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Acne Advice From LA's Top Facialist, Marc Edward

This Skincare Product Could Make Things Worse

Marc Edward has been voted top facialist in LA, his skincare line is in all the award shows' goody bags this year, and he'll be making appearances in next month's issues of both Glamour and Allure. Busy guy. Marc has the professional's take on what you can do to head a zit off before it becomes a big, gross problem, and he told me what supposedly "helpful" product that we're all using is actually a nightmare for your skin. For his acne advice, just keep reading.

When you feel a blemish coming on, what can you do to get rid of it before it gets huge?

Anybody who has blemishes must start using something with glycolic acid, lactic acid, or salicylic acid. One of these acids is needed to reduce the blemish; there's nothing else that will do it. As far as the acids themselves go, I find different acids better for different purposes: salicylic is better for blemishes, glycolic for sun damage, and lactic for sensitive skin.

What kind of products would you tell people are bad for acne-prone skin or skin in general?
They absolutely cannot use a scrub. They break your skin out more and break capillaries and spread bacteria. Everyone uses scrubs, and that's the first thing you have to stop doing to reduce blemishes. Doctors don't even prescribe scrubs, because they know they don't do anything. If you want proof, just look for a prescription scrub — they don't exist.

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GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
He is right about the physical scrubs. They do contribute to the increase breakout because basically create small cuts into the skin and introducing the P. acne bacteria underneath the protective epidermis.
dawnrh dawnrh 6 years
I just tried Clinique Spot Healing Gel for the first time last night and I'm very impressed so far. I also read on The Beauty Girl website that Mario Badescu Drying (not buffering) Lotion works really well. It's their best-selling spot healing product and uses a combination of calamine and salicylic acid.
bingbingboom bingbingboom 6 years
Good to know, sonnebrille! :-)
bingbingboom bingbingboom 6 years
Good to know, sonnebrille! :-)
sonnebrille sonnebrille 6 years
@bingbongboomI'm one of those people that let my dog lick me (she is too cute to tell her 'no' to most anything) and I do notice that i get more breakouts because of that. It is a risk i'm willing to take. Same with boyfriends, now that i think about it... sleeping next to a guy and having my just washed face rub up against his (and kisses, and sweat... if you know what i mean) right before sleep time certainly gives me acne as well.
sonnebrille sonnebrille 6 years
@bingbongboom I'm one of those people that let my dog lick me (she is too cute to tell her 'no' to most anything) and I do notice that i get more breakouts because of that. It is a risk i'm willing to take. Same with boyfriends, now that i think about it... sleeping next to a guy and having my just washed face rub up against his (and kisses, and sweat... if you know what i mean) right before sleep time certainly gives me acne as well.
bingbingboom bingbingboom 6 years
Since we are on the subject of breakout, I have an unusual question. Has anyone experienced breakout due to a pet? I adopted a kitty last holiday and my face has gone crazy ever since. I don't think I'm allergic to cats, but apparently something is causing my skin to break out.
janetmouse janetmouse 6 years
Thanks for the tips...I get cystic acne too and they're a pain!!
kpeazy kpeazy 6 years
agreed flowergirl. mario badescu buffering lotion is fabulous!
desodaro desodaro 6 years
All the acids he talks about perform chemical exfoliations. I am fairly certain no esthetician could be against exfoliation, scrubs yes, as many people do more damage than good (and the clarisonic is a mechanical scrubbing method) but never against exfoliation as it is key to optimum skin health.
flowergirl flowergirl 6 years
On a side note though, Buffering Lotion will dry out your skin and make it peel a little if you slather it on (which I always do as soon as I feel the pimple forming). However, it's so worth it because instead of having a huge disgusting blow up that lasts a week or more you can kill the pimple within days.
taylvs3 taylvs3 6 years
how about using something like a clarisonic? is this against exfoliation in general, or just scrubs?
flowergirl flowergirl 6 years
And if you feel a cystic pimple coming on, I highly recommend Mario Badescu's Buffering Lotion. It has saved me many times now and I recently bought my 2nd bottle. This stuff WORKS. I've tried salicylic acid and glycolic acid but neither are really effective at killing a painful (cystic) pimple like MB Buffering Lotion.
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