Why You Should Use Cetaphil Products for Acne

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How can you know what skin care products to use?

There are so many skin care products out there. It can hard to choose among these and find one that actually works.

Go on a site like Amazon or walk into your local drugstore and you’ll be bombarded with bright labels making claims to be the ‘Holy Grail’ for skincare. Fortunately, when I walk into the drugstore I know exactly what I’m going to get: Cetaphil.

I use Cetaphil products for acne and always have since I was younger. Because I’ve had acne for years, this does not mean these products cured my acne, but they never irritated my skin and helped me on the path to clear skin.

This is really the best you can hope for with over the counter skin care products. They won’t outright get rid of acne, but they do serve a purpose and I think they’re important to have in your acne fighting toolkit.

Why Cetaphil?

The reason Cetaphil sets itself apart from other skincare brands is because of the composition of the products. If you look at Cetaphil products, they tend to have a lot less components than do their counterparts.

While some might equate more ingredients with a more effective product, that doesn’t seem to be the case. In fact, too many ingredients is just asking for irritation and breakouts. Cetaphil products only stick to what’s needed and doesn’t experiment with ingredients at the expense of the customer.

Cetaphil Products for Acne and how to Use Them

While Cetaphil offers a wide variety of products, unless you’re having a specific skin issue, there’s really no reason to go beyond the moisturizer and cleanser.

To use the Gentle Skin Cleanser, run some warm water over your face. Then apply two pumps to your hands and lather it up. Apply the cleanser to the skin and rub gently (or use the Clarisonic Mia if you have one). Then wash off with warm water.

I recommend using it no more than once a day (if you even feel like you need it).

For the Moisturizing Lotion, gently apply it to your face after cleansing. Also, if you’re going to be spending time in the sun then it’s a good idea to apply the moisturizer before going outside.

You may notice that your skin looks ‘shiny’ or oily after using the moisturizer. That’s okay to an extent, just make sure you’re not using excessive amounts. Just a little bit is all that’s needed.

Alternatives to Cetaphil

I personally have never used any skin care products for as long of a duration as I have Cetaphil, so I don’t feel comfortable going in depth on another line of products. However, based on some personal research and anecdotal evidence, Cerave seems to be an awesome brand as well. Just make sure to do your own research to find what’s right for you.

I know I seem to be pushing this brand pretty hard, but the reason I’m doing so is because I’ve spent tons of money on skincare products only to have my skin end up worse than when it started. These products are truly great, and not only have I used them for years, but my family has too (as you can see in this awfully taken photo).

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Click here to check out the whole Cetaphil store on Amazon!

I know you’ll love them.

Hot Showers Make Acne Worse

There are few things greater in life than hot water. Think about it: Hot tubs, showers and tea all bring us joy and relaxation.

On top of that boiling water kills microbes in water and allows us to cook food. Hot water has no doubt been an essential facet of human life for thousands of years.

But did you know that hot showers make acne worse?

Do you ever notice how your skin gets itchy and red when you step out of a hot shower? And to make matters worse, it’s now winter and your skin will be even drier.

Let’s take a deeper look at why this happens

Understanding Your Skin’s Anatomy

Our bodies naturally secrete oil to thinly coat our skin. This oil has a few roles, including retaining moisture and keeping bacteria from entering the body.

Not only do soaps, topicals, pollutants etc. disturb this balance, but when we add hot water to the mix it makes matters worse. What happens is that the hot water ‘dilutes’ the oil on the skin making it more malleable. This allows the moisture that was being retained by the skin to escape, leading to dry skin. The hotter and longer your showers are, the more noticeable this will be.

I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s better to be aware of the fact that hot showers make acne worse, than to continue to let your skin worsen. Not all hope is lost though, there are ways around it.

Give Cold Showers a Try

While hot showers are soothing and relaxing, cold showers are less than pleasant. Yes, these can be brutal, especially in the winter time but they’re a good choice for healthy skin and a healthy body.

One reason for this is that cold temperatures increase circulation by taking blood away from the extremities and sending it towards our vital organs. Once the cold temperatures let up the blood flows back out, and thus gets circulation going. This is good for skin because we need a healthy blood flow to get nutrients to our skin.

A second reason is that unlike hot water, cold water does not do as much damage to the surface of the skin. You’ll notice that your skin retains a lot more moisture following cold showers.

Showers in General

In all honesty, showering and washing your face every day is probably not good for your skin. Yet, we live in a world that requires us to stay squeaky clean. And you don’t want to be smelly and dirty do you?

What you need to do is strike a healthy balance with your washing. First of all, unless you’re an athlete or rolling around in mud and dirt all day there’s really no reason to shower more than once a day.

I’m not going to get in a detailed discussion of how often to shower because I’m not your father, but when it doubt shower less if you are acne prone. I realize that goes against collective thought but I think it’s truly better for skin.

The Plan

So let’s put a plan together to help keep your skin clear and healthy in regards to showering.

  1. Do you need a shower? Don’t shower for the sake of showering; shower when you actually need it.
  2. Limit hot water use as much as possible. Start out using hot (preferably lukewarm) water so that you can wash yourself, and then slowly turn down the dial until it gets cold.
  3. Limit Products On Your Face: Shampoo and soaps can wreak havoc on that precious balance of oil on your face. Do your best to avoid getting these products on your face, both directly and indirectly, when possible.
  4. Pat Dry. Better Yet air dry it. Rubbing a towel on your face is irritating to acne.

Well there you have it. Don’t make this more complicated than it needs to be. You’ve been bathing since you were a child and I have faith that you can do it fine, however, it’s in your best interest to implement the aforementioned changes.

Post any comments or questions below.

Clarisonic Mia Review

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Don’t you love that feeling of smooth, glowing, radiant skin?

Of course you do!

Not only is it fun to feel how silky smooth your skin feels after a good exfoliation, but it also makes us look fantastic!

When it comes to skincare, a lot of people shy away from going all out with skincare products. They may think it’s not worth money or it’s too much trouble. A lot of times it is but there are some tools out there that are just spectacular!

The Clarisonic Mia (Amazon) helps can do just that!

That’s why I wanted to write a Clarisonic Mia  review to talk about how and why everyone should use this tool to help take their skin to the next level.

What Is the Clarisonic Mia?

The Clarisonic Mia is a device that cleanses and exfoliates the surface of the skin by using a gentle, rotating brush on the skins surface. Unlike traditional face washing, the Clarisonic Mia gets deep into pores and cleanses them of built up grime and toxins.

It’s pretty intense to have an electric device to use on your face, but when you think about it it’s not that crazy. In fact, it is incredibly gentle, and is not harsh whatsover.

Why You Should Own One

Do you have an electronic toothbrush?

If so, can you imagine going back and using a regular toothbrush night and day? It would be a lot different. Reason being is that the electronic toothbrush is much more effective at cleaning out our mouths than a manual one.

When using the Clarisonic Mia you’re going to notice a tremendous difference in how your skin feels and how it looks.

How it Works

The Clarisonic Mia brush works by having a rapidly rotating and vibrating head that contains soft bristles that work to exfoliate and cleanse the skin. With traditional face washing you’re not able to cleanse your skin of dirt and dead skin nearly as well as you would with the Clarisonic brush.

I personally own the Clarisonic Mia, and that’s what I recommend as it wouldn’t make sense to recommend something I don’t own. However, there are four different models of the Clarisonic brush, so do your research and find what’s best for you.

Honestly though, I think the Mia is your best bet. With other models, they have different “speeds”… like that’s going to do a lot more for your skin! (Sarcasm)

The Mia only has one speed, but that’s really all you should need. On top of that, the Mia is only $99 whereas other models can go for twice as much!

How to Use It

Here’s the step by step way to wash your face with the Clarisonic Mia:

  1. Start by running some warm water and splash a bit over your face.
  2. Next, take two pumps of a face wash (I recommend Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser) and gently spread it over your face.
  3. Third, run some warm water over your Clarisonic brush.
  4. Now you can bring the Mia to your face and start the device. It will run for a minute and in that time, you’ll want to slowly move it around your face to cover your whole face.
  5. Once the timer is complete, run the brush under some warm water while running it to clean it.
  6. Plug it back into the charger and allow it to dry.

Pro Tip: Make sure that you are gentle with this device. That means just letting it gently glide over your skin. There I no need to jam into your face, as that not only won’t be more effective, but will probably have detrimental effects.

The Clarisonic Mia is okay for daily use, but honestly I only use it once, maybe twice a week. Start with once a week and that add more frequency, but dial it back, if you notice your skin is not responding well.

Why Men Should Use It

Going all out with skincare is not something a lot of guys do, let alone admit to. Plus, the Clarisonic Mia is marketed mainly to women; that doesn’t mean you can’t use it though.

On the quest for better skin, you should stop at nothing to get there. Don’t be afraid of being judged for wanting your skin to look good.

Another great reason for guys to use this is that it is great for shaving. I don’t shave too often, but when I do I prefer to use the Clarisonic Mia. Seriously, I only shave a few times a week, if that, and when I do the Clarisonic brush is great for warming up the surface of my skin and my facial hair for a  closer, smoother, more comfortable shave that no shaving cream can replicate.

Who Should Not Use the Mia

Although this site is geared towards helping people get rid of acne, I would NOT recommend this product to people with moderate to severe acne. There are two reasons for this:

  1. One is that I believe there is a possibility of irritating acne with using the Mia. While it is gentle, I don’t think it’s a good idea for people with a lot of acne to use this.
  2. Another reason to avoid it is that it does cost $99, and if you’re suffering from acne I think that money is better spent on supplements like cod liver oil, zinc, apple cider vinegar etc.

Once you’ve eliminated most of your acne, then you can decide if the Mia is right for you.

Conclusion      

The Clarisonic Mia is a solid product that I am happy to have in my toolkit. As you may know, I’m not even a huge fan of traditional skin care regimens that include using over the counter products and devices like this, but I am gung-ho about the Mia.

The reality is our skin was not designed to be beautiful and glowing like you see in Hollywood. It wasn’t design to be covered in acne either, but when you see celebrities or models with great skin, not only are they using Photoshop, but they’re using the best products they can get their hands on (No, it’s not Proactiv).

Ready to take your skin to the next level?

Click here to purchase the Clarisonic Mia from Amazon!

If you have any comments or questions don’t hesitate to ask!