Must-Have Sun Care Accessories

With long, sun-soaked summer days quickly approaching, it is time to take stock of all of your sun care products, throwing out any that are no longer of use. Once you have done so, it is time to fill your cupboards with these must-have sun care accessories, ensuring that your skin will be properly protected from any damaging UV rays all season long.

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Sun Hats
Rather than thinking of a sun hat as a cumbersome item that you would rather not wear, look at it as another stylish accessory that you can add to your outfit. Sun hats will give your face extra UV protection, the amount of which depends on how much of your face the hat shades. If you are quite active, a smaller brim is ideal, but this does mean that you would need to ensure that the unshaded parts of your face and shoulders are protected from the sun in another way.

Breathable Clothing
If you are planning to spend the entire day outdoors, ensuring that your clothing will give your body protection from the sun is essential. To keep life simple, invest in a couple of natural-fabric garments that are of a classic style and color, and that you can easily turn to when you know that you have a day outdoors in the sun coming up. For those of you who frequently spend a large amount of time outdoors, whether for work or simply your daily commute on your bicycle, it is always useful to own a couple of items of clothing that provide UV protection, and that are designed to be ultra-breathable to guarantee thorough ventilation.

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Sunglasses
The skin around your eyes is extremely delicate, which is why this is often the first area to show visible signs of aging. When choosing sunglasses, ensure that the lenses provide 100% UV protection, and do not forget that, if they do not wrap around the sides of your face, then you will still need to apply sunscreen to those areas of skin in order to keep wrinkles at bay.

After Sun Lotion or Gel
Even those that are extremely vigilant about sun care will find that they end up with a patch of skin that may be slightly tender and burnt after a day in the sun. This is why having a reliable after sun lotion is essential, as this burnt skin needs to be immediately cared for. Products that contain nourishing ingredients, such as cocoa butter and shea butter, will provide moisture and hydration, while aloe vera and cucumber will help to cool and repair the skin.

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Sunscreen
While the appropriate clothing and accessories do provide a great level of protection from the sun, it is always necessary to have a sunscreen that you can turn to as well. Mineral-based sunscreens will usually provide the best protection against sun damage and premature aging, as the zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that they contain sit on the skin and form a powerful barrier against UVA and UVB rays.

Sun damage can lead to so many different problems, not only superficially but also long-term, which is why these sun care accessories are absolutely necessary. Ensuring that your skin is well protected from the sun, not only with sunscreen but also with added shade from clothing and accessories, is something that will do your skin and body a world of good.

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Results of Sleeping with Makeup On

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Everyone has made the mistake of falling asleep and forgetting to remove their makeup, and while this may not seem as though it has caused much harm the next morning, doing this repeatedly leads to a world of damage. From premature aging to a dull complexion, this will all quickly begin to happen if you make the mistake of sleeping with your makeup on one too many times.

A Dull Complexion
Every night while you sleep, your skin renews itself, shedding any dead skin cells to reveal the fresh skin beneath. However, by sleeping with your makeup on, you prevent this natural turnover from occurring, because the makeup, oil and dirt that has built up on your face throughout the day remains on your outermost layer of skin, blocking the shedding of dead skin cells. This results in a dull and rough complexion, likely leading to even more makeup the next morning in order to brighten up the face.

Premature Aging
As mentioned earlier, sleeping with your makeup on traps all of the dirt and impurities into your skin, and this will soon begin to cause oxidative damage to your skin cells, breaking down their protective barrier. Without this, the rate of aging is drastically accelerated, resulting in wrinkles and fine lines that will be difficult to eradicate. After a while of sleeping with makeup on, you will notice that your skin will start to lose its firmness and tightness, and this is because the makeup will have caused your collagen levels to deplete, leading to sagging skin that nobody wants.

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Pimples and Acne
Leaving makeup on your skin while you sleep will clog your pores, which, in turn, can lead to chronic inflammation, resulting in pimples. Those who suffer from acne will notice an increase in breakouts after sleeping with makeup on, as thorough cleansing is especially important for those who suffer from such skin conditions.

Infections
Since sleeping with your makeup on compromises your skin’s protective barrier, your skin will be much more prone to infections. This is especially the case when it comes to mascara, as leaving this on overnight creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, and, if the bacteria is allowed to build up, this can soon lead to conjunctivitis. To top it all off, sleeping with mascara on will also cause eyelashes to become much more brittle and susceptible to breakages. Sleeping with other forms of eye makeup on can also lead to infections, as they clog the hair follicles and oil glands, once again creating the ideal environment in which bacteria can thrive.

All of the above issues usually arise after a more prolonged period of sleeping with your makeup on, whether this be a week or a month. While forgetting to remove your makeup for just one night may not cause any visible long-lasting damage, you should still be sure to cleanse your face thoroughly in the morning, before assessing your skin and examining its condition. A face mask is a great way to counter this mistake, as it will give your skin a deep cleanse, nourishing it from within, helping it to recover from the degradation that a night of makeup would have caused.

Photo Aging – Wrinkles, Age Spots, Uneven Pigmentation

Photo-aging refers to the damage caused to skin cells by solar radiation. While the sun’s UVB rays damage the DNA and other parts of the epidermis, the UVA rays penetrate even deeper into the skin, causing damage to collagen, elastic tissues, immune cells and blood vessels. This damage usually becomes more obvious with age, as the amount of sun damage that the skin has experienced begins to accumulate, resulting in wrinkles, age spots and uneven pigmentation.

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Preventing Photo-Aging
The most effective way to prevent photo-aging is by regularly applying a broad spectrum sunscreen, as this will protect your skin from both the UVA as well as the UVB rays. Even on a cloudy and overcast day, 80% of the sun’s rays are still able to penetrate into your skin, making sunscreen a necessity on a daily basis, even if you may think that you don’t need it on certain days. You should also try to stay out of the sun at its strongest hours, usually between 11 AM and 4 PM, although this does vary depending on your location. Finally, there are certain fabrics that you can wear that will offer your skin optimum sun protection, such as tightly woven cotton blends.

Repairing Photo-Aging
No matter what the visible effects of photo-aging on your skin may be, from wrinkles to age spots to uneven pigmentation, the damage can still be repaired to some extent, so it is important to make this a priority in your skin care routine. Antioxidants are vital when it comes to this, as they are able to enhance the way in which skin cells are able to repair the damage. Vitamin A has also been proven to be highly effective at treating photo-aging, because it is able to reduce large wrinkles and age spots, while stimulating the production of collagen. There are also many retinoid products targeted towards tackling uneven pigmentation. Alpha hydroxy acids can also be used to minimize the signs of photo aging. They work as an exfoliant, increasing cell turnover which allows your body to shed the damaged cells.

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Light-Based Technology
If your symptoms of photo-aging are more severe, then you may want to consider some of the newer treatment methods that have become available. Photodynamic therapy involves applying a specific formula to the skin and giving it time to penetrate before using a light-sensitizing machine to activate the ingredients in the formula, resulting in an increase in collagen production. Intense pulsed light is another light therapy technique that is especially effective when it comes to smoothing out uneven pigmentation. Laser therapy can also be used to treat a number of the issues that result from photo-aging, such as reducing age spots and wrinkles, as well as minimizing blood vessels.

The sun’s UV rays account for 90% of premature skin aging, so it is necessary to tackle photo aging as soon as possible. Since photo aging is unavoidable to a large extent, it is important to recognize the damage that the sun does to your skin, even if it may not yet be visible to the eye.

Camouflaging Fine Lines

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There comes a time in every woman’s life when fine lines become unavoidable, and so begins the search into all of the different ways to cover them up. From skin care tips to makeup advice, here are some of the best ways to go about camouflaging fine lines.

Invest in a Primer
A primer, one that is silicone based in particular, is fantastic for camouflaging fine lines. A primer is applied as a base, before any of your other makeup, and works by filling in fine lines, wrinkles and other areas of uneven texture. By giving your skin this extra cushion, your subsequent makeup products will be able to lightly sit on top, rather than settling into those lines that you are trying to hide. You will also notice that your makeup products will be much easier to apply, and your overall look will seem and feel much more natural.

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Hydration
Skin becomes drier with age due to changing hormones, and extra dryness will only make fine lines even more visible. Frequently moisturizing your skin will give it the hydration that it needs, which, in turn, will help to keep it looking plump. Drinking plenty of water will also help, as this will hydrate your skin from the inside.

A Tinted Moisturizer Instead of Foundation
It can often be tempting to slather on the foundation to try to hide those pesky lines, but this will usually just make them look worse. A tinted moisturizer will be much more hydrating, and not as heavy, giving you enough coverage without settling into your lines and emphasizing them. You should also pay attention to the areas of your face that do not actually need the extra coverage, and only apply the tinted moisturizer to your problem areas.

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Emphasize Your Eyes
While this may not be so much about camouflaging fine lines, emphasizing your eyes will help to make them the focal point of your face, shifting attention away from any lines. However, make sure to not go too heavy on the eyes, as heavy makeup can easily be quite aging. A simple eyeshadow and maybe some subtle eyeliner is all that you should need.

Cream Instead of Powder
Whenever possible, using a cream-based makeup formula rather than a powder will really make a difference in hiding those lines. While powders are great for setting makeup, they can also draw more attention to your lines. Cream-based formulas will not only do a better job at camouflaging fine lines, but they will also give you a much more natural overall look. This works for everything from a cream blush to cream eyeshadows, and, if you still want to use a powder, you will be able to use it extremely sparingly, since you already have the cream underneath.

Fine lines can be frustrating to deal with, as many makeup products can often make them stand out even more. By keeping your skin properly hydrated, using a primer, and opting for products that are cream-based, you will definitely be able to camouflage those pesky lines.

Beauty Trend Alert: Face Shaving

Hair removal methods come in many different shapes and forms, from waxing to hair removal creams to tweezing. When it comes to your face, you may believe that shaving is primarily reserved for men, but, as the latest beauty trend goes to show, it can have huge benefits for women as well. OROGOLD takes a look at the latest hair removal beauty trend for women – face shaving.

Woman shaving her face with a razor.

Where Has the Trend Come From?
Face shaving for women has long since been popular in Japan. Known as kao sori, face shaving is a popular treatment that results in a smooth and soft complexion, and it also allows other skin care products to better penetrate the skin. In the West, face shaving is often known as dermaplaning, and is commonly used to treat certain skin conditions, such as mild scarring, hyperpigmentation and wrinkles.

How Does it Work?
Unlike with most men, who use a shaving foam and shave almost every day, face shaving for women is usually carried out on dry skin. A straight razor is passed over the face in short, sweeping motions, and although a tingling sensation is often felt, the process is painless. After the razor has taken off the short hairs on the face, it then works as an exfoliant, taking off the dead skin cells that build up on the face. The shaving is usually followed up moisturizers and serums, and often a facial massage, and, when done by a professional, the process takes about an hour.

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Myths About Face Shaving
Many women believe that if they were to shave their face, they would soon end up with a 5 o’clock shadow, but this is a huge myth. The results usually last two or three weeks, depending on the individual’s skin condition and hair growth. In Japan, it is common for women to undergo face shaving once a month, as part of their regular facial. However, for those of you who already have quite dark facial hair, OROGOLD would not recommend face shaving, as this could cause the hair to grow back darker and thicker.

Can I Try Face Shaving at Home?
The beauty about face shaving is that it is so easy to do it yourself at home. The only tool that you will need is a single blade, straight-edged razor, with a slope towards the razor head for easier maneuvering. Facial and eyebrow razors are widely available, either at your local beauty store or online. To begin with, pull your skin taut and start shaving downwards in short strokes, holding the razor at a 45-degree angle against your skin. Once finished, OROGOLD reminds you to make sure that you apply a layer of moisturizer.

Although face shaving for women may seem like a strange concept, it has so many skin benefits, from exfoliating the skin to boosting collagen production to giving your face a healthy glow. Plus, if you have ever wondered why aging men don’t seem to suffer from the same onslaught of wrinkles as women do, you now know that it could be down to the fact that they have been unknowingly exfoliating their faces on a regular basis for the majority of their lives!

How Sleep Makes Your Skin Healthy – OROGOLD Reviews

The amount of sleep that you get each night, as well as the quality of the sleep, has a huge impact on the health of your skin. From slowing down the aging process by quickly replacing damaged skin cells to reducing the impact of existing skin conditions, OROGOLD explains how a good sleep each night will make your skin healthier than ever.

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Slows Down the Aging Process
Our growth hormones only fully function while we are asleep, and these are the same hormones that repair any damaged skin cells, damage that can be quite severe depending on how much exposure to the sun the skin has had. Without sufficient stretches of deep sleep, your damaged cells will not be repaired, and, instead, all of the small breakdowns that occur daily will start to build up, bringing on signs of aging much quicker.

Reduces Impacts of Skin Conditions
A lack of sleep causes inflammation within the body, which makes certain skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema, even worse. Rather than being a skin disease, psoriasis is actually a sign that the body is too inflamed, and a good quality, long sleep will help to reduce this inflammation. Increased inflammation can also lead to other skin problems, such as acne breakouts and increased skin sensitivity. Since sleep helps to build up and strengthen the immune system, your body will be better prepared to fight infections, meaning that blemishes will clear up much quicker.

Moisture Levels
While you sleep, the moisture levels in your body re-balance themselves. While your skin is able to retain some moisture, any excess water in your body gets processed for removal, meaning that a lack of sleep would result in a poor water balance. This then leads to puffy bags under your eyes in the mornings, as well as dark circles. Dryness and visible wrinkles are also common.

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Complexion
A chronic lack of sleep means that your skin is not able to renew itself and grow, and this leads to a dull complexion. A good sleep each night will encourage quicker your skin cells to grow faster, giving you a healthy glow that even the best of beauty products would not be able to compete with. ORO GOLD recommends investing in a silk pillowcase to boost this glow, and to make all of your night time beauty products work even better.

A quality sleep each night, coupled with good night cream products, should help to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy. Your night cream should be thick enough to nourish your skin, keeping it moist while your water levels are re-balancing, but should not be so thick that it clogs up your pores, reducing the flow of oxygen into your skin. OROGOLD Cosmetics recommends feeling your face 15 minutes after applying the cream – you should still be able to feel the smoothness of it but should not otherwise be aware of it. If you are, this is a sign that your night cream is too thick. When it comes to how long you should be sleeping for each night, OROGOLD would suggest seven to eight hours, as any more than that can mean that we wake up feeling sluggish, and with puffy eyes.

What Happens to Skin As You Age? OROGOLD Reviews

The skin is the body’s largest organ, and as the main shield between you and the environment, it encounters huge amounts of abuse. To help you better understand the phases that your skin goes through, OROGOLD looks at what happens to your skin as you age.

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Your Thirties
Aging concerns usually begin at around 30 years of age, as during teenage years, as well as in your twenties, lines would have not yet started to form. By the time you reach your thirties, collagen, which gives skin its strength, and elastin, which gives skin its flexibility, begin to get weaker, leading to the start of wrinkles and ‘expression lines’. You may also begin to lose some skin tone in your thirties, as the elastic that supports your lymph nodes starts to weaken, causing puffiness around the eyes and a duller complexion. OROGOLD recommends upgrading to a more hydrating moisturizer once you reach this stage in life, as the products you used in your twenties are likely to not be rich enough to meet your skin’s new needs.

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Your Forties
Lymphatic drainage is the way in which the body gets rid of toxins, and once you reach your forties, this begins to drastically slow down. The body also starts to produce less sebum, which is the skin’s protective outer coating that protects it from the environment, meaning that you will now be more vulnerable to external factors such as pollution or a smoky environment. By the time you reach your mid-forties, certain hormones, such as estrogen, stop being produced, meaning that the skin around your neck and chest may start to sag and wrinkle more. In addition to this, more fat deposits, also known as cellulite, are deposited around your hips and thighs, bringing about the dreaded ‘orange peel’ effect. OROGOLD recommends massaging your face each day when applying moisturizer, to increase circulation. You can also have a look at some of the firming facial treatments available, which help to replace the lost sebum.

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Your Fifties
Your fifties are when age spots, patches of pigmentation, begin to appear on your skin, as your cells produce this pigment in the absence of sun. It is also possible that your pores increase in size, as your skin becomes much looser and each pore opening seems more pronounced. Wrinkles are usually apparent by this stage, as your collagen and elastin are too weak to support the skin cells. OROGOLD suggests using a Vitamin A product that is retinol based, as this will help to firm the skin, and, when used regularly, will help to speed up the production of collagen, as well as the production of new skin cells.

As you age, your skin becomes drier, and moisture becomes more important than ever. Although the rate at which you age is partially dependent on genetics, your lifestyle choices also play a huge role, and there are plenty of great serums, moisturizers and nourishing masks that you can purchase to help keep your skin as youthful, healthy and hydrated as possible.

How to Prevent Sleep Wrinkles – OROGOLD Reviews

Although wrinkles are one of those natural side-effects that come with age, we are all determined to put them off for as long as possible, investing in an array of anti-wrinkle creams and other cosmetic products. Although you may think that a good night of sleep will help to erase away any lines that developed during the day, this is not exactly true. After the sun has penetrated into your skin, lying with your face on a pillow in the same position night after night only results in those same lines being ironed into your face, giving you deep wrinkles at a much earlier age. OROGOLD Cosmetics shows you how to prevent sleep wrinkles.

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Sleeping Position
The best way to avoid sleep wrinkles is by adjusting your sleeping position, sleeping on your back instead of your side. If you have already tried this, and find yourself back on your side in the mornings, try placing a pillow under your knees, and a U-shaped pillow around your head, to stop you from rolling over. If you are still finding it unavoidable to sleep on your side, position yourself so that the lower half of your face is not touching the pillow. This will help to stop the marionette lines, the ones that run from your nostrils to the corners of your mouth, from forming.

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Change Your Pillow or Pillowcase
There are certain types of pillows available for those who prefer to sleep on their side, decreasing any physical stress that is placed onto your face. It may be worth investing in a specialty pillow that will support your neck and keep your face off the pillow at the same time. You could also try using a pillowcase that is made from satin or silk, as the slippery surface helps to reduce the friction between your face and the pillow, minimizing any bunching of fabric that would have caused deep creases on your face. Pillowcases that have copper-infused fibers are also available, and these claim to help stimulate collagen, resulting in younger looking skin.

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Sleep with Clean Skin
It is important to make sure that every night before bed, you thoroughly wash your face, cleaning away perspiration, makeup and oil that has built up throughout the day. If you don’t, your pores will start to get clogged up, not only resulting in breakouts but also preventing any fresh new cells from coming to the surface. A night cream that moisturizes your face can also help to enhance your skin and repair any damage. As we age, the production of collagen in our skin slows down, reducing the elasticity, which is why, as we get older, any sleep wrinkles do not fully fade away the next day. Mature skin is also drier as it contains less oil, making any wrinkles more visible, but a good night cream can help to combat this to some extent.

For women who sleep on their side, the most noticeable lines will appear around their mouth, cheeks and chin, whilst for men, these usually appear on the forehead. OROGOLD believes that preventing sleep wrinkles is a simple step that all can take to ensure that the skin keeps its clear, youthful glow for as long as possible.

OROGOLD Presents Cures For Men’s Top 5 Skin Problems

Man taking care of his skin outdoorsYes, most men would like to believe that they don’t suffer from skin problems like the ladies do because of their higher collagen and elastin production rates and their thicker skin. However, man or woman, your skin does deteriorate with age. The only difference is that women might end up showing the signs of aging faster than men. Your skin is subjected to all sorts of threats, damages and problems. The UV rays and the harmful free radicals are not just the only things tormenting your skin. Cuts, scrapes, chemicals and infections also play a major role in making life difficult for your skin. Add to this your sweaty gym clothes, male habits, stressful lifestyles and improper diets and you have the perfect torture chamber for your skin.

As a result of these problems and the constant torture, there are several skin problems that crop up every now and then. This post deals with offering you with more knowledge about the 5 most common skin problems among men and their solutions.

Skin Problem # 1 – Wrinkles

Wrinkles might make you think of your grandmas, but trust us, no one is safe from them. Man or woman, your face is bound to be subjected to wrinkles sooner or later. To make sure that its later rather than sooner, you really need to start off with anti-aging skin care. But before that, you need to quit smoking. As long as you’re smoking, there is no point following a skin care routine because you’re causing irreparable damage to your skin. Once you do that, start off with prevention. Protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun and take the help of anti-aging serums and moisturizers. Look for ingredients like Resveratrol, Vitamin C or Retinols in your skin care.

Skin Problem # 2 – Dark Circles

Dark circles are mostly given to you as a gift from your parents, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t get them on your own. Improper sleeping habits and poor diets are likely to give you a few dark circles of your own, irrespective of whether your parents gave them to you  or not. And since your schedules don’t seem likely to change, start changing your diets and your skin care routines. Add nutrient rich fruits and vegetables, start off with regular exercises and incorporate special eye care creams and serums into your skin care routine.

Skin Care Problem # 3 – Acne

Contrary to what most men believe, pimples are not just restricted to the school life and your teens. The hormones were responsible for the pimple onslaught during your teens, but things like stress, excessive sweating and humidity can also lead to pimples. Start following a proper skin care routine and add ingredients that help you to treat acne. If your flare ups are really bad, visit a physician and request a proper treatment.

Skin Care Problem # 4 – Sunburns

Sunburns occur when your skin gets exposed to the UV rays of the sun. Although most men never get a bright red color, the damage done to their skin is the same. Using prevention strategies such as broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreens, broad rimmed hats and sunglasses are the best way of protecting your skin from sunburns. But in order to negate the damage caused to your skin, you need to start using products that contain ingredients which help with anti-aging and sun protection.

Skin Care Problems # 5 – Razor burns

Razor burns are normally not very serious, but they can lead to lasting irritations or pimples that last you for several days. The problem most probably lies in your shaving technique. However, there are certain other blunders which can lead to razor burns as well. To help minimize these razor burns, use things like a pre-shave serum and an aftershave balm. Look out for ingredients such as Aloe Vera or Vitamin E in your products. It also helps to use proper shaving gels and shave with short and deliberate strokes. We recommend trying OROGOLD grooming products to get the most luxurious and comfortable shave.

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A man touching his skin and looking in the mirrorWhat are men’s top skin problems and treatments?

As tough and rugged as men are sometimes perceived to be, it may come as a surprise that their skin can actually be very sensitive. Harmful chemicals and infections, cuts, scrapes, overexposure to sunlight, sweat, and stress can make male skin react in many less-than-ideal ways.

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Acne

Pimples aren’t just an issue for teenagers…unfortunately. Humidity, stress, heavy sweating, or the use of steroids can cause blemishes. Even if you’re the figure of perfect personal hygiene and diet, you’ll still see flare-ups. In fact, washing your face too much can cause acne to get worse.

If your acne is bad enough to rattle your confidence, see a primary care physician. If you’re dealing with a more moderate situation, try a 5 percent, over-the-counter, benzoyl-peroxide skin wash from your local drug store, and use it twice a day.

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