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Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Fighting acne for all skin types - The Basics

Ah acne, the proof that sadly our hormones have taken hold of our fragile internal ecosystem and want to make a grand entrance. Acne gets everyone at some stage (yes EVERYONE gets spots at some point, you are not alone) it is however how we tackle it that can determine how it affects us.
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The easiest way of managing acne is investing in good skincare. This can make or break your acne problems and avoid any scarring or long-term pigmentation, which are usually the lasting results of mistreating acne in its infancy. Covering acne with layers and layers of makeup doesn’t allow your skin to breathe making congestion worse and inevitably making you feel more makeup is desperately needed, it’s a vicious circle.
The first thing to do when starting to fight your acne is to determine which type of spots you have along with your skin type to see how best to fight it as these facts will determine the products suited to you. Once you know what spots you have you can begin to build a skin care routine to save your skin.
 There are many types of spots with the most common being:
- Whiteheads. These are pimples that stay under the surface of the skin forming into a small white bump – don’t pop them or they will be back with a vengeance.
- Blackheads. These pimples rise to the skin’s surface and look black and flat in texture. You haven’t got a dirty face, don’t worry, sadly this is down to DNA so say thanks to mom and dad.
- Papules. These are small bumps that are choosing what type of spot they want to grow up to be – you can stop these in their tracks by taking care of your skin.
- Pustules. These pimples are red at the bottom and have pus on top. Do not pick or pop these critters, leave them as aggravating this type of spot can cause severe scarring later on.
- Nodules. These are large, painful, solid pimples that are deep in the skin – again don’t pop or put pressure on these, as they will scar and can cause hyper-pigmentation.
All of the above can be managed by great skincare. The old cleanse and moisturise routine is an oldie but a goody for a reason so follow it. You may have to experiment initially but if you find something that works make sure you use it religiously in your skincare routine. Yes it takes time but your patience WILL pay off.
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So the routine goes as follows:
- Cleanse. A really good cleansing balm is a great way to start your routine as it has less of those foaming ingredients that leave a residue on your skin. Spend a bit more on this product and you will see results as your skin will appreciate it.
- Exfoliate. Finding product with good acids in can be life changing. The good acids are Salicylic, Lactic and Glycolic which buff and exfoliate dead skin cells and bacteria leaving the skin squeaky clean and fresh.
- Moisturise. Follow with a good moisturiser that is made for your acne prone skin type: Oily, Combination, Dry or Sensitive and you have the steps to acne free skin.
For more severe, very painful and persistent acne (i.e over one year) a referral from your GP to a dermatologist may be a solution as you could be suffering from something other than the acne itself. Again never think you are alone, us beauty lovers have suffered with exactly the same issues and have come out the other side to tell you will get past this and look fabulous.

*Images taken from BrumNotes magazine*

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