• Irene Arefeva

How to prevent acne and scars. Seven essential skin care tips.

When we are young, the least we care about is how our skin will look and feel when we get older. I remember the time when taking care of my skin wasn’t important because there were different priorities: makeup, selfies, friends, parties, surviving the school, exams and earning your independence.

Skin care negligence can lead to serious issues as acne and premature aging in the form of enlarged pores, wrinkles, sagging, to name a few. 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 to save thousand of dollars on anti-acne, anti-scar, and anti-pigmentation treatments later in life by following 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 requires years of commitment to correct the damage done in teenage years. Multiple Laser Treatments, chemicals peels, and much more.

I can promise that if you wash your face two times a day with the proper cleanser, wear SPF and use the moisturizer selected for you and not for your friend, your skin and you will not regret that.

So why washing your face is so important?

Will start with a description for a pimple, so what is it?

According to a 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 15M skin cell. Those dead cells are great food for bed mites and another 20M fungi and bacteria. EWW.. And how often do you change your bedding sheets? Two - four times a month? Now multiply it by days you sleep on the same bedding sheets.. wow I got 105M.

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, and can become a very spacious home for any microorganisms, millions of them. Can you imagine what happens with your skin? It just doesn’t accept anything foreign and 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, which will create a perfect protective barrier and smooth skin not needing foundations! This procedure is 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 thought 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 next day you decide that you do not have time to wash the 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 you 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 skin breath freely and not waste its resources on cells, that simply need to go. Use gentle exfoliator at least ones 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 have asked a lot “can we skip the toner?”.. well you can.. but then you will never win the war. What does toner do? Firstly It does remove those little oily drops and make up that wasn’t remove by cleanser and get stuck in your pores causing developing pimples, secondly it balance your PH which means that it keeps your skin from becoming too oily or too dry. Toner benefits your skin so use it.

Rule#4 – Moisturize. Very important step as dehydration is one of the causes for the acne appearance in the first place! 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! Not only it’ll keep your skin protected against those dreadful free radicals causing all sorts of havoc in our bodies, but it’ll keep breakouts away, 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, in the car on the way from a party, 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 as your nails, fingers or extraction tools. Skin has to be properly prepared before deep cleaning can be performed! Nowadays we have more advanced way of removing those irritating blackheads! It is 21st century after all, not medieval times!

Rule#7 – just simple esthetics. Do not share make up, try your best to wash hands before touching your face, and wash those makeup brushes! That simple.

Last word of wisdom, try eating well, talk to nutritionist, see you doctor for hormone balance consultation and try to reduce stress level. It is your body, that you have so much exciting life with ahead of you!

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