It’s a Fact: Oil breeds bacteria and bacteria = Acne.
Now that the warmer weather is upon us, it’s normal that people will experience oilier skin. Since bacteria thrives in oil, it’s a common time of year for increased breakouts. What can be done?
Here are helpful skin care tips for reducing breakouts:
-Cleanse Skin More Frequently. Your skin should be able to tolerate cleansing up to three times a day, as long as you’re not using a harsh cleanser. Allure Magazine named Renée Rouleau AHA/BHA Cleansing Gel—Best Cleanser for Oily, Acne Prone Skin…
-Lighten Up Your Moisturizer. For those prone to breakouts, the goal is to have less oil on skin. Now is the time of year to lighten up and switch to an oil free lotion. Try Renée Rouleau Matte Moisture.
-Increase Your Exfoliation. In addition to keeping oil off of the skin, another effective way to lessen clogged pores and breakouts is to incorporate a gentle exfoliating acid into your routine. This will work to keep surface dead skin cells, oil and bacteria from getting trapped under the skin. See our collection of alcohol-free Glycolic Acid Serums.
-Use Products with the Ingredient—Salicylic Acid. It’s a keratolytic beta hydroxy acid (BHA) famous for its ability to smooth the skin without causing irritation, reduce acne-causing bacteria and oil to prevent blemishes, all while penetrating the pores to help clear out impurities (making it also excellent for preventing blackheads after a deep pore cleansing facial). Read more about Salicylic Acid for reducing blemishes.
Bottom line: By decreasing oil, increasing exfoliation, you should have fewer breakouts all through warmer weather.
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