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If Your Breakout Could Talk, Here’s What It Would Tell You

Whether you tend to get pimples on your nose or acne around your jawline, it says a lot about what’s going on in your life. (You’re stressed! Your pillowcase is dirty!) It also impacts the products you should use to treat those blemishes – one salicylic acid cleanser does not fit all. It’s time to find out what’s likely causing your breakout and the best ways to treat it.

1. Forehead

Ditch the headbands and anything that physically blocks pores. If you have a fringe, use blotting paper to get rid of oil build-up during the day, then clip it back at night. Your forehead has a higher concentration of oil glands and stress revs up production, so wash your face with a hardworking cleanser like Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash to remove excess oil and grime, without leaving your skin feeling stripped.

2. Between Brows

Waxing or tweezing your brows (or above your lip!) leaves the surrounding skin more sensitive – and therefore prone to breakouts. Moisturise the area before and after to prevent damage to the outer layers of your skin, and only pluck hairs if there is at least a millimetre of hair growth. If you haven’t tweezed lately, your breakout is likely from stress, so use Balance Me’s Congested Skin Serum to calm your complexion and gently battle any unwanted blemishes.

3. Nose

The bad news: your nose has the highest concentration of oil glands on your body, making it one of the biggest breakout areas for most people. Stress can cause them to get clogged, often resulting in blackheads. The good news: treatments like the Balance Me Radiance Face Mask can be used to target the area through its blend of pore-clearing kaolin and exfoliating ground walnut shells.

4. Cheeks, Temples, and Chin

Keep your hands away from your face, throw on a clean pillowcase, and clean your mobile with an alcohol wipe weekly to get rid of dirt, germs, and make-up buildup that can cause breakouts. If that’s not enough, apply a product like Balance Me Congested Skin Serum that contains antibacterial may chang to keep skin squeaky-clean.

5. Jawline

Hormones cause red, inflamed breakouts for many women here, especially during the time leading up to your period. The best treatment for this monthly rash of acne is to use a preventative cleanser that helps keep skin squeaky clean, like Balance Me Cleanse & Smooth Face Balm, which uses tiny grains of polishing oatmeal to slough away the dead skin cell build-up caused by clogged pores and excess oil as a result of hormonal surges.

6. Chest and Back

When you sweat, whether it’s during a bootcamp class or on your commute, your shirt traps dirt and oil that leads to dreaded body acne. If you don’t have time to shower after, use a cleanser or a cotton pad soaked with Balance Me Flash Cleanse Micellar Water to clear your skin, and wear a fabric that wicks away sweat to keep skin dry.

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