Welcome back for another beauty tip with our Director of Beauty, Joseph Allaire. With the summer heat in full force, it is common to see a change in your skin. A few coworkers have come to me asking for help with excessive oil production and breakouts — two of the most prominent issues. Although it’s discouraging to see, there are steps you can take to decrease these problems and regain a healthy glow.
Over production of sebaceous oil in the skin is often times the culprit of breakouts as it clogs pores and traps dirt and pollutants. This is why it is extremely important to wash your face twice per day. Use a cleanser that contains salicylic acid to help clear up existing acne and prevent new breakouts. Also, exfoliating up to three times per week will keep the surface layer of the skin free of dead cells.
After cleansing, a toner can help tighten pores and keep oil at bay. Apply all over the face and jawline with a cotton ball and let it absorb into the skin. Finish the regimen with a non-occlusive and non-comedogenic moisturizer to nourish the skin and replenish nutrients. Note: Be sure to use one that contains water or aloe as the first ingredient and is silicone free. To remove any oil that accumulates throughout the day, blot rather than wipe the face with a tissue or soft cloth as it will spread the oil, sweat and pollutants on the skin.
As far as treating existing pimples, being delicate is the key. Blackheads, which are pores clogged with bacteria, oil and dirt, should be gently removed. Whiteheads, however, should be left alone unless they are opening on the skin’s surface. Attempting to expel them prematurely can result in scarring and/or forcing the infection deeper into the skin. After removal, use an antiseptic such as hydrogen peroxide to kill any infection and finish with an astringent, like witch hazel, to help close the pores.
Summer should be an enjoyable time of year, so try not to let skin issues get you down. With a simple routine, you can help manage troublesome skin and spend more time having fun in the sun … with sunscreen, of course!