Takeaway Tips From Shabir And Trinny’s Facebook Live On Acne

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If you missed Shabir in the bathroom with Trinny talking all things acne, then you can catch up on the key points and watch the full video right now. Acne is one of the most common skincare concerns and over 85 percent of people between 12 and 25 years suffer with it and one in five women will battle breakouts. While there is not set fast rule in terms of what causes acne, hormonal imbalance, stress and dietary choices, such as gluten and refined sugar, are all thought to be key drivers. When it comes to getting rid of acne, there are plenty of options. 

Less is more

When you have a blemish, it can be tempting to drench the area with acids to try and dry it out, however this can cause further inflammation and irritation, as well as pigmentation. If you find benzoyl peroxide too harsh on your skin, it might be worth looking into a thyme tonic. Research by Leeds Metropolitan University found that the herb can help to reduce breakouts and blemishes. Thyme Out, £18, is a topical thyme tonic that helps to reduce inflammation and is antibacterial and anti-fungal.  

Invest in a niacinamide serum

When applied topically, niacinamide (vitamin B3) helps to strengthen your skin’s barrier, encourages the production of ceramides and it is anti-inflammatory. By calming the inflammation you’re encouraging less sebum to be produced, which prevents your pores from potentially becoming blocked. While you can take vitamin B3 as a supplement, it won’t help your skin but rather increase your circulation. If you want to take a supplement to improve your skin, look out for burdock root, zinc and probiotics on the label – Clear Skin Complex by Viridian, £22.95, contains all three.

Know your acids

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are water soluble and good for normal to dry skin and provide a gentle exfoliation in low concentrations. Beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) are derived from aspirin and oil soluble, so it can go into your pores and lift out excess oil. Salicylic acid is a BHA and is very good for reducing blackheads and balancing out oil production.

Mandelic acid is a large molecule AHA, so it takes time to travel into your skin and is better for sensitive skin types. It’s also better for darker skin tones as it doesn’t contain any of the skin lightening effects.

Azelaic acid gently exfoliates and unclogs pores, and it also helps to brighten skin tone. It is also anti-inflammatory, which makes it perfect for those who suffer with rosacea.

Recommended skincare routine for those with acne

Cleanse: If you find salicylic acid too harsh to use as a serum, it is worth using a cleanser with the ingredient in. Derma E Very Clear Acne Cleanser, £15, contains salicylic acid, as well as chamomile and lavender to help tackle breakouts.  

Treat: As mentioned above, Thyme Out, £18, helps to soothe your skin and treat any bacterial infections. You should see results within a few days. 

Strengthen: Using a Niacinamide Serum, £9, in the morning and evening will help strengthen your skin’s barrier function and lock in hydration. 

Hydrate: Finish with a surface hydrating moisturiser, ideally one that contains hyaluronic acid. This is an optional step as some people will find the niacinamide serum on its own is enough.  

 Watch the full video here

Trinny and Shabir went into depth about acne, including what causes it and the best solutions. To watch more from Trinny, visit her YouTube page.

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  • e lp

    1) first I cleanse with Derma E cleanser
    2) then I treat with THYME OUT
    3) then I strengthen with Niacinamide
    4) then I hydrate with hyaluronic acid

    If I want to use the Azelaic acid too, at what point of this routine should I put it?

  • https://www.victoriahealth.com Victoria Hall

    We would recommend you the Azelaic Acid in the evening after niacinamide.

  • Samina Jafree

    Can we use niacinamide and vitamin C together?

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Samina, you can most definitely use niacinamide and vitamin C serum together and the it is usually niacinamide serum first followed by Vitamin C serum.

  • Samina Jafree

    Many thanks

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi San, you might wish to consider Ultrasun’s Family SPF30 which is a chemical sunscreen suitable for sensitive skin.
    Best wishes,

  • San

    Thank you for the quick reply and for the great advice from the video.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    You are welcome and glad you found the vlog useful.
    Best wishes,

  • Charlie Webster Muir

    Please please forward any good recommendations for dealing with all the peri-menopausal symptoms. I am still having erratic periods but my mood is low. I am anxious. Tired all the time ….

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Charlie, I would recommend that you get to the root casual problem which is declining female sex hormones. Sage Complex is one of the most comprehensive herbal supplements that tackles many of the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause as well as helping to achieve hormonal balance within the body.
    I would also recommend Magnolia Rhodiola Complex which helps to lower levels of all stress hormones including cortisol whilst working to enhance serotonin uptake by the brain which is the mood elevating neuro-nutrient.
    For a quick energy burst, please use Sibergin capsules by Healthaid for one month.
    Best wishes,

  • Sharon Stanton

    Where does Salicylic Acid and Azelaic Acid fit into the skin care routine for those with acne please?

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Sharon, you can use Salicylic acid either on its own after cleansing both AM and PM or you can add it to your own cleanser and rinse off. I prefer its use alongside Azelaic acid on alternate nights as per the regimen guide in the link below.
    Best wishes,

  • Clare

    If someone had bought everything you’d mentioned in this discussion (!), when should they (me) use the Lactic Acid, Mandelic Acid in their skin care routine? Daily (AM or PM)? Together or alternate days? As well as or instead of Salicylic Acid or Azelaic Acid. (I currently use a vitamin C cream in the evening as well, so it would be great to know if it’s okay to use this with all above.)

    Many thanks.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Clare, you would only use one acid ideally and that depends upon your skin type, sensitivity issues and so on. Mandelic acid is a very specific acid so it is aimed at olive and darker skin tones since acids can cause slight discolouration in these skin types. Salicylic acid is great for deep cleaning pores and may be used twice a week either on its own or alternating it with other acids. The most skin friendly acid is azelaic acid and this is where the starting point should be. All acids in the PM please and yes they can be used alongside Vitamin C.
    Best wishes,

  • Clare

    thanks so much for getting back to me.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    You are welcome Clare.