Imagine you are famous and you have millions of people scrutinizing every single pore on your face. On top of that you have bad skin, acne, discoloration, scars, enlarged pores, etc., and your skin takes center stage on the big screen, or possibly worse, in high definition. You'd be pretty determined to fix any and all imperfections, right? OK, back to reality, even as a non-celebrity, we're sure you still want perfect skin, HD or no HD.
Check out this gallery of eight stars who have fixed their problem skin to reveal the flawless faces we all envy. The tricks and procedures that helped these celebs perfect their complexion are available to you as well. See what targeted treatments the best dermatologists and plastic surgeons use to fix even the worst skin problems.
Rosacea—a chronic inflammatory condition resulting in blotchiness, dryness or bumpy, rough skin—can cause redness and whiteheads just like acne. However, unlike acne there are also broken or dilated capillaries involved. If you suffer from rosacea, like Bridget Jones' star Renée Zellweger, keep it under control with a combination of oral antibiotics and products that contain ingredients like azelaic acid and sometimes even retinoids. Lasers, like IPL, can help by reparing the deeper layers of skin and strengthening the blood vessels.
Cameron Diaz's skin requires diligent care because of her acneic complexion. "She's conscious of it and goes to great measures to handle and correct it," says her aesthetician Christopher Watt. "Uneven skin tone, sun damage and hyperpigmentation are issues that plague her complexion," he says. "I regularly do microdermabrasion on her, with a lactic acid peel. I also put her under a blue LED light to lessen breakouts and do microcurrent work to tighten and tone."
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive treatment that utilizes a diamond- or bristle-tip head to lightly buff the skin. It will leave the skin clearer and more even in tone after only a few treatments.
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Maria Sharapova is constantly sweating on the tennis court, which doesn’t cause acne per se, but can cause bacteria on the skin if constantly wiped with a dirty towel or sweatband. The summer heat also exacerbates the situation, causing the sebaceous glands to work overtime producing excess oil, making slickness more prevalent.
The best ingredient for fighting bacteria is benzoyl peroxide, which suffocates the bacteria so it can't thrive. Use it either allover or as a spot-treatment. Probiotics and oxygen products work toward the same goal.
To ward off future breakouts, it's good practice to keep the bacteria levels low on your skin and to remove dirt, oil, and dead skin on a regular basis. Pore-cleansing facials tackle breakouts in two ways: skin is exfoliated, so dead skin cells can't accrue; and the pores are cleansed (using extractions). Superficial peels can also help to remove oil and the top layer of skin.
Stars are often under high levels of stress, which is a known acne aggravator as it causes the hormone cortisol to skyrocket and over-produce sebum. Eva Longoria, who is constantly in the spotlight, struggles with oily skin and breakouts.
To spot treat areas, topical sulfur applied to the breakout can unclog the pores and minimize the pimple-causing oil. Alternatively, pimples can be spot treated with cortisone injections—a quick way to take down inflammation and swelling in nodules and cysts in a few days. But, the injections can only be used in isolated areas and not as a regular treatment.
Whatever products and ingredients you decide to include in your daily regimen, be careful not to overdry the skin, as this can actually stimulate more oil production. Avoid alcohol-based products since they can dry out skin and over-exfoliating which may aggravate breakouts.
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Even the occasional pimple can be extremely annoying, as Gwyneth Paltrow can attest. To avoid the ill effects of oily/acne-prone skin, take a cue from Gwyneth who maintains a clean, organic diet. What you put into your body has a direct effect on your complexion, so feed yourself with foods that will nourish and sustain your skin. Try adding probiotics into your diet. "This establishes healthy flora in the body to fight inflammation and reduce acne," says Kate Somerville, founder of Kate Somerville Skin Health Experts. Foods high in vitamin A and zinc, like sweet potatoes, will also reduce oil production.
"Conventional dairy and meat products are known to have artificial hormones in them," says Orange County, CA, dermatologist and author of The Skin Commandments: 10 Rules to Healthy, Beautiful Skin, Tony Nakhla, MD. So eat hormone-free meat and avoid dairy products, refined sugar and processed foods whenever possible.
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It looks like party-girl Kate Moss has discovered that stress, hormones, the sun and even alcohol and a lack of sleep can trigger inflammation. "Acne is driven by inflammation," says Miami dermatologist Dr. Janice Lima-Maribona, DO. Inflammatory pimples like papules, pustules, cysts, and nodules can be treated with oral antibiotics, or even spironolactone, in low doses. If skin doesn't respond to treatment, your dermatologist may suggest isotretinoin.
If your acne is resistant to conventional treatments, try a series of light-based professional treatments. Blue and red light treatments have an anti-inflammatory effect by killing bacteria in the pores and stimulating new fibroblasts to help heal the skin. Light combined with vacuum treatment, known as Isolaz, can help clear the dirt and oil in your pores to target the source of blemished skin.
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Victoria Beckham suffered from some pretty bumpy skin, but lately she has been sporting a radiant complexion. Unfortunately, acne causes permanent damage for many. There are a number of options available to treat the scars, discoloration and indentations left in the wake of bad breakouts.
Fillers, like Juvederm or Restylane, may be your best bet to treat more severe scars. "Rolling-hills scars, where the contour is a bit wavy, can easily be corrected with fillers. They fill in the void space under the scar and help support it," says Washington, DC, dermatologist Cheryl M. Burgess, MD. For deeper scars that create residual pockets in the skin, ie. "pockmarks" or "ice-pick scars," surgical removal is the best route. Combine with microdermabrasion or laser treatments to help re-texturize for smooth, flawless skin like Victoria's.
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Madonna isn't suffering from acne, but age is starting to take its toll on her skin. Aging combined with other environmental factors causes your body's natural production of collagen and elastin -- essentials for a full, luminous, youthful face -- to decrease. As skin loses elasticity, it also loses its ability to tighten around the bones and muscle structure, resulting in a saggy appearance.
One of the easiest ways to prevent sagging skin and fight the signs of aging is by wearing an SPF everyday. To treat skin that has already begun to droop, ask your derm or plastic surgeon about the non-invasive device Ulthera which uses high-frequency ultrasound technology to deliver energy deep down below the skin targeting the same muscle layer addressed in a facelift.