Expert Q&A: Questions About Your Problem Skin -- Answered
Posted 04/01/11 at 11:51AM by Audrey Fine
Question: I have acne prone skin, however, I am 40 so I need to know what I can use to help aging effects without flaring up my acne. -- Nicole G.
Answer: "Avoid oil containing products," suggests Dr. Jones who also recommends making sure to "wear an oil free non-comedogenic SPF 30 or greater each morning." (Non-comedogenicmeans it's less likely to clog your pores.) Try Olay Complete Defense Daily UV Moisturizer, $13.
Question: Is Metrogel good for acne? -- Nicole M.
Answer: While it's not typically indicated for acne vulgaris (regular, run-of-the-mill acne), Dr. Jones has this to say about prescription-only Metrogel. "[This prescription] is approved for acne rosacea which is a subtype of acne consisting of pimples on the nose and cheeks, facial flushing and facial red blood vessels. It is best to consult with a board certified dermatologist to determine which type of acne you may have and the best treatment options [available to you.] (Learn more about treating rosacea -- the right way." Similarly, if you've been experimenting with various acne treatments to no avail, it's a good idea to consult with a derm who will best be able to map out a treatment plan designed with your specific skin needs in mind.
Question: I have oily skin that's prone to blackheads, but I also have rosacea. Cleansers to control oil and scrubs to prevent blackheads inflame my rosacea and thick moisturizers with SPF calm my rosacea [but] clog my pores! (Did I mention I am also trying to fight aging?) Is there a combination of routines that would work for all my skin problems? -- Meghan H.
Answer: Dr. Jones recommends that Meghan "Avoid scrubs and calming moisturizers [that contain] oil" and says that she should, "Make sure to wear an oil free, non-comedogenic SPF 30 or greater each morning" to fight aging. For her rosacea concerns, Dr. Jones says that, "If it's not responding [to your current regimen], I would recommend a consultation with a board certified dermatologist as there are several prescription therapies designed for your skin type."
Question: What are the best organic makeups and creams to keep my skin clear? -- Nicole M.
Answer: As mentioned above, it's best to look for oil free, non-comedogenic products that are less likely to cause breakouts. (Vapour Organic is a non-comedogenic, organic line infused with hydrating botanicals that boasts both cosmetic and skin care products.)
For more of Dr. Jones' insights and expert advice watch this Anti-Aging Skin Care: 101 video or this one about how to get touchably soft skin.
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