Getting and keeping clear skin is easier than you think. Pick up these healthy habits to help banish breakouts.
1. Wash your face twice a day.
Both over-washing and under-washing can spell trouble for your skin. So what’s the magic number? Usually, cleansing just twice a day.
2. Eat a balanced and healthy diet.
You eat right to maintain a healthy weight, but eating the right food can also help your skin. Eating certain foods & drinks might actually affect acne. Scientists are investigating whether eating certain carbohydrates such as white bread, white potatoes, chips, cornflakes, pretzels and drinking skim milk might make acne worse.
3. Get clean after a workout.
Exercise is good not just for your body but for your skin, too, since it can improve circulation. Just don’t forget to shower and wash your face after a good workout, so bacteria and dead skin cells don’t clog your pores.
4. Use an oil-free moisturizer.
Moisturizers help prevent your skin from drying out, which can cause more oil to be produced. Look for lightweight, oil-free products that won’t clog pores.
5. Don’t skip the sunscreen.
The sun’s UV rays dry out your skin, so your body reacts by producing more oil. And you know what more oil means. More importantly, exposure to the sun’s UV rays can cause skin cancer. So do yourself a huge favor and never leave the house without sunscreen. Just make sure it’s oil-free!
Dermatologists, estheticians, and all-around skin experts worldwide endlessly extol the virtues of using exfoliating acids to treat common skin complaints like acne, hyperpigmentation, and blackheads — and for good reason. They’re simple to use, more environmentally sound than physical scrubs with microbeads, and most importantly, they really work: Alpha-hydroxy acids like glycolic, lactic, and mandelic exfoliate the surface layer, while beta-hydroxy acid, better known as salicylic acid, exfoliates deeper inside the pore.
As a result of their increasing popularity, beauty brands are formulating cleansers, toners, moisturizers, face masks, serums, and more with the liquid skin perfectors. It’s now easier than ever to incorporate acids into your routine at home, regardless of your skin type or how much time you set aside for skin care each morning and night.
For more challenging skin issues, like acne scarring or hyperpigmentation, potent clinical-grade acids — also known as chemical peels — are available. When used by professionals with extensive skin training and in a controlled, sterile environment, these treatments are safe. However, experts have discovered that high-strength acids are landing in the laps of individuals with no expertise whatsoever, and the results are incredibly dangerous.
There is a risk of infection, scarring, burning, and worsening of pigmentation.
A simple online search throws up a handful of websites selling acids, particularly glycolic and lactic acid blends, at varying strengths for the purpose of at-home use. Some range from 10% to 25% in strength, while others rather dangerously reach the 30% mark. Most websites advise that acid peels at these percentages are “very strong,” and warn against using them if you’re pregnant or taking Accutane — but none list the side effects, which can include painful chemical burns, scarring, and increased pigmentation.
Dr. Anjali Mahto, consultant dermatologist and author of The Skincare Bible: Your No-Nonsense Guide To Great Skin, is one expert advocating for the regulation of such products being readily available to consumers with little to no experience. “A number of patients have attended my clinics over the past few months with skin issues such as pigmentation, and on further questioning during the consultation, it transpired that they were buying high-strength peels online,” she tells Refinery29. Individuals are using home-bought peels for a variety of different reasons: “Skin complaints range from trying to treat their acne to improving their skin tone or texture, or hoping to remove skin pigmentation,” Dr. Mahto says.
Little do consumers know that they can cause more harm than good when using these professional-grade acid peels. “High-strength acid peels should only be carried out in a medical setting by an appropriately trained professional such as a qualified aesthetician, nurse, or doctor,” advises Dr. Mahto. “There is otherwise a risk of infection, scarring, burning, or pigmentation, to name a few effects. Appropriate aftercare may also not be carried out at home.”
The trend for purchasing clinical-grade acids online can perhaps be put down to the expense of visiting a dermatologist or qualified esthetician for skin treatment: With non-essential dermatology appointments often exceeding $200, it’s hard to blame individuals for opting for cheap DIY peels — and with more people taking interest in their skin, Dr. Mahto says, many will turn to at-home methods without being aware of the associated risks.
Neuromodulators like Botox and Dysport have become a household name thanks to many celebrity reality tv shows, however many people confuse how it works. These injectable medications block the signal in muscle groups that tell them to contract, or wrinkle. If you prevent the muscles in areas such as the forehead, frown lines, crow’s feet, and lips from contracting you prevent wrinkles in the area. The relaxation of these muscles can also help to relieve common issues like migraine headaches and TMJ. More often these days patients in their 20s begin Botox treatment to prevent wrinkles from beginning to form. Sometimes people are reluctant to begin Botox treatment because of the perceived “frozen” look they see on tv. When used in the correct amounts Botox and Dysport will relieve tension in the muscle groups making the person look relaxed and refreshed. At LKN Fountain of Youth, we still want the patient to have movement and expression in their face.
Filler is often confused as Botox, but it works in a totally different way. Filler does what it says, it “fills” folds and wrinkles in the face and restores volume loss. By restoring volume loss the face can be lifted and reduce or prevent sagging that happens in old age. Filler is also an injectable that can be used in the lower face, most typically the cheeks, folds around the nose and mouth. It can be very satisfying to restore or enhance volume and lift in the lips. It is recommended to begin fillers after age 30 when collagen loss becomes significant. Most fillers are comprised of hyaluronic acid (HA) which is already found in the body making them very safe and reversible to use.
At LKN Fountain of Youth we like to use a combination of both neuromodulators and fillers to prevent and reverse signs of aging. Both injectables can be administered quickly and with minimal down time. Our goal is to give you natural looking results that enhance your own beauty. If you are considering injections, we recommend that you consult with one of our providers to discuss expectations and details of the treatment.