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Autumn Forecast: High Chance of Breakouts!

Did you know that Fall is one of the more common times of year when breakouts can be at their highest?  Breakouts increase during the Fall because the oil flow in the skin during the summer months is still occuring, yet the cooler air creates layers of dead skin cell build-up.  The result is trapped oil and bacteria underneath the surface of the skin resulting in increased breakout activity.


Avoid high-foaming cleansers.  Bar soap and many foaming cleansers have a high pH balance with harsh ingredients that strip the water out of the skin.  And seriously, what you use to cleanse your skin is the MOST important part of your skin care routine.  Why?  Because if you wash with a foaming cleanser or a soap that is too drying, it pulls all the water out of your skin and creates dead, dry skin cell build-up resulting in increased breakout activity due to oil and bacteria getting trapped under the skin.  Avoid the harsh ingredient Sodium Laureth Sulfate in your cleanser and instead choose sulfate-free cleansers.  DNA cleansers are a great option as well as the EltaMD foaming facial cleanser, both of which are available at The Facial Studio by Ira.

Change Pillowcases Nightly.  For problem skin, bacteria and oil can build up on your pillowcases and be reintroduced to your skin the following night.  Invest in a nice stack of pillowcases and make sure you wash them with a dye and fragrance-free laundry soap, and do not use fabric softener or dryer sheets.

Avoid Using Toners that Contain SD Alcohol 40.  Many people like the 'clean' and  'light' feeling associated with using alcohol on the skin, but this ingredient will strip the skin of water, which results in dead cell build-up.  Trying to dry up oily skin can backfire, as stripped cell build-up traps oil and leads to breakouts.  Toners without alcohol, on the other hand, are very important for keeping the skin cells moist with water.  DNA's Floral Bliss is an awesome toner that stabilizes the pH of the skin, aids in moisture retention, and supports health cell growth, among other things.

Use Both a Chemical and a Physical Exfoliant to Remove Dry Skin Cells and Unclog Trapped Pores.  Chemical exfoliants are enzymes or acids, such as Glycolic Acid or Pumpkin Enzymes, that are applied to the skin and dissolve and digest dead skin cell build-up while they are on the skin.  Physical exfoliants are facial scrubs.  These contain a bead or a grain to physically polish away the dead skin cells.  You will get the best benefit for reducing clogged pores and breakouts when you use a combination of both in your skin care routine.  Leave the chemical/enzyme peels to your professional, and limit your physical exfoliants to two times per week.

Drink Hot Lemon Water First Thing in the Morning.  Squeeze fresh lemon into hot water and drink when you wake up. This is great for breakouts as it will help flush out and purify the body internally, reducing toxins and bacteria in the small intestine which can cause skin sensitivities.

Drying Out Your Skin Equals More Breakouts!  Be cautious with over-the-counter products.  Although these can work to dry up actual blemishes, when used all over the face they can trap oil in the pores by causing dead skin cell buildup.

Get at Least Eight Hours of Sleep a Night.  Sleep is not only important to keep dark circles at bay, but it is also the time when your body is most metabolically active, ridding itself of toxins which would otherwise wreak havoc with your skin. Sleep also reduces stress, a common aggravator of acne!

Get the Pores Cleaned Out Regularly.  To reduce clogged pores, blackheads, and breakouts, regular monthly deep pore cleansing facials are a must.  A deep pore cleansing facial combined with a skin peel is a great way to keep your skin soft, clear, and smooth.

And as always, you can book your personalized facial with Ira by calling or texting her at (704) 467-4950 or email her at [email protected]  

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