Skin FAQs

Q: Do I really need to invest in an eye cream? Or can I just use my regular face cream around my eyes?

A: Eye cream is a vital part of every skin care regimen for many reasons. The eye area is the first spot on the face to show aging. Normal skin is around two millimeters thick, but eyelid skin is only 0.5 millimeters thick. So eye creams, which tend to be more emollient than most face creams, will work to keep that area extra-moisturized. Also, your regular face cream may have ingredients in it that will irritate the sensitive eye area. The best way to apply eye cream is with the ring finger, to ensure that you use a light touch. “You only need to apply eye cream around the orbital bone and not any closer to the actual eye, because over time the cream will migrate”, explains Dr. Murad. For ultimate protection, invest in an eye cream with SPF.

Q: Why is cleansing my face in the morning important? I made sure it was squeaky clean before I went to sleep…

A: “Cleansing in the morning removes any sebum built up during the night and provides an absorbable base for the active ingredients you’ll be applying in the morning, including sunscreens,: says Dr. Sobel.

Q: What are the major causes of acne?

A: “The causes of acne are multi-factorial,” says Dr. Perricone. “Hormonal changes in teens can precipitate acne, as can poor diet and stress. A pro-inflammatory diet causes inflammation, which results in clogged pores. “Dr. Perricone suggests a diet rich in fresh fruit, vegetables, and coldwater fish. All contain antioxidants to promote healthy skin and bodies. “Stress is also a huge cause of acne,” adds Dr. Perricone. “One way it does this is by elevating levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, and other adrenal steroids can act as androgens and stimulate the sebaceous glands, resulting in a flare-up of acne.

FYI

Processed food isn’t just fattening – it’s also bad for your skin. “Any food that’s high in saturated or trans fats and sugars will have a tremendously negative effect on the skin, because it is pro-inflammatory and will cause changes within the pore, resulting in acne,” says Dr. Perricone.

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