Acne is a common skin condition seen in both teenagers and adults. It often begins with hormone changes. For some, it is short-lived. However, for others it can persist through adulthood and cause a lot of distress. Thankfully, there are much better acne treatments available in recent years.
What causes acne?
Medications, stress, anxiety, diet, hormonal changes, menstrual cycle, environment, genetics, improper cleansing, using makeup or skincare products that are not appropriate for your skin can all contribute to and worsen acne.
How can I reduce acne?
Depending on the severity of your condition, I usually recommend a combination of treatments. Education, a daily skin routine, diet changes and some salicylic chemical peels can all help to control and treat acne.
The first thing to do is get on an appropriate daily skincare routine. It is important to treat your acne in order to avoid scarring later. Also, it is essential that you are using ingredients that suit your skin. Heavy skincare products may cause congestion in the skin. While, products that are too harsh can strip the skin and lead to more oil being produced. I offer skin consultations both in salon and via phone/video if you would like some help with your skin routine.
Thankfully, there are lots of skincare products with active ingredients that can control oil, decrease pores and decrease congestion. So, some small changes to your daily skin routine can make a big difference.
3 simple skin tips to reduce acne:
1. Cleanse morning and night with a gel cleanser to keep bacteria at bay.
2. Introduce Salicylic Acid to your routine.
This will dissolve excess oil, reduce inflammation, exfoliate and deep cleanse your pores. Glo Clear Complexion Pads is one of the products I love for both teenage acne and adult. Swipe a pad over the face and affected areas daily. These are super effective in oil control and exfoliation but won’t dry out the skin.
3. Wash your pillowslips and make-up brushes regularly.