There is nothing more frustrating than breakout. Editor Trudi Brewer shares her tips on how to deal with adult acne with drug-free blue light therapy and some clean eating advice.
Piling on makeup to cover breakout is often the worst way to deal with acne. Sure it conceals spots and redness, but long term heavy makeup can exacerbate the issue. Before you blame your diet or the skincare you use, it's hormones and the overproduction of sebum, issues that are often out of your control. Here's what's going on. Sebum is produced from sebaceous glands deep in the skin that clogs the pores, which then accumulates on the skin's surface. Add bacteria to the mix, and the result is breakout, whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples. It's also not a teenage issue, acne can flare up at any age. If you're battling breakout here's what I have found most useful in treating, calming and correcting problematic skin.
Use gentle skincare
Acne specific products do contain harsh chemicals, that will clear up your spots, but they can also dry out your skin and cause irritation at the same time. Opt for a gentle cleanser, to keep your skin clean but not strip the skin completely of it's natural oils. Harsh, acid-based lotions also cause sensitivities, but most importantly remove all the natural oils from the the skin, which encourage the sebaceous glands to over-compensate, by producing even more oil. However adding a facial oil into your regime is good for fighting breakout. Packed with vitamins A, C and E, amino acids and antioxidants, some facial oils can heal and hydrate the skin, regulating your natural oil production at the same time.
Don't pick your face
Sit on your hands if you must, but try to stop squeezing and picking at your skin. This spreads bacteria and infection making it more challenging to clear up the breakout. More worrying, picking will cause scarring once the acne heals. Make sure you change your pillowcase three times a week, the oil from your face sits in the fabric encouraging the spread of bacteria. To find out what’s going on under the skin, book in to About Face and experience an in-depth skin analysis. During your consultation, the VISIA or Observ technology can look beneath the surface of the skin to determine what is going on. Along with concerns such as wrinkles; open pores; and uneven skin texture; and porphyrins (which is bacteria on the surface of the skin), you can determine the overall health and quality of your complexion, which helps you with your skin goals and treatment options.
Sadly there is no real evidence to say poor nutrition and acne go hand-in-hand. Some people eat badly and still have radiant-looking skin. However, as we age, the quality of our diet does have an impact on our health and how we look. The better your nutrition, the better you will look and ultimately feel. It's often hard to pinpoint foods that cause breakouts, but it may be worthwhile eliminating processed sugar and processed dairy products from your diet. Supplements such as Skin Accumax can help heal the skin from the inside out. This supplement is packed with skin-loving vitamins A, C, and E, as well as a plant extract known as DIM (sourced from broccoli). DIM is quickly absorbed by the skin and helps boost healthy collagen formation, it also helps regulate the cell turn over in the skin, which corrects redness, and breakout. You can expect to see results within three months.
In today’s chemically-derived, pill-popping world, acne solutions are often synthetically-driven. And while we acknowledge, the effect it has on your self-esteem, dousing your skin in acid-based lotions or swallowing Accutane medication comes with some scary side-effects. Take a step back from harsh chemicals, and treat your skin with light. LED blue light treats the cause of acne, killing the bacteria that sits on the skin's surface without irritating or inflaming the skin. Destroying the bacteria, reduces inflammation, and boosts the healing process. Skin is immediately calm and less irritated-looking, and the best news it's painless and safe for all skin types and colouring. You will notice a reduction in the appearance of scarring, pore will look less obvious and the texture of your skin will appear clearer and less uneven. LED light therapy combined with Dermapen or Fraxel can help skin clarity further.
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About Face LED blue light therapy is a drug-free acne treatment. During March seven lights, with a free skin peel, taken over four weeks is only $699.