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Tips from a Dermatologist: Acne Cleansers;

Maybe you’re breaking out in your face, neck, chest or back? Maybe you have acne and are looking for acne cleanser, but products you’ve bought do nothing but irritate your skin, making matters worse? How do you sort out the jungle of available products? How can you prevent acne scars?

Well, what is acne anyway? It’s a type of sensitive skin condition brought on by clogging of the openings of the oil glands - called sebaceous glands - to the surface of the skin. We Dermatologists now know that big factors in causing acne include genetics - it runs in certain families - and also hormonal changes that start in puberty.

Excess oil on the skin is a mechanical factor causing pores to clog.

First of all, be aware that there are over 13,000 Dermatologists in the United States who can help you with your acne breakouts. The American Academy of Dermatology supports a web-based search tool for finding one near you. Consider going to their web site: Find the section labeled “For the Public: Find a Dermatologist,” then put in your zip code, and voila, a list of Dermatologists in your area of the country will pop up. The Dermatologist you choose will help you sort out which prescription options to pursue, be they oral antibiotics like doxycycline or topical products like what are called retinoids or azelaic acid or benzoyl peroxides, or even topical dapsone (“topical” means “on top of the skin”).

A first move is often to get a facial, neck or back cleanser that works well for your skin type: *Dry skin often benefits from soaps or cleanser like Purpose Bar Soap or Purpose Facial Cleanser, else Cetaphil Cleanser, or even Dove for Sensitive Skin. *Oily skin or combination skin often benefits from stronger cleansers like Neutrogena Bar Soap or Basis Soap, or dvd. benzoyl peroxide cleansers like Persagel or Stridex. But sometimes these are too harsh.

Here I am holding a jar of AmberSoy Soap Gel in my right hand, and a jar of a moisturizer: GlycoShea Facial&Neck Cream: in my left hand.

So in 2016, after 25 years of practicing Dermatology, I decided to start manufacturing a really helpful gentle cleanser called AmberSoy Soap Gel to help my patients with oily skin and combination skin. My family of four dermatologists has actually been making this remarkable soap gel since the 1980, helping many thousands of people in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi, so now we’re making it available nationally. As of 2016, it became one of the few commercially available soap gels on the U.S. market. The company I founded to make and distribute AmberSoy Soap Gel is Big River Silk Skincare Inc.(

AmberSoy Soap Gel comes in 1 oz: $12.95; 2 oz: $18.95; and 8 oz: $59.95, and it’s available in Mint, Lemon, and No Fragrance Added. AmberSoy Soap Gel is organic and natural, with no dyes, no formaldehyde, no parabens, no emulsifiers, no sulfates, no propylene glycol, and not even any gluten.

But what many people like most about AmberSoy Soap Gel is that it leaves you feeling really clean, and being a gel it’s also well-suited to being used as a face mask: you can apply it 5-10 minutes before showering or bathing, to really deep clean your face, neck, back, or chest. Many users have found it a lot less drying than salicylic acid cleansers or benzoyl peroxide cleansers.

For more tips, check out the short movie on YouTube: “AmberSoy Soap Gel.”

We also make a great moisturizer called GlycoShea Facial&Neck Cream that can help people with dryness and peeling. It has an Alpha-Hydroxy Acid called Glycolic Acid that both moisturizes and also smooths the appearance of fine lines in the skin, helping even out skin color and texture. So it’s also a type of anti-wrinkle cream or anti-aging cream. GlycoShea Facial Cream is fragrance-free and dye free, with no formaldehyde nor parabens. 1 oz: $39.95; 2 oz: $59.95; 8 oz: $179.95.

Note that we do offer free shipping for orders over $40.00. George Woodbury Jr MD Rheumatology and Dermatology Associates PC 8143 Walnut Grove Road Cordova Tennessee 38018 1-901-309-0930 or 1-844-363-8593 (10/23/2018)

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