How to Know If You Should See an Aesthetician or a Dermatologist

In a perfect world, our skin would be all of the following at all times: clear, glowing, and healthy. However, until that world actually exists, we must figure out how to make our skin happy on our own—and when to call in the big guns if necessary, like a dermatologist or an aesthetician. If you’ve […]

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How Long Does it Take for Topical Scar Creams to Actually Work?

Welcome to Ask a Beauty Editor, our new column in which Sarah Jacoby, SELF’s senior health and beauty editor, goes on the hunt to find the science-backed answers to all of your skin-care questions. You can ask Sarah a question at askabeautyeditor@self.com. How long would it take for topical scar creams to actually make a […]

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We Talked to Dr. Pimple Popper About the Joy of Watching Cyst-Popping Videos

Even if you’re not looking for them, it’s almost impossible to search for anything skin-care related online without running into one of Dr. Pimple Popper’s videos. Clearly, dermatologist Sandra Lee, M.D., FAAD, FAACS, has tapped directly into the deep, pus-filled heart of the strange-yet-satisfying video world. Shortly after posting her first pimple popping video, Dr. […]

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I Finally Found a Clay Mask That Doesn’t Dry Out My Sensitive Skin

I know I’m not the only one out there who’s tried to put on a nice, relaxing clay mask in the hopes of clearing out my pores only to end up with skin that feels like it’s been stretched out over my skull. But with my go-to clay mask, the Innisfree color clay mask, that […]

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I Washed My Face With Manuka Honey for a Week—Here’s What Happened

Admittedly, I’m late to the all-natural skin-care conversation. Plenty of people have been adding coconut oil and apple cider vinegar to their beauty routines for a while now. But I’m too scared to put oil on my pimple-prone face, and the potent odor of vinegar makes my nose hairs curl. That said, I did want […]

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Follain Sugar and Shea Body Scrub Review 2019

Part of my adult experience has included figuring out the best ways to take care of my body, starting with its largest organ: Skin. After coming around to wearing sunscreen on a regular basis (moisturizers with SPF are my new go-to), and getting the complexities of my facial breakouts down to an exact science, my […]

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Can I Use Redness-Reducing Products Even If I Don’t Have Rosacea?

Welcome to Ask a Beauty Editor, our new column in which Sarah Jacoby, SELF’s senior health and beauty editor, goes on the hunt to find the science-backed answers to all of your skin-care questions. You can ask Sarah a question at askabeautyeditor@self.com. Hi, Can individuals with sensitive skin who have not been formally diagnosed with […]

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What Can Centella Asiatica Really Do for Red, Dry, Sensitive Skin?

Those of us with sensitive skin already know to be wary of trendy ingredients. But there’s one that’s purported to be good specifically for sensitive or inflamed skin: centella asiatica (also referred to as gotu kola), a leafy plant found in parts of China, Japan, India, Australia, and the U.S. The plant has a long […]

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How Skin Care Became a Crucial Part of My Sobriety Toolbox

My skin was the last thing on my mind when I stopped drinking after 20 years of weekend binges and using wine to self-medicate. Sure, I expected clearer skin to be one of the welcome side effects, like having more disposable income and remembering everything from the night before. What I didn’t expect was how […]

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I Always Have at Least 1 of These K-Beauty Hand Creams at My Desk

Dry hands are, unfortunately, kind of an office staple for me. All that typing in an over air-conditioned workplace—not to mention incredibly drying soap in the bathroom—is the perfect recipe for hands and cuticles that need some extra attention. That’s why I always keep at least a few hand creams at my desk. But I […]

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9 Soothing Products People Swear By for Sunburn Relief

Not to brag or anything, but in my entire three decades of life, I’ve been fortunate to have only felt the sting of a sunburn once. “A sunburn is a skin response to too much ultraviolet B exposure,” assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Diego Melanie Palm, M.D., tells SELF. No matter […]

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4 Tips for Putting on Makeup When You Have Psoriasis on Your Face

For years, I’ve had psoriasis on my body—typically my knees and elbows. It was usually easy enough to apply a topical treatment, cover it up, and forget about it. But two years ago, I started getting patches of psoriasis on my face, and it was a whole different story. While I wanted to go makeup-free […]

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