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#1: You're too stressed out
You know all that stressing you do over school and friend
drama? Well, it just might be a leading cause of those obnoxious breakouts.
When you let your stress levels or your temper go wild, your body responds by
releasing the hormone cortisol. The result?
Acne. A lot of times, these breakouts will pop up along your jawline or your cheeks, and we all know how difficult it can be
to cover them up.
to deal: Spot treat your acne
Let's face it, life is stressful, so you can't always
control an impromptu stress sesh. What you can
do? Find ways to minimize the effects of stress acne. Since these breakouts can
pop up unexpectedly at the worst time (like right before a school dance), try a
spot treatment that will rush straight to the source of your pimple and attack
Product pick: Yes To Tomatoes Roller Ball Spot Stick, $10, yestocarrots.com
#2: Your hair products are leaving residue behind
Sounds weird, right? But sometimes, the way you wear your
hair or the products you use on it can contribute to breakouts. For instance,
when you first get bangs, you’ll usually experience a minor breakout on your
forehead since your skin isn't used to having hair hang out there all day. And
if you're constantly using heavy, sticky styling products that brush up against
your face, your skin could start to rebel.
to deal: Use a deep facial cleanser
Playing with different hairstyles is one of the best parts
of being a girl; so don't abandon all the fun just because you're getting acne.
As long as you use a nice deep facial cleanser to wipe away any excess hair
product and make sure to wash your face every night, you can take control.
Another tip? Let your skin breathe every once in awhile. Wear your hair without
bangs for a day, or try skipping the styling products for a day.
Product pick: First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay, $30, sephora.com
#3: You're using too many products
At one point or another, we're all guilty of this one. So
many wonderful products out there, so little time to test them all, right? But
when you're experimenting with too many skin care (or makeup) products at once,
you could overwhelm your skin. And if you don't know what product caused your
skin to react negatively, it can take some time to get things back on track.
to deal: Simplify your skin care routine
In general, the fewer products you use, the happier your
skin will be. When you start using a new product, take it slow and give it a
few weeks to see how your skin responds before you introduce any other new
products into your routine. Better yet, use an all-in-one product like a
cleanser that also tones or exfoliates—this
can help you cut down on potential skin irritation.
pick: Neutrogena All-in-1 Acne Control Daily Scrub, $7, walmart.com
#4: You're not exfoliating
Exfoliating is such an important skin care step, but plenty
of girls skip it and end up with breakouts. So what does it do exactly? When
you exfoliate, you clear away the nasty dirt and grime that's lurking in your
pores. Sometimes, your facial cleanser or makeup remover can't reach the deep
down dirt, and that accumulation of gunk can lead to pimples.
to deal: Find the right exfoliator for you
Whether you prefer an exfoliating wipe or a weekly facemask
that deep cleans your pores, there's a product out there for you! In general,
exfoliating once or twice a week is plenty but if you have sensitive skin,
start off slow and try a mask once a week.
pick: Boots No 7 Beautiful Skin Purifying Exfoliator, $10, ulta.com
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