Product Review: FY22 Facial Scrub

Skin Care, Skin Care Advice, Skin Care Product Reviews

FY22 Facial Scrub ($17.99, is a pretty basic cleanser that’s pretty mild overall. It’s unscented and good for exfoliation. I was excited to try it and found that it’s a pretty good cleanser. The company recommends it in particular for diabetic skin care, which necessitates more mild products. Deionized Water Deionized water is, self-explanatorily, Read more »

Product Review: Rodan + Fields SOOTHE Mineral Sunscreen

Skin Care, Skin Care Advice, Skin Care Product Reviews

Rodan + Fields SOOTHE Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 ($41, is a lightweight sunscreen that’s formulated to be minimally irritating, part of a system of Rodan + Field’s intended to reduce irritation and redness. I was excited to try it when they sent the sunscreen over and I have to say, it’s an excellent physical Read more »

Obesity – Related Acanthosis Nigricans

Skin Care

Obesity brings with it a myriad of problems, and the skin is not spared. There are many causes for hyperpigmentation, or excessive darkening of the skin. Today we discuss one in particular that is becoming increasingly common: acanthosis nigricans (AN): more specifically: obesity-related AN (because there are other types of AN). Appearance The skin lesions Read more »

Does Makeup Primer Stop Bacteria From Getting into Pores?


    Recently, a friend cited an article she’d read that said makeup primer kept bacteria from getting into your pores. Can this be true? I though. Well, let’s look at the facts. For the purposes of this post, I focused on liquid primers, such as Smashbox Photo Finish Primer ($38, because there are Read more »

Spotlight On: Panthenol


Panthenol is an alcohol made out of pathenolic acid, or vitamin B5. It’s used for everything from sleep deprivation to dandruff, and is found in numerous shampoos and skin care products (MedlinePlus). While there isn’t a lot of evidence for the use of panthenol in homeopathic evidence, there’s more for what it does in skin Read more »

This or That: A Brief Look at Lightweight Sunscreens

Skin Care

I’m writing this ad hoc post in reponse to the overwhelming positive feedback and accompanying questions that I received in my post on the complexation interaction between niacinamide and L-ascorbic acid that I wrote a few days ago. One of the most prevalent concerns brought up was about the fact that many of the readers absolutely love Read more »