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Acne break outs
Answered Friday 17 December 2010 |
I am 24 and have been going through break outs on and off since the age of 15. I'm getting married next year and I am absolutely terrified that I'll have acne on my special day!
I mainly get breakouts around my chin, and have combination skin, both oily and dry patches.
Can you please suggest a solution?
I think what you should start and do first and foremost is looking at a great home care routine. First off you need to make sure that you have a good cleansing and exfoliating routine. We should be cleansing both morning and night and doing it twice. The first cleanse helps to remove the impurities and the second cleanse helps to treat the skin and remove those blocked pores. With exfoliating 2-3 x a week is ideal, however be aware that over exfoliating can cause further congestion. After you perform your exfoliating its advised to apply a masque, this will keep your skin at its optimum level. To finish off making sure that you are wearing a light weight moisturiser with an SPF to ensure that your skin is protected not only from the UV but from all other external aggressors.
Some good advice: Ensure you become an ingredient reader; avoid ingredients like Mineral oil, Lanolin, S.D Alcohol, Artificial colours and Fragrances. Many make-up’s and skin care products actually contain what are called ‘comedogenic ingredients’ that are know and proved to clog the pores, commonly D & C coal tar dies found in loads of makeup are the culprit or Isopropyl myristate) which is often used to give make up a velvety feel and smooth spread ability. How to avoid this, simply ensure you only use products both make up and skin care that state they are non comedogenic, they are not hard to find there are now so many mineral based make up ranges and this will eradicate the skin problem that is actually called ‘acne cosmetica’.
Some fantastic ingredients that may help to eliminate breakouts would be:
Salicylic Acid and Lactic Acid stimulate natural exfoliation to eliminate that blocked pore.
To control bacteria look out for Spirea Ulmaria Extract, Cinnamon Extract, Zinc Gluconate.
Biotin, Tea Tree, Zinc Gluconate, Yeast Extract which are all fantastic at purifying the skin and promoting clarity and preventing breakouts.
My other piece of advice would be to have regular skin treatments with a professional skin therapist, here they can keep your skin at its optimum health!
Hope you have the most amazing wedding day!