Saturday, 22 November 2014

How to deal with breakouts

a photo with products that help to deal with breakouts
 
There's nothing worse than a sudden breakout hitting your face. It can be tempting to fly into a panic and make things worse, so with that in mind, today I am sharing my tips on dealing with pesky breakouts and getting your skin back on track.

Keep it simple and consistent. When your skin is freaking out its all too easy to throw everything you have at it, but overloading your skin will just make things worse. As tempting as it is, strip back your routine to basics and go with products you know your skin loves. Don't be tempted to apply several spot treatments at once, your skin won't thank you for it. Also, sticking to a consistent routine will make a big difference to your skin and hopefully reduce blemishes. If your breakouts tend to be hormonal, pop some of your favourite topical treatment on a few days before to limit the extent of the breakout or hopefully stop it in its tracks.

Products to try- Malin + Goetz 10% Sulphar Paste, Origins Super Spot Remover, La Roche Posey Effaclar Duo +, Facacia Anti-Blemish Serum*, Weleda Purifying Lotion, Pai Balance Blemish Serum.

AHAs & BHAs. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs) are important little gems which my skin personally loves. They gently exfoliate and draw out impurities from deep under the skin while preventing future breakouts. I tend to use them in the form of exfoliating toners which are super gentle yet effective. I wrote about them in more detail in this post.

Products to try: Ren Clarimatte Clarifying Lotion, Cane & Austin Acne Treatment Pads (couldn't find a link so have a horrible feeling they might be discontinued, wah!), Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads*.

Don't skimp on hydration. This applies to both what you consume as well as ensuring your skin gets the most moisture it can. I'm guilty of not drinking enough water at the best of times (hello eye luggage), but when you're breaking out it's more important than ever. Also, don't starve your skin of moisture. A lot of spot treatments can be drying, so ensure that you use a nourishing toner as well as a facial oil and moisturiser, whatever your skin type. If you starve your skin it will produce more sebum which = more spots.

Products to try: Melvita Youthful Extraordinary WaterPai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil, The Body Shop Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream.

Ease up on makeup. When your skin is at its worse of course you want to cover it up, but don't go overboard. Apply concealer just where you need it over a light base such as a BB cream and amp up another area of your face to draw attention elsewhere. I like to emphasise my eyes with lashings of mascara and a good curl, or there's nothing quite like your favourite bright red or pink lipstick to make you feel fabulous.

Cleanliness is next to godliness. Make sure you are using clean flannels and towels at all times and change your bedding as frequently as possible. Also, don't be tempted to fill your sink up with water when cleansing, always use fresh running warm water and always double cleanse when wearing makeup or SPF.

Chill out. Ultimately, its just skin and there's only so much we can do to keep things under control. Try not to stress out too much as this will only make things worse. Get plenty of rest and take care of your skin.

I hope these tips help, and if you have any blemish-busting tips please leave them in the comments!

Laura

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