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How To Care For Problem Skin

Have stubborn breakouts? Including harsh exfoliants along with medicated soaps and creams in your daily skincare may be making your problem bigger!


In a lecture once, my mother told high schoolers that everything they do today is wrong, referring to the methods they use to clean their skin. That was over 35 years ago and, ironically, after all the education available to people, it’s still applicable today. Pimples don’t need to be so traumatic, certainly not if you catch the problem early.


Your attempts to fight breakouts with medicated products may be over-drying and over-cleansing the skin, making breakouts worse. The reason is simple: The sebaceous glands in the face (glands that produce the oil we’re constantly – and wrongly – trying to combat) secrete a protective oil that is germicidal and prevents water loss from the skin’s surface. If the protective layer of oil is removed through over-drying or vigorous and frequent scrubbing, the glands only become more active. The result is oilier skin than what you started with.


Don’t panic yet, though! The good news is that, with proper attention, you can catch the problems early so they are much easier to correct. Generally speaking, you can reverse most damage that has been done to the skin, except damage from prolonged sun exposure.  Beautiful, healthy skin is that which is moist since water gives skin a youthful look and a smooth texture. Granted some people are born with oily skin and others with dry skin, you can still have oily skin that stays presentable and you can stimulate dry skin.


Despite how complicated this all may sound, beautiful skin requires very little time. The key is to maintain the skin with regular facial treatments (once a month to help the skin breathe and function properly) and treating the skin at home with the proper products. We love our Christine Valmy Byogenic line of products for oily/acne skin because they work to not only control the sebaceous glands’ activity but also soothe, nourish and rebalance the skin. Try our Special Lotion #22 for especially oily/acne-prone skin for daytime protection and our classic Special Creme #11 to rebalance, hydrate and control breakouts while you sleep!


Use a gentle soap to clean the skin in the morning, particularly one with a low pH. How do you determine that? A quick cheat is by the amount of lather a soap makes. Soaps with low pH lather very little, if at all. Our pick is Christine Valmy’s Valcleanse Cleansing Cream. Traditional face soaps end up stripping the skin of its natural oils. Valcleanse will do the job while still leaving the skin feeling hydrated, velvety and soothed. Make a lather in your hands and gently apply it all over the face, taking care not to rub it in, then rinse well with cold water. At night, use our Deep Cleanser cleansing milk, rich in tea tree oil and thyme to fight bacteria and chamomile to soothe.


Remember to give your skin time to adjust to proper skincare! There is no short cut to a perfect complexion. Like my mother always said, “It’s like caring for your teeth by brushing them three times a day. Caring for the skin is something you have to do all the time.” Just a little something to think about next time you reach for your toothbrush!


Until next time, stay positive and beautiful..!


Marina Valmy De Haydu


Director, Christine Valmy International School for Esthetics, Skin Care and Makeup.


*Marina Valmy De Haydu is the director of the Christine Valmy International School for Esthetics, Skin Care and Makeup, the first esthetics school of the United States, which was established in 1965. She is a chemist with a vast knowledge of Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs, medicinal plants and Oriental treatments. Today, the school is host to students from all over the world who wish to learn the craft of skincare under the philosophy of esthetics founder and pioneer in the United States, Christine Valmy: to reveal – not to conceal – the beauty of healthy, well-functioning skin.*

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