September 30th, 2016

Spot The Difference – How To Treat Acne

Remember the challenging teenage years when hormones were raging, your brows weren’t plucked and you had a face full of zits? Puberty is not the best time for your self-esteem, especially when you are battling problems with your complexion. Even though most of us will grow out of these niggling imperfections, acne continues to be a problem for many adults, and women tend to be more likely to be affected with 80% of cases of adult acne occurring in females. Kendell Jenner, Katy Perry and Cameron Diaz are some of the A-listers who couldn’t escape the spots in adulthood. Acne can happen to anyone.

Why do some adults have acne and others don’t? There are several reasons why acne can occur and these can differ from person to person.  Common causes include hormones (particularly near your period or during pregnancy), genetic factors as well as lifestyle factors such as smoking, stress, dietary triggers and even dehydration

While all types of skin can develop whiteheads, blackheads and pimples, many acne sufferers will also find that they have an oily complexion. Acne tends to develop when an oily substance called sebum produced by sebaceous (oil-making) glands mixes with dead skin cells and other debris to plug pores and causes bacteria to thrive.

Below are our top tips on how to combat acne:

5 Top Tips to be Acne-free

Drink Plenty of Water – Increasing the amount of water you drink is a great way to flush out internal toxins and hydrate your skin from the inside out.  Increased water intake will boost blood flow throughout the body and dehydration is one of the most prevalent underlying conditions that can lead to chronic or acute acne.


Use Tea Tree Oil –You may hear alarm bells when you think of applying more oil on your problem areas but Tea Tree oil is fantastic for soothing redness and is a key ingredient in many skincare products. It has antiseptic and antifungal properties that may help prevent acne, and contains natural antibacterial and anti-microbial properties Soothing Skin Gel is a soothing skin healing gel that contains Tea Tree to aid calming any redness and blemishes. It also contains Plantolin® which has proven anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties to soothe, rehydrate and repair damaged skin.


Eat a Vitamin and Zinc Rich diet – There is no evidence as such that supports that a poor diet can lead to poor skin. However when you eat oily foods you will most likely touch your face and this can lead to oils transferring to your pores and becoming clogged. Foods rich in vitamins A, C and E such as spinach, kale, mango and sweet potato are the best to help improve your skin because they contain antioxidants that help protect the skin against radicals that attack the skin. Zinc is another source that is good at reducing acne because it acts as an antiflammatory. You can find zinc in foods such as shellfish, beans and sunflower seeds.


Avoid Heavy Oily Make-up – There are many foundations and concealers on the market that contain heavy oils such as lanolin oil, lauric acid and isopropyl isostearate. While they may do a good job of helping you to achieve a flawless finish in the short term, they have a tendency to irritate and clog your pores which may aggravate your skin make your acnes worse. The best foundations and concealers for acne-prone skin are non acnegenic and non-comedogenic to avoid further blocking your pores. If you do use make up, always ensure that you are cleansing effectively at the end of the day to remove all traces from your complexion.


Wash Your Make-up Brushes Regularly - Although it’s a massive chore, washing your make-up brushes at least once or twice a week may help to keep your acne under control. Make-up brush are a breeding ground for bacteria and applying make up using dirty brushes may cause bacteria to spread and aggravate your acne.

30 / 09 / 2016

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