Bacne… not a good look for summer!

May 25th, 2010

Bacne and swimsuits just don’t go together.  For guys, bacne can ruin those traps you worked so hard to perfect at the gym all year long.  For girls, one bacne can ruin that adorable bathing suit that cost you your entire paycheck!  Here are some tips from the experts on how to keep that bacne at bay…

1.  Never use a loofa or scrub brush on your back.  This can spread bacteria which can make your acne worse.

2.  When using an acne wash on your back, make sure it is a little stronger than the wash you use on your face. It takes a higher strength medication to penetrate the skin on the back.

3.  When choosing hair care products for the summer, make sure you choose products that are low in oils.  Kairos Acne Care Solutions for the hair offers safe shampoo and conditioner.  Too much oil on the scalp and hair can migrate to the back and surrounding skin areas.  If you use mousse, gel or hair sprays, make sure you use Kairos styling products that have also been created especially for acne sufferers.

4.  Along those same “hair” lines, if you have long hair, keep it up off your back and shoulders during hot weather.

5.  Keep your pillowcase clean and change it more often, especially if you are using oily hair care products.

6.  Use sunblock when you are out in the sun, and make sure it is oil-free!

Have fun in the sun this summer and use these tips to beat bacne before it starts!

Acne hurts inside and out!

May 7th, 2010

Acne sufferers have one thing in common. Their acne hurts.  Only some of them suffer the physical pain, but it’s safe to say that mostly all of them suffer some emotional pain associated with their acne.  I had a patient once tell me that having acne was like being forced to wear an ugly outfit everyday.  For some reason, that stuck with me.  I guess it was my aha! moment that acne isn’t something to be taken lightly and many people are not able to be the best they can be because of it.  Most people who don’t suffer from acne have never taken the time to consider how painful and embarrassing it can be.  Having worked for many years in a super busy acne clinic with many severe cases of acne, it became crystal clear that it is a disease that can damage the self-esteem by making you feel self conscious and not able to get out there and do what you want to do.  I want nothing more than to help you get clear and stay clear!  People who don’t know that their hair products are contributing to their acne are getting pimples (and maybe even scarring from those pimples) that they never should have had in the first place!  It is our goal to make sure that everyone knows that hair care products can make your acne worse and also to make sure that everyone knows they now have an alternative to traditional hair care products.  For more on acne and acne prevention go to www.kairosclear.com and get clear skin now!

Kairos Founders on NBC San Diego. Check out the video!

April 17th, 2010

Did you know there are many “at home tips” that most acne sufferers are unaware of??  Well Kairos Acne Care Solution founders Catherine Parker and Doreen Campbell share 5 very important tips on NBC San Diego.  Check out the segment by clicking on the following link:  Acne Tips and Hair Care.

Share your thoughts and comments please!!!

Check out Kairos in the latest issue of Justine Magazine! They educate young girls about the acne/hair product link! Great job Justine!

April 9th, 2010

Got Bacne? Hurry! Summer’s coming! See what the experts say…

April 9th, 2010

In recent years, “bacne” has become a common and acceptable word that refers to the irritating, unsightly and often embarrassing acne that occurs on the back.  Although it hasn’t made it into Webster’s, Wikipedia has welcomed the term into its dictionary.  Bacne isn’t usually a troublesome issue for most people during the cool autumn and cold winter months when clothing can easily conceal the problem.  However, as spring and summer approach, those pesky bumps do become irksome when you want to wear your brand new bathing suit or adorable, new little tees.  And, why is it, that the breakouts always seem to show up right above the line of your favorite summer shirt?  Well, instead of buying new shirts to conceal those uncooperative blemishes, let’s get down to the basics of WHY you’re getting them and HOW to avoid it!  As most of you know already, hair care products are a huge culprit to acne breakouts on the back.  Especially for girls with longer hair.  In our before and afters, you can actually tell where the girl’s hair ends… it’s where her acne ends! http://www.kairosclear.com/before-and-after/ For guys who wear gel or hair glue, this can be a real problem for the neck and back as the product drips down in the sweat throughout the day. Even rolling around on your pillow night after night, if you don’t wash the products out before you go to sleep, can be a bacne culprit.
As summer approaches and the weather heats up, for most it means more sweating. The oils that are on your hair and scalp will travel downward! Also, if you are putting a ton of oils on your head and hair in your haircare products, you will subsequently have an oilier face, neck, back and chest where blemishes will thrive. (your scalp and face are connected, remember?  the skin is one big organ… the largest one, as a matter of fact!)   Obviously, showering shortly after exercise or being out in the hot weather is essential, but also using Kairos Acne Care Solutions offers an easy way to avoid blemishes all together! When you use Kairos and sweat, acne-fighting and noncomedogenic ingredients travel downward!  Those ingredients actually treat and prevent bacne rather than cause it. Kairos offers a win-win solution in the fight against bacne!

Kairos isn’t just for acne…

April 6th, 2010

When we created our line of hair care products, we had our acne patients in mind.  However, Kairos Acne Care Solutions has shown to be effective against other inflammatory disease processes.  Seborrheic Dermatitis is a term used for an abundance of inflammatory skin conditions.  Since Kairos’ active ingredient is Salicylic Acid, it has been effective in reducing some of the symptoms of these conditions.  Patients with Rosacea, for example, have noticed a dramatic improvement of the redness on their cheeks, nose and chin after using Kairos.  Customers with irritated areas of unknown origin on their scalp have also noticed improvement.  Even customers with flaky scalp have benefited from Kairos because of its exfoliating properties. Kairos was built to fight against acne and other inflammatory diseases of the scalp and skin.  The anti-inflammatory botanicals are helpful in soothing irritated scalp and skin along with the Sal Acid.  Guys who use the skin and scalp treatment on their “razor rash” have also found it to be therapeutic in reducing those nagging little bumps.  So, Kairos isn’t just for acne!  It is a multipurpose product with amazing hidden benefits!

Are you in the red with rosacea?

March 30th, 2010

While acne and rosacea are different diseases, they are linked and similar because they are inflammatory conditions that have no cure.  However, the symptoms can be treated effectively and should be treated before they worsen.  If you have some of the following symptoms, you may want to see a Dermatologist for further evaluation…

1.  Does your face flush easily?

2.  Do temperature changes make your face turn redder than most people and last longer?

3.  Do you have redness on your cheeks, nose and chin that won’t go away?

4.  Does your face stay red for a long time after you experience stress or eat a spicy meal?

5.  Do you have sensitive skin?

6.  Do your eyes get watery/bloodshot or burn?

Rosacea, if left untreated can lead to vision problems so it is important for you to get evaluated if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above.  If you think you have rosacea, some simple lifestyle changes can help.  Like many other diseases, stress can exacerbate your rosacea. Reducing and avoiding stress can help limit flare ups.  Pay attention to your routine and keep a journal to find out when your rosacea becomes worse.  Limiting the aggravating culprits will help minimize your symptoms.  Sunglasses are a must for eye protection and rosacea sufferers should always wear sunscreen to protect their face as the sun can cause flare ups, also.  We would certainly be remiss if we didn’t mention how many of our Kairos Acne Care Solutions users have found that their rosacea has improved since using our hair care products.  Remember, it is an inflammatory condition, and Kairos is built to fight inflammation!

Laser Treatments – Talking apples to apples

March 18th, 2010

Many people are choosing laser treatments for their acne and acne scarring.  Having worked for many years in one of the busiest laser centers on the west coast, I saw some BIG mistakes being made by the consumer.  Comparing prices of laser treatments can be a tricky business.  You can get huge discrepancies in pricing but that doesn’t mean that one doctor just charges more than the other.  There are different ways to use the same laser.  Some doctors are more aggressive than others and do “more pulses” (firings of the laser)  More pulses = more $$$.  More pulses, however, typically mean better results.  Some doctors do “more passes” (layers of pulses)  More passes = more $$$.  More passes generally mean better results.  (this is “generally speaking”… some lasers would harm you if you do too many pulses and passes, so don’t demand more to try to get your money’s worth!)  Here’s a typical scenario – Dr. John Doe may do 100 pulses and distribute those pulses one time over the face (one pass).  Dr. Jane Doe may do 500 pulses and distribute those pulses over three passes (three times around the face).  So, there you have the same laser being used, but the intensity of the treatment differs significantly, as do the results, as does the price.  The bottom line when choosing a doctor and a laser treatment is research, research, research!  Here are a few pointers to get you started in your quest to find the perfect doctor for your laser therapy…  remember, make sure you’re talking apples to apples when purchasing a laser treatment!

-be sure that the doctor you choose is well educated and experienced in laser therapy.

-ask how long he has had the laser he is going to use on you and how many patients have had the same treatment. (some offices have before and afters so that you can see the results of other patients)

-be sure that all staff performing laser treatments are licensed to do so as laws differ from state to state.  (i.e. in the state of California, it is unlawful for anyone but an RN, NP, PA or MD to perform laser treatments.)

-ask how long the technician has been performing laser treatments.

There are many other questions to be asked before you choose your doctor and your treatment.  Study and research before you take the laser leap!

Sun and Acne – Short fix can lead to long-term problems

March 17th, 2010

Many people with acne love to lay in the sun because their acne “dries up.”  It is true, I even remember thinking so myself when I was a teenager.  If I had to have acne, I was going to have “tan” acne.  I felt like my breakouts were less obvious if they were on a sunburned face.  The old saying “if I’d have known then what I know now” flashes in my head.  What I didn’t realize was that all of that sun exposure was slowly damaging my follicles and making them weak…. and MORE prone to acne!   Over time, I have committed the worst of skin crimes, weakening my skin’s defenses.  While we’re on the subject of sun and skin, the dreaded “bacne” (back acne, for those not familiar) becomes a huge annoyance in the summer months.  Of course, everyone wants to frolic freely in their bathing suits and tank tops without worrying about an ugly blemish on their back or chest.  Hair care products are the culprit for MUCH bacne.  Especially if you have long hair.  Even you short-haired peeps, listen up!  Your hair doesn’t have to be long to cause bacne.  All those oils that drip down when you sweat can wreak havoc on your back.  Kairos Acne Care Solutions is a MUST for summer months!  I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the risk of skin cancer when I am talking about sun exposure.  SPF of 30 or higher should be worn at all times.  Make sure you get your skin checked regularly by a Dermatologist, as it only takes a few minutes and it could literally save your life!

We survived the AAD Convention! What a ride!

March 8th, 2010

So we did it.  We survived three days of the most incredible displays of skin-ware we have ever seen.  Every new concept of skin improvement was being touted and explained while sales reps desperately attempted to get the attention of the some of the 10,971 physicians strolling the aisles looking for something new to offer to their patients.  It was some of the best people watching I have ever experienced.  By the third day, we were able to differentiate between who the doctors were, who other reps were, and who doctor’s wives were… before they ever came to our booth.  There’s a certain look that doctor’s have.  Somewhat intense with a confidence in their mission.  It took some fancy and clever marketing to get their attention, but they absolutely loved Kairos!  We were more well received than we could have ever imagined.  We spoke to over 400 physicians and introduced our new concept in acne management… the forgotten factor – hair products!  We were so surprised that so many physicians were extremely complimentary to us and thanked us for coming up with a solution they have not been able to offer their patients until now.  Many of them are going to carry Kairos Acne Care Solutions in their office!

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