I hope you all had a lovely weekend! I am currently relaxing in the beautiful Calistoga! But of course, I have some cool stuff to share with you all.
On Thursday, I answered Nina’s question about stress-related acne, but over the weekend, I had the pleasure of chatting with Santa Cruz-based esthetician, Rachel Pinkerton. (If you want a great facial in the bay area, book an appointment with her at Simply Skin.) Rachel is guest-blogging today, and here are the awesome anti-acne tips she shared with me:
photo courtesy of yunguyen666
1. Drink lots and lots of water.
2. Don’t pick, don’t touch!!! It will spread bacteria and make your skin worse!
3. Double cleanse your skin… first to remove makeup and anything else that has settled onto your skin throughout the day or night, then to actually cleanse the skin itself.
4. Gently exfoliate 2-3 times per week— but don’t be too agressive. (And always use a clean towel to pat your face dry so you don’t spread bacteria!!)
5. Invest in a spot treatment. This is especially important if you’re having a stress-related breakout. Often times, people with stress breakouts dont have classically acneic skin so they don’t necessarily want to use a whole “acne system” because it may not be suited for the rest of their skin. Products with salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or even tea tree oil are good for zapping problem areas.
6. Don’t be scared to use a moisturizer if you normally do. It’s all about balance— you want to tackle the area thats breaking out while still going about your normal routine with the rest of your skin. Use the spot treatment under your moisturizer so that it can do its job most effectively.
7. You should always be using an SPF, but this is especially important if you start to use products with the active ingredients mentioned above. They will make your skin extra sensitive to the sun and without SPF that can lead to hyper-pigmentation (dark spots) and scarring. SkinCeuticals has great sunscreens and a wonderful spot treatment called blemish control gel! Check them out at SkinCeuticals.com.
Thanks, Rachel, for your awesome advice!
What is your daily skin routine? Have you used any of these tips? Do you use SPF on your face everyday?