30 Apr 3 common skincare problems and tips to treat them
Let’s chat skincare! Today I’m talking common skincare problems that we all get from time to time and how to treat them.
Before I get started, I just want to make it clear that there isn’t such thing as flawless skin. It’s a word that’s thrown around a lot in the beauty industry (even I use it) but no one is truly without flaws. Imperfections are what make us individuals. The ‘perfect’ faces you see on Instagram influencers are filtered. The celebrities with their glowy golden skin are airbrushed. No one looks like that all of the time! This post isn’t here to say that skin imperfections must be treated but rather provide tips to help you feel comfortable in your own skin.
- Adult acne
Acne is something a lot of people experience in their teenage years and through puberty but did you know that around 40% of the adult population aged 20-40 also has some form of acne?
Adult acne is caused by excessive oil production. It’s sometimes linked to hormone imbalances and can also be a side effect of taking certain medications.
Although there isn’t a cure for acne, there are a number of things you can do to prevent new spots appearing and reduce the chances of scarring. As a professional, I’d always recommend visiting your doctor or dermatologist for advice on the type of acne you have and treatments available. However, there are a few things you can do at home too:
- Avoid picking your spots (picking spreads bacteria and can cause scarring)
- Cleanse your skin morning and night
- Use a gentle exfoliator to unclog pores
- Drink plenty of water to keep the skin hydrated
A product that is great for reducing skin congestion and acne is the Dermaclear BHA cleanser. This daily facial wash that contains powerful performance ingredients such as Salicylic Acid and Tea Tree Oil, which are great for treating oily skin. The Dermaclear Cleanser can be purchased from my online shop or directly from the salon.
Alternatively, you may want to look into a non-invasive medical therapy. At my salon in Bromley, I offer an IPL Acne Treatment, which is designed to eliminate spot-causing bacteria on the skin, as well as stimulate collagen production to reduce the appearance of scarring and improve skin texture. For more information you can visit the medical therapies page on my website or get in touch. I offer every client a free consultation so we can make sure it’s the right treatment for you and discuss things like expected results and costs.
The NHS website describes Rosacea as a ‘common but poorly understood long-term skin condition.’ It usually affects the face and has various symptoms from episodes of flushing (the skin turning red for short periods) to burning sensations, permanent redness, spots and the appearance of small blood vessels on the skin. Rosacea varies in severity and is different in one person to the next. Known triggers like spicy food, caffeine, alcohol and stress can also cause Rosacea to flare up.
If you believe you are suffering from Rosacea, it’s best to see your doctor, who will be able to examine your skin and potentially arrange further testing to rule out any other medical conditions. They may supply you with creams and gels for the skin, as well as oral medications to clear up more severe spots.
It’s a good idea to keep a bit of a food diary so you can monitor any particular food or food groups that cause your Rosacea to worsen. I’d also recommend using a high factor SPF to protect your skin from the sun and use hypoallergenic or fragrance-free products where possible.
In terms of alternative treatments, you could go down the route of having IPL. This is a risk-free, skin-friendly treatment that involves aiming a laser at the affected areas of skin to reduce the appearance of visible blood vessels. I am fully qualified in IPL Rosacea treatments and use a medically certified IPL system at the salon.
If you would like more information on Rosacea IPL, feel free to get in touch.
- Dark circles
Many people experience dark circles, which can make them feel negative about the way they look. Dark circles can appear for various different reasons including: age, allergies, eyestrain, fatigue, sun exposure and dehydration. They could even just be in your genes!
Dark circles are usually nothing to worry about and are not a sign of something more sinister. If however, they’re bothering you, these are a few things you can try at home…
- Applying a cold compress
- Getting more sleep
- Concealing with makeup
[Here’s a great colour-correcting guide for effective concealing with makeup.]
For many people, dark circles are temporary. If yours are bothering you or don’t seem to disappear, there are options for longer-lasting results, including chemical peels, which are designed to rejuvenate the skin.
I offer a number of different resurfacer and chemical peel treatments at the salon. Click here to learn more about them and if you have any questions please drop me a message. I’m more than happy to arrange a free consultation so we can discuss the best treatment plan to achieve your desired results.
There’s a treatment for everyone – it’s just about finding out what will work best for you.
I hope you’ve found this post on common skincare problems and how to treat them useful. I’ve only addressed three here and there are many more to discuss, so look out for another post in the near future.
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