If you struggle with acne, you’ll know how challenging fighting blemishes can be. This skincare condition can really knock your confidence so knowing effective tips to help ward off acne can really help. The quest for clear skin is more than just developing a skincare routine as our following methods will demonstrate.

Change your pillowcase

Your pillowcase contains bacteria, dirt and grime, especially if you don’t change your bedding regularly. Change your pillowcase every few days to prevent these transferring to your skin.

Avoid touching your face

Your hands can attract bacteria from handling rails, door handles and using computers. This bacteria transfers to your face when you touch it, contributing to the formation of spots. Wash your hands frequently and use a hand sanitiser to keep your hands clean and fresh.

Remove your makeup

Remove your makeup at the end of the day to prevent pores from clogging. Clogged pores which contain dirt, grime, oil and dead skin cells cause blemishes to occur. Use a micellar water or cleansing cream to remove your makeup. Follow with a toner to remove any remaining traces of makeup or cleanser.

Cut down on sugar and dairy

Dairy is an inflammatory, which results in sore acne. This is due to the hormone IGF-1. Dairy also causes your skin to produce more oil. Excess sebum leads to blocked pores, contributing to the occurrence of blemishes. While cutting down on dairy will promote a clearer skin, it’s also advisable to cut down on sugar too. Refined sugar can cause insulin levels to increase, resulting in inflammation. Sugar also contributes to the breakdown of collagen, so it’s more likely that you’ll suffer from sagging skin and wrinkles if you consume lots of sugar.

Remember, a balanced diet that’s rich in whole grains, oily fish and green leafy vegetables will help to promote a clear, glowing complexion.

IPL

If you are already doing everything you can to prevent your acne breakouts then an IPL acne treatment could be just what you need. During an IPL treatment, yellow, green and red light is emitted in a series of short pulses. This destroys the bacteria that live in the skin and cause inflammation. The red light directly targets the overactive sebaceous glands that block pores and cause outbreaks of pustules. Collagen production is stimulated in the area, helping to improve the appearance of acne scarring. You can find your nearest SkinBase IPL Therapist here.

Microdermabrasion

Regular microdermabrasion facials will ensure skin is clean and clear. The treatment is performed every 7-10 days and an improvement can be seen after each visit. Acne is improved and acne scarring fades, skin tone is more even and surface pigmentation diminished. A course of 6-20 treatments may be required depending on the extent of the acne/acne scarring.

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