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Hi, I'm skin care expert Tracy O'Connor. Today, I'm going to show you how to prevent pimples. For those of us who struggle with breakouts and pimples, it can be a vicious cycle. You have an excess of oil production, so then we choose product and ingredients that dehydrate and strip the skin, and disrupt the natural barrier of protection that our skin naturally possesses, and we create other problems. The first line of defense is our cleanser, when it comes to pimple prevention. So, choose your cleanser wisely. Choose a cleanser that wont strip the skin, but that will effectively clean the skin, and that will effectively clean out the pores, and kill bacteria in addition to also moisturizing the skin at the same time. It's important to choose a mild cleanser, like the Ultra Facial Cleanser by Kiehl's. What I love about this cleanser is it not only has a effective cleansing agents that are going to break down the dirt and debris, but they're mild. It's a sugar derived, so it's not harsh, it wont strip the skin, and then it's buffered with emollients, such as glycerin, vitamin E, avocado oil. So I'm going to start cleansing Genevieve's skin. I'm just going to dampen the washcloth. I love to cleanse my skin in the shower. Now, whenever cleansing the skin, you should always do it twice a day, morning and night, and after cleansing, apply a toner and a moisturizer. Okay, now that her skin is damp, we'll take just a small amount of the product, we just need about that much, massage into the skin, and it will gently, gently foam. You can see just a little bit of foam. If you find a cleanser that's very very foamy, like a shampoo, you know it's going to be stripping to the skin. You don't want anything with sodium lauryl sulfate, because what that can do is irritate the skin, goes deep into the pores and penetrates and causes all kinds of havoc. Now the naturally-derived sugar derivative, which is a glycocide that is cleansing, dissolves the dirt and the debris that's inside the pore, and clears out that pore so your pores wont be clogged. And clogged pores are what leads to wrinkles, blackheads, whiteheads, all that yucky stuff that none of us want to see on our skin. When you have acne-prone skin, your skin is already inflamed and sensitive. So you want to look for products that have gentle foaming agents like this, that are naturally-derived. This is again a sugar derivative, so it's a botanical agent that is a glycocide, that will dissolve the dirt and the debris and the makeup that's deep inside the pore. Now once you've cleanser, you want to follow with a moisturizer. And my philosophy remains the same, choose a simple but effective moisturizer. Look for something that doesn't have a lot of ingredients, because ingredients can irritate and inflame the skin if there are too many. And I would recommend choosing a moisturizer that has salicylic acid, which is highly effective in the prevention and the treatment of acne. In addition, if you happen to wake up in the morning with a little spot somewhere on your face, dab a Q-tip in a little bit of tea tree oil, and dab it right onto the blemish, and that will help to kill the bacteria and prevent the pimple from getting any worse. So there you go. That's how to prevent pimples. I'm Tracy O'Connor, thanks for watching.