These 6 Skin Care Tips
Will Clear Your Acne
Every pimple popper knows the catch: swelling, bruising, scarring — you name it. Unfortunately, this beauty hazard doesn’t always stop you in the heat of a purging frenzy. If you struggle with acne, you’ve probably learned (the hard way) that you cannot force away a pimple. You can, however, speed up its lifespan by using the right products and tricks. We gathered advice from the leading dermatologists of 90210 who cater to the spotless skin of Hollywood’s A-listers.
1. Don’t poke your enemy
Never battle with your skin — you won’t win. Sure you might extract some goop, but you’re actually causing more trauma by creating micro tears in your skin, which worsens the inflammation, according to Healthline.
Take this analogy, for instance: Pimples are like icebergs. You can only see the white tip, but deep down below, their size could be enormous. So if you underestimate the depth and try popping the spot, you could be pushing the impurities (dead skin cells, oil and bacteria) further into your pore, which deepens the infection.
To dry out a pimple safely, Dr.Thiago Friere, celebrity dermatologist in Beverly Hills, recommends the EMK spot treatment. Unlike most standard spot treatments that rely mostly on Salicylic Acid, this innovative cure also contains Active Sulfur to buff away dead skin as well as Camphor, an exotic tree extract that speeds up healing.
2. Keep it simple
Layering too many products is faux pas for acne-prone skin. “While it depends on what you're using, too many products (and active ingredients) have the potential to counteract each other or irritate skin. Other times, they may not absorb properly, causing clogged pores or breakouts”, reveals Shape magazine.
Just ask Jennifer Lopez who keeps her routine super simple. “We do a standard facial,” says Celebrity Aesthetician Louise Deschamps who treats the star. “What I can tell you about Jennifer Lopez is that... what we do on her, we do the same thing as everybody else. She does not do a million things to her face."
And JLo isn’t the only star who follows this rulebook...
3. Use Anti Bacterial Cleanser
The same rules apply to Victoria Beckham who follows a basic skin care routine under the guidance of L.A.-based dermatologist Dr.Harold Lancer.
As Victoria explains in her personal blog, “I keep it quite simple with a really good polish, then an exfoliating cleanser, then I use a really beautiful moisturiser.” For breakouts and everyday maintenance, her dermatologist recommends treating acne-prone skin with the Aurora Cleanser to achieve a smoother, brighter complexion. It’s made with Spearmint to combat bacteria, Hyaluronic Acid for a plumping effect and Bio Placenta for deep-level repair.
4. Don’t Forget Your Toner
When people get too caught up in the fancy, high-tech treatments and trends, they neglect the most sacred skin hack of all: a clean face. While this advice may sound obvious, you’d be surprised how much leftover grime, oil and makeup stays on your face, even after cleansing.
According to Beverly Hills-based Dermatologist Dr. Stuart Kaplan, “Without proper cleansing and toning, you’re leaving layers and layers of dead skin cells and buildup on the surface of the skin.” That’s why using a cleanser alone is not enough to clear acne— you also need a toner. “A good-quality toner should remove any residual impurities on the skin while balancing the skin's natural pH”, says Dr.Kaplan.
The Bloom Toner by EMK works to tighten and purify skin, leaving behind a smooth, poreless look.
5. Buff and Polish
Follow this motto: exfoliate everyday to keep the pimples away. Easy to remember, right? Just be careful to avoid exfoliating too aggressively. Since our facial skin is quite delicate, anything too abrasive can cause redness and irritation. So keep it mild.
Deschamps always tells her clients to exfoliate lightly every day to keep pores clean and tight. “People will ask ‘I can exfoliate every day’? They can’t understand that. This is the hardest message to get through to them. You want to polish every day to remove the dead skin without being too aggressive or too invasive,” says Deschamps.
For acute breakouts, you can also fortify your skin with a detox treatment like the Alpha Mask to achieve a smooth and radiant complexion. It's made with Sea Buckthorn, Algae and Cocoa Bean to detoxify and exfoliate dead skin layers for beautiful luminosity.
6. Eat Clean
Clear skin starts on the inside. How’s your daily veggie quota? As Jennifer Lopez tells Women’s Health, “I think drinking lots of water and fresh foods with lots of fruits and vegetables—I keep [them] with me at all times—all play into the quality of skin's appearance."
The star makes a green drink every day to keep her skin radiant with vitamins and antioxidants. No wonder why kale smoothies have practically become L.A.’s national food— it’s a quick way to stay healthy on the go.
Victoria Beckham also takes a nutrient-focused approach to her problematic skin. She even gets treated at the same clinic as JLo. As she explains in her personal blog, "I've known [Doctor Lancer] for years — he sorted my skin out. He said to me, 'You have to eat salmon every single day.' I said, 'Really, every day?' And he said, 'Yes; breakfast, lunch or dinner, you have to eat it every single day.’” The reason? Salmon is high in Omega-3 fatty acids which reduce inflammation and keep skin moisturized, reveals The Telegraph.
Bottom line, nobody is immune to breakouts— not even our favorite celebs. By having a healthier diet and lifestyle, along with a vitamin-rich skincare routine, your acne will stop making appearances. Good riddance.