Tip #1 - USE A MILD FACIAL CLEANSER (NOT SOAP)
When breakouts occur, people tend to want to dry out their skin to help heal the breakouts. However, when your skin gets dehydrated, it causes dead skin cells to buildup, which will actually cause more breakouts by keeping the oil trapped in your pores. So, be sure to use a mild facial cleansing gel or foaming cleanser that won’t dry out your skin.
Tip #2 - USE GLYCOLIC ACID
Most skin types should use at least a 10% glycolic acid (the most effective of all alphahydroxy acids) on a daily basis. As we age, our skin loses its ability to exfoliate regularly, so using a glycolic will help to reduce past sun damage, smooth and soften the skin, unclog the pores, and keep the skin cells healthy. Exfoliation also assists in fading acne scars.
Tip #3 - AVOID DAIRY PRODUCTS
We always hear that greasy foods and chocolate cause breakouts. When cyst-like breakouts are in the chin and jaw area, usually it is either hormonal or it is related to excessive dairy products such as ice cream, yogurt, milk, and cheese. If you avoid excessive dairy, you will more than likely see your skin clear up.
Tip #4 - DON’T PICK AT YOUR SKIN
Do your best not to pick your acne. It’s tempting when you want to get rid of whiteheads and blackheads, but you can make your skin much worse by forcing bacteria deeper into the skin, resulting in scarring and further breakouts. A better solution for problem skin is a getting monthly facials, where your pores can be cleaned professionally.
Tip #5 - MAKE SURE TO USE MOISTURIZER
Many people with problem skin skip using a moisturizer, thinking that they don’t need one since their skin already produces oil. However, if your skin isn’t being hydrated, your oil glands will actually produce more oil, causing more breakouts. Be sure to use an oil-free lotion that will keep your skin hydrated, yet won’t clog your pores.
For more information about ways to prevent and treat acne, please contact Lani at (714) 318-2552.