Submit your skincare questions to Dr. Agnes, CEO of Herborium and natural medicine expert
Acne-prone skin is
usually a victim of too much sebum (skin oil) being produced by your
sebaceous glands. It clogs your pores, and together with dirt, dead skin
cells and of course bacteria will produce inflammation that manifests
itself as pimples, comedones or cysts. Even the best makeup staying on
your face overnight will add to this inflammation. Wash it out
religiously each night.
you exercise, you sweat... and sweat is a mixture of water and your
skin oils. Adding makeup to this mix will clog your pores more and cause
breakouts and enlarged pores, possibly perpetuating the acne cycle.
acne-prone skin is certainly necessary, but high temperatures strip
skin of its natural oils, potentially causing not only dryness and
irritation but actually forcing the skin to overcompensate and produce
more oil instead of less. Use warm water, not hot water, and a mild
cleanser. If you don't want to give up hot showers, cleanse at least
your face first with lukewarm water (and keep it out of the shower
hands are your main physical contact device, and they touch everything.
When you transfer the dirt and bacteria from your hands to
acne-affected body parts, this adds to the probability for serious
In addition, your
hands are made to caress, NOT to pop or squeeze or probe. DO NOT do it
to your pimples. This action may lead to skin tissue damage and in
consequence, acne scars
seasons require a different skincare routine to make the skin
comfortable (e.g. fall and winter require more moisturizing).
In addition, each product category has its own shelf life based on its ingredients and preservatives.
It's usually effective for up to 3 years when stored correctly (high
temperatures render it ineffective); check the expiration date on the
Retinoids and AHA's are effective for 3 months to a year.
Antioxidants like vitamin C last about 6 months once opened.
Look for the expiration date but also use your own calendar to judge when your products need refreshing.
And of course, adjust your acne treatment so you always get the one that is right for you.
With a Promise of Clear Skin,