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.
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