Pimples: Facts & Myths

Treating Acne and Blemishes

What to do when blemishes launch an all out attack on your complexion (and confidence)? First, remain calm and keep your chin up. This is your skin’s way of telling you that something needs to change. With the right regimen, plus a few key lifestyle changes, you can get back in the clear./p>

Diet, Stress, and Acne

New research has revealed that there may be a link between acne and food. Some people are sensitive to dairy, particularly from hormone-fed animals, which can cause outbreaks. Also, sugary treats can be a culprit, triggering inflammation and pimples. On the other hand, certain foods may stave off acne and reduce inflammation: fruits, veggies, nuts; omega-rich fish, cocoa powder, and whole grains, to name a few. Studies also show that when you get stressed, hormone levels rise, which in turn can upset the balance of your skin. So remember to keep your cool!

Blemish-Banishing Routine

To keep blemishes at bay, opt for an acne-fighting cleanser like Go 360° Clean Anti-Breakout Facial Cleanser. Formulated with salicylic acid, it exfoliates skin to help pores stay clear. Also, remember that even people with oily skin should use a moisturizer every day. Just be sure to choose products that are oil-free and non-comedogenic (meaning they won’t clog pores or cause acne breakouts) like Ideal Moisture Sensitive Skin Day Lotion. If you’re extra oily, it might help to apply moisturizer only on dry areas.

Hands Off

Ok, you knew this talk was coming. Although it’s tempting, one of the worst things you can do is pick or squeeze pimples. Popping can lead to scarring and spread bacteria to healthy neighboring pores. Instead, ice the blemish to discourage any swelling of the area and add just a bit of anti-acne medicine if desired. Then apply a non-comedogenic formula like Youth Code BB Cream— an all in one product that helps to reduce imperfections and give skin an instant flawless look - and you’re ready to face the world again!

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