Acne Skin Care for a Blemish Free Prom
- Keep your face clean. Whether or not you have acne, it’s important to wash your face twice daily to remove impurities, dead skin cells, and extra oil from your skin’s surface. Washing more often than twice daily is not necessarily better; it may do more harm than good. Use warm, not hot, water and a mild facial cleanser. Using a harsh soap (like deodorant body soap) can hurt the already inflamed skin and cause more irritation. Get clear for prom with the Nurse Jamie Clear 1 Acne Cleansing Bar in a Jar. Avoid scrubbing your skin harshly with a washcloth, an exfoliating glove, or loofah . Gently wash it with the Nurse Jamie Exfoliband Silicone Loofah, a very soft cloth or your hands. Always rinse well, and then dry your face with a clean towel. Dirty towels can spread bacteria- to help reduce the spread of bacteria, use the washcloth once & toss it into the dirty laundry.
- Moisturize. Many acne products contain ingredients that dry the skin, so always use a moisturizer that minimizes dryness and skin peeling. Look for “noncomedogenic” on the label, which means it should not cause acne. There are moisturizers made for oily, dry, or combination skin. Try the Nurse Jamie Clear 2 Acne Clarifying Moisturizer for
- Keep your hands off your face. Avoid touching your face or propping your cheek or chin on your hands. Not only can you spread bacteria, you can also irritate inflamed facial skin. Never, EVER pick or pop pimples with your fingers, as it may cause infection & scarring.
- Stay out of the sun. The sun’s ultraviolet rays can increase inflammation and redness, and may cause post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Limit your time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. & 2 p.m., and wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, and a broad-brimmed hat. Whether you have pimples or not, always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher at least 20 minutes before sun exposure. Look for “noncomedogenic” on the sunscreen label to make new pimples less likely.
- Feed your skin. It makes sense to avoid greasy food and junk food and add more fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains to your diet. Dairy products and foods high in processed sugar may trigger acne. Avoid these.
- Exercise daily. Regular exercise is good for your whole body, including your skin. When you exercise, avoid wearing clothing or using exercise equipment that rubs your skin and may cause irritation. Shower or bathe right after exercise.
- Relax! Some studies link stress with the severity of acne. Ask yourself what’s making you feel stressed. Then take a deep breath & look for solutions. When in doubt, check with your specialist to see if you need more treatment to prevent or stop acne.