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Cancel Your Appointment With The Post-Holiday Breakout

Holidays are awesome. Post-holiday breakouts are not. So you enjoy a few holiday treats and bump up your bubbly intake a bit during the season. Does your skin have to broadcast it to the world and everyone in your 9:00 a.m. marketing meeting? Not if we have anything to say about it. Here are a few tips for dealing with the fall-out from your all-in holiday fun.

 

Break Out The Benzoyl Peroxide

Acne’s worst enemy is your best friend. Benzoyl peroxide has long been the gold standard in treating acne breakouts. It’s bactericidal, meaning it kills acne-causing bacteria, so it can wipe out a breakout fast and stop new ones from starting. BP 10% Gel Medication is your front line fighter to get your new year off to a clear start.

 

Relieve The Redness

If the lack of sleep, the excess sugar and the stress have led to some bumpy, red eruptions, you’ll want to reduce the inflammation ASAP. Scrubbing vigorously will only further inflame your already irritated skin. Exfoliating scrubs are best to prevent breakouts, but if you’re already experiencing one, opt instead for a gentler cleanser that kills bacteria, reduces oil production and flushes out impactions without friction. Hello, BP 3% Acne Wash

 

Follow that with a clarifying toner to promote calm and clear skin. Normalizing Tonic Forté, with witch hazel, glycolic acid and salicylic acid, is as soothing as it is refining.

 

Don’t Be Afraid To Hydrate

Your skin barrier keeps bacteria out and keeps cell turnover consistent. A healthy skin barrier relies on a healthy lipid layer. Since many ingredients used to control acne can be drying, adding some moisture back is a god idea, and it’s an opportunity to further reduce inflammation. The trick is choosing the right formulation. Allantoin Sedating And Hydrating Lotion is a cocktail of calm and nourishment for your skin with healing ingredients like allantoin (from the comfrey plant), phenol-rich grape seed oil, oat protein, aloe, and zinc peptides.

 

Zap It With Zinc

Speaking of zinc, you should be getting more of it. In your products and your diet. Zinc reduces inflammation, speeds wound healing, aids the transport of vitamin A, is a potent antioxidant, and is thought to reduce sebum production. Zinc is a player in the fight against acne. Try our Sulfur Clay Mask with detoxifying sulfur, salicylic acid and zinc sulfates for a quick clarifying boost.

 

Freeze It

We’ve talked about this before, but it’s a tip worth repeating. A simple ice cube can help get rid of pimples. Place it on the offender and hold it there for a few minutes. The cold will reduce inflammation and decrease the redness. Follow the ice therapy with a corrective product like your BP 10% Gel Medication. The cold increases skin penetration of the product to enhance its effectiveness.

 

Drink a cup of calm

A cup of tea can be great for mind, body and skin. Aside from just being relaxing, which in itself is good for skin, many herbal teas have real benefits for skin health. Green tea has been shown to increase elasticity and density, improve barrier function, and an increase in blood flow and oxygen delivery to the skin. Take time to de-stress and give yourself a radiance booster as a bonus.

 

Get some beauty sleep

Sleep is when our bodies repair. A deficiency in sleep means a deficiency in repair. If the holidays mean parties and late nights for you, try to squeeze in some naps. There’s a reason it’s called beauty sleep.

 

Remember, You’re Beautiful

Now get out there and glow, gorgeous!