Beautiful makeup has to start with a great foundation. Therefore, taking care of your skin is a must.
It’s a myth that women outgrow acne once you are past puberty. Unfortunately, women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and even 50s can suffer from acne just like teenagers, and the treatment principles remain the same. Not everyone who has acne as a teenager will grow out of it, and even if you had clear skin as a teenager, there’s no guarantee that you won’t get acne later in life, perhaps during menopause. You can blame this maddening inconsistency on hormones. What is true is that men can outgrow acne, because after puberty men’s hormone levels even out, while women’s hormone levels fluctuate throughout their lifetime, which is why many women experience breakouts around their menstrual cycle. If you are anything like me, you are still shaking your fist at Eve for eating that apple and cursing us with acne for infinity! But I digress..
Step 1 – Find a Good Gentle Cleanser
Gentle cleansing is an important first step. A mild cleanser helps reduce oily skin and acne without making your skin feel dry. I like these two options for my oily skin
Clinique Wash-Away Gel
Clean & Clear Essentials Foaming Facial Cleanser, Sensitive Skin
Step 2: Exfoliate
Exfoliation is a simple process that removes dead skin cells from the surface of your skin.
There are two ways to exfoliate your skin, either with a scrub/cleanser exfoliator or chemical exfoliator like Salicylic Acid (also know as Beta Hydroxy Acid OR BHA). I use Clean & Clear Advantage Oil Absorbing Treatment Oil-Free
Step 3: Disinfect Skin
Use Benzoyl peroxide to disinfect skin. It is considered the most effective over-the-counter choice for a topical antibacterial product in the treatment of blemishes. It penetrates into the pore and kills acne-causing bacteria, preventing inflammation. I use Clinique Acne Solutions Emergency Gel Lotion
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT TREATING ACNE, SEE BELOW:
Yup, I am using this image, because I think we can agree, as adults with so much on our plates, no one has time to deal with acne. We have fabulous shoes, clothes and amazing makeup to play with!
Regardless of your age, gender, skin color, or ethnicity, what causes acne is the same across the board. Acne happens when oil glands come to life around puberty, stimulated by hormones. Oil is a natural substance which lubricates and protects the skin, and under certain circumstances, cells that are close to the surface block the openings of sebaceous glands and cause a buildup of oil underneath. This oil stimulates bacteria (which live on everyone’s skin and generally cause no problems) to multiply and cause surrounding tissues to become inflamed.
Inflammation near the skin’s surface produces a pustule; deeper inflammation results in a papule (pimple); deeper still and it’s a cyst. If the oil breaks though to the surface, the result is a “whitehead.” If the oil accumulates melanin pigment or becomes oxidized, the oil changes from white to black, and the result is a “blackhead.” Blackheads are therefore not dirt, and do not reflect poor hygiene.
2 Common myths about what causes acne:
1. Food – Parents often tell teens to avoid pizza, chocolate, greasy and fried foods, and junk food. While these foods may not be good for overall health, they don’t cause acne or make it worse.
2. Dirt – As mentioned above, “blackheads” are oxidized oil, not dirt. Sweat does not cause acne, therefore, it is not necessary to shower instantly after exercise for fear that sweat will clog pores. On the other hand, excessive washing can dry and irritate the skin.