In our third and final Clear Skin installment, we address a variety of oily skin issues associated with age and lifestyle. Whether you’re 13 or 30, engaged in a physical job, or dealing with the strain of a major life event, your skin is likely to react negatively to the stress, hormonal shifts, and/or environmental changes. Fortunately, the right combination of skin care treatments can help alleviate, and even prevent, the appearance of pimples and blemishes.

Clear Skin 101: Part III

I am a 30-year-old woman with fair, sensitive skin. I’m prone to the occasional breakout in the T-zone and worried about using products that will inflame or further irritate my face. Help! K. Schaffer, Clear Lake, IA

It can be frustrating to have cleared the teen years, yet still be dealing with always-inconvenient pimples as an adult. Breakout-prone skin can definitely make inflammation, redness, pores, and skin congestion more visible, plus any number of factors, including hormones, an overproduction of oil, environmental aggressors, and comedogenic skin care products, can cause a flare up. Below is the simple, clear skin routine our estheticians recommend for even sensitive skin types:

  1. Wash daily with Gentle Cleansing Wash, a naturally gentle and pore-clearing cleanser that brings skin into a healthy balance and keeps skin calm.
  2. Keep breakouts at bay with Clear Skin Pore Refiner, which contains a potent formula that minimizes surface shine while improving the clarity of blemish-prone skin.
  3. To hydrate and ease inflammation, use the ultra-lightweight Clear Skin Balancing Lotion morning and night to nourish breakout-prone skin without clogging pores.

Any advice for my 40ish husband who has a physically demanding job, works out frequently, and as a result, struggles with chronic back acne? J. Olmschmid, Tallahassee, FL

Intense physical activities can result in uncomfortable, hard-to-treat body breakouts. Back acne or “bacne” occurs when pores or hair follicles become clogged with dead skin and sebum (oil). Most commonly found on the back, chest, and neck, these blemishes respond well to over-the-counter salicylic acid treatments.

Your husband’s first course of action should be using a clarifying facial cleanser like the Clear Skin Cranberry Cleanser as a daily body wash. This wash contains natural Salicylic Acid from Willow Bark, which dissolves excess oil, dead skin cells, and debris for an ultra-smooth surface.

For continued prevention, he should also exfoliate 2-3 times per week to help slough off dead skin cells and prevent oils, bacteria, and debris from becoming imbedded in pores. A body loofa is a great way to gently refine the blemish-prone areas. Lastly, the Clear Skin Spot Treatment is an must-have product to keep on hand for the occasional stubborn bump or two that appears when you least expect, or need it. This powerhouse pimple fighter contains a 6% dose of antibacterial Colloidal Sulfur plus Totarol™ to effectively reduce blemishes on the spot.

I”m 27 and engaged to be married in 6-months. It seems the added stress and anxiety are contributing to random blemishes. What gives, and how should I treat them? C. Abdo, Port Townsend, WA

Congratulations! The months and days leading up to a big event can be stress-inducing. High mental pressure can lead to an increase in cortisol and other hormones, causing the sebaceous glands to produce more oil, triggering breakouts. Since you don’t need one more thing to worry about, incorporate an anti-blemish, reparative serum such as the Clear Skin Pore Refiner into your daily routine to help treat and even thwart breakouts. A healthy, balanced diet is also a great way to ease anxiety and improve your complexion. Load up on leafy greens packed with vitamins, berries full of antioxidants, and dark chocolate rich in flavonoids for bountiful beauty benefits.

To discuss a custom skin care solution for your oily and combination skin type, let a MyChelle esthetician can help. Call 1-800-447-2076 or email