Thought pimples were something you would leave behind in high school? Sadly, it isn't always the case. Even the most dry or mature skin can suffer from blemishes, due to a wide range of factors, including hormones, weather, pollution, diet, and more. So it's not uncommon for people to have a blemish cream alongside an anti-aging cream in their bathroom cabinet. Because younger looking skin is something we all aspire to — but that doesn't mean we want to bring back pimples!
No matter what your age or skin type, there are some simple skin care steps you can take to help keep your complexion as blemish-free as possible.
Keep It Clean
Dirt, environmental pollutants and oil are all pore-blocking, blemish-promoting elements, so cleanse the face regularly — in the morning, at night to remove makeup and the day's dirt, and after a heavy workout to prevent the pores becoming blocked with sweat and grime. For those with skin prone to breakouts or acne, try using a facial wash and finish the look with eye liner in Plum.

Just Add Water
Staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water is one of the keys to clear, healthy-looking skin. So be sure to drink around eight 8 oz. glasses of water a day to help keep the skin glowing. Also, try switching that latte for a cup of detoxifying herbal tea every once in a while.

Scrub Up
Dead skin cells can trap oil and dirt in the skin, which can lead to breakouts. So it's wise to use a gentle exfoliant two to three times a week to slough off the dead skin.

Hands Off
Many of us are guilty of letting our hands stray to our face unnecessarily — touching our chin (an area that can be prone to breakouts) while reading on the computer, for example. But this can introduce bacteria, which makes the skin more susceptible to breakouts.

Feed Your Skin
Skin health is just like regular health — so a balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables loaded with antioxidants can help make your skin healthier, and clearer. If you feel your diet isn't quite as well balanced as it should be, a dietary supplement packed with vitamins and minerals can help to support skin health and promote clearer skin.

Don't Fear Moisture
People with skin on the oily side shouldn't be afraid of moisturizer. Overly drying the skin can stress it out and actually lead to an increase in oil production. Just choose a moisturizer that works with your skin type, and always apply a lotion or moisturizer after using any blemish treatment products.

Just Enough
Don't be tempted to fall into the "more is better" trap. Over treating breakouts can exacerbate the problem, and lead to dryness and skin irritation.

Keep Calm
Stress is a factor in skin care, because stress hormones can increase oil production, increasing the possibility for oil-clogged pores and pimples. So do what you can to reduce or manage your stress and you'll likely have less breakouts, less often.

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