I’ve seen my fair share of sad faces when it comes to pimples, whether it’s an unexpected breakout before a big dance or persistent, cyclical flare-ups that plague many of us well beyond our teen years (not fair!). So when I read about a recent study which found acne sufferers to be at higher risk for depression, I wasn’t surprised in the least.
If you struggle with acne, take comfort knowing you are in the best of company, alongside celebrities and countless others. The most important thing to remember is that you don’t need to suffer! Nowadays, we have more options than ever before for halting breakouts. Here’s a list of 5 research-based, totally proven things you can do to improve your complexion without a lot of work.
Non-comedogenic is your new best friend.
You’re different. You can’t wear every perfumed lotion or foundation in the Sephora sampler section. Your skin just won’t have it. To reduce your risk for the breakout blues, only use products on your skin that clearly state the words “non-comedogenic,” meaning it won’t cause comedones, or breakouts. This tip alone dramatically narrows the pool of cosmetics you can potentially purchase, saving you money while sparing you stressful breakouts.
Wash, but don’t over-scrub!
Acne isn’t caused by “dirty” skin, so scrubbing your dermis and overzealously exfoliating won’t decrease your breakouts or speed healing. However, over-scrubbing will irritate your skin, causing inflammation and redness—and who needs that on top of blemishes? Gently wash your skin before bed with an oil-free, non-comedogenic cleanser. To find a product you love, schedule a consultation with our skin care experts to learn about our extensive range of cleansers and products by leaders in the skin care industry, including Alastin Skincare®, SkinMedica®, and Image Skincare.
Embrace the All-Star “A.”
The best skin-renewing ingredient on the planet is the powerhouse vitamin A. This clinically-proven ingredient is the basis for retinoids (Retin A®), which speed cellular turnover to thicken skin, boost collagen, and reduce breakouts. With long-term use, retinoids can help reveal smoother, brighter, younger-looking skin. Shop our selection of vitamin A-based products and find out which one is best for you by scheduling a consult today.
See the light!
Have you considered scheduling a professional treatment like Forever Clear BBL™? Forever Clear is a light therapy that penetrates deep within to reduce bacteria, oil production, inflammation, and redness. Forever Clear has the added benefit of triggering new collagen growth to minimize acne scars and reveal a luminous glow.
Discover the HydraFacial®.
Another show-stopping complexion perfector is the HydraFacial, a multi-step skin revitalizer that exfoliates dead skin cells, extracts impurities, and infuses skin with nutrients for dramatic improvements, including diminished blemishes, redness, uneven pigmentation, and more.