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Stop doing these 5 things if you want clear skin!

If you are acne prone, whether teenage or adult acne, there are some common lifestyle factors that will contribute to breakouts.

While there are many individual factors that influence and trigger breakouts including hormones, genetics, environment and nutrition…

There are also some common triggers that need to be avoided by everyone who is prone to any type of acne. 

There is no single fix for acne as it has many contributory factors and some of these vary in severity from person to person.

Also, you need to be very compliant with your routine as acne is always ‘under control’, never ‘cured’. But there is every hope that you can keep your breakouts minimised if you are willing to commit to your skincare routine and lifestyle/dietary changes.

Here are some things to avoid to help get you started on clearing your pimples and spots:

  1. Ditch the dairy. There is no middle ground on this one, consumption of dairy products directly impacts breakouts. Try almond milk on your cereal.
  2. Sticking with nutrition, sugar is the next culprit you need to limit in your diet. It contributes to inflammation and so to inflammatory acne. I agree that it is hard to eliminate completely but see how much you can clean up in your diet and watch the impact on your skin.
  3. Again, a dietary tip (see how much your gut health has to do with your condition of your skin?). Be sure to get your 5 a day and drink more water & herbal teas than coffee. Skin, like the rest of your body, needs the building blocks of a strong, healthy structure to flourish and a lot of this comes directly from your diet.
  4. Picking – everyone is guilty of it but squeezing blackheads, popping pimples and generally poking at your face will spread infection, cause scarring and definitely not reduce the breakout!
    1. Use ice to cool a hot or sore spot, it will act as an anti-inflammatory and make the spot clear more quickly. Remember, once you see a spot on the surface, it is too late to do anything about it.
  5. Using random products without any plan or cohesion. It can be tempting to try the latest internet ‘tip’ (who even starts these viral things??) but always consider the source! Professional skincare advice should only come from a skincare professional. Not a facebook meme. Mixing glue and charcoal and applying it to your face is not something you will find in any cosmetic chemistry textbook 😳. Believe me, if there were some instant or miracle cure for acne, we as skincare professional would know!
    1. Also, jumping between one product and another will never work, even if the products are great! Getting on top of acne is a long-term situation and even the very best acne control protocols take months to show the results on the surface as the foundation work in correcting dysfunction deep in the skin comes first.

As specialists in skincare, we also create our own skincare products including our very popular Blemish Control Cream.

 

This is an acne control system that works on all the causes of spots simultaneously to give you real, long-term results.

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Redness-prone skin – tips, products & treatments

Skin types listed on a face diagram by Skin Essentials by Mariga

Focus on redness-prone skin (NOT Rosacea).

In this last installment dealing with skin types (see original post on skin types vs conditions here), I will be focusing on skin that is prone to redness/flushing/blushing. This skin type is called permanent diffuse redness type (ref: Florence Barrett Hill, Advanced Skin Analysis) and is probably what you know as ‘sensitive’ skin but it does not necessarily react to products.
The main characteristic of this skin type is that there will be permanent patches of redness or blotchiness. This is caused by over sensitive blood vessels responding to stimuli more than is normal. Over time, these little capillaries stop shrinking back to the normal size and they can be seen through the skin all the time. This is the redness that you see, sometimes accompanied by what looks like little broken capillaries. Often in this skin type, the skin itself is thin and this contributes to the problem.

There are many triggers that can cause the skin to flush but the most common are alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods, extremes of temperature.

When choosing skincare always go for products that are completely fragrance, sulphate and artificial colour-free. Any potential irritants can set up a reaction deep in your skin that will show over time as increased redness, even if they feel just fine on application, so it is very important to be as gentle as possible in dealing with this skin type and always err on the side of caution.  I don’t advise the use of granular type or AHA exfoliators with this skin type. If you feel that you must exfoliate then the best option is a gentle enzyme exfoliator. Avoid also clay based masks or any type that dry on the face and thick, rich moisturisers. The long-term aim here is control, not cure, so treating the skin with absolute gentleness on a daily basis will reduce the occurrence and progression of diffuse redness. This is a skin type that has very personalised characteristics such as triggers, genetics and medication history so a skin analysis is highly recommended for personalised results, whether a personal consultation with one of our skin diagnostic experts or our distance analysis.

30ml pump bottle in pearl white anti redness concentrate by Skin Essentials, wexford

Professional treatments should be very carefully chosen and my top recommendation is LED light therapy to strengthen skin without stimulating it.

Some good ingredients to check for in your products are liquorice, niacinamide, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, green tea, hyaluronic acid, aloe. Daily mineral sunscreen of SPF30 is a must.
The best ingredient to look out for is EGF – epidermal growth factor – this will do exactly what it says on the tin and help to thicken the epidermis, so that the structure is strengthed and the capillaries will be less visible.

Good basic products from Skin Essentials by Mariga to help control redness-prone skin:

Anti-Redness Concentrate – anti-inflammatories and EGF for progressive results on redness.

Lipid Repair Concentrate – strengthens barrier defences to control outside sensitisers.

Skin Comfort Cream – deeply yet gently moisturises, calms and soothes reactive skin.

I hope you have gained some insights into dealing with your skin type. If we can help you please getting touch with our Wexford based clinic on 053 9145981 or info@skinessentialsbymariga.com