Breakouts, spots, flare-ups… Call it what you want, tackling adult acne seems more about an emergency response than a preemptive strike. Here are some tricks and tools that’ll help you manage your skin, from on-the-spot treatments to preventative measures…
Stop touching your face
If you’re a face-toucher, you’re transferring billions of bacteria onto your skin on a daily basis – and bacteria that can build up and cause a break-out. If you touch your chin a lot or rest your head in your palm, then that could be one of your danger zones. The solution is simple: keep your hands away from your face, but if that’s a stretch keep an antibacterial sanitising spray on hand at all times. It’ll keep your hands hygienically clean and prevent that bacteria transfer. Neal’s Yard Organic Defence Hand Spray, £6.50 at Neal’s Yard Remedies, kills 99.9% of bacteria and smells like a spa treatment. Delightful.
Hormones play a major role, and when people say they get the same spot in the same place at the same time of the month, it’s probably not an exaggeration. Keeping hormones balanced can be achieved through diet and exercise, but if you want to give it an extra boost try a multivitamin like Real Health Wholefood Women’s Multi Capsules, £15.99 at Holland and Barrett, which contain Vitamin B6 to help balance hormones. Plus, they are organic and contain selenium, which is proven to be good for hair and nails.
Raise your cleansing game
If your cleansing regime is below par, your skin is going to become congested which will often result in a hearty breakout. Wipes have their place, but if you adopt a double-cleanse routine in the evening your skin will love you for it. The trick is to use a cream or balm to a) dislodge any makeup and impurities and b) stimulate blood circulation with a gentle massage. Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish, £15.50 at Liz Earle, is one of beauty’s most famous cleansers, not least because of the muslin cloths that help with the massage and gentle exfoliation. To try it is to love it.
Don’t pick at it
It’s the one piece of advice you will have heard your mother yell at you – and it’s totally true. Not only can popping a spot spread the infection, it can also scar – and let’s face it, who wants either of those things to occur? Instead of picking, try an on-the-spot treatment that’ll dry it up and make it less squeezable. Origins Super Spot Remover, £15 at Origins, is an astringent gel you can pop on any breakout. Its salicylic acid content will start to breakdown your pimple.
Get some rest
Lack of sleep and restless nights can play havoc with anyone’s equilibrium and, that’s right, even your skin can suffer. If your skin isn’t looking how you want it to, or you’re tackling more breakouts than normal, then take a look at how you’re snoozing. A pillow spray such as This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, £16 at This Works, contains Vetiver and Lavender to help you relax – with 92% of users feeling more refreshed when they woke up.
Drink more water
And not just because all the supermodels say so, but because there’s proven science in hydration keeping your complexion both clear and acne free. One of the skins primary functions is ‘elimination’ of toxins, but in order to do this efficiently it needs to be well hydrated. Drinking two litres of water a day can help, but also think about drinking wisely… Why not add fruit into the mix to take your standard water up a notch with an Infruition Classic Water Bottle, £15.99 at Infruition. Simply place delicious sliced fruit in the inner chamber and let it enrich your water with goodness.