Question and Answer
Is it necessary to apply a sunscreen product if I do not plan on being outdoors during peak sun hours?
Yes, sun protection should be a part of daily regimen for all skin types and conditions. Both UVA and UVB rays are known causes of skin cancer, and although UVB rays may be more prominent during the peak sun hours, UVA rays remain constant throughout the day, and penetrate glass and most clothing.
My skin is very oily. Do I need a moisturizer?
Yes, even those with oily skin need a daytime moisturizer with a minimum of SPF 15 and a non-oily nighttime moisturizer. A deficiency of moisture will typically lead to an overproduction of oil, which would worsen your condition.
I thought that retinol was only available by prescription and made you flake and peel?
Retinoic acid- a form of vitamin A – is available by prescription only, and although effective, can cause irritation on some skin. Retinol is another from of vitamin A that is converted into retinoic acid in the skin, making it a gentler alternative for daily use. Retinol only causes flaking when used in high percentages. Well formulated daily use retinol products wont make you peel and can induce amazing changes in the skin.
I have started to develop acne as I get older. Should I use the same products to treat the breakouts that a teenager would use?
Acne is becoming a more common skin challenge in adults, and is often caused by hormone fluctuations, menopause and/or stress, especially in women. As skin ages, skin hydration decreases. Therefore, it is critical to choose products to address adult acne that are not too drying. Acne varies among age groups and should be treated accordingly.
Are there products and treatments that can be used to lighten freckles?
Freckles that have been present since early childhood are part of your genetics. While chemical peels and daily care products will help correct freckling from sun damage, freckles that are part of your hereditary background will always resurface.