Why Glossier’s Body Hero Will Actually Empower Your Shower Experience.


Why Glossier's Body Hero Will Actually Empower Your Shower Experience. NOW ON VERITE WOMAN --- Body Hero, Body Positive, Female Figure, Skincare, Hypoallergenic, Gynecologist tested, Emily Weiss, Paloma Elsesser, Swin Cash, Tyler Haney, Pia Arrobio, and Mekdes Mersha, Self love, how to be confidant, Instagram, Feminism. Let’s be honest, it was all about the hype. Glossier drops a new product, we flock. Yep, we’re talking about Glossier’s Body Hero. Only, once  we popped that bubbly pink packaging open we realized this is the kind of hype we can get behind. It felt like something special to be apart of. We’ve often wondered what’s in the magic sauce that catapulted the rose quartz (capital) G from cool-girl status to cult status. It all comes down to Glossier’s talent for shedding the layers, and getting to the flesh of what Millennial women truly want. Literally and metaphorically of course.

Maybe you haven’t stepped outside lately to be faced with a billboard, or scrolled through IG, or even used the internet and accidentally caught a banner ad in your peripherals. Glossier recently launched a campaign to accompany their latest body products, a frothy yet creamy yet oily body wash and lotion duo called Body Hero. The campaign featured lady-icons of the social media age in nothing but a state of nature.Why Glossier's Body Hero Will Actually Empower Your Shower Experience. NOW ON VERITE WOMAN --- Body Hero, Body Positive, Female Figure, Skincare, Hypoallergenic, Gynecologist tested, Emily Weiss, Paloma Elsesser, Swin Cash, Tyler Haney, Pia Arrobio, and Mekdes Mersha, Self love, how to be confidant, Instagram, Feminism. This is why our love for this product duo is two-fold. First it was banding together with our fellow sisters in the name of happy, healthy skin and a body-positive message. Then we hopped in our showers, lathered up, and realized that this product dup actually does what it promises. The reason it works so well? They yet again nailed the basics of what we truly want in our products:

The Daily Oil:

  • This body wash has got all our favorite oils such as coconut, sunflower seed (vitamin E, baby) and sesame that naturally soothes and plumps skin
  • The Daily Oil is gynecologist tested, and vagina approved!

The Perfecting Body Cream:

  • After your stint in the shower, this body cream locks in moisture that will stay with you all day
  • The cactus flower, yucca, and prickly pair extract is what makes this such a long lasting hydrator, regardless of environment
  • It leaves a velvety, never greasy finish

Along with the launch, each of the campaigns women posted to her social fronts, authentically sharing her own struggle with body love. In turn they reminded us that no woman (regardless of how many followers she might have on Instagram) is unscathed by the downers of body insecurities. It’s the prompt that every time we open our bathroom cabinet says “Be gentle with yourself.”

Why Glossier's Body Hero Will Actually Empower Your Shower Experience. NOW ON VERITE WOMAN --- Body Hero, Body Positive, Female Figure, Skincare, Hypoallergenic, Gynecologist tested, Emily Weiss, Paloma Elsesser, Swin Cash, Tyler Haney, Pia Arrobio, and Mekdes Mersha, Self love, how to be confidant, Instagram, Feminism. And A few of our other favorite Glossier products:

Moisturizing Moon Mask:

This hydrating mask really sets the bar high. Almost a daily ritual, for girls living in tough cities this will be your end of day retreat. It is so calming, and non-intrusive you lay it on and practically forget it’s there. The longer you leave it, the more it seems to reset dry skin breathing new life into tired pores. We’ve shared our love for honey as an ally of healthy looking skin, and it just happens to be one of the main ingredients in this product.

Boy Brow:

Perfecting the art of the brow. A game we all played for far too long, until Boy Brow hit the internet and we could all stop over-coiffing those above-eye-caterpillars. Boy brow is an everyday tool that will comb out those brows, add a little shape and shade while doing so. You’re left with a look that says laissez faire, when really it was Glossier.

Haloscope:

As die hard highlighters, this one takes the cake on glossy, glowy skin. Throw away those conturing tools, and make space for this stick to deliver a dew that quite literally finds your light for you. We’re super into Quartz for a rosé look.

Invisible Shield SPF:

If you’re an avid Vérité reader you know how important our SPF is. Glossier took their time to really scan the market for what worked, and what really didn’t only to turn around and create possibly the best SPF out there. That’s not just by our standards, it’s an internet favorite!

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The Best Face Oils On The Market, For Every Price Range!

The Best Face Oils On The Market, For Every Price Range!, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Facial oil, Pai, Herbivore Botanicals, Credo, Violet Grey, Glossier, Into The Gloss, Emily Weiss, Linda Rodin, Rodin, Best Face Serum, anti-aging, omega, fatty acids, hyaluronic Acid.Facial oils may have come in hot on the beauty scene but this trend’s not fuckin’ around — actually it happens to be an obsessive part of our everyday routine. After your morning shower, before bed, even a mid-day pick me up. That’s why we’ve scanned the scene, tried a few ourselves (someone has to take on for the team), and picked our best finds for every budget! By now you know the drill: clean ingredients, cruelty free, industry friendly.

  1. Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil, $40
    Upon further research we came to the conclusion that $40 is a pretty standard price for a facial oil. These jars may be small but they are mighty in beneficial ingredients. Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil is an industry favorite (it just made Into The Gloss’s Top 3 List), and is known for brimming with those vitamins that enrich the youth and supple character your skin deserves. One of our Pia hooked readers adds, “It’s hydrating with all the omegas but not too oily and it’s really good for redness and irritation”. Sold.
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  2. Rodin Jasmine & Neroli Face Oil, $170
    This jar of joy is a bit of an investment — but holy cow is it worth it. Featuring two of our very favorite ingredients, Jasmine and Neroli, you’ll want this to second as your perfume. Linda Rodin just happens to be the lady we look up to most — being in her late 60’s and still looking bomb, we’ll do anything she tells us to. Made up of an abundance of natural oils from the world over, this is the closest thing shy of a beauty IV straight to the blood stream you can get your hands on.The Best Face Oils On The Market, For Every Price Range!, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Facial oil, Pai, Herbivore Botanicals, Credo, Violet Grey, Glossier, Into The Gloss, Emily Weiss, Linda Rodin, Rodin, Best Face Serum, anti-aging, omega, fatty acids, hyaluronic Acid.
  3. Glossier Super Bounce Skin Serum, $28
    Although this pick is technically a serum, it does many of the same beneficial things as an oil, and has many of the same characteristics. Hyaluronic acid is a savior for replenishing that ‘bounce’ (hence the name) back into dry, weathered derm. It’s a substance natural to our joints and skin, but as we age we lose it’s elasticity — Glossier wants to give back what is rightly yours.
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  4. 5Yina Enlighten Spring Beauty Oil, $145
    Here’s another investment for you that’s just setting you up for a bright future. 5Yinna creates a face oil for every season of the year, based on TCM’s tried and true outlook on beauty and health, but we’ve used Spring year round. We would like to report it’s a dream to massage into your skin, knowing how many natural herbs it contains. It’s the perfect weight to sink into the skin swiftly before you lay your head on the pillow. Find more reasons we love 5Yinna here. 
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  5. Willow Mayer Beauty Bahia Vitality Marula Face Oil, $25
    The name may be a mouthful, but the dropper will deliver a face-full of good. This product is a great way to lock in moisture to dry skin, and set it up for a full day of glowing. Budget friendly, and proven to be a shopper favorite, it has a lot of the great ingredients that we see in other face oils for a lower price point.
  6. Herbivore Botanicals Citrine Body Oil, $44
    Technically a body oil, we’ve fearlessly been putting this on our faces for years and guess what? It works wonders! The scent of this oil is highly addictive, and conjures memories of summer evenings in LA under the citrus trees. Full of good fatty acids, this moisture is the kind that doesn’t just sit atop the skin, but within it.

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A Beauty Diary: The Ultimate Clean Regime with Credo.

A Beauty Diary: The Ultimate Clean Regime with Credo., NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED, Skincare, Beauty, Organic Skincare, Credo Beauty, RMS, Herbivore Botanicals, Acure Organics, One Love Organics, Kypris, SPF, Daily Sunscreen, Kjear Weis, Natural Beauty.It’s no secret that I’m a full fledged skincare enthusiast. I’ve always been the girl who’s shelves play host to bottles, and jars threatening to tumble off for lack of space. I write about it a lot. In fact recently I shared my home-made weapon for keeping my skin glowing in abundance. The lesson here though is, not all effective skincare can be whipped up in my kitchen (or if it can I definitely don’t have the time) — it can however be “totally clean”.

Vérité partnered with Credo to bring you an intrinsic look into my daily regime, and if I’m being totally transparent, now’s the perfect time. Since moving myself, and the business to LA over a year ago my skin has changed in a lot of ways. Blame pollution, blame the dry heat, blame excessive sun, blame the harsh water — all these elements have come into play in leaving my pores rough, and my exterior dehydrated. Thus, I’ve had to do some serious recon on my daily routine in order to make the edits needed to also adapt to this new land. I turn to Credo’s product range as all its brands have been carefully selected for their organic, clean, or natural ingredients. You may have noticed we almost only ever cover clean products on Vérité, so this is the biggest seller for me.

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First thing’s first, my morning skin regime is as slow, and indulgent as my pour over. After brushing my teeth, I have gotten into the habit of using a copper tongue scraper (you can purchase these at Whole Foods or on Amazon) to rid my body of toxins that build up overnight. I’m telling you this unsavory part of my method because these toxins can come back out through your skin in the form of acne if you’re not careful! I then swish my mouth with water and a few drops of Clove Oil for a handful of minutes. This is not only great for white teeth and mouth health — but has been said to be like a form of oil pulling which can be great for your skin’s glow! I’ve always held the belief that (for my skin at least) overly cleansing can strip skin of the natural oils it produces to repair itself. When I wake I simply splash my face with water, sans product. Next, I use One Love Organics Vitamin E Eye Balm to re-hydrate areas in need. With the tip of my finger I dab it all around my eyes, and lips. While this sets in I slather my entire being in RMS Raw Coconut Cream. Coconut oil is possibly my biggest beauty fix found to date. I use it for everything from makeup remover (more on this later), to hair mask. A Beauty Diary: The Ultimate Clean Regime with Credo., NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED, Skincare, Beauty, Organic Skincare, Credo Beauty, RMS, Herbivore Botanicals, Acure Organics, One Love Organics, Kypris, SPF, Daily Sunscreen, Kjear Weis, Natural Beauty.

Next, is the most important step of my whole day — SPF. I’m often running errands in the harsh LA light, so this step is one I take very seriously. I use Kypris Heliotropic SPF 30 Treatment Primer on my face, neck, chest, and on the back of my hands for optimum protection. Trust me when I say I’ve tried every SPF under the sun, and this one is by far my favorite.A Beauty Diary: The Ultimate Clean Regime with Credo., NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED, Skincare, Beauty, Organic Skincare, Credo Beauty, RMS, Herbivore Botanicals, Acure Organics, One Love Organics, Kypris, SPF, Daily Sunscreen, Kjear Weis, Natural Beauty.

I’ve never been much of a makeup girl so this part of getting ready is easy. My overall vibe is: I’ve just been riding the Manhattan subway in the dead of summer — dewy and flushed. I achieve this by brushing up my brows, applying a few flutters of mascara, and then laying on the glow-inducers. I can’t go without my RMS Living Luminizer and Kjaer Weis Dazzling Bronzer. The first is more of a highlighter, second a bronzer, but when at work together they create pure magic. Using my fingers I place these two consecutively on the bridge of my nose, along the protrusions of my cheekbones, below and above my brow, and in the inner corners of my eyes — anywhere you would want to define your angles. The sexiest place you can apply these is sitting right on top of the cupid’s bow of your top lip. For special occasions I’ll go for a glossy eye — again applying RMS Raw Coconut Cream in a thick layer on my eyelids.A Beauty Diary: The Ultimate Clean Regime with Credo., NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED, Skincare, Beauty, Organic Skincare, Credo Beauty, RMS, Herbivore Botanicals, Acure Organics, One Love Organics, Kypris, SPF, Daily Sunscreen, Kjear Weis, Natural Beauty.

On any given evening, I can be seen smothered in some kind of skin treatment. First I’ll wipe the day off my face with Acure Coconut + Argan Oil Cleansing Towlettes, then rinse with water. I take my time with this making sure I get all the pollution out of my pores. For days when I might have tougher makeup to wipe off, I use raw coconut oil and a wipe. Next is a step I’ve adapted since the relocation — getting so much more sun I find it important to give my skin some extra help with brightening. Sun can leave its caresses all over us in the form of dark markings or discoloration. To even everything out, I use Herbivore Botanicals Brighten Mask (smells like a tropical cocktail, big plus) a few times a week. Once or twice a week, after my brightening, I will mix up this mask and let sit for about 15 minutes.A Beauty Diary: The Ultimate Clean Regime with Credo., NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED, Skincare, Beauty, Organic Skincare, Credo Beauty, RMS, Herbivore Botanicals, Acure Organics, One Love Organics, Kypris, SPF, Daily Sunscreen, Kjear Weis, Natural Beauty.

Once I have successfully given my face all the love it can soak in, I turn yet again to One Love Organics Vitamin E Eye Balm, before moisturizing for a night of rest. I’ve been really into skin oils so I have a variety to choose from, but I love Herbivore Botanicals facial oils. Lastly before crawling into bed, I wipe on a heavy gob of lip moisturizer, and massage both temples with sesame seed oil for a calm sleep with a bottle of water at my side. A Beauty Diary: The Ultimate Clean Regime with Credo., NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED, Skincare, Beauty, Organic Skincare, Credo Beauty, RMS, Herbivore Botanicals, Acure Organics, One Love Organics, Kypris, SPF, Daily Sunscreen, Kjear Weis, Natural Beauty.

 

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Is This At Home Face Mask The Fountain of Youth? Vérité’s Founder Shares Her Most Secret Beauty Tip!

Is This At Home Face Mask The Fountain of Youth? Vérité's Founder Shares Her Most Secret Beauty Tip! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- fountain of youth, skincare, natural skincare, organic, clean ingredients, at home facial, at home face mask, raw honey benefits, royal jelly benefits, rose water benefits, anti aging, anti fungal, anti bacterial, acne, acne solutions, natural acne solutions, beauty products.
Words and images by Michaela d’Artois.

It’s in my roots to be what I call a kitchen beautician. My mother is one in her own right, always passing on her knowledge — olive oil acts as food for the cuticles and eyelashes when needing length and strength. A glass of whole milk in the bath makes for a wonderful skin cure. Coffee grounds are your best exfoliant. Steeped green tea bags wake sleepy eyes. Thus, it’s only natural that many of my beauty routines do not come in a pretty package, but from the pantry. Cue my ultimate beauty secret, a hybrid concoction of this knowledge and my studies of ayurvedic medicine — The Everyday Queen Mask.

This face mask is truly made for a queen (you’ll find out why in a second) and is made up of three exotic yet easy ingredients that in their own right gift skin with nourishment, and a proper glow — we may have found the fountain of youth here people! This is a mask that I turn to once a week (twice if I’ve been traveling or in the sun an extensive amount). Depending on how much of your body you would like to cover in this dreamy potion, we’ve included measurements providing enough for face, neck, and the back of your hands — essentially all the places that suffer most from harsh elements, sun damage, and aging. On that note, let me introduce you to the trifecta:Is This At Home Face Mask The Fountain of Youth? Vérité's Founder Shares Her Most Secret Beauty Tip! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- fountain of youth, skincare, natural skincare, organic, clean ingredients, at home facial, at home face mask, raw honey benefits, royal jelly benefits, rose water benefits, anti aging, anti fungal, anti bacterial, acne, acne solutions, natural acne solutions, beauty products.

1 tbsp Raw Honey: This sweet ingredient is the basis of the lush mask not only for its beneficial elements but also because raw honey’s coarse texture acts as an amazing exfoliant for wiping away dead skin cells, and build-up that sits atop our pores. Also adding to this cleansing process is it’s ability to work as an antibacterial and anti-fungal — working wonders on acne. The raw honey is insanely moisturizing, leaving skin with a plump, succulent feel for hours after the mask has been washed away. I prefer the 365 Whole Foods Mountain Forest Organic Raw honey US Grade A.

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Half tsp (or product provided spoon full) Royal Jelly: this ingredient is truly lush, and royal indeed — royal jelly is produced in bee hives to feed the Queen during her life span. In the beauty world it is said to have magical anti-aging powers. Naturally containing silicon and anti-oxidants, royal jelly will increase the collagen produced in your cells, which literally slows the aging process. It is also brimming with lots of other great things like enzymes, zinc, and all kinds of B vitamins. It can get pricey to pick up at the store, but purchasing from a certified brand such as this one is worth it’s weight in gold.Is This At Home Face Mask The Fountain of Youth? Vérité's Founder Shares Her Most Secret Beauty Tip! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- fountain of youth, skincare, natural skincare, organic, clean ingredients, at home facial, at home face mask, raw honey benefits, royal jelly benefits, rose water benefits, anti aging, anti fungal, anti bacterial, acne, acne solutions, natural acne solutions, beauty products.

A few splashes of Rose Water: I have written about rose water time extensively because it has so many amazing benefits for our complexions (I use it daily, especially when returning from long jaunts in the sun). It too acts as an antibacterial, but further its anti-inflammatory aspects diminish redness or swelling from our exterior, and act as a natural SPF. It is calming to skin that has been through the ringer — like a vacation for your pores. I live off of Santa Maria Novella’s Acqua Di Rose. If you want to stick with the entirely natural ingredients you can make your own rose water by crushing fresh organic rose petals into the mixture.

Mix these three with a spoon in a bowl until the honey melts into the rose water, and apply with fingers to areas of need.

 

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Anti-Aging, Acne, & Botox — We Asked A Skin Expert All The Questions Burning Inside of You!

Anti-Aging, Acne, & Botox — We Asked A Skin Expert All The Questions Burning Inside of You! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED, Skincare, Beauty, Anti Aging, Preventative Beauty, Preventative Skincare, Beverly Hills, MD, Botox, Laser Treatments, Los Angeles, Plastic Surgeon, LA, Hollywood, Skin Secrets.
Skin can be so damn confusing, why? Because each of our exteriors are tailor made just for us. Sounds chic, but what it really means is there’s no one right answer for everyone when it comes to its mysteries and maintenance. There are however a few proven guidelines, that if followed can extensively aid in caring for yourself, and in slowing the aging process even just a little. We got ahold of Ursula Diaz, Beverly Hills Beauty Expert, and Co-Founder of Honor MD — a three step skincare regime crafted to make you radiate — to ask her all those beauty questions we know you want answers to!

VÉRITÉ: How can women in their early twenties begin preventative aging in their skincare regimes?

URSULA DIAZ: The best thing women in their twenties can do to prevent signs of premature aging is to add sunscreen and antioxidants to their daily skin care regimen. Studies have shown that the sun’s damaging UV rays are responsible for approximately 80% of visible signs of aging on the face. i.e. wrinkles, uneven skin tone and hyper-pigmentation (brown spots). Applying sunscreen to your face, neck, and chest daily will not only prevent signs of aging, but it will also prevent skin cancer. By applying topical antioxidants to the skin like vitamin c protects the skin from free radical damage caused by pollution and they also add an extra layer of UV protection.
My two favorites are Protect SPF 45 and Renew vitamin C serum by Honor MD.  Protect is great physical sunscreen that is good for all skin types and contains hydrating hyaluronic acid. Renew is a powerful antioxidant serum that contains 15% vitamin C, vitamin E and ferulic acid. Renew not only prevents premature signs of aging it also helps to reverse any existing lines and dark spots. 

V: How is pollution in our cities harmful to our skin and it’s aging process?

UD: Pollution breaks down collagen in the skin, causes inflammation and can impair healthy cell function. This process will eventually lead to wrinkles, skin laxity (the lose of elasticity) and discoloration.

V: Does pollution speed up the aging process?

UD: Yes, pollution does speed up the aging process by causing free radical damage to the skin. Free radicals are highly reactive molecules that cause damage to cell membranes, lipids, proteins and DNA. This damage results in inflammation, wrinkles, brown spots and overall bad skin quality. If you live in a heavily polluted city like Los Angeles it is imperative to clean your skin everyday and protect it with antioxidants and sunscreen. The Honor System Anti-Aging by Honor MD is a simple and effective skin care regimen that prevents and treats signs of aging.

V: What can girls who don’t feel comfortable with / or ready for Botox do to prevent wrinkles and lines?

UD: The first line of defense for preventing wrinkles and lines should be skincare.  Sunscreen, antioxidants and retinol are musts and should be used in conjunction with any in-office treatments, even Botox.
Two excellent Botox alternative treatments are Microneedling and the Clear and Brilliant laser. Micro-needling rejuvenates the skin by creating “micro” punctures in the epidermis (top layer of the skin), which stimulates the skin’s self-repair or wound healing process. This natural process creates increased collagen and elastin production over time. Micro-needling not only reduces signs of aging, but it’s also great for correcting texture issues such as mild acne scarring.
The Clear and Brilliant is a non-ablative laser treatment that helps treat and prevent early signs of aging from the inside out. It uses laser energy to make focused stimulation sites to replace damaged cells with healthy younger looking skin. It is a great treatment for preventing and treating wrinkles and also helps to diminish the appearance of brown spots. I love both of these treatments because they are effective, have minimal downtime and leave the skin with a radiant glow. Both are available here at our practice in Beverly Hills.

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UD: According to expert injector and Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon Dr. John Diaz, early 30s is a good time to start getting Botox treatments. However, there are other factors besides age, like the extent of visible signs of aging and skin quality that should be taken into consideration when deciding when to start getting Botox treatments.  Women who take great care of their skin and use sun protection daily can typically wait longer to get Botox or need much less of it, than women who have neglected their skin or who are sun worshipers.
Generally, if you have lines at rest (when you are not speaking or making a facial expression) then you would likely benefit from Botox injections. I think people misunderstand or misuse the term “preventative Botox.” Someone that does not have lines at rest does not need Botox. If you do have lines at rest, but they are not very deep it good to treat them before the wrinkles become very pronounced. This way you prevent them from becoming deep wrinkles and you will need less Botox over time. 

V: How do you feel about dermarollers?

UD: I think dermarollers can be extremely effective, but can do more harm than good if not used properly. They can improve skin texture (over time) and they can help skin care products penetrate the skin better, but if not used correctly they can tear the skin, which could lead to scarring. I would suggest having it done in a dermatologist or plastic surgeon’s office with a skin care professional.  Alternatively, you could try microneedling treatments. Micro-needling is a much stronger version of this same treatment making it more effective.

V: What lifestyle shifts do you suggest on top of good skincare for preventative measures?

UD: Eating a healthy balanced diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants can do wonders for the skin. Adding skin boosting vitamin supplements like vitamins A, B C, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for beautiful skin from the inside out. Exercising helps nourish skin cells and eliminate toxins from the body. Lastly, getting plenty sleep is imperative for beautiful, healthy skin. 

V: Let’s talk acne, I’ve been hearing a lot of chatter lately about cystic pimples, what exactly are they?

UD: Acne develops when hair follicles or pores become clogged by oil and dead skin cells. Once the pore is clogged, and the bacteria that is present in the hair follicle begins to grow, the pore becomes enlarged and inflamed. These inflamed spots are called comedones or “pimples.” There are many types of comedones/pimples and cystic pimples are pus-filled bumps that form deep within the skin. 

V: How do we prevent them? 

Acne is caused by increased oil production and the build up of dead skin cells and bacteria within pores so it is very important to be consistent with a skin care regimen that helps regulate oil on the skin, kills bacteria and increases cell turn over. I recommend using a cleanser with 2% salicylic acid to clear away the build up of dead cells and unclog pores. Followed by a toner that contains lactic, salicylic and glycolic acids to chemically exfoliate the skin and help dissolve sebum (oil) with clogged pores. Using a product that contains between 2.5-5% of benzoyl peroxide on acne prone areas of your skin will kill bacteria causing acne helping to heal active acne breakouts and prevent new ones from forming.
Oil production can be increased by hormonal shifts and stress so incorporating stress-relieving activities (ie: yoga, meditation, bubble bath) is also very helpful. Exercise, eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of sleep also help to prevent acne breakouts by reducing inflammation and boosting your immune system.

V: How do we cure these pesky pimples?

UD: Cystic acne typically needs to be treated with topical or oral antibiotics, hormonal therapy or prescription strength retinoid (vitamin A). Do not attempt to extract cystic pimples because it can lead to severe scarring. If you have cystic acne it is important to seek medical attention from a skin care professional.

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