Super solutions for a super clear skin
Acne (acne vulgaris, common acne) is a disease of the hair follicles of the face, chest, and back that affects almost all males and females during puberty; the only exception being teenage members of a few primitive isolated tribes living in Neolithic societies! It is not caused by bacteria, although bacteria play a role in its development. It is not unusual for some women to develop acne in their mid- to late-20s.
Whether you are plagued with that occasional zit or suffer a full blown, over-the-top outbreak, studies have shown that combination therapy works better in the long term for solving your acne woes. This means that you should be using more than one of the below suggestions to keep your skin clear and blemish-free.
Quick Fix: For those who cannot think beyond that dinner date tomorrow, then quick fixes are certainly for you.
Pimple cream; Certain pimple remedies will dry up the zit in no time, so dab a little gently on the affected area, wait and pray. However, a word of caution, the downside of some pimple creams is that they can also dry up skin so never over –apply pimple meds to face, or you will run the risk of redness, peeling and irritation.
Home Fix: Witch hazel is a cheap astringent that can be found in many homes. Dab a little witch hazel on your pimples to dry up the lesions. Other home remedies include apple cider vinegar, and salt water. Dab a cotton bud in to the vinegar or a bowl of salt water, and then apply liquid to your pimples. Some have found they help reduce redness and inflammation though some patience is needed.
Clinic Fix: If you want a quick fix, try prescription oral medications from your doctor. They can come in the form of oral antibiotics, oral contraceptive pills or even Accutane. Do speak with your doctor about dosages and side effects so you can make the right decision. Other in-clinic options involve using lasers and lights to fight combat acneic skins, and they may provide some relief for blemish, troubled complexions without the side effects of oral medications.
Try: BBL Forever Clear for its anti-acne and skin clearing effect. Its no downtime acne-clearing and future spot prevention prowess makes it a firm favourite amongst the acne prone.
Life fix: There is no such thing as an unhealthy lifestyle yet a sparkling clear skin. Your skin will reflect your lifestyle and habits whether you like it or not, so if you covet flawless skins, start with a healthy diet and lifestyle. Quit smoking and protect your skin from the sun, cleanse your skin twice a day and always remove all traces of makeup before you retire for the night.
Try: If you want to give your skin an added boost, try taking some vitamin supplements, in particular Vitamin B, C and omega-3 fish oil.
Makeup fix: It’s possible to wear a full face of makeup without it looking overdone or garish. When you’re broken out, you’ll want to do two things: conceal and detract. Firstly, create a clean surface by priming your skin and applying a full-coverage foundation. Use a fine-tipped concealer brush to touch up where your breakout is worst, and then set it in place with translucent powder and a large fluffy brush. The second step is to create a point for roaming eyes to fixate upon, like a prominent lip or exaggerated eyeliner. Our personal preference is sweeping a bright pop of colour on your lips, like the bright pink.
Try: M.A.C Cosmetics Pro Longwear Lipcreme’s “Love Forever” ($24, maccosmetics.com), so eyes divert there instead of your less-than-flawless skin.