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Skin care Tips
Have you ever looked into the mirror and noticed that you have a lot of white heads, black heads and red spots on your skin. Sometimes it may seem like your skin is impossible to manage, especially when you wake up and find a huge zit on your nose or a cold sore at the corner of your mouth. But there are ways to prevent and treat common skin problems - read on for some tips.

Red Spots
  • Always avoid Squeezing. Apply a good, topical benzyl peroxide. A clay mask or dry-ing lotion will also help eliminate the blemish.

  • It`s difficult to cover an inflamed blemish, so you need a conceal-er that stays put. Try one with a thick con-sistency and packed with pigment. Always start with the smallest amounts of concealer, and then build. Dab the concealer to the blem-ish with a small con-cealer brush or Q- tip, then gently cover.

  • If inflamed pimples plague you it`s necessary to see a dermatologist for a regimen of oral and topical treatments. You can often prevent recurrences using products containing benzoyl peroxide, salicylic or glycolic acids. But before applying it consult a doctor.

  • Whiteheads

    Whiteheads, also known as closed comedones, are follicles that are filled with the same material, but have only a microscopic opening to the skin surface. Since the air cannot reach the follicle, the material is not oxidized, and remains white.

  • Whiteheads must be extracted by an esthetician or dermatologist. You can apply a gel or cream that con-tains salicylic acid which may help you unplug the pore.

  • Using a Q-tip or small, pointed concealer brush, apply a dot of thick concealer: to the centre of the blemish, then gently spread it to cover. Brush over with translucent powder.

  • Regular facials can help pre-vent whiteheads because they will keep your pores clean.

  • Der-matologists often prescribe a topical drug, either antibiotic creams or retinoids like Retin-A or Differin to prevent white-heads. Retin-A, Avita, Renova is the mainstay of treatment for whiteheads. Tretinoin is a derivative of vitamin A and works by increasing cell turnover and reducing the "stickiness" of the sloughed cells.

  • You may also keep them at bay by washing with a mild cleanser that contains benzoyl peroxide or salicylic and glycol-ic acids.

  • Blackheads

    Blackheads, also known as open comedones, are follicles that have a wider than normal opening. They are filled with plugs of sebum and sloughed off cells and have undergone a chemical reaction resulting in the oxidation of melanin. This gives the material in the follicle the typical black color.

  • You may try using removal strips which will lift some blackheads. If you attempt to extract them yourself, be really careful.

  • First, apply a little hot compress to soften the process, With a tissue around your two fingers, gently squeeze the pore. If the oil plug isn`t re-leased, stop squeezing. Never squeeze facial skin hard enough to leave an imprint.

  • Use a liquid spot-touch con-cealer that comes in a tube with its own applicator. Dot the con-cealer on the area and blend with your finger. If your skin is shiny, dust the area with powder.

  • It`s almost impossible to prevent blackheads. `Once a week, steam face to soften the oils cloging your pores and cleanse skin using a mask. Use products that include salicylic or glycolic acids to keep pores clean. You might want to consider getting a facial every month to deep-clean pores.

  • Acne

    Acne is the most common skin disease that affects over 85% of adolescents and young adults. One study showed that two thirds of teenagers with acne wanted to talk to their physician about their acne, but only one third actually did.

    Types of Acne
  • Acnes are not similar. Acne can be divided into red bumps and blackheads or whiteheads. This division is important because each type is treated differently. Blackheads and whiteheads, known as comedones, can be more numerous on the face and shoulders than red bumps filled with pus. Good consistent skin hygiene can help improve this condition. Therefore, knowing more about what causes comedones and how to treat them is a step towards clearer skin.

  • Cystic acne has the potential to leave deep scars and should nev-er be squeezed. If it`s an open pimple, apply an acne drying gel or lotion and let the blemish run its course. If you have frequent outbreaks, visit a dermatologist for appropriate treatment.

  • You must not touch an erupt-ing blemish: Keep it clean with an astringent, but leave it alone until it dries out. If it is dry, ap-ply a dab of a heavy concealer to the blemish with a Q-tip or a small acrylic-tipped brush.

  • Cover with a lightweight con-cealer cream or liquid founda-tion: Dab the cream on the area, blend with finger.

  • Use cleansers and moisturiz-ers designed to prevent acne. And always remember to keep your hands away from your face. If what you feel coming is a large deep blemish that occurs frequently, it`s time to see a der-matologist. These kinds of pim-ples can leave a scar. A derma-tologist will recommend drugs that keep infections that cause acne from happening.
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