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Despite what social media would have you believe, no one has flawless skin.
Sure, it might seem that way when you’re constantly confronted with images of smiling celebrities who have been photoshopped within an inch of their lives. But if you were to ever see them IRL, you’d soon see that their skin is just like yours – perfectly imperfect.
Of course, that’s not to say that there aren’t ways to combat some of the most common types of skin problems on your face. From dryness to dark circles, keep reading to learn how to fix your skin concerns in a flash!
Acne is one of the most troubling skin concerns for adolescents, although many people continue to experience breakouts well into adulthood too. Acne occurs when sebaceous glands become overactive and produce excess oil. This plugs your facial follicles to cause blackheads and whiteheads, which can then become inflamed and turn into nodules and cysts.
Depending on the severity of the acne on your face, you may need to see a dermatologist for a full and accurate diagnosis. But, if it’s more just the occasional breakout, some ways to combat acne include double cleansing at night, using salicylic acid, changing your pillowcase twice a week, and wearing non-comedogenic makeup.
While we’re on the subject of acne, it’s common to mistake the small dark spots on your nose for blackheads. In fact, these are sebaceous filaments, another common skin concern. As this guide explains, they’re perfectly normal, although you can help to minimize their appearance with a salicylic acid toner or a clarifying serum.
Also known as dark spots, these can be the result of sun damage or acne scarring. The best way to avoid hyperpigmentation or stop it from worsening is to practice good face skin care by using SPF 50 sunscreen every day and resisting the urge to touch or pick acne.
As for reducing the appearance of existing hyperpigmentation, lightening products with niacinamide or hydroquinone can help. For optimal results, use these alongside chemical exfoliants, such as lactic acid, to promote cell renewal and an improved complexion. Or, you may want to try professional treatments such as micro-needling or LED light therapy to resolve this issue faster.
While color-correcting makeup can help you conceal redness and other skin concerns, if a red, uneven skin tone is a continuing problem for you, it’s important to consider the cause.
In many cases, skin irritations and redness can be the result of over-exfoliating or using products containing fragrant essential oils such as lavender or peppermint oil. Whether redness is an issue for you or not, you should avoid using physical exfoliators or essential oils on your face as these can aggravate your skin’s natural barrier. For many, redness is a sign of this aggravation.
Acne can also cause redness so this might be something to address with your dermatologist. Likewise, you should see a dermatologist if you think that you may have rosacea, a condition causing continuous facial redness and swelling. Topical or oral medications can help here, as well as skin treatments such as laser therapy.
Dark Circles & Under-Eye Bags
Even if you can’t always get a full eight hours’ sleep, there are ways to reduce the appearance of eye bags and dark circles. One of the best tactics is to use an eye cream in the morning and at night. Make sure to apply the eye cream with your ring fingers and pat it in gently to avoid pulling the skin and causing more damage.
Sleeping with your head slightly elevated can help with fluid drainage as a way to avoid puffy eyes. You should also protect your eyes from the sun with sunglasses, remove eye makeup before bed, and manage allergies to avoid rubbing your eyes.
One of the best ways to overcome facial dryness is to use a non-fragrant plant oil, such as rosehip oil, in your nighttime skincare routine. This kind of oil helps protect your skin barrier and won’t aggravate your skin like essential oils can.
You can either apply the oil straight to your skin before moisturizing or you can add a couple of drops of oil to your moisturizer to boost its replenishing effects. In winter, you may also want to add a few drops of oil to your moisturizer before applying your SPF as a way to combat the extra dryness that cold weather and heating can bring.
Dry skin on your face can often feel rough or appear dull. To address these accompanying skin concerns, make sure to include a chemical exfoliant such as lactic acid in your skincare routine. This will help remove dull dead skin cells to expose the newer, brighter, and more supple skin beneath.
If you have oily skin, there are ways to combat the shine without applying layers of pressed powder. Cleansing is essential, but stick to a cleanser containing salicylic acid as this chemical exfoliant helps break down oil without over-drying the face.
And, while you may think that you can skimp on moisturizing, the opposite is actually true. Oily skin is a sign that your skin is having to produce excess oil to combat an imbalance. Using a couple of drops of rosehip oil in your nighttime skincare routine can help restore balance to your skin and help calm down this oil overproduction. For a shine-free complexion, use this in conjunction with a light, non-comedogenic moisturizer and a mattifying SPF.
Fixing the Main Types of Skin Problems on Your Face
How many of these types of skin problems on your face have you experienced?
While more severe skin concerns such as rosacea and acne might not be a problem for everyone, we’re betting that you’ve all worried about dark circles, spots, or redness at some point. But, thanks to this guide, you now know how to fix these common skin issues!
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