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The Different Types of Blemishes

Hello Blemfree Enthusiasts!

Even as we do our due diligence of keeping up with our Blemfree routines, we may on occasion encounter a bump here, a red spot there. It’s normal, it’s not the end of the world, and it will go away- don’t worry! However, there are times when we may be curious about the nature of the blemish we see on our face. What exactly is it? How did it get there? I can assure you today that there all types of blemishes and they have scientific names to go with them. I’ve seen them ALL and none are cute or pretty but it is important to identify what each one is. Further, with the proper knowledge and the tools to keep acne at bay, you can get back on track. Here’s a list of the different spots you may have seen on your face:

Papule- also known as an “early pimple”- a firm lump, which contains no fluid. Sometimes has a vascular appearance and varies in size from a pin-head to half a centimeter. Caused by bacteria, excess oil, and dead skin cells that have been pushed deeper into the skin and cause redness and swelling.

Blackhead- known as open comedones. They appear as small, dark or black-colored spots that may look slightly raised. Blackhead are called such because they are essentially whiteheads that just opened up because they have been exposed to air.

Whitehead- scientifically known as closed comedones. They appear as small, whitish or flesh-colored bumps. Characterized by a white, circular center surrounded by a red halo. The skin surrounding a whitehead may have a tight or wrinkled appearance, especially when the whitehead is especially large or inflamed.

Pustules are tender, large bumps with a prominent center. The middle is packed with white or yellow pus, and the bump has a pink or red base. White blood cells and various bacteria gather to form this pus. Pustules tend to look like bigger and angrier whiteheads.

Nodules are painful, hard, highly inflamed lumps deep under the skin. They have the appearance of deeper, larger pustules with no visible center or head. Nodules are created when pores become clogged and caused tissue damage deep beneath the skin’s surface. Nodules are quite severe and have a higher incidents of scarring.

Cysts are extremely large, painful, soft red or white- colored bumps deep under the skin. They contain a great amount of pus. Cysts sit deeper within the skin than nodules, and as a result are the most dangerous type of blemish. Cysts are also known to lead to longer term skin complications, such as scarring.


Your Friend,


finipil®: 101 Uses for finipil® and Counting

            A true game-changer in the beauty industry, finipil® is a water-based antibacterial with seemingly endless uses. finipil® was carefully formulated as an anti-irritant for the skin that also kills 99.999% of bacteria. Because it protects and relieves irritated skin, customers and clinicians have found multiple benefits to using this product.

            finipil®’s anti-inflammatory properties make it incredibly beneficial for use after all methods of hair removal, because it will reduce swelling and protect the skin’s pores. Traditional waxing can tear the skin and damage the capillaries, which can put the skin at risk for infection and ingrown hairs. It prevents both of these problems by keeping bacteria at bay and forming a protective barrier around the open hair follicle, while shrinking the pores. Similarly, it is used to soothe skin after electrolysis. finipil® will provide immediate relief to irritated skin after hair removal of all kinds, including traditional and electric razors. Men have experienced the benefits of finipil® after shaving, because finipil® 4 men only can be used in place of an aftershave product. finipil® is safer because it cools and shrinks the pores while also creating an antibacterial barrier for the skin without causing additional irritation that other products can. With electric shaving, the razor removes coarse hair near the hair follicle and can result in razor burn.  Applying finipil® afterwards will soothe the skin immediately and prevent razor burns and bumps. The manly scent from essential oils makes it pleasing, and there’s no need for aftershave as it is toning the skin as well.

            finipil® can also be used for protection from athlete’s foot and other forms of fungus and bacteria that athletes and exercise enthusiasts may be prone to. Using finipil® on your feet, particularly in the locker room, will offer protection from the bacteria from entering any openings or cracks in the skin. finipil® will also kill bacteria that causes odor! Excessive perspiration can cause bacteria to enter the skin’s pores that open up during the process. finipil® will protect as well as kill bacteria to prevent the smell.

           finipil® was also designed to provide relief and protection to burns. Because finipil® is water-based, not petroleum based as some antibacterial ointments are, finipil® is safe to use on burns. It will cool and soothe the skin, while protecting it from infection. It is wonderful to use on chapped, chafed, sunburned, dry, cracked skin to help keep bacteria out and calm the skin. Additionally, finipil® has uses in treating contact dermatitis in these same ways. Practically any skin issue that arises from irritation or damaged hair follicles, can be treated with finipil®.

            What’s great about finipil® is not only that you can find 101 uses for it on your skin, but also that you don’t need to use a lot for it to get the job done. A small amount of the product will go a long way, saving you money! With so many benefits, it’s a no-brainer to include finipil® as part of your skincare regimen, as well as a vital product to have on hand in your home to help soothe and protect the skin in so many versatile ways. Give finipil® a try and experience what so many have already come to know and love!

By: Sara E. Goodwin

Trust Your Acne Treatment Plan with Blemfree™

With so many acne treatment products available over the counter, we must be very careful about what we choose to use on the delicate skin of our faces. Not all products are created equally, and not all are intended to treat the same kind of acne problems! You may actually be causing more harm than good, or even negating the effects of your products, by not knowing what you are using on your skin and how it will interact with your body’s chemistry. Products with a gentle, natural approach, that work with your body’s pH to cleanse the skin and prevent breakouts, are the best approach to solving your acne problems.

Most acne treatments include washes, toners and creams containing acids that can be very harsh and drying to your skin. Over-drying the skin can lead to further irritation and inflammation of the pores, which can exacerbate your skin issues. Blemfree™ is designed to be gentle, non-invasive, and a long-lasting solution to your acne problems. Blemfree™ is the most natural acne treatment line of products that is designed to work with your body’s natural chemistry to cleanse, tone, and nourish your skin. Our skin has a natural acid mantle that has its own pH. The natural products in Blemfree™ are so gentle, yet effective, that they do not disturb your skin’s pH, but work to restore its natural balance.

The Blemfree™ Primary System consists of a concentrated, gentle cleanser, a toner and balancer, and an all-day nourishing lotion. The Concentrated Cleanser is designed to give you a gentle clean with just a small amount of product. It gently and effectively removes dirt and debris from your skin to keep pores clear. The Blemfree™ Cleansing Spheres are used in conjunction with the cleaner as a gentle exfoliator for the delicate skin of the face. Rather than harsh exfoliators that can scratch and tear skin, leaving the pores open to bacteria and infection, the Cleansing Spheres are made from natural jojoba oil that gently roll away dirt on the skin. This extremely gentle method of exfoliation cleanses the dirt and residue on your face without scratching.

The Blemfree™ Toner & Balancer restores and balances your skin’s pH level after the cleansing step. The natural extracts in the toner, work to balance the skin’s mantle as well as keep any bacteria at bay. Finally, the Blemfree™ All-Day Lotion is a well-balanced nourishing lotion for acne-prone skin. It won’t clog pores, but also won’t over-dry your skin. Once these steps have been followed, it is important that no other acids be used in conjunction with these products. It is safe to use under your makeup, once the lotion has been absorbed.

In addition to using the Blemfree™ Primary System for acne treatment, we can also make sure to pay attention to our diet to help treat acne skin problems. Eating a balanced diet and drinking a sufficient amount of water, will help to flush out toxins from the body, and balance the body from the inside.

It is important to remember that there is no overnight cure for acne, just as there is no magic weight loss diet. You must care for your skin every day, twice a day, to achieve healthier, balanced skin. The gentle, natural products in the Blemfree™ line, are designed for long-lasting results. Try this different approach to treating your acne.

By: Sara E. Goodwin

finipil® and Winter Skin Care: How can I protect my skin?

One question that arises during the colder months is: “How can I protect my skin?” The winter season and its’ cold temperatures and harsh conditions can cause your skin’s natural barriers to break down. We often forget that our skin is the largest organ in the body. It provides protection, insulation and temperature regulation, as well as vitamin synthesis, absorption, and elimination. With so many processes involved, there’s a lot to be vigilant about. Your skin can be affected by so many environmental factors, which can easily lead to a multitude of irritations and other problems. So, what should you do to find soothing relief when irritations happen and, more importantly, what can be done to prevent these irritations?

Staying well hydrated and using a tried and true skincare program that includes cleansing, toning, and nourishing has been recommended for years to maintain skin health and appearance. But what if I told you we were missing something? One key step that is missing from most skincare routines is protecting the delicate, exposed areas of our skin which can become easily dried out and damaged during the winter months. There is a product that can help protect and soothe damaged skin: finipil®.

Not only does finipil® protect your skin from bacteria, pore-clogging debris, contact dermatitis, and fungus; it also provides relief from redness, swelling, burns, chafing, chapping, wind burn etc. Protecting damaged skin and alleviating these skin problems is a necessary step toward healthy skin. Extreme winter weather, dry air from heated homes and offices, and frequent hand washing during cold and flu season can all cause dry skin, which is a perfect way for irritants to enter and break down your skin’s natural protective barriers.

Whether you have dermatitis, itching, flaking, dryness, eczema, cracked cuticles, or soreness from chafing, finipil® will get the job done. finipil® is a water-based antiseptic cream and a true game-changer in the beauty industry. First used by professionals after hair removal methods, finipil® became so well-loved that clients began taking it home after the salon. There are so many uses for a product that kills bacteria, moisturizes and protects. In fact, there are 101 known uses for finipil®. It’s highly versatile and provides comfort for the most irritating and unsightly skin problems. 

Even more benign issues like a new body piercing, electrolysis, laser hair removal and chapped lips are soothed with the help of finipil®. There simply isn’t a better way to receive soothing comfort and relief for any of your skin issues. Your skin is a vital organ, and it is the first thing the world sees when you step out into it. Try adding finipil® to your skincare routine and feel better in your skin.

By: Sara E. Goodwin 

Why Exfoliation Matters

Hello Blemfree Lovers!

Today I would like to introduce you to the process of exfoliation, which is the removal of the oldest dead skin cells on the skin’s outermost surface. Exfoliation can be achieved through either mechanical means, usually using an abrasive or through chemical means with the use of substances such as salicylic acid or glycolic acid. The word exfoliation comes from the Latin exfoliare, to strip off leaves. For the purpose of this blog, I would like to connect the Blemfree routine to mechanical exfolation with the use of a specificl abrasive- the Cleansing Spheres! When used in conjunction with the Cleansing Wash Concentrate, it leaves the epidermis looking smooth, fresh and glowing, which is what we all want, right? Exfoliation must be done carefully, though. Be sure not to scrub to vigorously as to not tear the skin or raw tissue and expose it to bacteria or other infection. Light, circular motions should do most of the work for you due to the abrasiveness of the agent. Incorporate this method conscientiously and you will see bright, brand new skin rapidly.

Until Next Time,


What’s Your Skin Type?

Dear Blemfree Reader,

I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and that you are enjoying the New Year. It’s 2019 and it’s about time we evaluated our skin type closer! There are 5 Skin Types: Sensitive, Combination, Normal, Dry, and Oily/Acne-Prone. Determining your skin type will accelerate the effectiveness of your Blemfree routine and allow you to treat any issues accordingly.

Sensitive skin characteristics: redness and irritation, can be easily inflamed, burning and dryness. Sensitive skin types are recommended to avoid harsh chemicals to keep irritation at bay.

Oily/Acne-Prone skin characteristics: enlarged pores, dull or shiny appearance, blemishes (pustules, blackheads, whiteheads) hyperpigmentation. Oiliness can depend on the time of year and weather. Oily skin can be aggravated by hormonal imbalance, stress, heat and/or too much humidity.

Normal skin characteristics: no or few imperfections, no severe sensitivity, fine pores, glowing complexion. Isn’t this everyone’s goal?! If you’re at this level keep it up! I’m sure this skin type is due to a solid Blemfree routine, a healthy diet, exercise, no smoking and limited drinking. #GOALS

Combination skin characteristics: blackheads, shiny skin- especially in the T-Zone (nose, forehead and chin), pores which are large due to being open. A balanced diet can turn combination skin to normal skin pretty quickly, I promise.

Dry skin characteristics: barely there pores, dull, almost rough complexion, red patches, feeling of tightness in the skin, highly visible lines. MOISTURIZE LIKE IT’S YOUR JOB! And get a humidifier too 🙂

Which skin type seems most like you? Comment below!

Blemfreely Yours,


What is the Acid Mantle?

Hello Everyone!

It’s officially the holiday season and I am loving the festive vibes, I hope you are too! Today, I would like to broach a highly specific topic that means so much to the foundation of skincare. To begin, we must understand and internalize that the skin is an ORGAN, the largest of them all, and it serves as both a layer of protection and elimination. Moreover, since the skin is a protective layer with layers within itself, there is a foundation, a “blanket” of sorts: the acid mantle; it is an extremely thin, slightly acidic film on the surface of skin. It protects us from harmful bacteria, viruses and other contaminants and it consists of sebum mixed with sweat. Healthy skin has a pH between 5-5.6, not quite neutral, somewhat acidic. What does this mean for our skincare routine? It means that it is probably a good idea to keep our acid mantle nice and balanced, we achieve this with the use of toners. The Blemfree Toner and Balancer is a great way for us to accomplish that. It’s a wonderful product and gives the user a luxurious experience. I love to conserve product, so instead of dabbing the liquid onto a cotton ball, I prefer to pour a small amount of toner into my hands and carefully splash it onto my face and gently pat it on my skin. I feel like so much more product is saved that way. I highly recommend you take a look in the mirror from day to day and observe the appearance of your skin and try to estimate the condition of it through the scientific perspective. I bet through a careful observation, conducting a study of your skin will go a long way in having a more mindful and loving approach to your routine. Until next time 🙂

Blemfreely Yours,


My Favorite Green Juice Recipe

I like to refer to the food that nourishes us from the inside out as SKINFOOD. I’ll tell you right now that the best way to take in this good stuff is by blending it in a juicer or blender and drinking it in order for your cells to rapidly absorb the nutrients. It’s powerful.

I love green juice and orange juice; green for spinach-based, orange for carrot-based. I’ll give you guys my carrot juice recipe the next go-around, but for now I’ll indulge you with a recipe for homemade green machine. It’s easy on the sugar, high in Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Omega-3’s, Magnesium, the stuff your body needs and loves! Keep it simple and tasty with this yummy recipe:

Spinach Pineapple Banana Juice

2 handfuls of spinach

1/4 cup of chopped pineapple

1 medium sized banana

1/2 a cup of unsweetened almond milk

1-2 cup of water (or how much needed to reach desired consistency)

1-2 thumbs of ginger (according to taste)

1-2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal

This is delicious and so good for you. You’ll love it; you’ll feel good and look even better after drinking some of this for a few days!

Until Next Time,


One More Thing…

Hey guys, I hope we’re falling nicely into September! You know I LOVE to go on and on about nutrition/food intake and how it relates to the condition and appearance of skin. Well, there’s one more very important aspect that absolutely MUST BE addressed. Disclaimer: this post is only for those 21 and older!


Unless of course, you’re interested in a pile of pimples on your face a few days after? Or dark spots/circles on your cheeks and around your eyes? Yeah, I thought you didn’t! My poor dears, I’m so sorry to be another killjoy raining on the happy hour parade, but alcohol is LOADED WITH SUGAR. Saturated with it! You thought you could get away with those 2-3 glasses of wine and champagne that night on vacation, you thought! Unfortunately, it may set you back a few days/weeks. Do yourself a favor; if you are in the habit of having a drink a day or even a drink a week, strongly consider putting a cap on that little habit. I promise, you will notice many positive benefits. Now, no one is going to begrudge you the *occasional* glass of wine, or a social cocktail at brunch but you really can’t push it past that if you want to keep that skin nice and healthy. Staying away from the alcohol is better for your internal plumbing and functioning, too…which we all know relates to your pretty face. So what are some alternatives? I personally love a good champagne/sparkling wine so instead of that, I go for flavored sparkling water. It goes a long way to help keep me happy and I’m doing myself a solid by meeting my daily required H20 intake. You can do it, too! Try it out and tell me how it works for you!

A Blemfree Enthusiast,




Skincare routine, you say?

Greetings Fellow Skincare Enthusiasts!

I increasingly find myself drawn into routines and regimens, I firmly believe in their usefulness in life and their ability to keep me organized and moving in the right direction. Especially when it comes to caring for the skin! I like to start off with a cleanse, then a toner, exfoliation and moisturizer. What’s your skincare routine? Comment below!


My Favorite Blemfree Product at the Moment

Welcome Back!

How is everything? I hope you’re in good spirits and ready to dig in today. As I continue on restoring my skin back to baby softness and clarity, each phase provides me with a different perspective on which products in the Blemfree kit are helpful to me. Right now as I’m striving to reach my skin’s “Factory Settings”, I have developed a new appreciation for the Cleansing Wash Concentrate. It is the most gentle, wonderful smelling cleanser I have ever used, and I have used TONS of cleansers. This one is the best. The faint smell of chamomile and rosemary and how soft your face feels as you massage it on to your skin is nothing short of luxurious. On occasion, I like to take a cleansing pore pad and dab some Wash Concentrate for a deeper clean, it’s an invigorating experience. When I started to understand the basics of skincare, I learned that you MUST wash your face morning and night. NO EXCEPTIONS. If you want to have clear, youthful looking skin for as long as possible you have to abide by this skin care commandment, it’s the cardinal skincare rule for a reason! Establish this habit and really enjoy the moment where you get to take care of your canvas, embrace your routine and take some time out for you. Til next time!


The Case for Greek Yogurt

Hello Everyone!

Thus far, we’ve discussed the wonderful Blemfree Skincare Kit and it’s skin-clearing multi-step process, the importance of diet and activity level and working at staying stress-free. We’ve also covered the benefits of probiotics and today I would like to cover one specific source of good bacteria: Greek yogurt. Now, there was one post where I expressed my dislike for it based on it being a dairy product (dairy may cause breakouts in those highly sensitive to it) but I believe I may have to recant that previous statement based on my experiences. After a little experimentation, I have found that some Greek yogurts are much more helpful than others. This has nothing to do with brand names, it’s about the QUALITY (or rather qualities) of the yogurt. What are these qualities you ask? To begin, upon purchase you have to make sure that the yogurt has live active cultures with the most important one being L. acidophilus (some brands will have it listed as just acidophilus), if you see that and other cultures such as L. casei, L. bulgaricis, S. thermopilus, it’s a candidate for a good choice. The next and just as important factor to consider when choosing a Greek yogurt is thickness/creaminess. I have found that the less watery, more substantial and solid the yogurt’s texture, the better it was as clearing any acne from the inside out. I’m telling you, I’ve seen a nasty breakout disappear nicely within a few days. Next, it’s best to buy yogurt that is PLAIN. We have spoken at length about how detrimental excess sugar is to our skin, so skip the yogurt with the fruit on the bottom and get you a good plain option, then sweeten it with some honey and/or a few pieces of fruit- it’s delicious and so much better for you!

A Blemfree Enthusiast,


Stay off the SUGAR (Stephen A. Smith voice)

Hi there!

I have to get straight to the point today and testify from The Skin-Recovery Pulpit, ok? When it comes down to it, the difference between a good, clear complexion and a broken-out, uneven one is about 90% based on your sugar intake. Quite frankly, you can come back pretty quickly from eating an occasional double bacon cheeseburger with fries. But it’s going to be a struggle to return from eating that AND the huge bowl of ice cream that comes with all those sugary toppings. Speaking from recent experience, folks. Everyone needs a little indulgence from time to time, so I ordered some fast food with that exact dessert and I thought I was good. Yeah, no. My skin looked something like a minefield two days later. I’ve had much worse breakouts but it was still a bummer to lose ground on the progress I’ve been working so very hard on. That was three weeks ago and I’m coming back from it, thankfully. Fruit is good, oatmeal and other complex carbs are good. But please (and speaking to myself most of all here) watch your intake of simple sugars. Be wise with every meal choice, the condition of your skin depends on it.

Until Next Time,


A Word on Hydration

Hello Everyone!

How are we all feeling today? I hope we’re content and looking forward to the summer months. Today, I would like to discuss the importance of the liquids we drink. Think about a time when your skin was very clear, or broken out- what were you sipping on? Chances are, if your skin was clear you were chugging the good stuff like spring water, lemon water, unsweetened tea, green juices, etc. Conversely, when your skin was covered in eruptions it’s a good chance you may have had soda, juice cocktails, excessive alcohol, sugary dairy drinks and the like in the mix. You can bet that what you drink has just as much of an effect as what you eat when it comes to getting clear, clean skin. It’s okay to indulge here and there (read: a few times a year!!!!) but don’t let it go beyond that. Can we attain that goal? Let’s do our best because honestly, I struggle with this, but the discipline has to be set in order to see real improvements. And when you strive, you’ll just be that much more motivated and enthused to keep up your hard work. Yes, skincare is hard work! It can be tough navigating the path to clear skin, there are so many variables that you may find yourself slipping. Remember, to not go above 20-25 grams of sugar per day. Drink at least 64 oz of water daily. If you can take some tea, try green tea or peppermint tea. Do your absolute best to cut coffee out of your diet, all those creams and sugars add up and you may be hurting yourself in the long run. Be sure to keep up with your Blemfree routine; whenever I’m breaking out, the cleansing spheres do an outstanding job at smoothing my skin’s surface and making it softer. We can do this. We must, for our overall health and wellness. The skin is a reflection of what’s going on inside, after all.

Blemfreely Yours,


My Favorite Foods for Clear Skin

Hi Everyone!

I hope the Spring chill hasn’t got you down! How’s your skin looking today? I hope you’re glowing from the inside out. Today, I would like to talk more in-depth regarding food, as I very much enjoy it 🙂 We’ve broached the topic on what foods to eat and which to avoid. That can be tough because anyone who knows me knows that I adore sweets. Cakes, brownies, cookies, pies, donuts<3<3<3. I also love pizza, cheeseburgers, empanadas, fried chicken, bacon, macaroni and cheese, french fries, etc. All the stuff you’re not supposed to eat, we love. And that’s OK, so long as you do it in moderation! I admit I love all of it and hardly discriminate (except for fruitcake). But when I eat too much of these foods, my energy levels plummet, my skin slowly begins to take the appearance of a minefield and I quickly have to re-adapt my taste palette to more whole foods and water to restore my complexion. Did you know that’s a thing? Retraining your taste buds to crave foods with rich nutritional content instead of foods loaded with sugar and fat? It’s something I had to do in order for my skin to clear up. The process will take about 30 days for you to see a difference. You read that? Just one month of clean habits and you’ll see a noticeable difference in your face. So what foods do I like to eat when I want my skin to look it’s best? Here’s a list:

  • Spinach*
  • Sweet Potatoes*
  • Carrots*
  • Lemon Water (drink this first thing in the morning, within an hour of waking and you will be energized and glowing)
  • Green Tea*
  • Avocado*
  • Salmon*
  • Apples
  • Blueberries*
  • Strawberries
  • Oatmeal*
  • Cream of Wheat
  • Bananas
  • Dark chocolate (nice healthy treat that is suggested to be at least 65% cacao)
  • Oranges
  • Ginger root*
  • Pineapple
  • Green juice (I like to make mine with a spinach base with 1-2 fruits, a thumb of ginger, flax seed and water, almond milk sometimes)
  • 100% whole wheat bread

I put an asterisk next to the foods that have really helped me improve. Get yourself all or a good number of these items next time you go grocery shopping and see not only how you look but how you feel. You just might make the turn to clean living because the benefits are life-changing and life-sustaining!

A Blemfree Enthusiast,


We Need to Discuss Stress

Hi Everyone!

Happy Vernal Equinox! Around my way there’s still some snow on the ground (with more on the way, possibly) but Spring is in the air and I’m loving it. I hope you feel some joy in your heart as well. With that being said, I would like to talk about stress. Yes, we all hate it but even more, it can have adverse effects on your skin and all the hard work you have put in to get/keep it clear. Yep, that’s right. If you remember the last post on probiotics, you will recall the mentioning of the gut’s health/microbiome and microflora. I will inform you that excessive stress can seriously damage and nearly decimate the gut’s microflora and create a hostile environment where the bad bacteria overcome the good bacteria and that battle is shown all over your face. If you are facing a lot of stress right now, you are at serious risk for having a horrible breakout. I know we live hectic lives but we have to put some perspective to all of this to keep our heads on straight and our minds clear. When you feel yourself losing it, try 3-5 deep belly breaths. If you are into religion/spirituality: prayer and/or meditation will go a long way to soothe you. In addition to using your Blemfree kit, we have to make serious efforts to:

  • Eat clean
  • Get at least 7 hours of sleep per night
  • Make sure we’re emotionally and mentally calm.

You can do it!

Until Next Time,