Everyday people ask me, “Why am I breaking out?” This seems to be the number one question from my actors, models, and many other clients. 95% of the time I find out that they’re not moisturizing correctly, Not moisturizing at all, or they are under moisturizing. They think that moisturizer will “break me out “. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.
In a dry and hot climate like Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico the number one cause of acne is DEHYDRATION. Your skin creates extra oil when its water levels are low which causes you to break out because the oil collects on the face and attaches itself to dirt and Bacteria, trapping them in the pores and clogging them turning them into acne. Using a lightweight, oil free Moisturizer or Water-gel can make everything go away. Let me explain.
DRY Skin Creates Oily Skin!!!! For some reason, mostly a result of marketing by major skincare companies and make up companies as well as many dermatologists, people tend to believe that Moisturizers are “BAD” if they have oily skin. Actually the truth is the exact opposite: The reality is that your skin has to be completely hydrated-about 72 to 80% full of water in order to be pH balanced, meaning normal. If you don’t moisturize or if you dry your skin out with acne products, antiacne treatments, Proactive, Clearasil, Clean and Clear, antibiotics, Retinols, and Anything with Benzoyl peroxide or alcohol, skin will fight you back by shooting out more oil creating more acne. It’s a terrible cycle to get stuck in, but you can fix it!
What to use for moisturizer??? My favorite is a big scoop of ALBA oil free green tea and aloe moisturizer, only $14.99 at Target! I say a big scoop because you can’t just dot it on, use a generous scoop and let it soak in for a minute, filling up that skin with the water it needs to stay soft and dry and not get oily. Another really great one is “take a deep breath” by Philosophy. I’m not a fan of hope in a jar think it’s too heavy for a lot of people, but this new blue oxygen Water gelis amazing give it a try! Remember to give your skin about three to five minutes to soak up a big chunk of moisturizer, you’ll be happy you did because your skin will stay nicer throughout the day.
Stay away from drugstore products like Oil of Olay, Neutrogena, users and the like. What’s wrong with them? Well they have waxes and heavy fillers that tend to clog your skin as well, not to mention some of these products contain or have contained toxic preservatives like parabens, BHT, and formaldehyde. Just because it says oil free it doesn’t always mean it’s the best. Stick to lightweight water gels and organic products For the best result. There are even organic labeled products that contain parabens so make sure you read the label.
Your skin should always feel damp and comfortable, never tight and dry before you put on makeup. Then top that with a dime size drop of Pop Beauty’s Face Magnet Primer with caffeine to shrink up those pores, keeping oil and dirt out ($26 at Ulta and Ulta.com) and you’re ready for gorgeous looking makeup application!