol. Both contain bakuchiol, extracted from the Indian plant Psoralea Corylifolia, which has been found to activate skin cells, boost collagen production and increase elasticity, while reducing pigmentation and even acne!

                • Niacinamide

                Niacinamide's main function is to keep your skin healthy and nourished. It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory agent and helps to keep acne at bay. Including a niacinamide-based skincare product in your routine can help decrease acne scars and skin redness.

                Versine Gentle Actives Serum is infused with niacinamide as well as Vitamin C, among other ingredients that help smooth and hydrate the skin, thereby clearing acne scars. It also contains Azelaic acid which is ideal for acne-prone skin!

                Odacité Sheer SPF50 Mineral Drops is another great Niacinamide-packed product, making it ideal sunscreen for those suffering from scarring and discoloration.

                  

                 

              5. Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs)
              6.  

                Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) can help accelerate the renewal of skin cells. As a result, they are commonly used to treat acne and reduce the appearance of acne scars. Glycolic and lactic acids are the most common AHAs. Other AHAs are citric, hydroxycaprylic, and hydroxycapric acids

                Earth Harbor LUNA RAIN Phyto-Resurfacing Night Serum with Vitamin C and 15% AHA / BHA blend, all work overnight to resurface the surface layer removing discolored skin cells.

                In-office treatments

                 

              7. Chemical peels
              8.  

                This procedure exfoliates the skin thoroughly, which aids in the removal of superficial scars. Chemical peels are an excellent solution for both how to remove acne scars from the face and how to remove acne scars from the back.

                 

              9. Dermabrasion
              10.  

                This treatment uses a special tool that generates friction to remove the top layers of skin, much like a sander does for a plank of wood.

                 

              11. Micro-needling
              12.  

                Micro-needling is another excellent method for quickly removing acne scars from the face. The therapy, also known as micro-needling radiofrequency (MNRF), aims to decrease the look of scars by tightening your skin.

                 

                How to prevent acne scars

                In order to prevent acne scars from happening in the first place, there are some things you should do. Some of them are:

                1. Don’t pop your pimples.
                2. Always use sunscreen.
                3. Always use non-comedogenic moisturizers.
                4. Treat our breakouts quickly.
                5. Follow a gentle skincare routine.

                 

                The Takeaway:

                It is important to note that when it comes to skincare there is no one size fits all, so it is important to slowly incorporate any new products into your routine to avoid any form of skin irritation. To learn more about the best ingredients to fade acne scars and hyperpigmentation, check out my blog here

                As previously stated prevention is key when it comes to reducing the risk of acne scarring. I highly recommend downloading my Acne Guide which eliminates acne from the inside out through a holistic approach. 

                 

                6-How to Treat Keratosis Pilaris (KP)

                Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a common and harmless skin condition that causes small, rough bumps to appear on the skin. KP is often seen in individuals with dry skin or a genetic predisposition, but it can occur in anyone, and it is not contagious. 

                What is KP?

                Keratosis pilaris is more popularly known as “chicken skin”. It is a common and harmless skin condition that causes rough-feeling bumps to form on the skin in patches. These little bumps or pimples are caused by dead skin cells that clog hair follicles. They can appear red or brown at times.

                Keratosis pilaris most typically affects the upper arms, thighs, cheeks, and buttocks. It is not contagious, and these bumps normally do not cause discomfort or itching. 

                Keratosis pilaris is often considered a type of normal skin because it is so common and it cannot be treated or cured. However, the condition can be managed with diet/supplements and skincare products.

                Keratosis pilaris is more common among children and pregnant women. People who have light skin, eczema, asthma, hypothyroidism, obesity, and diabetes, are also more susceptible to the condition.

                Common symptoms of keratosis pilaris are:

                1. Tiny painless lumps, usually on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks, or buttocks
                2. Dry, rough skin in the bumpy areas
                3. Worse when seasonal changes result in low humidity and dry skin.
                4. Bumpy sandpaper-like lumps that resemble goose flesh

                What causes keratosis pilaris?

                The bumps caused by Keratosis pilaris are actually clumps of the protein keratin. These lumps are sometimes misidentified as clusters of little pimples. Keratosis pilaris occurs when keratin (blocks) your pores rather than flaking off. Pores are openings in your skin where hairs pass through (hair follicles).

                Although the specific source of keratin buildup is unknown, some doctors believe it may be linked to skin problems such as atopic dermatitis and genetic diseases.

                Healthcare specialists are baffled as to why some people develop keratosis pilaris while others do not. There may be a hereditary factor, which means that your genes may influence your chances of acquiring this ailment.

                Keratosis pilaris has also been linked with Vitamin A deficiency in recent times.

                Internal solutions (diets/supplements)

                • Ensure that you aren’t deficient in essential vitamins & minerals like Vitamins A, E D & K, Magnesium, B-Vitamins & Zinc. Include leafy green vegetables, almonds, salmon, soybean, chickpeas, chia seeds, and oysters in your diet.
                • Increase your Omega 3 fatty acids intake either through diet or supplements. Omega 3 fatty acids help to reduce any form of inflammation in the body. Make sure you’re eating lots of eggs, mackerel, salmon, and walnuts. Naturesage Vegan Plant Based Fish Oil Supplement is the best source of Omega 3 fatty acids. It contains Omega 3, 6, and 9 in the ratio 4:1 - four parts Omega 3 to one part Omega 6 – providing a rich source of plant based, heart healthy fatty acids and antioxidants.

                • Reduce unsaturated fat consumption. Unsaturated fat causes inflammation of the skin which makes keratosis pilaris appear worse.Unsaturated fats are very common in processed foods so cutting down your intake of processed foods is a great start.
                • Cut gluten intake. Gluten can lead to inflammation in the gut, in certain individuals, which often manifests in skin conditions.
                • It is best to avoid dairy products when you have certain skin conditions because they contain a high concentration of protein which can be harmful to the skin.
                • It is important to also consume foods that are high in vitamin C. This is because low levels of vitamin C causes keratosis pilaris flare ups. Citrus fruits, peppers, strawberries, blackcurrants, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and potatoes, are all examples of foods that are rich in vitamin C

                External Solutions

                • It is advised to use chemical exfoliants because they help with serious bumpiness and texture. They also help to remove dry skin and excess keratin build-up.
                • Use non-comedogenic moisturizers as they help to soothe inflamed and irritated skin while retaining moisture.
                • Replace heavy creams with body oils and serums.
                • Use blue-light therapy. Blue-light therapy has been known to help with different skin conditions including keratosis pilaris.
                • Use products that contain vitamin C on the target areas.

                Products to use

                • Agent Nateur Holi (bath) - Holi Bath is a nourishing blend of ingredients meant to soften, hydrate and soothe the skin while releasing tension within your body. It targets dry and inflamed skin, dull texture, and eczema prone skin.

                • One Love Organics Botanical Night Serum - This serum contains ingredients that help to resurface the skin, offering powerful yet gentle exfoliating benefits and encouraging skin rejuvenation.

                • Kari Gran Vitamin C Serum - This serum is a concentrated, stable, waterless 10% vitamin C oil-based serum formulated with an organic antioxidant super blend, of Plum Seed, Cloudberry, and Lingonberry oils. It is the perfect source of vitamin C for areas affected with keratosis pilaris. 

                 

                • Revive Red and Blue Light Therapy - This powerful panel supports skin healing and recovery from skin damage. It will help to make your keratosis pilaris less visible. 

                How to avoid flare-ups

                • Avoid waxing and shaving, instead trim your hair with scissors. This is because shaving and waxing can cause further irritation. Shaving even causes razor bumps.
                • Wear loose clothing as tight clothing can cause friction which will further irritate the skin.
                • Use Shower gel with AHA's (alpha hydroxy acids). AHAs help to break down your keratosis pilaris bumps and smooth the skin. KP Bumps Be Gone With 10% AHA Clarifying Body Scrub is a shower gel that does exactly what its name says. It is designed specially to get rid of keratosis pilaris. 
                • Increase humidity in your environment. When humidity increases, the skin becomes less irritated and the bumps become less red and visible.
                • Get in the sun as sun exposure helps to calm outbreaks. However, make sure you use sunscreen before getting in the sun.

                 

                The Takeaway:

                Please not that everyone's skin reacts differently and if these solutions do not work for you make sure to consult your dermatologist.


                  7- HOW TREAT EYE BAGS

                  Eye bags, also known as periorbital puffiness or bags under the eyes, are a common concern for many people. They can be caused by a variety of factors, including aging, genetics, allergies, and lifestyle factors.

                  Some common causes of eye bags include

                  1. Aging: As we get older, the skin around our eyes becomes thinner and loses elasticity, which can cause bags to form.
                  • Genetics: Some people are more prone to developing eye bags due to their genetics. Therefore, if eye bags are common in your family, there is a high chance that you are going to develop eye bags too. 
                  • Allergies: Some allergies can cause inflammation and swelling around the eyes, which can lead to the development of bags.
                  • Lifestyle factors: A number of lifestyle factors can contribute to the development of eye bags, including lack of sleep, dehydration, and excessive alcohol consumption.
                  • Medical conditions: Some medical conditions like dermatitis, dermatomyositis, renal disease, and thyroid eye disease, can cause eye bags as one of their symptoms.

                   

                  How to reduce eye bags

                  There are a number of treatments available for eye bags, including creams, gels, and eye masks that can help to reduce the appearance of bags and improve the overall appearance of the skin around the eyes. In some cases, more aggressive treatments such as surgery may be necessary to address severe or persistent eye bags.

                  There are a few things you can try to reduce the appearance of eye bags quickly:

                  • Cold compresses: Placing cold compresses over your eyes can help to constrict blood vessels and reduce swelling.
                  • Reduce salt intake: Too much salt in your diet can cause fluid retention, which can contribute to the appearance of eye bags.
                  • Caffeine: Caffeine has natural diuretic properties, which can help to reduce swelling. You can try using an eye cream or gel that contains caffeine if you struggle with eye bags. 

                  Agent Nateur Holi Glow is enriched with caffeine and other nourishing ingredients that make it the ultimate eye serum for tackling eye bags. Bloomeffects Eye Treatment is also another eye gel that contains caffeine and helps to get rid of eye bags. 

                  • Elevate your head: When you sleep, try to elevate your head with an extra pillow or two. This can help to prevent fluid from accumulating under your eyes.
                  • Get plenty of sleep: Lack of sleep can contribute to the appearance of eye bags, so it's important to get enough rest. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night. To learn about the best ways you can improve your sleep naturally, check out my blog  here.

                  To help with sleep, you can take natural supplements such as

                   

                  1. Anima Mundi Ashwagandha is a good example of such a supplement. This is because it calms, soothes, and strengthens the body.
                  2. Hush and Hush MindYourMind is one of the best sleep supplements made from time-tested botanicals that reduce stress and mental clutter and promote a good night's rest. 
                  Use code: BEAUTYDOC10 for 10% off

                   

                  3. Zuma Ionic Magnesium is another good sleep supplement you can try. 

                  Use code: beautydoctrine for 15% off

                   

                  The Takeaway:

                  Please note these are all suggestions and may not work for everyone. If none of these solutions offered work, then you should see a doctor as an underlying health condition might be the cause of your eye bags.

                   

                  8- How To Treat Eye Puffiness

                  Puffy eyes are a common issue that many people face, especially in the morning. It's not just a cosmetic problem, but can also be a sign of underlying health issues like lack of sleep, stress, allergies, or even genetics. Fortunately, there are several simple and effective ways to treat puffiness around the eyes. In this blog, we will discuss the use of products that contain caffeine and cucumber extracts, a massage tool for lymphatic drainage, and a cooling mask that you can keep in the fridge.

                  First, let's talk about the products that contain caffeine and cucumber extracts. Caffeine is known to constrict blood vessels and reduce swelling, while cucumber extract has a cooling and soothing effect. Using a product that contains both of these ingredients can help to reduce puffiness and brighten the skin around the eyes. Look for eye creams or gels that are specifically formulated to treat puffiness, and gently apply them in the morning and at night.

                  Next, a massage tool for lymphatic drainage can be incredibly helpful in reducing puffiness around the eyes. Lymphatic drainage is a technique that helps to move fluid from one part of the body to another, and can help to reduce swelling and puffiness in the eyes. You can purchase a massager specifically designed for lymphatic drainage or simply use your fingers to gently massage the area in a circular motion. Focus on the inner and outer corners of the eyes, as well as the brow bone and under-eye area.

                  Finally, a cooling mask that you keep in the fridge can help to soothe and reduce puffiness around the eyes. There are a variety of cooling masks available on the market, including ones specifically designed for the eyes. Simply place the mask in the fridge for a few hours, and then apply it to the eye area for 10-15 minutes. The cool temperature will help to constrict blood vessels and reduce swelling, while the mask will help to hydrate and soothe the skin.

                  In conclusion, by using products that contain caffeine and cucumber extracts, a massage tool for lymphatic drainage, and a cooling mask that you keep in the fridge, you can effectively reduce puffiness around the eyes. Incorporating these simple steps into your daily routine can help you to achieve a brighter, more refreshed appearance and feel more confident in your own skin. Remember to always be gentle when treating the delicate skin around your eyes, and consult with a dermatologist if you have any concerns.

                  Products:

                  Holi Glow Eye Serum is formulated with a blend of ingredients that can help reduce puffiness and improve the appearance of the delicate skin around the eyes.

                  Here's how it works:

                  1. Caffeine: Caffeine is known to help reduce puffiness and swelling by constricting blood vessels. When applied topically, it can help improve circulation and reduce the buildup of fluid under the eyes.
                  2. Hyaluronic acid: Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that can help hydrate and plump the skin. When used in eye serums, it can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as reduce puffiness.
                  3. Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can help protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals. It can also help brighten the skin and reduce the appearance of dark circles.
                  4. Peptides: Peptides are small protein fragments that can help stimulate the production of collagen, which is essential for skin elasticity. When applied to the skin, they can help improve skin texture and reduce the appearance of puffiness.

                  By combining these and other ingredients, Holi Glow Eye Serum can help improve the appearance of the skin around the eyes and reduce puffiness. It is important to note that results may vary from person to person and that the product should be used as directed for best results.


                  Gua Sha is a traditional Chinese medical treatment that involves scraping the skin with a tool to promote healing and improve overall wellness. One of the specific benefits of Gua Sha is its ability to reduce puffiness, particularly in the face. This is achieved through a process called lymphatic drainage, which helps to remove excess fluid and improve circulation.

                  The lymphatic drainage technique used in Gua Sha involves gently scraping the skin in a specific pattern, starting at the center of the face and moving outwards. The pressure applied should be firm, but not painful. The tool used in Gua Sha can be made from various materials, including jade, rose quartz, or stainless steel.

                  Here at The Beauty Doctrine we love KITSCH Stainless Steel Gua Sha.

                  Here's a step-by-step guide for performing lymphatic drainage using Gua Sha:

                  1. Cleanse the skin: Clean your face thoroughly and make sure it is free of any oils or creams. This will allow the Gua Sha tool to glide smoothly over the skin.
                  2. Apply a moisturizer: Before starting the treatment, apply a thin layer of a nourishing moisturizer to the skin. This will protect the skin from irritation and also help the Gua Sha tool to glide more smoothly.
                  3. Start at the center of the face: Begin by holding the Gua Sha tool at the center of the face, near the nose. Start scraping the skin in an upward motion, moving outwards and towards the temples. Repeat this motion several times.
                  4. Scrape along the jawline: Next, move to the jawline and gently scrape downwards, starting from the earlobes and moving towards the chin. Repeat this motion several times.
                  5. Scrape under the eyes: Gently scrape under the eyes, starting from the inner corner and moving outwards. Repeat this motion several times.
                  6. Scrape along the neck: Move to the neck and gently scrape downwards, starting from the chin and moving towards the collarbone. Repeat this motion several times.
                  7. Finish with a massage: After completing the scraping, finish the treatment with a gentle massage using upward motions to further promote lymphatic drainage and circulation.

                  A cooling eye mask can be effective in reducing puffiness in several ways.

                  Here are a few mechanisms that contribute to the efficacy of a cooling eye mask:

                  1. Constricts blood vessels: The cooling effect of the eye mask can cause the blood vessels in the area to constrict, reducing the blood flow and swelling in the area. This can result in a reduction in puffiness and swelling around the eyes.
                  2. Reduces inflammation: The cool temperature of the eye mask can help to soothe irritated skin and reduce inflammation. Inflammation is a common cause of puffiness around the eyes, and the cooling effect of the eye mask can help to calm the skin and reduce puffiness.
                  3. Decreases fluid retention: Puffiness around the eyes can be caused by fluid retention. The cooling effect of the eye mask can help to reduce fluid retention by improving circulation and helping the body to flush out excess fluid.
                  4. Relieves stress and tension: Stress and tension can cause the blood vessels in the area to dilate, leading to swelling and puffiness around the eyes. The cooling effect of the eye mask can help to relieve stress and tension, reducing the risk of puffiness.

                   

                  The Takeaway:

                  Please note these are all suggestions and may not work for everyone. If none of these solutions offered work, then you should see a doctor as an underlying health condition might be the cause of your eye puffiness.

                   

                  Disclaimer:

                  As a blogger, my content may include affiliate links from advertisers. I may earn a small commission from actions readers take on these links such as a purchase, or subscribe. All my recommendations are based on my own research and personal trust in the products that I share. I am not a doctor or nutritionist. Please consult with your practitioner prior to using any products recommended.
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