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July 30, 2013

Summer Skin Tips You May Not Have Tried Yet

epiduo-groupWhen I was a teenager, I thought my LIFE WAS OVER if I woke up with a pimple. If only we had hashtags back then for my #firstteenissues. Today nothing breaks my heart more than seeing someone struggling with acne. To add insult to injury, it’s summer. Hello humidity and oilier skin! You could break out my favorite high school trick and blot your face with a brown paper lunch bag (beauty blogger in the making!), or you could enlist a few smarter strategies I’ve learned over the years from experts:

1. Once or twice a week, treat yourself to a light steam at the gym, in the shower with a warm compress, or using this easy, herby DIY recipe. A light steaming seems to open up pores and help my skin absorb treatment products better. Plus, how relaxing!

2. There is an FDA-approved prescription medication called Epiduo® (adapalene and benzoyl) Gel, 0.1%/2.5% that looks really promising and comes in a neat pump. It’s currently the only antibiotic-free, topical acne treatment that combines two medicines, adapalene and benzoyl peroxide, to help clear up the breakouts and prevent future ones from forming. Epiduo Gel combines my personal BFF benzoyl peroxide, an antimicrobial that kills the bacteria to help banish breakouts; and adapalene, a type of retinoid that unclogs blocked pores, helping to stop acne from forming under the skin’s surface. Ask your derm or doctor for more info!


3. As tempting as it is to over-cleanse acne-prone skin—I don’t recommend it. You could end up aggravating your skin more. Instead, I like to use a gentle cleanser morning and night. Balanced skin is happy skin!

4. Finally, pretty please avoid picking your acne. Doing so prevents break-outs from healing properly—and we don’t want scars! I’m no germaphobe, but consider all of the things your hands touch on a daily basis that OTHER people have also touched, well, you get the point.

What do you do to prevent breakouts and care for your skin during the summer months, besides hiding under a big straw hat?

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Galderma Laboratories, LP, the makers of Epiduo Gel.

Important Safety Information Indication: EPIDUO® Gel is indicated for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris in patients 9 years of age and older. Adverse Events: In controlled clinical studies, the most commonly reported adverse events (≥1%) in patients treated with EPIDUO® Gel were dry skin, contact dermatitis, application site burning, application site irritation and skin irritation. Warnings/Precautions: Patients taking EPIDUO® Gel should avoid exposure to sunlight and sunlamps and wear sunscreen when sun exposure cannot be avoided. Erythema, scaling, dryness, stinging/ burning, irritant and allergic contact dermatitis may occur with use of EPIDUO® Gel and may necessitate discontinuation.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call 1‐800‐FDA‐1088.

  • Elizabeth Dehn
    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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