Banish breakouts and get your glow on.
The expert guide to keeping your skin clear
Anyone who has suffered from acne will know that it can dent your self-esteem. The dread and disappointment of waking up in the morning to see yet another angry, swollen mound is enough to make anyone want to sack off the day and hide under the covers.
If you’re struggling with a skin woe (be it a one-off pimple or a more severe case of acne), don’t despair! Instead, concentrate on soothing your skin and improving the situation as best possible.
While we’ve yet to come across just one magic cure-it-all product, we have found some brilliant beauty buys that will undoubtedly aid in healing current spots and helping to reduce future breakouts.
Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel, Boots Pharmacy, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Deira, City Centre Sharjah, City Centre Fujairah, City Centre Me'aisem, City Centre Bahrain and City Centre Muscat
Cleansing is the first and one of the most critical steps in a skincare routine, especially for oily complexions. Make sure you wash your face thoroughly at least twice a day with a formula especially suited to your skin type. However, steer clear of harsh ingredients (such as alcohol) that will only dry out your complexion, making the pores produce more oil to compensate for lack of moisture.
Beauty tip: Avoid confusing and stressing out your skin by using many masks and scrubs to fix the problem. Take a more streamlined route with simple yet effective products to balance out your skin’s PH level.
Rodial Vit C Brightening Cleansing Pads, Harvey Nichols Dubai, visit Mall of the Emirates
Acid exfoliating might sound scary, but it’s much gentler on skin than a grainy scrub, which can spread bacteria and even cause micro-tearing on the epidermis (the upper layers of your skin).
If you don’t know your BHAs from your AHAs, look out for essential acids such as glycolic, salicylic and lactic, along with fruit acids, to help brighten and wipe away pore-clogging debris from your complexion.
Beauty tip: To get the full effects from your routine, we recommend using a light hand to layer products – think a light serum, followed by your spot treatment of choice and finally, a soothing oil to help repair skin overnight.
The oil will usually do one of two things; either it will help disperse the spot, or it will work at bringing any cysts or pimples to a head, making it easier to squeeze – yes, we all do it (use clean hands and have a mild anti-bacterial solution at the ready).
La Roche Posay Cicaplast Pro-Recovery Skincare, Boots Pharmacy, visit visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Deira, City Centre Sharjah, City Centre Fujairah, City Centre Me'aisem, City Centre Bahrain and City Centre Muscat
This nourishing balm was created for post-chemical skin peels to help accelerate repair of the epidermis. We’ve found it also works well to soothe some irritations, especially if you’ve overdone strong acne products or chapped the skin due to excessive squeezing.
Beauty tip: All skin types (even oily or acne-prone) need moisture. It might be tempting to use strong products to dry out the spot, but you could end up damaging the surrounding skin making it harder to heal, which could potentially leave a scar.
A final word on acne: We all have something we’d like to change about ourselves and while breakouts might seem like the be all and end all right now, your skin will eventually clear. Take a look at your diet, lifestyle choices and skincare products and make the changes accordingly. If the problem persists, book in with a dermatologist to seek professional advice.