acne-safe deodorant

as the hot weather approaches, we all want to radiate fresh, yet delicate, aromas, right? but how can we keep our bodies smelling as fresh as a bouquet of dew-dropped roses while avoiding acne breakouts? we’ve got a few recommendations for acne-safe deodorants for you to check out, and as a bonus, all are aluminum-free!

  • tarte – tarte’s light-weight clean queen product is a natural vegan deodorant stick to satisfy your edgier side. adherents swear that it dries clear and that it lasts all day. it’s great as a first-time foray into the world of aluminum-free deodorants.
  • aesop – though this gender-neutral spray deodorant is a bit pricey, it lasts a long time and truly performs! it’s a personal favorite of some sS staff, and with hints of vetiver and citrus, this woodsy scent is to die for. the specific blend of essential oils prevents the formation of odor-causing bacteria.
  • crystal essence – these handy roll-on deodorants are easy to toss in your gym bag for a quick mid-day refresher. a popular chemical-free deodorant, crystal essence uses natural mineral salts and essential oils to stop odor in its tracks.
  • lavilin – this floral roll-on deodorant is the winner of new york magazine’s best aluminum-free deodorant competition. while it won’t necessarily keep you totally dry, this hypo-allergenic product boasts 72-hour odor-masking abilities even with physical activity and bathing in between.
  • desert essence – this is a solid, natural brand at a reasonable price. they’ve created several fun scents like tropical breeze and spring fresh, but you might need to reapply at some point during the workday
  • erbaviva – this brand crafts simple and unique scents from alcohol and essential oils but proponents of the natural deodorant phenomenon agree that these fresh scents last only around 5-6 hours. blends like jasmine grapefruit and lemon sage can satisfy anyone’s olfactory preferences.
  • weleda – these swiss spray deodorants have great reviews in the performance department. similar to aesop, the citrus in these sprays helps keep bacteria at bay. you can find them at any whole foods or natural foods store across the us.

as always, when buying new personal care products, use our comedogenic database to double check ingredients. though many of the above brands make acne-safe deodorants, their other products might not pass the test.

collagen powder – our new favorite skin-loving supplement

by kerry watson

if you read my blog post about gelatin then you won’t be surprised to learn that collagen powder is my new jam. collagen is the main structural protein found in the connective tissue of all animals. with time, our bodies produce less and less of it which plays a big role in how we age. this is part of the reason that we experience more joint pain, slower wound healing, wrinkles, loss of volume and increased laxity of the skin.

by now we all  know that bone broth is a super healing food that everyone should be downing by the mason jar. bone broth is made from cooking down animal bones and joints which are loaded with collagen (which later becomes gelatin). most of us don’t have time to make bone broth everyday or even once a week for that matter. earlier this year i learned about taking collagen powder from my bodyworker, tasha berg. i went to see her for an appointment last december and i noticed that she was looking more fabulous than usual. when i asked her what she’s been doing she told me that she is taking collagen powder. her skin was glowing and she looked super well-rested. i decided that i had to try this new fountain of youth supplement. after a couple of  months taking 2 tablespoons twice a day i started noticing that my nails were strong and growing fast, my hair wasn’t as frizzy as usual and my skin looked great! it was less red, i needed less makeup to even out the tone and my tiny fine lines became almost nonexistent.

there is some question as to whether these results are permanent. after extensive research online, i have seen that most people who have taken collagen supplements for their anti-aging effects felt like the progress was lost after stopping the supplements. we are unclear as to whether or not this will be the same for textual scarring. if we have clients that decide to stop taking it after seeing improvement we will keep you posted on the results.

in addition to its obvious benefits in improving the appearance of textural scarring, collagen powder may improve the results and shorten the healing time after other treatment modalities geared towards improving textural scarring like micro-needling and laser. the possibilities are very exciting. if you decide to try this or this supplement (or a different one) please let us know. if you could take progress photos, we’d love to see them as well.

disclaimer: any reference to outside support (i.e. working with an herbalist and/or bodyworker) are from this client’s and my own personal experiences and are not endorsed  by or necessarily reflect the ideas or recommendations of skinSALVATION.

fragrance: a clogger by any other name…

more news on the sneaky, sneaky pore-cloggers front:

at sS, we warn clients to look out for fragrances in products because “fragrance” is an umbrella term that masks a host of ingredients, some which are pore-clogging.

these mystery “fragrance” ingredients can appear in all kinds of products that come in contact with your skin: from perfumes to makeup, from cleansers and moisturizers to clothing detergents and fabric softeners. and just think of all the sunscreens and serums with delicious aromas too!

you may be wondering how many ingredients are hidden under the term “fragrance”? well we just found a list of 3,059 ingredients! yowzer!

and much to our dismay, just as suspected, there are tons of insidious, comedogenic (pore-clogging) ingredients on this list.

right off the bat we spotted isopropyl myristate and corn oil, and further perusal revealed 43 additional cloggy ingredients masquerading as fragrance. the full list of comedogenic ingredients (that we know of) that can simply be labeled as “fragrance” includes:

  • Acetylated Lanolin
  • Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol
  • Avocado Oil
  • Black Kelp
  • Butyl Stearate
  • Cetyl Acetate
  • Coconut Butter
  • Coconut Oil
  • Corn Oil
  • Cotton Seed Oil
  • Ethoxylated Lanolin
  • Fucus vesiculousus
  • Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
  • Irish Moss
  • Isopropyl Myristate
  • Isopropyl Palmitate
  • Kelp
  • Knotted Kelp
  • Lamimaria ochroleuca extract
  • Laminaria digitata
  • Laminaria longicruris
  • Laminaria saccharine
  • Lanolic Acid
  • Lanolin
  • Lanolin Alcohol
  • Lauric Acid
  • Lauryl Alcohol
  • Linseed Oil
  • Mineral Oil
  • Myristic Acid
  • Octyldodecanol
  • Oleic Acid
  • Olive Oil
  • Peanut Oil
  • PEG 16 Lanolin
  • Petroleum
  • Propylene Glycol Monostearate
  • Seaweed
  • Sesame Oil
  • Soybean Oil
  • Stearic Acid TEA
  • Tocopherol
  • Xylene

so what’s an acne sufferer to do? well, apart from avoiding all delightfully-smelling products, your best bet is to either stick to sS-vetted products or contact the manufacturer of any product you are interested in, and get a complete list of the ingredients used in the product’s fragrance and run it against skinSALVATION’s complete list of known comedogenic ingredients.  another alternative, if you choose to take it, is to carefully test one suspicious product at a time (while being acne-safe with everything else!) to be able to isolate any new breakouts to the new ‘fragranced’ product you are using.

at sS, you know we’ve tested our products long term for ensure they aren’t pore-clogging, so no need to worry about your tried and true sS favorites!

skinSALVATION is moving on march 15th!

big news, sSer’s! we’re moving to a new space! we’ve loved our last three years at our current 16th street location, but we always knew it was temporary and would one day be converted into a residential building. so, after a few months looking for a perfect, permanent space for skinSALVATION, we finally found our new home:

2489 mission street, #16
san francisco, ca 94110
(at the corner of 21st and mission.)

we’re all set to move on march 15th, so if you have an appointment scheduled for after the 16th, make sure to come to the new space. we’ll email and call all clients that are scheduled on or around the 16th, to make sure everyone comes to the right place.

parking around 21st and mission is almost all metered, which means parking during the week will be much easier, but for weekend appointments it may be trickier. there are a few paid parking lots within walking distance as well, if you’d rather avoid street parking. the new space is only 3 blocks away from the 24th street bart station, so taking the bart is also a great option.

we’re very happy to be moving into our permanent home, and are so excited to be in the heart of the mission. our new home is half a block north of longtime mission staple, foreign cinema and the new beautiful rooftop bar at el techo, and around the corner from many other wonderful businesses. we can’t wait to be the newest member of the community!

choose low-sugar fruits to stay clear

alongside dairy and soy, studies have shown time and again that foods with high-glycemic indexes are some of the biggest acne aggravators. not only are high glycemic foods inflammatory, their sugars feed the candida yeast that so commonly is found in excess in acne sufferers. keeping your sugar intake low will also help regulate energy levels, lowering the stress on your body.

while you may be diligent about avoiding wonder bread and skittles, what you may not realize is that some of your favorite fruits are loaded with sugar. while we would never recommend cutting out fruit entirely – fruits are full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber – being cognizant of how much sugar you’re actually eating when you reach for, say, a banana is an important part of living an acne-safe lifestyle.

choosing lower sugar fruits is an easy way to start lowering the glycemic load of your diet. choose a handful of blueberries instead of grapes and you’ve saved yourself over 10 grams of sugar. also, whenever possible, choose fresh fruit over dried fruit. fresh mango is, in itself, a pretty high-sugar fruit with 14.8 grams of sugar per 100 grams, but dried mango has 73 grams – nearly 5 times as much as fresh mango, and about the same amount as skittles.

grams of sugar per 100 grams

for more detailed information on the types of sugar in different fruits, click the chart above!

generally speaking, try and stick to fruit with less than 10 grams of sugar per 100 grams, and do your best to avoid dried fruits. keep in mind, though, as with everything, moderation is key. while it’s probably not a good idea to have a bowl of fruit for breakfast every morning, there are a lot worse things you could have for an afternoon snack than an apple. just do your best to keep your sugar intake (and by extension your glycemic load) as low as possible and your skin will thank you.