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As we say goodbye to the colder weather and rainy skies, it’s time to take stock of your current skin-care routine. If you’re still dealing with occasional acne breakouts or hiding the red marks from zits past, following these tips will lead to dramatically clearer skin—all before slip on those sandals and plan that summer vacation!
Your skin-care routine is only as effective as its weakest product, so know if what you’re using is good or not. Products that contain irritants (like essential oils, citrus extracts, menthol and denatured alcohol) can cause daily irritation that can extend the time it takes for skin to heal from past breakouts and make oily skin worse. Acne is an inflammatory condition—so anything you do to worsen the inflammation will only make your breakouts harder to treat.
If you have combination to oily skin, but are relying on rich creams, it’s time to ditch them in favor of lighter formulas. The emollients used to create texture in thick moisturizers often spell trouble for your skin type, exacerbating blemish-prone areas and clogging pores.
It’s not just skin-care you’ve got to watch out for—solid makeup products, like stick foundations, concealers and creamy blush, should be avoided. These usually rely on wax or wax-like ingredients to keep their shape and texture, which can do a number on clog-prone pores.
As much as possible, use only gel, light fluid lotion, or liquid skin care and makeup products. Be sure to check potential additions to your routine against our reviews on Beautypedia.com to ensure that your routine is right for your skin type.
Dealing with super-dry spots + oily areas? That’s a little trickier, and you should check out our article Extreme Combination Skin, for more advice.
The BHA ingredient to know is salicylic acid. Keeping a BHA exfoliant in your daily routine not only exfoliates the surface of the skin (to fade discolorations) but also penetrates oil to reach inside the pore, dissolving the clogs that lead to blackheads, white bumps, and breakouts. Once you get rid of the substances that are keeping your pores clogged and enlarged, you’ll see them return to their original appearance!
BHA is also a potent anti-inflammatory that reduces redness. Thus, in a single product, you reduce the likelihood of developing a breakout and you speed the fading of the post-acne marks you have now. Check out our list of Best BHA Exfoliants for our top picks.
Perhaps you’ve got your daily routine down, but results aren’t quite as impressive as you’d like them to be—those extra-stubborn discolorations, blackheads or breakouts may need a stronger approach.
Don’t get mad, get even (skin, that is) by incorporating one or two stronger targeted treatments that will supercharge to bring speedy results. Our top recommendations:
The critical factor for attaining smaller pores and seeing fewer breakouts is consistency and patience—following the research-based tips above will dramatically decrease the time it takes to have the skin you want (and the pores you don’t want to see). Start now and you’ll have clearer skin and smaller pores by summer!
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Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books on skin care and makeup. She is known worldwide as the Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula's Choice. Paula's expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international television including:
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