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Dr. Cynthia Bailey writes one of the longest running health blogs in the world offering practical advice for you on all skin care related topics.

Acne Posts

Skin Care Facts You Should Know (Part 2)

Fact: Popping pimples is not always bad We all know that popping a pimple can...

Ask Dr. Bailey: The Best Way to Treat Hyperpigmentation

I'm often asked how to treat hyperpigmentation of facial skin. I received...

Take Control of Your Rosacea

Rosacea is a very common issue, but sadly, there is a lot of misinformation...

How Often Should You Change Your Skin Care Regimen?

The question of when to change your skin care regimen can be complex. The...

5 Random Facts about Skin Care You Didn’t Know But Should

With so much true and false information about skin care available, it can be...

Best Ingredients to Look for in Acne Facial Cleansers

What ingredients should you look for in an acne facial cleanser? This is a...

4 Ways to Beat Cystic Acne

Cystic acne is a particularly troublesome form of acne that leads to deep,...

From the Aesthetician: Is a Facial a Treat or Necessary for Healthy Skin?

First, let's put this question in perspective...... Your furniture and...

Ask Dr. Bailey: How to Apply Retinoids

Hello Dr. Bailey, I have a question. I am considering getting a prescription...

4 Must-Haves for a Flawless Complexion

  As a dermatologist, I am obsessed with finding the absolute best...

Top 5 Villains That Will Spark an Acne Break Out

fcfWe’ve all had it, hated it and tried to beat it. It seems to flare up...

The New Natural Facial Toner Everyone Needs

My aestheticians have been making this toner by hand in small lots for our...

The Best Way to Fight Wrinkles & Acne at the Same Time

Have you been stuck with the acne versus wrinkle dilemma? This happens in the...

5 Ways to Give the Gift of Beautiful Skin This Holiday Season

Christmas will be here soon! Now is the time to order your gifts for friends and...

From the Aesthetician: Makeup Tips for Any Age

It doesn’t matter who you are, or what type of skin you have, if your skin...

The Truth about Laser Treatment and Acne

Do you suffer from embarrassing acne scars? Almost everyone gets acne at some...

Rosacea: Uncovering the Mysterious Skin Condition (Infographic)

Despite the fact that millions of Americans suffer from rosacea, the skin...

Brighten Someone’s Day with #RandomActsofRetail

In this busy and often impersonal modern age in which we live, it seems like...

From the Aesthetician: How to Minimize Pores & Remove Blackheads

  For those with blackheads, sometimes it seems like we'd all be...

The Mysteries Surrounding Rosacea

Rosacea impacts more than 16 million Americans, according to the National...

Dr. Bailey’s Top 5 Beauty Picks for that Warm, Summer Glow

Summer skin care should have your skin looking smooth and sun-kissed, but...

5 Ways Stress Effects Your Skin and How to Fix It

  Stress - the word alone can trigger a heightened response. We all have...

The Best Sun Protection for Girls This Year

  Sunny weather is here. Is your tween or teen girl ready to have fun in...

3 Tips to Clear up Acne (Hint: It’s Your Diet!)

The fact is that some of the basic building blocks of our modern diet give you...

From the Aesthetician: How to Have Clear Skin - Even as a Teen (Yes, Really!)

Remember how old you were when you discovered your first pimple? There was...

5 Reasons to Use Witch Hazel in Your Skin Care Regime

  You should consider adding Hamamelis virginiana, better known...

How to Make Monday Your Best Skin Day

  For anyone who has watched Office Space, the infamous line "Sounds like...

Dr. Bailey’s 5 Best Makeup Practices for Your Skin

  Have you ever been so tired at night that you went to bed without...

How To Correctly Wash Your Face

Washing your face is the most basic step for any skin care regimen. However,...

911 Beauty Skin Care Fix-It Kits!

An important part of my job as a dermatologist is to give my patients practical...

Debunking Misconceptions of Skin Care

Ever had a friend share a skin care tip and wondered if it was true? Have you...

Men’s Acne Skin Care: The Movember Edition

Why is Acne Skin Care a Concern for Men? Since the skin is the largest organ of...

Oily Skin Care Tips: Make Oily Skin a Thing of the Past

Do you find that your face is shiny even though you are not hot and sweaty? If...

Men, How “No-Shave November” Can Benefit Your Skin

Shaving is a ubiquitous morning ritual for men in our culture. We just take it...

Zinc Supplements and Acne Treatment

  To continue on the same vein as last week, we are discussing alternate...

Acne Treatment 411: Back to School Edition

Back to School Acne Treatment It's that time of year again where teens and...

What Do Cancer, Diet and Acne Have in Common?

Today many teenagers and adults have acne. But, did you know that, for...

Acne Diet - Nutritional Tips to Improve Acne: Find It Again Friday

Have you established an acne skin care regimen, but still have trouble with...

Back Acne - The 5 Step Plan of Attack

With the reformulated Foaming Zinc Cleanser back on our shelves, we thought...

Foaming Zinc Cleanser Back in Stock

  We have good news for those who have waited patiently for the return...

Skin Care Creams and Serums: How Do You Layer?

How Do You Layer Skin Care Creams and Serums?   // Dear Dr. Bailey, I...

Got Clogged Pores? A How-to Guide for Unclogging Pores: Find it Again Friday

Do you have persistent clogged pores? Do you wash your face twice daily and...

Sunscreen for Teens: How Do You Get Teens to Wear Sunscreen?

What’s the most motivating information you can discuss with the teenagers...

New Year Clearance Sale: Dr. Bailey Skin Care

  As the say "In with the new and out with the old." We want to start the...

Skin Care Tips for Tretinoin (Retin-A): Find It Again Friday

Do you use tretinoin in your skin care regimen? Everyone needs a refresher on...

BB Cream: Which is Best? “Find it Again Friday”

  What Is BB Cream? BB Cream has been all the rage for the...

Dermatologist’s Tips for Treating Adult Acne: “Find it Again Friday”

Do You Suffer From Adult Acne? Lately we have noticed people are seeking...

“Find it Again Friday” - What’s so Great about the Clarisonic?

Is a Clarisonic really "worth" its cost? This is a question we have been...

Pimples and Pustules following Breast Cancer Surgery

Significant and long surgeries can result in a variety of skin rashes showing...

Summer Aesthetician Service Specials

Here in our Sonoma County medical spa treatment room, our aesthetician services...

What’s the Best Dermatologist-Recommended Sunscreen for Oily Skin?

Have you been searching far and wide for a pure, physical and mineral sunscreen...

Zinc Treatment for Acne

Zinc supplements have been touted as an acne treatment for years. Low doses are...

Dermatologist’s Acne Skin Care Tips

Take the guess work out of your acne treatment and quit buying products that...

Best Professional Skin Care for Men in Sonoma County

Up your "grooming game" in time for summer and be ready for skin-baring summer...

5 Skin Care Tips for Retin A Users

I continually receive questions from readers about how to use Retin A and the...

How to Pop a Pimple (aka Zit)

Popping a pimple can be a risky business.  Done right, you can help an...

Dermatologist’s Tips For Treating Adult Acne

Hello Dr. Bailey, I'm impressed by your blog. I'm just finishing my last...

Gorgeous Healthy Skin: 3 Top Tips For the New Year

The holiday rush is over.  Now it's time to get back to doing the...

Give the gift of clear skin with our Acne Treatment Kits

Dr. Bailey has made it a little easier for you to give the gift of great skin to...

The 3 Best Skin Care Tips for Personal Care

If you asked me to pick the absolute highest "return-on-investment" steps for...

The 8 Best End-of-Summer Skin Care Tips

Get Your Skin in Shape for Fall The last day of summer isn’t officially...

Best Men’s Skin Care for Clogged Pores and Acne

Testosterone adds fuel to the acne fire, which means men often struggle with...

How to Get Rid of Back Acne (Bacne)

I just received a wonderful email from Jennifer, one of my web customers. She...

Help Control Acne Flare-ups with our Signature Acne Facial

As a medical aesthetician, I can offer acne treatment that’s both...

6 Common Skin Problems of Summer

The long, hot, languid days of summer are great for your psyche, but they are...

Should You Change Your Anti-Aging Skin Care for Summer?

Dr. Bailey, How would you suggest to change anti-aging skin care going into...

Simplify Your Makeup Routine with Mineral Foundation

Mineral foundation is not only healthy for your skin, but it also helps to...

How to Get Rid of Blemishes and Pimples

Dear Dr. Bailey, I have had pimples and red blemishes (from previous pimples?)...

What’s So Great About the Clarisonic?

Recently our Office Manager, Kara, Sarah (one our fabulous Aestheticians!), and...

The Benefits of Mineral Makeup

The best mineral makeup is designed to: provide complete, long-lasting...

Dr. Oz Talks About Noble Formula Zinc Soap

Pyrithione zinc is a wonder ingredient to treat some of the most common and...

Best Treatments for Clogged Pores

Blackheads and acne are common causes of clogged pores. But, you can have...

Buy the Clarisonic Back Extension Handle Online

Your Clarisonic Cleansing System just got better - Sonic cleansing has arrived...

Dermatologist’s DIY Home Facial

Are you in the mood for a spa escape but can't manage the time or expense...

What Is a Microdermabrasion Facial Treatment?

This is the first post of a new blog series on professional skin care written by...

Best Products for Rosacea, Oily Skin and Blackheads

Dear Dr. Bailey, I read your blog series on rosacea and I have a question. I...

What’s The Best Anti-Aging and Acne Skin Care Product Regimen?

Hello Dr.Bailey, I have learned so much from your blog. Thank you for starting...

The Best Diet for Healthy Skin In 2012

Did you make a New Year's Resolution to eat better in 2012?  I'm...

What’s The Best Over 40 Skin Care To Brighten Dull Skin?

Dear Dr Bailey I am 42 with quite good skin and not a big problem yet with...

Back and Chest Acne Treatment

Hello Dr. Bailey, I'm wondering if you can answer some general information...

The Best Skin Care Products For Rosacea and Acne

Dear Dr. Bailey, I suffer from rosacea and acne, and I’m not sure which to...

How To Heal Acne Naturally

Hi Dr. Bailey! I’m 17 years old and lately I've had a remarkable...

What’s the Best Moisturizer For Oily Skin?

As a Dermatologist I'm often asked if you need to moisturize oily...

How To Get Rid Of Pimples - Dermatologist Recommended Acne Products

Acne pimples are caused by bacteria and so to get rid of pimples you need acne...

How to Get Rid of Blackheads - A Dermatologist Explains

Not all skin care products for acne will get rid of blackheads. They may be...

Skin Drying From Proactiv, RetinA and Other Acne Treatment Products

Skin drying from acne treatment products is really common.  There are...

How do you layer skin care products with tretinoin?

Hi Dr. Bailey, Hope you're having a wonderful summer! I wanted to ask if the...

Can sweat cause pimples and acne?

Sweating from a hot and humid climate or from exercising and working your body...

The Best SunSavvy Summer Skin Care

Skimpy summer fashions put you skin on display. Are you proud of how great...

How to Shrink the Appearance of Large Pores

We all want satiny smooth skin, and big pores often stand in the way of having...

Dermatologist’s Summer Skin Care Advice For Acne

Summer is a great time to finally get control of your acne. In my dermatology...

People shopping for ZNP are finding Calming Zinc soap a great alternative!

With ZNP no longer being produced, people are scrambling for another skin...

Tips For Treating Perioral Dermatitis

Hi Dr. Bailey, Do you have any advice how to get rid of perioral...

Trying to buy ZNP soap online or in stores?

 For years ZNP soap was the only available bar soap with the maximal...

What are milia and what causes them?

 Dermatologist Dr. Cynthia Bailey answers your questions about skin care...

Does light break down tretinoin (Retin A) cream?

Dear Dr. Bailey, If I put tretinoin 0.025% cream on a half hour after I cleanse,...

Acne Rosacea: Dermatologist’s Natural Treatment of Rosacea

Rosacea is a lifelong skin condition that requires constant management-there...

My Best Acne Skin Care Posts From 2010

In 2010 I've been on a mission to get real medical information on the web...

Pityrosporum Folliculitis Acne Treatment: even many doctors don’t know this

  This is Part 2 of a series on the pityrosporum folliculitis acne. I...

Pityrosporum Folliculitis Acne: Could This Be Why Your Acne Won’t Go Away?

Do you know why those itchy pimples on your back and chest and along your hair...

Does Chocolate Really Cause Acne?

Probably not…..but it's complicated. The controversy: Patients for...

Treating Teenage Acne: Dermatologist’s Complete Info To Clear Acne Fast

On the pages of OTB Skin Care you get a dermatologist's explanation of your...

Acne Diet: Cut Down On Dairy To Get Rid Of Pimples

There are foods that cause acne, and dairy appears to be one of them. For years,...

How To Treat Acne Now And Prevent ‘Back To School’ Pimples

You can predict that your acne will get worse after the first month of being...

Why Carbs In Your Diet Can Give You Acne

News flash: refined carbs are linked to acne! Scientists have found that people...

4 Diet Changes that Can Improve Your Acne; Dermatologist’s Advice

There is mounting scientific evidence that what you eat affects your acne....

How To Correctly Use Retin A Tretinoin For Anti Aging and Acne Skin Care

  Do you know that tretinoin, the active ingredient in Retin A, breaks...

How to Unclog Your Clogged Pores

And have fresh, clean-looking skin!   Did you know that not every...

Back Acne & Chest Acne: Will They Ruin Your Summer?

Strappy sun dresses, tank tops and bathing suits are part of summer. Is your...

Facial Skin Care for Problem Skin with Rosacea, Seborrhea and Clogged Pores

Dermatologist Dr. Cynthia Bailey answers your questions about skin care and skin...

Combination Anti Aging Skin Care Treatment with Tretinoin and Glycolic Acid

Dermatologist Dr. Cynthia Bailey answers your questions about skin care and skin...

Common reasons why your acne treatment might not be working; new ideas to treat your acne from a Der

Are youfrustrated with your acne? Do you feel like your ‘beating your head...