By: Katie Sellinger (Esthetician at Basal Layer & Co)
Argh, those nasty breakouts!
You cleanse, you tone, you use masks, serums, and moisturizers………..and you still have breakouts. Of course, they usually show up at the most inconvenient times, like before a hot date, a big interview, your senior pictures or even prom! You know how to grin and bear it. You probably know how to cover it up.
We are going to decode what your breakouts are telling you, and where they appear on the face can be the key to stopping them for good.
~Where are you Breaking Out?
HAIRLINE – Beauty Product Buildup: Fully rinse hair and make up products, switch to natural products, be sure to double cleanse.
FOREHEAD – Unhealthy Eating & Stress: Eat less sugar and fewer processed foods, drink plenty of water, get 7-9 hours of sleep, control oil & shrink pores.
CHEEKS – Cell Phone & Pillowcase: Wipe down cell phone daily, Clean pillowcases every 2-3 days.
CHIN & JAW – Hormones: eat less sugar, eliminate dairy, add probiotics to your diet.
~When did your Breakouts show up?
MORNING – May have forgotten to wash your face that night, which is a must. May have eaten something for dinner that didn’t digest well. OR ate to close to bedtime.
AFTERNOON – Could be hormones if its getting close to your menstrual cycle. OR it could be the ingredients found in your make up or moisturizer, swap it out for a new/different one. Mineral oil, propylene glycol, dimethicone, and others can create a barrier that trap bacteria underneath.
EVENING – After a long day of work, exercising, etc. The first thing you should do when walking in the door is to wash your face and put on a fresh moisturizer. Your skin is subjected to pollution and contaminants throughout the day.
~What Kind are you?
BLACKHEADS/CLOGGED PORES – Tiny black dots, meaning your skin may be dry in that area. Indicating a congested liver, drink extra water and try liver-cleansing foods.
CYSTIC ACNE – Pimples that like to sit underneath the surface of the skin. Could be linked to hormonal issues including PMS, menopause, pre-menopause, childbirth, and breastfeeding. Consider getting more probiotics in your diet.
FREQUENT ACNE – Whiteheads and blackheads, their usually small but the key here is “frequent.” If this is what your acne looks like, try looking at your products. It’s likely to be related to some ingredients your skin doesn’t like.
OCCASIONAL – Acne that shows up out of the blue. Most likely this acne is stress related.
Look carefully at when and where you are breaking out to figure out how to help balance and get your skin under control. Consult with your esthetician for a proper skin analysis so we can help you decide what products, treatments, and modalities are best for you! If you listen, your breakouts will tell you what you need to know to stop them from coming back!