Okay, okay! I know this is a weird topic – zits. But girls our age tend to get them very easily. Here are some good habits to keep your face clean*:
1. If you didn’t wash your hands, you don’t touch your face… germs stick! And when they get into your pores, dirt builds up and becomes a pimple.
2. Don’t pop or pick at your pimples – you may get a scar *shudder*, or get even more pimples! (Refer to step 1)
3. Wash your face at least 2 times a day – once in the morning, once at night. Moisturize, even if your skin is oily, because your skin gets oily from lack of moisture (or hormones). You may want to use a toner once or twice a day. Use a facial scrub once a week to exfoliate skin and get a healthy glow.
4. Pull your hair AWAY from your face, because hair can easily collect dirt, and the dirt will get into your pores. (Plus, it looks nicer when you don’t shield your face.
5. Drink plenty of water, because 2/3 of your body is made up of it! Try to drink at least 6-8 glasses each day.
6. Dermatologists think that white flour and sugar causes pimples, so try to cut out some of it from your diet.
7. Don’t treat your skin too harshly, because it can lead to more zits. I learned that the hard way.
8. Stress sometimes is the cause of your blemishes. Give yourself a few minutes each day to relax.
9. For severe acne conditions, talk to your doctor for some skin treatment suggestions.
10. Try to use naturally made products at places like PCC or Whole Foods. I don’t reccomend ProActiv for now because it has many chemicals, and stops working after awhile because your skin gets so used to it.
11. As you get older, you will realize you will perspire more (especially around your T-zone). After gym class, playing outdoors, or other physical activities, wipe your face down with a damp washcloth.
12. Keep your hair clean
13. This doesn’t have to do with pimples, but it will protect your skin: sunscreen. Try to get a sunscreen that has an SPF of 15 or higher. Thought tanning was cool? Truth is they can lead to sunspots, or even skin cancer. The safest way to tan is to use a spray tan, tan lotion, or bronzer (I don’t use any)
14. Scented facial lotions or cleansers may lead to an allergic reaction. Stick to unscented products such as “Cetaphil”
Here are some reccomended products:
- Calamine lotion (put on concentrated areas. It dries pimples well, and is super cheap!)
- Witch hazel toner
- Salicylic acid
- Cetaphil facial lotion (it’s lightweight, and I use it in the morning)
- Burt’s Bees moisturizing cream (I use it at night)
- Cetaphil cleanser (very very gentle)
- Clarisonic mia (it’s $149, but it works for me pretty well.)
- The Body shop green tea facial scrub (for blackheads)
- WATER!!!!! 🙂
* During this age, pimples are mostly caused by hormones, so sometimes it’s out of your hands on when they come and go.