Keratosis Pilaris: A common skin condition, also known as “chicken skin” or “goose flesh,” characterized by rough, bumpy skin on the upper arms and tops of the thighs.

If you’re experiencing an unwanted skin souvenir in the form of tiny, rough, slightly red bumps on your arms, thighs or backside, you are not alone. This condition is called keratosis pilaris and is estimated to affect approximately 40% of adults and up to 80% of adolescents. Keratosis pilaris is a build-up of a protein called keratin at the opening of the hair follicle. This build-up produces spiky overgrowths of skin that can worsen as weather turns cooler and drier.

As widespread as keratosis pilaris is, most people are too embarrassed to seek treatment from their physician or a dermatologist. Instead, they try a variety of self-treatments, such as attempting to scratch the bumps off or aggressively exfoliate them away. Unfortunately, neither methods work and, more often than not, make the situation worse.

For best results in treating keratosis pilaris, make sure to keep the area hydrated with a moisturizer that contains urea and/or salicylic acid to support regular skin-cell proliferation. When used regularly, products containing these ingredients can be very effective at improving this condition. For some people, gentle exfoliation to more quickly renew the skin may also be helpful.

By bumping up your use of moisturizer and avoiding the urge to scratch, you can feel confident taking off your cardigan and showing off your fresh fall skin.



Moles have graced some of the prettiest and most famous faces of pop culture, from Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor to Cindy Crawford and Blake Lively. In the eighteenth century, moles were so highly regarded and coveted that many people often embellished their appearance by cosmetically applying them.

While moles can be considered a mark of beauty, they also can turn cancerous from exposure to UV rays. The good news is that if caught early, melanoma is nearly 100% treatable.  Catch cancerous spots before it’s too late by mapping your moles. At least once a year, take time to thoroughly check all spots on your body for the ABCDE’s of melanoma, looking for:

A—Asymmetry: the spot isn’t symmetrical and may have an odd shape

B—Border: look for a border that isn’t sharp or defined

C—Color: the color is not uniform and may have different shades of red, brown or black

D—Diameter: the spot is the size of a pencil eraser or larger

E—Evolution: the spot is changing in size and/or shape

Just like with breast cancer, most melanoma cases are self-diagnosed. If you see anything suspicious, make an appointment with your dermatologist.Whether you consider your moles marks of beauty or not, knowing what those bumps and spots are will help you gain more control over your appearance and your health.


Filler Face: Unnatural-looking facial features that can be the result of filler overindulgence.

Who can forget Goldie Hawn’s mega-lipped character, Elise Elliott, in The First Wives Club? She’s the perfect example of taking filler to a scary extreme and ending up resembling an exaggerated Halloween caricature of yourself.

When it comes to flirting with filler, the best philosophy is “less is more.” While a little bit of cosmetic enhancement can go a long way to improving not only your appearance but also your confidence, too much can just as easily have the opposite effect.

If you do opt for artificial augmentation, talk to your doctor about using the least amount needed in order to get the job done. As with any cosmetic procedure, it is okay to take your time. Start with just one area, such as your forehead, to see how you like it before you allow your doctor to inject multiple areas, such as lips and crow’s feet. You can always come back for more.

Before you take the plunge, consider trying an at-home solution. Daily skincare used consistently can create real and lasting results, no appointment necessary.

At the end of the day, your natural beauty is what will shine through. So if you do opt for filler, keep your features in proportion, be your own advocate and remember that less is more.


Get a whiff of this scientific breakthrough. According to a new study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, some of the same scent receptors that give your nose its sense of smell can be found in your skin. Even more intriguing, these same receptors appear to help repair damaged skin.

A team of researchers at Germany’s Ruhr-University Bochum isolated different scent receptors in human skin and cloned one of them. Next they tested different scents to see how the cloned cells reacted. It turns out that skin perked up to the smell of Sandalore, synthetic sandalwood oil used in perfumes and aromatherapy.

When human cells were mixed with Sandalore for five days in a test tube, cell reproduction increased by 32% and cell migration increased by nearly half. Instead of triggering emotion in our brain as nose receptors do, the skin receptors prompted cells to generate new, healthy cells and send them to where they were needed—a process characteristic of wound healing.

Don’t rush to stock up on Sandalore-containing products just yet. Researchers said the concentration of Sandalore needed to trigger cell regeneration was one-thousand times the amount your nose needs to detect the fragrance. And just as people’s noses have different sensitivities to odors, the skin’s scent detector capability will likely differ from person to person. Still, this is an intriguing finding—one that could be used in the development of new treatments for repairing sun-damaged skin.

Skin’s abilities never cease to amaze. This is one more reason to keep this very precious asset healthy by using the right combination of effective skincare products and incorporating positive lifestyle habits into your daily routine.


Across all cultures, clear, radiant skin is viewed as a reflection of health and well-being. This perceived connection between appearance and health means that your skin is one of your best—or worst—marketing tools, sending a message to every person you meet.

Whether good or bad, your skin mirrors what is going on inside your body, and eating a well-balanced, healthy diet will help your skin look its best. A recipe for radiance begins with critically assessing your nutritional habits and making healthier adjustments, such as staying away from processed foods and, whenever possible, choosing fresh, organic products.

When it comes to achieving youthful-looking skin, antioxidants, in particular, are considered one of the most powerful anti-aging antidotes because they fight the aging effects of free radicals caused by the sun, environment and passage of time. You can load up on these anti-aging powerhouses from the inside out by eating a rainbow of fresh seasonal produce including dark leafy greens, pumpkin, carrots, papaya, berries and pomegranate.


Glycation: A process through which sugar overload in the body causes premature skin aging.

If you’re eating a diet rich in sugar and starchy carbohydrates, you’re accelerating your aging process. That means that sooner rather than later, this high-glycemic diet will show on your face in the form of early lines and wrinkles.

The culprit is a natural process called glycation, where sugar in the bloodstream attaches to proteins to form harmful new molecules called advanced glycation end products, often referred to by the ironic acronym AGEs. The more sugar in your diet, the more AGEs you develop.

The skin proteins most susceptible to glycation are collagen and elastin—the same ones that keep skin firm and elastic. When bonded with excess glucose (the type of sugar that fuels glycation), these normally resilient fibers become weak and less supple, leading to wrinkles, sagginess and loss of radiance.

Because it’s impossible to eat a balanced diet and completely eliminate sugar (even whole grains, fruits and vegetables turn to glucose when digested), glycation can’t be stopped. However, it can be slowed by decreasing your sugar intake. For starters, stay away from white sugar, simple carbohydrates and high-fructose corn syrup. Instead, eat more skin-friendly foods, such as salmon, dark green and orange veggies, almonds, blueberries and blackberries.

While sugar might be a sweet treat for your mouth, it has some very sour effects on your skin. By eliminating foods filled with processed sugar and white flour, you’ll be helping your skin look its best for years to come.

Has your skin experienced sour side effects from sugar? Share details on your experience and the changes you made to help your skin recover by commenting below.


The derma-roller is here to stay. Named one of 2018’s biggest beauty trends, this self-care tool has earned the staying power some other buzzy fads have not (we’re talking to you, vampire facial and fish pedicure).

Why? With regular use, derma-rolling delivers real results.  In fact, at Rodan + Fields, we call our AMP MD Derma-Roller, combined with our Intensive Renewing Serum, “the best-spent minute in skincare.” The Derma-Roller prepares skin to better absorb the serum, helping deliver visible improvements in lines, wrinkles and skin firmness in just four weeks.

Here’s everything you need to know about derma-rolling:

What is a derma-roller?

A derma-roller is a micro-exfoliating tool first developed for use in dermatology offices. The REDEFINE AMP MD Derma-Roller brings the benefits of derma-rolling to home users. Its proprietary, high-precision tips safely and gently condition the skin, which makes the products applied afterward more effective.

Why should I use a derma-roller?

With regular use of a derma-roller, you will see better, faster results from your skincare products. At Rodan + Fields, we recommend our AMP MD Derma-Roller as an add-on to our REDEFINE and REVERSE Brightening Regimens.

How do I use a derma-roller?

At night, after cleansing and toning, gently roll the tool over your skin. Pass it four to 10 times over your face, neck and chest. Roll up and down, side to side and diagonally, avoiding the eye area. If this takes you more than a minute, you’re rolling too long!

For more information on how to use the AMP MD Derma-Roller, check out this video.

What does derma-rolling feel like?

It might seem intimidating your first few times, but derma-rolling is surprisingly comfortable. The sensation is like a slightly tingly massage.

Is there anyone who shouldn’t use a derma-roller?

The AMP MD Derma-Roller is not recommended for people with acne or sensitive skin. It should not be used with the Rodan + Fields REVERSE Lightening Regimen, UNBLEMISH Regimen or SOOTHE Regimen.

Disappointed? Not to worry. Its product partner,  Intensive Renewing Serum, works with any Rodan + Fields Regimen. If you use our REVERSE Lightening Regimen, UNBLEMISH or SOOTHE, just apply the serum without rolling first.

How do I care for my derma-roller?

To keep your AMP MD Derma-Roller in top shape, rinse it with warm running water after every use and deep-clean it twice a week with one of the included purifying tablets. Take care not to place it directly on countertops or other hard surfaces, and store it with its protective cap securely in place. Replace your AMP MD Derma-Roller every nine to 12 months to be sure the tips never get dull.

Learn more about caring for your derma-roller in this video.

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