Own Your Acne

Pimple shaming is so yesterday. Breakouts shouldn’t be a cause of shame and embarrassment. If you’ve got pimples, flaunt them, at least that’s the premise behind Starface, a new line of hydrocolloid pimple patches. The star-shaped decals, besides promoting healing, also protect the pimple from outside bacteria and the sometimes overpowering urge to pop or squeeze.

And by and large this can be a good thing, says Jeanine B. Downie, MD, FAAD, director of image Dermatology PC in Montclair, NJ. “The patches are adorable,” she says. “If you can stop people from picking their pimples, that is an excellent thing.”

There are a few caveats, she adds. “Depending on how much time you spend in the sun, these patches may leave your skin irregular in tone when you peel them off days later,” she says. “Always use sunblock on top of your zits, because otherwise they could become very hyperpigmented.”

Some patients could be allergic to the hydrocolloid compound within the patches, she cautions.

New Products

Happy As I Am Line, HAIA

A new gender neutral, 360-degree wellness skincare line, haia (Happy as I Am), that debuted at ISPA 2019, aims to go more than just skin deep. The product’s manufacturer wants it to have an impact on self esteem. With positive affirmations on each product and an animated, instructive skincare app, the goal is to help daily skincare routines inspire confidence and a sense of belonging. Using biomimicry from four different biomes, industry veteran Michael Bruggeman worked with raw material manufacturers to create products containing the latest in clean, nature-derived, active ingredients, such as extremophiles, mesonutrients, plant stem cells, and bioferments that promote a healthy skin microbiome. The new line is divided into five different, color-coded collections with cleansers, toners, serums, moisturizers, exfoliators, eye products, and masks. The packaging uses a woven fabric design as a metaphor for weaving a single thread—standing for diversity and individuality—into a fabric of strength and a work of art. Customers will be encouraged to access the app on the haia website, which will have practical suggestions for implementing daily affirmations into everyday life. The app also features a virtual selfie derm-analysis that will give users personalized recommendations for product selection and use. haiawellness.com

U.SK Under Skin Skincare Line, U.SK Under Skin

U.SK Under Skin recently expanded into the U.S. market. Under Skin develops each formula with guidance from world-renowned dermatologists and works with laboratories worldwide to acquire the highest-performing and up-to-date active ingredients. Under Skin’s three main lines, U.SK Revitalizing, U.SK Anti-Aging, and U.SK Cleaning & Toning are a collection of skincare products that combine natural active ingredients and minerals ensuring beautiful skin through deep cleansing, moisturization, revitalization, nourishment, and protection. Coinciding with its US launch, Under Skin has released four new elixirs under its U.SK Revitalizing line. The U.SK Elixir Pearl & Caviar, with actual pearl and caviar extract, provides concentrated revitalizing nutrients that in conjunction with growth factors, create improved skin integrity, promote cell renewal, moisturization, prevent loss of elasticity, control hyperpigmentation, and improve the overall integrity of the skin barrier. The U.SK Elixir Colloidal Gold, which contains concentrated assets for the remineralization and complete reparation of damaged skin, uses gold nanoparticles to promote cellular communication, stimulate collagen and elastin, and offers antioxidant effects. The U.SK Elixir Platinum contains concentrated peptides to restore youth to mature skin, especially in women during and after menopause, as well as colloidal platinum, which improves the extracellular matrix equilibrium and reduces hormonal aging effects. The U.SK Elixir Diamond contains concentrated peptides and growth factor to assist in skin reconstruction and the improvement of medium to deep wrinkles. With the use of diamond nanoparticles, this elixir helps to promote cellular longevity and reduce stress proteins. underskin.com

Maximum Hair Thickening Serum, Hair Restoration Laboratories

Hair Restoration Laboratories introduced Maximum Hair Thickening Serum. Packed with effective hair growth stimulating ingredients, it will trigger the growth of new and thicker hair. This leave-in treatment is formulated with clinically studied ingredients to provide maximum thickness to existing hair, minimize hair loss, and maintain the scalp and hair follicles in optimum condition. The Serum contains the highest levels of Hair Restoration Laboratories proprietary DHT Halting Complex—ingredients clinically-proven to help block the harmful effects of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the undisputed cause of male and female pattern hair loss. The DHT Halting Complex contains topical DHT blockers, such as Green Tea Extract, Saw Palmetto Extract, Azelaic Acid, Pumpkin Seed Oil, Cumin Seed Oil, Caffeine, Biotin, Hydrolyzed Pea Protein, Cayenne Fruit Extract and Ginseng, that work synergistically to stop hair loss and help regrow and thicken hair. hairlossdhtshampoo.com

Invisible Powder Sprays, Arm & Hammer

Arm & Hammer introduced Invisible Powder Sprays, Invisible Foot Powder Spray and Invisible Body Powder Spray. These formulas provide a mess-free application with maximum sweat and moisture absorption. These ultra-clear dry sprays contain Arm & Hammer Baking Soda and odor neutralizing ingredients to absorb moisture and sweat. Both sprays are talc free. Armandhammer.com