By Donita White
Licensed Esthetician and Acne Specialist from Skinovative 

Free things to do to stop your acne from getting worse


Grab an ice cube! When you find or feel a pimple forming, grab an ice cube and rub it gently over the spot for 2-3 minutes, and keep it moving. Don’t let it sit in one place or you will ”burn” yourself. You can do this 2-3 times a day. Ice therapy will begin to reduce the inflammation and in some cases even stop the pimple from forming. Now available at Natural Health Massage & Spa: Soothie Q’s refreezeable, reusable “ice cube” on a stick!

Don’t pick! The temptation is so great! What are you going to do with that big old pimple? While you believe you are getting rid of the annoyance, truth is you are only making it worse. The chance of rupturing the follicle wall is great, and when that happens, your immune system will be signaled to flood the area with inflammation and enzymes that destroy healthy tissue and can leave scars. If you are tempted to pick, grab that ice cube (or a Soothie).

Pass the salt as in, pass on it! Cutting down on table salt has many health benefits (that’s the nurse in me speaking), but in this case it’s the iodine in table salt that is wrecking your face by irritating your pores. Sea Salt is a good alternative.

Reduce stress! Stress stimulates the adrenal glands and in acne prone individuals, the adrenal glands promote oil production, contributing to clogged pores. Find a way to reduce your stress. This isn’t easy, but do whatever it takes - deep breaths, yoga , massage or a walk in the park. Stay away from toxic people and be gentle with yourself when life throws you a curve ball. Stress will bring about acne lesions in those who are acne prone. It just isn’t worth it!

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Get enough sleep! Someone who knows more about skin than just about anyone I know says that at least seven hours of uninterrupted sleep is enough. I function best on nine! Seven never feels like enough; in fact, I feel sleep deprived! This varies from one person to another, but seven is the minimum. If you think you are fine with less, you’re only fooling yourself! Scientists have linked all kinds of health issues with inadequate sleep, including an increased risk of cancer. Lack of sleep definitely affects the skin. It’s not called “beauty sleep” for nothing!

These are just a few of the “free things” I know to stop your acne from getting worse. If you are truly serious about clearing your skin, call or text me at (661)805-9575 and let’s get started. Products alone won’t clear your skin and control your acne- you need the guidance of an Acne Specialist.

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