For most women, clear, blemish-free skin is the Holy Grail of their beauty routine. Unfortunately, getting rid of pesky clogged pores and blackheads can be a long, hard battle. The key to winning the face fight is persistence. It’s better to use gentle, acne-controlling products every day than it is to attack your skin with harsh zit zappers when it starts to act up. Here’s how to keep your skin in check.
It seems like the simplest concept, but many women still don’t wash their faces regularly. Throughout the day your skin absorbs all kinds of dirt and bacteria. “These toxins sit on the skin and create irritation and clogged pores,” says dermatologist and founder of MD Skincare Dr. Dennis Gross. Use a mild exfoliating facial cleanser every evening to wash off the day’s grime and prevent blockage from occurring. Try MD Skincare All-in-One Facial Cleanser with Toner. Also, avoid the urge to scrub your skin raw to get rid of the bumps. “Over scrubbing will cause your skin to produce MORE oils,” says Dr. Gross.
Finish up your gentle routine by dabbing a treatment cream that contains witch hazel, sulfur or tea tree oil on problem areas. These natural extracts tend to be both effective AND gentle on your skin. We like: Eve Lom Dynaspot.