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Acne. It happens to the best of us. And at the moment you might notice your skin having a minor freak out
due to stress or a change in routine brought about by these uncertain times. You might also be working from
home more, meaning you’re not wearing much makeup and noticing your breakouts more. Whatever acne is for
you, it shouldn’t be something you can’t manage. We’re here to help you breakdown your break outs, no matter
what your skin is doing.
These are the little black dots that seem to appear through your T-zone and are often rough in texture. A
black head is a build-up of oil and dead skin cells inside an open pore. The oxygen gets into the pore and
causes the blockage to darken creating what looks like a black spot or ‘black head’.
With black heads, exfoliate the target area with a salicylic acid which will help to dissolve the blockage
inside the pore as well as the dead skin collecting around the pore. Sunday Riley UFO is an oil-based
treatment that combines salicylic acid to help keep pores clear and absorb deeply into skin. You could also
try Drunk Elephant T.L.C Framboos
Glycolic Night Serum, which is a chemical exfoliator containing 2 percent salicylic acid in a
lightweight formulation—the reviews on this one are well worth a read if you’ve been eyeing it off. If you’d
prefer a physical exfoliant, Goldfaden
MD Doctor’s Scrub uses super fine granules to gently buff skin. The difference between these two types
of exfoliating? Physical exfoliants (scrubs) remove dead cells through friction. Chemical exfoliants (like
salicylic acid) remove dead skin cells by dissolving the "glue" that binds them to other cells.
As a preventative measure, start with a double cleanse, to ensure that you get right into the pores. Try Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Cleansing
Oil, a light formula which is made of sunflower seed oil which leaves the skin’s PH levels balanced.
Another cleanser that doesn’t strip the skin but gives a through clean is Go-To’s Properly Clean.
Other products to try for black heads:
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Your symptoms include:
Annoying little white bumps that appear near or on the surface of the skin. They feel firm and textured and
are the result of oil getting built up within the pore and then getting stuck due to dead skin cells sitting
over the pore opening and creating a blockage.
A suggested routine:
Approach these the same way you would black heads–double cleanse inside the pore and exfoliate. Exfoliating
will help remove any dead skin that’s covering the pore and preventing oil from flowing out onto the skin
creating a bump. Try a chemical exfoliant like the Dr Dennis Gross Extra Strength Peel Pads and pop some time aside to apply a
detoxifying mask after you’ve exfoliated, which will help to draw the oil and dead skin cells out. GlamGlow Super Mud Clearing Treatment
effectively dries out the blemish and draws out impurities, you can use it all over or just on areas of
Prevention is just as important as treatment. If you can anticipate where they might pop up based on
previous breakouts then apply something like the Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Booster. It’s lightweight enough to sit
under moisturiser or makeup to prevent further breakouts in problem areas.
Other products to try for white heads:
A pimple is a blockage that progresses further—it develops a head on it and becomes a little red and
inflamed, this is the body trying to fight the infection. It will feel a little tender and might have some
redness surrounding it. If you squeeze it, you can risk spreading it or worse, scarring.
You guessed it, make sure you’re giving your skin a thorough cleanse—and don’t even think about going
to sleep with your makeup on. Makeup that’s left on the skin can clog up the pores while you sleep, it’s
what nightmares (and acne) are made of.
Ensure that you’re exfoliating gently to prevent further breakouts or blockages. An exfoliating toner can be a good
option as this won’t inflame the skin any further.
Up next, try using a targeted treatment on the affected areas, Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne
Treatment is a fast-acting, on-the-spot treatment that helps to clear up pimples and significantly
reduce associated redness. Long after the pimple disappears, you may have a scar left behind, use a vitamin C or retinol product to help fade the mark
left behind. A product made exactly for this is Verso Dark Spot Fix which is gentle on skin and suitable for daytime use, too.
It’s really important to look after your microbiome when it comes to pimples (also referred to as
pustules), because the good bacteria on the skin will help to fight the bad bacteria that finds its way into
the pore. Gallinee Hydrating Face
Cream uses a mixture of pre-biotics, post-biotics and pro-biotics to feed and protect your skin’s
fragile microbiome, plus prevents and heals breakouts and balances sebum production.
Other products to try for pimples:
Your symptoms include:
Experiencing really sore, tender and inflamed pustule(s). They’ll most often be raised or swollen and sore
to touch. A cyst is almost like an iceberg—it can often be a lot larger under the surface than what you can
see on top. They can take a long time to heal, squeezing one will usually not help ‘bring it out’ (a common
misconception) and can often lead to a rupture of your sebaceous gland, resulting in a scar.
A suggested routine:
Avoid abrasive or harsh exfoliants; something like Go-To Exfoliating Swipeys or Skyn Iceland Nordic Skin Peel are super effective without being harsh as they use
lactic acid to stimulate skin cell renewal and heal the skin as gently as possible. Try to reduce
inflammation where possible since this will help the skin heal quicker. Apply a calming moisturiser like REN Evercalm Protection Day Cream,
which contains soothing ingredients and antioxidants to calm skin and protect it. When using and applying
products, try to avoid rubbing the area as much as possible to avoid creating more irritation.
To prevent any further cysts from forming apply 111Skin Anti-blemish Booster, this looks after the skin’s microbiome and immunity
therefore strengthening it long term and preventing further cysts. When you’re hit with a cyst whether it’s
before a big event or you just want to manage it as soon as it appears, try Skyn Iceland Blemish Dots, an
effective overnight treatment. Just stick a patch (two sizes available) over the blemish and overnight a
combination of salicylic acid and bakuchiol will help to dry out and heal the blemish, plus the patch will
stop you from touching the area. They must be used on clean dry skin so apply first before your usual
skincare, after cleansing.
Other products to try for cysts: