Banish Your Blemishes

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 | Tips & How-Tos

IStock_000000138394_L2 Whether you’re 15 or 50, you can probably relate to the pain and
discomfort of acne. Zits, blackheads pimples—call them what you
will—we’ve all had our run-ins with this obnoxious skin condition.
While there are plenty of medical treatments available, there are also
steps that you can take on your own to improve your complexion. Here
are a few simple acne treatment tips that will help put your skin at
ease.

Don’t Pick!

Picking at pimples and
blemishes will only make them worse. Popping and squeezing increases
inflammation, worsening the appearance of acne. More importantly, it
can spread bacteria, resulting in further breakouts. So resist the urge
to pop and spare yourself the added damage.

Gently Cleanse

Don’t scrub and pummel your face with harsh
ingredients that can aggravate acneic skin. Attempting to dry out your
complexion will lead to rough, flaky skin and clogged pores. Instead,
wash your face with a mild cleanser twice daily and pat dry. Try an oil-free daily moisturizer to keep skin hydrated without clogging pores.

Avoid Too Much Sun

While many people may think that a tan helps
clear up your skin, it’s only a temporary fix. The sun may mask your
acne for a short time, but it can also dry skin out and lead to further irritation and breakouts. Additionally, many medical
acne treatments increase the skin’s sensitivity to UV rays, so
overexposure can actually worsen your complexion and reverse the
effects of your medicine.  Use a daily moisturizer or foundation with SPF 15.

Choose Your  Makeup Wisely
Always read labels. If your
makeup products contain harsh chemicals or petroleum-based oils, then
they will most likely clog your pores and induce breakouts. Look for a
noncomedogenic, or oil-free, foundation to let your skin breathe. Dermatologists generally recommend mineral makeup formulas, because they don’t contain irritants found in traditional cosmetics.

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