It's already a nuisance when you're dealing with a certain skin condition, such as acne, one of the most common skin issues- especially for adolescence. But tack on yet another skin problem coupled with the existing one, it's a double whammy. Women (and men) who are over 40 and are still getting breakouts, are also already dealing with signs of aging- from minor to advanced such as fine lines, crow's feet and deep wrinkles, to name a few.
1. Choose Skin Care Products that Contains Salicylic Acid
Salicylic Acid (S.A.) is a beta hydroxy acid that combats both oily and acne-prone skin due to it's anti-inflammatory and bacteria-thwarting properties. It surely is a superstar ingredient when it comes to fighting acne. If you have dry skin, the only downside to S.A. is that it can even further dry out the skin (although it does has some anti-aging benefits). Therefore, what you can do instead of using a full regimen with S.A. is to spot treat blemishes with a spot treatment that has S.A. in it.
2. Hydrate Your Skin Without Compromising Breakouts
Many people who struggle with acne tend to shy away from moisturizers, believing that a face cream or lotion will only make them break out even more. We're here to tell you that is a myth. All skin types--regardless of your condition--needs moisture. Don't confuse moisture with oil. You need to moisturize and hydrate your skin, but it doesn't mean pore-clogging oil has to be involved. Choose a moisturizer that isoil-free and non-comedogenic to prevent compromising breakouts. If you don't hydrate your skin, you will only exacerbate existing wrinkles, and provoke new ones from developing. A hydrated skin yields a youthful looking complexion. You may also want to invest in a high-quality serum that contains pure Hyaluronic Acid- a humectant that will help attract and retain moisture in the skin.
3. Go for the Red & Blue
Skip the spa or derm appointment and invest in a both a red light therapy and blue light therapy device. Red light therapy helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging. It encourages collagen production and improves the skin's elasticity. On the days you're not using red light therapy, you can battle breakouts with blue light therapy. It will help kill acne-causing bacteria and will also help reduce or eliminate acne, including inflamed or aggressive acne.
4. Exfoliate Professionally
If you suffer from comedones (whiteheads and blackheads), but are not struggling with pimples or inflamed blemishes, treat yourself to an at-home microdermabrasion system. It will polish your skin, offering superior exfoliation that is up to par with a treatment at the spa or derm's office. Microdermbrasion keeps the skin looking smooth and congested-free. Moreover, it will encourage cellular turnover, lending a younger-looking complexion, and slowing down the formation of wrinkles.
With these skin care secrets, you can keep both acne and wrinkles at bay.