Resolve to Get Clearer Skin in the New Year-- Tips From the Paula's Choice Research Team

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It’s frustrating, but true: Acne, to one degree or another, can occur at any age. The Paula’s Choice Research Team behind the best-selling book, Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me, share the facts and products they’ve uncovered to have acne-free skin at any age.

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It’s frustrating, but true: Acne, to one degree or another, can occur at any age.

Let 2013 be a year where skin is beautiful and clear—because, while it’s frustrating, it is true: Acne can strike at any age and at any time. Whether it’s during the teen years or in the middle of menopause, acne affects up to 95% of the population at various stages of life. It's a struggle that the Paula’s Choice Research Team, writers of the best-selling book, Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me, know all too well.

Through their investigative work evaluating and reviewing all kinds of skin-care products, as well as published research on acne and its treatments, they developed this essential guide to having clear skin at any age.

  •     Cleanse Twice Daily: Use a gentle, water-soluble cleanser to remove excess oil and makeup that lead to clogged pores and dull-looking skin. Drying cleansers will cause irritation, making acne worse. Try Paula’s Choice CLEAR Normalizing Cleanser, a face wash that’s tough on blemishes but gentle on skin.
  •     Leave-On Exfoliant is a Must: Daily use of a well-formulated, leave-on product with salicylic acid (also known as beta hydroxy acid, or BHA) works beautifully to unclog pores that cause breakouts. Salicylic acid also reduces the redness and red marks from acne and provides an additional antibacterial punch. Truly, BHA is an anti-acne miracle! Find the top-rated salicylic acid products on
  •     Eradicate Acne-Causing Bacteria: After exfoliating, apply a lightweight, nonirritating anti-acne product that’s medicated with benzoyl peroxide. This well-researched topical disinfectant works to quickly eliminate acne-causing bacteria. Apply it to all breakout-prone areas as a preventive measure—don’t just spot-treat current pimples.
  •     Avoid Heavy Moisturizers: Those with oily skin and breakouts should not use traditional cream moisturizers, even if they claim to be oil-free, because the ingredients in cream moisturizers can clog pores. Instead, if dry areas are a concern, apply a lightweight, gel-textured moisturizer for soothing relief or opt for a serum, which is especially great to prep skin for makeup.
  •     Remove Surface Pimples: Beauty magazines and even some dermatologists say one should never pop a pimple, but let’s get real—sometimes, it’s just plain necessary. In reality, popping a pimple the right way reduces inflammation, scarring, and healing time, and gets rid of the ugly white bump. Follow this step-by-step guide to safely and effectively pop, treat, and conceal a blemish.

These basic tips for clear skin are the first step in the battle against blemishes. For information on how to treat, conceal, and prevent acne visit

Led by best-selling author and beauty expert Paula Begoun, the Paula’s Choice Research Team evaluates and reviews hundreds of skin-care and makeup products, in books such as Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me, and online at Combining cosmetics industry knowledge and expertise, Paula and her team have developed the Paula’s Choice line of state-of-the-art formulations based on reliable, published skin-care research. Products include skin-care, makeup, body, and hair-care products, beauty tools, and accessories. All products are fragrance-free, cruelty free, and environmentally friendly, and they perform beautifully without false promises.

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