11 Secrets to Clear Skin. heheh
This entry would probably be the longest one because there are many things to say.
If you still interested, then go on :D
Clear Skin Secret No. 1 : Watch what you eat
According to dermatologist Dr. Heidi Waldorf, most of the food myths (like chocolate and French Fries) are just that -- myths. However, she does say that the hormones in milk can be connected to acne -- so you may want to lay off the ice cream and see if that helps.
Even though there isn't a direct connection between chicken fingers and zits, Annet King, director of The International Dermal Institute, says that eating healthier overall will help your skin. So keep that in mind the next time you're debating between a salad and a burger.
If you have Acne Rosacea (think redness on your face rather than regular pimples), on the other hand, Waldorf suggests staying away from "spicy foods, tomatoes, raisins, MSG, caffeine, and hot beverages."
Clear Skin Secret No. 2 : Set up a routine
Fell asleep without taking your makeup off again? Not good. To keep your skin clear, you need to have a regular skin care routine. Here's a bare bones one you can follow:
Step 1: An acne-fighting cleanser
Step 2: A light moisturizer
Step 3: An acne-fighting treatment
You can add in things like spot treatments and masks, but these few steps will get you on the right track -- and they're so quick, you can do them all during a commercial break while watching TV (so, seriously, no excuses).
Clear Skin Secret No. 3 : Cleanse correctly
It's the first step in your skin care routine, so of course you want to do it right. Here's how:
Step 1: Find the right cleanser.
Step 2: Use warm (but not hot) water to wet your face, then apply the product.
Step 3: Massage the cleanser on for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then rinse with luke-warm water.
Clear Skin Secret No. 4 : Moisturizer is your friend
If you have oily skin you might think about skipping moisturizer, but King says that's not a good idea. If you dry out your skin too much, it will just produce more oil, which causes more zits -- see where this is going?
Stop the cycle by using a hydrating toner or light moisturizer after cleansing. If your skin feels too greasy you can put a mattifying product - it'll absorb the oil without over-drying your skin.
Clear Skin Secret No. 5 : Give yourself enough time
Waldorf says it can take a month or two to see real results from your skin care routine, so you should start a.s.a.p. And don't get discouraged if your skin looks a little worse in the beginning, it's pretty normal. Just hang in there and give it a month -- if your skin still hasn't improved then you may want to change your products or see a dermatologist.
Clear Skin Secret No. 6 : Read your labels
This is actually a two-part secret. One, you want to find acne products with these ingredients: salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, or resorcinol, Waldorf says.
Two, you want to stop using products that have these ingredients: mineral oil, isopropyl myristate, lanolin, petroleum, artificial color and artificial fragrance. King says all of these can irritate your skin and cause breakouts.
Clear Skin Secret No. 7 : Use speakerphone
Spending hours with a cell phone pressed to your cheek is a sure-fire way to get zits. If you can't stop chatting, at least wipe your phone down with alcohol to sanitize it or get a blue-tooth device. Dorky, I know, but worth it for clear skin. Or, just text your friends instead.
Clear Skin Secret No. 8 : Don't stress
I know, between classes, assignments and finding the perfect shoes to match your dress, stress is kind of inevitable. But, it's worth taking some time to relax, because stress increases hormones that can cause acne, King says. So take a few deep breaths and try to calm down, for your face's sake.
Clear Skin Secret No. 9 : Get a glow
For a healthy-looking glow, Waldorf suggests using a moisturizing face scrub. But more important than getting that fresh-scrubbed glow, is keeping it. That means no smoking or tanning, Waldorf says. Both can make your skin look dull, discolored and eventually wrinkled. If you do want to add some color to your skin, try a self tanner instead - all of the glow, none of the damage.
Clear Skin Secret No. 10 : Ditch your makeup
Did your heart just stop? OK, you don't have to go completely makeup free, but cutting down on the number of products on your face can help acne.
More importantly, make sure you wash off any makeup before you work out (makeup + sweat = zits) and before you go to bed.
One thing you shouldn't skip though is sunscreen. Like Waldorf said, tanning zaps your glow and can also dry out your skin and give you more zits. Ugh.
Clear Skin Secret No. 11 : Fight any last-minute lurkers
The second you feel a zit coming on, apply a spot treatment to minimize the problem. Waldorf recommends ones that have corticosteroid, benzoyl peroxide or sulfur to get rid of bacteria and dry out the pimple.
And if you can, head to a dermatologist for a corticosteroid injection, which will get rid of the pimple in a day or two. :)
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