To successfully treat acne you need to know the myths that surround and acne and what not to do when you have acne.
The Myths about Acne
- Blemishes are caused by dirty skin or poor hygiene – Many people often make this assumption and it leads to over cleaning the face with soaps and strong detergent cleaners. This will lead to irritation and dryness but will not clear up blemishes.
- You can dry up blemishes – drying up the skin with harsh ingredients can actually do more harm to the skin as it reduces the skins ability to fight inflammation, encourages bacterial growth and encourages the oil glands to work overtime to compensate for the loss of natural oils.
- Acne is caused by eating junk food – there is no evidence that junk foods cause acne. There have been studies that have linked sugary foods to making acne worse but not the cause.
- You can spot treat blemishes – You can reduce the redness and swelling of a blemish with topical antibacterial products like salicylic acid and other prescription products. However, this will not deal with the cause of the acne and you will be left in a never-ending battle of spot treating every blemish and never getting to the root of the problem.
- If it tingles it must be working – Products that are made with ingredients that make your skin tingle or burn cause irritation to the skin and only make acne worse. Irritating the skin can stimulate oil production.
- Moisturiser will make you break out – If you are acne prone with oily or dry skin you need to use light-weight moisturisers that won’t clog pores. If you don’t moisturise and your skin becomes dry you run the risk of producing more oil to compensate for the surface dryness. All skin types need to be hydrated and benefit from the antioxidants and skin repairing ingredients in moisturisers.
- Toothpaste can cure acne – Toothpaste might be able to dry out acne lesions however there are no active ingredients in it that can reduce a spot or stop acne from forming. Also the ingredients in toothpaste can also cause the skin to burn.
What Not To Do When Treating Acne
- Treat your skin gently. Don’t use harsh or irritating skin care products
- Don’t pick at your blemishes. Squeezing spots can lead to scarring or unsightly scabs and can cause bacteria to spread causing more blemishes.
- Don’t wash your face with bar soaps or bar cleansers. The ingredients in soap are very drying and can clog pores.
- Don’t use extreme heat or cold to treat your blemished skin as this can cause inflammation. Pores do not open and close with hot or cold water.
What You Should Do to treat Acne
There are some basic rules for treating acne prone skin. The main thing is to be gentle with your skin and keep it has calm as possible.
- Gentle cleansing using a mild, water-soluble cleanser to help reduce oily skin and acne without making the skin feel dry and tight.
- Exfoliate with salicylic acid – This is a fantastic ingredient for treating acne. It not only has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties but it also exfoliates to remove built-up dead skin cells on the surface of the skin and inside the pores. It can also help reduce marks left from surface blemishes
- Use light-weight moisturisers such as gels, light serums, liquids or fluid lotions. You still need to moisturise acne prone skin.
- Look at bringing products that contain glycolic acid or retinol into your skin regime. Glycolic acid is a chemical exfoliant similar to salicylic acid. It is great for sun damaged dry skin and gives you a deeper exfoliation than a scrub. It can also help with marks left from surface blemishes.
- Retinol helps speed up the skins cell turn over and can help to reduce mild scarring and unclog pores.
Follow the below regime to treat acne prone skin:
After cleansing and toning apply 3-4 drops of Super C15 vitamin C serum, followed by a 10p sized amount of Hydra Boost, then roll (see video of how to use derma roller). Once done apply one or two pumps of the Wrinkle Clear serum.
After cleansing and toning, use the derma roller on all areas of the face. Apply 3-4 drops of Super C15 vitamin C serum, followed by a 10p size of Hydra Boost with one pump of Retinol mixed in the palm of your hand.
After cleansing and toning apply a 10p size amount of Brightening Enzyme and Acid Peel, massage on the face in a circular motion. Leave on for 5 mins, then rinse. Then follow the relevant routine (morning/evening).