ACNE & BREAKOUTS

The cause of acne can range from hormonal outbreaks to clogged pores. To help minimize your breakouts it's generally important to watch your diet, drink plenty of water and visit a dermatologist if your breakouts are frequent, prolonged or if blemishes are larger or deeper than normal.
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Prevent acne and blemishes
One of the most common mistakes people make in trying to treat acne is vigorously and frequently cleansing the skin. It's important for the skin to stay hydrated, and stripping the skin of its sebum (natural oils) will cause the body to overcompensate and produce additional sebum, possibly resulting in skin that is even more irritated, dry or broken out.

Try using the Clarisonic Acne Clarifying Collection. This system is gentle enough to use twice daily to thoroughly remove dirt, oil and impurities. Plus, the soft bristles won't cause further aggravation.

Clarisonic Acne Clarifying Collection and Complimentary Acne Cleansing Brush Head, $169
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Treat
First of all, never pick. It may be tempting, but you could end up scarring your skin for much longer than the life of the breakout. The best time to spot treat a blemish is when you first feel it below the skin's surface.

Try a tool like the TANDA ZAP advanced acne clearing device. Its 414nm blue LED light kills the acne-causing bacteria while a warming effect opens up pores so that the light can reach more bacteria. Through sonic vibration, an increases in microcirculation helps reduce swelling, inflammation and redness. Lightly place the device over your blemish until the vibration stops (about 2 minutes). Repeat 2-3 times daily.

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When choosing a cleanser and moisturizer for oily or acne-prone skin, look for salicylic acid in the ingredients. A 2% concentration is the preferred percentage in a moisturizer or product designed to stay on the face. Some cleansers offer a higher percentage because they're washed off.

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It’s best to leave pimples alone when allowing them to heal. But if you have an important occasion for which you absolutely must hide a blemish, use a product that heals as it conceals, or try an insider trick to reduce redness.

Try the Judith August EraseZit The Everything Pencil Antiseptic Concealer & Corrector, which works as an antibacterial and antiseptic agent. The fine tip of The pencil can be sharpened to cover even the smallest spots, and it calms irritated skin to help blemishes heal.

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You can also try treating with Malin+Goetz Acne Treatment or the buzzworthy DERMAdoctor Ain’t Misbehavin’ Sulfur Acne Mask, both of which use sulfur as the active ingredient. Sulfur is an effective acne fighter because it exfoliates the skin by sloughing off dead skin cells and it can also kill acne-causing bacteria. Be advised, however that overuse of sulfur treatments can cause dry skin, so make sure to follow the directions.

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In a pinch you can reduce redness by dabbing a bit of Visine L.R. Long Lasting Redness Relief Eye Drops onto your blemish with a Q-tips cotton swab. This won’t address the cause of the pimple, but it will make the area appear less red.

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