Why you should be using Hyaluronic Acid

While hyaluronic acid isn’t a new, fresh ingredient, you may be only just starting to hear about it now. This ultimate anti-ageing, skin hydrating booster isn’t entirely new to the skincare scene, but many people don’t know exactly what it is and what it’s used for.

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Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring substance created in our bodies already, but doesn’t always work to the best of its ability when it is not boosted by a topical formula. Simply put, hyaluronic acid is a hydrator. It binds 1000 times its weight in water, helping to diminish the ageing process.

The benefits of hyaluronic acid are clear:

  • Its moisture-binding properties attract and store moisture in the skin for optimal hydration 24/7
  • Hyaluronic acid plumps and hydrates, which weakens during the ageing process
  • Leaves skin feeling soft, smooth and hydrated, making the skin look more radiant
  • Improves the appearance of dine lines by plumping and firming the skin
  • Hydrates and calms even redness-prone and congested skin types like rosacea sufferers

Hyaluronic acid is not only for those suffering from dry, red and dehydrated skin. It is suitable to use even on oily, sensitive and acne-prone skin, making it the ultimate multi-tasker for all skin types. While its lightweight formulation absorbs immediately, it allows enough time to maximise nourishing of the skin as soon as it is applied.

Image Skincare’s VITAL C range is the perfect solution to dry, dull and dehydrated skin with most of its product line containing hyaluronic acid as its key ingredient. VITAL C protects skin from harsh environmental stressors with a rich blend of botanicals, targeting visible skin dehydration with a multi-depth hydrating formula, to create a soothing and healthy way to improve skin

Products containing hyaluronic acid:

Hydrating Anti-Aging Serum

Hydrating Repair Crème

Hydrating Enzyme Masque

Hydrating Intense Moisturiser

Hydrating Eye Recovery Gel

Vital C Group

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THE Quick Beauty Fix: The Rising Popularity of Sheet Masks

The biggest trend to hit the beauty industry is clearly and overwhelmingly K-Beauty, or Korean Beauty, where the nation’s trends of everyday beauty routines are only just hitting our shores to be utilised by anyone from local salons to big beauty brands in the trade.

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While most of our bathroom cabinets are likely full to the brim with a mixture of our classic staple beauty bits and skincare fads with exotic ingredients and a host of scents, nothing can compare to the beauty standards held in South Korea. While their well-known 15 step everyday skincare regime (cleanse, tone, moisturise, the list goes on) might be out of our achievable reach, there is some aspects of this routine that we can, and willingly, get on board with…

Now we know from these incredible Asian beauty care trends, your daily beauty routine is really not complete without the use of a sheet mask. This trend is seemingly perfect for a quick fix for every beauty need, with formulas being made for specific skin issues, from dry to ageing to sensitive skin.

If you need any more persuading of the rising popularity of sheet masks in your skincare routine, revisit the beauty invasion of BB Creams. 5 years ago this niche product was hardly heard of, but now this has become a true staple in everyone’s makeup arsenal, globally.

Sheet masks are now being produced globally, including Image’s new collection I MASK, which launches two new intense biomolecular sheet masks into the line for that needed hit of hydration.

Sheet masks are simply facial fabric sheets, as the name explains, infused with a serum or gel like product that is placed directly onto the face to soak for 10-20 minutes, in order to maximise the product’s penetration and results. The fabric locks in the treatment to ensure the most effective delivery of ingredients and in under 20 minutes, you are able to see physical results like improved tone, firmness and hydration. It is perfect to use in your everyday routine at home, and an ideal addition to services in salon, such as LED treatment or facials.

The best benefit from sheet masks is the instant hydration hit you receive. Sheet masks bring back the hydration we naturally lose daily, immediately. With ingredients like strong peptides and antioxidants, as well as brightening botanicals, sheet masks are guaranteed to leave your skin plump, dewy and glowing.

Here’s why we love them:

  • Each mask gives you the correct application dosage – Forget the days when you over or under-applied your face mask, with sheet masks each package has the exact dosage of hydration your skin needs without the worry
  • There’s a formula for every skin concern – Each sheet masks comes in different formulas to combat multiple skin concerns, including dull, dry and ageing skin
  • A-listers swear by them – If you didn’t trust the hundreds of incredible beauty trends that have come out of South Korea, just trust what Hollywood’s biggest celebs are doing. From supermodels like Chrissy Teigen and Karolina Kurkova, to Lady Gaga and Lena Dunham, sheet masks are officially the perfect treatment for all skin types and concerns

Image Skincare’s latest product launches included their new range, I MASK, which launched two new sheet mask formulas, designed to give your skin the ultimate hydration boost and skin rejuvenation at its most intense. With breakthrough hydrogel technology that stands above previous sheet mask formulations like biocellulose masks to deliver the patented biomolecular hydrogel mask, Image’s I MASK range will wow and impress.

I MASK Biomolecular Anti-aging Radiance Mask
Anti-aging sheet mask infuses skin with a unique fusion of volcanic water, brightening botanicals, peptides and antioxidants for the ultimate youthful appearance and radiance.

I MASK Biomolecular Hydrating Radiance Mask
Derived from red algae and carob tree, this revolutionary soothing hydrogel mask was developed to increase delivery of active ingredients to lift, brighten and deeply hydrate skin after a single application.

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5 Steps to the Perfect Skincare Routine

men's skincare routineFinding the right skincare routine can get pretty complicated when you start adding in layers. We’ve got the perfect 5-step plan to simplifying your layering routine. Image Skincare offers a variety of products for each step to fit your skin’s unique needs. Let us know in the comments below what Image products are in your layering routine. 

Step 1: Cleanse

Have you ever thought, “I didn’t wear any makeup today, so I can definitely skip washing my face tonight”? We’ve all been there. It’s easy to assume if you have nothing to wash off, you are good to go. However, as you go about your day, dirt, oil and unwanted debris from the environment around you have made a home on your skin. Washing your face with a balancing cleanser like the  Ageless Total Facial Cleanser removes the impurities and works to exfoliate and tone the skin. 

hydrating anti-aging serumStep 2: Restore + Correct

Our serums contain healing antioxidants and vitamins which protect your skin from environmental factors. They also provide anti-aging benefits. It’s never too early to start using aging-preventative serums on your skin. There are a variety to choose from, but if you’re new to serums, try our Vital C Hydrating Anti-Aging Serum, a great choice for all skin types. 

balancing bio-peptide cremeStep 3: Hydrate

Choosing the right moisturiser for your skin type can be a confusing process. We have a variety of hydrating crèmes to fit your skin’s needs. Our moisturizers are formulated to hydrate and heal the skin while you go about your day and while you sleep. Our Ormedic Balancing Bio-Peptide Crème is an organically blended moisturizer that delivers essential anti-aging nutrients and vitamins to the skin, helping to restore and balance. This is a great choice for all skin types. 

Step 4: Protect

Protect your skin year-round with Prevention+ daily hydrating moisturiser. We swear by this stuff! The sheer formula won’t clog your pores, and goes on smooth without leaving any residue. As an added benefit, it’s enriched with a blend of anti-oxidants, vitamins and green tea as an anti-inflammatory agent. Plus, it smells amazing! Note: when choosing an SPF, make sure it has broad-spectrum high UVA/UVB protection. This will ensure you get the very best protection against the sun’s harmful rays. 

I Prime flawless blur gelStep 5: Prime

Before you apply your daily makeup, try our I Beauty I prime flawless blur gel. Prime your skin to perfection with this ultimate blur gel. This powerful blend of antioxidants, plant-derived stem cells and botanicals fights free radical damage while reducing the appearance of fine wrinkles and imperfections. Your skin will be camera-ready in one application!

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Lighter, Brighter, Illuminated Hands

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The colder months are on their way and will be here before we know it. Say goodbye to summer problems, and hello to winter woes. Very often it is our hands that we neglect the most during the long winter months. For most of us caring for our face and dare I say body may be part of our daily routine, but sometimes we neglect our hands leaving them dry, blotchy and irritated.

Our hands are usually the second impression we give others when we offer a handshake, so it’s very important to tak192e34f58e20d3546991946b7bd106a0e the time to implement good care of your hands albeit with very little effort!

Image Skincare’s Iluma range works effectively to take care of the skin, from face to body to the delicate skin on your hands. The Iluma Intense Lightening Hand Crème is not just your daily hydrating hand moisturiser for dehydrated skin. It also contains intense skin lightening agents which diminish those tell-tale age spots on the back of the hand – often caused by sun damage.

This revolutionary hand cream provides daily UVA and UVB broad-spectrum protection and powerful antioxidants, to fight against free radicals and further effects from the environment.

Image Skincare incorporates important natural ingredients into this cream:

  • ILUMA intense lightening hand cremeCoenzyme Q10, which is a super antioxidant
  • Kombuchka – which is a potent antioxidant with brightening properties
  • Kojic Acid and Mulberry – both natural skin lighteners
  • Heliopan and Parsol – sunscreen ingredients which protect against photo damage and premature ageing of the skin
  • Senestem – significantly lightens pigmentation (age spots) and increases dermal and epidermal thickness
  • Purple Passion flower – which protects against UV rays
  • BV-OSC –  stable Vitamin C ester, antioxidant, accelerates collagen synthesis up to 50% better than L-ascorbic acid

Applying regularly throughout the day offers the best results. Make it part of your daily routine and you will soon see smoother and younger looking hands.

Remember that the Iluma Intense Lightening Hand Crème contains SPF 15. One of its key ingredients is 43% Parasol 340 which acts to protect against the harmful effects of UV rays from the sun and reduce premature signs of ageing – an extra essential for people who spend a lot of time driving with your hands on the wheel, exposed to those dangerous UV rays.

Find your local Image Skincare stockist today and pick up your Illuma hand crème so that even your hands can age later with Image.

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Top Skincare Hacks to Revolutionise your Routine

We love our makeup hacks, but we often forget about how to hack our skincare routine to make it easier and quicker, and much more effective on our skin. Any beauty routine starts with great skincare, which means without top tips and tricks that make our skincare better, well we just wouldn’t survive!

From inflammation soothing to makeup removal, here are Image Skincare’s skin hacks to revolutionise your routine and your skin…

Mix face oils with your moisturiser. Adding just a drop of oil into your moisturiser can remove an extra few steps in your routine by adding added hydration at the source. Apply to your face as usual, mixed in with your day or night cream for additional glow to your skin. Not only are you getting that extra hydration to your face in half the time and effort, but on the outside you look refreshed and dewy. We recommend adding the VITAL C Hydrating Facial Oil to your favourite Image moisturising cream for the look.

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Keep your eye cream in the fridge. Suffering from constant puffiness? The perfect (and refreshing) solution is to chill your signature eye cream in the fridge before you use it at the end of your skincare routine. Not only is it great on the surface, but it can help decrease under eye puffiness and boost circulation to the skin. Our top choice for this is the ORMEDIC Balancing Eye Lift Gel, just be sure not to fully freeze it.

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Time to try out multimasking. Mixing, matching and layering your facemasks is one of the biggest trends to hit the skincare scene. The technique is designed to target different skin concerns at once, like acne on the t-zone and rosacea on your cheeks. Your skincare routine has never been so personal, we recommend the CLEAR CELL Medicated Acne Masque with our VITAL C Hydrating Enzyme Masque to target different areas of the face, depending on your skin condition.

Tame your brows with a dab of sunscreen. Whether your brows are preened to perfection or not, there is always a stray hair that pops out by the end of the day. Using a dab of SPF moisturiser or sunscreen, slick those stray hairs back into place and also provides that extra bit of protection on skin that is forgotten. Our PREVENTION + Daily Matte Moisturiser would work wonders for this hack.

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Apply wrinkle ridding crème with your ring finger. We are all concerned about the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, with all that pulling, tugging and swiping across delicate areas of the skin. Experts say that applying skincare with your ring finger will prevent more from showing up, and the ones that do exist will look less noticeable. Your ring finger, being the weakest finger, does the least amount of tugging, making it the perfect tool for applying eye crèmes and masques. Lightly dab our the MAX Stem Cell Eye Crème across your under eyes and crow’s feet for a firmer look.

Do you use any of these skin care hacks? What other skin care tricks have you tried?

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Your Night Time Skincare Routine

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Step 1 | Cleanse

Start your evening routine with a gentle cleanser. Your skin tends to need a little bit more washing in the evenings since you have been out and about all day, wearing makeup and eating food so swipe your favourite cleanser on your damp face (we recommend the Vital C Hydrating Facial Cleanser) a wash it off with warm water.

Step 2 | Serum

Next, it’s time to focus on the problem areas of your face. Serums are a great solutions for uneven skin tone, dull skin, fine lines and more. With a few drops of our current favourite Ormedic Balancing Antioxidant Serum, lightly cover your face with the cooling serum, focusing specifically on your t-zone or other problem areas.

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Step 3| Moisturise with a Repair Crème

Promote healthy, more youthful skin with a heavier more nourishing repair crème in the evenings. Due to its greater density, it diminishes wrinkles and tightens the skin while you sleep. Your skin will drink up the antioxidants in the crème (we recommend the Ageless Total Repair Crème) for you to wake up to a radiant, hydrated face.

Step 4 | Masque (weekly)

It’s important to exfoliate each week with a masque that resurfaces and rejuvenates the skin, leaving the skin ultra-smooth. Opt for a weekly night routine that includes this step, allowing your skin to rid itself of dead skin cells that build up, refreshing your skin for the week. With revolutionary stem cell technology, the MAX Stem Cell Masque with vectorize-technology works to revitalise dull skin from the week and your day for a radiant look in the morning.

 

 

 

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Taking the Plunge with the MAX Stem Cell Neck Lift

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Many factors are at play when it comes to an aging neck. Our necks aren’t made up of the same fatty issue that we find in the face, leaving the skin there drier, more delicate and less elastic. This means that as we age it has a far greater potential for wrinkles, sagging and creping than our faces. It’s also a greater risk for UV damage because it has fewer melanocytes – the cells that make the pigment that protects our skin from sun damage – so it’s at risk of becoming mottled with uneven colour and brown spots. Don’t panic just yet.

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The most innovative skincare brand in the industry is here to help with yet another scientifically advanced formula with clinically proven results. By selecting the right products and applying them carefully you can “Age Later” both on your face and your neck. So go ahead, keep your secrets.

3 easy ways to take care of your neck:

Perfect posture. Not only will it stave off lower back issues in the future and make you look slimmer, keeping your neck long will help combat those pesky horizontal lunes and dreaded “turkey neck”.

the-max-stem-cell-neck-liftDream a little dream… of youthful neck and jawline. Try sleeping on your back on just one silk pillowcase to ensure your neck isn’t stretched or folded while you sleep. Bonus; you will love the way your hair looks when you wake up in the morning. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase causes less friction for your hair, too. Get ready for a good hair day, every day.

Did you know you can work out the muscles in your neck? There are tons of ways to tighten the neck and jawline – from plastic devices you pop in your mouth to treatments that send electrical impulses to your neck muscles forcing them to contract.

 

APPLY the MAX Stem Cell Neck Lift as part of your every day skincare regimen both morning and evenings. The latest addition to the MAX STEM CELL COLLECTION contains the MAXimum concentration of innovative peptides combined with plant derived stem cell technology that’s clinically proven to increase elasticity, brighten, tighten and define the neck and jawline.

EXFOLIATE your neck and chest once per week with a gentle exfoliating product. We love our ILUMA Intense Brightening Exfoliating Powder. It’s gentle yet effective formula not only sloughs away dead skin cells to allow serums and moisturizers to penetrate deeper into the skin, but it packs some seriously advanced ingredients to reduce pigmentation and boost skin’s radiance.

 

SMOOTH on a Vitamin C-rich serum that least three times per week. But beware! Not all Vitamin C Hydrating Anti-Aging Serum contain a Botox-like peptide that’s clinically proved to reduce wrinkle depth, it’s also formulated with an oil-soluble version of the citrus king that penetrates deeper into the skin and is far more effective than its water-soluble counterpart.

RAMP UP your SPF game. Your neck gets saggy as collagen and elastin fibres within weaken. You can delay the droop with a dedicated daily application of a broad-spectrum sunscreen like any one of the versions found in our PREVENTION + COLLECTION.

NEVER underestimate the power of makeup. A good primer will blur winkles for the appearance of a smooth neck. Try out new I Prime Flawless Blur Gel combined with the I Conceal Flawless foundation of your choice for a beautiful blurred, perfectly polished appearance.

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Janna Ronert – Editor’s Beauty Picks.

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Ever wondered what products are CEO and Founder of IMAGE Skincare Janna Ronert’s favourites?

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Here’s is a list of her six absolute favourites:

 

1. I PRIME Flawless Blur Gel. This ultra-silky blur gel will prime skin to perfection and leave skin flawless and ready for makeup application. Use this powerful blend of antioxidants, botanicals and plant-derived stem cell technology daily to help fight free radical damage that causes skin aging.

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2. I BEAUTY Flawless Rejuvenating Eye Pads. These pads provide hydration and nourish and revitalize the eye area while effectively removing makeup. Hyaluronic acid and plant extracts smooth fine lines and wrinkles and naturally promotes skin’s youthful appearance.

 

3. AGELESS Total Pure Hyaluronic Filler. Thispure serum plumps and fills lines with concentrated hyaluronic acid. Infused with an apricot essential oil, Vitamin B5 and potent antioxidant Vitamin E, skin will feel pure hydration in just one application. Smooth and plump skin without an injection. Paraben, petrochemical and cruelty-free.

 

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4. The MAX Stem Cell Neck Crème. This ultra-firming neck and décolletage lifting crème contains the MAXimum concentration of innovative peptides combined with plant-derived stem cell technology to help increase elasticity, brighten visibly tighten and define the neck and jawline.

 

5. I CONCEAL Flawless Foundation. This all-in-one illuminating, lightweight and water-resistant foundation helps heal as it conceals revealing healthier, flawless complexion every day. I CONCEAL oxygenates the skin with nourishing botanicals and provides broad spectrum SPF sun protection.

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6. I BEAUTY NO. 101 Flawless Foundation Brush. Achieve complexion with this pro-quality HD foundation brush. Dense bristles specifically designed to fit the contours f your face flawlessly blend and buff makeup for a perfectly airbrushed effect. Excellent for application of serums, primers, foundation or tinted moisturiser.

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6 Dangerous Sunscreen Mistakes

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With skin cancer on the rise here in Australia, it’s more important than ever to get smart when it comes to sunscreen. Protect yourself by checking out these common mistakes that you may be making with your sunscreen.

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  1. I don’t need to sunscreen because I need the Vitamin D. It’s true. Vitamin D is essential as it absorbs calcium and promotes bone growth. But you can get a sufficient amount of Vitamin D by spending only 10-15 minutes in the sun. It’s not worth foregoing sunscreen, as most people don’t apply enough to prevent the production of Vitamin D anyway.
  2. One application lasts an entire day. One application in the morning isn’t going to last you throughout the entire day. If you are swimming, playing sports, or spending the day out in the sun, then your sunscreen should be reapplied approximately every two hours.
  3. I don’t need the sunscreen because I have dark skin. While people with more pigment in their skin do have a lower risk of getting cancer, they are not completely immune. As a matter of fact, skin cancer can be even more dangerous for those with darker skin as it’s often diagnosed in the later stages.
  4. A base tan protects me. A tan is your body’s reaction to UV exposure. It’s a sign that damage has already been done, and this does not protect your skin from further damage.
  5. I only need to protect my face. Many people only apply sunscreen to their face in order to protect it from premature aging. While this is a good habit, the truth is that you can develop skin cancer anywhere the sun touches. Don’t forget your neck, hands, legs and feet not only for the sake of protecting your skin from cancer, but protecting those areas from premature aging as well.
  6. I’ll be inside all day. While windows do block more intense UV rays, it still allows enough rays to pass through to cause damage. You can easily swap your everyday moisturizer with the PREVENTION+ Daily Hydrating Moisturizer that has an SPF of 30.

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Fun in the sun beach bag essentials:

  1. Keeping your hat in your bag is a cardinal rule when it comes to the subject of sun protection. It can protect your scalp ad cut down on the rays that are hitting on your face and neck.
  2. When it comes to any outdoor trip, sunglasses are an obvious requirement. While protecting your eyes from the sun so you can safely explore those summer horizons. They also provide sun protection for delicate eye area and prevents squinting… which can lead to wrinkles.14723556_351649061843501_2953693591219732480_n
  3. Lip balm. Keep your pout hydrated and beach-ready with IMAGE Skincare’s ORMEDIC Balancing Lip Enhancement Complex.
  4. Beach towel. This handy item provides a safe haven to rest your rump and it doubles as a cover-up if you feel like you having too much sin with your fun.
  5. Grapes, strawberries and watermelon make perfect snacks for the beach. They are refreshing, sweet and won’t make you feel too full or lethargic.
  6. Plenty of water. Don’t forget to pack the biggest bottle of water you can find. Staying hydrated on a hot day is important not only for your skin but also prevents dehydration.
  7. Sun-protection. Tanned skin looks beautiful but how long does it last? Wrinkles, pigmentation and skin cancer are long term. Make sure you use a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 and if you’d like to be a bit tanner before entering the beach; use Sunescape Tanning Mousse the day before and continue applying the Sunescape Extender to keep that bronzed glow glowing.
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5 ACNE Myths

We have all heard them and some of us might still believe in them Let us clear the air in regards to acne myths once and for all.

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MYTH 1

Acne is something that only happens to teenagers. Teens definitely do suffer from acne, but some people develop acne for the first time in their 20s and 30s. In fact, in Manhattan’s business district, most patients treated for acne vulgaris are women between the ages of 20 and 45.

MYTH 2

Acne occurs because your face is dirty. Many people feel like acne means their face is somehow unclean – but that’s just not true. The truth is, acne is a complex skin disorder that can’t be boiled down to simply “dirt”. It’s likely that the connection between the skin condition and the dirt was made because blackheads are, well, black – but blackheads aren’t caused by dirt either.1c0e308efb4256c2013860c213c88140

MYTH 3

To relieve acne, scrub your face really hard. Remember, acne isn’t caused by dirt – so you can’t just wash it away. A cleanser with ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and sulphur compounds will help clear the skin, but it won’t cleat it any faster if you scrub harder. Scrubbing acne too hard can actually inflame blackheads, so be sure to be nice to your skin.

Myth 4

Popping your pimples makes everything better. Will people please stop picking at their faces! Popping pimples spills inflammatory gunk into surrounding tissues, which can cause scarring.

Myth 5

Tanning in the sun will help clear acne. Tanning does help hide acne, but the UV rays ultimately dry the skin, and can make the skin condition worse. And do we really need to remind you that tanning causes premature aging, not to mention skin cancer?

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Want to read how to prevent breakouts from happening? Read this acne related article…

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