Don't let blemishes hold you back. Take control of your skin with these 5 tips and tricks for clearer skin!
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1. Choose the Perfect Cleanser!
Acne prone skin needs a face wash that's powerful enough to clear away oil, dirt and dead skin, but gentle enough not to irritate the skin any further.
A daily face wash containing micronized benzoyl peroxide (a form of benzoyl peroxide that is 10 times more effective than the regular benzoyl due to its smaller molecule) can make a world of difference, with blemishes starting to clear in a little as 5 days. Micronized Benzoyl Peroxide kills acne causing bacteria on the surface of the skin and deep within pores, while reducing oil production, inflammation AND redness.
Massage the cleanser into the skin, focusing on pimples and leave on for 5 minutes before washing it off.
2. Use an effective acne treatment serum!Serums are typically a lightweight, super concentrated, treatment that penetrates deeply, to deliver potent ingredients into the skin. After cleansing, apply an acne fighting serum to your face, avoiding the eye and mouth area. A serum with micronized benzoyl peroxide, glycolic , salicylic or Lactic acid.
3. Ice it!
When you feel a new blemish coming on, use an ice cube to dramatically reduce inflammation and the severity of the acne. Icing a blemish will reduce swelling, shrinking the size of the spot and reducing redness. This will also help cut down the lifespan of the blemish! Icing is also particularly good for deep, painful cystic acne.
Tip:After applying an acne serum, then wrap an ice cube in a very thin washcloth or paper towel and gently massage the ice over the blemish or affected area for ONE minute. Allow your skin to rest for 5 minutes and reapply the ice for another minute. You can repeat this process as often as needed. After icing, reapply the Acne Serum.
4. DIY with a Homemade Mask!
For a quick and easy way to soothe and treat your acne, try this Strawberry and Honey facial mask. Strawberries are a natural source of salicylic acid and Vitamin C. Salicylic acid breaks down the gunk that traps dead skin and debris within pores, and gently exfoliates the skin. Vitamin C is an all star antioxidant that protects skin from free radicals, repairs sun damage and brightens up the skin, which is perfect for post-inflammatory inflammation and those pesky dark spots left from old blemishes! Honey is antibacterial and a humectant, which will draw moisture to the skin and keep it well hydrated.
All you need is 2-3 medium sized, ripe strawberries and about a tablespoon of honey. Mash the strawberries into a pulp and add enough honey to create a smooth paste. Massage into clean skin and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse, pat dry and enjoy your smooth, nourished skin!
5. Have a snack! Snack on some cantaloupe, affectionately called a "beauty fruit!" Cantaloupe is rich in vitamin C and beta carotene, which our body converts into vitamin A. Vitamin A promotes healthy skin by thinning the outermost layer of dead skin cells that often get clogged and causes breakouts. It also improves skin elasticity, which means less wrinkles and signs of premature aging. Also, keeping up with your recommended daily amount of water is a must! Proper hydration helps your cells flush out built-up waste and helps your skin self-moisturize, Drinking plenty of water won't 'cure' your acne, but it'll put your body at a better advantage for clear, healthy skin.
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