• Makeup for acne-prone skin

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    Many people dealing with acne and blemishes avoid makeup because of the myth that it causes acne. The truth is only ‘bad’ makeup causes acne flare-ups. With light, improved formulas, acne shouldn’t be a concern. Besides, you can still continue applying treatment under makeup, or even better, use acne medicated makeup formulas.
    Here are a few tips to help you choose the most suitable makeup if you have acne prone complexion: 
    Foundation: Chose non-comedogenic, oil-free foundations. Be careful though -If they’re just oil-free, it doesn’t mean they are non-comedogenic at the same time. Comedogenic ingredients are diverse – some binders and emulsifiers can make a formula comedogenic. If you have oily skin, chose a suitable foundation “for oily skin” that will control the excess sebum production and help you achieve a matte finish. Stay away from very thick formulas that promise full coverage. First of all it would look very unnatural and secondly it might be a burden for your blemished skin. Read the rest of this entry »

  • Acne Myths – A Problem and Not a Solution for Acne


    Obeying a few of the acne prevention “rules” is essential in skin care but believing all acne myths out there can actually turn this condition into a bigger problem. By definition, myths are beliefs have the unfortunate attribute of having a wide reach, and the popularity of a belief is often more convincing than the reliability of it.  Don’t base your actions on myths and stories when it comes to treating your skin – some mistakes can’t be undone! Take time to review all these acne myths and find real solutions for your skin disorders:


    1) Eating chocolate, French fries or pizza will cause breakouts.

    FALSE. Sugar and carbohydrates don’t directly lead to acne. Some research does show that sugar triggers inflammation inside your body. Certain forms of natural sugars like coconut sugar and honey don’t cause the dreaded sugar spikes in your blood thus keeping the hormones in check and the inflammation at a minimum. Generally, blemishes occur from swollen skin around the hair follicle that reacts to dirt, oil and bacteria trapped inside.  Read the rest of this entry »

  • Touching Your Face: A Key Way to Worsen Your Acne Breakouts


    If you try to find a study on how often the average person touches his or her face during the average day, you’ll find that most answers estimate that most people touch their face between two thousand and three thousand times per day. If you saw the movie Contagion, then you might remember Kate Winslett’s character, Dr. Erin Mears. Dr. Mears states this often accepted number about how often people touch their face when describing how quickly a disease can spread. This brings up two questions: Do people really touch their face that often? If you do touch your face that often, how is that impacting your acne treatment regimen?

    How Often Do People Really Touch Their Face?
    Two thousand to three thousand times per day is a generally accepted estimate of how often a person touches his or her face. However, it’s almost impossible to find a study that can absolutely confirm that number. There is one study, conducted in Japan, which studied whether infants who had undergone lip surgery needed hand restraints in order to prevent them from touching their face. The study uncovered that eight infants that were studied touched their face between two and one-hundred-and-thirty-six times per day. That’s certainly not two thousand or more!

    However, when you think about all of the times during the day that you touch your face, it’s not impossible to think that the number is incredibly high. Every time that you wipe food or drink from your face, move your hair out of your face, rest your face on your arm or hand, wipe your eye or even scratch your skin, you touch your face. If you simply think about that for a second, you’ll realize that you touch your face an enormous amount of times during the day. Read the rest of this entry »

  • Is a Sauna Good for Acne-Prone Skin?


    Whether it’s at a gym or a spa, a sauna can be a relaxing way to de-stress and enjoy some personal time. But is a heated sauna good or bad for acne prone skin? The truth is that, like everything else, your acne treatment regimen can be both helped by and hurt from spending time in a sauna. Here are the pros and cons of saunas and skin that’s prone to blemishes and breakouts.

    Open Pores, Sweat and Detoxify
    The question of whether sweating and detoxification are good for your skin (and particularly for acne prone skin) has been debated with both pros and cons by skin care experts for a long time. On the one hand, the heat from the sauna opens your pores and the sodium and potassium in sweat work as an exfoliating agent on your skin. However, when sweat is left unattended on your skin for too long, it can cause irritations and even skin breakouts. If you enjoy a sauna, then one way to ensure that you’re getting the benefits of sweating without potentially causing acne breakouts or skin irritations is to be sure to follow up your time in the sauna with a gentle acne cleanser. A gentle acne cleanser can deliver key acne medications and remove excess salt and oil from the skin without drying the skin, which you’re about to see is the drawback of the sauna.

    Clarifying Cleanser (6.75 oz.) Clarifying Cleanser

    This gentle, anti-acne cleanser thoroughly cleanses the skin and pores for a clear finish. Salicylic acid and triclosan kill acne-causing bacteria in order to heal and prevent blemishes. Chamomile, menthol and other botanicals cool and calm the skin while providing antiseptic benefits. Proven to kill 99.9% of bacteria in less than one minute, Clarifying Cleanser is the perfect choice for those suffering from acne.

    Dehydration and Dry Skin
    As with any dry heat, a sauna will dry out your skin. Any time you dry out your skin, whether it be to heal blemishes or just as the outcome of an activity like a trip to a dry climate or time in the sauna, you do damage to your skin. Dry skin can cause skin irritations, dry patches and even acne blemishes from the irritated spots. Whenever you spend time in a sauna, be sure to use a facial moisturizer afterwards. If your skin is acne-prone, be sure that this is an oil-free moisturizer. Also, if you know that you’ll be spending time in a sauna, pack a piece of fresh fruit so that you can eat your water and rehydrate internally when you leave the sauna.

    Skin Perfecting Lotion - Acne (1.7 oz.) Skin Perfecting Lotion – Acne

    Skin Perfecting Lotion – Acne is designed to provide comforting moisture to oily and acneic skin without causing shine or breakouts. Lightweight and extremely soothing, Skin Perfecting Lotion – Acne uses retinol and arnica to prevent clogged pores and reduce redness while honey extract tones the complexion and algae and talc control oil and shine. Perfect for daily use, Skin Perfecting Lotion – Acne leaves the complexion comforted, moisturized and and clear with a subtle matte finish.

    Relaxation and Decreased Stress
    Of course, the real benefit of a sauna is that it relaxes you, and Cultural Stress™ is a powerful contributor to skin health as well as a potential trigger for acne breakouts. Any activity that helps you to reduce stress in your life is a good activity! If, for you, that means time in a sauna, then you should go and enjoy the sauna. Relax, and the benefits of that relaxation will show on your skin.

    Remember to never spend more than twenty-minutes at a time in a sauna and follow all medical advice about whether a sauna is safe for your or not.

  • Three Things That You May Not Know About Acne


    There are lots of myths and facts about acne breakouts and acne treatment products on the internet. At Murad Canada, we’ve tried to provide all of the information that you could possibly need in order to educate yourself about the causes of acne, medications, treatments and products. However, there are some basic misconceptions about acne that can be cleared up quickly. Here are three common acne myths to remember when making an attack plan to get clear skin.

    Acne Myth Number One: Oily Skin Causes Acne
    While it is true that excessively oily skin can clog pores, which will lead to acne breakouts, most acne is not caused by oily skin. The true cause of most blemishes is an overproduction of skin cells within a hair follicle. When too many skin cells are produced within the follicle, the pore is clogged. When a pore becomes clogged, a build-up of acne-causing bacteria results in inflamed acne (or visible blemishes above the skin). Most often, the overproduction of skin cells is the result of an overproduction of hormones (otherwise known as Hormonal Acne). Why is this important to know? Since acne is not caused by oily skin, drying out your skin will not result in clear, healthy skin.

    Acne Myth Number Two: Drying Out Your Skin Will Clear Blemishes
    Once an inflamed acne blemish occurs, it’s true that the best course of action is to dry the blemish so that it will flake away. However, drying your skin and stripping it of oil consistently will not result in reduced acne. In fact, it may make your skin irritated and prone to further breakouts. Benzoyl Peroxide, a highly common acne-fighting ingredient, is the prime culprit of over-drying your skin. Do you use a Benzoyl Peroxide product and notice that your pillowcases are regularly bleached? Think about how powerful that medication must be. All of that drying of your skin will have long term effects. If you really want to get clear skin, you need to address the overproduction of skin cells as well as combat acne-causing bacteria. Murad Canada recommends products that use Salicylic Acid, which exfoliates dead skin cells beneath the surface and also fights acne bacteria.

    Skin Perfecting Lotion - Acne (1.7 oz.) Skin Perfecting Lotion – Acne

    Skin Perfecting Lotion – Acne is designed to provide comforting moisture to oily and acneic skin without causing shine or breakouts. Lightweight and extremely soothing, Skin Perfecting Lotion – Acne uses retinol and arnica to prevent clogged pores and reduce redness while honey extract tones the complexion and algae and talc control oil and shine. Perfect for daily use, Skin Perfecting Lotion – Acne leaves the complexion comforted, moisturized and and clear with a subtle matte finish.

    Acne Myth Number Three: You Can’t Heal Acne Scars
    Why is this statement a myth? Because most people don’t understand the difference between acne scars and post acne marks. An acne scar is typically the result of picking at or popping blemishes and actually changes the texture of your skin. While you can find an effective acne scar treatment, you’ll need to consult a dermatologist to do so. However, what most individuals actually experience are post-acne marks. Post-acne marks are areas of hyper-pigmentation left behind after a blemish heals that do not change the texture of the skin. Post-acne marks can be faded away easily using Murad Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel. This best-selling product from Murad Canada uses Hydroquinone, the strongest skin lightening agent available without a prescription, to fade away post-acne marks.

    Post Acne Spot Lightening Gel (1 oz.) Post Acne Spot Lightening Gel

    This exfoliating gel helps to even the complexion with hydroquinone and alpha hydroxy acids. Post-blemish pigmentation, freckles and sun spots are lightened and brightened, restoring clarity to the entire complexion. Licorice and allantoin soothe irritation and inflammation for a calm finish. The skin tone becomes uniform and healthy, featuring a youthful clarity and radiance.

  • Five Steps to the Most Effective Acne Treatment


    Five Steps to Effective Acne TreatmentAny time of year, it’s always a good time to take a look at your skin and see if your acne treatment regimen is really working. Maybe you’re still looking for the right acne products because you’re looking for perfect skin. But the most effective acne treatment regimen is more than that – it’s about making responsible lifestyle choices that help keep your skin clear and healthy. Here are five of those lifestyle choices you can make to keep your skin healthy.


    1 – “Eating” Your Water: One of the easiest lifestyle choices you can make is making sure you stay hydrated. Hydrated skin doesn’t over-produce oil that can cause breakouts. Along with drinking water, eating fruits and vegetables that are antioxidant-rich and that contain cellular water will help keep your skin looking great all year round.


    2 – Finding the Right Acne Treatment: Of course, the aisles are full of different acne products that try to catch-all acne solutions. But not all acne products are the same, just like everybody’s skin needs aren’t the same! Murad makes several options for different types of skin. Products like the Murad Acne Complex line is great for most types of skin, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right combination of acne products for your skin. You may want to consider anti-aging acne products, acne pill supplements, and perhaps alternative cleansers.

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  • Treatment for Acne for Active Teenagers


    How Active Teens Can Use Acne TreatmentsIt seems that, more and more these days, teenagers are getting more active, despite the stereotype of them sitting around eating junk food and playing video games. Many teenagers today not only have responsibilities at home, they also are involved with lots of school activities while also trying to have a social life as well as study on top of all of it. With that kind of a busy schedule, trying to find the right kind of acne treatment can be difficult. So what are the best acne products that are best for your active teenager’s specific acne skin care needs? Here are some tips.


    Face-Washing Challenges

    Teenagers can have acne breakouts due to wearing makeup for long periods of time while they are in class all day, meaning that they don’t really have time to wash their face of the oil and dirt that builds up during the day. So lessen the effects of dirt and oil, use an oil-free, lightweight makeup. To remove excess oil that builds up during the day, use chemical-free blotting papers. Ideally, washing your face twice a day is best for your skin, so staying on top of that habit should help when you have a long daily schedule. Read the rest of this entry »

  • Caffeine and Acne Breakouts


    Caffeine and Acne BreakoutsIf you’ve started a regular acne skin care regimen, you’ve probably also started to consider your diet options as well. And when you’re thinking about the foods that are good for your skin, caffeine is often talked about. Does it cause acne breakouts? Researchers have found that the answer isn’t simply yes or no. But they have found that caffeine can work against you acne skin care treatment. So what’s true about the link between acne and caffeine? Here are some facts.


    Not All Research Studies on Caffeine and Acne are Trustworthy

    Make sure you research thoroughly! Some of the studies on caffeine and acne were performed decades ago. These old studies are problematic according to current research because the studies used chocolate bars that contained imitation chocolate and no real dairy ingredients. Current studies have shown a link between cow’s milk and a high glycemic index to acne breakouts, but whether or not there’s a link between caffeine and facial acne or back acne hasn’t been established.


    Can Cow’s Milk and a High Glycemic Index Cause Acne?

    Research studies have shown this to be true. While it’s a separate issue from caffeine and acne, if you’re looking to minimize or avoid foods for your acne diet, consider foods that can be digested quickly and that release a large amount of glucose into the bloodstream (like baked potatoes and refined carbohydrates) no-nos. Why is that? Because when your blood sugar rises, so does your level of insulin, causing a growth hormone called IGF-1 to be produced. IGF-1 has been linked to acne breakouts in the past. Also, you want to avoid cow’s milk as well, as the presence of hormones in it has also been linked to acne breakouts. Read the rest of this entry »

  • Acne Treatment Tips for Teens


    Acne Treatment for TeensAll of us have been through the difficult times of being a teenager, with hormones running rampant and skin breaking out at every possible moment. It can be especially difficult for the acne-prone because finding the right kind of acne treatment can already be hard as it is. Acne for teenagers can affect their self-confidence, making their social lives uncomfortable. With their bodies constantly changing, finding an effective acne treatment or acne medication can be a frustrating challenge. Despite all the challenges, acne-free skin for teenagers is possible! How? Here are a few things to look for in an acne treatment for teenagers.


    Think About the Future

    A big mistake that most teenagers make when looking for an acne treatment is that they want clear skin as soon as possible, meaning they don’t take into account how their skin will be impacted later in their lives. Acne treatments that are made for immediate treatment tend to over-dry skin instead of actually treating the real causes of acne, which can lead to skin irritation. Long-term skin irritation only means that they’ll end up switching from acne treatment products to anti-aging skin products down the road! A proper acne treatment regimen should be gentle on the skin as well as include an oil-free moisturizer that will help keep skin hydrated without over-producing oil. Don’t just treat acne like a symptom – it needs to be tackled like a real problem. Read the rest of this entry »

  • How Many Acne Treatment Products Should Be in Your Medicine Cabinet?


    Acne Treatment Products from Murad CanadaThere are many of us who open up our medicine cabinets to find them full of all kinds of acne treatment products we thought we were going to need for our particular acne treatment regimen or another. For the acne-prone, trying to find the best acne products can seem like a never-ending process. Most of us will find that we’ve collected seemingly tons of bottles of cleanser and toner in our bathrooms and still breakout, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find the right kind of acne products for you. Finding the right kind of acne products can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be as complicated as it seems! You really only need one set of the right kind of acne products.


    Finding the best kind of acne skin treatment products for you can be a process, so you might want to try several different products. We at Murad Canadahighly recommend Murad Acne Complex® to treat your breakouts and keep your skin looking great. And the best thing about Acne Complex is that you’ll only need one set of products to keep in your medicine cabinet! Acne Complex is our recommendation because it addresses all three phases to creating great-looking skin.


    Cleansing: A great skin cleanser will not only remove surface dirt from your skin, it will treat the bacteria that can lead to breakouts. Clarifying Skin Cleanser from Murad both removes dirt and treats acne-causing bacteria. Active ingredient Salicylic Acid continues to work on the skin even after washing your face. Read the rest of this entry »

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