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Acne Tips for Teens

by Bionic Beauty on 10.Sep.2009 · 7 comments

First motto… “Oil is not bad”. I can’t say that enough OIL IS NOT BAD. Cosmetics companies have drilled the opposite into us for ages. If you strip all the oil away from your face, your skin will respond by producing excess oil and that leads to more clogged pores and breakouts.

And a little background on my skin issues- I have acne (which is pretty much resolved), skin allergies, hyper-sensitive skin, am very prone to clogged pores and cystic acne. I’m allergic to Glycerin, some parabens and Salicylic Acid; and Benzoyl Peroxide dries out my skin so badly that I end up red with more breakouts. Ugh.

Now on to the tips…

Microfiber wash cloths for gentle face washingMicrofiber wash cloths for gentle face washing

Use a gentle cleanser that doesn’t strip. My go-to choices are: Noxema (in the tub), a plain glycerin bar or Cetaphil. Good ole Noxema is still one of my personal favorites.

Wash gently twice a day and be sure to remove all makeup. If your teen wears heavier eye makeup- maybe use something to remove that first. Visine eye wipes work great or I mix up my own makeup remover.

In the evening, I suggest washing twice: once to get all the gunk of the day off, and then again to actually cleanse skin and pores.

Don’t scrub with a rough wash cloth or those darn “exfoliating” walnut scrubs and such. They are way too harsh on a teen’s sensitive skin. Plus those beads and scrubbies can settle into pores and actually create blackheads. Ick.

For a wash cloth, I use a microfiber cloth (I found mine at Wal-mart). I know they say “dusting cloths” but they are so very soft that you’ll realize why I picked them up for my face.

Read on…

There’s no denying it now… it’s the holiday season. That brings with it all the stress, crazy-shopping, cart-bumping, internet ordering, late nights, cooking, planning, decorating and holiday parties.

I have to constantly remind myself that I’m not Martha Stewart or Rachael Ray. I’m Jami. And whatever I cook or wear will be loved by my friends and my family. It may not be perfect, but ya know… that’s what makes it unique.

But when a self-pep talk isn’t enough to calm my nerves, I turn to several proven Bionic relaxers. Deep breathing always helps. I slowly breathe in and out while counting in my head or imagining beautiful washes of color across my face. Yeah, it sounds kooky, I know. But it works for me.

Happy holidays from the Bionic Beauty blog

On the more physical side, I’ll run a nice warm bath and sprinkle in my favorite bath salts. And for the record, those would be Y-Y’s Seascape which is a tub of moisturizing bath salts. They smell wonderful, dissolve easily, and have the bonus of helping to detox your skin and body. They are also white so there’s no icky film or crumbs to scrub out of your tub afterwards (face it, you DON’T need that extra step during the holidays). Another of my faves is International Orange’s “Bathe”. Their salt crystals are scented with white lotus flower, orange blossom, and vetiver root. Again, great scents for relaxing and detoxing.

After the bath and since it’s winter time (and hence dry), I rub down with my favorite lotion. If you have more than one, let you mind decide what it wants. If you listen, it’s just like a craving. Your body can “lead” you to what scents it wants or “craves”.

Another secret from the Bionic household? Face masks. I picked up a little kit from Astara which holds trial sizes of all their face masks (its $69 and well worth the money…it would make a great gift too). During the holidays I usually slather my face with the Golden Flame Hydration Mask. It’s made to soothe and hydrate tired and dry skin. And usually everyone needs a little extra facial moisture during the holidays. Alcohol can dry your skin, plus the elements, and indoor environment- running the heat zaps humidity out of your home’s air.

Relax, destress and your holiday season will be much more enjoyable!

Green Papaya Nutrient Mask by Astara

Astara is well known for it’s lovely, herbal and rejuvenating face masks. I had rave reviews for the Blue Flame mask and expanded my horizons to their Green Papaya Nutrient Mask.

As my loyal readers know, I recently moved half way across the country. Yes, this causes stress. And what’s a Bionic Beauty to do to alleviate stress? She digs through her bin of goodies in search of relaxation. Ahhh… here we go: “Do you sometimes feel stressed?” (BB says YES!) “This mask is for those days.” Solution found!

I slathered some on my face and immediately loved how the essential oils chosen for this mask really help to soothe the mind. My breakout “issue” redness was reduced and my mind slowed while I sat enjoying the spa-at-home experience. It soothed my skin, smoothed the outer layer, rinsed easily. Afterwards, my skin felt so much softer!! It’s now my go-to relax face mask. Combine it with a soak in the tub, and I’m one happy chick.

Purchase Astara’s masks online at their website. The Green Papaya mask $29 for a 1.3 ounce jar.

Key Ingredients: Papain, Grapefruit, Sweet Orange, Lemongrass, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Vitamins B5, C and E, Comfrey, Calendula, Sugar Cane, Passion Fruit, Mango, Papaya, Pineapple.

Blue Flame face mask by Astara

Cosmetic breakouts? Adult acne? Darn little cysts under your skin that feel so painful they make half your face hurt?

Yep. Count me in.

In a desperate situation, I whipped out Astara’s Blue Flame Purification Mask. It’s loaded with Tea Tree Oil and other gentle, but good-for-your-skin ingredients. The face mask is gentle enough for me to use (on my very sensitive skin) two to three times a week when I am in a breakout cycle. And unlike other treatments, this did not dry out my skin or cause irritation. My pimples dried out and began the healing process.

I did not care for the brush that came packaged with my mask, it was rough on my skin. However, once I switched to applying with my fingers (which is fun!), I was fine. I leave the Blue Flame mask on my face for 20-25 minutes. It rinses easily with water.

I also use the mask as a night-time spot treatment on problems areas or under-the-skin eruptions. When I wake up, I just rinse it off. This mask is potent, but gentle, and I after use, I can highly recommend it.

The Blue Flame mask is at Astara’s online store for $41 for a 2 oz jar, or $29 for a 1.3 oz jar.

Key Ingredients:

Tea Tree Oil, Bitter Orange, Pettigrain Oil, Tangerine Peel Oil, Grapefruit Peel Oil, Bergamot Fruit Oil, Mandarin Orange, Lavender, Red Clover, Vitamin E, Sage, Rosemary, Echinacea, Lemongrass.