Seven Steps for Clearer, Acne-Free Skin

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Inflammation, hormones, stress, diet and neglecting your normal skin-care routine are just a few factors that contribute to breakouts. But with the holidays a few days away, it’s not the cause that’s important—it’s the solution. Follow these steps from Sycamore, IL dermatologist Amanda Friedrichs, MD to start off your new year with a clean slate and a clear complexion.

1. Wash twice a day and after sweating. Perspiration, especially when wearing a hat or helmet, can make acne worse, so wash your skin as soon as possible after sweating.

2. Use your fingertips to apply a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser. Using a washcloth, mesh sponge or anything else can irritate the skin. Do not use skin care products that irritate the skin, which may include astringents, toners, and exfoliants. Dry, red skin makes acne appear worse.  “It’s very common for patients with acne to scrub their skin and to use harsh products, yet doing so often makes acne worse,” says Dr. Friedrichs. “In order for acne to improve, people with acne must be gentle when touching their skin and use gentle products, such as those that are alcohol-free.”

3. Rinse with lukewarm water.

4. Shampoo regularly. If you have oily hair, shampoo daily.

5. Let your skin heal naturally. If you pick, pop or squeeze your acne, your skin will take longer to clear and you increase your risk of getting acne scars.

6. Keep your hands off your face. Touching your skin throughout the day can cause flare-ups.

7. Stay out of the sun and tanning beds. Tanning damages your skin. In addition, some acne medications make the skin very sensitive to ultraviolet (UV) light, which you get from both the sun and indoor tanning devices. It also increases your risk of melanoma. 

"Make an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist if your acne makes you shy or embarrassed, the products you've tried haven't worked, or your acne is leaving scars or darkening your skin," says Dr. Friedrichs. "Today, virtually every case of acne can be successfully treated."

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Kaididstore
Thank you!
Posted January 08, 2013 5:17 AM EST
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April
To answer your question kaididstore; 1) Exfoliate dry and/or chapped flaky lips with with a THICK mixture of brown sugar (or regular), honey (preferably raw), and a little olive oil. Just rub onto lips for a minute and wipe off with a DRY washcloth first then a warm wet one. Or you can pick up a ready-made scrub such as Fresh's brown sugar scrub or Victoria's Secret pro smooth FX lip scrub and balm which has both in a convienent, cute package. 2) Apply a thick layer of blistex deep renewal with spf 15 which has hyaluronic acid (great for holding in moisture or lanolin (budget alternatives); or for a more luxurious experience I like to use Dior's creme de rose smoothing plumping lip balm with spf 10. 3) For work, school, play, etc., it helps to use a thick long lasting gloss during the day such as lorac's couture shine or lancome's juicy tubes. Hope this helps! -April
Posted January 03, 2013 10:06 AM EST
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kaididstore
My lip is dry, wonder is there any solutions to overcome this? Would be much appreciate if you have any information about lip health & how to maintain a healthy lip. thank you - kaidid10
Posted January 02, 2013 12:15 AM EST
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