Do you constantly battle with acne? Have you tried all sorts of products but your skin still has embarrassing breakouts? Don’t worry – You are about to find the solution!
Did you know that anyone of any age can get acne? Acne may be caused by a variety of factors. Acne can occur during puberty, menopause, pregnancy or stress. Bacteria, environmental influences, medications, hormonal oscillations, diet, lifestyle and/or health issues all contribute to skin breakouts.
In addition, not only oily skin breaks out. Dry skin can also experience acne. Dry skin with acne is often hormonal in nature and is characterized by skin that looks and feels dry, yet still experiences blemishes (often painful.) Oily acne is characterized by shiny, oily areas, blackheads, pustules and blemishes, and enlarged pores.
So what to do? What productcts to use? We prepared expert tricks and tips from skincare professionals to get the radiant, clear skin you’ve always dreamed about.
1. Identify Which Type of Acne You Have
Do you have dry skin with periodic breakouts or do you have oily skin with frequent breakouts? Are your breakouts painful? Do they have a yellow pussy texture? Are they more around your jawline than anywhere else? These questions will all identify what type of acne you have and which products will best treat your issue.
A great tool to identify which type of acne you suffer from can be found at www.skincare-usa.com.
2. Use Products Appropriate For Your Skin Type
Remember, not all skin types are the same. If your underlying skin is dry – it is important to remove dead cells, balance out your moisture levels, and treat the root cause of the breakout. A product such as Biodroga MD Skin Refining Peeling with 3% natural alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) – glycolic acid, citric acid, tartaric acid and lactic acid – exfoliates, hydrates and treats breakouts. Skin does not dry out, pores open up, oily clogs dissolve and dead skin cells are removed from the surface.
If your skin is shiny and oily with large pores and pimples – it is important to balance out the sebum production while eliminating breakouts and decreasing pore size. Ingredients such as salicylic acid frees clogged pores from residues. Skin’s pH value is improved and its natural balance restored.
3. Wash Your Face Daily
Wash your face twice per day – morning and evening. Don’t wash it more than twice a day because too much washing can make your skin too dry. Over-Drying skin can produce sebum and excess sebum will lead to acne.
I know – you get home late and exhausted – the last thing you want to do is wash your face and remove makeup. Been there! However, sleeping with makeup clogs pores and worsens acne.
When you wash – which you will, right? – use appropriate cleansers for your skin type. Dry skins use gentle cleansers that do not strip the skin. Oily skins can use cleansers that are a bit more astringent and balance out sebum production.
Preferably look for products which have no mineral oil, synthetic fragrances or colors, PEG, sulfates, silicones, phthalates, animal substances or parabens!.
4. No Squeezing!
It’s hard to not squeeze when you see big, juicy pimples staring back at you. RESIST! Fight the urge! Squeezing acnes and pimples is the solution for resolving acne. In fact, it is not a solution – it is a problem. Squeezing causes bacteria to spread. And, you may cause scarring if squeezed too hard. You want beautiful skin? Then, don’t squeeze.
5. Keep Your Hair and Hands Clean
Our hands are dirty – wash them often and keep them away from your face. When we touch doorknobs, TV remotes, steering wheels, etc. we pick up bacteria – bacteria that are easily transmitted to our skin. For clean hands, wash often with antibacterial soap.
Same goes for your hair. Your hair is a carrier of bacteria and products which can exacerbate acne. Avoid using gels, mousse, or fragrances on your hair. These products can get on your face and block your skin’s pores. If you have bangs or long hair keep them away from your face. Also, if you have oily hair, wash it often to avoid breakouts.
After you clean your hands, face or hair, use a clean towel to dry. I would hate to see a dirty towel under a microscope. Ick! Dirty towels spread bacteria, especially if you use the same towel for multiple parts of your body.
Change your pillow cases on a weekly basis. Pillow cases soak up and spread oils from your face and hair. Don’t like to do laundry? throw a clean towel over your pillow each night.
6. Stay Hydrated
Our cells retain toxins and toxins lead to impure skin. Drinking at least 9 (8oz) glasses of water will help flush those toxins, bacteria and bodily fluids from your cells. Hydration = Healthy Skin.