Summer is flying by, and it doesn’t show signs of slowing down. Before long, you’ll be shopping for new outfits and school supplies to start off the year. Your classmates will be back with stories and souvenirs from their summer vacations. What will you have to show for your summer? While we can’t send you on a European excursion, we can help you go back to school with clear, beautiful skin.
Beyond the Basics
With all of the skincare products and trends floating around the internet these days, you probably already know the basics. Wash your face morning and night. Wear sunscreen. Use moisturizer. Exfoliate a couple times a week. If you aren’t already doing these things, then you should start right away. However, if you’re like most people, you’ve probably had a regular skincare routine for years.
So, what now?
Despite what many beauty companies like to say, there is no magic ingredient for perfect skin. But there are a few extra tricks that you can add to your routine to give your skin a boost. Dr. Ted Lain has some ideas for you below if you’re looking for something more than the fundamentals.
Skincare Secrets to Try
For pesky pimples use a spot treatment. We know the urge to pick at a blemish is almost as instinctive as breathing, but don’t do it. You could make it much worse and eventually cause scarring. Instead, try one of the many gels and creams that are meant to target small areas. For fast and powerful, look for benzoyl peroxide; for gentle and effective, look for salicylic acid.
Wash your face morning and night. We know that removing the dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria from your face helps prevent acne from flaring. A gentle circular motion is all that is necessary, as overdoing it with the scrubbing can cause more acne. Many of our patients use a Clarisonic skincare brush instead of their hands and a washcloth, and we have found this to be very effective.
Diet matters!! The typical American teenage diet is high in simple carbohydrates, saturated fat, and refined flour. This type of diet is not only bad for your body, but it will also cause acne and a poor complexion. Focus more on complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, and try to avoid “white” bread and sugar. Also, try to limit your animal protein intake as much as possible, focusing more on a plant-based diet.
Do Not Pick! Picking at pimples can cause both lifelong scarring and more bacteria. When you pick, you cause more inflammation, which can lead to the scarring process in your skin. Also, the act of picking transfers bacteria from your hands to your face. More bacteria means more infection, which in turn can lead to more acne. So, STOP PICKING!!
Classes may be starting soon, but there is still enough summer left to revamp your skincare routine. Try out one or all of these ideas, and don’t hesitate to call your dermatologist, Dr. Ted Lain. He can show you how to get the clear complexion you want just in time for school.