Well, here it is!-7 simple acne tips to help clear your skin and inspire your confidence!
In this video, I share with you the absolute best acne advice I’ve got based upon 13 years of working in the beauty/skincare industry as a licensed esthetician; and successfully helping others overcome their struggles and insecurities with their acne. It’s s a topic I’ve always been irrevocably passionate about and close to my heart as a life-long acne sufferer that for many years never felt pretty, confident and assured with myself; mostly to due to my complexion and extreme insecurities within myself surrounding the condition of my skin. It was horrible and traumatizing period of my life grow-up feeling hideous and wanting to hide my face from the world.
So you can see why it’s immensely fulfilling to me to help others look and importantly feel more beautiful and confident “in their skin”-within themselves as I’ve truly been there and understand the pain and I really hope this video really clears things up a bit (no pun intended) and offers some insightful advice that can really enlighten the way you’ve previously thought of acne; and broaden your understanding making a marked difference in your skincare regime and most importantly your complexion!
Tip #1. Always Double Cleanse!
It’s very important you understand and remember this one crucial tip (if nothing else)..removing make-up is different from cleansing skin! When you’re dealing with oily skin and stubborn acne breakouts, you need to cleanse the skin twice in a process called “double cleansing”. It’s actually one of the first tricks they teach you in esthetician school!
You must take the time to use an actual make-up removing cleanser first and foremost (if you are a make-up wearer) Try our all-natural, luxuriously creamy Botanical Cleansing Cream and Make-Up Remover-$24, in slow, rhythmic, circular motions until that mask of make-up and oil is emulsified and ready to be toweled off with warm wash-cloth and water. (Make-up removing towelettes in my opinion are not sufficient for thoroughly removing that day-old, caked-on layer of foundation and grime!). Then,.. you literally cleanse the skin again, but this time you’re not just rubbing day-old make-up around your face, you’re truly deep-cleaning your pores! I recommend a cleanser specially formulated for treating oily & acneic skin types like our Purifying Peppermint Cleansing Gel-$24 which contains all-natural peppermint and bacteria-blasting essential oils to gently kill bacteria deep within the pores in a wonderfully invigorating cleanse!
Tip #2. Exfoliation is KEY!
Proper and sufficient exfoliation is the truly the key to clear, beautiful skin. All skin can benefit from some form of exfoliation. When you’re dealing with acne, essentially, you have a layer of dead skin cells and oil that becomes sticky, viscous and clogs your pores (you cant always see if and feel it, but it there!) creating a VERY unfriendly environment for bacteria to grow and infection to occur (thus the anatomy of the acne lesion!) . It’s imperative to ensure the skin stays continuously cleansed and exfoliated in a well-balanced, radically religious home care regime! I recommend gentle exfoliation in the form of a powdered enzyme. An excellent pick would be our Skin Smoothing Exfoliating Powder 4 oz-$36, that can be mixed with equal parts of your cleansing gel (about a dime to quarter size of each) along with a little warm water and circulated into the face during the cleansing ritual for a little non-abrasive exfoliation boost in an easy 2-in-1 step!
Tip #3 Blast Bacteria with Benzoyl Peroxide!
Yes folks, this is how you murder acne..Benzoyl peroxide truly works wonders-you just need it in a higher concentrations than what’s typically available over the counter, and not get too carried away with using too much too soon! It WILL irritate and dry out your skin if you don’t follow directions and ease your skin into it. A little bit at a time (starting with one pump every other night over a little light moisturizer) is the correct way to acclimate to BP. Being smart and knowing when to increase the dosage and when to back off of it a little is the name of the game. Try our Purity Elixir 5% 1oz -$26 (mild-moderate acne) and Purity Elixir 10% 1oz-$26 (moderate-severe acne). Ease yourself into it slowly and watch miracles happen as your complexion clears-up leaps and bounds as the days and weeks pass by!
Tip #4 Finding the Balance
When using professional-grade skin care products, many of which are very “active” with a high concentration of quality active ingredients, you must go SLOW and acclimate your skin carefully. All skin types are so very different and you need to follow the directions precisely and listen to your skin when you begin using these highly beneficial, “active” products. Sometimes when we get really excited about working in new product in our regime, we use too much too often and the skin can become irritated and dry as a result. So, please PLEASE start slowly with your products using only the recommended doses. With most benzoyl peroxide and exfoliating products (AHA’s, Retinols, etc.) begin every-other-night to and don’t over do it. Find the balance that’s right for your skin and stay consistent in your regime. YOU WILL see desirable changes happen over time that only gets better!
Tip #5 All skin needs hydration
Having oil in your skin if different from having water in your skin. All skin seems to suffer from dehydration to some degree, so it’s important to give back and balance out your own moisture barrier with a moisturizer appropriate for your skin type! Many of my acne clients like the ultra-light “lotiony” feel of the Esthetic Arts Sheer Hydration Oil-Free Moisture 2oz -$45 OR, even lighter is the ultra-absorbent gel feel of Esthetic Arts Hydration Repair Gel 2 oz-$42-both completely non-comedogenic and will not clog your pores. It will also act as a moisture barrier between the benzoyl peroxide product and your skin if you put on a light layer first or mix a little of the two together! ; )
Tip #6 Hands off!
Compulsive picking at your face is a dead-end road to rebound acne, scarring, and post residual hyperpigmented “dark spots” on your face that could take MONTHS to go away (if you’re lucky!) Chronic picking just makes matters a hundred times worse and will make you feel all around UGLY. Think of it this way, it’s like cheating on your diet everyday. PLEASE, please please, if you’re going to take some of my expert advice and invest in a few key pieces that can truly clear you skin and inspire your confidence, you’ve gotta “pick-up” some better habits keep your dang hands off of your face! There is a time and place to have your skin carefully “extracted” by a professional esthetician in facial treatment-which I’ll be happy to elaborate on in another vlog topic. You’ll never achieve beautiful skin as long as you’re a “picker”-so get that under control before you do anything.
Tip #7 Be aware of Diet and Stress
I want to start off by saying that I’m not a Dr. nor a nutritionist. Please consult an expert if you’re thinking its necessary to make dietary changes to help improve you acne condition and overall health. With that being said, I’m am a firm believer that there is a HUGE connection between what you put into your body and what’s coming out of your skin. The skin in my opinion is a window reflecting outward what’s going on inside our body environment. Acne is very much an inflammatory “dis-ease” that seems to be linked to not only our skin-type and genetics (a given), but exasperated by a poor diet high in simple sugars and not enough nutritionally dense foods. Stress as you’ve heard also plays a huge role in acne as well as many other “dis-eases” in the body. Please be an advocate for your own skin and health and start doing a little research and self-educating of the link between diet, stress and acne. A wonderful book that has helped me understand this complexity that I often refer to my clients is, The Acne Prescription, by Dr. Nicolas Perricone. Every person suffering from acne and serious about doing something about it needs to read this book!
Once you begin to understand at acne as not just a superficial exterior condition, but a systemic disease that stems from imbalances within our body environment: we can truly begin to change our complexion, increase our confidence and change our lives well-being from the inside-out! One day at a time..
Hope this Video and blog helps “clears things up a bit”!