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On my nose and the upper cheek area next to my nose I have very open pores and I tend to get blackhead there. I don't really have acne, though I get pimples here and there...but this seems to be something I really don't like about my skin! I also have quite oily skin - and sometimes I break out with a couple pimples on my forehead because I have longer hair that covers my forehead so I suppose the oils from my hair causes that. My pores are also quite open on my forehead it seems to me.

So what product should I be using, or what cleaning technique should I use?
I've never been to a dermatologist, so I'm a little ignorant when it comes to dealing with my skin. Any help would be GREAT!

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Based on what you say, I would think that you do have a Mild Case of Acne - that is basicly based on the sheer number of lesions you are dealing with. Regarding your Home Program, it would be based on many things so going to a Dermatologist or at least a Licensed Esthetician such as myself should be in order because they will need to do a Skin Analysis and based on your answering a few questions they should be able to start you out on the right path. In my practice, I put most of my clients on PCA - Physicians Choice of Arizona and find that their products work well but you must go through an Esthetician or M.D. office to get these. Regardless, set up an appointment to get information based on Your Skin and best treatment for such.
 

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Use a good facial scrub that contains fruit acids. This will help keep your pores from getting clogged and also maintain the pH balance in your skin. Oatmeal is another ingredient you can add here to help keep blackheads at bay.
 

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On my nose and the upper cheek area next to my nose I have very open pores and I tend to get blackhead there. I don't really have acne, though I get pimples here and there...but this seems to be something I really don't like about my skin! I also have quite oily skin - and sometimes I break out with a couple pimples on my forehead because I have longer hair that covers my forehead so I suppose the oils from my hair causes that. My pores are also quite open on my forehead it seems to me.

So what product should I be using, or what cleaning technique should I use?
I've never been to a dermatologist, so I'm a little ignorant when it comes to dealing with my skin. Any help would be GREAT!

Thanks
Hi there,

Here are some good tips for healthy skin based on my 25 year knowledge and self experimentation;

The essential keys to healthy skin are not found in a bottle or jar of expensive skin care product. They are found in the every day habits and diet of every woman attempting to improve her appearance. Nutrition especially is a very important detail that many women might overlook when attempting to improve the appearance of their skin.

Every Day Ways to Attain Healthy Skin

The proper consumption of water is an essential first step in improving skin health. It ensures the body is receiving enough oxygen and stays properly hydrated, flushing out the bad and constantly supplying nutrients needed for healthy skin.
Another natural method of maintaining healthy skin is to avoid over exposure to the sun. By using sun screen on a daily basis and staying out of direct sunlight for more than a couple hours at a time, women can avoid unsightly sun spots and dry skin that result from too much UVA or UVB rays.
Sleep is a great method of rejuvenating and enhancing healthy skin. By getting at least 6 hours of sleep every night, women are giving their skin the time it needs to rejuvenate and repair from the stress of every day life. Without that rest, the effects of stress and sleep deprivation will make their first mark on the surface of otherwise healthy skin in the form of bags, puffy eyes, dry skin and blemishes.
Nutrients are another essential aspect of retaining healthy skin. Without the right balance of nutrients on a daily basis, skin will begin to show signs of its age and wear. Vitamins such as B1 which enhance circulation and B2 without which skin will start discolor, are vital to keeping healthy skin as shiny and supple as possible.
Healthy skin that is washed on a regular basis will remain blemish free as well. Depending on the level of oil production for any given individual, how skin is washed will change. A daily regiment of non-soap cleansers and toners will keep oil and dirt free of the pores and blemishes from ruining otherwise perfectly healthy skin.

Five Tips for Healthy Skin
Additionally, these simple tasks can help to reduce the wear and tear on your skin that leads to common skin problems and unsightly blemishes.

• Keep hair out of the face to reduce the chance of excess oiliness and blemishes
• Oily hair care products only increase the risk of facial blemishes.
• Nutrition and a proper diet ensure hydration, oxidation, and nutrients for healthy skin.
• Fish consumption or fish oil supplements help supplement healthy skin.
• Use warm water and a non-soap cleanser to wash your skin, keeping it clear and unobstructed.


Along with the common aspects of a healthy lifestyle, these tips will ensure that your healthy skin remains that way for years to come.

Sincerely,

Maya McMahon
Skin Care Specialist
 
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