From A-list celebrities to high school students, acne does not discriminate! That’s why the most Googled beauty question of 2014 was ‘how to get rid of acne’. No worries, HollywoodLifers, we’ve got answers from celebrity dermatologists and an esthetician on how to solve the age-old problem of acne.
How To Get Rid Of Acne — Expert Tips On 2014’s Most Googled Beauty Question
There are many roads that lead to clear skin (everyone’s skin is different) but our skincare experts all agreed on the same basic principles.
Dr. Doris Day says to avoid troubled skin, “switch off cleansing daily with a benzoyl peroxide wash, for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory benefits, and a 2% salicylic wash to exfoliate.” She recommends ACZONE Gel (available as a prescription) as a topical treatment, which will help reduce inflammation in active lesions and prevent new ones.
Celebrity Esthetician Renée Rouleau says: “While blemishes are inevitable from time to time, using products with salicylic acid can reduce acne-causing bacteria and penetrate the pores to clear out impurities.” She recommends Renée Rouleau BHA Clarifying Serum ($47.50) which Demi Lovato called a “miracle product!”
How To Treat Acne As You Age
Many of us find that as we get into our 20s and 30s, our old skincare regimens no longer produces results. Also, some beliefs, such as sunscreen clogging pores, are just not true.
Dr. Jeanie Downie says, “My #1 rule is to use an oil-free sunblock of SPF 30 or higher, rain or shine, January through December. Too many…rely on the SPF in their makeup, but that’s not enough.”
She also told us about a new over-the-counter, affordable line of acne fighters!
“There aren’t immediate fixes for acne, but there is a new over-the-counter regimen called Benzac. Benzac helps balance the skin’s oil production, gently exfoliates dead skin, unclogs pores with salicylic acid and has East Indian Sandalwood Oil to help reduce inflammation. Benzac is the only skincare product with East Indian Sandalwood Oil, and it also contains zinc and extracts from Kakadu plum, honeysuckle and lemon myrtle, which have properties that have been shown to help clarify and visibly improve skin imperfections. 91% of people saw improvement in their skin after using the Benzac regimen for 2 weeks. If you don’t see improvement after using Benzac for 2 weeks, it’s time to head to the dermatologist for prescription treatment.”
People also wonder if using a cleansing brush like Clarisonic is helpful or harmful, and though all of our beauty experts say you should consult a dermatologist to find your best fit, they all agree that the light use of a cleansing brush can be helpful in throughly removing impurities from your skin!
Lastly, don’t pick! Renee says picking at skin only creates dark marks and makes blemishes worse.
Be sure to drink plenty of water and be consistent with your skincare regimen. Always remove makeup at night to prevent new breakouts from forming.
Will you be using these tips, HollywoodLifers? Comment below and share your beauty secrets to fighting acne!
— Kindra Bailey, Reporting by Dory Larrabee-Zayas