Battle breakouts with these top tips
Waking up with angry red spots is no fun. But every now and then our skin decides to go haywire, and there’s no simple explanation. Hormones, the pill, lack of sleep, poor diet and not using the right products all play their part. For severe cases of acne you should see a dermatologist, but here are some steps you can take to help reduce those dreaded breakouts.
Get clean and mean
One major cause of acne is the build up of dead skin cells, which trap oil and dirt and allow spot-causing bacteria to thrive. Reach for a chemical exfoliator after you cleanse, such as Alpha H Liquid Gold, which contains glycolic acid to dissolve any dirt and help clear the pores. Tea tree oil is also a great way to keep help disinfect the area and reduce redness, The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Washes for the Face and Body are great cleansers for acne-prone skin, soaking up excess oil without stripping the skin altogether. Sweet.
If a spot rears its ugly head, it’s tempting to pick and prod at it. But unless it’s a huge glaring whitehead, which you can easily pop (lovely, we know!) then you should leave well alone. Squeezing a spot only makes it angrier and inflamed, plus bacteria on your hands can spread the infection further. Nice. By the way we suggest you avoid magnifying mirrors – they are the worst culprits for making you want to pick spots, which are otherwise barely noticeable. A good anti-blemish gel such as Aesop’s Control Gel should help to reduce redness and swelling.
How to conceal it
To cover a spot, first cleanse your skin and apply a concealer such as bareMinerals SPF20 Correcting Concealer, gently applying with a concealer brush. Add a dusting of powder over the top to set it and add a little extra concealer if needed. You can also invest in a foundation with acne calming properties such as the fantastic Oxygenetix Acne Control Foundation, which covers and helps clear spots at the same time (the Spell team tried it recently and were seriously impressed with the results).
Swap Krispy Kremes for krill oil
Eating too many sugary foods can lead to inflammation – a breeding ground for acne – so try to cut them out wherever possible. Taking omega-3 oils will also help to reduce inflammation, such as the new CleanMarine Krill Oil (or there’s flaxseed oil if you’re a vegetarian). For more information on anti-inflammatory foods, check out these tips by Dr. Perricone.