Q&A Monday

For all your beauty advice…

Good morning, and Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I love the questions sent to me this week! Read on about leave-in conditioner, stubborn blackheads, and Benzoyl Peroxide issues.

Dear Brooke, what’s the difference between conditioner, and leave-in conditioner? Isn’t leave-in conditioner just regular conditioner that you leave in your hair? Kathy M.

Dear Kathy, I see your point, but not all conditioners are created equally. Most conditioners that are supposed to be rinsed out are too heavy to leave on your hair all day. In some cases, it’s not a big deal if you take your every day conditioner and leave it in your hair…if you feel your hair needs more moisture, go ahead and leave it in all day for a really deep conditioning treatment. Most leave-in conditioners are thinner in consistency and don’t make your hair feel heavy. I wouldn’t recommend using a rinse-out conditioner as a leave-in one because it can leave your hair feeling greasy, cause product build-up, and eventually make your hair feel unhealthy.

Dear Brooke, I have some really deep blackheads that are driving me nuts! I have tried those pore strips, but they only got the little ones out. I don’t want to pick, but I want these deep ones gone. Help! Diana A.

Dear Diana, I am happy to hear you say you don’t want to pick! Nothing is worse than trying to attack a blackhead, and have it backfire on you by pushing it further into your skin and causing an infection. So, keep those hands off your face! There are a few things you can do to get rid of, and prevent, blackheads. Try a facial scrub, or any kind of treatment product that has Salicylic acid in it. That will help break down the oil that gets stuck in the pores that creates blackheads. I’m a huge fan of facial brushes when cleansing; they really get your skin clean much better than your hands, or a wash cloth can. Clarisonic is a cleansing system I swear by. Expensive? Yes, but I haven’t seen a blackhead anywhere on my face since I invested in it. I know Olay makes something similar, for a much smaller price. If they’re still not budging, get a mini facial and let a professional get in there and extract those blackheads, then maintain your skin with my suggestions; you’ll notice a big difference. Good luck!

Dear Brooke, I started a skin care system that is for acne, and it’s turning my towels and my sheets orange! I’m not sure I want to use it anymore. It’s helping my skin, but it’s ruining my stuff. Have you heard of this? Candace R.

Dear Candace, I’ve not only heard of this problem, I have experienced it first hand. What’s happening is, the products you are using contain Benzoyl Peroxide, and it’s known to bleach out fabrics, and in some extreme cases, skin and hair. If you read the label on your products, you will see, in very fine print, a disclaimer saying this could happen. BP is definitely a strong ingredient with killing acne, but you have to be careful when you use it. Apply it with a cotton swab when you can, keep it away from your hair line, and always, always, ALWAYS wash your hands immediately after you use it. Keep a towel that you don’t mind getting bleached out around for drying your hands after you use BP. I suggest people don’t use it at night, so your sheets don’t get ruined. But, if you want to use it as part of your night-time routine, switch to an old pillow case. Hope that helps!

Thanks again for the great questions this week, keep them coming! Email me your questions for Q&A Monday to brookeknowsbeauty@hotmail.com

You’ve Been Beautified!

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