If you’re comparing yourself to the 19-year old model in some fashion magazine, close the magazine and accept your beautiful face. Oftentimes these photographs are heavily airbrushed and photoshopped. No one is this perfect. Sometimes, though, you just can’t deal with some of the imperfections of your face, as petty as this may seem. The acne, redness and sun spots that riddle your face are too much and make you want to cry, but there is hope for many of the major skin problems that women deal with on a daily basis.


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Acne is a form of skin disease that disheartens women everywhere, from high school girls to the mom next door. Sebaceous glands get big and sebum is overproduced — in simple terms, acne develops when pores are blocked and become inflamed.

Acne can be caused by a handful of factors including genetics, hormones, and stress. To fight acne and reveal a more clear complexion, look for products that will help cleanse your face properly, get rid of the bacteria that is clogging your pores, and is oil-free. Products like Korres Greek Flora Mastiha Oil and Citrus Fruits and Aveeno’s Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser are gentle, oil-free blemish fighters that help clear up your face.


Hyperpigmentation, a common skin ailment, refers to dark, uneven patches of skin that is usually caused by an increase of melanin. Contributing factors of hyperpigmentation include hormonal changes, pregnancy, and sun exposure.

Combat hyperpigmentation by using products that will lighten your dark spots and restore a an even complexion.Philosphy’s Pigment of Your Imagination and Avon’s Banishing Cream Skin Coloration Improver will brighten your complexion and help to diminish those dreaded freckles caused by the sun.


Large pores are scarier than any horror movie. When sebum is over-produced, your pores have no choice except to enlarge and stretch in order to release the extra sebum. This usually occurs around the chin and t-zone area. Acne, diet, genetics, skin hygiene, and sun exposure can cause pores to enlarge. Unfortunately, once your pores have enlarged, there are no products that will permanently reduce their size.

Thankfully, though, there are many products that will help make your pores appear smaller. Don’t give large pores an inch. Get into the habit of cleansing your face and washing off any make-up before going to sleep.

This will help to eliminate bacteria. Look for products that will keep dirt away and tighten your skin like Clinique’s Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector and Neutrogena’s Clear Pore Cleanser Mask.


Constant redness of the skin drives millions of women crazy. Women are perplexed by their sensitive skin and try to disguise their faces at any cost. Instead of hiding behind a perpetual mask of make-up, understand what is causing this redness and use products that will be more gentle to your skin. The products you are using on your face right now may be contributing to the problem. The ingredients may be too harsh, and instead of helping your skin, you’re causing it to become inflamed and irritated.

If the redness becomes more than just a flushed-look and your skin begins to look rough and filled with small red bumps or small blood vessels around your eyes and nose, you may have a common skin disease known as rosacea. Doctors still don’t know what exactly triggers the onset of rosacea, but believe that diet and the environment can make symptoms of rosacea worse. Make sure you find products that specifically target sensitive skin.

Clinque’s Redness Solutions Redness Regimen and Murad’s Soothing Gel Cleanser will help lessen the redness and provide relief to any dryness and itchiness.

It is always a good idea to consult a dermatologist before treating any skin problems on your own. Although we can’t all have perfect skin, we can have healthy skin. Eating well and drinking plenty of water can impart a good complexion.

Wash your face daily to remove dirt and impurities that accumulate throughout the day. Avoid sleeping in your make-up since the ingredients in make-up can clog your pores. Limit the amount of time that you are exposed to the sun. Always wear sun screen, use a hat, and wear sunglasses when outdoors. Be good to your face — it’s the only you have.

Pic of the Day: Ken M on appropriate baby undergarments

Ken M on appropriate baby undergarments