Do you have acne breakouts?
Most of us have suffered with breakouts at some point. Whether this was in your teenage years or in adult life (or maybe even both and you’re wondering why it just hasn’t gone) and we all know how much this can affect our confidence.
Then there are the dark patches and redness that are left after the breakouts clear up, sometimes even scarring too. These marks and blemishes can leave you feeling less than your best, but that doesn’t have to be the case! A few little changes can make a difference if you stick with them, so here are our top 8 ways to take control of your acne:
1. Assess your skincare
You may have tried every scrub, cream, serum or cleanser that promises to clear up acne. The truth is that many of these products contain the wrong types of alcohol which will dry out your skin and cause your skin to produce more sebum which then clogs in the pores with dead skin cells and causes bacteria responsible for spots to form again. So it becomes a vicious cycle of being reliant on these products that continue to cause breakouts.
We recommend getting your skin assessed by an expert who can recommend the right products for your concern. This means taking your skin care one step further and using cosmeceuticals rather than cosmetics which use much higher concentrations of active ingredients and technology to carry the product deeper into the skin. If you have oily skin, you may need products with salicylic acid in to treat your acne, but then a moisturiser or serum that contains HA (hyaluronic acid, naturally found in the body) to balance out your skin’s hydration without causing any extra oil.
2. See your GP, there may be an underlying cause
Many of us go to the internet for help. This can entail of hours scrolling through natural remedy sites, changing diets and buying numerous products to try and help eradicate the issue.
If your acne is severe, you may need to take the medical route. Your GP may refer you onto Roaccutane or Rizuderm. This medication can work very well for many people with severe cases, but your eyes and skin may become very dry, and sensitive to sunlight during treatment.
Your GP may also be able to run some simple tests to rule out any other underlying causes of your acne. Many poly-cystic ovary syndrome sufferers experience acne on both their face and back. With these simple tests done you can then understand further the causes of your breakouts.
3. Change your diet and water intake
It might seem obvious, but ensuring that you stay hydrated benefits your skin’s functions and promotes healthy skin cell formation.
It’s also worth taking a moment to assess your diet. Many acne sufferers find dairy products can affect their skin and reducing the amount of cheese, yogurt and milk within your diet can really help too.
4. Don’t forget about your make-up
We often end up in a vicious cycle of wanting to hide away our breakouts by applying lots of heavy make-up, but this approach blocks the skin from breathing and functioning correctly. Mineral make-up is better for your skin as it allows it to breathe. Good mineral make-up brands contain no talcum powder to bulk out the product, and no oil or preservatives, which means that your skin isn’t exposed to excess oil or large molecular substances which prevent the skin from breathing.
Make-up also needs to be removed correctly and fully at the end of the day with an appropriate cleanser. Double cleaning will ensure the makeup is removed, however if cleansing cloths and towels are still showing residue of make-up after two cleanses, a further cleanse should be performed.
5. Don’t pick, squeeze or pop your spots
One of the biggest issues with having spots is the temptation to squeeze them or pick them! Releasing the sebum build-up by popping your spots isn’t good though, as it can cause unnecessary trauma to the skin whilst also spreading bacteria to the surrounding skin.
Often dead skin cells are on top of the breakouts and by squeezing the area you are trying to break through the layer of dead skin which can lead to more force being used than needed.
So, resist popping and instead opt for skin peels which will exfoliate the surface dead skin and will melt the excess sebum that has been produced.
6. Get a routine
Every morning and evening, make sure you are cleansing your skin and following the directions given by your expert if you have been recommended a serums and/or moisturisers.
We often forget about cleansing in the morning but this is such an important part of getting your skin on the right track. Often excess bacteria will form on the skin’s surface whilst your asleep, so, if you don’t cleanse before applying any products when you get up, you’re essentially applying them on top of this build-up. This means your products will mix with the bacteria and won’t perform at their best.
7. Get fresh air
City atmospheres can cause damage to your skin. Pollution and other toxicities create free radicals which are constantly attacking your skin. You might have heard friends and family who have moved from rural areas to large cities saying that their skin has changed. This is due to higher levels of these free radicals being around.
The most effective way of preventing these free radicals from attacking your skin is to apply an anti-oxidant, the most powerful being stabilised vitamin C. One of the most effective products you can use to add some vitamin C to your skincare routine is Obagi pro C 15%.
8. Avoid bacteria on the area
Ensure you clean your make-up brushes regularly with an antibacterial solution. We would recommend you do this every few days.
Avoid touching your skin as you are passing on bacteria from your hands and other natural oils that build on your own skin.
Clean towels, facial cloths and pillowcases every few days on a high temperature wash to kill any bacteria.
How can DestinationSkin help with acne?
DestinationSkin are a chain of clinics that offer help for many adults, whether you’ve got a few small pimples or are struggling with Acne at its most aggressive stage, treating not only the face but the back too without the need for harsh medication such as roacutane.
We aren’t dermatologists, as our approach to treating breakouts is a softer one, but we do get results. Once the breakouts, whiteheads and painful cysts have cleared, we can offer a program to help treat any discolouration, redness and scarring that the breakouts may have left behind. We don’t just treat the problem, we provide the solution and aftercare, so you can feel more confident about your skin.
What should I do next?
It all starts with a bespoke consultation with a professional practitioner who will assess your skin and ask you questions about your current routines and any treatments and products you have tried before then recommend a program that is bespoke to you.
The practitioner will take photographs so you can assess your progression with the treatment as you go.
You will be on track to clear, healthy, beautiful skin!