Humidity and Acne

Warmer days are making a welcome return this time of year, but along with the added sunshine also comes an increase in the air’s humidity. Not only do the more humid conditions leave some feeling sluggish and sticky, but they also have the tendency to stimulate your skin’s oil production, and cause clogged pores and acne breakouts. Year-round you may find yourself in consistently humid situations, like working in a hot kitchen or breaking a sweat at the gym. You can prevent humidity related breakouts by making a few adjustments to your everyday skincare routine. View image | gettyimages.com Wash your skin after you perspire. Avoid touching your skin with your fingers and wiping your face with your hands. Using your hands to wipe away sweat spreads oil and bacteria. Try blotting your skin with a clean tissue. You can also use an oil-absorbing, skin-blotting cosmetic paper, often sold in cosmetic stores. Use oil-free lotion and skin care products that won’t clog your pores and create acne. Stash a package of oil free cleanser wipes in your purse, desk, or gym bag, for easy cleansing on the go. Keep your hair away from your face with headbands and secure hair elastics. Sticky and sweaty hair spreads germs and oil. Always change out of your gym clothing or sweaty work clothes within 30 minutes after your workout or job. Your clothing can trap bacteria and oil that you don’t want sitting on your skin! Avoid wearing heavy makeup or creams while working out or if you know that you will be in a humid situation. It may sound counter intuitive,...

Tips to Cope with Stress

Everyday stress is a common fact of life, but the way we handle stress makes all the difference in daily well being. The side effects of stress are harmful and taxing on our bodies, and include, but are not limited to headaches, stomach pain, sleeping problems, illness, and depression. Some may develop rashes, or acne; and stress may even be responsible for sudden weight gain. With all these side effects, managing or reducing stress should be everyone’s top priority. Here are some tips for reducing your stress and finding tranquility. View image | gettyimages.com Writing in a Journal Try to work through your stress by writing down what is hanging over your head. Writing down your thoughts provides an opportunity to explore and possibly determine the root cause of your stress. By exploring your emotions through writing you may discover a solution to anxiety and alleviate your stress. Create a To Do List Stress may come from a place of feeling overwhelmed. Create a to do list and prioritize tasks, this will help you visualize what needs to be done. A list provides the ability to cross tasks off as they are finished- leaving you with a sense of positive accomplishment. Meditating Find a quiet place to sit alone. You may want to close your eyes. Try to be as still as possible and pay close attention to your breath. Breathe in slowly through your nose, let your chest and lower belly rise and your abdomen expand. Focusing on your breath will take attention away from any negative thoughts and help you move away from stress. Exercising Breaking a...

Tips to Avoid Acne

According to research from Brown University, approximately 17 million in the U.S. have acne. With a number that high, it may seem impossible that anyone is able to avoid acne. Hey, I guess they say it happens to the best of us, right? We’ve put together some helpful tips that may help you avoid being another statistic. View image | gettyimages.com Cleanse. It doesn’t matter if you have acne or not- everyone needs to wash their face. Your face may not even seem dirty, but over the course of the day oil, dirt, and bacteria build up. Start every morning with a fresh face and don’t go to bed before taking everything off. Use a mild cleanser, warm water, and a fresh clean towel- using an old towel will spread bacteria. Overwashing may be harmful, so try to keep your routine to twice a day, or after activities like going to gym or cooking in a hot kitchen. Moisturize. “Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!” Some people think moisturized skin will lead to acne- but that is not the case. Keeping your skin well moisturized maintains oil balance and prevents breakouts. Look for an oil free or “noncomedogenic” (which means, unlikely to cause acne) moisturizer. Prevent. Only you can prevent breakouts! Look for products that contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or lactic acid, which curb bacteria and dry excessive oil from skin. Start with a small amount at first. Use these products with caution if you have sensitive skin. Makeup. Cake is for eating- it is not a makeup technique. Avoid caking the makeup over a breakout- this may worsen...

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