Start the Year with a Clear Complexion
The holiday season holds so many triggers for acne that it takes intention and effort to avoid a big breakout. Why?
- Stress, lack of sleep and the neuroendocrine consequences of stress puts your body at risk for acne.
- Dietary triggers for acne are everywhere – in your kitchen, at the office, given as gifts, and served at holiday parties!
- You are also so busy with all the extra responsibilities and festivities that the holidays bring, and your skin care isn’t given the attention it deserves.
What can you do to prevent and control acne during the holidays?
#1. Eat more fresh fruits and veggies during the holidays and avoid the trigger foods that drive acne.
Dietary triggers that cause acne include:
- Dairy foods such as milk, cheese, ice cream, cream etc.
- High-glycemic foods, meaning foods with lots of sugar and refined carbohydrates as found in processed foods.
When you attend holiday events where food is served, be that person who eats all the veggie crudities and passes on the rich canapes and desserts. You’ll avoid the holiday weight gain too!
#2. Try to balance stress and commitment with down time and sleep.
Say “no” to things you can. My personal mantra to counter my type A personality is, “It’s all good and it’s good enough.” Try it this holiday season and see if your acne stays under control.
#3. Keep up your skin care routine.
Take the time to wash your face and apply your acne skin care products every morning and every night during the holidays. This is a good self-care ritual that helps prevent acne. The structure may even relieve a little stress – it’s “me time.”
Washing twice a day is important. At night, you’re removing a day’s worth of dirt, bacteria, makeup, oil, and grime, all of which can clog pores and cause pimples. In the morning you’re preparing your skin to maximally absorb your acne-treating products. Good acne-treating ingredients to include in your skin care routine are:
- Salicylic Acid
Salicylic acid penetrates well into oily, clogged pores to help break up plugs and blackheads. The easiest way to add salicylic acid to your skin care is in cleansers. My Acne Treatment Cleanser contains both salicylic acid and glycolic acid to help prevent blackheads and clogged pores.
- Benzoyl Peroxide
More is not better though, and benzoyl peroxide can be irritating. The lower 2.5% is proven as effective as higher concentrations. Apply it twice daily to acne prone areas.
Benzoyl peroxide is also a great spot treatment for surprise pimples. My Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% Lotion is the perfect solution. It’s in an alcohol-free base to prevent overly drying and irritating your skin.
Get both of these products in my Ultimate Acne Solutions Kit for Sensitive Skin. Right now it is one of our Holiday Bundles offered at a special price during the holiday season. Gift yourself or someone on your gift list who struggles with acne.
Learn more about this kit from Dr. Bailey’s video below.
Retinol is vitamin A. It is in the family of compounds called retinoids, which include Retin A, Accutane. Retinoids are well studied medicines to treat acne. Retinol is available without prescription.
Use it at night to help fight acne. It also helps fight wrinkles and reduce acne scars and hyperpigmentation too. My Retinol Anti-Wrinkle Night Creams are made with the highest allowed amount of retinol.
They also include patented, high-concentration green tea antioxidants to load your skin with free-radical-fighting antioxidants. This is important because acne-prone skin suffers from oxidative stress due to free radicals.
Don’t forget that complete skin care includes the 4 steps of Cleanse, Correct, Hydrate and Protect. I just listed products for Cleanse and Correct.
My favorite product to Hydrate acne prone skin is Daily Facial Moisturizer for Oily to Normal Skin.
Don’t forget to Protect your skin from UV damage that leads to wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation. My favorite choices for acne prone skin include Sheer Strength Matte Mineral Sunscreen and Sheer Strength Spray Mineral Sunscreen.
If you wear makeup, dust Pressed Mineral Makeup Powder on top for a look that will take you from day to night.
Want more tips on how to control acne this holiday season and have healthier skin?
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