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The Acne Sufferer’s Handbook
Ashley Weatherford, author of the skin-centric blog August Skin, first learned about face masks from her father at a young age. Since then, she’s experimented with any product she can get her hands on—especially those formulated to battle acne and oil. Here, she shares her tips for fighting hard-to-treat blemishes.

The Acne Sufferer’s Handbook

Ashley Weatherford, author of the skin-centric blog August Skin, first learned about face masks from her father at a young age. Since then, she’s experimented with any product she can get her hands on—especially those formulated to battle acne and oil. Here, she shares her tips for fighting hard-to-treat blemishes.

7 Tricks for Nixing Summer Breakouts

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Thanks to the sky-rocketing temps and humidity, our skin is constantly on the verge of an epic breakout during the sticky summer months. In a valiant effort to avoid a major complexion revolt, we’re incorporating these seven game-changing tips into our daily skincare routines.

  1. Whether blemish-prone or drier than the Sahara Desert, your complexion needs a daily dose of moisturizer to stay pimple free. Use this cheat sheet to find the right moisturizer for your skin type.

  2. The key to maintaining bright, glowy skin when the thermostat rises? Exfoliation. Watch this video to find out how to properly prep and slough dead skin to get a radiant glow in no time.

  3. A solid pimple prevention plan is half the battle. Stop zits before they start with our handy acne guide, which calls out the most common skin-irritating culprits.

  4. If you’re already dealing with a monster-sized zit, use this tutorial to expertly conceal blemishes both big and small.

  5. Excessive sun exposure can not only lead to sun damage, it can also cause more zits as well—especially if you have sensitive skin. Try a combination moisturizer and sunscreen specifically geared toward reducing breakouts.

  6. Unsurprisingly, what you eat affects your skin as much as what you do or don’t put on your face. Here are three sneaky things in your diet that might be messing with your skin. 

  7. Sweat and hair product residue can be transferred from strands to skin and cause breakouts—particularly on your forehead. On extra warm days, keep your hair up and out of your face with an ever-popular princess roll.

—Ally

Another trick for keeping acne at bay? Staying clam and stress-free. Sit back, relax, and beat the summer blues with this cooling ice tea recipe from Runa cofounder Tyler Gage. 

Acne Quick Fixes: Guest Blogger

We spend inordinate amounts of time obsessing over our skin. But we’re always in need of some more expert help. This week, we’re lucky enough to have Dermalogica’s director of global education, Annet King, on hand to explain all things skin to usand to relay her great tips to you.


Q: What are your favorite quick fixes for breakouts?

A: Use a salicylic acid treatment gel at night, for sure. Salicylic acid is antibacterial at 2%, so it kills the bacteria associated with acne. It also exfoliates by dissolving dead skin cells and sebum on the skin surface and within the follicle (a.k.a. your pore), so it helps to clear out congestion and prevent comedones that lead to breakouts.

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Top 3 Myths About Acne Debunked: Guest Blogger

We spend inordinate amounts of time obsessing over our skin. But we’re always in need of some more expert help. This week, we’re lucky enough to have Dermalogica’s director of global education, Annet King, on hand to explain all things skin to usand to relay her great tips to you.

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Myth 1:  Eating foods like French fries and chocolate causes acne.

Fact: There’s no scientific link between food and acne. Skin, like any other organ, is affected by what you eat. If you eat vegetables and fruit and drink plenty of water, your skin will certainly look better than if you ate nothing but junk food. However, high levels of sugar in the diet can elevate hormone levels, which in turn can lead to breakouts. (There are some beliefs that artificial hormones used in the production of cow’s milk may affect acne development.) What you eat determines your overall health as well as the health of your skin, however it is not a cause of acne.

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The Leading Causes of Acne: Guest Blogger

We spend inordinate amounts of time obsessing over our skin. But we’re always in need of some more expert help. This week, we’re lucky enough to have Dermalogica’s director of global education, Annet King, on hand to explain all things skin to usand to relay her great tips to you.

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To prevent and treat any acne grade, you have to first identify the leading causes of acne. The four main contributing factors are: overactive sebaceous glands, cell proliferation, bacteria, and inflammation.

  1. We can eliminate the food source for the bacteria that causes breakouts by inhibiting overactive sebaceous glands, which can also help reduce oily shine. These ingredients are known sebum-regulating agents: nordihydroguaiaretic acid, niacinamide, yeast extract, horse chestnut extract, sarcosine and zinc gluconate.

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How to Prevent and Treat Cystic Acne: Guest Blogger

We spend inordinate amounts of time obsessing over our skin. But we’re always in need of some more expert help. This week, we’re lucky enough to have Dermalogica’s director of global education, Annet King, on hand to explain all things skin to usand to relay her great tips to you.

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Question: How can you prevent and treat cystic acne?

Answer: First, it’s important to know you can’t truly prevent cystic acne. It’s a genetic predisposition and needs to be treated with oral or topical medication prescribed by a dermatologist to truly see improvements.

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The 4 Kinds of Acne: Guest Blogger

We spend inordinate amounts of time obsessing over our skin. But we’re always in need of some more expert help. This week, we’re lucky enough to have Dermalogica’s director of global education, Annet King, on hand to explain all things skin to usand to relay her great tips to you.


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Question: What are the main types of acne?

Answer: As opposed to categorizing acne by the lesions involved, acne is actually classified into four grades:

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