— solved Your biggest skin-care problems

Your biggest skin-care problems — solved
April 24, 2013
We may never see a world of beauty completely free of blemishes, wrinkles and excessive oil, but thanks to these
products, we can come close. InStyle.com talked to a panel of dermatology experts who offered tips — and product
recommendations — to help you combat your biggest skin-care woes. No weaponry required!
Dark under-eye circles
While a lack of sleep is the most widely known cause of dark circles under the
eyes, there are other contributors as well, including basic things you may not
realize. “Feeling increased stress and irritation from rubbing eyes, as well as
allergies all contribute to dark circles under the eyes,” New York dermatologist
Dr. Ariel Ostad told InStyle.com. “There are two easy things you can do to
prevent dark circles. Don’t rub your eyes! This will break the blood vessels in
the delicate under-eye area. And wear sunglasses all the time with UVA/UVB
protection. The sun weakens the collagen and elastic tissue in the under-eye
area, including the collagen in the blood vessels, making them more likely to
Try: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum Infusion ($62,
esteelauder.com); NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($28, sephora.com);
Shiseido White Lucent Anti-Dark Circles Eye Cream ($55, shiseido.com); Yes
To Grapefruit Dark Circle Correcting Eye Cream ($16, yestocarrots.com).
Adult acne
Acne isn’t just the result of poor cleansing habits or excessively oily skin — it
can also result from how you treat your body as a whole. “Stress, unhealthy
eating habits and lack of exercise are the most common culprits causing acne,”
Dr. Ostad said. “It is important to limit processed sugar and be gentle to your
skin to avoid adult acne." He also points out how several studies have shown
that cows’ milk can increase adult acne, though soy or nut milks, as well as
cows' cheese or yogurt, don't pose the same risk. "A recent study also showed
that fish can help prevent acne, which is why I like all my acne patients to take
fish oil high in Omega-3 fatty acids," he added. "A low glycemic index diet —
think the Mediterranean diet — can also help prevent or improve acne.”
Try: Clenzicare Daily Foaming Cleanser ($22, amazon.com); Burt’s Bees
Clarifying Toner ($10, burtsbees.com); LaRoche -Posay’sEffaclar Mat ($31,
laroche-posay.us); and Kate Somerville’s Eradikate Acne Treatment ($22,