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Allegra Shaw Opens Up About Her Acne

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Content creator, Allegra Shaw, opens up about her struggles with acne and her top tips for summer skin care.

What is your biggest concern when it comes to your skin?

My biggest concern has always been acne. I’ve struggled with acne for almost 15 years, and it’s been a constant battle. When you have acne, you not only have to deal with the breakouts but also the aftermath of the breakouts such as scarring. It can feel like a never-ending cycle of trying to clear up pimples, scarring, pimples, scarring…

What do you focus on in terms of skin care for the summer? 

For summer it’s all about the SPF. I wear sunscreen all year ‘round but I’m definitely more inclined to reapply it in the summer and make sure I am wearing at least SPF 30 on my face, ears, neck and chest every day. It’s also important not to forget your body!

How did you establish your current skin care routine?

First, I figured out my concerns like acne but also dryness and I built a routine around that. I like it to be effective, but also simple and manageable. 

What advice do you have for a reader who may be struggling with their skin?

You are so much more than your skin. I know it can be so frustrating and disheartening, but it’s not everything and, I promise you, no one is noticing it as much as you are. No one is focusing on it as much as you are!

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