How to prevent acne and scars. Seven essential skin care tips.
Updated: Oct 27, 2020
When we are young, the last thing we care about is how our skin will look and feel when we get older. I remember a time when taking care of my skin wasn’t important because I had different priorities: makeup, selfies, friends, parties, surviving school, exams, and earning my independence.
Skin care negligence can lead to serious issues such as acne and premature aging in the form of enlarged pores, wrinkles, or sagging. Too many times I hear from my wise clients saying with a heavy sigh: “If only I started looking after my skin in my teens!”
I want to help you save thousands of dollars on anti-acne, anti-scar, and anti-pigmentation treatments later in life by starting you on a very simple routine.
You could use the money to buy something more exciting, like a trip to Europe! I am not exaggerating; skin treatments can be quite expensive and painful, and they require years of commitment to correct the damage done in teenage years. By following these tips, you can avoid needing multiple laser treatments, chemicals peels, and much more later in life.
I can promise that if you wash your face two times a day with the proper cleanser, wear sunscreen with proper SPF and use the moisturizer selected for you and not for your friend, your skin will thank you.
So why is washing your face so important?
We will start with a description of a pimple.
According to Wikipedia, a pimple is a kind of comedone (clogged and infected pore) that results from excess sebum, bacteria, and dead skin cells trapped in the pores of the skin. If not taken care of, it may evolve into a pustule or a papule.
Dead skin and bacteria. Every day your skin loses 15 million skin cells. Those dead skin cells are great food for bed mites and another 20 million fungi and bacteria living in your bedding. EWW.. And how often do you change your sheets? Two - four times a month? Now multiply it by days you sleep on the same bedding sheets.. I got 105 million!
Here are some numbers for you - https://www.businessinsider.com/bed-how-often-should-wash-sheets-dust-mites-fungi-bacteria-2019-5
Your pores are the skin’s breathing mechanism. The size of a pore is much larger than any bacteria. Pores can become a very spacious home for any microorganisms, and millions of them. Can you imagine what happens with your skin? It doesn’t accept anything foreign in the pores so it starts to break out. Properly washing your face in the morning will help remove dead cells and any unwanted organisms, as well as ensure the flow of sebum. This will create a perfect protective barrier and smooth, beautiful skin that has no need for foundations! This procedure is very easy, but critical.
What about going to bed with make up? What?!? Yes! I know! Are you as shocked as I am every time I triple wash my clients just to get to their skin through the layers of foundations, powders, make-up, sealants, and some things I cannot even recognize…Low quality cosmetics as well as wearing the same make up for more than 8 hours is not a good idea if you want to have perfect skin in your 30s. Imagine, if you apply foundation today and do not wash your face before you go to bed. Pillow bacteria find their new home in your pores and then the next day you decide that you do not have time to wash your face and put another layer of foundation!! C’mon… that is a sure way to get break outs or allergies.
Scared yet? Don’t be, all you need is to follow a few simple rules:
Rule #1 – Cleanse your face two times a day. We don't need bacteria settlements there. For cleaning products, choose the cleanser matching your skin type. Don’t know your skin type? Ask an aesthetician! That’s right, we are here specifically to answer those tricky questions.
Rule #2 – Exfoliate. Dead cells must be removed so that your skin can breathe freely and not waste its resources on cells that simply need to go. Use a gentle exfoliator at least once a week. Make sure you do it properly too, as there is a trick to youth maintaining exfoliation (wink, wink).
Rule #3 – Use toner. We are often asked “can we skip the toner?”.. Well you can, but then you will never win the war. So what does toner do? Firstly it removes those little oily drops and bits of makeup that weren't removed by cleanser so that they don’t get stuck in your pores causing pimples. Secondly, it balances your PH, which means that it keeps your skin from becoming too oily or too dry. Toner benefits your skin so we recommend that you use it.
Rule #4 – Moisturize. This is a very important step as dehydration is one of the main causes for acne in the first place, especially in dry cities such as Calgary! I know, the choices are overwhelming, but do the research, ask specialists…this is your face after all, it deserves your time!
Rule #5 – SPF. Want to know the secret? No SPF = NO healthy youthful skin! Yes, that’s right, it’s that serious! Most importantly, it will keep your skin protected against dreadful free radicals causing all sorts of havoc in our bodies. Using good sunscreen with proper SPF will also keep breakouts away and prevent wrinkles, dark spots, and many other issues that we do not think about just yet, but face with regret later in life.
Rule #6 – Did you get a pimple? Don’t extract it, especially in the school bathroom or in the car on the way to a party! Don’t try to extract it at home without even cleansing your skin or washing your hands…Yep, I’ve heard it all. Unsafe extractions leave ugly scars! If you have very problematic skin, see your cosmetologist. Do not trust old technologies such as your nails, fingers or extraction tools. Skin has to be properly prepared before deep cleaning can be performed! Nowadays we have a more advanced way of removing those irritating blackheads! It is the 21st century after all, not medieval times!
Rule#7 – Just simple esthetics. Do not share makeup, try your best to wash hands before touching your face, and wash those makeup brushes! Keeping healthy skin is that simple.
Last word of wisdom, try eating well, and if you need assistance with a plan that works for you, try talking to a nutritionist. See your doctor for hormone balance consultation and try to reduce stress level. It is your body, and you have such an exciting life ahead of you!
We want you to be confident and happy with your look!
Your Skin Coach