Most Asked Skincare Questions | Pure Beauté

Skincare advice is simple—until it isn’t. What’s the most effective way to get rid of a breakout…fast! How do I use a jade roller…quick! What on earth is the difference between retinol and a retinoid…SOS! As an esthetician, I receive questions on a daily basis. Maybe it’s the predominance of self-care or the environmental consciousness of today’s society, but nowadays, people have questions.

The truth is, there’s no real one-size-fits-all solution in the beauty world, and while there’s plenty of great advice being given, it can be difficult to know whose suggestions to take. To cut through the clutter, and to bring you real skin solutions, I’ve narrowed down the most commonly asked questions I get ... so here we go.

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What’s the fastest and most effective way to get rid of dark spots?

Patience is key. There are no quick fixes. Effective results come from consistency and time. Natural sources of vitamin C and E work beautifully at treating dark spots. Both are potent antioxidants that work together to prevent free-radical damage to the skin, and simultaneously vitamin C brightens while vitamin E promotes new skin cell regeneration. 

IPL, or Intense Pulse Light, also referred to as photorejuvenation treatment, or photofacial treatment, is a nonsurgical cosmetic skin procedure commonly used to correct skin irregularities and reverse the signs of aging. The reduction of age spots and liver spots, as well as hyperpigmentation from melasma, require multiple treatment sessions, the number depending on the depth of the skin condition. Diminishing fine lines and wrinkles by "filling" the skin from the inside out with new skin cells, after the old "zapped" cells have been destroyed and replaced, also requires multiple sessions, which vary in length and quantity. 

Skin lightening, or skin bleaching, is a cosmetic procedure that aims to lighten dark areas of skin or achieve a generally paler skin tone. It's usually used to improve the appearance of blemishes such as birthmarks and melasma (dark patches). Skin-lightening procedures work by reducing the concentration or production of melanin in the skin.

Always follow up with sunscreen, because dark spots will only get darker with sun exposure.

Please consult with your Dermatologist before using any product(s) and/or procedures discussed.

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I suffer from cystic acne. Any recommendations on how to prevent it?

Gut health is important if you’re consistently battling cystic breakouts. Cut out processed, sugar-based foods as they exacerbate inflammation. 

From my experience for working at a Dermatologist office, topical medications and oral antibiotics will not touch cystic acne. The best course of treatment is Accutane. Accutane (isotretinoin) is a powerful medication prescribed to treat severe recalcitrant nodular acne. A form of vitamin A, the medicine is part of a class of drugs called retinoids and is reserved for treating severe cystic acne that does not respond to other medications. It is known risk for causing serious birth defects.

Please consult with your Dermatologist before using any product(s) discussed.

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My pores are huge! Any recommendations on how to shrink them?

Unfortunately, you can’t shrink your pores. Whatever pore size you are born with will be with you forever, but, you can certainly make them appear smaller. 

Rebalancing the skin’s oil production is crucial, so while you’ll want to make sure that your skin is clean, you don’t want to over cleanse, which can strip it and cause an over production of sebum as a result. Keep the acid mantle nice and intact by using creamy and oil-based cleansers that don’t tap high levels of surfactants.

What is oil cleansing, and will it break me out?

The oil cleansing method with not break you out, but do the exact opposite. It’s actually one of the best methods to adopt, especially for acne-prone skin. Oil dissolves oil, it’s the basic principle of chemistry. The best way to dissolve over sebaceous glands (oil) is by using a similar solvent in composition: Other oils.

By doing this, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones to keep skin balanced and hydrated without disrupting skins acid mantle. I use it on all of my clients and myself.
My favorite oil cleanser: Dermalogica's Precleanse!

Have a question you would like answered? Please leave a comment, and I'll be glad to do a Part 2 to this blog post :)