They say prevention is better than cure and I second that when it comes to taking care of your skin. Last week I shared some simple tips you can incorporate into your daily life that while was targeted at having healthier skin, was also meant to keep your whole body healthy too.
Sometimes though, it’s more than just how we treat our bodies, more often than not, it could also be the hormones that keep “messing” up with our minds. I mean, how many of you out there who have had almost no breakouts during their teenage years, are suddenly spotting a breakout or two (or more) in their later years? Like, in their 30s and even 40s? It can be annoying but there are ways to prevent them from happening.
What causes breakouts? Besides hormones, it’s also what you eat. What you put in your body. According to dermatologist Professor George Varigos, what you consume does affect the way your body breaks down the food and in turn the oils that your skin produces. Your metabolic rate changes in response to the foods you eat, so consuming processed foods, sugary snacks and drinks can cause you produce more oil and cause acne.
Some tips to help curb these dreadful breakouts include:
I’ve shared my love for French skincare brand, La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Duo due to its amazing efficacy to not only get rid of pimples but also PREVENT them from happening. Now, they’ve got an even better formula with the ^Effaclar Duo PLUS (rrp$28.99) as it also prevents scarring and marks.
Other brands I have tried that also help treat and prevent these breakouts include Australian owned, *Qsilica’s Clear Spot Gel (rrp$17.95). Their formula includes ingredients like willow bark and natural salicylic acid that helps to prevent pores from clogging by slowing the shedding of cells inside hair follicles therefore preventing acnes. Other ingredients include Canadian Willowherb for its soothing properties, mineral silica to regenerate your skin, tea tree extracts for their antibacterial properties and aloe vera and cucumber extracts to help nurture and calm irritated skin.
Bioderma, another French skincare brand also has its own preventative product – the ^Sebium Global (rrp$27.99), which works the same way as the two I have mentioned.
So, how do you use these spot correctors as preventative measures? You apply them onto areas that you normally get breakouts, after you cleanse your skin. For example, I normally have breakouts on the areas around my chin and forehead, so I would apply the gel on those areas. Yes, even when there are NO breakouts. This will help to reduce clogging of the pores and purify the area before any breakouts happen. And if you do have one, it also lessens the time taken (and size!) to “kill” these awful pimples. These gels are either clear or comes in a cloudy, white gel. They all dry clear and you only need a teeny tiny bit for the areas you’re applying it to.
That’s it folks! Hopefully these tips would be helpful and if you do try out any of these gels I’ve mentioned, do let me know how it goes for you.
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