Monday, October 9, 2006
Medical Reports: Break-up with Breakouts
For every teenager, it is one of the biggest nights of the school year. Homecoming is right around the corner. However, if pimples always pop up on a big night, you do not have to break your date. Instead, break-up with breakouts.
WSVN -- The dress, the shoes, the face.
Every teenager wants to look hot for Homecoming.
Adriana Arce: "I'm really excited for Homecoming. It's basically our chance to be superstars for the night."
For 16-year-old Adrianna Arce, the biggest problem is not picking out the right dress. It is making sure someone she did not invite will not show up.
Adriana Arce: "I do not want pimples on Homecoming."
Fortunately, you can break-up with breakouts, starting with the products you use on your face.
Dr. Igor Chaplik: "The best thing to use that are over-the-counter products, are salicylic-type products, they not only prevent breakouts, but they are also moisturizing."
Dr. Chaplik recommends using products by Aveeno, Neutrogena and Cetaphil.
Just do not over-wash. Cleanse only morning and night.
And FYI: Even your hair products matter when it comes to keeping your skin clean and clear.
Dr. Igor Chaplik: "Before your big event, make sure you use shampoo that you can see through. Sometimes the stuff they put in it to color it can clog your pores."
Also, try not to load up on milk before the big night.
Dr. Igor Chaplik: "Do watch out for milk because the hormones in milk can break you out, so what I recommend is organic milk or soy milk."
Moreover, if you do get a pimple, do not freak out.
There is an emergency plan to keep you glamorous.
Dr. Igor Chaplik: "So what you need to do is ice down the area as much as you can, and put on a benzyl peroxide product to dry you out as much as you can before your big event."
Then have a bottle of Visine on standby.
It is not just for taking the red out of your eyes.
Dr. Igor Chaplik: "Try to use a little Visine, and sometimes it'll shrink the blood vessels around it and make the area look a little less red."
If that does not work, the doctor has one more trick -- mash up ibuprofen or aspirin and put it right on the pimple. It will also calm the redness.
Dr. Igor Chaplik: "Also you can look for a product called Rezimid. It can kind of cover up the problems and treat it all at once."
Adrianna is hoping she will not need any cover-up.
On homecoming night, she wants all eyes on her for the right reasons.
Adriana Arce: "I definitely want everyone to notice my skin, my dress, everything I've been working hard for."
One more tip -- do not pick or use scrubs on your face. That will only make breakouts worse.
Also, choose make-up that is oil-free, so it does not clog your pores.