For some people acne ended after their teenage years or its never really a problem more than the occasional few pimples here or there that they either let fade with time, get rid of with a topical acne treatment, or cover up with make-up. However, for many more, acne is a persistant problem or its one that is more of an all over the face situation. Obviously, everyone's skin is different, things like cystic acne may require a dermatologists help, but overall, getting into a good routine of taking care of your face will help lessen the incidences of acne.
For the Ladies
First and foremost, take a good hard look at your make-up and your brushes. When you buy make-up, put a date on it somewhere so you know how old it is. If you're still using the same blush from 2010, you REALLY need to update your kit asap. Get rid of mascara/pencils after 3 months, lipstick/gloss after 6 months, foundation after 6-12 months, and loose compact powder, powder blush, and powder eye shadow after 1 to 2 years (if you are routinely cleaning all your make-up brushes, sooner if you aren't). Also you need to make cleaning your make-up brushes part of your make-up routine. Using the same brushes you apply foundation with for example, from week to week to week without washing them, is only helping to spread dirt and oil and bacteria from your face to brush to make-up kit and back again.
Skin Care Cleaning Routine
If your skin is bad, you are going to need to commit to a full nightly ritual of deep cleaning, restoration, and moisturization. A good routine to follow is:
- Cleanser (http://www.totalbeauty.com/content/gallery/p_top_cleansers/p255229/page1)
- Facial scrub (avoid using any scrubs with beads in them if you have dark acne marks on your face b/c this will only re-aggrivate your condition) or chemical peel (they sell over the counter peels. Use one that is very mild and be sure to follow the directions for rinsing!) [http://www.totalbeauty.com/content/gallery/best-worst-at-home-peels]
- Treatment mask (http://www.sephora.com/best-face-masks)
- Toner or facial essence (http://www.totalbeauty.com/content/gallery/best-toners)
- Acne spot treatment (http://www.totalbeauty.com/content/gallery/skin-care-oils/p110452/page1)
- Antiaging serum (http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/beauty/best/9938/anti-ageing-beauty-products.html )
- Eye cream (http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/beauty/best/5581/best-eye-cream.html)
- Moisturizer (http://www.allure.com/beauty-products/2013/ten-moisturizers-under-20#slide=1 )
- Facial oil (http://www.totalbeauty.com/content/gallery/skin-care-oils/p110452/page1 )
- Lip balm with SPF
The costs can quickly add up with all the products, but spend your money wisely. Obviously if you are an 18 year old with fresh youthful skin, you can probably skip anti-aging or eye creams. Also for most things on the list, you can find a lower cost product at the grocery store or drug store that does the same thing, but is within your budget. However, quality does come into play when you start talking about dark spot removers and topical acne treatments especially when it comes to the concentrations of certain ingredients. Work with your budget and budget wisely for your own issues.
For Darker Skin
Although all races can suffer from acne scarring, the issue tends to be much more noticable with those who have darker skin. There is a condition called, Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) which makes acne scars much darker on darker skin tones. Take additional care with how you treat acne scars, current and past. For more information, see: http://www.beyondtalk.net/hyperpigmentation-dark-skin/
Additional Things That Can Help
- Drink plenty of water, get enough sleep, and exercise
- Wash and replace your pillowcases regularly
- Once a month facials do wonders for rejuvinating and refreshing the skin
- Don't exercise with make-up on, and make sure to really wash your face afterwards
- When applying hairsprays and other hair products, make sure to either cover your face as you apply them (as in hair spray) or wash your face, especially your forehead
- You do need sunlight in your life to get Vitamin D, but going unprotected without sunscreen for extended periods of time regardless of race, or tanning is harmful and damaging to the skin.
- If all else fails, see a Dermatologist who can prescribe medications for the face not sold over the counter and which are much more potent