Acne Scarring: Correction Procedures & Techniques

October 9th, 2012 | Comments (0)

Acne scars are often left on our faces as painful reminders of the blemishes you once had.  Sometimes, it seems like there’s nothing you can do to get them to go away.  Yes, they fade with time, but you probably find yourself searching for inexpensive and easy ways to remove the scars.  Thanks to today’s technology and a number of dermatologic surgical techniques, scars can now be treated with a variety of safe, effective procedures that improve the appearance of your skin and boost self-esteem.

Below are three types of economical and less-invasive scar removal treatments that may be the right option for you.  However, if you are interested in more in-depth procedures, we recommend you speak with your dermatologist.

MICRODERMABRASION

Tiny particles passing through a vacuum tube gently scrape away the top layer of scarred skin and stimulate new cell growth. Because this technique focuses solely on the surface of the skin, those with mild scarring are the best candidates, and multiple treatments are usually required to achieve the best results.

DERMABRASION

The dermatologic surgeon freezes your skin or uses swelling anesthesia and then removes or “abrades” the skin with a rotary instrument. The skin undergoes a “remodeling” process as it heals, resulting in a smoother and fresher appearance.

CHEMICAL PEELING

By applying a chemical solution to the skin, mild scarring and certain types of acne may be treated. Chemical peeling enables new, regenerated skin to appear, improving the appearance of the condition.

We know that acne is much more than a skin care condition.  It has emotional and physical side effects that last long after the breakouts have come and gone.  It is possible to remove the scars through a variety of treatment options ranging from simple salon appointments to complex surgical procedures.

Though there are treatment options available to help remove the scars, the CoralActives Acne Treatment Therapy Plan works hard to not just fight acne, but also to repair and heal your skin.  The sea whip coral extract found in all of our products helps to reduce inflamed redness and repair your skin, helping to remove the painful scars left behind.  To learn more about CoralActives products, check out our website.

Real-Life Stories from CoralActives Users

September 10th, 2012 | Comments (0)

As individuals who have experienced the emotional and physical pain of acne, we know that acne means more than having a few blemishes on your face. While part of our mission is to provide you with the information and products you need to take proper care of your acne, we want you to also know that those of us at Ermis Labs know what you are feeling right now.  While the fight to clear-up your skin may seem unending and unfruitful, we want you to hear the stories of a few young adults who have experienced the change CoralActives products can have, not only on your skin, but on your life as a whole.

Bianca felt embarrassed about her acne and not as pretty as the other girls in school.  But after four weeks of using CoralActives, her self-confidence grew and she found herself more outgoing as time progressed.  YouTube Preview Image

Samantha wore make-up everywhere, even to the beach.  She watched her life from the sidelines until she started using CoralActives.  Hear how her life changed after using CoralActives for just six weeks. YouTube Preview Image

Trent used it all – from Proactive to Clean & Clear to prescription products.  But none of them worked until he tried CoralActives.  YouTube Preview Image

Heather’s boyfriend has clear skin.  For a long period of time, she thought he was embarrassed by her acne.  Now that she has clear skin after using CoralActives for six weeks, she doesn’t have that concern anymore.  YouTube Preview Image

Of the 17 million Americans between the ages of 12 and 24, almost 85% of them suffer from acne; you are not alone in your fight for clear skin.  You’ve heard these testimonials from a few CoralActives customers who’ve developed clear skin and seen changes in other areas of their lives.  Hear many more stories of real results and make the decision for yourself to do the same and start the CoralActives Acne Therapy Treatment Plan today.

Acne Myth Busters: The Toothpaste Remedy

August 27th, 2012 | Comments (0)

There are lots of acne myths out there and you might feel like you’ve heard them all.  Old wives’ tales such as: “chocolate gives you acne” and “if you sweat too much, you’ll break out” are common misconceptions.  Acne treatment myths such as, “skin cleansers need to dry out your skin to be effective” and “toothpaste can clear-up blemishes” often lead consumers in the wrong direction when it comes to proper skin care.  One of the most common urban myths: “toothpaste can clear up acne,” is believed among teenagers.  And though it may seem to be a quick and effective remedy to zits and blemishes, they could be harming their skin more than they are helping it.

Often thought of as a quick and inexpensive fix to the blemishes on your face, toothpaste ingredients do lend themselves to potentially clearing up acne by drying-out blemishes and soothing the skin.  However, these quick fixes can potentially aggravate your skin and worsen your blemishes.  The compounds found in toothpaste can cause premature microscarring.  A natural progression in the lives of our skin, microscarring occurs largely due to sunlight exposure, as well as cigarette smoke and air pollution.  Small, indented lines that occur while ageing, microscars cause the elasticity and collagen in skin to lose their shape.  A tiny dab of toothpaste on a few zits as a teenager could prematurely cause your skin to appear more aged than it actually may be.

While the toothpaste method can be a temporary fix, if you suffer from serious acne, ensure you are using the proper products to get rid of acne and repair your skin.  CoralActives Acne Therapy Treatment Plan can help you achieve the results you’re looking for: acne-free, healthy and younger-looking skin.  However, if you’ve tried our products and other over-the-counter systems, ensure you speak with a dermatologist to determine the best acne skin care method for you.

The Emotional Side Effects of Acne

August 13th, 2012 | Comments (0)

If you’ve ever had a pimple on your face, you know that it always feels much bigger than it really is and it seems like everyone is staring at it. Not only does acne cause physical scarring, but it also has severe emotional side effects. Due to its facial visibility and the inherent red marks and scars it leaves behind, acne causes a great deal of inner angst and stress among both teens and adults who suffer from mild to severe acne. Many acne patients feel ugly, undesired and tend to stress more about their condition, which in turn can fuel acne and causes more breakouts. It is a vicious cycle that feeds on itself.

A study conducted on 39 adolescents with varying levels of acne showed that 58% of the teens surveyed were dissatisfied with their facial appearance. They experienced constant feelings of embarrassment and social inhibition because of their acne. Junior and senior high school is already a tumultuous time in a teenager’s life. When suffering from acne, it can affect levels of self-confidence and self-esteem. Teens are typically trying to define themselves and find a place in their world to fit in – acne-inducing insecurities could cause a young man or woman to completely miss out on that carefree period of life and self-discovery. It is especially common among adolescents to feel insecure and anxious; some teens even contemplate or attempt suicide as a result of their acne.

But acne doesn’t just affect teens; adults suffer from it as well. Studies show that adults with acne have a 15% higher chance of suffering from depression. It can seriously affect self-confidence in the work place, which can hinder career aspirations.

We recognize that youth and adults who suffer from acne endure both its physical and emotional side effects and it seriously impacts other aspects of your life. However, with CoralActives products in your arsenal, you can get some relief and start to repair the scars left behind. Our secret ingredient, sea whip coral, uses natural resources that calm acne and repair skin. For more information about CoralActives products, visit our homepage.

Not Just for Teen Girls: Men and Acne

July 23rd, 2012 | Comments (0)

Acne: often thought of as forcing teen girls into hiding and causing mini-meltdowns right before prom. However, it doesn’t just afflict young women between the ages of 12-18.  Over 17 million adults suffer from acne and 25% of those are men.  So while it may not seem like a typical concern that men discuss at work or on the golf course, there are some unique factors that guys should pay attention to when it comes to talking about skin care.

Shaving

Whether you shave every day or every other day, doing so exposes your skin to a greater risk of clogged pores which results in acne.  Nicks, close shaves and ingrown hairs foster an environment that breeds breakouts.  That being said, you can still have a close shave every day that won’t cause an acne breakout.

  • Choose a twin-blade blade razor.  Single and multi-blade options have proven to cause more irritation for acne-prone skin.  If you use a shaving cream, ensure that it is non-comedogenic – this ensures that the cream doesn’t contain pore blocking ingredients.
  • Prepare your skin for the shave by softening your facial hair with warm/hot water.  An easy way to do this is by shaving immediately after showering.  Pre-shave oil can also help dampen and prepare your skin if you have a thick beard.
  • Apply your shave cream or gel not only to your cheeks and chin, but also under your chin, your upper lip and on your neck.
  • Shave in the same direction that the hair grows and use confident, yet gentle strokes.  If you have to shave over a pimple or sensitive area, shave very gently and if possible, only once.   Once finished, wash your entire face with your facial cleanser.

Check out this video tutorial from Dan at acne.org to see how to get a close shave with acne.

Steroids

Studies show that one-third of male athletes and bodybuilders who take anabolic steroids suffer from acne and half of those men suffer from severe, cystic acne.  The obvious solution would be to stop taking anabolic steroids.  However, if that is not an option for you, speak with your dermatologist to discuss if other steroid medications are available without severe acne side effects.

Treatment

While personalized acne treatments differ from person to person, three basic steps are applicable for anyone: cleanse, treat, moisturize.  Your routine should also include three key ingredients: benzoyl peroxide, retinol and anti-inflammatories.  Each step of CoralActives acne treatment program includes at least one of these ingredients and is especially poised to help heal your skin and give you clear, healthy-looking skin in as little as four weeks, with initial results in the first few days.

Though it has a stigma of being just a teen girl problem, acne plagues the lives of adult men and women everywhere.  Though it may not seem like a typical “guy problem,” it certainly is.  Gentlemen, don’t be afraid to step up and ask for help.  Several over the counter acne treatment options, such as CoralActives, are available.  Unlike its competitors, CoralActives is more cost-effective, environmentally friendly and produces faster results.  Make the choice today to get clear, healthy-looking skin now.

Acne Vocabulary Lesson: Retinol

July 17th, 2012 | Comments (0)

Pay attention to the skin care world for just five minutes and in that short span of time you will be given a vocabulary lesson.  But, of all the unfamiliar words that you hear frequently, which ones really count when it comes to choosing skin products that are right for you?  With the funky vernacular when speaking of cleansers ingredients, retinol is one of the most important terms to pay attention to. It’s in everything from night creams to moisturizers to face wash. So what is it that makes retinol the wonder-cream and why is it so gosh-darn important?

Retinoids, the greater umbrella category for anti-aging compounds, including retinol, retinoic acid, and many others, are various varieties of Vitamin A.  Well-known and clinically proven to make skin appear younger and healthier, retinoids have been around for decades.  They first became popular in the 1970’s with the onset of retinoic acid, or Retin-A, an extremely harsh and sun-sensitive topical product used by anyone from even the mildest blemish to severe acne.  However, the effects of Retin-A, where severe and included severe dryness, peeling, redness and extreme sun-sensitivity.

As a result of the harsh side effects of Retin-A, researchers found that a milder form of Retin-A produced the same positive effects such as eliminating wrinkles, blemishes and dark spots, but without the same harsh side effects as Retin-A.  Retinol causes change within the skin and generates new cell growth at a more rapid rate than the body’s natural tendencies. This cell rejuvenation ultimately aids with eliminating acne, wrinkles, and pigmentation by reducing the cellular build-up that occurs.  While retinol is praised by some as a “wonder-cream,” it is best used with a team of skin care products to give you the healthiest and best looking skin for you.

For those who suffer from acne, the CoralActives Complete Acne Therapy System gives you a triple punch attack regiment against acne with the Retinol Exfoliating Cleanser, the Acne Serum Gel with benzoyl peroxide and a moisturizer that helps you fight acne without leaving your skin feeling extra oily.  To learn more about the effects of retinol and find out more information about the CoralActives combo kit, check out our website today.

 

Summer Skin tips

June 14th, 2012 | * Comments (3)

Exfoliate for clearer, smoother skin

What it does: Exfoliation removes dead, dulling skin debris to prevent congestion and improve hydration from toners and moisturizers.

When: Perform in the mornings prior to toner, moisturizer, SPF and make-up application. Tip: Make-up will last longer on an exfoliated skin!

Don’t forget: After you exfoliate, follow with a hydrating body cream to seal in moisture, and always shield freshly exfoliated skin with an SPF.

Keep skin hydrated

How: Up your regimen’s level of hydration with intensive masques, perfect for use one to two times a week. Boosters are a great fit, working best when layered underneath a moisturizer. Toners are a refreshing moisturizer prep, working to even out skin porosity. Tip: Refresh with a revitalizing toner spritz at your desk, in the car, at the gym, on the plane!

Make friends with H20

Why: Higher temperatures and more time outdoors leads to internal dehydration, which can result in headaches and dizzy spells!

What you can do: Eight 8-ounce glasses of plain, filtered water every day help maintain critical moisture balance of the body and skin, and assist in detoxification. Tip: If you drink caffeinated beverages, you must triple the amount of water you drink!

When in doubt, apply (and reapply!)

Why: It’s not enough to just apply sunscreen.: you must apply enough, and apply frequently.   Studies indicate that most people do not apply nearly as much daylight protection as they should.

How much: A teaspoon for the face. For the body, about as much as would fill a shot glass.

How often: Re-apply every two hours. Tip: Stay out of the midday sun from mid-morning to late afternoon whenever you can.

Bonus: Today’s sophisticated formulas and technology let you select sun protection that works with your skin condition. That means you can choose oil-free, mattifying formulas, extra emollient formulas for dry skin, or chemical free formulas for sensitized, reactive skin.

Soothe over-exposed skin

What: You forgot the sunscreen, didn’t apply enough, or got caught in a sunny spell.

What’s next: Unfortunately, the damage is done, but you don’t have to suffer in pain! Super-soothing botanicals and cooling gels can help prevent peeling and reduce redness and inflammation.

How: Apply cooling balms generously over-exposed skin, preferably at the first sight of a pink glow.

Prevent: One blistering sunburn doubles your risk of melanoma — remember to get a yearly skin exam by a doctor and perform a self-examination once a month to detect early warning signs of carcinomas and malignant melanoma. Look for a new growth or any skin change.

Repair and treat sun damage

What causes skin damage: UV light causes photoaging in the form of brown spots, coarse skin and wrinkles, whether you have burned your skin or not. When sunlight comes in contact with skin a cascade of damage results (including the stripping of barrier lipids) causing inflammation, production of reactive oxygen molecules that affect healthy cell growth, and stimulation of collagen destructing enzymes.

What to do: A tan may be a popular summer look, but it indicates damage. Bombard your skin with age-fighting ingredients to help undo any damage that may occur, and to further protect it from the aging effects of UV.

What You Should Know About Your Skin

June 7th, 2012 | Comments (0)

It measures about 22 square feet. It makes up about 7% of your body’s mass. As your body’s most extensive organ, covering and protecting you, your skin needs a little extra TLC. Here are some of the most important things you can do for your skin.

Don’t expect drinking water to cure dry skin. Six to eight glasses per day is great for your health, but it won’t make your skin less dry: that moisture never reaches the upper layers of the epidermis.

Sleep. Did you know that between 2 and 3 a.m., cell regeneration happens eight times faster than during the middle of the day? The need for seven-plus hours of sleep is no myth; your body — especially skin — uses the time to recover.

Moisturizing Body Wash and Bars. A moisturizing body wash or a moisturizing cleansing bar will give you all the mild cleansing you need without robbing your skin of natural, protective oils, as soap can.

Moisturize from the inside out. Linoleic acid, the essential fatty acid in natural oils, especially sunflower-seed oil, is potentially helpful for maintaining the skin’s natural moisturizing processes.

Turn down the heat. A long, hot shower may be stressing your skin. The fix? Shower in lukewarm water for 15 minutes or less. And pat yourself dry — don’t rub.

So save your skin. It takes less effort than you think to keep it glowing and healthy all over.

Hydrating Aging Skin

May 31st, 2012 | Comments (0)

Say no to smoking which ages the skin prematurely. It causes your skin to lose its elasticity earlier which makes it more difficult for it to hold onto moisture.

Start from the inside out. Drink plenty of water and eat healthy foods rich in antioxidants. The first step to hydrate your skin is to give your body the things it needs to repair itself.

Use a humidifier. You can use a humidifier while you sleep which can aid in giving dry skin a boost during the day, which will prevent your skin from drying out throughout the day.

Protect your skin. Wear sunscreen everyday. Sun damage does a great deal of damage to our skin, and even more so as we age. Exposure to the harmful effects of the sun can create more wrinkles, as well as discoloration and age spots, so if you are in the process of trying to hydrate your skin so you have a more youthful glow, don’t set yourself back by forgetting to wear sunscreen every day.

Find an excellent moisturizer and other skin care products that help to hydrate your skin. Using thicker creams that replenish your skin like moisturizers with B vitamins to hydrate your thirsty aging skin. Maintain elasticity, promote cell turnover, and create a moisture barrier between your face and the environment for the greatest benefit.

Avoid the hype. The more outlandish the claims about reversing the signs of aging that a product makes, the more suspicious you should be. There truly is no magic bullet for aging skin, and spending time and money hunting for the well of eternal youth will just make you worry more and enjoy the skin that you’re in even less. Skin hydration can be as basic as smearing some petroleum jelly on your cheeks and lips before going out on a windy day or as complicated as expensive salon procedures. Find what makes you skin feel healthy and don’t worry about the rest.

Tips for Summer Skin Care

May 17th, 2012 | Comments (0)

Here are a few summer sun tips that will help you protect your children and yourself:
1. Look for sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide with an SPF of 15 or higher. SPF 15 blocks 93 percent of all incoming UVB rays; SPF 30 blocks 97 percent; and SPF 50 blocks 98 percent. Learn more at The Skin Cancer Foundation.

2. Avoid sunscreens that contain parabens, PABA, benzophenone, oxybenzone, octinoxate, avobenzone, padimate O and homosalate.

3. Babies under 6 months should be kept out of direct sunlight.

4. Wear a hat making sure the brim is big enough to shield the ears and neck.

5. Wear UV-blocking sunglasses with 99 to 100 percent absorption to protect the eyes and the sensitive skin around the eyes.

6. Eat a diet high in antioxidants like vegetables, fruits, super foods such as acai, coconut water, maca, and cacao.

7. Check your vitamin D levels. If you are deficient, you can be more vulnerable to getting skin damage. High vitamin D levels can protect against sunburn. Learn more at Vitamin D Council.

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