Archive for September, 2010

How to Wash Blemish Prone Skin

We’ve all been there. You wake up in the morning and there’s a little red blemish staring back at you. Whether this is an everyday occurrence or something that happens every once in a while, we all need to know how to wash blemish prone skin. So if you have occasional acne or acne-prone skin, here’s Dr. Gram’s tips for you:

Limit washing:
Those who are prone to acne should avoid cleaning their face too much. Try cleansing your face no more than twice a day, typically once in the morning and once at night. If you exercise or have done anything else that has caused you to perspire more than normal, be sure you wash your face soon afterwards, especially if you have worn a hat or helmet which make acne worse. Sometimes acne is caused by stress or hormones. Although many think this type of acne is unavoidable, there are things you can do to limit the breakouts. Use a clarifying mask once or twice a week for 2-10 minutes. This will help control the breakouts and limit the duration of the breakout. When using GRAM Skincare’s clarifying mask, you can also use it as an overnight spot treatment on the lone star zit.

Use a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser:
Before choosing a cleanser for acne-prone skin, make sure the cleanser is gentle and non-abrasive. Ingredients that are too harsh for your skin, like alcohol, will dehydrate the skin. GRAM Skincare’s clarifying cleanser is gentle enough that it can be used twice a day without drying out the skin.

Use your fingertips:
When applying your cleanser, make sure you use your fingertips rather than the palm of your hand. This reduces skin irritation and will help diminish acne. In addition, using a washcloth, mesh sponge or anything else can irritate the skin can lead to breakouts.
 
Never scrub your skin:
Some think the harder your scrub, the cleaner it gets. Unfortunately, this is not true. Scrubbing the skin will not help to clear up your acne. In fact, scrubbing your skin will only irritate it and can actually lead to breakouts or make existing acne worse.
 
Use a combination of warm and cool water:
When you are beginning to wet your face, make sure to do so with luke warm water. This will open up the pores and allow the cleanser to get deeper. Make sure the water is just luke warm and not hot. Hot water will irritate the skin. When rinsing the cleanser off, use cooler water. This will close the pores and prevent dirt from getting in.
 
Shampoo Regularly
What is the one thing that surrounds your face most of the time? Your hair. If you have oily hair then these oils can easily transfer on to your face and increase breakouts. Therefore, if you hair sits on your face or if you have oily hair, make sure to shampoo often using Eufora Shampoo – Dr. Gram’s personal favorite!

Although, breakouts are a part of life, following these simple tips should help reduce the amount of breakouts you experience and help diminish how long the dreaded zit stays around. Once you incorporate these easing cleansing steps into your daily routine, keeping your skin clear and blemish-free should be easy!