Ah, if only. Unfortunately, that’s not how the world (or our body) works. Not everyone who had acne during their teenage years will grow out of it. And if you had clear skin as a teenager, there’s no guarantee that you won’t suffer from it later in life. The reason: the inconsistency of our hormones! To treat breakouts, Paula suggests the tried-and-tested routine: cleanse with a gentle cleanser, spot-treat with benzoyl peroxide and exfoliate with salicylic acid.
We recommend: Paula’s Choice CLEAR Regular Strength System
While there’s nothing wrong with drinking more water (aside from the nuisance of running to the bathroom more often), it won’t change or prevent dry skin in any way. Why? Dry skin occurs when the substance that keeps the skin cells intact becomes depleted or damaged, resulting in a rough, uneven and flaky surface that allows water loss.
We recommend: Paula’s Choice RESIST Barrier Repair Moisturizer
First and foremost, blackheads are not dirt—so they’re not something that can and should be scrubbed away. Blackheads are actually a mixture of oxidized oil and cellular debris. Scrubbing it will only remove the top portion of the blackhead, but it won’t do anything to address its underlying cause. To remove blackheads, Paula suggests using a well-formulated salicylic acid to deeply clean and unclog your pores, dissolving excess oil and dead skin cells that constantly lead to blackheads.
We recommend: Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
According to Paula, there is no published research indicating that makeup of any kind causes acne. Makeup in stick forms are likely to harbor bacteria that may lead to breakouts, but that’s also true of skin care products in stick form. Sleeping with your makeup on is an entirely different story. This bad beauty habit can lead to clogged pores, irritated skin and, you guessed it, breakouts! In short: makeup itself does not cause acne—poor hygiene does!
We recommend: Paula’s Choice Gentle Touch Makeup Remover