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One of the biggest skincare myths is that acne is just a
teenager’s problem. But, in fact, regardless of age, pimples can span a
lifetime and it requires good maintenance, and most importantly, patience.
While there is no universal, one-size-fits-all fix, there are certain steps you
can take to lessen―and hopefully eliminate―acne during all phases of life.



Acne is like the worst kind of house guest―it shows up
uninvited at  the  least 
convenient  time, overstays  its welcome, and leaves a mess after it’s
gone; No matter how honed your skin care routine is, or how old you get, you
never seem to be completely free from it.


We all know that acne can be caused by excess sebum,
pollution, cosmetic products, hormones or even genetic predisposition. It is
inevitable for a vast majority, and now we’re
 
breaking down everything you need to know about  controlling adult acne and how to get clear
and smooth skin:



WATER THERAPY
Don’t forget to drink eight glasses of water a day. It makes
a big impact on your entire body, including your skin.
CLEANSE DAILY
The first and most important rule isn’t groundbreaking:
remember to wash your face. Cleansing and treating your skin twice a day is the
best way to keep breakouts away.
USE THE RIGHT TONER
Choose a toner that is best suited for your skin type and a
product that won’t clog your pores.
EXFOLIATE GENTLY
Scrubbing your face raw with grainy exfoliating products can
do more harm than good. Use an exfoliating soap that is safe and gentle on
skin. Do it not more than 2-3 times a week.
USE AN EXTRA BOOST
On a daily basis, you cleanse, tone and moisturize; but sometimes
your skin needs an extra little care. When your skin feels stressed out or
drier than usual, that’s when a serum comes into play.
SUNNY SHADE
Look for a sunscreen that won’t trigger your breakouts and
is mild for your skin type.
COMBAT WITH CAPSULES
Worried which kind of capsules can help save those
confidence-sucking mammoth of skin issues? Choose one that contains Lactoferrin,
LinumLife Extra and Zinc Gluconate that work together to prevent and control
acne.
SEE A DOCTOR
If you’re still experiencing breakouts, especially if you
have big, angry pimples, visit your doctor. Your exact treatment will depend on
what the doctor learns after examining and talking to you.
DO NOT PICK, POP OR SQUEEZE
Squeezing those blemishes can lead to scarring and an open
wound can get infected.
DO NOT IRRITATE WITH TOOTHPASTE OR RUBBING ALCOHOL
Applying toothpaste or rubbing alcohol is more likely to
cause irritation and dryness than treat the actual pimple.
DO NOT FORGET TO WASH YOUR PILLOWCASE
Dirt and bacteria can transfer from your pillowcase and
anything else that touches your face, and clog your pores. Wash your pillowcase
once a week.
DO NOT SKIP YOUR MOISTURIZER
The idea that acne-prone skin doesn’t need moisturizer is a
myth. In fact, if you skip the moisturizer, you’re likely adding to the problem.
Instead, choose a very gentle, oil-free cream that will help hydrate your skin.
DO NOT SWITCH UP PRODUCTS TOO OFTEN
Keep your skincare routine simple. The more you introduce
new products into your regimen, the more likely you are to cause the breakouts.
DO NOT OVERINDULGE IN DAIRY AND GREASY FOODS
Excessive ice cream, yogurt, milk, cheese, chocolates and
greasy food consumption might cause you to breakout, too. Cutting back on these
products can help clear up your blemishes.
DO NOT STRESS YOURSELF OUT
Avoiding stress is practically impossible, but overly hectic
life can lead to more breakouts.
Consider taking up a hobby that helps you relax―even if it’s
for a short period each week.
Dealing with acne can be tough! It can take some time and a
dozen of trips to the dermatologist to discover how to get rid of acne
effectively on your skin. At SkinStation, we’ve pretty much made it our life
mission to figure out the best tips and solution to get your skin look and feel
its best.

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This article was published in The Manila Bulletin, Lifestyle Section on December 12, 2017. The author is the CEO of SkinStation, DERMAX Laser Center, and Blushing Beauty. He received the 2011 Outstanding Chemist Award from Professional Regulations Commission for his achievements in the field of cosmetic chemistry. He can be reached at fred.reyes@skinstation.ph.




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