What causes acne, and how can I prevent it?
Whatever your age, breakouts have similar causes. Hormones play a big role: Your body starts producing them during puberty and continues through adulthood, flaring back up in your 40s. Controlling your diet can help. Try to minimize intake of dairy and sugary snacks and drinks, which can worsen acne. Stress is another trigger. To relax, participate in a stress-reducing activity regularly. Exercise, meditation and yoga are good options.
Should I skip moisturizer if I have oily skin?
The short answer is no. When you don’t hydrate skin, oil glands go into overdrive to compensate, making acne worse. What’s key is using the right product: an oil-free moisturizer. Try EILEEN MAI® Silky Seaweed Hydrator and Vitamin C Daily Protection SPF30 during the day.
What ingredients should I look for on the labels of anti-acne products?
The most popular and effective treatments are salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. Look for a daily cleanser with salicylic acid, such as EILEEN MAI® Salicylic Cleansing Gel. Benzoyl peroxide is ideal for spot treatment (either 5% or 10%, depending on sensitivity) but can bleach fabric, so let the treatment dry completely if applying before bedtime.
Once a week, use a sulfur masque, such as EILEEN MAI® Sulfur Skin Clear Masque or Salicylic Spot Treatment Masque, which helps to remove dead skin cells, cleanse oily, T-zone and clogged pores, absorb excess oil, prevent acne formation, dry and clear blemishes for a clear, flawless complexion.
How can I control breakouts and wrinkles at the same time?
Retinol is a super-powerful ingredient that does double duty: It gently exfoliates to reduce breakouts while building collagen to plump up fine lines. But retinol can be irritating at first. If redness and peeling last longer than six weeks, lower the dosage and apply less frequently, or see our dermatologist.
Try EILEEN MAI® Retinol Skin Smoothing Serum, which has Hyaluronic Acid to keep your skin calm and hydrated and is enriched with many peptides and potent anti-oxidant ingredients for a younger, smoother skin.