“For a great many years physicians have recognized that not only are all diseases made worse by an incorrect mental attitude, but that some diseases are the direct result of worry and other mental disturbances.” George Barton Cutten, Ph.D.
The book entitled Acne Cure, by Terry J. Dubrow and Brenda D. Adderly, offers a general skin care program for people with acne. The major steps of the program are listed below:
- 1. Remove the dead skin cells. You can do this by using an overthe- counter 2% salicylic acid cleanser.
- 2. Exfoliate the skin by clearing the toxins and the excess oil that become trapped inside your pores. You can use glycolic acid cleanser to perform this task.
- 3. (Disinfect the skin). Clear away bacteria in the skin with benzoyl peroxide.
- 4. Finally moisturize your skin.
However, as said before, there is no cure for acne. Acne is a message. As such, this regime will not work for everyone. You will have to determine how your skin responds to these products. I suggest using the salicylic acid, glycolic acid and benzoyl peroxide at different times so that you will know how your skin responds to each of these products and when they are best used.
To illustrate, I have found out that benzoyl peroxide to too strong to use on my face everyday. Also, leaving a clay mask on overnight seems to work better at clearing my acne than using salicylic acid. Naturally, you will have to work with your body to determine which skin care combo will work for you.
Before you even start to cleanse your face you need to know what you are doing and how to visualize the results. When you are cleaning your face or perform any treatment, knowing why you are doing something is just as if not more important as knowing how to do it. To illustrate, knowing why you use a solution with salicylic acid will permit you to imagine this ingredient removing dead layers of the skin.
This visualization alone will make the cleansing experience more effective. Thus, when you treat your face or body, imagine what you are doing, be it removing dead cells, forcing impurities to the surface or promoting more circulation. Knowing and visualizing what you are doing will naturally heighten your innate healing abilities.
FrequencyIt is very important to have a well- structured skin care regime. At the same time you must be aware that your skin and environment are constantly changing and thus your skin care regime will have to adjust accordingly. For instance, if I’m working out twice a day, I may need more exfoliation because all of this sweating brings a lot of toxins to the surface of my skin.
Then again, in the wintertime I may wash and peel my face less while using a heavier moisturizer than I would during the summer months. On that note, you need to pay attention to the concentration of the active ingredients in your skin care products. For instance, you can purchase a glycolic acid toner in a concentration of 5-10% and the same applies for benzoyl peroxide. Make sure you know what concentration suits your skin.
Pampering YourselfDo you ever notice how some people want to be like stars or look like them? Well let me let you in on a little secret: Stars are regular people just like you and me! What is the difference between you and them?
The opinion that the general populous and media affords them, the view that they’re stars so they’re special. What’s this got to do with acne right? A lot, every one of us is worthy and deserving of star treatment. Have you ever seen those talk shows where someone gets a serious makeover by a group of professionals and looks absolutely stunning afterwards?
What does this tell us? That the person was lazy (could be) or that the person had so much potential and just didn’t realize it. I am not pointing the figure here to accuse you of being a lazy person and that’s why you have acne, not at all.
However, I do want you to realize that so-called star treatment is not just for the stars. And you do not have to spend a fortune to look like one. I have been going to facial salons for years, from the type of salons that cater to the rich, to the stop and go salons that cater to the occasional salon visitor.
I hold a great deal of respect for aestheticians and what they bring to the world, but they cannot cure acne. Try they may, and using your money they will try, but aestheticians cannot cure acne. We already know that acne is a message anyway.
I will say that it is a good idea to have professional facial done at a few different salons so that you get an idea of how to perform a facial yourself. But remember, facials should not be considered a luxurious treat; you deserve a facial at least once a week.
But while you learn about how to pamper yourself, it is imperative that you visualize how you are actually helping your body. For this reason, I have suggested images to assist you with imagining how you are helping to revitalize your skin. With that, lets get on to pampering ourselves by creating and using a personalized skin care regime.
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