Why You Have Chin & Cheek Acne, Hormonal Acne, Blackheads & More | SKINCARE CONFIDENTIAL

Hi guys, Hi Thanks for joining us on our weekly Facebook live Q&A My name is Monica Sanchez I'm a PA at Curology Today we have Elizabeth Abbott

She's also a PA here so we're gonna go ahead and answer some of your questions I'll go ahead and start Larissa asks: my face turns red very quickly Sometimes for no apparent reason What could I do? So no pictures or no other descriptions but the first thing that comes to my mind when I hear redness is possibly rosacea Absolutely

So rosacea is caused by dilated blood vessels in the face, usually in the center of the face that's where it's most common More common in fair-skinned individuals, people with blue eyes or a Celtic heritage, but rosacea can be aggravated by hot showers hot beverages, spicy foods, and alcohol so if you think that it might be some type of rosacea I would recommend you avoiding these things for a couple weeks and seeing if things get better Also keeping like a diary when you notice the redness so that you can kind of track it and see what's going on Yeah That would be helpful

Obviously if you already have redness, we want to avoid added redness So being really diligent with your SPF every day is a must okay so yeah we don't want the redness to get any worse so I would say SPF daily and my first question is from Angela Collins Angela says I'm 29 years old I've been fighting with a terrible case of acne my chin and line and cheeks mostly I've tried every over-the-counter cream wife and wash that I can find I have also tried clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide prescription creams from my doctor Nothing works and I think I'm allergic to the benzoyl peroxide anyways which unfortunately can be common What else can i use and is there anything natural that might be helpful also? Thank you

So first of all Angela, thank you for your question It sounds to me like you may be dealing with what we call hormonal acne The reason why I say that is because of where you're telling me your acne is located so think of this it's like a U shape on the face where a male may grow facial hair okay so I'm not saying there's something wrong with the hormones this is actually an over exaggerated response of the sebaceous glands or the oil glands in response to your androgens or which are male like hormones that every woman has Some women will have this over exaggerated response and some will not So the first way that we treat hormone acne is something you already mentioned this is with topical over-the-counter medications or prescription medications like those found in your Curology medication

Another way though that we can treat hormonal acne is through oral prescription medications The most common and is going to be hormonal contraceptives such as birth control or birth controls There are many different types of birth control Pills do tend to be best These tend to be better than things like the patch, the NuvaRing, the implant the implants or the Implanon

I'm sorry the IUDs I'm not going to go into all the different types of birth control because there are a lot of different hormones in birth controls but you can go to Curologycom/birthcontrol where you'll find a video and a very easy to understand graph that talks about the different types of hormones in birth control and the expected effect that they will have on your skin Another type of prescription medication that you may or may not have heard of is called spironolactone Now remember I said that this was due to androgens in the blood so spironolactone is actually an anti-androgen and a lot of women will find an improvement in their hormonal acne as well as decreased oil production with spironolactone Now if you're not wanting a prescription medication, you want to take a more natural route, you may try some spearmint tea

That's another thing that we commonly recommend here at Curology It's delicious Ok, sorry about that Second question we have in Angelica Mendoza asking: what is the best moisturizer with SPF to use for your face? So again Angelica did not specify her skin type so I'm kind of give you an overview of a couple of the SPFs that we really like here and then what skin type would be best for that So when we're talking about dry skin or normal combination skin I really like the Neutrogena healthy defense daily moisturizer with SPF 50

I've talked about this before this is what I use, works really well under makeup, it does have a shine to it because it is moisturizing so if you really want to keep that matte look or if you have oily skin, a good option is the Neutrogena ultra sheer dry touch and it has an SPF of 85 So oily skin usually like my husband really likes this SPF because he tends to be oily or so this will leave a nice and matte finish I do not have the other two that I want to recommend but if you're into any Asian Beauty skincare, one that's really popular is Biore UV aqua rich watery sunscreen essence So it looks like this and it's really light It has a gel type consistency, so really good again for normal to oily skin types because it dries really matte

And then another one for dry skin, also higher-end if you're looking into that, is Elta MD UV clear broad spec- spectrum 46 They have a regular and a tinted So that looks like this I hope you guys can see it But that's really good for dry skin especially with the weather changing

Not so much here in San Diego, but everywhere else where Fall's kicking in and winter's kicking in, that'd be a good option to try Exactly, I agree and then I have one more question, it comes from Sophia and Sophia asks: what causes blackheads and how to treat and prevent blackheads So first of all I want to say start out by saying a blackheads is an open comedone What do I mean by that? Well a comedone is essentially a blocked pore and there are two comedones: there's open comedones, which is also known as blackheads and closed comedones, also known as whiteheads What happens is when the comedone is open the material inside of the blocked pore becomes oxidized and turns black which is why we call this a blackhead

The best way to treat and prevent blackheads is through Tretinoin Tretinoin actually increases the cell turnover and by doing that it's going to treat and unblock the pore but also normalizes the life cycle of the cell and in doing that it prevents blackheads as well If a prescription medication like tretinoin is not available to you, a great over-the-counter option would be an over-the-counter exfoliant such as salicylic acid, a BHA, and you can find- commonly find this in many acne washes or spot treatments Do you have any live questions Alyssa? We don't Okay guys, so keep sending us your questions

We have through all social media right? Snapchat, Instagram Twitter, whatever you want Oh follow us on snapchat! We finally have a snapchat! Or just send in questions that you have to our support team They're awesome, so we can continue to answer questions that you guys have But I think we're all done this week so we'll see you next week Bye Bye

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