CoralActives Mentioned on Elle.com

April 10th, 2013 | Comments (0)

We all know Elle, the world’s best selling fashion magazine and website. Every day their beauty experts provide readers with tips on how to look and feel amazing. This is why we are so honored to hear that Elle.com listed CoralActives in their article about the 10 Retinol Products for Clearer, Smoother Skin

Dermatologist Fredric Brandt, MD, sat down with Elle.com to talk about his top picks for Retinol serums, creams, sprays and cleansers. CoralActives Retinol Exfoliating Cleanser was his favorite product for anti-aging cleanser. Dr. Brandt says, “It lightens discoloration, smoothes skin texture, and boosts collagen production, which will increase skin’s firmness and elasticity.”

We are so thrilled that Elle.com chose CoralActives to be a part of this list. We love that our product is in great company with other high-end brands, and that CoralActives is one of the only choices that gives you all the benefits of Retinol, without breaking the bank. To learn more about our Retinol Exfoliating cleanser, please visit our website.  

CoralActives Acne Products Now Available at Kinney Drugs

May 24th, 2012 | * Comments (2)

CoralActives is proud to announce distribution of its Complete Acne Therapy System which includes their patent pending Retinol Exfoliating Cleanser, their patent pending 6% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Serum, their 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Cleansing Bar and their Moisturizer for Acne-Prone Skin at Kinney Drugs.

Acne affects millions of people each year. What was once thought of as a disease of teenagers is slowing changing. Acne is gaining prevalence in older age groups. Recent studies have shown females in their 30′s and 40′s seeing an increase in acne.

Whether you are a teen with your first signs of acne or in adulthood still dealing with occasional breakouts CoralActives Acne Products will provide effective results with 2 simple steps that are well tolerated on the skin and include a renewable ingredient to help reduce redness and irritation; Sea Whip Extract.

Read more at PRWeb.

Preparing Your Skin for Summer

May 3rd, 2012 | Comments (0)

With winter over and the sun finally starting to shine again, it’s time to start thinking about what you can do to prepare your skin for summer.  Over the winter time, your skin has to endure harsh conditions, such as cold and dryness, which can lead to minor damage.  Taking steps to prepare your skin for summer can help prevent more serious damage in response to the summer sun and keep it looking healthy and radiant.

One of the most commonly overlooked aspects of skin care is exfoliation.  Although it must not be performed excessively, exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells, making your own skin look better and allowing you to moisturize and care for your skin easier.  A typical, normal skin care regiment will usually consist of exfoliating 2-3 times per week.  Keep in mind that this should be less if you intend to use a harsher form of exfoliation.  Start with a mild exfoliant and increase treatment intensity if needed.

Expose your skin to sun slowly before you spend all day outside.  This has nothing to do with the myth that a base tan is needed—this only damages your skin and can lead to more serious health problems later.  Instead, start by spending a few minutes at a time outside or tan lightly and carefully each week.  The goal here is to avoid pale winter skin from being suddenly damaged the first time you spend all day out in the sun.  As your skin darkens naturally and slowly, you can increase the amount of time you spend outside, however, remember to always wear sunblock!

Another easy way to get your skin ready for summer is to take care of sunspots and age spots that you missed after last summer.  There are a few ways to do this, such as with Intense Pulsed Light and micro TCA spot removing peels.  Taking care of these now not only gives you better skin for summer, it also helps keeps them from becoming larger and more of a problem later.

Also remember that hydration is vital to your skin, not only for healing and rejuvenation, but also for preventing later damage when it is exposed to sun and dry conditions.  Taking steps now to help prepare your skin for summer and maintaining it properly are the best ways to have radiant, healthy skin!

10 Steps to Cleaning Your Face

March 22nd, 2012 | Comments (0)

1. Cleanse twice a day, no more. Unless you have exposed your skin to excessive dust, grime or pollution, twice-a-day cleansing is more than adequate for any skin type. Cleansing too often strips your skin of precious natural oils. Not cleansing regularly, particularly before you retire for the night, may lead to build-up and clog pores.

2. Choose a cleanser that is appropriate for your skin type. Do not use soap on facial skin: it can be too harsh and drying and damage skin over time. A too-rich cleanser can clog pores, while a too-dry cleanser can irritate the skin.

3. Always cleanse with tepid water. Hot water dries and damages skin over time, and cold water won’t dissolve and take away embedded dirt and grime as well as lukewarm water.

4. If you use sponges or washcloths, make sure they are clean and soft. They are not necessary for effective cleansing: your fingertips can do just as good a job.

5. Wash your hands thoroughly before you cleanse your face, or you will be working dirt into facial skin. Use a headband to secure hair away from the face.

6. Start by splashing tepid water on your face and neck.

7. Apply the cleanser with your fingertips or a soft sponge, using gentle circular massaging strokes and moving upward on the face and neck. Do not scrub too much…gentle massaging strokes are enough to help improve circulation as well as loosen grime and old surface skin cells. Too much scrubbing will stretch skin and irritate it, especially the delicate skin around the eyes.

8. Rinse with lots of tepid water. Don’t forget to rinse off cleanser from the neck and hairline. Cleanser residue can clog pores and attract dirt.

9. Gently blot off excess water with a soft towel. Do not scrub dry or drag towel along skin.

10. Follow immediately with a water-based toner and a moisturizer appropriate for your skin type to seal in surface moisture and offer nourishment when skin is receptive.

CoralActives Acne Treatment Endorsed by F.A.C.E. of Beverly Hills

July 9th, 2011 | Comments (0)

CoralActives is excited to share the news of its endorsement by Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon, McCoy Moretz, MD. Dr. Moretz’s review of the ingredients and product testing supports its use and its effectiveness in the treatment of acne.

“The team at Ermis Labs came up with excellent formulations to fight acne and clear skin. Their use of powerful ingredients made gentle with Sea Whip Coral Extract is a perfect combination,” says Dr. Moretz.

Read more at PRWeb.

Does pizza cause acne?

February 28th, 2011 | Comments (0)

5 Diet Tips that help control Acne
Previously it was believed that fat caused acne — that’s a myth — it has nothing to with acne.   So acne is definitely not the fault of the pizza, but what you eat can definitely have an impact on the skin.

1. Milk
Milk is good for babies and small children, but not so good for young people — especially if you have acne.  Milk contains hormones that can exacerbate acne.  That doesn’t mean you can’t drink milk — coffee and cream or milk with cereal from time to time does not damage the skin.  Just try not to drink more than a glass of milk a day.

2. Sugar
This is not scientifically proven, but many doctors now believe that excess sugar can aggravate acne.

3. Fish Oil
Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are not only good for general health, they are important for healthy skin and acne prevention. The best sources for Omega-3 fish include salmon, cod and tuna.  So eat more fish or you can take Omega-3 supplements.

4. Vitamins
Some vitamins are essential for treating acne.  Research has shown that both vitamin B5 and vitamin A in high doses can be excellent in treating acne. You should consult your doctor about the proper dosage before trying these because they can also be toxic.  Vitamin E is also important for healthy and beautiful skin.  Multivitamins are also a good way to prevent acne.  And of course, fruits and vegetables can help your vitamin intake.

5. Zinc
Zinc reduces acne because it boosts your immune system. Good sources of zinc are eggs, whole grains and mushrooms.

Follow these tips for at least two weeks and you should see their effects.  Don’t expect miracles, but in combination with other acne treatments, you’ll be happy with the results.

 

How do I hide my pimple?

February 15th, 2011 | Comments (0)

3 Rules to hide a pimple
Pimples seem to be able to read your mind. They know when its when its class picture day and even prom night! Here are three simple rules to follow when a pimple rears its ugly head.

1) If there’s no whitehead, DON’T squeeze it, since the pimple is probably too deep to drain.  Picking a deep “underground” pimple can end up turning it into a larger boil that may get infected.  Plus, squeezing can make it scab, which is harder to hide with concealer.

2) If there’s a whitehead that’s just too nasty to be seen, you can try squeezing it gently – BUT do this only at night, so it has time to shrink before morning.  And if it doesn’t come out easily, don’t keep squeezing, since this may cause more damage.  Cover with a Band-Aid to prevent scabbing.

3) Avoid letting hot water hit the pimple, this can make it more red and inflamed.  Instead, apply a cool, damp washcloth over the pimple to help reduce redness, pat dry and then apply concealer.  A stick formula will cover better than a liquid concealer.  For best results, dab on with your fingertip or a small brush, and keep dotting on until the pimple is covered.  Then apply foundation or powder.

What are my options for Acne Scar Treatments?

February 11th, 2011 | * Comments (1)

Today is a time of modern medicine where medical technology has solved many of our health concerns, and even some of our cosmetic ones.  Treating acne can be a long and laborious process; a lot depends on the many factors of the individual.  Another area of treatment is often needed for people who have recovered from acne but still have remaining acne scars that are muddling their otherwise clear appearance.

Acne scar reduction treatments abound the market these days and are offered by dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons alike. Essentially the only way to effectively remove an acne scar is to get some serious professional treatments.  Over the counter acne scar removal creams simply do not work on acne scars where there is scar tissue as the ingredients are too weak.

Pitted acne scars are a common type of acne scar that can come in three different shapes; the ice pick scar, the rolling scar and the boxcar scar.  Pitted acne scars appear to be embedded into the skin, and have a “trough-like” appearance.  These scars can be treated in a variety of ways, such as in using laser resurfacing treatments, deep chemical peels and even micro-dermabrasion.  If the pitted acne scar is particularly deep and severe another treatment possibility is called punch excision where a small skin graft may be used to cover up the scar.

Of course one needs to seek medical advice from a professional before knowing which type of acne treatment can best suit them. Seeking a reputable physician without a history of complaints or lawsuits is a good clue that they are competent and successful. Overall, an acne scar reduction treatment is considered very safe and the results can be as good as a 30-80% reduction.  Every person, with a little savings will be able to pursue acne scar treatments and get the scar-free face that they deserve.

 

Does my large pores cause my acne?

February 6th, 2011 | Comments (0)

Your Pores: The Basics
Everybody’s got ‘em — they’re the openings to our oil glands.  But whether or not you pay attention to your pores probably depends on their size.

If you don’t spend much time poring over your pores, chances are they’re small and don’t get clogged too often.  But if your pores are on the larger side, you might be dealing with one or more acne-related conditions including blackheads, whiteheads and cysts. Typically, people with oily skin tend to have enlarged pores that secrete excess oil, or sebum.  Larger pores are also more likely to get clogged with dead skin cells, dirt, and bacteria.  Dermatologists generally treat acne-related conditions with topical antimicrobials that help disinfect the skin, and topical retinoids to help unclog pores and prevent whiteheads and blackheads from forming.  For more moderate or severe cases of acne, an oral antibiotic like erythromycin, tetracycline, doxycycline, or minocycline may be prescribed.

The fact is you can’t get rid of your pores, or even shrink them, but you can cleanse and care for your skin in ways that make pores less visible.  And that includes staying out of the sun — too much sun exposure (as well as the aging process) reduces the amount of collagen in our skin, and that also causes pores to expand.

Do-It-Yourself Tactics
Try these at-home strategies and you might be able to avoid expensive dermatological procedures and spa treatments.

  • Use a pore-refining cleanser to help break up excess oil, dirt, dead skin cells, and bacteria that can clog enlarged pores.
  • Give yourself a weekly pore-purifying facial treatment.
  • Make your own deep-cleansing mask using ingredients such as honey, yogurt, or basic Fuller’s earth clay (find it at a health food store) and adding citrus, strawberries, banana, apple cider vinegar, or rosewater.
  • Exfoliate a few times a week with a store-bought or homemade scrub, or go for an exfoliating cleansing cloth. More options to try: products that contain chemical or fruit-enzyme exfoliants such as lipohydroxy acid, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and alpha and beta hydroxy acids, all of which work to dissolve build-up in your pores.
  • Try store-bought microdermabrasion cleansing cloths and/or polishers, which work similarly but more gently than a professional microdermabrasion treatment.
  • Put your makeup to work. Products such as primers, concealers, foundation, loose mineral powder, and blotting sheets can help you maintain coverage and make large pores less visible. Just be sure to thoroughly cleanse your face at day’s end to keep pores from getting clogged with makeup residue.

Get Professional Help
If your issues are more significant, talk to your dermatologist about professional treatments such as:

  • Dermatological Facials: Many dermatologists and licensed aestheticians offer professional facials that include deep cleansing, exfoliation, steaming, extractions, massage, mask, and moisturizing.
  • Chemical Peels: A professional peel performed by a dermatologist or licensed aesthetician can remove dead skin cells, clear plugged pores, eliminate whiteheads and blackheads, correct discoloration, and generate new skin growth.
  • Microdermabrasion: During this deep-cleansing procedure, your practitioner “sands” your skin with a handheld device that shoots a spray of fine crystals onto your face and simultaneously vacuums them up. This non-invasive procedure produces instant pore-perfecting results. (Microdermabrasion is also effective at reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, creases, sun damage, and minor scars.)

A Final Word
Even though people with normal and dry skin tend to have smaller pores than those with an oily or combination complexion, they may still be susceptible to certain pore problems the cause your acne. Plus, skin type can change with age, or as a result of environmental factors, genetics, nutrition, or complications related to other health conditions.  If you’re concerned about any skin changes, talk to your dermatologist.

 

How do I treat stubborn Acne?

February 1st, 2011 | Comments (0)

If over-the-counter acne treatments aren’t working for you, it might be time to visit your dermatologist to have stubborn breakouts treated.  Learn which procedures can help severe cases of acne.

While you can find nonprescription acne washes, lotions, and gels to treat acne sometimes it is not enough to control the problem.  For stubborn or severe acne, here are some procedures that can be performed at a dermatologist’s office:

Extractions (also called acne surgery) help remove pockets of oil and dead skin.   A few different sterile instruments can be used to safely drain whiteheads, blackheads, and small cysts.  Extractions must be done carefully by someone with experience or they can turn a small pimple into a festering boil, which can become infected and take weeks to heal. This is the reason doctors usually recommend that pimples not be squeezed; without the right instruments and technique, you can badly scar your skin.

Large cysts (such as those that result from hormonal breakouts) can be treated with dilute cortisone injections, which shrink the inflammation under the skin, often within a day or two.  The amount of cortisone is very small, but a skilled doctor must do the injection — otherwise it can cause your skin to become pitted.

Acne peels with alpha and beta hydroxy acids can help unclog pores and reduce blackheads, especially if there are lots of little bumps and pimples; dermatologist favor solutions containing salicylic acid and lipo hydroxy acid, which target the oil glands.  Peels generally cause pinkness and flaking for a few days.

Acne laser and photo facial treatments can help kill acne-causing bacteria and shrink pores, although the effect is temporary.  For best results, these treatments are done once every three to four weeks, so they can be very costly. However, there’s little to no recovery time.

 

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