Blemish 101: Banish that Blemish
Nothing quite spells trouble than when you wake up with an outbreak on your face, and nothing seems to work. Try the following suggestions to control your blemishes and regain your confidence.
Find a cleanser that suits you
Using high pH cleansers or harsh soaps that leave skin feeling squeaky clean may seem tempting when you’re having a breakout… after all, it’s the gunk on your face that’s causing the problem, no? While it’s true that sebum and dirt can cause breakouts, using a harsh cleanser may eventually result in worsening that blemish situation … when you stress out and damage your fragile skin barrier. Instead, try low pH gel cleansers for thorough, yet gentle cleansing. If you prefer to use medicated soaps, check out their claims first and make sure you don’t use them excessively to prevent over-drying your skin and definitely avoid alcohol-based astringent toners.
Exfoliate – but gently
Consider using a chemical exfoliant such as AHA/BHA instead of granular scrubs. While using granular scrubs may provide you with the sensation that your face is exfoliated more cleanly, granular scrubs should be used with care as they may cause micro-tears in our skin, which can result in infection. Too much exfoliation can also be harsh and irritate thin skin. If using granular scrubs – look out for those made from gentle, natural ingredients like jojoba beads which can nourish skin, instead of environmentally disruptive plastic microbeads or abrasive shells like nut kernels.
Ensure your skin is well hydrated to prevent further issues such as having dehydrated and blemished skin. Skip out on rich creams though, and opt for gentle moisturisers that don’t clog your pores. Also, remember to patch test your moisturiser and ensure it doesn’t contribute to your blemishes before applying them all over your face.
Ensure you’re getting your daily dose of minerals and vitamins
Research has shown that taking zinc, magnesium and vitamin D can heal and prevent blemishes. Zinc helps to carry vitamin A to our skin, helping to promote healthy cell renewal. Moreover, zinc also aids in wound healing, regulating hormones and sebum secretion. Magnesium is great for regulating sebum while also lowering stress levels – which helps reduce stress-related acne problems. Make sure you stock up on your daily dose of necessary minerals and vitamins to keep acne at bay! *
*Do consult your family doctor first
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