At-Home Acne Treatments
While there are lots of causes of breakouts–from hormones, wearing the wrong makeup, and even changes in the weather–the main cause of acne is your skin’s natural sebum, or oil.
When your skin produces too much sebum, debris is more likely to get trapped in your pores, which leads to breakouts. A good skincare routine will help keep those natural oils at the right level and lead to a clearer complexion.
Have a good cleansing routine: Make sure you’re cleansing your skin morning and night, and after a sweaty gym workout or hot yoga class. And if you wear makeup or have oily skin, you may want to double cleanse–first using a cleansing oil to dissolve makeup, and again with a cleansing balm for hydration.
Exfoliate only when needed: Exfoliation helps your skin shed dead cells and can remove excess oil. But if you exfoliate too much, you can irritate your skin and cause more breakouts. If your skin is sensitive or dry, limit exfoliation to once per week using a non-abrasive product like Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant. And for oily skin, try Alpha-H Liquid Gold + Micro Cleanse Super Scrub Duo twice weekly.
Target pimples with spot treatments: Breakouts are the worst and if you’re in the midst of one you want results, fast! Serums containing retinol and salicylic acid can speed the healing process and even prevent future scarring. These ingredients may also increase skin sensitivity, so apply them only to the affected areas.
Choose the right moisturiser for your skin type: Just because your skin is oily, doesn’t mean you should skip the daily moisturiser. But you should look for a formula designed to hydrate and treat blemishes without adding excess oil like Skinstitut Moisture Defence - Oily Skin.
Add in regular face masks for targeted results: Not something for the ‘gram, face masks offer some potent skincare benefits. Try a treatment mask at least every other week to amplify the benefits of your skincare routine. A detoxifying mask like Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque helps to draw blackheads and impurities from your pores. Or use a resurfacing mask like Alpha-H Balancing and Pore Refining Mask to deep-cleanse, purify, and aid healing.
Professional Acne Treatments
If you’ve tried at-home treatments and aren’t seeing results, then it might be time to turn to the experts. A skin therapist can provide more targeted treatments using specialised skincare designed to combat acne.
Depending on your skin type, your skin therapist might suggest one (or more) of these acne treatments:
Extractions: Can't resist the urge to squeeze those blackheads? Then hand this task over to a professional. Your skin therapist will use special extraction tools to safely remove dirt and debris from your pores. You'll get a clearer-looking complexion without the redness (not to mention risk of infection!) that comes with popping your own pimples.
Microdermabrasion: This intensive exfoliation process removes the topmost layer of skin, unveiling fresher, healthier-looking skin underneath. Sure you could use an at-home microdermabrasion kit. But clinical microdermabrasion produces better and longer-lasting results.
Chemical peels: Much like microdermabrasion, peels remove the top layer of skin– in this case using a chemical solution. Your skin may feel more sensitive for a few days, but then your complexion will be smoother and more glowy. Plus, you may also notice less acne and fewer breakout-related marks and scars.
Prescription Acne Treatments
While there are many causes of acne, such as stress or using the wrong products, hormonal changes can also cause or worsen acne. Medical issues such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), menopause, allergies, and autoimmune conditions can mess with your skin and lead to breakouts.
If you’ve tried every acne remedy out there and nothing seems to work, or you have other medical symptoms besides acne, it's time for a visit to your doctor. They’ll be able to diagnose and help treat any underlying conditions that are triggering your acne.
Even if your acne isn’t caused by a medical issue, a doctor can still help by prescribing medication that targets severe acne. Your doctor might prescribe a systemic retinol treatment to aid skin healing, for example, or a prescription-strength scar cream to reduce the severity of acne scars.
The thing to remember is acne isn’t something you should have to put up with. There are professionals out there who can help you find the best facial treatment for acne that works for you.
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