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Clear skin makes us look healthy, feel naturally beautiful, and more confident. Blemish-prone skin can be an uncomfortable and embarrassing issue to deal with. It also requires a lot of time and effort in order to prevent breakouts and to remove scars and spots that develop under the skin. Most of the things that we can do to cover up and hide these noticeable and sometimes painful blemishes can make the skin problem even worse, which causes a ripple effect. There are many factors that play a role in the condition of your skin, such as stress, diet, hormones, skin type, and more. Fortunately, if you follow the right skin care regime, keeping your pimples under control will become much easier, as it incorporates itself into your daily routine. Here are six things you need to know about caring for blemish-prone skin.

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Cleanse Thoroughly

Dirt, oils, makeup, and anything that builds up on your fingers and makeup brushes will form the ideal breeding ground for bacteria on your face. If you cleanse your skin twice a day, in the morning and in the night, it will prevent your pores from getting clogged up, which is one of the easiest ways to keep your skin clear. A cream cleanser that doesn’t cause dryness or irritation would be an ideal choice.

Start Exfoliating

If you allow excess oil and dirt build-up on your skin, it will promote the growth of bacteria that can trigger acne. This is difficult to remove via cleansing alone. Exfoliating once a week will keep your skin clean, which can avert future breakouts. You should use a gentle, anti-inflammatory exfoliator to scrub during a breakout, as normal ones can irritate the skin and prevent proper healing.

Moisturize Daily

Hydrating your skin won’t have an immediate effect on existing breakouts, but it is an essential part of any skin care routine and is a highly effective method of prevention. When your skin is well-hydrated, it will be healthy and it will heal faster. You should moisturize your skin twice daily. For an extra burst of hydration, you should use squalane oil. For the best results, make sure it’s 100% pure.

Try Treatments

There are many factors that can trigger breakouts, such as diet, stress, and hormones. Sometimes, these factors are out of your control, which means you won’t realize they are causing an issue until it is too late. For moments like this, you should have an effective spot treatment on hand to target these breakouts. When applied directly to the area, it can reduce swelling and redness.

Apply Serums

Serums are packed full of a concentrated amount of fast-acting and hardworking ingredients. They do not work overnight, but they will do a good job when it comes to improving blemish-prone skin at a gradual rate. The serum’s ingredients will be designed to penetrate your skin at a cellular level. Some have the ability to encourage skin healing and reduce the appearance of scarring.

Use Masks

When double cleansing is not enough, you should take it up a notch by using a skin mask. In order to prevent and control breakouts, you should look for facial masks that contain decongesting properties, as this will help with lifting build-up from the deep within your pores, ensuring a detoxifying cleanse. Masks use fast-acting ingredients that are extremely quick and effective at caring for your skin.

Nothing is better than achieving clear, glowing skin, especially when you are prone to pimples and breakouts. Getting blemish-prone skin under control can take a lot of time and effort, but when you see results, it will all be worthwhile.

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Lorde proved that she really is just a typical teenager by sharing her acne-fighting skin care routine on Instagram.

Lorde, 17, shared a picture of her bare face with the captation: “In bed in Paris with my acne cream on.” Wearing her hair up in a bun and a black T-shirt, the precocious New Zealand singer took a closeup photo of her face with spots of a blemish-fighting treatment on chin and cheeks.

Lorde proved that she really is just a typical teenager by sharing her acne-fighting skin care routine on Instagram

Lorde proved that she really is just a typical teenager by sharing her acne-fighting skin care routine on Instagram

Last month, rumors and speculation abounded online that Lorde (real name Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor) wasn’t actually 17, based on her more mature appearance. To prove the “Lorde age truthers” wrong, The Hairpin website then published Lorde’s birth certificate that listed her birthdate as November 7, 1996.

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Cassandra Bankson, a teenager from California, hoped that by sharing her problem with acne and how she has learnt make-up tricks to hide it would help at least one person going through the same ordeal, but she has actually reached out to millions thanks to bravely taking to the internet to show off her severe skin complaint.

Cassandra Bankson, 19, posted a video on YouTube showing her red and blemished skin before applying make-up – and how she managed to make her face look flawless in just ten minutes thanks to her beauty tricks.

The video has since had 7.6 million hits worldwide.

As a result of the success, Cassandra Bankson was asked to appeared on Good Morning America to share her story.

The teen explained how she was bullied at school for her acne but she learnt how to conceal it by practicing different make-up techniques. Her blemish-concealing make-up application became so expert that the teenager was able to become a model with her skin appearing flawless in her portfolio shots.

She eventually plucked up the courage to share her beauty tips via a YouTube video but she never expected the overwhelming response it received.

Cassandra Bankson explains: “I got my first pimple in the third grade and it progressively got worse, I had to work out how to deal with it.

“I filmed the video last November but it took me a month to post it, I thought I was going to get the same hate I got at school over my skin. But I thought if it could help one person, one girl or guy with the same condition, it would be worth it.”

Cassandra Bankson’s video went far beyond helping just one person as people clicked to view it in their millions. Viewers thanked her for sharing her story and urged her to share more of her tips on her You Tube channel “diamondsandheels14”.

Cassandra Bankson posted a video on YouTube showing her red and blemished skin before applying make-up and how she managed to make her face look flawless in just ten minutes thanks to her beauty tricks

Cassandra Bankson posted a video on YouTube showing her red and blemished skin before applying make-up and how she managed to make her face look flawless in just ten minutes thanks to her beauty tricks

Now Cassandra Bankson, who is studying to be a nurse, has uploaded other people beauty tips videos and writes her own blog. Her dream is to create her own skin care range.

She said the response to her first video was overwhelming.

“It was a real eye opener,” Cassandra Bankson told Good Morning America.

“It [acne] is such epidemic for adults as well as teens.”

At the start of her video, which was shot in her parent’s lounge, Cassandra Bankson is seen wearing full make-up and looking picture-perfect. It’s only as she starts stripping back the expert layers of primers, foundation, powders and setting sprays, that the true extent of her pimpled and blemished skin is revealed.

The teen, a horse-back riding and hiking fan, returns to the camera in a bathrobe at her ‘most insecure,’ with bare skin and looking a very different person.

“I feel really disgusting, this is probably the most nerve-wracking thing I could possibly do because it is my biggest insecurity… But this is my face.”

She goes to show the extent of the problem as the acne has spread to her neck, shoulders and back.

Cassandra Bankson admits: “The sad part is it’s a lot better than it used to be. I mean it’s still all over my chest, all over my back, it’s everywhere and you can see it goes down my neck, it’s all to the side, it even got on my ear. It’s gotten a lot better but it’s still really, really bad. It’s my biggest insecurity.”

It is a far cry from the modelling portfolio shots that can be seen on her YouTube channel, where the striking brunette lounges on car bonnets, takes to the catwalk and poses in cut-out swimsuits with flawless skin.

The teen, then takes viewers on a step-by-step lesson on how to achieve her look by applying foundation.

“I have extremely oily skin,” she says, giving tips about the primers and oil-reducing tricks.

Applying liberal amounts of cosmetics, Cassandra Bankson seems well ahead of her years, confident and knowledgeable about the complex potions upon which she relies.

She is frank, even wry, about her spots: “I always carry everything down my neck because, well, I have acne there.”

Cassandra Bankson has become something of a skin expert, with other videos explaining the physiology of skin and acne and the treatments that best target the skin condition.

By the end of the video, Cassandra Bankson is transformed – her flawless complexion giving no hint of the severe breakouts

“Voila! I have somewhat clear looking skin,” she tells the camera.

“I hope that you guys enjoy this. I hope you can have flawless skin too.”

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Salma Hayek, the Mexican beauty who dated one of Hollywood’s hottest men for three years, admits that life wasn’t all hunky dory as far as her looks are concerned.

Salma Hayek, 45, opened up to the new issue of Lucky magazine about suffering “severe, severe depression” from a skin condition and being overweight as a struggling actress.

She insists it was a far different story when she was 25 and trying to break into movies.

Salma Hayek told the May issue of the women’s publication: “You want to talk about bad skin? I had acne.”

Appearing happy and healthy on the shopping title, Salma Hayek looks a natural stunner in a blue off-the-shoulder dress which accentuated her ample bust.

Salma Hayek admits that life wasn’t all hunky dory as far as her looks are concerned

Salma Hayek admits that life wasn’t all hunky dory as far as her looks are concerned

With her mane of thick locks blowing in the breeze her skin looks fresh and a picture of perfection however she states it was once in terrible condition.

Salma Hayek added: “And this acne was so bad it sent me into severe, severe depression. Like I couldn’t leave the house. The next stage with that sort of depression is food – too little or too much. Guess what I did?”

The actress admits she piled on the pounds when her body reacted badly to the pressures of achieving success in the early Nineties.

“I was fat and broken out. I couldn’t leave the house and I couldn’t pay the rent!”

Salam Hayek credits director Alfonso Cuaron for teaching her “to meditate, to relax” and also says Accutane also known as Roaccutane “cured” the acne.

She continued: “Since then my skin’s forever sensitive and dry.”

As for more drastic beauty treatments, Salma Hayek insists she hasn’t tried to turn back the years yet.

Salma Hayek admitted: “Botox – trust me, I’ve been tempted, but I resist!”