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Confidence Beyond the Skin-Combating Adult Acne…

pimple cream on faceAre you sick of battling acne on your face, chest or back? Some people fight acne their whole life and it can be so frustrating. There are many factors that contribute to acne: hormones, genetics, bacteria, inflammation, and maybe even diet. Some of these factors are things that are within our control, while others are totally out of our control. It is true that there are 100s of prescription products that are effective to combat acne, but before you make the trip to your dermatologist, there are a few things you can try at home.

If you find you are breaking out on your back, pay attention to your shampoo and conditioner habits. Do you allow shampoo andshampoo conditioner to wash down your back in the shower? Hair products are full of oils to keep your hair shiny and smooth, but those oils can clog pores and contribute to body acne. If you have long hair, be sure that you wash your hair off to the side and do not let the shampoo or conditioner run down your back or chest.

Have you been using an exfoliator to try to “unclog” pores? This is a common mistake that many people make. If you are using a harsh exfoliator, you can actually cause tiny scratches in your skin surface and spread bacteria and cause new breakouts. Daily mild exfoliators are okay for non acne prone skin, but save the aggressive ones for once a month and only when you are not breaking out.

There is a new acne medication that is available over the counter and uses the same ingredient that is used in many prescription products. It is made by one of my favorite over the counter brands, La Roche Posay. Try Effaclar DUO as a spot treatment for your next stubborn pimple.

The good news for those of us who are at the age where we have pimples and wrinkles at the same time is that oily skin will wrinkle less than dry skin! I like to remind myself of that when I have to apply an inch of cover up makeup to my next volcano eruption..:)

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