Acne not only damages skin but self-esteem as well. Clear skin is surely just about the most coveted of facial assets of all, and for many, it can be the most impossible status to achieve. Unfortunately for anyone who struggles with acne, breakouts, blackheads and pustules, they are all perceived in society as gross–as they all give the sadly mistaken impression that the person whose face is plagued with one or more of these maladies is dirty, needs a bath or just has poorly developed hygiene habits in general. And it’s this very notion that causes a good many people to aggressively respond to the presence of any clear skin campaign interruption they happen to notice on their faces. There is nothing kind or curative about the do or die approach, which typically makes matters worse, with spreading the outbreak, making the skin red swollen and bruised looking, and any form of acne manipulation by the fingers results in scarring. The degree to which mashing, popping and generally intervening with a breakout will scar someone’s face can depend on heredity, but there is always some scarring produced from such quelling efforts.
- Keep it Clean: A thorough cleansing, twice a day (and after any great exertion, like from sports,) is the ultimate form of good, and particularly for women who wear makeup or know they’ve been around dirt and grime. Look for a good PH balanced cleanser with up to 2% alpha hydroxy, and steer clear of anything with a whole lot of chemical ingredients you can’t pronounce. No sulfates or parabens, either.
- Three’s the Charm: Dermatologists agree across the board on the benefits from incorporating a simple threefold approach to thwart the invasive efforts of unwanted blemishes. Begin each session with a salicylic acid cleanser, followed by a spot treatment with a formulation containing benzoyl peroxide, and then an application of a good, oil-free moisturizer.
- Know When to Go: Sometimes a visit to the dermatologist is the only way to take charge of sustained or episodic breakouts. Don’t put off getting what you suspect may be your best help.
- Breakfast Food for Nighttime Breakout Prevention: Make your own spot treatment, with oatmeal, cooked according to package directions (Oatmeal contains valuable antioxidants.) Mix with some lemon juice (to kill pores infested with bacteria,) and an egg (vitamin E tightens skin.) Dot on problem areas. Store this in the fridge for up to a week, and use every night for amazing results.
- Exfoliate, Then Steam: Exfoliation removes dead skin cells that can block pores, and if you like the feeling of a little grit, add some sugar to your solution on a per-occasion basis. Following up with a nice steaming is akin to coming back for one final, deeper sweep to nab that last remaining layer of pore-clogging residue, for the ultimate skin glow.
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