Are you having sudden breakouts? if so, you’re not alone. Google searches and social media shows both guys and girls are suffering from ‘lock-down skin’, despite the reduction in pollution and make-up usage. To discover the root cause and what you can do about it, follow these steps and advice…
Keep it simple
The biggest reason for sudden breakouts is because you could be overdoing your skincare. You can be having too much of good thing. Chopping and changing your routine with random products found in the cupboard can unbalance your skin and cause inflammation. Keep it simple and more importantly consistent.
And breath...keep yourself calm
Big changes in routine, be it diet, hormones, skincare or stress levels – can have a huge impact on your complexion, so it is hardly surprising so many of us are seeing more spots and inflammation occurring. Because our skin produces stress hormones, including cortisol, this stimulates oil glands, causing them to overproduce, resulting in clogged pores and unwanted breakouts. While it’s difficult to reduce our anxiety right now, understanding the trigger is the key to self help, so perhaps;
- Keep caffeine intake in check
- Keep hydrated with room temperature water – a little and often.
- Keep your sleep routine – reduce binge watching just before bedtime
- Keep on cleansing day and night even though you may not be wearing make-up as much as usual.
- Keep a rainbow on your plate – if beige carbs have taken over, try and reduce intake as it turns in to sugar and really effects your skin.
Exercising as you know really helps, however small. Making some small changes with your self-care will benefit both your internal and external health.
Game changer - Use A Retinol
If you are determined to make one switch to your skin care in lock-down, adding Vitamin A to your regime can be a game changer. Now is a great time to start. This amazing ingredient should only be used at night.
Working on so many levels retinol helps the exfoliation of skin cells especially inside the pore, so they do not clog up and cause further breakouts. This in turn reduces inflammation helping to eliminate dark marks that blemishes can leave behind, reduce blemish-causing bacteria, helping to keep your complexion clear and balanced, PLUS with its all-round anti-ageing benefits, that’s always welcome.
A thorough cleanse day and night is one of the best ways to help any breakout. Even though you may not, your skin loves monotony, so stick with a daily routine both morning and evening. At night begin with a good cleanser, perhaps leave on the skin for 30 seconds before massaging all over including you neck. Remove thoroughly with WARM water and use a serum/ Retinol straight after, and lock everything in with your night-time moisturiser. Morning routine is just as simple, thoroughly cleanse your face and neck, remove with warm water, apply a serum to help balance your skin type and then a lighter moisturiser. Leave for a few minutes and apply your SPF, tinted or plain.
You could also try using a clay mask at night two to three times a week to draw out any further impurities.
Look for Skin clearing ingredients
You need your skin care to be; non-comedogenic (not pore-clogging), anti-inflammatory ingredients, such as; azelaic acid or niacinamide. These will help to reduce the irritation especially of new blemishes.
Salicylic acid is a key too. It has proven acne fighting benefits helping clear up a breakout – Use it as preventative, as it penetrates deep into pores, breaking down skin cells and sebum to clear blockages. Try applying sparingly all over or as a spot treatment straight after you cleanse skin, but before your moisturiser at night.
On A Budget, try a little Tea tree oil
While blemish-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid are best for de-congesting, there are other, less expensive ingredients that can help. Tea tree oil has amazing antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits. A little dabbed onto the skin will help to keep your skin clear, and most of us have a bottle handy in our houses. If not, there are plenty of options online. Please avoid products that contain alcohol. These are too astringent and will make your skin extremely uncomfortable, causing dryness and inflammation.
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Stay safe, look after each other and stay in touch. Jill x