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Say Goodbye to Acne!

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Before I do anyone’s makeup, I always discuss with them their wants and concerns.  Some people will tell me that they want red lipstick.  Others will request a smokey eye look.  Then, there are common concerns such as aging, pigmentation, and puffiness.

Yesterday, my clients biggest concern was her minor breakouts. Acne can plague girls and women at any age.  In fact, I was once troubled by it when I turned 25.  Perhaps my hormones changed.  Or maybe I tried out too many products and my skin freaked out on me.  I’m still not sure what caused it.  All I know is that I tried every skincare remedy available and visited three dermatologists in hopes of finding a remedy.  After all, I didn’t want to be the makeup artist with terrible skin. (it truly wasn’t that terrible, i just thought it was.)
Breakouts can happen for several reasons – hormonal, stress, skin changes, environmental changes, etc.  Although I am not a dermatologists, I have learned a few things that I think many might find useful.
1 – Moisturize When and Where You Need It

The first thing you can do to calm your breakouts is to apply the right amount of moisturizer.  Keep in mind that every skincare company wants to sell you a moisturizer.  I am a firm believer that might not need it if your skin is oily or acne prone.  If your skin feels dry, it is best to apply the moisturizer only where needed.  There may be areas of your skin that do not need moisture – especially throughout your t-zone.
Avoiding moisturizer will NOT cause premature aging.  In fact, people who are oily are known to age slower. If you are worried about aging, apply an anti-aging cream
***Always remember that you still need to apply an eye cream.  
***My favorite way to moisturize is with makeup.  This minimizes the amount of product on your skin – a common cause of acne. I use a tinted moisturizer or CC cream.  Try stila’s new CC creams.  They are amazing and feel like you have nothing on your skin.  They give my skin just enough moisture in the winter.  During the summer, I sometimes add an additional layer of moisturizer in certain areas underneath.
2 – Use a Gentle Cleanser

If your skin is prone to acne, then you need a gentle cleanser.  I recommend Cetaphil’s Gentle Skin Cleanser.  I actually buy the Target or Walmart brand when I’m at the grocery store.  It feels just the same and is less expensive. However, if you are a product snob, then you should try Fresh’s Soy Face Cleanser.  
These cleansers are not the best at removing makeup.  I like to use makeup wipes before so that my face is rid of makeup.  Then, I can cleanse properly.  
***Avoid exfoliators when you have acne.  I feel like these products just spread the bacteria around your face and make acne worse.  
3 – Spot Treat

A spot treatment can work wonders on an impending breakout.  Clean and Clear makes an inexpensive one that works wonders.  I stumbled on this when I traveled to NY for fashion week and my skin went crazy due to weather changes.  However, I now rely on my favorite prescription skincare product called “Finacea.”  If you have insurance, this cream does wonders.  It’s gentle and helps take the red bumps away in no time.  Plus, the tub is 10 times the size of the over the counter spot treatment.  It lasts me a full year.
4 – Use the Right Ingredients

Finally, make sure to use the right ingredients.  I find that anything with benzoil peroxide is too harsh on the skin – unless you have severe acne.  It can dry out the skin and even cause minor burns.  Salicylic acid is a much better ingredient to look for in acne products.  It’s gentler and just as effective.
Hopefully these tips help you say goodbye to your acne.  If you have questions about this, feel free to comment.  
Also, keep in mind that questions like these are what I can help you with at your low cost AZ makeup artist appointment or at a makeup artist class.  Contact me today at paintingyoupretty@gmail.com

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