Top Acne Fighters

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It always seems to happen-job interview, first date, portrait session, client meeting-an evil blemish pops up in a less-than-subtle spot, destroying not only your complexion, but your self-confidence, too. Here are some of our top tips for banishing breakouts for good:

Fight from the inside: Yes, your diet plays a role in how your skin behaves, but perhaps in a way that would surprise you. If you eat too quickly, it may stress your small intestine and cause forehead breakouts. So slow down while you eat. Upper-face pimples may be tied to toxins as well, so choose clean, whole, fresh foods rather than the pre-packaged, processed variety.

Use the right ingredients: Clogged pores will certainly turn ugly on you, so wash with a salicylic acid cleaner, which will keep the pores clear. Treat existing spots with benzoyl peroxide creams to suffocate and eliminate bacteria. Keep the application light so you’ll avoid drying out. If acne is persistent, speak with a dermatologist about a prescription-strength retinoid to clear your pores and wipe away dead skin cells. And bonus: It’ll smooth away fine lines, too. For a natural approach, try aloe vera to reduce inflammation, calm breakouts and hydrate the skin.

Exfoliate regularly: Keeping skin clean, pores unclogged and skin cells turned over are the three key factors to reducing breakouts. A gentle, but effective exfoliator will tackle all of these. One we recommend is glotherapeutics gloBrighten Polish ($40).

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