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There is nothing worse than waking up one glorious morning to find that your skin has exploded into a galaxy of not-so-sparkly blemishes. Being a certified zit factory, I have experienced this all too often and have a few tricks up my sleeve. So, what are the best ways to calm acne prone skin and speed up the pimple-healing process?
Start From the Inside Out.
There are many reasons your skin may be prone to breakouts, but some common factors start with the inside. Things like dehydration, diet and hormones can play a huge part in those little “friends” on your face (and body).
I’m preaching to myself as much as the next person when I say make sure you’re drinking plenty of liquids – water is best, but green teas are also a good alternative. Limit your saturated fat intake (sorry, pizza) and pay special attention to your skin during “that time of the month”. Painful cystic acne especially may be the result of hormone changes, so a visit to your physician might be in order.
Finally, get some rest. I’m convinced a good night’s sleep can do more for your body than all the potions in the world.
Take a Hands Off Approach.
The hardest part of dealing with pesky pimples is keeping the area clean so you don’t spread bacteria and make the problem worse. Always wash hands thoroughly before touching your face – and then limit contact to when you are cleansing and treating the problem areas. NO PICKING (easier said than done, I know).
Cleanse and Treat.
I’ve found it’s best to keep it simple when dealing with acne prone skin. Here are a few of my favorite skin care products to get me through a breakout.
- Cleanser. A mild, gentle cleanser (no fragrance is key) does wonders for removing makeup and keeping the skin clean. If you’re very oily use a gel cleanser, but otherwise I would stick to a cream or milk formulation to avoid stripping the skin of much-needed oils (more on that in a sec).
- Spot treatment. For whiteheads and pimples, I like to use an all-natural spot treatment by Osmia Organics. It’s gentle on the skin and can easily be worn under makeup without causing flakiness.
- Facial oil. It may sound counterintuitive, but facial oils can do absolute WONDERS for balancing out the complexion and preventing spots in the first place. My go-to is tarte Maracuja Oil. It contains vitamin c and essential fatty acids to help hydrate and repair, is the perfect lightweight texture, and absorbs easily into skin. Adding a face oil into your routine is the one step I recommend most to prevent the over-production of oil and to soothe the skin (it also helps makeup apply incredibly smoothly)!
- Moisturizer. If your skin tends to be on the dry side, be sure to add a good moisturizer. Again, something fragrance free and minimal on the ingredients is best for problem skin.
- Intensive treatments. For cystic acne or pimples that are prone to scarring, I like to use a benzoyl peroxide based product. My favorite is La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo, as it doesn’t dry the skin around the area out if used sparingly. Don’t overdo it – just apply a tiny amount of product right on top of the spot. I’m also a big fan of Lush’s Mask of Magnaminty to use when you feel problem areas creeping up.
What are your best tricks for keeping skin healthy & clear?
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