No SLS in CLn Products

As the founder of CLn Skin Care, I took great pride in partnering with renowned dermatologists and scientists to formulate a mild—but effective—lineup of clinically proven, game changing products. As hundreds of thousands of people have used our CLn products, we have a great responsibility to help customers find the right products and address their concerns.

Recently, a mother wrote, expressing concern that our products contained SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate).  SLS is a foaming and lathering agent that can irritate skin if left on the skin for long periods.

CLn does not contain SLS.  But, keep reading as we address this matter further.

 

CLn Does Not Contain SLS

CLn cleansers are not formulated with SLS. Our cleansers are formulated with Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) an excellent foaming agent which is less irritating than SLS.

Why use foaming agents? The foaming and lathering action of cleansers improves their cleansing effect on the skin.

Additionally, CLn products are in contact with the skin for 1-2 minutes in a day. The short contact time on the skin further reduces the chance of causing irritation.

 

CLn carries acceptance from National Eczema Association and American Contact Dermatitis Society

We took a few more steps to document and assure the safety of CLn products. CLn BodyWash, SportWash, Facial Cleanser, and  Gentle Shampoo carry the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance. Additionally, CLn products are deemed safe by the American Contact Dermatitis Society’s Contact Allergen Management Program (CAMP).  The NEA and the CAMP awards the seal or acceptance for products that do not irritate sensitive and eczema skin.

 

 

CLn is “Skin Friendly”

Just as CLn does not contain SLS, it does not contain fragrances, parabens, dyes, steroids or antibiotics.

 

 Our Mission and Guarantee

Our mission is to improve people’s lives through innovation in skin care.  Based on all of the above attributes, clinical studies and issued patents, we are proud to offer the game changing line of CLn products that are tough on microbes but easy on the skin. Our products are safe for ages 6 months and older and comes with a 100% money back guarantee with a 30-day return window.

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Disclaimer: The contents of this website are for informational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice. The information, graphics, and images on this website are not intended to substitute diagnosis and/or treatment by a medical professional. These products have been clinically tested and proven to be safe for intended use. Always seek the advice of a physician with any questions you may have regarding a specific medical condition.

Skin Picking is Common. So are Infections. Be in the Know.

The time to pack away winter clothes, coats and scarves is upon us. For some,

Skin Picking Struggle
Hiding under layers of clothes can be a coping mechanism for people who struggle with skin picking

it means a loss of security. Wounds on the skin are difficult to hide when it’s 85 degrees, and long sleeves look out of place. For those of us who struggle with skin picking, the concept of relaxing by the pool may not be a comforting image.

There are many reasons people give in to the urge to pick their skin. For individuals who live with psoriasis or eczema, dryness and itching can make it feel satisfying to peel away scabs. When acne or even the occasional pimple strikes, it’s the desire to make that nuisance go away. In some cases, dermatillomania, a repetitive behavior disorder caused by stress, anxiety or other reasons may be the root issue of skin picking. The causes may vary. But we have all picked at our skin, and we all know that it’s an unhealthy habit.

If skin-picking is something we all occasionally do for one reason or another, the next best thing to going cold turkey is learning about the risks and how to combat infection.

The Risks of Skin Picking

Infection

When you break the skin either by picking or popping that pimple, you create an open wound, vulnerable to bacteria. Most wounds will heal on their own if scabs are not disturbed, but infections—including staph infections–are a reason for concern and need proper treatment. Signs of infection are skin redness, feelings of heat around the affected area, visible pus and fever.

Tissue Damage

If skin-picking is habitual, the tissue is at risk for permanent damage. The repercussions can be severe and, in some cases, require grafting to repair the tissue. Picking at nails and cuticles, although not uncommon, can damage nail beds and lead to pits in nails or “puffy” looking cuticles.

Scarring

When the dermis (the deep, thick layer of skin) is damaged, scarring most often results. Acne scars are among the most common type of scars, and they are made considerably worse by skin picking.

Self-Esteem Issues

Our skin is our largest organ–and also the most visible. When we have wounds that are exposed to the world, the self-confidence we all strive for becomes a challenge. Skin picking can feel satisfying at the time, but the after-effects are most certainly not.

When it is Necessary to Seek Medical Help

Minor or occasional skin picking is not too concerning. Using a cleanser like CLn on the compromised skin is recommended for skin prone to infection. And addressing contributing factors also helps.

Repeated skin picking that damages skin or skin picking that causes deep wounds requires a visit with medical professionals for instructions on the best method for skin recovery. Doctors or nurses can advise on the proper wound dressings, antibacterial measures and behavior modifications necessary to heal.

For people who live with more severe dermatillomania, there is a way out. If

Skin Picking treatment
Skin picking is a treatable condition, and many sufferers find relief and greater confidence once the condition is under control

you or a loved one have a habit you find impossible to overcome alone, remember that there are other people like you. Behavioral and pharmacological treatments are available so you can begin the recovery process of healing from the inside and out. Skin picking can be difficult to deal with, but the healthy skin that results when we stop is a gift.

Disclaimer: The contents of this website are for informational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice. The information, graphics, and images on this website are not intended to substitute diagnosis and/or treatment by a medical professional. These products have been clinically tested and proven to be safe for intended use. Always seek the advice of a physician with any questions you may have regarding a specific medical condition.

What You Should Know About Shoulder Surgery Infections

Infections after shoulder surgery are not uncommon. In some cases,

Dr. Burkhead is a renowned orthopedic and shoulder surgeon

infections can show up even 1-2 years after the initial procedure. Any infection carries risks, and can also jeopardize positive surgery outcomes. So, it is important to understand what causes shoulder surgery infections, and what can be done to minimize risk. We’ve asked renowned orthopedic and shoulder surgeon Dr. Wayne Buz Burkhead to answer a few questions regarding shoulder surgery.

Shoulder Surgery Infections: Q & A

QUESTION: Surgeons and hospitals take extreme care to avoid infections after the shoulder surgery, so how do infections occur?

While everyone is worried about a hospital acquired infection, many surgical site infections arise from bacteria on the patient’s skin or in the hair follicles just beneath the surface.  Despite the use of IV antibiotic prophylaxis and skin preparation with antiseptics, some of the bacteria can still survive and colonize the wound. In some instances, bacteria can multiply enough so that a clinical infection does occur. Patients can also have skin and nasal passages colonized by bacteria without even knowing it.

QUESTION: Are shoulders prone to any unique infections?

Shoulders are prone to infection caused by an organism known as Propionibacterium acnes shoulder infection. It is the same organism that causes acne. It is in high concentration on the skin and in the hair follicles around the shoulder, especially in younger male patients.

QUESTION: What special steps do you recommend prior to and after shoulder surgery?

In patients with a history of infections, recent hospitalizations or in a high-risk group, we recommend nasal cultures before surgery. There are rapid screening tests for methicillin-resistant staph, but I prefer a standard culture as well because there are other organisms than Staph that can colonize a patient. Unless that organism is sensitive to the prophylactic antibiotics, it will be unaffected, and the patient will be at higher risk for getting a wound infection. If the patient’s nasal cultures are proven (aka positive for Staph infection), then a course of oral antibiotics and a nasal ointment are applied prior to surgery. In addition, daily skin washes about 5 days prior to surgery are recommended. CLn BodyWash or chlorhexidine or a combination of both can be used. Acne should be cleared up as much as possible and skin preparation with Benzoyl peroxide has been recommended for some high-risk patients.

Postoperatively, the patient should keep the dressing dry and avoid excessive perspiration.  While many patients are curious as to what their wound looks like, we prefer that patients turn their heads away from the incision site to avoid breathing on the wound.

QUESTION: Many shoulder surgeries are performed, minimally invasively, arthroscopically. Do these smaller incisions reduce the risk for infection?

Yes.

QUESTION: What is life like for a patient after a shoulder joint replacement?

Depending on the technique, the patient’s age, and activity level, life can be quite normal.  There are many different types of shoulder joint replacement. The conventional shoulder replacement is a metal-ball mated with a plastic socket cemented into the shoulder blade. For the most part, we try to get patients to limit their weightlifting to avoid excessive stress on this complex joint. I have developed techniques that allow even heavy weightlifters to continue to lift weights in which we avoid the plastic socket and reconstruct the socket with a cadaver graft.

Patients who have combined arthritis and massive tears in the rotator cuff require a special type of prosthesis known as a reverse shoulder replacement. This device substitutes for the rotator cuff. It is called a reverse shoulder because the ball is placed where the patient’s socket was, and a socket is placed where the patient’s ball was. This surgery is generally reserved for older patients. But in some special situations such as tumors or severe trauma, we use this device when no other good alternative is available. In other words, shoulders are complex joints, but I am able to solve shoulder issues via numerous replacement methods to return patients to normal activity.

QUESTION: What is life like for a patient after shoulder arthroscopy and no shoulder joint replacement?

The answer to this question depends on the exact condition being treated with shoulder arthroscopy. For a patient with frozen shoulder that is released arthroscopically, no sling is used and the patient is encouraged to move her arm as much as possible immediately after the surgery. A period of immobilization is mandatory after the arthroscopic treatment of rotator cuff tears and a progressive, careful rehabilitation program must be applied. Even though arthroscopic surgery is minimally invasive surgery, it is not pain-free and the overall healing time when tendons are repaired is no different than when more conventional open surgery is performed.

QUESTION: What are signs of an infection in the shoulder joint? What are the best actions to take if infection is suspected?

The signs of infection are shoulder joint pain out of proportion to the time from the surgery, redness, drainage, heat and swelling. Patients will oftentimes have a low-grade fever with infection. If a patient has any of these symptoms following surgery, they need to contact their surgeon immediately or go to an emergency room to be evaluated. Joint infections–once established–are very difficult to completely eradicate, and the risk of systemic involvement (sepsis) is a possibility. So, they are a true medical emergency that must be addressed rapidly.

QUESTION: What can a patient do before and after surgery to minimize risk of infection?

Top tips are maintaining a healthy diet and avoiding areas such as hospitals or gyms where bacteria is found in high concentrations. Cleaning the skin with a cleanser such as CLn BodyWash and antibacterials like chlorhexidine is mandatory prior to surgery. Avoiding situations where skin cuts and abrasions could occur within 10 days of the planned surgery is also recommended. Cutting down or discontinuing alcohol intake will also make the patient’s immune system more responsive. If the patient has a history of infection, he may want to consult an immunologist to see if there is a problem with his immune system, such as an immunoglobulin insufficiency.

We hope you’ve found this Q & A on shoulder surgeries and infection management helpful. Many of the tips are also relevant to any joint surgery, so we encourage you to discuss infection prevention with your surgeon well before your procedure. Subscribe to CLn’s blog (on the right) to have the latest health news and infection tips delivered right to your inbox.

Disclaimer: The contents of this website are for informational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice. The information, graphics, and images on this website are not intended to substitute diagnosis and/or treatment by a medical professional. These products have been clinically tested and proven to be safe for intended use. Always seek the advice of a physician with any questions you may have regarding a specific medical condition.

Prep Before You Primp: Cosmetic Treatment Trends of 2018

To cap off our New Year’s theme of selfcare, we’re dedicating a blog post to the most popular cosmetic treatment trends of 2018. In this installment, we’ll give you the scoop on why people seek out treatments like microneedling, dermaplaning and laser re-surfacing. More importantly, we’ll give you tips on how to prep for and recover from any cosmetic treatments you might have planned.

How Cosmetic Treatments Work

Many current and emerging cosmetic treatments have one thing in common–they intentionally, gently break the skin so that it can repair itself. Said another way, technology has made it possible to trigger collagen production and cell turnover (both of which are important for looking youthful) in minimally invasive ways. Below is a breakdown of a few popular treatments of 2018.

Microneedling Treatments

Cleansing before cosmetic procedures reduces risk of infection
Microneedling gently breaks skin to boost collagen production

How it Works:

Just like it sounds, microneedling is the process of inserting thin, short needles into the skin. Some techniques employ skin rollers, while others use a device that resembles a pen. For the best results, regular sessions are recommended.

The Benefits:

This procedure increases collagen and elastin in the skin by a whopping 400% if you undergo sessions once a month. Also, if you combine this treatment with collagen-stimulating skincare products, your results will likely be more impressive. This is because the tiny punctures are believed to aid in product absorption.

Recovery:

Expect your skin to look pink and extra plump after a session. Don’t be alarmed if you notice temporary swelling as the skin recovers. Don’t plan a beach vacation or day by the pool after this procedure, as your skin will be sensitive.

Dermaplaning Treatments

How it Works:

In the simplest terms, dermaplaning is like getting a straight razor shave, but it’s much more thorough. Using a small (and sterile) blade, your aesthetician removes dead skin cells and facial hair from your face.

The Benefits:

Getting dead skin cells and hair out of the way can improve the results you get from skincare products like serums and moisturizers. The process also encourages cell turnover, leaving your skin looking brighter and healthier. Plus, if you use foundation or blush, the “clean canvas” left after dermaplaning allows for smoother, less cakey makeup application.

Recovery:

There’s no downtime for this procedure. Many people opt for it just days before big events.

Laser Re-Surfacing Treatment

How it Works:

Laser re-surfacing sounds a little scary, but actually isn’t. There are more than a dozen different types of lasers used in medical offices that direct short, controlled “laser beams” into the skin with no more discomfort than a feeling of warmth or mild stinging. The beams gently disrupt the skin and, in some cases, underlying tissues.

The Benefits:

Laser re-surfacing is perfect for erasing acne scars and light-to-moderate facial lines. Results are not often immediate because the subsequent collagen production after the procedure can take up to several months.

Recovery:

It is important to understand what type of laser is being used, and how deep the beams of energy are traveling. Some laser treatments have very little downtime. Others can require healing periods of up to two weeks.

Chemical Peels 

How it Works:

Depending on your skin goals (acne scar reduction, age spot fading, fine line minimizing), varying levels of acid are applied to skin. Application times also vary, based on skin sensitivity and desired outcome. The acid dissolves bonds between skin cells, encouraging old cells to slough off and new cells to generate.

The Benefits:

Peels have long been used for anti-aging benefits. They somewhat literally erase old skin so that new skin can grow in its place.

Recovery:

Mild peels result in pinkish skin for a couple of days, but have very little downtime. Stronger peels can cause blistering, scabbing, swelling and several weeks of true downtime. Just like with laser re-surfacing, it is very important to have a full discussion (and comfort level) with the person applying the peel. Make sure you know exactly what to expect, and what to do if you need help with your recovery. Also plan to stay out of the sun for several weeks post-treatment.

Why Skin Treatment Prep Matters

Of course, you’ll do your homework to select a credible doctor’s office or medspa to perform a procedure. But your homework should not stop there. Before any cosmetic treatment that breaks the skin, it is essential to properly cleanse the area to be treated. Because if there are bacteria on your skin when it is broken during a cosmetic procedure, that bacteria can enter your skin and cause infection. Dr. Romine of Camelback Dermatology & Skin Surgery is well-known for cosmetic treatments. Her practice has all patients cleanse with CLn BodyWash  before treatment, as it is specially designed for skin prone to infection.

Why Post Treatment Care Matters

During the recovery period, your skin rebuilds and repairs itself–it’s incredible! However, broken skin is more susceptible to an infection, and an infection could interfere with the benefits of the treatment. Make sure you understand the post treatment protocol, and consider using a cleanser designed for skin prone to infection like CLn Facial Cleanser or CLn BodyWash if your doctor deems it appropriate.

Any cosmetic treatments that improve the appearance of your skin are great for your self-esteem. You’ll feel even better if you know how to protect yourself from an embarrassing and painful infection. We hope your entire year is filled with the selfcare you deserve, and remember that CLn Skin Care is always here to answer questions!

 

Disclaimer: The contents of this website are for informational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice. The information, graphics, and images on this website are not intended to substitute diagnosis and/or treatment by a medical professional. These products have been clinically tested and proven to be safe for intended use. Always seek the advice of a physician with any questions you may have regarding a specific medical condition.

Lovely Workout Routine Tips From LovelySkin

Workout partners
Exercise is good for your body, but can be hard on skin. Shower smart to make sure gym germs don’t live beyond your workout.

Starting the new year with fitness resolutions? Good for you! Bodies that move more and routinely work up a sweat are healthier than their sedentary counterparts. Plus, working out just feels better than sitting still. Embrace your new workout routine, and maximize its benefits with one easy cleansing tip. Read on to get the scoop.

Stay Healthy at the Gym

Gyms and health clubs are great places for fulfilling fitness resolutions, but can be breeding grounds for some pretty icky bacteria, after all. Read more about that here.  The good news is that proper cleansing is usually all it takes to make sure that gym germs don’t become big-time skin infections like Staph, ringworm, athlete’s foot or, worst of all, MRSA.

CLn SportWash Belongs In Your Gym Bag

We at CLn Skin Care were thrilled when one of our retail partners, LovelySkin, published a blog post with top cool-down tips for workouts and included CLn SportWash into their workout routine.

CLn Sport Wash can be used head-to-toe, and is tough on microbes but gentle on skin. It has no added fragrances, dyes or parabens and is easy to toss in gym bags. It takes less than two minutes to use, which might just make it the most efficient part of your workout routine.

Cleansing is one of the healthiest things you can do after a workout. Add CLn to your cool-down routine and look forward to a healthy, happy year.

Disclaimer: The contents of this website are for informational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice. The information, graphics, and images on this website are not intended to substitute diagnosis and/or treatment by a medical professional. These products have been clinically tested and proven to be safe for intended use. Always seek the advice of a physician with any questions you may have regarding a specific medical condition.

Could You Be Unknowingly Slathering Animal Fat on Your Face?

January is the month of fresh starts. We cleanse, detox, write resolutions and sign up for Pilates memberships. In this time of heightened selfcare, we also owe it to ourselves to examine WHAT we are putting on our bodies. So, CLn Skin Care’s blog will devote all of our posts in the month of January to making helpful, healthy suggestions for selfcare. To begin our series, we’re diving into the skin care product  ingredients you could be using everyday without being aware they are animal-derived.

Understanding Skin Care Ingredients

Read ingredients carefully if you’re trying to avoid animal products in your skincare routine.

For skin conscious shoppers with strong convictions about animal-based products, it can be challenging to interpret every word on the back of a bottle. The labels “cruelty-free,” “animal-friendly,” and “vegan” are helpful, but decoding the rest of the list isn’t always as straightforward. So, the first step to understanding skin care product contents is educating yourself on what miracle ingredients are animal, plant, or synthetic-based.

Common Animal-based Skin Care Ingredients

Although the following ingredients may have a familiar ring, you might not know their origin. If the choice to utilize only vegan products is best for you, look for these ingredients on the label. And keep shopping for alternatives if you see them listed!

Tallow

Bovine ingredients are used in many skin care products.

Rendered from animal fat, tallow is a popular solution for repairing broken down skin cells. It is found in moisturizers and other cosmetics and is a source of omega 3’s, vitamin C, and vitamin E.

Collagen
Often thought of as the ultimate anti-aging ingredient, collagen is a protein extracted from animal tissue. You’ll see collagen listed on moisturizers and lip-plumping glosses.

Retinol
Also an anti-aging ingredient, retinol is bursting with vitamin A. It is commonly extracted from fish and animal products. Look for it listed on face and eye creams.

Lanolin
A super hydrating product, lanolin is the purified sebum excreted from wool-producing animals. You can find it in products ranging from nursing balms to skin creams to shampoos.

Plant-based Alternatives

If you’re hoping to avoid animal-based ingredients in your skin care products, rule out any product containing the above ingredients. Instead, look for plant-based ceramides.

What are ceramides? They’re the waxy lipid molecules that occur naturally in your skin and in many other living things. In other words, they’re the glue protecting your skin from unwanted microorganisms and helping it to retain moisture. Over time, your skin can lose natural lipids in many ways–age, drying products, and other environmental factors. This is where moisturizers containing plant-based or synthetic ceramides come in.

Ceramides in Moisturizers

Not all ceramides are plant or synthetic based, but those used in CLn Facial Moisturizer are.

The ceramides used in CLn Facial Moisturizer are a unique concentrate consisting of a mixture of skin-identical long-chain ceramides and short-chain ceramides, vegetable-based cholesterol and behenic acid also from a vegetable base. Using advanced technology, the ceramide building blocks (phytosphingosine and sphingosine) are produced by a fermentative process, which yields the skin-identical ceramide stereochemistry.
For your reference, the table below lists the plant & synthetic-based ceramides used in our products, and in many other products as well:

1. Ceramide NP: vegetable/microbial
2. Ceramide NS: vegetable/microbial
3. Ceramide EOS: vegetable/synthetic/microbial
4. Ceramide EOP: vegetable/synthetic/microbial
5. Ceramide AP: vegetable/synthetic/microbial

How we make choices about the products we use is intricately tied to our own personal values. Although animal-based products can be effective, they don’t fall within selfcare guidelines for some people. Jamie Lyons, a Dallas stylist, explains her decision to only use vegan products. “…So much of what you put on your skin is absorbed into your body. If I’m taking steps to make sure my diet is free from animal products and anything else that contains chemicals, toxins, and preservatives, then I need to make sure the products I’m using are free of these things as well. Ethically, I love that by purchasing vegan products, I’m not supporting animal testing or cruelty.”

CLn Skin Care is happy to be among the list of brands providing effective plant and synthetic-based products to our customers. And we never test on animals. We wish everyone a very healthy, happy New Year. Stay tuned to our blog for more healthy topics in January.

Disclaimer: The contents of this website are for informational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice. The information, graphics, and images on this website are not intended to substitute diagnosis and/or treatment by a medical professional. These products have been clinically tested and proven to be safe for intended use. Always seek the advice of a physician with any questions you may have regarding a specific medical condition.

Acne Tips for Athletes

Sweat + Friction combine to create acne in basketball players
Acne is common in basketball players

Social media has changed the way we view sports. Monday morning quarterbacking has been replaced with real-time commentary across Twitter, Facebook and forums. Fans—and haters—constantly comment on everything from bad plays, to opinions on uniforms, to athletes’ acne.

Kevin Durant, a 29-year-old player for the Golden State Warriors, is often critiqued on social media for his skin, for example. In September of this year, he replied to a thread of comments on YouTube:

Fan: “Who cares what people think. Just do you. Someone of stature shouldn’t worry about stuff like that.”

Durant: “of my stature, I play basketball, I got acne, I grew up with nothing…still figuring myself out in my late 20[s]…I’m closer to you than u think.”

Durant mentions acne, a skin condition many basketball players seem to suffer from. It is a hard condition to conceal, especially on a jumbotron or high definition TV. Jerald Sklar, M.D. is a Dermatologist in Private Practice in Dallas, Texas and treats athletes’ acne, including basketball players from the high school level all the way up to the pros. He serves as Team Dermatologist for the Dallas Mavericks, and explains acne in this way: “Acne begins when oil released from glands in the pores mixes with dead skin cells and clogs and inflames the skin’s pores. This can be exacerbated in basketball by excessive sweating, staying in sweaty clothes too long, and friction from clothing and headbands.”

Dr. Sklar is spot-on. So let’s break down his intel in order to have a look at why a player like Durant (even with all the resources available to him) still deals with acne.

How Acne Begins for Athletes

Testosterone & Overactive Oil Glands

The last time we wrote about acne, we focused on teens and their struggles. The same acne equation applies to young male athletes:

Overactive oil glands + skin cells = clogged pores

With the addition of an overproduction of testosterone, acne is almost a certainty.

Sweat, Sweat & More Sweat

Basketball players run about 2.5 miles per game, not to mention the rest of the physical exertion in the sport. All of this work means a whole lot of sweat, which allows acne bacteria to multiply.

Uniform & Headband Friction

Acne mechanica is a unique form of acne that is most common amongst athletes. The culprit? Friction. A headband or uniform traps heat and sweat against the skin, causing a hair follicle blockage, and clogged pores result.

A Close Shave

Shaving the face, chest, arms and legs can reduce uncomfortable friction and keep a player cool, but it also increases the risk for acne. A close shave may feel smooth, but folliculitis can soon to follow.

Player to Player

Basketball isn’t a full-on contact sport, but when contact occurs, it is typically skin-to-skin. The transfer of bacteria between players can make an existing acne problem worse, or can lead to new skin conditions.

No Time for Blotting

Basketball is a fast action sport and players have little downtime on the bench. Wiping sweat away from the eyes with the back of the hand may seem intuitive and easy, but blotting it away—not rubbing—with a towel is better for the skin.

Acne Tips for Athletes

Keep Clothes Clean & Dry

Wash uniforms, socks, sweatbands and everything else every time you practice or play. Make sure all items are dried thoroughly.

Try to Reduce Friction

As mentioned above, try to blot—not wipe—sweat away. If uniforms are creating friction, consider wearing a base layer underneath (if permitted).

Don’t Forget to Sanitize Your Razor

As mentioned above, shaving can contribute to folliculitis, which often looks like acne. Clean your skin before shaving, and don’t forget to sanitize your razor. Tricia Holderman, a specialist in infection prevention and control was recently  quoted by GQ , offering this advice: “Cleaning your razor with alcohol or hydrogen peroxide will kill most germs. Doing this for short periods frequently will kill the germs without damaging the metallic finishes of the razor’s holder and handles.” Clean razors=fewer germs entering your skin while shaving.

 Shower Right Away

NBA players might have to conduct interviews right after a game. For all other basketball players, hitting the showers immediately after a game is the best way to stop acne-causing bacteria.

Use CLn SportWash Daily

Our head-to-toe wash was designed by physicians to combat all the skin-related issues athletes face–including acne, back acne, razor bumps, folliculitis, ringworm, jock itch and body & foot odor. Shower right after exercise, massaging the product into skin, hair and nails for 2 minutes. Then rinse with lukewarm water.

Whether or not you find yourself on a screen with millions of fans commenting on your every move (or pimple), a healthy routine and the right products will help you target bacteria and reduce the spread of acne.

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Disclaimer: The contents of this website are for informational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice. The information, graphics, and images on this website are not intended to substitute diagnosis and/or treatment by a medical professional. These products have been clinically tested and proven to be safe for intended use. Always seek the advice of a physician with any questions you may have regarding a specific medical condition.

What They Don’t Teach at the Makeup Counter – Makeup Guidelines

Keep your makeup clean to keep your face healthy and gorgeous

If I ask myself when the last time I went through my makeup bag was, the answer is, “too long ago.” I know cosmetics have shelf lives, just like many products. So why don’t I purge them more often? I thought long and hard about it, and decided that—for me, at least—the answer lies in the role makeup plays.

In my life, cosmetics live somewhere between skincare and fashion accessories. The products that are more like skincare–products I use every day that are part of my routine–I tend to use, run out, and replenish. The products that are more like fashion accessories–seasonal lipstick shades or the eye shadow bought for a specific dress–tend to take up drawer space for years if I’m not careful. So, as I prep for a big purge, I did some research on make-up guidelines. Let my research inspire you!

Shelf-Life Guidelines

Foundation: 6 months – 1 Year

The general rule of thumb is that powder foundation lasts longer than liquid. If you use powder, keep your brush clean with CLn SportWash or CLn BodyWash. (Read more on brush cleansing later in this post.) If you use liquid, pour the product onto the back of your hand or a brush for application. Keep the rim of the bottle clean.

Lipstick & Gloss: 1 Year

To make the product last longer, store it in a cool, dry place (even on the move). If you notice a change in texture or smell, it’s time to toss out that gorgeous shade.

Eye Pencils: 1 Year

As you sharpen your pencil, remember to clean your sharpener. Rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide can work germ-killing wonders with a little soak time.

Mascara & Liquid Liner: 3 Months

These liquid products tend to dry out and clump up, requiring frequent replacement.  They also come in close contact with your sensitive eyes. Set a calendar reminder to replace these products regularly. Toss right away if you notice a change in odor or have had a cold or eye infection.

Blush: 6 months – 2 Years

Like all liquid products, replace liquid blush with more regularity. Powder blushes last a long time with proper hygiene, but shouldn’t be kept for longer than 2 years. Same goes for bronzers or powder contouring sets.

Eye Shadow: 3 – 6 Months

Even if you use powder shadow, you’ll want to replace this product regularly since it is placed directly above your eyes. Also consider using disposable applicators or brushes that can be washed frequently.

Other Ways to Keep Your Makeup Routine Clean

Apply Makeup on a Clean Face with Clean Hands

Before you apply anything to your face, start with a clean slate. CLn Facial Cleanser won’t bleach clothes or towels, and is tough on microbes but gentle on skin. When you apply makeup to a clean face, you’re less likely to pass bacteria back to your products. Win!

Wash Your Brushes Every 1-2 Weeks

Add a dime-sized amount CLn SportWash or CLn BodyWash to a cup of water, and mix. Wet your brushes in the solution and massage thoroughly into the bristles and handles of your brushes for at least 60 seconds. Pat the excess water out with a clean towel, reshape the brush heads, then leave in a well-ventilated area until completely dry. Tip: don’t lay your brushes on a towel to avoid mildew.

Don’t Share

Makeup is fun. But catching an infection from someone else is not. We all have our own individual microbiome (microorganisms specific to a particular environment) and they are best not shared. Everything from Staph to Herpes can be transmitted via makeup. Keep this in mind at the makeup counter, too. Watch carefully to see how products are sanitized before they are applied to your gorgeous face!

I hope these tips help you as much as they are going to help me. I love my makeup, but a big purge + cleansing is on my to-do list for this evening.

Disclaimer: The contents of this website are for informational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice. The information, graphics, and images on this website are not intended to substitute diagnosis and/or treatment by a medical professional. These products have been clinically tested and proven to be safe for intended use. Always seek the advice of a physician with any questions you may have regarding a specific medical condition.

Healthy Scalp Tips for All Hair Types

Flakes? Bumps? Itching? Odor? What do these 4 things have in common? They are all very prevalent issues of the scalp. So, this month, CLn® Skin Care is breaking down what causes each of these issues, and what you can do to manage them. Because bald can be beautiful, pixie cuts can be glam and long, flowing locks can be luscious. But scalp issues are never, ever pretty.

Flaking—The Causes

Dandruff: Many people use the term “dandruff” to describe all flakes. But dandruff, or seborrheic dermatitis, is just one cause of flakes. Dandruff is very common and is almost always more embarrassing than it is harmful.

Eczema and psoriasis: Both conditions can cause cell build-up or scaly patches on the scalp. Scratching can worsen the appearance, not to mention lead to open cuts.

Infrequent washing: Dry shampoos can work miracles on busy mornings, but skip one too many real shampoo sessions, and cell buildup can result. Shampooing hair and scalps (even if bald) removes excess oils and dead skin cells, and is recommended at least every few days for anyone suffering from flaking.

Dry, cold weather: Arid, chilly air can deplete moisture from any area of the body, including scalps. Cold weather is often to blame if flaking occurs only when the temperatures dip and/or humidity levels decline.

Hot showers or heat styling: High temps can disrupt your skin’s barrier, including your scalp. Excessive heat not only dries out skin, but can also cause your body to overcompensate by ramping up oil production.

Bumps—The Causes

Folliculitis: According to dermatologist Jerald Sklar, MD, “Folliculitis is infection or inflammation in the hair follicle or in an open pore of the skin.” Scalps contain 10s of thousands of follicles and pores, so chances are, you’ll end up with a bump or two from time to time.

Barber’s Itch: Have a shaved head or close-cropped hair, and also bumps? You could be suffering from Barber’s Itch. Also known as Pseudofolliculitis barbae, this condition is caused by coarse and/or curly hairs. According to Mark Jackson, MD, “the curl of the hair can make it difficult for the hair to exit through the follicle opening, thus creating a bump, an ingrown hair and more inflammation. Chronic manipulation, such as shaving or scrubbing, creates worsening of the condition.”

Acne: Acne can appear on the body anywhere that oil + bacteria + dead skin cells combine, and the scalp is no exception. Wearing hats or sweatbands or not showering after working out can increase chances for acne of the scalp. Hairline acne is common, and can be painful.

Itching—The Causes

Dandruff, eczema and psoriasis: It is no coincidence that the same conditions that cause flaking can also cause scalp itching. And the more you scratch, the more flakes you may release.

Infection: Tinea capitis, known as ringworm of the scalp, is a fungal infection that can cause circular, scaly, itchy patches on the scalp. In extreme cases, hair loss may occur in affected areas.

Contact reactions: Many shampoos, conditioners and styling products contain alcohol and fragrances. The immediate result might be shiny, delicious smelling hair, but continued use of irritating ingredients can cause itching, tightness of the scalp and even rashes.

Odor—The Causes

Not washing enough: As previously stated, skipping one too many shampoo sessions can cause scalp problems, including odor. Bacteria on the scalp, when allowed to overgrow, can give off an unpleasant sour or musky odor.

Wearing hats too frequently: Wearing hats—particularly if they are not washed regularly—can trap sweat and oil against the scalp, resulting in stale or unappealing odors.

Open sores: Skin conditions can lead to weeping or oozing sores. If left untreated, these sores and their fluids can give off an unpleasant smell.

Scalp Solutions

Shampoo away dandruff, itching, bumps and odor
Specialized shampoo used a few times a week is an easy way to care for your scalp

As you can tell by now, many scalp issues are interrelated. This is actually good news, because it means just a few simple changes could knock out or prevent several issues at once. Here are our top 5 solutions to keep your shoulders flake-free, your scalp smooth, and your confidence high…

  1. Shampoo the right way: Over-washing with harsh products or shampooing daily may actually dry the scalp, leading to more flaking. Consider using a specialized shampoo and experimenting with the best frequency of application. CLn® Shampoo is a clinically tested, hypo-allergenic formula for normal to oily scalps prone to itching, folliculitis and dandruff. It can be used 1-3 times per week. CLn Gentle Shampoo can be used more frequently for dry hair and scalps. It carries the National Eczema Association seal, and is suitable for scalps prone to eczema and psoriasis.
  2. Clean your razor: Shave your head often? Then change or clean your razor blade often, too. Blades can grow bacteria, which can be introduced to follicles during shave sessions. A 10-30 second dip in rubbing alcohol or peroxide is all it takes, and neither product will damage razors.
  3. Wash hats, headscarves and headbands: Just as washing hair often enough reduces issues, washing items that cover scalps can reduce issues. A good laundering removes sweat, oil and bacteria from your items, keeping them clean for when they come in contact with your scalp.
  4. Keep it cool: Avoid hot showers and try to minimize heat styling. Indoor humidifiers can also help prevent moisture loss from skin and scalps during drier months.
  5. Work with a dermatologist: Don’t dismiss scalp issues like flakes or itching if you think you have a skin condition. Dermatologists are trained to diagnose and treat scalp issues, and many times the solutions are simpler than you’d think!

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Disclaimer: The contents of this website are for informational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice. The information, graphics, and images on this website are not intended to substitute diagnosis and/or treatment by a medical professional. These products have been clinically tested and proven to be safe for intended use. Always seek the advice of a physician with any questions you may have regarding a specific medical condition.

Traveling with Eczema – The Advanced Guide to Packing

Don’t go “wheels up” without reviewing our detailed plan for traveling with eczema

Getting away is an exciting, welcomed break from the day-to-day. With the holidays just around the corner, travel of some kind lays ahead, whether it’s heading home or off to a sunny resort.

For people who live with eczema, preparing for travel means an entirely different level of organization, planning and calculation for even a simple trip. Getaways come with unfamiliar environments, foods and climates—and precautions must be taken to minimize eczema flares. CLn® Skin Care knows what it is like to travel with eczema, so we’ve assembled tips and a packing list to make trips less stressful for you. Read below for helpful tips, and click through this link for an editable packing list…CLn Travel Checklist

Planning the Destination

Wherever you’re heading, consider the following before you even pack your bags.

Climate

Arid and cold weather can dry out the skin, causing flares or worsening of eczema symptoms. When facing a dry-out, pack heavier creams. To prep for cold weather destinations, visit our post on cold weather tips here.

Medical Treatment

Search for the nearest medical facility and pharmacy and bookmark them for peace of mind.

Food

If certain foods are a trigger for you or your child, use proactive communication. Family members and even hotel restaurants are happy to make accommodations when health is at risk.

Bedding

Ask anyone you are staying with–family members or the hotel staff–to avoid placing decorative pillows and quilts on beds if dust is a trigger. These items are not always washed frequently, and just a little dust can cause a big flare. Also, ask what detergent is used on sheets and towels. Fragrances, fabric softeners and harsh detergents can be a major irritant, and advanced planning is required to head off this potential trip destroyer.

The Carry-On

A good planner prepares for the best and worst scenarios. In this case, the worst could be a lost checked bag. Double check the TSA guidelines before packing your bag and make sure you have all your eczema essentials in a carry-on, just in case.

Pack travel sizes of CLn BodyWash and/or Gentle Shampoo in your carry-on

If you don’t already own travel sizes of CLn BodyWash and CLn Gentle Shampoo, get some empty 3.0 oz bottles at the drugstore and fill them up before you fly! Mystery bar soap is no way to start a trip if you or your littles suffer from eczema.

Creams & RXs

Always keep doctor-prescribed creams and RXs at arm’s reach. Also, airplanes and car heat or A/C can be drying, so pack enough rich cream (in 3.0 oz tubes) to moisturize every few hours throughout the trip.

Change of Clothing

If bags are lost, a clean change of clothes (washed in the right detergent) can make life a lot easier, especially in the case of a spilled drink or layover. And don’t forget to dress in layers. Getting overheated or too cold can trigger eczema flares for many.

The Checked Bag

Traveling smart with eczema often means bringing a lot of extra gear with you. But a better experience is worth the effort. Add these items to your packing list…

Full-sized CLn BodyWash and/or Gentle Shampoo

The last thing you want to happen is to run out of the products that make your life easier. Better to have too much than too little. And remember to use CLn BodyWash in place of hotel soaps, unless you know the soap to be a formula that agrees with your skin.

Linens

If detergents are a trigger, pack two sets of sheets and two-to-four sets of towels. Sure, linens take up room in a suitcase, but at least you’ll feel a little more at home sleeping on your own sheets. Also, if you have young children with eczema, know that the new-ish muslin style baby blankets actually make amazing lightweight towels. They air-dry quickly and take up way less room in a suitcase than terrycloth towels.

Heavy Cardstock and Markers

Everyone loves a handwritten note. When staying in a hotel, place politely written notes reminding the staff not to disturb the towels and sheets you brought with you. All of your diligence can be undone if a dusty comforter is plopped on top of your precious home-laundered sheets.

All Creams and RXs

If you have creams and RXs that don’t meet TSA standards for your carry-on, pack them in your checked bag. If an arid or cold climate is part of the plan, bring heavy-duty products. And don’t forget to fill your doctor in on your travel plans. He or she might prescribe anti-itch creams, antihistamines, wet wraps, etc. if you have experienced severe flares during past travels.

Sunscreen Free of “Stinging” Ingredients

If you’re off to a sunny locale, don’t leave the sunscreen that works for you at home. Chemical sunscreens can contain Avobenzone, which is known to cause stinging. Your dermatologist can also recommend other ingredients to avoid in a sunscreen based on your triggers.

Eczema-friendly Detergent

Following TSA’s guidelines, pack detergent that you can use to wash sheets, towels or even an emergency load of clothes—especially if traveling with kids. No one wants to do laundry on vacation, but a bad eczema flare can weep, kids can be messy, and clean linens are essential for healthy skin.

Eczema Management Plan

If grandparents or aunts and uncles are watching a child with eczema, put together a thorough management plan including when to use certain medications and what foods to avoid. Also note triggers such as environmental allergies, hot temperatures, etc.

After You Arrive

Long flights and car rides can be exhausting. But the last two steps are crucial to starting your trip off right.

Cleanse As Soon As Possible

After being in a crowded public place like an airport, it’s a good idea to cleanse. Use CLn BodyWash for a full two minutes, as it is designed to be tough on microbes, but gentle on skin. Then put on fresh clothes and settle into vacation mode.

Do a “Room Sweep”

Does Grandma have a bowl of dusty potpourri on the dresser? Move it to a high shelf. Does your hotel line the bathroom counter with heavily scented toiletries? Stick ‘em in a drawer. That plush but probably filthy bed cover? Yank it and leave a note saying not to replace it.

The Back Up Plan

Experiencing a flare despite your diligent packing and prep? Don’t hesitate to call your doc. Worst case, you may require antibiotics. Best case, you and your physician may get one step closer to identifying your worst triggers and what to do about them.

Traveling with eczema can be a challenge, but planning goes a long way in minimizing triggers. We hope this packing guide has helped you. We wish you healthy, comfortable journeys!

Disclaimer: The contents of this website are for informational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice. The information, graphics, and images on this website are not intended to substitute diagnosis and/or treatment by a medical professional. These products have been clinically tested and proven to be safe for intended use. Always seek the advice of a physician with any questions you may have regarding a specific medical condition.