Top Beauty Buys for Tackling Adult Acne
Beauty might be considered a superficial concern, but anyone living with a skin condition will tell you it affects self-esteem and mental health, too. Far from being a teenage problem, acne is actually increasing in adult women. Dodging this blight in youth only to experience it later is unfair.
One of the charms of acne is the scarring that’s left behind after outbreak, making clear skin an elusive goal. It’s a phenomenon that Michelle Gullis, national trainer at Skinsmiths (skinsmiths.com) clinics in London is familiar with. “Three out of 10 clients come to us with this particular concern, especially between the ages of 24 and 30”.
The causes of acne are myriad, but we know that the p.acnes bacteria, hormones and stress play a part. Unfortunately traditional treatment methods like the pill, Roaccutane and antibiotics can have unwanted side effects. As a starting point, Michelle’s advice is simple, “Always see your GP or dermatologist as it could be hormonal or cystic.”
At home, Michelle emphasises the importance of a “good, clean, skincare routine”, and there are plenty of new products specifically devised to help treat acne. Dermalogica use microbiome-friendly technology in the Age Bright Clearing Serum, which contains salicylic acid and niacimide to reduce breakouts. The two-in-one Age Bright Spot Fader is a companion product that reduces scarring and evens out skin tone. Don’t overlook hydration: Vichy’s Normaderm Phytosolution Double Correction Daily Care is a moisturiser with anti-inflammatory ingredients and probiotic bifudus to help improve the skin’s barrier function. To nip an eruption in the bud, a discreet patch from ZitSticka will deliver active ingredients directly to the area using microdart technology to diffuse the inflammation. Skinsmith’s own Clarifying Exfoliator contains kaolin clay and fruit extracts to draw out impurities and resurface the skin.
Skin complaints often reflect underlying health and emotional issues. One natural method that goes beyond skin deep is a jade massage tool. It’s a good way to reduce surface inflammation and draw out the tensions in the lymphatic system. Using a gua sha, press and hold the cool, flat side against the affected area for relief. The Beauty Restorer Precision by Hayo’u is perfect for targeting individual spots. Avoid rubbing them directly as this will spread bacteria, instead, move the tool in outward strokes around the pimple to draw out the infection. You might be surprised at the results, and give it a try on wrinkles, too.