Previously I posted about What Causes Pimples - Acne Face Mapping. Now that we know why we get pimples on certain areas, how do we get rid of those bastards? We have a list of things that can help keep your face clear and glowing. All or some of these steps can get you the clear face you had always dreamed of having when you were in your 20s. Even your menstrual hormones can't keep up with this advice.
1. Don’t pick! This is easier said than done. Like you are going to go to work or out in public with a big whitehead on your face right? However, if you can avoid it, you should. But I must admit, I always pick those kind. I can't resist. I want to get rid of it. I know it is bad and that it will hinder the healing time and possibly cause a scar. So if you can avoid it, you should because it can cause cuts from your nails and create more zits in that area. If you must pick, make sure you wash your hands first.
2. Keep it simple. Using too many harsh products on your face can dry out your skin, creating peeling, redness and breakouts. You may think that using that 10% Benzoyl Peroxide every night is helping, but if your face is irritated you will only break out more. If you must, just put the benzoyl on the zit itself until it is dried out.
3. Always wash your face at night. ALWAYS! I know this is important when you wear makeup, but I must admit that if I didn't put makeup on that day (yes, it does happen) that I won't wash my face. I need to stop this bad habit. There are no excuses on this one. Your face collects so many dirt and toxins throughout the day, and add makeup to the mix and that is a concoction for lots of breakouts. This really is the most important step. You will notice a difference if you are not in the habit already. If you are too tired after you get home, do it right when you take your work clothes off then you can relax for the night. If you do one thing to keep your skin clear, just take a few minutes to wash everything off at the end of the day.
4. Try a cleanser with Salicylic Acid. Salicylic acid fights acne by killing bacteria and lessening sebum. DDF Blemish Foaming Cleanser does a great job of cleaning off makeup, contains acne fighting ingredients, and is mild enough to use morning and night. For oilier skin, try DDF Salicylic Wash. This cleanser contains a higher percentage of Salicylic Acid for more intense acne fighting, but it may dry out your skin. If you experience any dryness or irritation, switch to using this cleanser only at night and a milder cleanser in the morning. Washing your face thoroughly and even two times can make sure that all your make-up is removed. A face polisher with your soap can work wonders.
5. Morning wash - A great cleanser to use in the mornings if you have more sensitive skin is IS Clinical Cleansing Complex. Containing both salicylic acid and glycolic acid, this cleanser fights acne, gently exfoliates your skin, and is gentle enough not to dry out your face. This cleanser does not remove makeup that well, so that’s why it's recommended to use it in the mornings and a stronger cleanser at night.
6. Drink water!
I like Peter Thomas Roth Ultra Lite Oil-Free Sunblock SPF 30 because it’s super sheer, blends in really well, and also contains an SPF 30, which is so important!
8. Try using mineral makeup. My favorite is Colorescience for its superior ingredients compared with other mineral makeups. Or Bare Escentuals. Both foundations cover imperfections really well without being shiny and heavy. Mineral makeup does not penetrate your skin so it won’t clog pores and cause breakouts, and soothing minerals along with vitamin A soothe and eliminate skin irritation.
9. Use a topical acne fighter at night. Hands down, the best acne remedy is IS Clinical Active Serum. Active serum is a liquid that you put on with your fingertips at night, avoiding the eye area. Active serum contains Salicylic acid and Glycolic acid to fight acne, kill bacteria and exfoliate dead skin, and Kojic and Lactic acid for superior anti-aging benefits. Also, assisting in pigment reduction, this product does it all! Don’t use any other product on your skin after using Active Serum on clear skin. Active serum is best used alone to avoid irritation.
10. Use a sulfur mask. My favorite is DDF Sulfur Therapeutic Mask. Sulfur is well known to absorb oil, purify skin and pores and is a great anti-inflammatory. Sulfur is so healing it actually helps to instantaneously dry out blemishes and prevent more from coming.
11. Get facials. If you can afford it, get a good, deep cleaning facial once a month. Otherwise, getting a facial once every couple, or every 6 months will definitely help. A facialist can deep clean your skin and clean out pores using professional grade products and equipment, plus they have the skills to really get in there without damaging your skin. Ask if your facialist does extractions and a glycolic peel. It is excellent for less sensitive skin. It’s not worth spending all that money unless you walk out of the spa with unclogged pores and balanced skin.
12. Not just your face acne - Bacne and chest acne. If you are breaking out on your body, the culprit could be sweating and friction from your clothing. Also, if you workout, or your hair is greasy and it rubs up against your back that can also cause breakouts. If you work out make sure your clothes have moisture wicking and are fast drying. The same treatment for your face will work on your body. Try a body wash that has benzoyl peroxide like Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask and a toner with the salicylic to removed excess oil after your shower like Clean and Clear Radiance Body Mist.
So now we know how to prevent acne, but do you know what is causing your acne in the first place? Be sure to check out Do You Know What Is Causing Your Acne? Acne Face Mapping.