I found my
Student, Best Friend, Miss Teenage Canada 2012 Alumnus.
Effects of
stress on
our skin.

Sure, sometimes stress can be a good thing. You know, like butterflies in your tummy before a big date or just enough stage fright to get you through a major presentation. But often, our mismanaged stress snowballs into a glacier of pessimism and bad habits. We’re all guilty of piling on way too much, sleeping at times people usually wake up at, and feasting on fast food because, well, it’s fast. Who has the time? Problem is, when we don’t seize the opportunity to deal with our stress, it breaks through our pores —literally— for the world to see. But the vicious cycle doesn’t stop there: dealing with breakouts stress us out more! And to think, it could have all been avoided.

Most of us are realizing that, in fact, acne isn’t a teenager thing; we’re actually prone to it until menopause. While hormones and genetics boost our breakout chances, it’s proven that stress can trigger an increased release of hormones from your sebaceous glands, which can cause acne to form. In other words, we brought this upon ourselves.

But before adding another snowflake to the existing stress snowball, it’s important to know that clear skin is attainable. The first step is adopting a 3-step anti-acne routine that you religiously practice morning and night. The next step is following a healthy lifestyle in which proper sleep, healthy eating and self-love become your best friends. True, it’s easier said than done, but the effort outweighs dealing with breakouts, no? Scroll down for pointers on reducing stress and obtaining clear skin.

All Megha
wants is
clear skin.
Don’t you?
Dermatologist Dr Roni Munk advises on ways to reduce acne breakouts::
Change your pillow case often
Wash your makeup brushes
Use non-comedogenic skin care
skin care routine.
Deep Purifying Cleansing Gel
Treat both acne and combination to oily skin by first cleansing pores and eliminating impurities as well as excess sebum. Use twice a day.
Purifying Astringent Toner
Treat acne and combination to oily skin by next tightening pores while balancing skin's pH and eliminating excess sebum. Use twice a day.
Hydrating Acne Care
Treat acne and combination to oily skin by addressing all 6 signs of acne: pimples, breakouts, dilated pores, shine, redness, and dryness (the key to fighting acne). Use twice a day.
Tri-Activ Mask
When dealing with acne, it’s good to use this Tri-Activ Mask twice a week as an exfoliator after Step 1, and as a mask once a week. Simply put a thick layer, leave it on for 5 minutes and rinse.
Hyaluspot Targeted Fast Acting Care
After Step 3, use this spot treatment on pesky imperfections both day and night. Its advanced formula with hyaluronic acid creates an invisible "bandage effect" on the surface to protect against external agents.
Thermal Spa Water
This gentle mineral-filled spa water helps soothe any discomfort and improves skin quality. For optimal results, use after Step 1 and 2 to prepare oily skin for Step 3.
Once acne starts to heal, use this overnight serum to improve the look of acne scars. For best results, use at night before applying Step 3 (if acne is bad) or Normaderm Night Detox (if acne has healed or if oily skin is the main issue).
Night Detox Anti-Imperfection Clarifying Care
If oily skin is your concern, counteract overnight sebum production and residue accumulation with this clarifying care instead of Step 3 (at night only).
Capital Soleil
Ultra-Light Lotion SPF 50
Once acne has healed, prevent further acne scars by applying sunscreen as your last step to maintain clear-looking skin.
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