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Dermatologists call them open comedones, you call them annoying, but one thing we all agree on is that blackheads, plugs of keratin and sebum that typically affect hair follicles and blacken at the surface of skin, are unwanted and unattractive. Unlike whiteheads, which are non-oxidized blemishes enclosed by a layer of skin, blackheads are open and typically contain an oxidized fatty deposit that causes their dark appearance. Before blackheads come to head, so to speak, there are several key steps that can help stop their formation and, if all else fails, there are must-do steps for banishing blackheads quickly once they've "popped" up.

Pretty Prevention: Not only are blackheads unsightly, the longer that blackheads go untreated, the more they stretch pores, leading to the eventual appearance of larger pores. And while we've rounded up some amazing blackhead cures, prevention is even better than treatment.

To prevent blackheads, start by cleansing skin twice a day with a gentle cleanser such as Clinique's Extra Mild Liquid Facial Soap, $16.50  While some experts recommend exfoliating twice a week, we've found that daily exfoliation, when done with an extremely gentle exfoliant such as Dermaologica's Daily Microfoliant ($50 at,  is the best way to really prevent comedones.


Say "buh-bye" to blackheads...





Big, bad lashes have been the hallmark of sex appeal since women in the early 1900s began amping up their lashes with homemade concoctions crafted from hot beads of wax. If that sounds dangerous, consider that some women today are opting for Eyelash Transplants. The procedure, which can run upwards of $3,000, is done by harvesting hair from the scalp and implanting it into the lash line.

And then there are eyelash extensions, semi-permanent add-ons that cost $150 to $300 and serve up faux, fluttery lashes that can last up to three months... sans the use of mascara.


But for the vast majority of women, mascara is still the quickest and cheapest way to achieve ooh-la-la lashes for day-to-day beauty. So we put mascaras to the test, trying over 100 varieties in our search for the best of the best. Along the way, we found a few that no woman should shell out her hard earned cash for and a few that stood out as stunningly effective, regardless of price.

The best -- and worst -- mascaras... 




Everyone wants great-looking lips. Unfortunately, our lips may lose both fullness and definition as we age, and makeup doesn't always help hide these flaws. But now Restylane,which helps smooth moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds instantly, can be used to enhance your lips, too.


In fact, Restylane -- the first FDA-approved dermal filler for lip enhancement in patients over 21 years -- is setting the standard for lip treatment. It provides fullness that you can't get with over-the-counter cosmetics. After treatment, you might have some swelling, redness, pain, bruising, or tenderness, but these side effects are typically mild and usually last less than 14 days.


Restylane helps keep lips beautiful and natural-looking. Plus, one treatment can last up to 6 months. Talk to a doctor about the ideal lip for you.


Please see Important Safety Considerations for Restylane below.


Restylane can be used for lip enhancement in patients over 21 years and to add volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds).


Important Safety Considerations for Restylane


Restylane should not be used by people with previous bad allergies, particularly to microorganisms known as gram-positive bacteria, or by people with serious allergies to drugs that have previously required in-hospital treatment. Restylane should not be used by people with bleeding disorders.


Use of Restylane at the site of skin sores, pimples, rashes, hives, cysts, or infection should be postponed until healing is complete. In these instances, Restylane use could delay healing or make your skin problems worse. After treatment, you might have some swelling, redness, pain, bruising, or tenderness. These are typically mild in severity and normally last less than 7 days in nasolabial folds and less than 14 days in lips. Swelling may be more likely in patients under 36 years, and bruising may be more likely in patients over 35 years. Rarely, the doctor may inject into a blood vessel, which can damage the skin. Although rare, red or swollen small bumps may occur. If you have had facial cold sores before, an injection can cause an outbreak. To avoid bruising and bleeding, you should not use Restylane if you have recently used drugs that thin your blood or prevent clotting. Restylane should not be used during pregnancy, when breastfeeding, or in patients under 18 years for nasolabial folds.


Treatment volume should be limited to 6.0 mL in wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds, and

 limited to 1.5 mL per lip, as greater amounts significantly increase moderate and severe injection-site reactions. The safety or effectiveness of treatment in areas other than nasolabial folds and lips has not been established in controlled clinical studies.


Restylane is available only through a licensed practitioner. Complete product and safety information is available at




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