By Tia Rutherford
You stumble into the bathroom in the morning, your mind in a fog. Your hand fumbles on the wall for the light switch until you finally catch it. Yawning as you flip the switch, you look into the mirror and immediately lundge to turn off the lights again, assume the fetus position and avoid all human contact. There, upon your face, is the worlds most horrible abomination. A pimple.
If you’ve ever had a pimple, it means you’re human. If you haven’t, it means you need to go back to whatever planet you came from. As teens develop, our hormones freak out and cause our sebaceous glands (also known as oil glands) to over produce sebum, an oil that’s essential, in the right amounts, to our hair and skin. When it’s over produced, the gland becomes inflamed and thus a pimple is born. But don’t worry, this nasty cycle is usually broken by the time you’re out of your teens. In the meantime, here’s a few tips to keep your skin in check.
1. Know your skin type! In order to properly treat your skin, you need to know the type of treatment it requires. Below are three different skin types:
Dry – Dry skin is usually dull, itchy and can be sensitive. You need to keep it really hydrated by drinking lots of water and using facial mists, lotions and moisturizer.
Oily – Oily skin has a shiny appearance and a greasy surface and is the most prone to acne. It is recommended that you go easy on make up and treat with clay masks.
Normal – You’re probably envied if you have this skin type, as it’s a perfect medium of the first two skin types. Be sure to regularly cleanse, tone and moisturize it.
2. Hands off!
Your hands are absolutely covered in dirt, oils and bacteria that will clog your pores. Avoid hand-to-face contact as much as possible, your skin will thank you.
3. Make sure you’re doing it right!
You should wash your face at least two times a day. Rinse with warm water to open your pores, and give your face a splash with cold water to seal them off from impurities. DO NOT SCRUB! This will only irritate your skin. Finish by applying toner to the affected areas.
Break outs can also spur from stress, so be sure to put aside some you-time where you can relax. Take a bath, go on a walk, read a book!
Now, I am obviously not a doctor. These methods are tried and true, but I can’t guarantee they’ll treat every case of acne. If it ever gets too out of hand, you should see a dermatologist because, unlike me, they treat skin for a living.
Tips from other Hawks!
When you break out you…
“Go to the beach.” – Zoe Ballagh, freshman
“Use Proactive Deep Cleaning spot treatment.” – Katherine Paulino, freshman
The best face wash to use is…
“I use a Clarisonic, it’s a great investment!” Aly Rutherford, junior
“Neutrogena Naturals, it’s good for sensitive skin.” Rachel Akram, junior
Papaya Face Mask for all Skin Types!
I bet you didn’t know papaya is a great weapon to have in your arsenal when it comes to skin! It contains an enzyme called papain, which helps remove dead and damaged skin.
– 1/4 cup of cocoa
– 2 tsp. of moisturizing cream
– 1/4 cup papaya juice
– 1/4 cup honey
– 2 tsp. oatmeal powder
Mix the above ingredients and apply to your face. After ten minutes rinse with warm water.