3 Tips for Clear Skin
By Kim & Lauren, Owners of The Skin Spa
Everyone wants clear, healthy, acne-free skin. Did you know that acne can affect anyone at any age? In fact, 54% of females and 40% of males have acne-related skin issues. There is no cure for acne, but it can be effectively managed. Acne is typically an inherited skin condition where pores clog with dead skin faster than normal. There are things you can do on a daily basis to prevent acne from forming. If you have acne-prone skin, you will have to be aware of the products and the ingredients you apply to your body, and you will have be mindful about the foods you eat.
Clear Skin Tip #1: Do not use skincare products or make-up containing pore-clogging ingredients. There are many ingredients and perfumes added to products that can cause or exacerbate acne-prone skin. When a product is labeled organic or natural, it doesn’t always mean acne safe. Coconut oil molecules are very small and will clog your pores. Shea butter and sodium lauryl sulfate can also be sneaky offenders. It’s best to test one product at a time on your skin and wait approximately 4 to 6 weeks to see if it is clogging your pores. On product cannot cause a pimple overnight, but you potentially could see an allergic reaction or irritancy with one application. It’s also important to note that many people believe that avoiding a moisturizer or using oil-free products will help prevent or clear breakouts, but drying out the skin will stimulate the oil glands to over compensate for the loss of moisture in the skin. It’s imperative to maintain a moisture balance for clear, healthy skin.
Clear Skin Tip #2: Feed your skin! Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet not only helps our bodies feel better but also helps our skin look better. Incorporate dark, leafy greens, vegetables, and fruits rich in vitamin A, C, and E into your diet. Many people do not ingest enough vitamins and nutrients in their food, so it’s best to take a good multivitamin and a high quality omega-3. Boost good bacteria intake with a high quality probiotic daily. Adding zinc is a great way to fight inflammation. Avoid processed foods and foods high in salt and iodide. Also avoid milk and cheese—big acne culprits. They contain iodides and hormones that contribute to acne. Peanut butter and whey protein are triggers for acne, so almond butter is a great alternative. Having an understanding of how food affects your skin will allow you to make more informed decisions. Your skin will thank you!
Clear Skin Tip #3: Don’t stress! Stress has a direct effect on hormones. Stress on the adrenal glands increases oil production, causing pores to clog. In the end, this will cause acne flares. With the busy holiday season upon us, good time management, organization, and exercise will be important. Exercising reduces stress and has a positive effect on hormones. Using meditation with mindful deep breaths will help relieve tension.
At The Skin Spa and Acne Clinic, we offer a variety of anti-aging treatments, such as microneedling, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion. We also treat acne on people of all ages without using medication. To learn more about how to get clear skin and to receive a list of pore clogging ingredients, please contact us by calling 435-862-6966 or 435-229-6787. You can also visit our website at www.TheSkinSpaSG.com.
Kim and Lauren are both Certified Acne Specialists and Master Estheticians with years of knowledge and experience performing multiple anti-aging and skin treatments. With continued education and advanced training, they have developed a passion for this industry. They especially love helping people transform the appearance of their skin so that they feel confident in who they are on the outside as well as who they are on in the inside.Lauren is married and has 2 children. Kim is married and has 4 children. They both reside with their families in St. George, Utah.