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The holidays are officially upon us, and with them come lots of
festivities and fun gatherings. During this social time of the year, you may be
taking extra steps to ensure that you always look your best, and healthy, clear
skin is probably pretty high on your list of priorities. Unfortunately, acne
isn't very cooperative, and you may find yourself with breakouts at the most
inopportune times. When this happens, it can be very tempting to turn to
products offering a quick
fix for your skin problems. However, relying on an endless string of
supposedly fast-acting products can actually be doing more harm than good - and
more importantly, first, you need to address those acne
warning signs that are too serious to ignore.
If you find yourself constantly reaching for the latest miracle
cream or treatment, read this before you buy anything else.
There's a reason why quick fixes are appealing - they're fast and
easy. When you have a breakout that you want to get rid of ASAP, anything that
claims to get rid of it fast sounds like something worth trying. However, this
approach is actually flawed for a couple of reasons.
First of all, I'm sure you're familiar with the phrase, "If it seems too
good to be true then it probably is." In the world of acne treatments,
fast-acting miracle cures are a dime a dozen, but many of them aren't worth the
money. Whether they're based on shoddy science or the creation of a
money-hungry business, many quick fixes simply won't work. It is possible to
distinguish the good from the bad, but that will probably take a considerable
amount of research and testing on your part, and since the whole point of quick
fixes is to save time, doesn't that seem a little counterproductive?
Secondly, when you cycle through numerous quick fix products, you put your
skin at risk for further damage. Our skin is a sensitive organ, and when it's
exposed to multiple different products at once or products even mildly
irritating, the results can be horrible. From dangerous
chemicals to allergic reactions, acne products have the potential to
cause redness, dryness, inflammation, or rashes. Your skin actually goes
into protection mode by producing more oil, which is the exact opposite of what
you want to happen. To avoid this, do your research on products
that will truly help assist the treatment of acne - and slowly
introduce new products into your skincare routine - begin by applying them to
inconspicuous areas of your body to ensure that your skin won't have an adverse
reaction to them. Try not to introduce more than one product at a time, so that
if problems do arise, you can easily pinpoint the source of trouble.
Remember the less is more theory too!
Instead of spending your money on countless quick fixes, think
about the long-term goal, which is getting
to the root cause of your acne and preventing it from happening.
It will save you a lot of time and money in the end. Not to
mention, since we know that the origin of acne is internal, it makes sense to
treat it internally, right? Some topicals can assist in treatment, but
they don't have the power to fully break the cycle of acne. Take AcnEase,
for example. It's a botanical product that addresses blackheads, whiteheads,
and cysts from the inside out. One of the most common causes of acne is
our hormones - when there is too much androgen present in the blood, this can
send signals to your skin's sebaceous glands to produce more skin oil (or
sebum). This overproduction of oil clogs your pores and begins the cycle of
breakouts. AcnEase helps stop this cycle by mitigating the effects that
the hormones have on the sebaceous glands. It's safe, natural, and provides a
long-term solution to your acne problems.
You may be convinced of the value of choosing a long-term acne
solution, but that doesn't change the fact that you've got a Christmas party
tomorrow evening and you've just started a new breakout! When emergency
situations like these arise, you can turn to some emergency
tips for those last minute zits and some good makeup applications
(we have some celebrity
makeup tips here). Just remember, these are short-term
solutions. And even though it is ok to use makeup while you're on a
journey to treat your acne, make sure you also choose products that are
non-comedogenic - these have been specifically designed to keep from clogging
your pores more than they already are.
Know that prevention is your #1 defense against recurring
acne. There are quick fixes and emergency tips you can use, but these are
short lived. When you focus on long-term results, you're making a smart choice
just like the 750,000 people that we've helped achieve clear skin...for good!
With a promise of clear skin,