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Two Surprising Skin-Trouble Culprits

Earlier this week, I had a deep-pore facial at Gentle Star Medspa in San Francisco. My esthetician, Craig Shishido, had turned me on to Jan Marini Bioglycolic, which has made a huge improvement in my skin. He has a reputation for being a perfectionist, and boy, does he earn it. You know how most facials involve a few minutes of extraction? Craig de-plugged my pores for two and a half hours.

While he worked, he gave a few suggestions for better skin. They're a bit out of the ordinary, so I wanted to share two of them:

  • Wear sunscreen everywhere. Craig praised me for wearing sunscreen every day, but when he was removing blackheads on my ears — I told you, he's thorough — he asked if I wore sunscreen on my ears. Erk. I'd never thought of that! "Start wearing it on your ears now," he said. "Otherwise, the skin gets a little crusty over time, and it'll look like a Krispy Kreme doughnut."
  • Don't be phone-y. The right side of my face has had subtle irritation lately. "This is where you hold your phone, right?" Craig asked. Bingo. Turns out, the phone was causing contact dermatitis. The solution: Buy a Bluetooth headset, or clean your phone regularly.

Off to comparison shop for headsets now . . .

Join The Conversation
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 6 years
I love my headset, but unfortunately I'm always misplacing it! It does make a huge difference, though. If only I could not lose mine so much ;-)
HelenG HelenG 6 years
I almost always wear a headset when im using my phone, its just cleaner easier and well...Better.
Milly-the-ninja Milly-the-ninja 9 years
thanks for the tips Bella!
ScrabCak ScrabCak 9 years
I totally just had a lightbulb moment... I've recently switched skincare products and have seen a dramatic improvement. but I couldn't get the bridge of my nose to clear up! DUH! Maybe I should clean my glasses every once in awhile. Now that I think about it, those things get so filthy from makeup, and oil and... YUK! Thanks for the tip!
LettyRN LettyRN 9 years
Not sleeping on your face also helps prevent breakouts. If you do, make sure to change or wash pillow cases on a regular basis. Sleeping on your face also helps develop those wrinkles people call marionette lines, who wants those?
satoriv satoriv 9 years
Have any of you had a facial at Mario Badescu in New York. I'm going for the weekend so I made an appointment at his Spa. Also, I always wear sunscreen at the back of my neck. Specially when you use ponytails is sort of helpful. Thank you bella!
satoriv satoriv 9 years
OH MY!! thank you thank you thank you
phatE phatE 9 years
Ok! I just realized that lately my skin has been breaking out and it's definitely from my phone..
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I don't use my phone that often and my face always breaks out on my right side jawline. That is where I'd hold my phone but sometimes I'll go weeks without and still breakout there. HUH?
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Ah yes the phone, big culprit.
TFS TFS 9 years
"but when he was removing blackheads on my ears" - wtf?! ROFL
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Marisol79, you can go in for a complimentary consultation, which I think is great. They don't rush you and there's no pressure to buy anything. If you're in SF, I highly recommend Gentle Star. The facials are pricey, but it's my birthday and so I decided to treat myself since it's been a long time since I've had a proper facial. Facials with Craig are $200, and with another esthetician they're $150. It's not inexpensive, but like I said, it was a treat, and what I like is that it is pretty serious pore purging. Citizen and Team even asked why my skin looked so smooth today. And treble, I've been oily around my glasses, too, and I never put two and two together. Let me know if the cleaning helps!
treble8705 treble8705 9 years
glasses too? no wonder i've been getting more oil right there..THANKS!
treble8705 treble8705 9 years
love the tip. I'll be cleaning my phone tonight
MissMarisol MissMarisol 9 years
Wow... you got a skin care lesson too. That is awesome. Can you share with us how much he charges?
Beauty Beauty 9 years
I forgot to mention — he said the same thing about glasses. He could tell that I wear reading glasses because I had some clogged pores where the glasses rest. The man is a pore wizard!
kahribar kahribar 9 years
i am fanatical about cleaning all of my phones and never share them, now i know why, thanks for that!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I never share my phone with others however I should buy wipes to clean it; I'll pick that up this weekend. I never though about putting sunscreen on my ears (although I apply it around my ear.) Good to know.
CocoChic CocoChic 9 years
:rotfl: at Howard Hughes! Bella, I keep alcohol swabs in all of my purses so I can do a quick wipe-down of my phone.
Beauty Beauty 9 years
LOL bastylefilegirl. Howard Hughes made me chortle — too funny.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 9 years
I'm going to forward this to my coworkers. They act like I'm Howard Huges or something because I don't like to share my phone, I clean my cell phone/work phone regularly and I have an economy size box of Telephone Cleaning Wipes! ( other peeps face juice yuck!)
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 9 years
wow! thats an awesome esthetician! when i get my stimulus check i'm going to invest in the jan marini bioglycolic and will now be conscientiously applying sunscreen to my ears!
swolfcg swolfcg 9 years
Jan Marini is terrific. I've been using the line for about 8 months, and it has really turned around the condition of my skin. Go to for reviews.
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