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Cutting the College Acne Blues


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Bid goodbye to unsightly acne flare-ups

Be it teenage or adulthood, acne is unsightly and often lowers the self esteem of the sufferer. Though makeup can cover it, we need to look at solutions that mitigate the problem and prevent flare ups.

 

MD Jody Levine, Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Centre in New York City states that sleep, diet and stress are some of the leading causes for acne which troubles a few people on the upper chest and back too.

By following a strict cleansing regime, eating a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables and managing stress you can avoid the heartbreak the acne causes.

 Facial Skin Care

Let’s get the “Don’ts” away from the picture firsts:

  • Don’t go to bed without cleaning your face every night.
  • Don’t over wash your face.
  • Don’t forget the sunscreen every morning.
  • Don’t pick on your acne.

Now focus on what needs to be done to prevent acne flare-ups.

Cleansing

The foremost step in any skin care regime is cleansing. Every night ensure that you clean all the dust, grime, makeup and bacteria that settle on your skin. According to Dr Adam Friedman, Director of Dermatologic Research at NY City, you can opt for Neutrogena Fresh foaming Cleanser if you have normal skin. Those troubled with dry skin can try Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser. Net morning wash with lukewarm water.

 Sunscreen

The importance of protecting the skin form UV rays is well known to one and all. Opt for a sunscreen that not only protects from the harsh rays of the sun but also hydrates and moisturizes your skin.

Always use a broad spectrum non comedogenic (does not clog pores) sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher to protect against both UVA and UVB rays.

Some of the best sunscreens are Neutrogena’s Healthy defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 50, Olay Complete Defense Daily UV Moisturizer SPF 30, Eucerin everyday protection face lotion SPF 30 and Elta MD UV clear SPF 46 which contains niacinamide especially good for acne prone skin.

Exfoliate

Get rid of the dead cells which make your face look dull and lifeless. A good exfoliating scrub like the Clinique exfoliating Scrub or the Neutrogena Deep Clean gentle scrub is neither too abrasive nor too rough.

Body Skin Care

The Daily Wash

A daily bath with a good soap is all it takes to keep half the skin woes at bay. Do not over wash as this will limit the skin’s ability to stay hydrated and protect itself from bacteria. You can choose between Dove Body wash and Cetaphil Restora Derm Skin restoring Body wash for the dry skin.

Moisturize

Pat yourself dry after a shower and when the skin is still damp apply a moisturizer which has dimethicone, petrolatum, paraffin, and lanolin which will prevent the body from drying up.

Role of food in acne

Processed Food leads to excess sebum and oil production and eventually an acne breakout. Hence avoid all sugary, processed and greasy food.

 Healthy eating, following a good cleansing regime and been stress free are sure ways to bid acne a goodbye.

 

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