Frequently Asked Questions

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A: It’s possible you have an allergy to something in your skincare products or cosmetics. If it’s severe and causing major discomfort, don’t hesitate to see a dermatologist and undergo cosmetic allergy testing to narrow down the list of possible irritants.

A: A common culprit in chest and back acne is your hair care products, which can clog or irritate skin as they rinse off. Common skincare ingredients like fragrance and stripping agents can be particularly irritating to sensitive skin, so try using hair products that are free of these ingredients like John Masters Organics Bare-Unscented Shampoo and John Masters Organics Bare Unscented Detangler.

A: Start by alleviating these problems when you shower by using a mild lathering body wash that’s fragrance-free like Eucerin Skin Calming Body Wash. This wash leaves skin feeling enriched with omegas oils and natural lipids. Follow with John Masters Organics Bare-Unscented Body Lotion to keep skin hydrated with a combination of coconut oil and milk thistle.

A: Dirt, debris and sweat clogged pores can lead to post-workout irritation. “The combination of sweat and wearing makeup can cause a buildup of excess oil. Since pores open up while sweating, we don’t want to block the skin’s natural ability to breathe by clogging it up with makeup,” David E. Bank, M.D, New York dermatologist, tells Women’s Health Magazine. Even if your complexion is free from makeup, aim to cleanse your skin pre-workout. “Treating the skin beforehand with something that takes the bacteria out, like a topical antibiotic or topical benzoyl peroxide, is your best prevention," Ronald Moy, M.D., a dermatologist in Beverly Hills, tells Women’s Health Magazine. "These acne medications can go deeper into the hair follicle and stop some of that bacteria that may develop as someone is perspiring." Try Ole Henriksen Grease Relief Cleansing Cloths, which can help to remove dirt and oil, without drying your complexion out.

A: A skin-smoothing, DIY treatment can give you the opportunity to relax and unwind after a long day. But to achieve professional results, resist the temptation to cut back on products. "For an at-home facial that yields truly professional results, you can't skip steps or skimp on products," Ling Chan, celebrity esthetician, tells Allure. "Every true facial should include exfoliation, clay to cleanse the pores, and products that rehydrate and calm the skin." Start by massaging your face with Wilma Schumann Gentle Skin Scrub, which is formulated to gently slough off dead skin cells, plus remove impurities. For optimal results, hold off rinsing. Instead, saturate a washcloth with steaming water, wring it out and place it on your face over the scrub, allowing the salve to rest for several minutes. Now that your pores are open, apply Caudalie Instant Detox Mask, which can help to draw out toxins, clarify and impart radiance. Leave the clay mask on for 15 minutes and re-steam before removing it. After stripping your skin of grime, look to a moisture-infusing product, such as Wei East White Lotus Moisture Intense Mask. Let it work for up to 10 minutes and gently wipe the solution away. Lastly, seal in moisture with your everyday moisturizer.

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