Acne Care for Dry Skin

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If you have dry, acne-prone skin, you know how hard it is to find a cream to address all your concerns at once. Most people associate acne blemishes with oily skin, but the truth is that many dry conditions (such as rosacea) can cause acne breakouts, leaving skin both dry and broken out.

Why does dry skin break out?
The answer to this varies. In short, you can get an acne blemish any time a hair follicle becomes clogged. In oily skin, the clog is usually caused by excess oil. But the follicles can also be clogged by cosmetic products, dirt, bacteria, and dead skin cells — the last being the major cause of acne in dry skin.

If you have dry skin, it’s often flaky and rough. There are dead skin cells galore that refuse to slough off, so instead they clog follicles, leading to breakouts. Dry skin may also try to overcompensate for its dryness by actually overproducing oil, further leading to clogs when those dead skin cells keep oil trapped.

Lastly, conditions associated with dryness, such as rosacea, come with their own forms of pimples which operate similarly to acne blemishes, though they’re not identical. Treatment for rosacea blemishes may differ from traditional acne treatments; however, when it comes to ATOPALM’s secret weapon against blemishes, you only need one product whether you’re dealing with acne or rosacea.

How do I treat pimples in dry skin?
Many popular acne treatments can be harsh and over-drying to the skin, simply because they’re meant for oily, traditionally acne-prone skin. Top acne products often contain benzoyl peroxide, an ingredient which can irritate any skin type, but positively wreak havoc on dry, sensitive skin.

Rather than exposing dry skin to overly stripping acne products, it’s important to find a formulation which will treat the blemishes without upsetting surrounding skin. In this way, you can reduce the appearance of pimples and help them heal without undoing the work of your other skin care products.

What’s the best spot treatment for dry acne-prone skin?
Call us biased if you want, but the truth is still the truth: ATOPALM Cicarelief Cream is our #1 best-selling product for acne. Not only that, but it’s an excellent blemish treatment whether your skin is dry or not! It can be used on acne blemishes as well as rosacea blemishes, and anything in between.

The unique benefits of Cicarelief Cream come from the combination of ATOPALM MLE and calamine. These two ingredients target blemishes from a healing standpoint, as well as a soothing standpoint. MLE repairs and supports skin health while calamine reduces inflammation, redness, and irritation. The result is skin that both looks and feels better while it’s actually being healed — not just covered or dried up.

 

Try Cicarelief Cream when you order the Real Barrier Cica Cream Kit. You’ll find a full size bottle of Cicarelief Cream, as well as mid-size versions of Extreme Cream Mask and Eye Contour Cream, all at a special discounted price.

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Best Skin Care for Irritated Skin

Even if you don’t normally have sensitive skin, chances are you’ve had a handful of times in your life when your skin has become irritated. Maybe during an illness, or after using a new skin care product that was poorly formulated. Other common causes of short-term irritation can be in-office skin procedures, or exposure to irritants like poison oak and ivy.

Regardless of the cause, Cicarelief Cream is here for you. Cicarelief Cream is a deeply healing and reparative cream formulated especially for compromised skin in need of special care. It uses MLE, panthenol, calamine, and madecassoside to soothe and promote healing in skin that has been damaged or irritated. It can be used after sunburn, reactions to natural irritants, or simply when your skin feels less than healthy.

For those who experience extreme sensitivity on a regular basis, Cicarelief Cream can be used more often to keep skin in a healthier and more comfortable state. Use it instead of your normal ATOPALM cream or, in the most extreme cases, in addition to your daily cream. The calamine and panthenol go that extra mile to soothe irritation and restore health.

Last but certainly not least, Cicarelief Cream makes an excellent acne breakout treatment! The soothing ingredients help reduce redness and inflammation while ATOPALM MLE goes to work on repairing the skin barrier. Use it as an acne spot treatment, or on larger areas of the face if you are very acne-prone.

Try Cicarelief Cream today when you purchase the Cicarelief Cream Kit! Offered at a special low price, it features a full-size Cicarelief Cream, as well as mid-size versions of Extreme Cream Mask, Intense Moisture Cream, and Eye Contour Cream. Cicarelief Cream Kit is the perfect way to experience many new ATOPALM products at once, and give your skin the gift of health through ATOPALM Real Barrier.

Wash Your Face!

It’s the first step of any good skin care regimen, but it’s also the most skipped step! For some reason, face washing has become the annoying little sister of skin care, even though it takes only minutes and provides countless benefits.

Here’s a look at why you should wash your face, and how you can make this sometimes annoying task a little easier.

1) It keeps skin clear. While it’s known that dirt doesn’t directly cause acne blemishes, a buildup of excess oil and makeup certainly can worsen problem skin. Cleansing skin in the morning and evening will help keep oil production regulated, while removing debris, dirt, and other things that may cause or worsen acne breakouts.

2) It keeps skin calm. When it comes to dry and sensitive skin, skipping the cleansing step can lead to irritation. Sensitive skin can’t handle day after day of debris buildup, and it will respond by becoming agitated. While dry skin and sensitive skin shouldn’t be cleansed too often or with very hot water, these skin types should still be gently washed in the morning before skin care products are applied, and before bed to remove the debris of the day.

3) It keeps skin fresh. If you often skip your face cleansing step, you may be unfamiliar with just how good it feels to have properly cleansed skin. When you wash your face with a gentle face wash, it should never feel itchy, tight, or dry; instead, it should feel pure and refreshed.

So, for those who hate to wash their face: here’s how to make skin cleansing an easy, doable task!

In the morning, start with our Moisturizing Facial Cleansing Foam. The rich, lush texture deeply cleans skin without stripping it of essential moisture. It dissolves excess oil and removes dirt and debris collected overnight, leaving the face feeling like a perfect palette for skin care. In addition, by washing the face before applying skin care, you’ll actually enhance your skin care regimen’s efficacy by removing the “road blocks” of dirt, oil, leftover makeup, and dead skin.

In the evening, it’s time to remove makeup and the buildup of environmental toxins and dirt. Pretty much everyone dislikes taking time to wash their face before bed, so we’ve made it extra easy with our Moisturizing Cleansing Wipes. These pre-saturated wipes thoroughly remove makeup and cleanse skin while covering it in a light layer of our moisturizing MLE. After just a few swipes across the face, the skin is pure and hydrated.

Of course, either of our cleansers may be used at any time of day. We just feel that this is the quickest, easiest, and most effective way to keep skin fresh and pure without the hassle of traditional cleansing routines.

All About Skin Pores

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Your entire body is covered in skin pores. Impossible to see on most of your body, these pores are actually just the surface opening to the millions of hair follicles your body has. These hair follicles are responsible for not only growing hair, but also emitting sebum (skin oil) which simultaneously expels dead skin cells and works to nourish and protect the skin.

While it’s true that an over- or under-abundance of sebum can be troublesome, it is absolutely essential to skin health and beauty. Sebum keeps the skin and hair supple, while also supplying antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and protective benefits. Additionally, it carries nutrients like vitamin E and antioxidants to the skin and hair.

In a perfect world, the hair follicle would secrete a balanced level of sebum to expel dead skin cells and nourish the skin. However, too often, the hair follicle openings called pores become blocked, which traps all of the dead skin cells and sebum beneath the skin. Before too long, bacteria joins the party, resulting in the redness and inflammation we know as a blemish, zit, or acne breakout.

Knowing all this, it’s obvious why it’s important to keep skin pores functioning normally. One of the easiest ways to make sure pores stay open is to use non-comedogenic skin care products, which are simply products formulated with ingredients that won’t clog pores. Most high-quality products these days are non-comedogenic, but it’s best to confirm before use.

Another thing to consider is your cleansing regimen. Proper cleansing with a well formulated face wash will balance sebum production, which keeps skin happy. However, products which strip the skin (remove too much oil) or don’t clean enough (leave too much oil) will upset the balance of your complexion. This can lead to an improper level of sebum which can clog pores with either a burst of too much oil, or not enough oil to flush away dead skin cells. The key word is balance, even for acne-prone complexions. 

Now for everyone’s favorite pore question: how can I make my pores smaller? No one wants large pores, even though they are a natural and normal part of our bodies! The sad news is that you can’t actually shrink pores. The good news is that there are many ways to make them appear smaller!

To make pores smaller (or at least look smaller), it’s important to exfoliate skin a couple times a week. Whether you prefer a chemical exfoliator or a scrub, exfoliation helps to remove built-up dead skin cells, which can help keep pores clear and less obvious while also smoothing, brightening, and softening the complexion.

My favorite exfoliator is an alpha hydroxy acid/salicylic acid blend, which is great for all skin types. It exfoliates by loosening dead skin cells and rinsing them away without physically scrubbing the skin, making it a favorite of sensitive and acne-prone skin types.

In addition to exfoliation, proper basic cleansing will help pores look smaller by preventing a buildup of dirt and debris. Finally, a mattifying agent can help reduce the appearance of pores by removing shine and creating a smoother palette for makeup application. Just be sure that your mattifier is non-comedogenic, and you’ll be good to go!

Do you have a question about skin pores that isn’t addressed here? Leave us a comment and let us know!

How to Handle Breakouts

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In the world of skin care advice, nothing is more talked about than dealing with breakouts. Whether you suffer from acne, or you only see the occasional pimple, here’s the lowdown on what you should – and should not – do to regain a clear complexion.

Do thoroughly cleanse your skin at night. You should be doing this anyway, but doubly so if you’re experiencing a breakout. At the end of the day, your skin is covered in your own skin care product remnants, makeup, environmental pollutants, dirt, excess oil, and more. In short, it’s kind of gross.

If you leave all of that stuff on your skin, you’re not allowing your pores to breathe and function normally, which can lead to even more blemishes. On top of that, your existing blemishes aren’t able to heal themselves due to lack of oxygen  and compromised function. Simply remove makeup and give your skin a little scrub, and you’ll already be on your way to clearer skin.

Don’t pick, pop, or pile on concealer. The number one enemy to clear skin is picking at it! We are all tempted to pop pimples, but doing so can cause scarring and bacterial infection, not to mention pain and bleeding, which can often make your skin look worse. If you absolutely must pop your pimple, there are a few rules to follow that will reduce your risk of causing further damage.

  1. Only pop a pimple that has come to a head. That is, it’s white/yellow at the top, and raised above the skin.
  2. Take a shower to open your pores, and cleanse your skin and hands.
  3. Disinfect a sharp sewing needle with rubbing alcohol.
  4. Gently prick one small hole in the head of the pimple.
  5. Wrap your fingertips in tissue and use a gentle down-and-in motion to drain the fluid. Stop if the fluid becomes clear or bloody.
  6. STOP! That’s it. Don’t keep going, don’t keep picking, and do not cover your newly opened wound with makeup. If you wish, gently wash it with cool water, but that’s it.

One more note on concealer. It is a wonder product when formulated and used correctly. However, some concealers are very heavy and will make breakouts worse. Instead of just using any old thing, make sure to find a concealer that is formulated with non-comedogenic ingredients (ingredients that won’t clog your pores), or use a skin care product that offers tint, like Atopalm’s BB Cream.

Do use an acne treatment product formulated especially to dry and heal breakouts. Whether it’s a mask, spot treatment, or lotion, utilizing a specialized skin care product will greatly boost the healing process. Just be sure to use gentle ingredients like salicylic acid and willow bark or tea tree, and stay far away from benzoyl peroxide and other hash ingredients.

Do still rock your look. Don’t let a breakout, acne, or one single pimple sap all of your confidence! We’ve all had breakouts, and sadly, will continue to have them. But, that’s ok! Chances are no one cares about your pimple because they’re dealing with their own. And let’s face it, we’re all shallow enough to ignore someone else’s skin care issues in favor of our own. So, put your best face forward with confidence and knowledge that, in a few days’ time, your skin will be back to normal.

Moisturizing Oily and Acne-Prone Skin

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Believe it or not, oily skin and acne-prone skin need to moisturize, too. If you experience excess oil or acne, you may feel like the last thing your skin needs is an emollient, but it’s actually essential to your skin’s health! The truth is, a good acne moisturizer may even help your skin become clearer and more beautiful.

Moisturizing success for acne-prone skin lies in your product choice. Choose wisely, and your skin will thank you. Choose poorly, and you risk breakouts and even oilier skin. So, the first step is to know exactly what you’re looking for.

Skin care moisturizers formulated with exfoliators and natural skin care oils are great for oily and acne-prone skin. Just be sure that the oils are truly natural — great ingredients to look for include jojoba seed oil, meadowfoam oil, and tea tree oil, which is highly beneficial for acne-prone skin. Exfoliators that may help your skin include salicylic acid or alpha hydroxy acids.

Your moisturizer for oily skin should be labeled non-comedogenic, which means that it won’t cause pores and lead to breakouts. As far as texture is concerned, skin care lotions are usually lighter-weight and may be more comfortable for very oily skin, while moisturizers or skin care creams are usually heavier and may be uncomfortable for acne skin.

Finally, your problem skin may not stop at oil and acne. If your skin is also sensitive, choose a hydrating product that is hypoallergenic and fragrance-free. These attributes will help ensure that your skin doesn’t experience a reaction caused by the moisturizer.

With these tips, you’re sure to comfortably and efficiently moisturize your oily, blemish-prone skin without risk of breaking out. Properly moisturized, your skin may be able to balance itself while appearing healthier and more beautiful than ever.

Best Blemish Treatments

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Blemishes, zits, pimples, breakouts…Whatever you call them, chances are you hate them. Even if you don’t have acne-prone skin, you’re likely to experience quite a few blemishes in your lifetime, especially if you have oily skin or fluctuating hormones.

Some people suggest letting a breakout run its course, forbidding picking and popping, and even topical acne skin treatments. But, I’m here to say that you don’t have to let breakouts take over your skin! Here are some of the best blemish treatments for banishing breakouts and restoring skin clarity.

Best Acne Spot Treatment
For those who don’t break out regularly, spot treatments are the way to go. Spot treatments are designed to be used only on the blemish itself. Some acne spot treatments even include a built-in concealer to disguise the blemish while it heals!

Some of the best spot treatment ingredients include salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and sulfur. Try to stay away from benzoyl peroxide, which is overly drying and may provide more issues than benefits. Finally, if you do choose a spot treatment with concealer, make sure the makeup ingredients are oil-free and non-comedogenic, which means that they won’t clog pores and make breakouts worse.

Best Acne Face Mask
Skin care face masks for acne-prone skin are great for skin that breaks out semi-regularly, as well as skin with a lot of blackheads and other non-pimple imperfections. These face masks will help balance oil production while smoothing, brightening, and nourishing the skin. Great acne face mask ingredients to look for are bentonite and kaolin clays, zinc, and botanicals like cinnamon and white willow bark extract.

Best Daily Acne Treatment Regimen
For truly acne-prone skin that breaks out regularly, a more powerful daily acne treatment regimen might be necessary. Rather than just one acne-fighting product, most or all of your products should be formulated to help combat breakouts. This would include a cleanser (or exfoliating cleanser if your skin isn’t sensitive), a toner, a moisturizer with SPF, and treatment products like the mask and spot treatment mentioned above.

Ideally, the cleanser, toner, and moisturizer would be used daily, with a once weekly mask application, and a spot treatment used as necessary. As long as you stay away from harsh ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and retinols, your acne regimen should work together to achieve a healthier appearance.

Start at Home
If your budget or health concerns don’t allow for you to use traditional blemish skin care products, try making your own at home! These great DIY Acne Spot Treatments are a great place to start, and they may even help you learn what you’d like in a store bought skin care regimen.