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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 don't despair. We spoke to Dr Maryam Borumand, a cosmetic doctor to get the lowdown and find out which natural treatments she recommends (and why).
Dr Maryam Borumand has a special interest in the cosmetics field and has carried out extensive research on collagen in particular. Dr. Borumand's knowledge of skin and cosmetics reflect her ethos of guaranteeing results.
Acne (or acne vulgaris if you want to get technical) is a disease of the sebaceous glands (designed to lubricate our hair and skin). It’s the blockage of these glands that leads to acne. Which is why it’s possible (and also very common) to get acne on other parts of the body such as chest and shoulders.
One of the reasons it becomes apparent in puberty is because sebum changes in response to sex hormones, but this change in sebum can end up feeding a bacteria that lives naturally on our skin. In a nutshell, it’s not necessarily something you’re doing wrong, it’s really just the way your skin is made up.
Your first port of call should always be to consult your GP. But there are also plenty of ways to treat the appearance of acne on skin. You might assume natural formulas will be less effective, but often the opposite is true! Natural formulas with the right active ingredients can provide great results without being too harsh or stripping skin of essential nutrients.
Daily cleansing is necessary to remove any dead skin and prevent it from trapping bacteria in pores. Caudalie Vinopure Purifying Gel Cleanser will remove impurities without causing irritation to the skin. An additional extra step is a good clarifying toner.
The all-important exfoliation. Don’t miss this step if you want to help keep skin clear and decongested. But try a more gentle liquid exfoliant like a BHA to avoid making that angry skin any angrier. Balance Me BHA Exfoliating Concentrate will help reduce pore size, decreasing the risk of bacterial overgrowth on the skin.
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?
Moisture is essential for all skin types (acne or no acne) but it’s important to find something lightweight and gentle that will soothe blemish-prone skin. The last thing you want to do is weigh it down with something extra oily or rich. Try Evolve's True Balance Lotion, which is ideal for balancing out oiliness and providing gentle moisture.
Moisture is essential for all skin types (acne or no acne) but it’s important to find something lightweight and gentle that will soothe blemish-prone skin. 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.
The full range of cleansers, exfoliants, treatments (and more) targeted at acne-prone skin.