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Over Do the Sun this Past Summer?

If there was ever a skin affliction that truly changed my life, it would be Melasma. Splotchy, dark pigmentation that is difficult to get rid of, and commonly associated with hormonal changes, my personal battle with Melasma (also called Colasma), started affecting my daily life and self-esteem around the age of 12. My unhappiness with [...]

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Sick of Breaking Out?

If you are anything like me, you grew up with your mom telling you “don’t eat that, it’s going to give you zits.” High school for me was four years of thinking that chocolate, french fries, and pretzels were the skincare devil. Surprisingly, it’s never been fully proven that there is a link between diet [...]

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Is Your Skin Freaking Out This Summer?

I know it sounds crazy, dehydrated skin in summer, but it’s a reality for so many of us. Summer time in the Midwest is all about getting as much sun as you can as fast as you can before it goes away again. This means biking, hiking, pools, splash pads, cocktails on the [...]

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Specialized Skincare for Men

I hear it all the time, “My husband never has any skin problems,” and it’s true that men’s skin is more resilient than that of women because of several reasons: Men’s skin is thicker and firmer than women, this is because of increased testosterone giving men more collagen and elastin, making their skin more resistant to [...]

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Eye Cream: What's your Beauty Eye-Q?

It’s true what they say that your eyes are the windows to your soul, but the skin around your eyes are also a window to your overall skin health. The skin around the eyes is the most vulnerable to damage and aging, and a common reason that people choose to come to see me for [...]

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Travel Beauty: Protect your skin like a pro

I just love going on vacation! As an outdoorsy girl, I'm in the sun a ton when the weather is nice and most of the time I'm in my kayak where getting out of the sun is not possible. Here is what I do to save my skin:Stop using any retinols or AHA/BHA [...]

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Banish Acne the Right Way

Acne is a common chronic skin condition affecting both teenagers and adults. According to researchers, we all possess acne-causing bacteria, but there are good and bad strains, which explain why some of us suffer horrific breakouts and some of us don’t.Acne begins to form as oil and dead skin cells pile up deep inside the [...]

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May is Melanoma Awareness Month

May is a special month for me because it is National Melanoma Awareness Month.  I knew a beautiful young woman, 26, who was taken away this past January because of this disease. She had asked me to help her get the word out about the dangers of tanning but we never had a chance before [...]

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Life Events: Be True to your Selfie

May is upon us and the tulips have sprung! With many big events taking place this month (Graduation, Prom, Mother’s Day), your skin is likely to encounter stress.  Take action and treat your skin before this happens. I know my tell tale sign of overdoing it is puffy eyes, but I’ve had my share of last [...]

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What is Rosacea

April is Rosacea Awareness Month.We have all heard the term but many of us still ask, what is Rosacea?Rosacea is a medical diagnosis, characterized by the flushing of the skin that can be seen ranging from a soft rosy that doesn’t go away to a painful red mask.  Affecting more than 16 Million Americans, Rosacea [...]

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