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Understanding acne and how you can treat it

Acne is unfortunately an all too common skin condition that anyone can suffer from (not just hormonal teenagers). Different to your average ‘breakout’, acne can be persistent and sometimes hard to manage. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up all hope. Understanding what acne actually is and what causes it can help you to better manage your skin. We spoke to Dr Maryam Borumand, a cosmetic doctor to get the lowdown and find out which products she recommends.

What can you
do to help?

The good news is there are options, and a good place to start is your daily routine. So what does Dr Maryam recommend? “When it comes to acne, a good skincare routine is part of the solution and maintaining this from an early age will help balance the skin and prevent acne from returning.” But we hear you, finding the right skincare can be a bit of a minefield. So where do you begin?

Step 1. Cleanse

“Daily cleansing is necessary to remove any dead skin and prevent it from trapping the bacteria in pores. Caudalie Vinopure Purifying Gel Cleanser will remove impurities without causing irritation to the skin. In addition to cleansing, a good toner such as the Dr. Hauschka Clarifying Toner is ideal.”

150ml, £16

100ml, £25.50

Step 2. Exfoliate

The all-important exfoliation. Don’t miss this step if you want to help keep skin clear and decongested. Dr Maryam suggests a more gentle liquid exfoliant like a BHA to avoid making that angry skin any angrier, “Balance Me BHA Exfoliating Concentrate will reduce pore size, decreasing the risk of bacterial overgrowth on the skin.”

180ml, £26

Step 3. Serum

Ah, the serum. The answer to our (targeted) skincare dreams. And the best part is there are plenty of different options out there to help reduce and calm acne flare-ups, “Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum is full of herbal extracts, which counteract the damaging effects of that bacteria we mentioned before. They also help balance the skin, reduce sebum production and promote healthy skin.” Pretty impressive, right?

You also can’t go wrong with adding some niacinamide to your routine, “Niacinamide is necessary for the synthesis of essential fatty acids. In this way it contributes to maintaining healthy skin. The Niacinamide Boost by 100% Pure can be mixed with a serum and applied daily.”

60ml, £31

10g, £27.50

Step 4. Moisturiser

Moisture is essential for all skin types (acne or no acne) but it’s important to find something lightweight and gentle that will soothe that precious skin of yours. The last thing you want to do is weigh it down with something extra oily or rich. Try the Caudalie Vinopure Skin Perfecting Mattifying Fluid, which is ideal for balancing out oiliness and providing gentle moisture.

40ml, £25

Anything else?

Hydration, hydration, hydration. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water each day and getting a good night’s sleep. This really is a miracle-working duo for any skin, but it’s especially important for acne-prone types. On top of this, “a healthy diet, which is low in fatty food will help prevent breakouts.”

And when all else fails and you’ve got a zoom call lined up and a flare up that just won’t budge (we’ve all been there), try using Madara ACNE Acute Spot Roll On, “with 2% salicylic acid, it’s an easy and quick way to tackle the odd spot.”

8ml, £9.75

From dietary supplements, to topical skincare, you’ll find your match made in heaven on the Naturisimo website, where there’s everything your acne-prone skin needs to stay happy and calm. Show us your new routine (@naturisimo) and help others find just the thing for their skin.

We spoke to Dr Maryam Borumand, a cosmetic doctor to bring you this guide. But please remember these recommendations won’t work for everyone. Always speak to your doctor if you require more specialist, tailored advice.

Dr Maryam Borumand has extensive experience in healthcare, research, pharmaceutical and neutraceuticals. In 2013, she entered the cosmetics field and carried out extensive research on collagen, with numerous publications. In 2016, she set up YouGlo Laboratories and has achieved approval by CQC (Care Quality Commission). Dr. Borumand's knowledge of skin and cosmetics reflect her ethos of guaranteeing results.

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