When it comes to spots, prevention is the most effective approach, but blemish prone skin can be challenging to mange. Our team of skin experts have put together some simple tips for managing spot prone skin and give their advice for getting rid of pimples after a blemish breakout.
Skincare Basics For Spots & Treating Breakouts
If you have an outbreak of spots then it’s tempting to deal with the problem by picking or popping them. Do not pop spots! Thiswill irritate the skin, increases redness, and prolong the inflammation as you will be exposing the pores to more bacteria and oil. The simplest way of getting rid of breakouts is to improve your skincare routine.
Wash your face with a gentle soap designed for sensitive skin twice a day. Regular soaps can often dry out skin. Use your hands to avoid irritating the problem area any further. Do not use harsh scrubs or brushes as these are designed to remove dead skin cells and you will need to be gentle with the area.
After you’ve washed your face with soap you should also try using a cleanser. Cleansers contain chemicals like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid which have been specially developed to treat acne and will reduce spots.
A good cleanser is also brilliant for tackling oily skin. Reducing oil on the skin will help prevent re-inflammation and help avoid further breakouts.
Using skin exfoliation creams and masks twice a week is a great way to prevent clogged pores and reduce the amount of breakouts you get. There are two main types of exfoliation products – chemical and physical. Both are designed to break down dead cells helps treat spotty areas by helping unclog pores.
Chemical exfoliation is the better option for dealing with a current breakout. This is because you want to avoid irritating the skin further by using harsh scrubs or brushes that are common with physical exfoliation products.
Drying Lotions & Creams
Dedicated spot tackling treatments like drying lotions can greatly reduce the appearance of nasty looking spots. Spots thrive in oily areas of the skin, so dabbing the blemish with a drying lotion starves the pimple of moisture. The sulphur and zinc oxide in these products then dehydrate the pimple overnight.
There are also drying day creams available. These work by coating your blemish in a way that allows you to easily apply makeup over it without irritation.
Treating Severe Acne
Acne vulgaris is a common skin condition characterised by a large cluster of spots on the face, back and chest. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (pink acne marks) is also very common with acne. In more severe cases, the extent of blackheads, whiteheads and pustules that make up a prolonged acne breakout are very difficult to treat with regular over the counter products.
There are a number of treatments available at skin clinics that can help.
Chemical Peels & Facials
Medical peels can be very effective for mild to moderate acne. There are three types of peels available.
Superficial: these peels target the top layer of skin (epidermis) and work by quickly exfoliating the skin. It is very effective at unclogging dead skin cells and oil from pores.
Medium Peels: this treats thetop and middle layers of skin and can be used to address acne scarring.
Deep: this targets the deepest layers of skin to thoroughly remove excess oil. However, deep peels are not normally recommended for acne and are more commonly used to treat skin pigmentation issues or wrinkles.
Here at the Light Touch Clinic we offer a range of peels and facial treatments.
Skin resurfacing treatments like Tixel rejuvenate skin using thermal energy. It is a safe and effective way to treat acne and reduce acne scarring by destroying the damaged skin cells. These skin cells are then stimulated to heal and produce new collagen formations – improving overall skin quality, texture, and appearance.
Micro-Needling & Radiofrequency Treatments
A combination of micro-needling and radiofrequency energy has proven to be highly effective at treating serve acne and acne scarring. Procedures such as INTRAcel help treat active acne by destroying the acne bacteria on the skin and further prevents future breakout by regulating the production of oil.
If you think an advanced treatment for your serve acne might be right for you, then you can arrange a consultation at our Surrey clinic.