Here’s What You Should Be Doing If You Suffer from Acne

I made it through my teens fairly unscathed by the wrath of hormonal acne. Sure I got blackheads and the occasional spot but was fairly lucky otherwise. Somehow though, all of my luck ran out at the start of the year when I began breaking out with deep cystic acne all across my chin and jawline.

It was stressful and frankly, really embarrassing. But as my skin is beginning to clear up and I only have a few spots left on my chin, reflecting on my journey has taught me a lot about what’s really effective in treating acne.

First up, keep everything clean. That means regularly washing your brushes, beauty blenders, hands (please try to not touch your face!), face washers and even your pillowcase. You’d be surprised at home much bacteria can be spread across your face whilst your sleeping. If you’re willing, it even pays to swap your regular face washer for makeup removal wipes whilst your acne is particularly bad. You can use damp wipes to remove your cleanser when you wash your face. That way, you’re throwing the bacteria out straight away!

Light facials are a modern way of ridding and preventing acne. Blue light works to kill acne causing bacteria and red light aims at reducing redness and inflammation. The lights are UV and chemical free and aren’t irritating so there’s no serious down sides or side effects. The best part is, you don’t have to spend thousands on these treatments. You can easily find them for very reasonable prices at your local laser clinic or skin spa. And, you can even take the treatment home. Neutrogena’s light therapy mask employs the same blue and red light that professional treatments do and gives it to you in 10minute daily doses. Whilst no miracle cure, it did have a small impact on skin. My acne wasn’t as red and inflamed and I definitely feel like it prevented a spot or two.

Microdermabrasion is also a great treatment for giving the skin a deep exfoliation and clean. Regularly removing dead skin cells and debris from the surface of your skin stops them from clogging your pores and exasperating the problem.

And on exfoliation, swap abrasive physical exfoliants like scrubs for chemical ones. Look out for ingredients like glycolic acid, lactic acid and salicylic acid. These ingredients are great for acne prone skin as they banish bacteria, destroy dead skin cells and soak up all of the nasty stuff that’s causing your spots.

It also pays to take a look at your makeup routine. Theirs a multitude of amazing, oil controlling foundations, primers, powders and setting sprays on the market that will keep acne causing oil at bay. Some of my favourites are Mac’s Studio Fix Fluid Foundation and Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Setting Spray.