Celebrities Are Just Like Us: They Get Acne Too

Thanks to professional makeup artistry, image retouching and video-airbrushing in movies, people tend to assume that their favorite celebrities all have flawless skin. Celebrities, after all, are exempt from facing problems that normal people deal with on a daily basis. This, of course, could not be farther from the truth. Actors, models and musicians are normal people too. They get stressed out about things, have uncontrollable hormones, and often experience lifestyle changes – all of which can produce acne. The difference between them and common folks is that, due to their constant presence in the spotlight, they can’t afford to let their skin troubles be seen.

Don’t believe us? Check out these five celebs that have each had run-ins with our good friend acne:

Emma Stone

emma stone acneIn an interview this past December with fashion website Refinery29, Emma Stone admitted to “break[ing] out all the time” – and just like us she uses makeup to cover up her imperfections. In her late teens, Emma saw a dermatologist and started taking Accutane for acne. The drug is known for having serious side effects (in fact, it is no longer available in the United States) – and after two months, she went off of it. Now, the Hollywood starlet says she takes care of her face by using both over-the-counter and prescription skin care products. She admits to using Cetaphil for cleansing, Elta moisturizing lotion and even tea oil.

Though the actress practices good skin care, it doesn’t mean she is no longer susceptible to acne. She admits to having had stress acne when filming “Easy A.” Lucky for her, the pimples were airbrushed from the movie, and her fans were none the wiser.

Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson has never been one to hide her problems with cystic acne. In fact, in interviews early in her career, the pop singer and former reality TV star admitted to suffering from bad breakouts. To cure her skin problems, she said her dermatologist prescribed Accutane for acne, which was used for many years as a sort of cure for people with severe skin issues. In 2004, however, Jessica began endorsing well-known skin care line Proactiv, claiming the product stopped her breakouts. We suppose a million dollar contract is as good a reason as any for Jessica to change her tune.

P. Diddy

Following in Jessica Simpson’s footsteps, Sean Combs (also known as Diddy, P. Diddy and Puff Daddy, among other ridiculous monikers) became a spokesperson for Proactiv around 2006. In the commercial he was featured in, the hip-hop mogul touted Proactiv for helping “moisturize [his] situation and preserve [his] sexy.” Just months after he started promoting the skin care solution, however, P. Diddy decided to pursue legal action against Proactiv. He claimed his face was breaking out and that it was damaging his credibility – and on top of everything, Proactiv didn’t seem to be helping.

Cameron Diaz acne

Cameron Diaz

Try typing “Cameron Diaz acne” into Google, and you’ll find some shocking images. The actress has long suffered from chronic acne, but most people wouldn’t know it. The actress takes every measure possible to take good care of her skin, and she enlists the help of expert makeup artists to cover up unsightly blemishes for red carpet appearances. As far as skin treatments go, Cameron is said to undergo microdermabrasion sessions regularly to remove dead skin. She is also said to like oxygen facials and blue light therapy to control her acne.

Justin Bieber

Okay, so Justin Bieber hasn’t really had any serious acne problems – has the boy even hit puberty? – but he is one of the new faces of Proactiv. Apparently, the Biebs uses the line of products to prevent pimples from popping up.

What skin care products have you used to fight acne?

This article was republished with permission from Medulous.com.

Using Activated Charcoal for Better, Healthier Skin

Activated charcoalJust thinking about charcoal invokes images of backyard cookouts and football tailgates – flames rising as juicy burgers cook away on fire-powered grills. Yet charcoal isn’t just fuel for fire. In spas and beauty stores across the country, activated charcoal is being sold as a natural skin care product found in many cleansing soaps, moisturizers and body scrubs.

But what is it?

Activated charcoal is carbon that has been processed with oxygen in order to create lots of tiny pores. This gives it the ability to absorb drugs, gases and chemicals more easily. Activated charcoal is often used to reduce intestinal gas, treat bile flow problems and even poisonings – but more recently it is being used on skin.

When used on poison ivy, for example, it draws out the toxin and absorbs it, providing immediate relief. When used on insect bites or bee stings, activated charcoal draws out venom left in the wound, relieving pain and swelling. Meanwhile, applying an activated charcoal product to acne-riddled skin can help remove impurities, excess oil, and old layers of surface skin. This leaves the face feeling clean and smooth and makes the skin look healthier.

Skin Care Products

There are many skin care products that include activated carbon as a main ingredient – from facial masks to pore purifying strips – however, many problems can be treated using a simple, homemade charcoal poultice. A charcoal poultice (or compress) is a mixture of charcoal and water that is heated, spread on a cloth or paper towel, and applied to the skin while warm.

Those looking for a ready-to-use activated charcoal product can try one of the following popular products:

  • Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask
  • Sumbody Charcoal Cleanser
  • Boscia Revitalizing Black Hydration Gel
  • Dr. Ci:Labo Basic Black Charcoal Cleansing Gel
  • Collective Wellbeing Charcoal Body Wash

Have you tried one of these or other activated charcoal products for your skin? What did you think?

Top 5 Reasons to Visit a Dermatologist

A dermatologist is a medical professional who specializes in disorders and diseases of the skin. Dermatologists can examine, evaluate and treat various skin conditions, as well as provide preventative medical services.

Services provided by a dermatologist can be both medical and cosmetic. There are a variety of reasons why  a person would want to visit a dermatologist. Below, are five reasons why you should see a dermatologist for your skin care needs:

1. Insurance may cover it. While insurance companies won’t pay for cosmetic services such as Botox, they often will cover treatments for common skin care problems like rosacea and acne. Before scheduling an appointment, it is advised to check with your current insurance provider to see what treatments and costs will be covered.

2. OTC products are not cheaper. Many people, especially younger individuals, believe that it is cheaper to treat a skin problem on their own with over-the-counter (OTC) products. However, that is not always the case. For example, acne products, including antibiotics for acne and those containing benzoyl peroxide, are often covered by insurance. Typically the cost for an OTC is the same as for an effective prescription treatment’s copay.

3. Prescription treatments for wrinkles are more effective. A prescription retinoid for fighting wrinkles, boosting collagen and keeping skin plump and supple, is better than any OTC can supply. OTC products contain very low strength retinoid (Vitamin A) and can’t be as effective as prescription products like Retin-A, Differin or Tazorac.

4. It is not a spa. Although several spas offer the same procedures as dermatologists, dermatologists are not only better trained, but have stronger, more effective products and technqiues. For example, dermatologists have lasers and light devices that can battle wrinkles, while a spa does not. And in most cases, it can cost much more to get these treatments done at a spa.

5. Prevent skin cancer. A dermatologist is trained to screen a body for skin cancer. Such checks are advised to occur annually and is especially important to individuals with fair skin, light eyes, a family history of melanoma, and/or over 50 moles on his or her body. In addition to checking for skin cancer, dermatologists can also help create a treatment plan for cancer that has begun to form.

If a person is nervous about visiting a dermatologist, remember, every dermatologist has undergone four years of medical school, followed by a year-long internship and three years of specific training on the science, treatment and care of skin.


Sweat glands play key role in repairing skin

long island ny dermatologists In one of the most perplexing findings that has hit the scientific community this month, researchers are claiming the glands that make us sweat could also help heal skin wounds, such as scrapes, burns and ulcers.

Dermatologists in Long Island NY have long known human skin is rich with millions of sweat glands that help the body cool down after a trip to the gym or on a warm day. They also play a key role in providing cells for recovering skin wounds, according to a University of Michigan Health System research.

‘Skin ulcers – including those caused by diabetes or bed sores – and other non-healing wounds remain a tremendous burden on health services and communities around the world,’ said ILaure Rittie, research assistant professor of dermatology at Michigan Medical School, who led the study. ‘Treating chronic wounds costs tens of billions of dollars annually in the US alone, and this price tag just keeps rising. Something isn’t working,’ Rittie was quoted as saying in the American Journal of Pathology.

Now, Michigan researchers believe they have discovered one of the body’s most powerful secret weapons in healing.

The researchers used a laser to create minor wounds in 31 volunteers. Over the following week they took skin biopsies of the wound to identify where new skin cells had grown. Before wounding, there were few new cells in the eccrine glands, which help regulate temperature, but four days later there were plenty. This suggests that the glands contain a reservoir of adult stem cells that can be recruited to repair wounds. Humans have three times more eccrine glands than hair follicles, making them the major contributor to new skin cells.

The finding is “unexpected and against current dogma”, says Elaine Fuchs from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Maryland. Rittié says the work has “taken the first step to identifying new therapies in wound healing”.

Previous understanding of wound closure was that new skin cells originate from hair follicles and from intact skin at the edge of the wound. The Michigan findings demonstrate that cells arise from beneath the wound, and suggest that human sweat glands also store an important reservoir of adult stem cells that can quickly be recruited to aid wound healing.

‘By identifying a key process of wound closure, we can examine drug therapies with a new target in mind: sweat glands, which are very under-studied,’ Rittie said in a statement.
‘It may be surprising that it’s taken until now to discover the sweat glands’ vital role in wound repair. But there’s a good reason why these specific glands are under-studied – sweat glands are unique to humans and absent in the body skin of laboratory animals that are commonly used for wound healing research,’ added Rittie.

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Brachytherapy Dermatology Software Effective for Removing Skin Cancer

Doctor uses dermatology software for brachytherapyBy using dermatology software, such as electronic medical record systems, healthcare professionals are able to monitor abnormal moles and skin discolorations in patients to spot signs of skin cancer early on. Once skin cancer is detected, there are many treatment methods physicians can choose from depending on the type of cancer and where it is located. For patients suffering from nonmelanoma skin cancer, the answer could be brachytherapy.

Brachytherapy is a form of localized radiotherapy where high radiation doses are given from a short distance, reducing exposure to nearby organs and tissue and allowing physicians to remain at the patient’s side without risk of receiving radiation.

At the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s (ASTRO) annual meeting, Dr. Ajay Bhatnagar presented a study in which 122 patients had nonmelanoma lesions removed using an Xoft Axxent Electronic Brachytherapy device. Patients were monitored for 11 to 38 months after treatment, and visit findings were recorded in their doctor’s dermatology software. Of the patients that participated in the study, none reported a recurrence of skin cancer; however, researchers are continuing to follow up.

Either way, initial findings are positive, proving that localized treatments using brachytherapy medical software can be highly effective for treating nonmelanoma skin cancer, particularly in tricky areas such as the eyelids, behind the ear, and on the tip of the nose.

Have you had brachytherapy in the past? Was it effective? Tell us about it.