Tag: Acne

Got Acne? Kell-ett!

Posted on November 2nd, by staff in Obsessions, Products, Reviews. 9 comments

We ♥ Kellett Clear Adult Acne Gel Moisturizer and Clarifying Treatment cream

Tria Blue Light for Acne

Posted on September 21st, by staff in Products, Reviews. 9 comments

A busy new mom, who has no time for in-office treatments, reviews the Tria Clarifying Blue Light device.

Ditch These After Age 25

Posted on September 20th, by staff in Dermatological Advice, Products, Skincare. No Comments

Start treating your skin like an adult by tossing 4 youthful products that may be doing more harm than help.

My Battle With Acne

Posted on September 1st, by staff in Uncategorized. No Comments

Nikki Yeh, a new mother who struggled with acne all of her life, tells us what she learned from an acne expert.

How to combat aging and acne

Posted on April 12th, by staff in Uncategorized. No Comments

Like awkward first kisses and gossipy mean girls, acne is one of those teenage inevitabilities that you hope, with time, mercifully fades into memory. Yet a new study by the American Academy of Dermatology proves that those post-teen years are not quite as forgiving to our skin. The report found that adult acne is actually becoming more common in women as they enter their 20s and 30s—another biological injustice of aging.

We’ll take the wisdom that comes with getting older any day, but to cope with the resurgence of inflamed, red acne breakouts, we talked to Dr. Lisa Kellett, a dermatologist at DLK On Avenue in Toronto, for her expert skin-clearing advice. Bonus: Our best bets for products to help reignite that youthful glow.

Skin care tip #1: Look for a double shot of anti-aging and acne treatment.
The fact that 45 per cent of women aged 21 to 30 face regular breakouts while incorporating anti-aging precautions into their beauty regimen is one of those cruel ironies of skin care. The takeaway? Find one product to solve your complexion dilemma. “When it comes to anti-aging skin care, don’t use a product that’s too rich,” advises Kellett. Avoid dense, pore-clogging face creams and lotions … Read More »

Battle Royale

Posted on February 27th, by staff in Uncategorized. No Comments

Feel like you’re at war with your skin? One minute you’re dealing with crow’s feet and the next you’re fighting a volcano-size pimple on your chin. Arm yourself with our guide to banishing blemishes and fine lines for your most flawless face ever.

You graduated high school years ago, so why is there a trail of pimples along your chin, jaw line and neck? “Adult acne is usually caused by a combination of factors, including stress and hormone fluctuations,” says Dr. Lisa Kellett, a dermatologist at DLK on Avenue in Toronto. But the most common reason that her patients come in with nagging breakouts? A change in skincare products – the culprit often being wrinkle cream. “While anti-aging products are effective at reducing fine lines and firming up sagging skin, the rich consistency of these creams can clog pores and cause blemishes for some people,” she says. If you notice a breakout after introducing a new product to your regime, put it on hold until you’re sure that it’s not to blame. Kellett also advises booking a visit with your dermatologist a breakout persists beyond a month – a full skin analysis will get root of the problem.

PREP YOUR SKIN … Read More »

How to get Gorgeous Wedding Day Skin

Posted on November 30th, by Helen in Uncategorized. 5 comments

Dr. Lisa Kellett, owner of Toronto’s DLK on Avenue, is quite simply the best when it comes to skincare. She’s my go-to-guru for perfect skin. She always prescribes just the right treatment and product to put my skin in fighting form. Two days before my wedding, I had an Oxygen Facial at DLK (Madonna is said to be a huge fan of them) and I can tell you my skin never looked better as I walked down the aisle. I recently nabbed a few minutes with Dr. Kellett to chat pre-wedding skin issues—here’s her sage and savvy advice.

1.What is the number one skin concern you hear from brides?
“Acne! Adult acne in women is quite common in general and especially with the stress of an upcoming wedding many brides do suffer from acne.”

2. Solution(s) to adult acne?
“There are many treatments available to treat acne depending on the severity, patient characteristics and time line. One of the most important first steps is to use proper daily home care. This means starting with a gentle, non-foaming exfoliating cleanser once to twice a day. A benzoyl peroxide in a gel moisturizer is a solid mainstay for acne treatment as it … Read More »

Review of Kellett Clear Clarifying Acne Treatment

Posted on November 28th, by staff in Products, Reviews. 8 comments


The product: Kellett Clear Clarifying Acne Treatment, $75.

The promise: Benzoyl peroxide zaps acne-causing bacteria, but it also has a tendency to be drying, especially for adult acne sufferers. This serum-like treatment balances five percent BP—the highest concentration you can get over the counter—with ingredients to hydrate and soothe.

FLARE test drive: “Although my skin is naturally oily, even if I find that acne fighters can leave it flaky. This one didn’t. I used it once daily, in the morning, a pea-sized drop was all I needed to cover my whole face. Though the gel-like formula seemed gentle, don’t underestimate it: Over time my spots went from regular to rare.”  —Wing Sze Tang, Beauty & Health Editor, FLARE Magazine

 —Excerpt from “Test Drive Special” Flare Magazine, January 2011 

Review of Kellett Skincare Clear Kit

Posted on September 7th, by staff in Products, Reviews. 5 comments

We love skincare sets because they make sure that products go together, and they’re perfect for travelling with.

The latest to come my way is a system for adult acne plagued skin which has its own needs–adults want to make sure that the products they use won’t cause wrinkles and at the same time, they want to be acne free. If you’re over the age of 18 and suffer from adult onset acne, then this might be the system for you.

Kellett Skincare goes to the next level by being free of parabens, synthetic fragrances and dyes, and any kinds of petrochemicals.

It’s also formulated by a doctor (Dr. Lisa Kellett!) and so it contains the best ingredients for ideal skin care. Dr. Kellett studied at the prestigious University of Toronto med school, and specializes in dermatology. Her adult patients kept asking for products that could help acne and wrinkles, and so she created something herself!

The system works because it is so well thought out. It contains a polishing cleanser – with little scrubbing beads, this is great for skin with acne, because it’s often oily and could use a good scrub to get rid of dry and dead skin cells as well … Read More »

Superhero Products

Posted on August 8th, by staff in Uncategorized. 10 comments

There is a Japanese proverb that says “Kind hearts are better than fair faces.” Its nice sentiment, but, as anyone with skin concern knows, playing nice when it comes to blemishes, wrinkles, sagging and discolouration can only get you so far. “Everybody should practice good skin care, but there can come a point where [products] alone can’t do the job anymore,” explains Dr.Frank Lista, a Toronto-based plastic surgeon. “It might be something we can fix with lasers, injectables or, if necessary, surgery.”

The good news is that there are many new procedures and techniques that deliver natural–looking results with less downtime as well as great high-tech topical products for those taking the DIY route. ELLE, asked some leading experts for advice on how to fight four of the most common skin concerns, from the drugstore to the derm’s office.

SPOT ON If concealing pimples at an age when you’re also contemplating eye creams seems like one of mother nature’s cruelest jokes, you’re not alone: According to a recent study, the median age for acne sufferers has risen from 20.5 to 26.5. Characterized by pustules and cysts around the jaw and neck, female adult acne usually has a hormonal origin, says Dr. Nowell … Read More »

Save Our Skin!

Posted on June 28th, by staff in Uncategorized. No Comments

We all want Elle Fanning’s skin: Young, taut, clear, lineless.

Hey, she’s 13 and apparently still acne free.

Get back to me when you’re 40, Elle.

Unless we take precautions, we’re all bound to end up with skin like the Corinthian leather seats Ricardo Montalban used to extol in those 1970s Chrysler Cordoba ads.
This is an SOS: Save Our Skin.

“Beautiful takes attention and dedication,” says Nahla Saad, creative director at Noor boutique, the only purveyor in Toronto of the Erno Laszlo line of skin-care products.

In the 1920s, Dr. Erno Laszlo (1897-1973), a Hungarian dermatologist, treated Princess Stephanie of Belgium for acute acne. Because she refused to wear heavy make-up, Laszlo created a special treatment including a transparent film of colouring that transformed her skin and restored her self-esteem. This attracted an aristocratic clientele and prompted Laszlo to open his first institute in Budapest in 1927.

“Dr Laszlo was nothing short of a revolutionary,” Saad says. “He caused a commotion when he insisted that his patients cleanse their faces with cleansing bars/soaps and water instead of the then popular cold creams. He was also one of the earliest specialists to observe that climate change and sun exposure can wreak havoc on the skin.”

In 1939, Laszlo … Read More »

Celebrities and sun protection

Posted on June 17th, by Helen in Celebrity. No Comments

Despite all the warning against the dangers of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, a “healthy” tan has never lost its appeal. This applies especially to A-listers, partly because of their many vacations in hot climates but also because of the esthetic appeal of a sun-kissed glow. Pippa Middleton’s golden hue certainly stood out against her Alexander McQueen gown on her sister Kate’s wedding day, and the royal bride herself was tanned after her honeymoon in the Seychelles.

Some stars go to the opposite extreme: Australian-born Nicole Kidman takes pain to shield herself from the sun, while others, like Jessica Alba, fall somewhere in between maintaining a golden glow while being careful not to overdo it. Because there are some consequences. The Canadian Dematology Association listed melanoma as the seventh most frequently diagnosed cancer in Canada, responsible for 920 deaths last year. Although there is a 90% survival rate, prevention is key. Here, Hello! sheds light on the basics of sun survival and how you can keep the rays at bay all year long.

UV spotlight
Ultraviolet light is broken down into three categories: A, which emits long-wave radiation that penetrates deep into the skin, causing skin damage such as sunspots and wrinkles; B, Which … Read More »

Adult Acne

Posted on March 22nd, by staff in Uncategorized. 7 comments

You’re an adult. You shouldn’t be getting acne, right? But the reality is that acne can occur at any time in life. Here’s what you need to know to understand and conquer this common but frustrating skin problem.

Pilosebaceous follicles (pores) contain a hair root, a hair shaft and a sebaceous gland that produces sebum, an oily substance. The sebum flows into the hair shaft, travels up to the skin’s surface and works to protect the skin from infection and prevent water loss.

Acne is a visible result of disruptions of the biological process in the follicle. This disruption can be caused by many variables, (see “The Causes”), but there are four contributing factors that can produce acne, whether on their own or in combination.

1. LACK OF HAIR.  “Like the wick of a candle, the hair wicks sebum out,” explains Holly Sherrard, education director of the International Dermal Institute in Toronto. “When there’s a lack of hair there, the sebum tends to stay in the follicle.”

2. DEAD SKIN CELL BUILDUP.  This buildup can block pores and trap the sebum inside. “People with a predisposition to acne can have four to five times as many dead skin cells building … Read More »

Top 10 Acne Misconceptions

Posted on March 1st, by staff in Uncategorized. No Comments

Dr. Lisa Kellett is one of Canada’s foremost authorities on acne. Her clinic in downtown Toronto specializes in treating all forms of the skin condition and she’s often asked to lecture on the latest acne treatment technology. Still, her patients come to her with many of the same misconceptions about the causes of and solutions for blemished skin. Here, we ask her to clear up acne myths.

Cosmetics Magazine: Let’s start with the most common acne question: Does eating junk food cause acne break outs?
Dr. Lisa Kellett: Your skin is reflective of your overall health. Because it is the largest [and as a dermatologist believe] most important organ of the body, it is very visible. Therefore, internal signs of disease can often be seen in the skin. If a patient’s diet is poor with nutrition, their skin will reflect this by not looking as healthy as it should. However, if a patient is generally healthy and looks after their diet then the odd candy will not cause acne (acne vulgaris).

Cosmetics: Does squeezing pimples make them heal faster?
Dr. L.K.: Squeezing or any method of traumatizing pimples can lead to increased inflammation, infection, scarring and cyst formation so do NOT squeeze, pick or … Read More »

How to beat blemishes

Posted on December 2nd, by staff in Uncategorized. No Comments

The ability to ace “no makeup makeup” is beauty’s Holy Grail. After all, who doesn’t covet the naturally perfect skin required to pull off a look with nary a speck of cover-up in sight? But even if you’re beset by chronic breakouts, congested pores and oil overload, clearing up your complexion–once and for all–need not be a mythical quest. Just follow our experts’ sure-bet ways to get your skin in spotless shape.


Fact of life: the more noteworthy the special occasion, the more likely you are to wake up resembling Rudolph. Treat it like the pros: “I’m a big fan of benzoyl peroxide. Put a bit on a Q-tip and apply to the pimple,” advises Dr. Lisa Kellett, Dermatologist at DLK on Avenue in Toronto. The ingredient is one of the most reliable blemish busters around, and acne-causing bacteria don’t build up resistance to it (whereas the power of antibiotics-based products can wane over time). “It helps dry things up,” explains Dr. Kellett, noting that superficial spots should shrink within 24 hours. If your skin is too sensitive for benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acids another perennial favourite and is … Read More »

Adult Acne Solutions from a Dermatologist

Posted on September 1st, by staff in Uncategorized. 4 comments

For years, acne was thought of as a teenage condition – the result of surging hormones and bad diet. Over-the-counter remedies featured smiling teens on the packaging and formulas were aggressively strong in
fighting over oily skin conditions. Then, something began to change. Adults began having breakouts into their twenties and thirties in increasing numbers. Scientists hypothesized that stress, pollution and diet had something to do with it. But the trend continues. Today, doctors estimate that 70 percent of North American will suffer some type of acne throughout their life. Here, Dr. Lisa Kellett, one of Canada’s foremost experts on adult acne, explains the condition.

Cosmetics Magazine: How many people suffer from acne?
Dr. Lisa Kellett: According to the Academy of Dermatology, 70 million adult Americans will suffer from acne—more than 50% of women and 25% of men.

Cosmetics: What causes adult acne and where does it mostly appear?
Dr. Lisa Kellett: The cause of adult acne is thought to be multi-factorial including stress, environment toxins, genetics, hormonal changes and the use of anti-aging products. Whatever the reason, it is a painful and frustrating experience. Adult acne often occurs on different parts of the face such as the chin, jaw, and temples. Teenage acne, in the comparison, is found in the oily facial T-zone.

Cosmetics: What adult acne treatments are available?
Dr. … Read More »

Acne at 35?!

Posted on March 18th, by staff in Uncategorized. 11 comments

Q: I’m 35 and I have bad acne. What can I do?

Dr. Lisa Kellett answers: The first thing is to get rid of anything that you’re using on your skin that’s a cream or a lotion. Do not use creams or lotions if you have acne. You should use gel preparations only. Often those creams and lotions are what is making you break out. We also use something called photodynamic therapy in the clinic, and it’s a treatment that we can use with a drug called Levulan. People tend to like it because it’s not an oral medication, and most people don’t want to take pills. We can also do things like Silkpeels, which deliver anti-inflammatory ingredients into the skin. Diamond peels can also help get rid of dead skin cells and clean out the pores.

—From “Ask an Expert – Ditch the creams to help prevent and manage your breakouts,” Primacy.ca, March 18, 2010.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Posted on March 1st, by staff in Health. 1 Comment

You would think signs of a moustache and male pattern baldness in a woman in her forties might tip off her doctor that something’s up.

You’d also think a condition that affects an estimated 1.4 million Canadian women – one that can lead to infertility, heart disease, diabetes and cancer, whose risk of these complications skyrockets in the middle age – would be tracked by  statistics Canada.

And you’d expect guidelines to its diagnosis and treatment would have been set out decades ago by our gynecological society. But you’d be wrong.

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologist of Canada is only in the early stages of drafting such guidelines for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) – a condition where a woman’s body produces excessive amounts of the masculinizing hormone androgen, has irregular periods and develops multiple fluid-filled cysts in her ovaries.  Some doctors simply regard red flags as unfortunate and embarrassing legacies from some aunt, not symptoms of a potentially life-threatening condition. The problem is, so do their parents.

“In most cases, woman attribute the symptoms of PCOS to family genes, stress poor diet,“ says Mitchell Chasin, a cosmetic laser surgeon and medical director of three cosmetic clinics in New Jersey.  “They think their acne and … Read More »

Prepping for a wedding – How to avoid Breakouts

Posted on October 31st, by Helen in Uncategorized. No Comments

While this order of business may not be topping your to do list, it should, especially if you want to look like the fairest of them all on your wedding day.

The business of skincare is what I’m talking about. While yes, beautiful skin is something you want everyday, but most definitely for your wedding day. If you’re anything like me (and most women I know), when your stress levels sky rocket and you’re not eating and sleeping right, you become reacquainted with that old high school buddy you’d rather forget: Mr. Pimple.

He and I seem to have been spending too much time together in the last few months with my skin going through an unrelenting breakout, the likes of which I haven’t seen for years. I have been busy; I have been travelling; I have been out of my routine; and I have experienced more than a few off the charts stress days trying to meet deadlines at work. When my tried-and-true home care routine wasn’t remedying the situation, I knew it was time to call in the pros—my dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett and her team of skin saviors at Toronto’s DLK On Avenue.

My diagnosis: stress and hormone-related breakouts. The remedy: a series of microdermabrasion treatments and a simple home regime of Dr. … Read More »

Zits are for Kids!

Posted on January 5th, by staff in Uncategorized. 8 comments

Waking up to discover a range of unwelcome and unsightly inhabitants on your face isn’t just discomforting, it’s downright insulting: Acne for adults?