What do shrimp, crab, and other shellfish have to do with clearing up acne? Apparently, quite a bit. A study was recently published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology marking the antiacne capabilities of certain nanoparticles derived from crustaceans. Nanotechnology sounds like something from an epic science-fiction blockbuster, but soon these minuscule particles could make a big difference in the treatment of acne.
Scientists created nanoparticles made of chitosan, which is found in the shells of crustaceans, that destroy the bacteria P. acnes and help reduce inflammation. Chitosan is already used as a preservative in the food industry because of its natural antimicrobial properties, but the study shows this particular nanotechnology can be used in conjunction with other common acne treatments to increase topical efficiency. "We encapsulated benzoyl peroxide in our chitosan-alginate nanoparticles for the purpose of improving both its activity and importantly, tolerability, as an antiacne agent," study author Adam Friedman told Nanowerk. Be advised to leave the fishing to the lab technicians, but we'll take two dozen orders of this acne technology on the half shell, please.
If you have oily skin, the last thing you want to put on your face is more oil, right? Think again. Using the right oils can actually help moisturize acne-prone skin and balance your sebum production. "Plant and nut oils are ideal for moisturizing an oily skin type," explains Annet King, director of global education for Dermalogica. "Essential oils from plants, roots, and flowers also have the added benefits of calming and soothing skin, while maintaining antibacterial and aromatherapy properties." In turn, botanically derived oils help to replenish barrier lipids that get stripped away during the Winter. And because they're lighter in texture, these antioxidant-packed types of oils won't clog follicles. See more tips on using facial oils on oily skin when you read more.
Winter can be a harsh season that leaves acne-prone skin extra dry, flaky, and still full of blemishes. If you have oily, acne-prone skin, you still need to find a moisturizer that works for you. Annet King, director of global education for Dermalogica, gives us her tips on how to keep oily skin hydrated.
This week, our favorite celebrities worked dynamic color duos, sweet-cum-sexy styles, and festive ensembles fit for any holiday soiree. And they inspired us to follow suit. We particularly loved Lauren Conrad's cheeky "Ho! Ho! Ho!" sweater, Kim Kardashian's plunging black jumpsuit, and Miranda Kerr's classy take on short leather shorts. Cruise through to see who else was crowned a CelebStyle top star, then shop their noteworthy looks, including exact pieces, for yourself.
Miranda Kerr strutted her long limbs on the streets of NYC wearing sheer black tights with black leather minishorts. Up top the model sported a green Acne sweater ($306) and a black double-breasted Givenchy coat, then finished off her nighttime look with her black Givenchy bag and these Tabitha Simmons lace-up studded booties ($1,249). Next time you hit the town, mimic Miranda by pairing black sheer tights with your black leather shorts, then finishing off with a green sweater and a cozy black coat.
Rihanna may have been on hand to switch on the Westfield Stratford City Christmas lights and spread holiday cheer in London, but it was her blue striped pantsuit that had us cheering. The trendsetter layered a blue and gray striped top and matching trousers from Acne's men's Spring 2013 collection over a crisp white button-down, then slid on a men's cobalt Raf Simons coat and gray suede pumps for extra texture. As if her borrowed-from-the-boys style wasn't chic enough, the brunette beauty completed her eye-catching look with brilliant blue cat-eye shades, a bevy of gold rings, and a bright red lip. Get inspired by Rihanna's fashion-forward style and pair a two-toned striped top with matching pants and neutral suede pumps for a night out with the girls.
Rihanna's always a big experimenter with fashion, and her latest turn on the red carpet in London was no different. The singer made an appearance at Westfield in London to switch on the inaugural Christmas lights, donning a structured oversize blue coat from Raf Simons and a striped top and pants straight off Acne's Spring '13 menswear runway collection. Not many women can pull off wearing actual men's clothing, but we think the performer pretty much nailed the cool menswear vibe. To temper her oversize proportions, Rihanna kept her look clean with a sharp collared Simons button-down layered underneath her striped top and finished off her look with suede point-toe pumps, gorgeous gold statement rings, a cool coif, and her signature red lips. Take a closer look at her outfit in the slideshow and tell us what you think about her statement stripes in the comment section below.
- Leave it be: It's been said before, but it's still true: do not pop or pick at your pimple. Not only does it spread bacteria, but it makes it practically impossible to cover.
- Go green: After washing your hands, apply a green-tinted concealer, like Physicians Formula Mineral Concealer Stick in Soft Green ($8), to neutralize the red of the blemish. Pat it on with a clean makeup sponge, but do not rub.
- Conceal: Generously layer your regular concealer on top of the green with a clean sponge or brush, blending away any harsh edges left behind by the green.
- Powder: Dip a small brush into your regular powder and gently pat it on and around the blemish to set the concealers. Use a light, tapping motion to get full coverage from the powder.
- Finishing touch: If you still feel like you need some coverage, add a second layer of your flesh-toned concealer, but avoid another powder layer to avoid looking cakey.
One of my favorite 30 Rock lines is when, in frustration, Liz Lemon calls Jack and Tracy "the cause of my jawline acne." Ah, if only workplace stress could explain everyone's breakouts. We asked Ranella Hirsch, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine, what the alternate causes might be, and she gave us a surprising answer.
If you've ever had a breakout on your jawline, clearing it up might be easier than you think. Here, Allure reveals the surprising causes of bumps along the jaw.