EVERYTHING you need to know about skin breakouts!
The truth is, an acne breakout is common (yes, even for adults in your 30's and 40's) and are usually caused when hair follicles become clogged with dead skin cells, dirt, and oil but that shouldn't stop you from living your life to the fullest. An acne breakout is a skin condition that can affect even the most confident of individuals.
However, healthy clear skin is possible to achieve and maintain when implementing a regular skin regime. Breakouts will soon become a thing of the past!
We spoke to Mariette and Carla, owners of SkinPhD Queenswood, and got them to cover all you need to know about skin breakouts, and YES, this applies to both men and women.
Properly wash your face. It's important to remove excess oil, dirt, and sweat daily. With an array of great products, you can easily find products suitable to your skin type. Exfoliating is one of those things you know you should do, but probably don't do as often as you should as you get older— kind of like flossing. By not getting rid of all that built-up dead skin you are simply adding to the problem, especially as you age.
Know your skin type. The truth is that absolutely anyone can get pimples - children, adults, even your grandma! Knowing your skin type will help you choose the right skincare products. For example, if your skin is oily, choose noncomedogenic products that are formulated to not block pores. When you hit 30 your estrogen levels begin to drop and your cell turnover slows down, making your skin less tight and elastic, causing dryness and leading to some acne flare-ups.
Consider your new environment. Frequent sun exposure dehydrates the skin, which over time causes it to produce more oil and block pores. A big no-no! The older you get, the more skin-conscious you need to become.
Increase your water intake. Staying hydrated is important as your body may send a signal to your skin’s oil glands to produce more oil if it is feeling dehydrated which furthermore leads to breakouts. Dehydration also gives your skin a dull appearance and promotes inflammation and redness. Drinking enough water can also help you combat a variety of skin issues including psoriasis and eczema. It does this by helping your digestive system flush out toxins from the body.
Keep your diet in check. You are what you eat and food directly affects skin health and causes breakouts. Avoid greasy, oily foods! As you get older, your body requires more love and attention to what you put in it! Grapefruit is filled with lycopene, a chemical that helps keep the skin smooth and protects it. Broccoli is rich in Vitamins A and C which keeps the skin healthy and maintains collagen production.
Reapply moisturiser regularly and don't touch your face! Your hands touch multiple items during the day and are in constant contact with grime and bacteria, especially during Summer when temperatures rise. Each time you touch your face, some of those pore-clogging impurities may get transferred to your skin and cause pimples. Keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer in your handbag - it'll become your best friend.
What product/treatment do you recommend for breakouts?
We suggest a 'Skin Perfect Deep Cleanse'. This facial in particular helps treat impure skin. It includes steam, extractions and our new biotechnology Brightening mask to soothe the skin.
How often should one have this treatment?
At least once a month! Make it a part of your monthly skincare routine. Healthy skin requires commitment and dedication.
Contact SkinPhd Queenswood on 087 898 1078
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