Tips of the Day: May 04, 2011

Choose the right acne medication for your skin type. 

The active ingredients in acne medication are not the only thing that matters. If you have oily skin, you should try alcohol-based gels or liquids. Alcohol-based products evaporate quickly so your skin does not feel or look oily. On the other hand, if you have normal or dry skin, you probably want a lightweight, moisturizing product. Lotions and creams are good examples of products for normal and dry skin.

How do I keep my makeup from running? 

This issue is a problem for many people, especially those who have oily skin. There are several things you can do to prevent your makeup from smearing or running. After you wash your face, and before you apply your makeup, you could smooth a mattifying gel (or foundation primer) onto anyplace you tend to get oily. Try to concentrate on your chin, forehead, and nose because that is where most people get especially oily. During the day, you can spray a light mist of water onto your face to degrease it. You could also blot your face with the blotting sheets I talked about in my last post.

Does tanning clear up acne?

This question is often answered incorrectly.  With summer just around the corner, this fact is a good thing to know. No, tanning does not clear up acne. It may make them less noticeable at first, but it can eventually make your acne worse. Tanning can make it worse because it makes your pores look bigger, and it dehydrates your skin. At first, your pimples will go away because of your dryer skin. However, your skin will start to produce even more oil, which results in clogged pores and more acne.

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