The American Academy of Dermatology (AKA the Skin Bosses) recommends the daily use of 2 products: mild cleanser and sunscreen. Sounds easy enough, right? Choose a mild cleanser based on your skin type. Use it once in the AM and once in the PM. Also, wash again if you’ve been sweating, working out, or chillin’ at the pool. Apply your sunscreen of 30 SPF of more after your skin care and before your makeup. If you’re tackling a problem like acne, dullness, or dryness add a third (or fourth) step to your routine. Vitamin C serum brightens your skin after an all nighter, and reduces dark spots. Make sure you apply these in between your cleanser and sunscreen. Retinoids/Vitamin A help with uneven texture and are typically by prescription, but there is an over-the-counter product available called adapalene. Make sure to use a moisturizer after as these products can be drying. (Make sure you avoid these products if you are pregnant!)
Struggling with acne? Keep reading!
- Choose products that are “alcohol-free” and “non comedogenic.” Exfoliants and astringents can make acne worse.
- Shampoo regularly. Oily hair>oily skin>more breakouts
- Hands off. Leave the picking to Dr. Pimple Popper and let your face heal. This can also cause scarring- yikes!
- Stress, a high sugar diet, touching your face often, not getting enough sleep, and smoking can increase your chances of acne outbreaks.
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