Acne is one of the most common issues people have with their skin. It mainly effects teenagers, but many adults can also suffer from acne. Acne ranges in severity from mild to severe, and can cause scarring, as well as psychological problems.
The good news is that acne is treatable, and there are many things you can do to help yourself; some of these are more well publicised than others. You probably know that lifestyle choices in terms of diet, physical exercise and adequate rest can help with healthy skin… So we’ve made a list of our top 5 tips (you might not be aware of) to help banish acne…
- Sanitise your smart phone – Cell phones are breeding grounds for germs. Your phone is regularly exposed to thousands of bacteria, these spread from your fingers to your face whilst texting and talking. The heat generated by your phone can help bacteria to multiply. Use headphones wherever possible and wipe the surface of your phone with a little hand sanitiser on a daily basis.
- Rest your weary head on fresh pillowcases – Oil, bacteria, sweat and other impurities can build up on your bed linen, so change your pillowcase regularly, daily if possible.
- Don’t skip the sunscreen – There are a couple of reasons you might be tempted to do this… Firstly, you notice that after a day in the sun, your skin looks clear and breakout-free. Secondly, you might find sunscreen oily to wear and be worried it will exacerbate your acne. However, inflammation from sunburn can make your acne worse; if you haven’t found a great facial sunscreen visit us in the clinic, we can definitely help with this. A good facial sunscreen shouldn’t be gloopy or oily, we love PCA Skin Weightless Protection.
- Do skip the styling products – Or at least use them sparingly. Oily hair products can be a common cause of acne, specifically around the hairline… Trapping acne-causing bacteria in the pores.
- Embrace Retinol – Retinol has amazing anti-inflammatory effects, so it’s as effective at treating acne, as it is at fighting aging. It’s a #winwin situation! We love Aspect Dr Exfol A Plus Serum A.
Over recent years there have been rapid improvement in treatments for acne scarring, utilising techniques that you may not always have considered such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Fillers and Botox, and the highly effective, Fractora – Fractional Resurfacing PLUS.