By Drew Pizzini
Whether you’re heading back to school or just hanging out with friends, don’t let breakouts bring you down. Take back control of your complexion with commonsense tips and uncommonly effective products from CosMedix. It’s time to clear up problem skin and greet the day with confidence.
Be Disciplined While most acne sufferers will see a difference in the first couple weeks of their skincare program, it can take up to 28 days for your skin cells to turn over. Getting your skin in balance requires time, consistency and discipline. Establish a regimen of cleaning and treating your skin twice a day to eliminate pore-clogging excess oil and cellular debris. Using an exfoliating cleanser, like Purity Clean from CosMedix, is an important first step toward clarifying the appearance of problem skin. As lactic acid gently removes dead skin, soothing botanicals–including aloe vera, peppermint and lavender–calm visible irritation and unsightly redness. This powerful formula also preps the skin for additional correctives, like CosMedix’s blemish-fighting Clarity serum.
Don’t Pick Scratching, pinching and squeezing might feel like the right thing to do, but avoid giving into the temptation. “Popping” blemishes can lead to permanent scarring, increased irritation and redness. Additionally, dirt and bacteria from unclean fingers can find their way into pores, making matters worse. Instead of aggravating the problem, conceal it with products that minimize the look of breakouts while your skincare regimen does its work. Many concealers use a green tint to counteract the effect of red skin on the eye. You can also use a green-colored spot treatment, like Clear by CosMedix, to hide visible blemishes while simultaneously correcting their appearance with salicylic acid, sulfur and willow herb.
Keep Clean To minimize the spread of bacteria and other impurities, be sure to wash all pillowcases, towels and makeup brushes weekly. If your skin is particularly sensitive, look for a detergent that’s free of irritating dyes and fragrances. When you’re out and about, avoid over-cleansing your skin, especially with harsh cleansers that contain sodium lauryl sulfate or alcohol. These common additives can rob skin of vital moisture, prompting it to produce more sebum–natural oil that conditions the skin–than normal, increasing the risk of clogged pores and breakouts. Try to also avoid touching your face, and keep long hair tied back throughout the day.
Don’t Sweat It After exercise, be sure to use a mild cleanser to wash away sweat, which can attract pore-clogging impurities and lead to body acne. However, if blemishes appear below the neck, don’t fear. An alpha hydroxy acid body wash, like Body Clean, can help resolve the look of body breakouts before they get out of hand. Formulated specifically for the body’s thicker, tougher surface, CosMedix’s all-over cleanser sloughs away dead skin and more with 7% L-lactic acid. For persistent blemishing, try an exfoliating back scrub or loofah; however, exercise caution when using exfoliating products with an abrasive surface to avoid irritating the skin.