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Hi I'm 18yrs old and I have really bad eczema on my face I have been using a lot of steroids for the past few years and it has thinned my skin. Now I look twice my age. Is there anything for my eczema and my lines and wrinkles?

Please visit the doctor who prescribed the steroids for you. You should only take steroids for a short time to treat a severe outbreak of eczema. There are new medications out now for eczema that perhaps you can try. They are called topical immunomodulators, or TIMS. These steroid-free treatments are effective in treating eczema without the side effects found with using corticosteroids. You may be having side effects of the steroids and a different dosage would help. Talk to your doctor about the side effects you are having and consult a dermatologist about the eczema. Finally, to help combat the thinness of your skin, you can try a face cream with Retinol or Collagen to help protect your skin and help regenerate the skin cells. Two products that will help are Cream Vitalisante and Cream Egalisante from Colosé Cosmetics.

What is the best treatment for oily skin?

The treatment for oily skin requires a cleansing routine morning and night. The routine begins with a cleanser formulated to lift the excess oil out of your pores. Colosé Skincare makes a lotion called Lotion Nettoyage that contains coconut oil, which deeply cleans pores and helps heal blackheads and pimples. You leave this on for five minutes then rinse it off and follow with a toner. I would also suggest either the Green Clay Mask of Colosé or the Herbal Treatment Mask two times a week to get a totally clear and smooth complexion.

How do you treat cracked lips?

You can help treat cracked lips by drinking lots of fluids and using Essentielle de Colosé (Alpine Herbal Ointment), containing nutrients that are great for cracking, chapping, rough spots and irritations. Regularly use lip balm on your lips as well.

I'm Afro-European and I've got combination skin. I've got a few zits but I've really bad spots and I don't know what to use for them. Please advise me. Then, could you please give me a few tips on how to make a medium sized afro nose a little smaller, as in, using make up? Thanks.

For combination skin you will need to have a cleansing routine that is specially formulated to work on oily and dry skin. You will want to follow cleansing with a toner to remove any excess oils and dirt that accumulate in pores. Twice a week you use a facemask to help remove dead skin cells and deeply clean the skin. I recommend the following products to help eliminate the blemishes and bad areas on your face: Cleansing Cream, Toner, Milk of Papaya Moisturizer and the Herbal Mask by Colosé Skincare. You will need to use these products for at least 3-4 weeks in order to see the results. It takes your skin 3-4 weeks to "turnover", meaning the old skin cells are replaced with new skin cells.

The second part of your question is how to make your nose appear smaller. The answer is shading. You will need to obtain one foundation or concealer that is lighter and one that is darker than your current skin tone. You will need to have a blush that is also darker and one that is lighter than your current skin tone.

Place the lighter concealer and blush on the tip of your nose and along the bridge. Place the darker concealer and blush along the side of your nose and slightly onto your cheeks. Blend the two along the side of the nose to avoid noticeable lines. Cover the entire area with a loose or translucent powder that matches your skin tone to set the concealer and blush for a lasting look. You will need to practice to achieve the best combination of shading for you.

I am only 27 and I have noticed that the skin above my eyes is starting to droop. I am very upset because this is making me look older and more tired looking. Is there ANYTHING that I can do to help this look?

For droopy eyelids, you need to "lift" the eye with eyeliner. Instead of following the eye downward, bring the liner upward. Using eyeliner below lower lashes will bring your eyes upward also. Then connect the outer edge of eyeliner with the crease color. You may want to begin using an eye cream with collagen to increase the elasticity around the eyes.

To be on the safe side, please mention your droopy eyes to your doctor on your next visit as droopy eyes can be one of the first signs of a muscular disease.

Is there any way I can fade away my scars on my legs? Maybe some sort of a homemade recipe or a product I can find in a store. Thank You.

Other than time fading scars, I know of no homemade recipe that will do so. You should consider a treatment cream containing alpha hydroxy acids as the acids beautify the skin by exfoliating dead skin cells and improving the texture of rough, damaged skin. Colosé has a cream with AHAs that we recommend.

Hi Katrina, I am 15 years old and I want to take good care of my skin but I don't know what kind of skin care products to use. I never know which products would suit my skin. I go to the store and get completely lost. I am fair and have oily skin. I also get acne breakouts. For my acne I am using Proactive. I don't know what kind of cleanser/toner/skin freshener/ moisturizer to use. Which facial cream should I wear? What kind of eye cream or lip exfoliator/balm should I use? Also I use to have very silky and shinny hair. But slowly now they have become very thick and frizzy. Which shampoo should I use? Currently these are the products that I use: Face: Olay active hydrating (oil free) Lips: Vaseline Sunblock: Neutrogena SPF 45 Body lotion: Jergens shave minimizing moisturizer, Aveeno Moisturizing lotion with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal Shampoo: Pantene Pro-v 2 in 1 Smooth and sleek (smoothes straight or wavy hair) I just want to have healthy skin and look fresh. I would truly appreciate your help. Thanks J

It would seem that the products you are currently using should help your acne and leave your skin soft and smooth. However, if you are not satisfied with the results, then you should consider changing brands. Of course we recommend our Colose Acne System and have never received any complaints and have not heard from anyone being dissatisfied with the products. BUT, you have to follow the cleansing routine faithfully and I think one of the major things you should do is to use a facial mask a couple of times a week. Our herbal facial mask is expecially made for acne prone skin. Please read our article on Acne for more information. You also have to remember that your hair and scalp need moisture everyday too. If you wash your hair everday, you may want to consider a shampoo that does not create a lot of lather as those shampoo's do not contain a lot of surfactants which can dry out your hair. Also use a conditioner and leave some of the conditioner in your hair. See Hair Therapy to get the most beautiful hair.

I have a small patch of red skin on my face. My doctor told me that it`s a cluster of blood vessels and that it most likely will not go away. I`ve tried covering it with make-up, but sometimes that makes the redness worse. Do you have any suggestions to make the redness less noticeable? I would really appreciate it!

Many of the smaller spots and skin lesions of the face are easily removed with lasers. These include small blood vessels on the face, small brown spots or age spots, and freckles and freckle-like spots on the face and elsewhere. To make the blood vessels less noticeable, concealer is your best choice. There are several brands out there, but the one I recommend is Colosé Cream Powder Concealer. It is great for minor skin imperfections and dark circles under the eyes.

Do you know any cure for keratosis pilaris? I tried different lotions and rubbing it with an exfoliator, but it`s still there! Please help! Its an embarrasement!

Unfortunately there is no cure for keratosis pilaris. It is usually heredity and in some people will decrease or disappear as one grows older. Dry skin conditions seem to exacerbate the disease. Symptoms generally tend to worsen in winter and improve in summer. There are people who receive good results from using treatment creams with Alpha Hydroxy Acids as the acids exfoliate dead skin cells, minimize pores, improves skin texture and normalizes trouble skin. Colosé treatment cream with AHA (Créme aux de fruits)
also contains Jojoba oil, Chamomile extract which soothes stressed skin and a rich Vitamin Complex with Vitamin E, which stimulates collagen. The result is a toned, firmer skin. It is very important to keep the skin moisturized. Some dermatologists recommend a cream with retinol. Colosé Retinol Cream (Cream Vitalisante) stimulates the regenerative process of skin cells in the upper layer of the epidermis.

I have light skin. I have purple spots under my eyes, even if I get enough sleep. Do you have any suggestions for them? And do you have an easy why to conceal a pimple, say on your nose. Thanks! Brittany

It is possible that the purple spots are a result of clogged pores, something you may want to mention to a dermatologists just to be sure. You should start a skincare routine for skin prone to acne and this should solve the issue of pimples and purple spots. In the meantime you can conceal the purple spots with Colosé cream powder concealer. Be careful though in trying to conceal a pimple as you can only conceal the surrounding tissue redness. Putting a large amount of concealer on a pimple may only enhance it.

I am a man and have very thick dark unwanted hair, is there any natural method which could make hair light, soft and unseen.

A natural method, though not as effective as a commercial bleaching agent, is to use a Lemon. Because of its acidic properties, using lemon is a very good way to bleach your hair. As a bleach, apply to your hair (even on skin) and expose it to the sun. Many people say to do it for 20-30 minutes. Whenever you use lemon in or on your hair, do it after you've applied oil as lemon can make the hair coarse if used alone. I know of no other ways to naturally make hair unseen unless you want to get into hair removal products.

I have light skin. I have purple spots under my eyes, even if I get enough sleep. Do you have any suggestions for them? And do you have an easy how to conceal a pimple, say on your nose. Thanks! Brittany

It is possible that the purple spots are a result of clogged pores, something you may want to mention to a dermatologists just to be sure. You should start a skincare routine for skin prone to acne and this should solve the issue of pimples and purple spots. In the meantime you can conceal the purple spots with Colosé cream powder concealer. Be careful though in trying to conceal a pimple as you can only conceal the surrounding tissue redness. Putting a large amount of concealer on a pimple may only enhance it.

 

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