The truth is out – you don't have to be a teenager to suffer skin problems like acne and rosacea. With more and more information online and in the media about adults seeking the help of dermatologists and nutritionists to combat their concerns, it's no wonder you may be confused about how to treat your skin specifically. However, there are a few key top tips to help you keep spots at bay no matter your age and help you learn how to develop a healthy cleansing routine you can stick to and fight blemishes.
How to manage and get rid of skin problems
1. Develop a simple daily cleansing routine
One of the best things you can do to fight breakouts is to begin a cleansing ritual every morning and evening using a gel or gentle wash.
2. Don’t get into a vicious cycle
Traditional acne and spot treatments can be really aggravating and end up stripping the skin's natural oils with harsh detergents giving that squeaky clean feeling. But squeaky clean doesn’t mean really clean. Because the oil has been stripped, the skin naturally strives to replace this by over-producing oil, causing excess oil and midday shine – not the best when you have oily skin. Break the habit with a gel or gentle wash and try using a very, very tiny amount of plant oil at night to help rebalance your natural oil production.
3. Find the right spot treatment
Look for an on-the-spot product as a rescue to a problem spot or area. Look for products containing ingredients like salicylic acid which is antibacterial. Please don’t use if you are allergic to aspirin.
4. Choose aromatherapy alternatives
A natural antibacterial alternative or home remedy to get rid of spots fast is Tea tree oil or Lavender. You can apply this straight on to a spot and it works like magic for many people. Cleanse properly in the morning as most essential oils left on the skin can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight.
5. Use a face mask once a week
Once a week, try a face mask – clay masks are good as they draw impurities out of the skin. Whitchhazel is also a natural astringent, as is aloe vera which is a double-whammy as it's good for hydration. You don’t want to just strip the skin of oils, it still needs to be comfortable and hydrated.
6. Opt for fragrance-free products
Products containing fragrances or are perfumed can tend to increase blockages in the skin. The skin doesn’t need fragrance, your nose might like the smell but your complexion won’t like the effect!
7. Exfoliate right
To help prevent pores from becoming blocked you need to exfoliate, even if your skin is a little sensitive. Generally, if you have active spots, avoid things with gritty particles, these are only going to scratch and irritate. Exfoliate with gentle peel ingredients – AHA’s, glycolic, salicylic are all peeling ingredients to look out for.
8. Balance your skin PH with vinegar
The skin's surface is an acid environment called the acid mantle. If you are using soaps, detergents and water, the skin's natural alkaline balance is going to be too alkaline. Reach for apple cider vinegar as one top home remedy to help promote clear skin and wipe over with cotton pads as a daily toner.
9. Facials and peels
A professional deep cleansing facial can be really beneficial for an immediate clean. Your therapist might do some extractions in a way that isn’t going to damage the skin and prevent more blackheads from forming. I would also look at peels and LED (seriously these can be a huge step in the right direction to a clearer complexion – nothing to be scared of!). Make sure you see a recommended dermatologist or practitioner for this and always have a consultation first before you try any light therapy or peel treatments for bad skin.
10. Light therapy
Blue LED light for treating spots is a naturally antibacterial method that is not invasive. Professional LED is a lot stronger than what you can use at home, however, there are some amazing at home blue light machines which with regular continued use can be a huge help. Make sure you do your research.
11. Retinol might be for you
Retinol might not be for everyone but it can be a huge help in keeping spots at bay because it speeds cell turnover, reduces the ability for pores to block and can shorten the life-span of active spots. Remember to use SPF daily when you have retinol in your routine.
There are many home remedies to help you get clear skin and fight pimples and issues like acne, however, should you require further help, always speak to a GP or dermatologist first before taking any medication or trying any invasive treatments. Good luck!
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