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Steps for Acne Facials

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author image Lisa Finn
Based in Los Angeles, Lisa Finn has been writing professionally for 20 years. Her print and online articles appear in magazines and websites such as "Spa Magazine," "L.A. Parent," "Business," the Famous Footwear blog and many others. She also ghostwrites for mompreneurs and business owners who appear regularly on shows such as Ricki Lake, HGTV, Carson Daly and The Today Show.
Steps for Acne Facials
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Acne can happen whether you're 12 or 20 -- and even late into adulthood. While it's frustrating to face pesky pimples, banishing your blemishes from home is as easy as giving yourself a weekly acne facial. A little TLC will result in fewer pimples, less red marks and a brighter complexion. While an acne facial wipes out the dirt, oil and bacteria that creates annoying acne, it also helps all skin types shed dead skin cells, stay hydrated and show fewer wrinkles.

Steam for Success

Create a simple steam routine once a week. Steam cleans and opens your pores, softens the skin around pustules and helps to improve your skin's circulation, which can be good for sloughing off the dead skin cells if your skin is dry. Boil a large pot of water and add some acne-fighting herbs such as tea tree oil, chamomile, green tea and lavender. Turn the heat off, place your head about 12 inches from the pot and cover your head with a towel, creating a steam-trapping tent. Remain there for about 10 minutes. If your acne-prone skin is also aging, add some rosewater to the mix. The vitamin C will help hydrate and soothe the skin.

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Make a Mask

A mask is a must for acne-prone skin. Not only does it soak up oil and draw out impurities, but it can also feature important anti-inflammatory properties soothing to all types of skin. Mix together 2 tablespoons of 2-percent milk, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 tablespoon plain yogurt and some lukewarm water in a small bowl. Scoop some of the mixture onto your fingertips and gently massage the mixture into your facial skin. Let the mask sit for 10 minutes, then wash off thoroughly with warm water. The milk acts as a gentle blackhead and dead-skin exfoliator, while the yogurt helps fight wrinkles on mature faces. Honey's anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties draw out impurities, reduce redness and calm acne inflammations.

Cleanse and Purify

After applying the mask, wash your face with a cleanser made especially for your acne-prone skin type. If you have oily skin, choose an oil-free cleanser featuring benzoyl peroxide, sulfer, and salicylic and alpha-hydroxy acids. If pimples plague your dry skin, choose a gentle acne-fighting cleanser with retinol, a product that cleans pores and helps reduce wrinkles on sensitive skin. Choose a gentle cleanser without harsh granules for normal skin. Rinse off the cleanser with warm water and pat your face dry with a clean towel. Finish by soaking a cotton pad with some bacteria-busting tea-tree oil toner and swiping the pad around your face. If you have normal or dry skin, find a toner containing cucumber, which calms redness and irritation.

Put Moisture Back In

To help clear your acne, you might be using over-the-counter or prescription medications that contain harsh ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide and different types of acids. Because of this, it's crucial that your facial include a hydrating moisturizer. Make a moisturizer from 1/4 avocado, 3 tablespoons fresh cream and 1 tablespoon honey. Puree these ingredients in the blender until they're whipped into a lotion. Smooth over your entire face, wait 15 minutes and rinse with warm water. The avocado helps the skin to retain moisture and look and feel supple, while the honey's antioxidants give your complexion a boost. After rinsing off the avocado mixture, pat your skin dry and apply an oil-free moisturizer that is formulated for your skin type.

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