Five ways to help your acne

Five ways to help your acne

 

A few weeks ago, I had a lady in the clinic who is on one of my skin transformation plans. She needed help with her acne.

There was quite a lot of damage to her barrier function, which protects the skin and keeps it hydrated. So, we started to work on this.

 

During her most recent visit, we were having a chat and discussing how far skin had come. She admitted that before she came to me, her skin had gotten into such a bad state because she had been looking at different influencers online. She had started to follow with interest, the things they claimed were helping their acne.

 

One of the pieces of advice she had taken, was a derma roller. She had clicked a link which took her to eBay and bought it. It turns out that this derma roller wasn’t sterile, and she’d been given no information on how to use it. She had no idea that she should consider what depth she should use it at. My client only used it once, because it caused a significant amount of damage to her skin. She was probably pressing too hard, with a sub-standard, non-sterile product.

 

This made me angry!

She said that these social media influencers are preying on people’s vulnerabilities and it this struck a chord with me. People don’t have enough knowledge about their skin and trust what influencers say works for them. Remember – they are getting paid to say these things and to recommend the products they suggest.

 

So, I pledged on social media that I was going to put together some simple tips to help. Tips are based on facts and are not endorsed by any manufacturers.

 

I’ve had acne. I know how it affects you. And I know that you can sometimes treat your skin quite harshly because you will do anything to see some kind of improvement. Covering acne with thick makeup and using harsh treatments will definitely make it worse. So here are five simple things that you can do to improve your acne and start improving your skin barrier:

 

  1. Treat your skin with kindness

Stop using stripping, harsh washes and ingredients. Stop scrubbing your face with harsh gritty scrubs – swap them for enzymes. These are a lot gentler on the skin and stop any irritation or aggravation. Make sure that your facial washes don’t feel dry after you’ve used them. The best thing to use is more of a cream-based cleanser that you can wipe off. Stop using stripping toners that contain harsh alcohol. All these things will aggravate your skin barrier and can make your acne worse not help it!

 

  1. Cleanliness is key

I’m not for one minute saying that you are dirty! But acne sufferers need to pay special attention to keeping their skin as clean as possible. It has been proven that people with acne tend to have a high level of something called ‘P acnes’ on their skin and this causes spots and irritation.

So, you need to try to prevent the growth of the P acnes. Make sure that you cleanse your skin properly. Don’t use cleansing wipes because all you’re doing with these is moving the dirt around the face.  Use a fresh cloth each time you wash your face as cloths can harbour bacteria. And try to change your pillowcases every other day.

 

  1. A healthy, balanced diet

Chocolate and sweet treats don’t necessarily cause spots directly. But sugar and processed food can affect your hormones and your hormone levels affect your acne. So, make sure you eat a well-balanced diet with as many fresh, natural products as possible. Include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Different coloured fruits and vegetables are key to keeping your skin healthy in general. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and like all other organs, it needs vitamins and minerals to help it to function properly. Keep this in mind when you’re making food choices.

 

  1. Vitamins in your skin routine

Unfortunately, when you’re eating your healthy diet, not all the vitamins and minerals will reach the skin, as they also feed your other major organs. So, it’s a good idea to add topical vitamins to the skin. A good one to help with acne is vitamin A. Just make sure that you build up slowly by using vitamin A so that you don’t cause any redness and reaction. Make sure that your barrier is lovely and healthy before you move on to a higher level of vitamin A. Vitamin B is another good addition to your skin routine as this helps to lower inflammation and take the redness out of the skin. It helps the barrier function to stay balanced and healthy. Zinc is a good mineral to add is it speeds up wound healing and is a great anti-inflammatory.

 

  1. Don’t copy other people’s skin routines

I can’t emphasise this enough! Well-meaning people will want to tell you things that may have worked for them. But you don’t know exactly what is causing their acne, and they might have a different grade of acne. Make sure that you seek advice from someone who knows what they’re talking about, who knows skin and knows how to treat it. And please, please, please do not trust the influencers on social media!

 

I hope these tips were helpful for you. If you’d like to have a chat about your skin, please book a skin chat with me. I’d love to help you.