Acne is commonly considered to be a normal part of being a teenager. But it's actually an inflammatory skin disease, and while it affects many teenagers, there are also plenty of adults that are troubled by it too. So what can you do about it?
1.See your family doctor or a dermatologist. The good news is that acne can be treated very effectively so go and see a professional and discuss the best treatment option for you.
2. Be careful of over-the-counter acne medications. These don't always resolve acne and sometimes can even make it worse. This is because often these medications to ‘treat’ acne contain high doses of benzyl peroxide - this dries the skin and can cause even more inflammation. So while the acne may settle for a period of time, it usually returns more aggressively and the skin becomes more and more irritated and inflamed.
3.Ease up on exfoliation. Avoid all grainy exfoliating scrubs, these can increase oil production and inflammation.
4. Keep it clean. Always use a clean face cloth to clean face. Wash makeup sponges and brushes at least once a week in warm, soapy water.
5. Don't pick or squeeze. Yes, we know it's tempting with some of those pimples, but sit on your hands if you must because picking and squeezing will only make things worse. And it can lead to permanent acne scarring. So just stop that right now!
6. Good news alert - chocolate is okay. Forget what you've heard about chocolate - it doesn't cause acne. So treat yourself now and again if that's what you fancy. However, do try to stick to a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruit and veg and drink enough water.
7. Start to cleanse, treat and protect. The old, well-worn mantra is cleanse, tone, moisturise. But whilst cleansing is important for those with acne, toning does nothing to reduce oil production or pore size and some toner ingredients can cause skin irritation. Whilst many moisturisers can be overly heavy on skin that already produces too much oil.
So at Oasis Beauty we believe cleanse, treat, protect is a far more effective regime to follow. And here's how this regime might look for acne recovery:
Cleanse: Light Milk Cleanser. Rinse off with water or use a clean damp face cloth
Treat: Use your topical acne medication as prescribed. If you do not have topical medication, you can skip this step.
Protect: Oasis Sun SPF30. Apply to the entire face and neck.
If you wish to use foundation, apply this next but choose a light, mineral foundation that is not too heavy.
Cleanse: Light Milk Cleanser. Massage into face to loosen makeup and sunscreen. Remove gently with a clean damp face cloth and pat skin dry.
Treat: Use your topical acne medication as prescribed. Then apply Rhino Repair generously to the face and neck. If you do not have topical acne medication to use at night, just apply Rhino Repair.
If you suffer from acne - check out The Oasis Acne Recovery Support Pack. It is designed to support the healing and protection of the skin while you are following a course of prescribed medication to treat your acne. It’s easy to use, affordable and has been proven effective by NZ dermatologists.