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What’s causing your breakouts?

We all know that unsightly pimples are a pain to deal with, but what causes them in the first place? Take our quick and easy quiz to uncover what’s causing your breakouts!

Quiz Questions

  • 1.
    What's your current approach to pimples?
    • A.
      Squeeze it. Poke it. Pop it. Pick it.
      (Correlates to: Your breakouts are caused by… Touching your face too much!)
    • B.
      Reach for my trusty Beauty blender. I can dab this away with some of yesterday's makeup that's still on it.
      (Correlates to: Your breakouts are caused by… Dirty Make-up Brushes!)
    • C.
      I just need to wait until I'm done with my monthly cycle, then it should clear right up!
      (Correlates to: Your breakouts are caused by… Hormones!)
    • D.
      I have a nice coconut oil based concealer that should cover that right up!
      (Correlates to: Your breakouts are caused by… Pore-clogging make-up!)
  • 2.
    What does your current skincare routine look like?
    • A.
      I wear a fair bit of makeup, and use a makeup remover wipe at the end of the night, then just splash my face with water and scrub dry with a towel.
      (Correlates to: Your breakouts are caused by… Hormones!)
    • B.
      After I wipe most of my makeup off with my hands, I splash hot water over my face until it looks clean, then pat dry with a towel.
      (Correlates to: Your breakouts are caused by… Touching your face too much!)
    • C.
      I usually use the same pouffe and body wash I use on everything else in my nice, hot shower.
      (Correlates to: Your breakouts are caused by… Dirty Make-up Brushes!)
    • D.
      I often go to bed without washing my makeup off… I know… shame
      (Correlates to: Your breakouts are caused by… Pore-clogging make-up!)
  • 3.
    What does your bathroom counter or vanity look like?
    • A.
      I should probably call the maid.
      (Correlates to: Your breakouts are caused by… Touching your face too much!)
    • B.
      Covered in makeup and brushes, it's a bit of a disaster, really.
      (Correlates to: Your breakouts are caused by… Dirty Make-up Brushes!)
    • C.
      Tampons and chocolate next to the hot water bottle. Need I say more?
      (Correlates to: Your breakouts are caused by… Hormones!)
    • D.
      Just a bunch of cheap makeup and some coconut oil, I'm not too picky about what I use.
      (Correlates to: Your breakouts are caused by… Pore-clogging make-up!)
  • 4.
    How much do you spend monthly on your skin care?
    • A.
      $20 gets me lotion and a face scrub, so I’m happy.
      (Correlates to: )
    • B.
      I have a pretty intense 7 step routine, and it’s definitely not cheap.
      (Correlates to: )
    • C.
      I try to make samples stretch as far as I can
      (Correlates to: )
    • D.
      Somewhere between $50 - $80. I take my skin fairly seriously.
      (Correlates to: )
  • 5.
    If you were going away for two weeks and had limited space in your toiletries bag, what would you bring for skin care?
    • A.
      100% those handy make-up wipes. That’s all I need!
      (Correlates to: Your breakouts are caused by… Dirty Make-up Brushes!)
    • B.
      I'll have to make room next to the feminine hygiene products because you know Aunt Flo loves to ruin a good vacation!
      (Correlates to: Your breakouts are caused by… Hormones!)
    • C.
      Luckily I’m low maintenance and can just splash my face with water and go!
      (Correlates to: Your breakouts are caused by… Touching your face too much!)
    • D.
      I can save space and use coconut oil as a makeup remover and as a moisturizer. Win win!
      (Correlates to: Your breakouts are caused by… Pore-clogging make-up!)
  • 6.
    Be honest, when was the last time you washed your makeup brushes?
    • A.
      I have good intentions, but it's not often enough!
      (Correlates to: Your breakouts are caused by… Dirty Make-up Brushes!)
    • B.
      The brushes that come with the cheaper makeup I buy are pretty much disposable, anyways, so…!
      (Correlates to: Your breakouts are caused by… Pore-clogging make-up!)
    • C.
      More regularly than my period, that's for sure!
      (Correlates to: Your breakouts are caused by… Hormones!)
    • D.
      You don't have to wash your makeup brushes when you apply with your fingers.
      (Correlates to: Your breakouts are caused by… Touching your face too much!)
  • 7.
    Where did you learn your current skincare routine?
    • A.
      I'm still using what my mom used.
      (Correlates to: )
    • B.
      My friends and I went for a spa day once, and I bought whatever the facialist recommended.
      (Correlates to: )
    • C.
      I just buy whatever looks good in the skincare aisle at the grocery store.
      (Correlates to: )
    • D.
      I'm on a first name basis with my beauty consultant, she hooks me up with the best stuff for my skin.
      (Correlates to: )
  • 8.
    Which quote about skincare resonates with you?
    • A.
      "Ok hormonal acne. You can leave now. I'm 30. This is no longer funny." — Drew A. Head
      (Correlates to: Your breakouts are caused by… Hormones!)
    • B.
      “I love washing my makeup brushes!” – said no woman, ever.
      (Correlates to: Your breakouts are caused by… Dirty Make-up Brushes!)
    • C.
      “I like my products like I like my people – non toxic!” – the.mama.makers
      (Correlates to: Your breakouts are caused by… Pore-clogging make-up!)
    • D.
      "To heal a wound, you need to stop touching it." — Frank N. Stein
      (Correlates to: Your breakouts are caused by… Touching your face too much!)
  • 9.
    You’re given a gift card for Sephora – what do you blow it on?
    • A.
      Anything that will treat this cystic hormonal acne. RETINOL PLEASE!!! 
      (Correlates to: Your breakouts are caused by… Hormones!)
    • B.
      A whole slew of new make-up! I’ve been using palettes I bought at Claire’s for too long!
      (Correlates to: Your breakouts are caused by… Pore-clogging make-up!)
    • C.
      At least one of those fancy face-cleaning sponges and some makeup brushes so I can stop using my fingers for everything.
      (Correlates to: Your breakouts are caused by… Touching your face too much!)
    • D.
      Maybe a brush cleaning spray?
      (Correlates to: Your breakouts are caused by… Dirty Make-up Brushes!)

Quiz Outcomes

  • 1.
    Your breakouts are caused by… Dirty Make-up Brushes!
    That’s right, your skin isn’t the only thing that needs a healthy cleaning routine! The bristles on your make-up brushes a magnet for bacteria, dirt, and oil. Not so beautiful, right?Unless you wash your make-up brushes religiously, chances are good that they’re the culprit behind every pesky breakout and unsightly blemish.Any brush that is used to apply heavy cream foundations or gels should be washed after every use, and don’t even get me started on your beauty blenders… *cringe*Because even if you don’t break-out from your not-so-squeaky clean brushes, you can still end up with skin irritation, roughness, and redness.Washing away gross bacteria and built-up grime isn’t the only reason to scrub your brushes on the regular – using a dirty brush to apply your make-up means that you won’t always get the best application because yesterday’s make-up residue could distort the shade of the color you pick today.As an added bonus, cleaning your brushes regularly keeps them healthy, smooth, and ready for another hard day at work.So if you want to avoid pesky breakouts and less than stellar beauty results, follow these helpful tips to keep your brushes clean and your skin happy!Deep Clean Foundation Brushes Once A Day, Powder Brushes Once Or Twice A WeekRemember, bacteria loves moisture, so it's essential that you clean your beauty blender and liquid brushes each night. For powder brushes, once or twice a week is fine, provided that you're spot cleaning after each use.For both synthetic and real bristle brushes, you can use a gentle solution of dish soap and olive oil to really break up the grime and bring your tools back to like-new condition.Once they’re dry, give them a quick spritz with isopropyl alcohol for one last blitz of cleaning defense.Spot-Clean Like It's Your JobYou can never spot clean too much. Spot cleaning refers to using a spray-on, fast-drying cleanser after you use every brush. We swear by the BareBeauty Conditioning Brush Cleanser. It dissolves makeup and grime while leaving the bristles of your brushes fluffy and conditioned.Remember, spot cleaning is not a substitution for deep cleaning.Spot cleaning removes pigment and makeup, but it can’t cleanse thoroughly enough to remove all of the bacteria that your makeup brushes may have accumulated, because humans are kinda nasty and we can't help but harbor bacteria all over our largest organ.Sure, you can spot clean to keep bacteria at bay – but it doesn't completely eradicate it. Only a deep cleaning can prevent bacteria and *gulp* infestations.“Makeup may come and go, but brush cleaning is forever.”— NanshyBanish Those BlemishesBefore you reach for your makeup brushes, make sure your skin is in optimal condition! Here’s a simple, easy to follow skin care regime that will have your skin glowing and acne free!A Skin Care Regime to Annihilate Your AcneSTEP 1: Wash your faceI know that your first instinct will be to reach for the toughest acne-fighting face wash out there – but that’s not what your skin is actually screaming for.Your poor, distressed, acne-prone skin doesn’t need a harsh, drying acne cleanser; instead of healing your face, they just damage your skin’s natural protection barrier and leave you more vulnerable to break-outs.Instead, stick to a gentle, sulfate free cleanser to dissolve excess oil, dirt, and bacteria – without stripping your skin and leaving it screaming for moisture.I’d recommend Glow Restore, our natural, ethically sourced, cruelty-free cream-based, sulphate-free cleanser that won’t leave your face tight and irritated.Side note: If you're a makeup wearer, I highly suggest double cleansing—which is when you first use an oil-based cleanser like Skin So Fresh Oil to break down your foundation and eye makeup (don't worry; the oil won't clog your pores), and then use your gentle cleanser to rinse everything away. It's way more effective at cleaning your pores than a face wash alone.STEP 2: Apply an acne treatmentAnd by acne treatment, I mean any serums or gels with active ingredients (aka the ingredients that are going to "actively" treat your acne) like the ones below:Adapalene: a type of over-the-counter retinoid formulated specifically for acne. It regulates cell turnover, reduces oil production, and calms inflammationSalicylic acid: a BHA (beta hydroxy acid) that dissolves the excess oil and dead skin cells that lead to clogged poresBenzoyl peroxide: an ingredient that kills acne-causing bacteria on the skin and in your poresNiacinamide: a vitamin (you may know it as vitamin b3) that reduces inflammation and discoloration, while balancing oil productionIn general, if you're dealing with blackheads, whiteheads, go with adapalene (like our BlackHead Banisher) or salicylic acid (WhiteHead Whisperer), and if you're dealing with inflammatory acne, like pustules, try benzoyl peroxide or niacinamide (both can be found in our T-Zone Tamer). As for cystic acne? Adapalene is your best bet, but sometimes cystic acne calls for a doctor's care.Keep in mind, acne caused by hormones requires more than topical treatment. And a clean diet can be incredibly helpful when you work to balance hormones and clear up problem acne.STEP 3: MoisturizeGive the acne treatment you've just applied a minute to sink into your skin, and then layer some moisturizer on top. Yes, even you oily types.Oily and acne-prone skin 100 percent need moisture.Without it, your oil glands go into overdrive and end up producing more sebum (oil) to compensate, leading to clogged pores and overly shiny skin.Pretty much the opposite of what you want.Keep your skin balanced and hydrated with a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer (go with a lotion formula like Or Else It Gets The Hose Again if your skin is dry/combination and a gel formula like Feelin’ Gelly? if your skin is oily) that contains hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and/or ceramides.*For extra protection, add a light spf like Not Today, Satan, to your routine before you go on about your day. It’ll not only protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, it will also keep your poor acne scars from becoming even more unsightly from sun exposure.WHATEVER YOU DO…...resist the urge to attack your acne. Once you pop a pimple, it becomes a first aid issue and is no longer a beauty concern. So be kind, put your dirty fingers or tools away, and allow nature and time to bring that burgeoning disaster to a healthy end.Beat Acne in the Face!Hey there, spotty and tired of it! I'm Belle Buchanan, dermatologist, cosmetic chemist, and owner of Beyond Beauty. Our specialty is creating the best skin care products so you can get that salon facial experience at home.Having struggled with acne since the advent of puberty, believe me when I say I tried every product out there to control my acne, and wouldn’t recommend most of it! So I decided to do something about it and went to work designing my own line of beauty products to help people all over the world combat their face demons.Now I can safely say that I’ve got what you need to treat your hard to handle acne in my Skin You’re In beauty line, and have been featured in “Under The Skin” magazine and several episodes of the “Don’t Pop It” podcast.Get Some Skin ReliefCheck out these helpful resources for clear skin and bright smiles!1. Follow us on Instagram. From favorite products to beauty tips and everything in between, follow @BelleBeauty for all your skincare inspiration!2. Listen to my Podcast interview on “Don’t Pop It!” I share my passion for everything skincare, including my favorite guilty pleasure beauty products, and why I’ll never Pop again.3. Want guidance on how to craft your own perfect skin care regimen? Book a consultation with me. We’ll not only assess your skin and it’s needs, we’ll also educate you on all the habits you have that are hurting more than helping you in your battle against acne.Shine From WithinNow that you've got some insight into how to beat those pesky pimples, check your inbox for your quiz results. You'll also get my free Eating Right For Your Skin Guide.Over the next week, I'll be sharing more beauty tips, and tell you about some exciting new developments in the Anti-aging skin-care world.“Beautiful skin requires commitment, not a miracle”– Erno Lazlo
  • 2.
    Your breakouts are caused by… Pore-clogging make-up!
    One common culprit of breakouts is makeup and skincare products that contain pore-clogging, comedogenic ingredients. Gross!That’s right! There are ingredients in some cosmetics that are downright sabotaging your efforts to attain the perfect, healthful skin you’ve been dreaming of!If acne is the bane of your existence, consider checking the labels of your most commonly used cosmetics.To make it easier for you to shop for non-comedogenic cosmetics, here are a few tips to keep in mind:1. Look for a non-comedogenic labelThis isn’t a hard and fast rule because not every cosmetics brand uses labels like this. There isn’t a universal label like with Gluten Free products, so this can be tricky.An example of this is our Like New Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser. The back of the product is clearly labeled non-comedogenic.2. Avoid the most common pore-clogging ingredientsThe list of makeup ingredients is long and varied, but here are a few of the most common criminals:• Lanolin• Carrageenan• Sodium Laureth Sulfate• Palm oil• Coconut oil• Wheat germ3. Use our Honest Beauty UnconcealerDid you know that our Honest Beauty Unconcealer breaks down product ingredients name-by-name? While the primary function is to let you know whether or not a product is generally safe to use, you can also use the database as a cheat sheet for ingredients lists.“Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s Retinol.”– DoseOfGlamourBanish Those BlemishesBefore you reach for your makeup brushes, make sure your skin is in optimal condition! Here’s a simple, easy to follow skin care regime that will have your skin glowing and acne free!A Skin Care Regime to Annihilate Your AcneSTEP 1: Wash your faceI know that your first instinct will be to reach for the toughest acne-fighting face wash out there – but that’s not what your skin is actually screaming for.Your poor, distressed, acne-prone skin doesn’t need a harsh, drying acne cleanser; instead of healing your face, they just damage your skin’s natural protection barrier and leave you more vulnerable to break-outs.Instead, stick to a gentle, sulfate free cleanser to dissolve excess oil, dirt, and bacteria – without stripping your skin and leaving it screaming for moisture.I’d recommend Glow Restore, our natural, ethically sourced, cruelty-free cream-based, sulphate-free cleanser that won’t leave your face tight and irritated.Side note: If you're a makeup wearer, I highly suggest double cleansing—which is when you first use an oil-based cleanser like Skin So Fresh Oil to break down your foundation and eye makeup (don't worry; the oil won't clog your pores), and then use your gentle cleanser to rinse everything away. It's way more effective at cleaning your pores than a face wash alone.STEP 2: Apply an acne treatmentAnd by acne treatment, I mean any serums or gels with active ingredients (aka the ingredients that are going to "actively" treat your acne) like the ones below:Adapalene: a type of over-the-counter retinoid formulated specifically for acne. It regulates cell turnover, reduces oil production, and calms inflammationSalicylic acid: a BHA (beta hydroxy acid) that dissolves the excess oil and dead skin cells that lead to clogged poresBenzoyl peroxide: an ingredient that kills acne-causing bacteria on the skin and in your poresNiacinamide: a vitamin (you may know it as vitamin b3) that reduces inflammation and discoloration, while balancing oil productionIn general, if you're dealing with blackheads, whiteheads, go with adapalene (like our BlackHead Banisher) or salicylic acid (WhiteHead Whisperer), and if you're dealing with inflammatory acne, like pustules, try benzoyl peroxide or niacinamide (both can be found in our T-Zone Tamer). As for cystic acne? Adapalene is your best bet, but sometimes cystic acne calls for a doctor's care.Keep in mind, acne caused by hormones requires more than topical treatment. And a clean diet can be incredibly helpful when you work to balance hormones and clear up problem acne.STEP 3: MoisturizeGive the acne treatment you've just applied a minute to sink into your skin, and then layer some moisturizer on top. Yes, even you oily types.Oily and acne-prone skin 100 percent need moisture.Without it, your oil glands go into overdrive and end up producing more sebum (oil) to compensate, leading to clogged pores and overly shiny skin.Pretty much the opposite of what you want.Keep your skin balanced and hydrated with a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer (go with a lotion formula like Or Else It Gets The Hose Again if your skin is dry/combination and a gel formula like Feelin’ Gelly? if your skin is oily) that contains hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and/or ceramides.*For extra protection, add a light spf like Not Today, Satan, to your routine before you go on about your day. It’ll not only protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, it will also keep your poor acne scars from becoming even more unsightly from sun exposure.WHATEVER YOU DO…...resist the urge to attack your acne. Once you pop a pimple, it becomes a first aid issue and is no longer a beauty concern. So be kind, put your dirty fingers or tools away, and allow nature and time to bring that burgeoning disaster to a healthy end.Beat Acne in the Face!Hey there, spotty and tired of it! I'm Belle Buchanan, dermatologist, cosmetic chemist, and owner of Beyond Beauty. Our specialty is creating the best skin care products so you can get that salon facial experience at home.Having struggled with acne since the advent of puberty, believe me when I say I tried every product out there to control my acne, and wouldn’t recommend most of it! So I decided to do something about it and went to work designing my own line of beauty products to help people all over the world combat their face demons.Now I can safely say that I’ve got what you need to treat your hard to handle acne in my Skin You’re In beauty line, and have been featured in “Under The Skin” magazine and several episodes of the “Don’t Pop It” podcast.Get Some Skin ReliefCheck out these helpful resources for clear skin and bright smiles!1. Follow us on Instagram. From favorite products to beauty tips and everything in between, follow @BelleBeauty for all your skincare inspiration!2. Listen to my Podcast interview on “Don’t Pop It!” I share my passion for everything skincare, including my favorite guilty pleasure beauty products, and why I’ll never Pop again.3. Want guidance on how to craft your own perfect skin care regimen? Book a consultation with me. We’ll not only assess your skin and it’s needs, we’ll also educate you on all the habits you have that are hurting more than helping you in your battle against acne.Shine From WithinNow that you've got some insight into how to beat those pesky pimples, check your inbox for your quiz results. You'll also get my free Eating Right For Your Skin Guide.Over the next week, I'll be sharing more beauty tips, and tell you about some exciting new developments in the Anti-aging skin-care world.“Beautiful skin requires commitment, not a miracle”– Erno Lazlo
  • 3.
    Your breakouts are caused by… Hormones!
    Puberty usually comes with a whole slew of embarrassing changes in your body, but acne is one of the worst! And it’s especially rude when it follows you out of your teen years to haunt your daily adult life.Everything from menstruation to menopause, polycystic ovarian syndrome to increased androgen levels can cause hormonal fluctuations that result in acne, pimples, and even painful cysts.Add in the wonderful stress hormone cortisol and you’ve got a recipe for painful, unsightly, life-destroying acne that usually hangs around your lower face, giving you a wonderful bumpy beard of whiteheads and blackheads, and cheeks full of spots that aren’t fashionable freckles.But because the cause of hormonal acne isn’t on the surface, over-the-counter remedies won’t be able to touch it!So how do you treat your hormones and balance your skin, without resorting to Oral Contraceptives or Anti-Androgen drugs?You can cycle-sync your skin-care!Menstruation (Day 1-6)All hormones drop- skin is dull and lifeless!Focus: reduce inflammation and cell turnoverSkin Nutrients: Charcoal, salicylic acid, witch hazel, apple-cider vinegar, resurfacing agentsFollicular + Ovulation (Day 7-15)Estrogen rises and peaks – skin is glowing!Focus: nourishment and treatmentSkin Nutrients: Fatty acids and nourishing oils, resurfacing acids, vitamin C, zinc oxideLuteal (Day 16 - 28)Progesterone rises – sweat and sebum increase!Focus: Reduce oil and gently clear out poresSkin Nutrients: salicylic acid, squalene, phytic acid, charcoal“Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s Retinol.”– DoseOfGlamourBanish Those BlemishesBefore you reach for your makeup brushes, make sure your skin is in optimal condition! Here’s a simple, easy to follow skin care regime that will have your skin glowing and acne free!A Skin Care Regime to Annihilate Your AcneSTEP 1: Wash your faceI know that your first instinct will be to reach for the toughest acne-fighting face wash out there – but that’s not what your skin is actually screaming for.Your poor, distressed, acne-prone skin doesn’t need a harsh, drying acne cleanser; instead of healing your face, they just damage your skin’s natural protection barrier and leave you more vulnerable to break-outs.Instead, stick to a gentle, sulfate free cleanser to dissolve excess oil, dirt, and bacteria – without stripping your skin and leaving it screaming for moisture.I’d recommend Glow Restore, our natural, ethically sourced, cruelty-free cream-based, sulphate-free cleanser that won’t leave your face tight and irritated.Side note: If you're a makeup wearer, I highly suggest double cleansing—which is when you first use an oil-based cleanser like Skin So Fresh Oil to break down your foundation and eye makeup (don't worry; the oil won't clog your pores), and then use your gentle cleanser to rinse everything away. It's way more effective at cleaning your pores than a face wash alone.STEP 2: Apply an acne treatmentAnd by acne treatment, I mean any serums or gels with active ingredients (aka the ingredients that are going to "actively" treat your acne) like the ones below:Adapalene: a type of over-the-counter retinoid formulated specifically for acne. It regulates cell turnover, reduces oil production, and calms inflammationSalicylic acid: a BHA (beta hydroxy acid) that dissolves the excess oil and dead skin cells that lead to clogged poresBenzoyl peroxide: an ingredient that kills acne-causing bacteria on the skin and in your poresNiacinamide: a vitamin (you may know it as vitamin b3) that reduces inflammation and discoloration, while balancing oil productionIn general, if you're dealing with blackheads, whiteheads, go with adapalene (like our BlackHead Banisher) or salicylic acid (WhiteHead Whisperer), and if you're dealing with inflammatory acne, like pustules, try benzoyl peroxide or niacinamide (both can be found in our T-Zone Tamer). As for cystic acne? Adapalene is your best bet, but sometimes cystic acne calls for a doctor's care.Keep in mind, acne caused by hormones requires more than topical treatment. And a clean diet can be incredibly helpful when you work to balance hormones and clear up problem acne.STEP 3: MoisturizeGive the acne treatment you've just applied a minute to sink into your skin, and then layer some moisturizer on top. Yes, even you oily types.Oily and acne-prone skin 100 percent need moisture.Without it, your oil glands go into overdrive and end up producing more sebum (oil) to compensate, leading to clogged pores and overly shiny skin.Pretty much the opposite of what you want.Keep your skin balanced and hydrated with a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer (go with a lotion formula like Or Else It Gets The Hose Again if your skin is dry/combination and a gel formula like Feelin’ Gelly? if your skin is oily) that contains hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and/or ceramides.*For extra protection, add a light spf like Not Today, Satan, to your routine before you go on about your day. It’ll not only protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, it will also keep your poor acne scars from becoming even more unsightly from sun exposure.WHATEVER YOU DO…...resist the urge to attack your acne. Once you pop a pimple, it becomes a first aid issue and is no longer a beauty concern. So be kind, put your dirty fingers or tools away, and allow nature and time to bring that burgeoning disaster to a healthy end.Beat Acne in the Face!Hey there, spotty and tired of it! I'm Belle Buchanan, dermatologist, cosmetic chemist, and owner of Beyond Beauty. Our specialty is creating the best skin care products so you can get that salon facial experience at home.Having struggled with acne since the advent of puberty, believe me when I say I tried every product out there to control my acne, and wouldn’t recommend most of it! So I decided to do something about it and went to work designing my own line of beauty products to help people all over the world combat their face demons.Now I can safely say that I’ve got what you need to treat your hard to handle acne in my Skin You’re In beauty line, and have been featured in “Under The Skin” magazine and several episodes of the “Don’t Pop It” podcast.Get Some Skin ReliefCheck out these helpful resources for clear skin and bright smiles!1. Follow us on Instagram. From favorite products to beauty tips and everything in between, follow @BelleBeauty for all your skincare inspiration!2. Listen to my Podcast interview on “Don’t Pop It!” I share my passion for everything skincare, including my favorite guilty pleasure beauty products, and why I’ll never Pop again.3. Want guidance on how to craft your own perfect skin care regimen? Book a consultation with me. We’ll not only assess your skin and it’s needs, we’ll also educate you on all the habits you have that are hurting more than helping you in your battle against acne.Shine From WithinNow that you've got some insight into how to beat those pesky pimples, check your inbox for your quiz results. You'll also get my free Eating Right For Your Skin Guide.Over the next week, I'll be sharing more beauty tips, and tell you about some exciting new developments in the Anti-aging skin-care world.“Beautiful skin requires commitment, not a miracle”– Erno Lazlo
  • 4.
    Your breakouts are caused by… Touching your face too much!
    We just can’t stop touching ourselves! From wiping sweat off your brow, to resting your face in your hands when you’re tired, constantly touching your face with your grubby fingers transfers bacteria and adds pressure to your poor, tired skin. And it HATES it!Most of us do it without noticing – maybe you stroke your chin while you’re thinking, or you compulsively push your bangs off your forehead – but it’s making your skin seriously enraged."So hands off! That goes for squeezing pimples and picking at scabs too—that'll only make breakouts worse.Your face has its own bacteria working to keep your skin protected, and the main bacteria found on your skin and under your nails is staphylococci, and you don’t want to introduce a staph infection to your beautiful face! And while we’re on the subject of things that touch your face, let’s talk about things that your face touches.Like your phone. *shudder*We touch our phones over 2,000 times a day, and bacteria and dirt from your fingers can build up on your screen, causing breakouts around your chin, cheeks, and mouth.To keep your screen clean, give it a daily rubdown with an antibacterial wipe – or switch to making calls using headphones to avoid contact with your phone at all.Your work-out clothes, your bike helmet, even your yoga mat, are full of sweat-caused bacteria that will make not only your face, but your back and chest, break out like crazy!And at the end of the night, you press your face against your pillowcase for hours on end! Make sure that case is fresh and clean, or the products from your hair could easily transfer to your face and cause a whole world of problems!Being aware of the things that touch your face on the daily will help you to combat those times when you can unwittingly contaminate your beautiful skin with gross, dirty acne producers."First rule of acne Fight Club: Never Touch Your Face."– anonymousBanish Those BlemishesBefore you reach for your makeup brushes, make sure your skin is in optimal condition! Here’s a simple, easy to follow skin care regime that will have your skin glowing and acne free!A Skin Care Regime to Annihilate Your AcneSTEP 1: Wash your faceI know that your first instinct will be to reach for the toughest acne-fighting face wash out there – but that’s not what your skin is actually screaming for.Your poor, distressed, acne-prone skin doesn’t need a harsh, drying acne cleanser; instead of healing your face, they just damage your skin’s natural protection barrier and leave you more vulnerable to break-outs.Instead, stick to a gentle, sulfate free cleanser to dissolve excess oil, dirt, and bacteria – without stripping your skin and leaving it screaming for moisture.I’d recommend Glow Restore, our natural, ethically sourced, cruelty-free cream-based, sulphate-free cleanser that won’t leave your face tight and irritated.Side note: If you're a makeup wearer, I highly suggest double cleansing—which is when you first use an oil-based cleanser like Skin So Fresh Oil to break down your foundation and eye makeup (don't worry; the oil won't clog your pores), and then use your gentle cleanser to rinse everything away. It's way more effective at cleaning your pores than a face wash alone.STEP 2: Apply an acne treatmentAnd by acne treatment, I mean any serums or gels with active ingredients (aka the ingredients that are going to "actively" treat your acne) like the ones below:Adapalene: a type of over-the-counter retinoid formulated specifically for acne. It regulates cell turnover, reduces oil production, and calms inflammationSalicylic acid: a BHA (beta hydroxy acid) that dissolves the excess oil and dead skin cells that lead to clogged poresBenzoyl peroxide: an ingredient that kills acne-causing bacteria on the skin and in your poresNiacinamide: a vitamin (you may know it as vitamin b3) that reduces inflammation and discoloration, while balancing oil productionIn general, if you're dealing with blackheads, whiteheads, go with adapalene (like our BlackHead Banisher) or salicylic acid (WhiteHead Whisperer), and if you're dealing with inflammatory acne, like pustules, try benzoyl peroxide or niacinamide (both can be found in our T-Zone Tamer). As for cystic acne? Adapalene is your best bet, but sometimes cystic acne calls for a doctor's care.Keep in mind, acne caused by hormones requires more than topical treatment. And a clean diet can be incredibly helpful when you work to balance hormones and clear up problem acne.STEP 3: MoisturizeGive the acne treatment you've just applied a minute to sink into your skin, and then layer some moisturizer on top. Yes, even you oily types.Oily and acne-prone skin 100 percent need moisture.Without it, your oil glands go into overdrive and end up producing more sebum (oil) to compensate, leading to clogged pores and overly shiny skin.Pretty much the opposite of what you want.Keep your skin balanced and hydrated with a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer (go with a lotion formula like Or Else It Gets The Hose Again if your skin is dry/combination and a gel formula like Feelin’ Gelly? if your skin is oily) that contains hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and/or ceramides.*For extra protection, add a light spf like Not Today, Satan, to your routine before you go on about your day. It’ll not only protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, it will also keep your poor acne scars from becoming even more unsightly from sun exposure.WHATEVER YOU DO…...resist the urge to attack your acne. Once you pop a pimple, it becomes a first aid issue and is no longer a beauty concern. So be kind, put your dirty fingers or tools away, and allow nature and time to bring that burgeoning disaster to a healthy end.Beat Acne in the Face!Hey there, spotty and tired of it! I'm Belle Buchanan, dermatologist, cosmetic chemist, and owner of Beyond Beauty. Our specialty is creating the best skin care products so you can get that salon facial experience at home.Having struggled with acne since the advent of puberty, believe me when I say I tried every product out there to control my acne, and wouldn’t recommend most of it! So I decided to do something about it and went to work designing my own line of beauty products to help people all over the world combat their face demons.Now I can safely say that I’ve got what you need to treat your hard to handle acne in my Skin You’re In beauty line, and have been featured in “Under The Skin” magazine and several episodes of the “Don’t Pop It” podcast.Get Some Skin ReliefCheck out these helpful resources for clear skin and bright smiles!1. Follow us on Instagram. From favorite products to beauty tips and everything in between, follow @BelleBeauty for all your skincare inspiration!2. Listen to my Podcast interview on “Don’t Pop It!” I share my passion for everything skincare, including my favorite guilty pleasure beauty products, and why I’ll never Pop again.3. Want guidance on how to craft your own perfect skin care regimen? Book a consultation with me. We’ll not only assess your skin and it’s needs, we’ll also educate you on all the habits you have that are hurting more than helping you in your battle against acne.Shine From WithinNow that you've got some insight into how to beat those pesky pimples, check your inbox for your quiz results. You'll also get my free Eating Right For Your Skin Guide.Over the next week, I'll be sharing more beauty tips, and tell you about some exciting new developments in the Anti-aging skin-care world.“Beautiful skin requires commitment, not a miracle”– Erno Lazlo