How to Get Rid of Acne for the First Day of School

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Getting rid of acne for the first day of school involves an intense acne treatment. Fight acne with the help of a skin care specialist in this free video.

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Hello, my name is Courtney Gomez. I've been a Makeup Artist and Skincare Specialist for upwards of five years. And in this video, we're going to discuss how to get rid of acne for the first day of school. What I have here in front of me is a toner, a, a two percent salicylic acid spot treatment. I have a moisturizer, a cotton ball, a washcloth and an exfoliant. So, your week out from school and what you're going to want to do first is exfoliate. You're going to want to exfoliate one week out and then, three days before. So, give yourself three three or four days in between. So, I have an exfoliant here; if you have a, an acne treating exfoliant, that's fine. If you have just an everyday exfoliant, that's fine. Whatever you have you can use and that's fine. So, this has really light exfoliating balls in it; so, you can use a little bit more pressure. But, if you have something where the exfoliant is uneven, you want to do very light pressure because if you have uneven exfoliating, you know, beads, whatever it is that you have, you can tear the skin and tear the pore and that can allow for more dirt to get in and more oil to get in and stuck there and thus, you can cause yourself a breakout. So, there's a fine line. If you know you have jojoba beads, they're perfectly round and that's fine. You can really work it in; really give yourself a lot of pressure and a nice massage. If you are using for instance, like apricot pits, those are very jagged and that is the kind of exfoliant you want to do very light. Just let it brush across the skin. In this case, I have jojoba beads and I'm really working it in, giving myself a good five minutes small circles, rubbing across especially in the infected areas. Often, you get a lot of clogged pores around the nose, under the chin and along the hairline, really, really work it. So, after you've done that, you're going to want to cleanse. So, I have a two percent salicylic acid. If you have benzoyl peroxide, that is fine. If you use glycolic acid, that is fine. Whatever you use, whatever you're comfortable with, whatever your skin is used to is what's probably going to help it heal the quickest. But, don't take this and put it all over. This is a spot treatment. This isn't to cover your face with like a mask. So, wherever the affected areas are, take it lightly, rub it in wherever they are. Let it sit, let it soak in. After that, you're going to want to apply your moisturizer. Now, I know you'll be tempted to not want to use a moisturizer, but do it. Like I said, there's a film over your skin. There's a moisturized layer that needs to be there and if it's not, if it's too dried out, your skin will actually end up producing more oil. Anyway, other great tricks for really opening up the pores and getting that ready to exfoliate or getting that ready to tone is actually to saturate a washcloth in steaming water and actually place it over the skin and leave it for a good five or ten minutes. And following that, you can use your exfoliator and then, after your exfoliant, you know, a nice tone. And, when you're toning your skin, you're actually going to want to start from the inside working it out. So, this is again, going to affect that layer on top of your skin that is made of acid and fatty oils. So, from that inside, working your way out in long strokes. So, as I've explained to you, follow your daily regimen. Add an exfoliator twice the week before. Use your spot treatment only affected areas. Use your toner and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Thank you for watching. Again, my name is Courtney Gomez and in this video, we discussed how to get rid of acne for the first day of school.

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