The skin care industry is such a diverse business, and with such diversity comes many many myths. It is difficult to decipher what you are suppose to do to have healthy, beautiful skin. Which lotion does what and what a serum does, or even if the beauty products you are using are legit.
I am an avid Dr. Pimple Popper watcher, and love Dr. Lee's down to earth approach to everything she does. The best information she has given is this:
Dr. Lee has some important insight:
"You CAN get pimples because your skin is dirty or occluded, but, in general, people with pimples don't have dirty skin." According to an article published in This is Insider, you can read the whole article Here.
The Article explains several myths and debunks them with spot on accuracy. Our skin can break out due to it being dirty, but as Dr. Lee stated above, in general, people with pimples don't have dirty skin.
There seems to be a social link, to pimples and dirty skin, WE think that pimples come from being dirty. It is a stigma that leaves the person with pimples feeling horrible about the condition of their skin.
I know as a teen, I had pimples, blackheads and outbreaks and my mom would harp on me constantly about " washing my face" "because it was dirty" and for the life of me, I could never figure out how it could be dirty when all I did was wash it.
Years later, I learned, that "overwashing" was just as bad as NOT washing! Not to mention, sensitivities, hormones, and diet! We invest so much time, money and effort in our physical appearance, but so little time in avoiding harsh chemicals and synthetics that are literally ruining our skin.
My advice, invest TIME into your skin care regimen, keep a journal of WHEN your outbreaks occur, find a link in the chaotic outbreaks, and start your skin care regimen from scratch, yes, start over.
From the type of "matte" makeup you wear, to the powder you use to absorb oil, it all works against your skin's ability to breathe. Baby your skin for a few weeks, keeping really good records on they type of pimple you have, where they appear, and what your state of mind was when the outbreak occurs. I think in time, you will realize, that nature is telling you to give your skin a break.
Recently the New York Times posted an article that was very informative, and almost the exact same thing I have been preaching for years, and stated it above, OVERWASHING is not a good thing for your skin.
"The problem is that “the definition of ‘clean’ can be subjective,” Dr. Engelman said. “If, after washing, your skin feels tight, dry or inflamed, that means the cleanser or cleansing mechanism was too strong, because, in addition to cleansing, the surfactant has broken down a significant number of bonds in your skin that form your skin barrier.” That “squeaky clean” sensation many of us strive for is, she said, an unhealthy state for our skin to be in."
So, in short, take time with what you put on your face, educate yourself on the "ingredients" and don't be overwhelmed with "paying more means better skin care products".
Beautiful skin is achievable, and starting with clean, natural and organic ingredients is a vital part of having you on the way to beautiful, healthy skin!
Peace and Blessings and Beautiful Skin
I launched my own skin care business officially in 2013, at the age of 47 yrs young. Received my Certification in Aromatherapy shortly there after and have continued my Clinical Aromatherapy education in the Integrative Healing Practices field and Organic Cosmetic Science. I am married, have one son and two stepchildren and live in a small town in the Texas Panhandle.