Skin Care 101

Here are some skin care issues that most girls deal with so read on and treat your face!

  • Blackheads
    Go to your pharmacy and ask for a cleanser and toner that contain salicylic acid, which loosens blackheads. You should be able to purchase products over the counter. If this doesn't help, a dermatologist can prescribe retinoids that are even more effective in unblocking pores. Remember, never try to remove your own blackheads by squeezing them. You may cause them to become inflamed and a pimple will develop.

  • shine
    Cleansers and toners that contain salicylic or glycolic acid will help to remove surface oils from your skin. Unfortunately, they won't decrease oil production, but a dermatologist can prescribe oral medication to help with this. You don't have to stop wearing makeup, but choose an oil-free or powder foundation. Try using a clay mask twice a week to absorb excess oil. Lastly, invest in some blotting papers, like Clean and Clear Oil-Absorbing Sheets, $5, which soak up oil from your skin and can be used as often as necessary throughout the day. That's a much better option than reapplying makeup, which can lead to a cakey build-up.

  • chicken skin(little bumps)
    This condition is actually called keratosis pilaris, but is often referred to as "chicken skin." It usually develops on cheeks, outer arms and thighs, can be found in people with a personal or family history of eczema and often gets worse in the cold, dry weather of winter. You can usually treat this skin condition with a moisturizer that contains alpha hydroxy acid. Try Eucerin Plus lotion, which is available over the counter at your pharmacy. Apply it twice a day and you should see an improvement in a couple of weeks.