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Q: Does toothpaste really dry breakouts?

A: No. New information actually reveals that toothpaste can stimulate breakouts on your chin and around the mouth. Dermatologists say that heavily flavoured toothpaste, and or toothpaste with high levels of fluoride, can cause breakouts to arise.

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Q: I have an oily skin type. Why do I need a moisturiser?

A:Moisturisers are vital to every skin care regimen, regardless of skin condition.
An oily skin can be dehydrated, and will need hydration from a moisturizer: this is because dehydration is a lack of water in the skin layers, not a lack of oil. The activity of oil glands can still be normal, or even overactive, in a dehydrated skin. Often times, dehydration in an oily skin can also lead to higher production of oil, so keeping skin hydrated with an oil-free moisturiser can help control overactive sebaceous glands.

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Q: I have a spot or breakout and want to get rid of it quickly. What can I do?

A:If you can, quickly make an appointment with your professional skin therapist, who can determine if your breakout is a blackhead, and can subsequently extract it. If you have a non-blackhead breakout, your professional skin therapist can treat it with professional treatment room tools.

Don’t pick or squeeze as this will only cause more inflammation making your breakout more visible. Cleanse affected area and apply SKINICIAN Purifying Mask, this will absorb excess oils and promote healing. Once the mask is removed, follow with the SKINICIAN Advanced Calming Serum to reduce swelling redness and pain.

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Q: What’s the difference between a whitehead and a blackhead?

A: Whiteheads and blackheads are considered non-inflammatory lesions.

A blackhead is a clogged follicle opening containing oil and dead cells. Blackheads are not a sign of dirty or unclean skin. They are blocked follicles that have an opening to the skin’s surface, making them exposed to air, triggering oxidisation which makes it change in colour.

A whitehead, also known as a closed comedone, is not open and has barely any or no exposure to air. Because air cannot reach the follicle, the debris inside the pore does not oxidize and change colour.

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Q: Does tanning help clear oily skin and breakouts?

A: Sunbathing is never good for the skin. Bathing in the sun to clear breakouts can worsen them and intensify your chances of long-term scarring and hyper pigmentation / dark spots. They may clear momentarily, due to a slight drying of the skin, however this is only temporary as the skin will produce more oil to compensate, possibly leading to further breakouts.

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