If you’re suffering with your skin, then you’re not alone. Most people experience bad skin at some point in their lives; even some of the most gorgeous models, celebrities and actresses, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. In my job as a Makeup Artist, working with people whose skin needs to look flawless at all times, I’ve come to hear about all of the very best things that actually work, from skin-fixing facialists and cutting edge spot therapies to the ultimate balancing skincare so here are some top tips from my little black book…
The natural reaction to oily skin for a lot of people is to try to get rid of it using things that make the skin feel tight and squeaky-clean. Don’t do this!! Stripping the skin leads the body to panic and produce even more oil. Avoid anything harsh that contains alcohol or is astringent too, and be kind and gentle instead!
It is super important to keep your skin properly clean though, so look for natural, gentle cleansers, alcohol free toners, and try to decongest the skin using exfoliating products containing vitamin A or fruit acid instead of aggressive grain based scrubs.
Be sure to use a moisturiser – it’s super important to help balance the skin and to nourish it, but look for something light and oil free so that you don’t clog pores.
Stock up on disposable wash cloths, making sure you use a fresh, clean one every single time you wash your face and although it’s a nuisance, changing your pillowcase every night can really help too. Use an overnight balm to repair and heal skin when you sleep – although it is oily and you might feel apprehensive to use it if you have oily skin, it’s super balancing and nourishing; it’ll be just what your skin needs.
Of course, we all know this already, but don’t touch your skin and don’t pick it! I know it can be hard, but this is so important and will make a huge difference. If you can manage not to touch it, you won’t spread infection around your face, plus you’ll avoid worsening existing blemishes and causing scarring too.
Stress can be a major factor in acne. When the body is stressed, it leads to hormone imbalances that can make the skin oily and spot prone. It’s a bit of a vicious circle, because having bad skin can make you feel stressed in the first place. Try to give yourself a moment to relax and release tension; there are lots of really effective ways of relieving stress and these are some of my favourites:
Read my post about meditation to find out how to get started if you haven’t tried meditating before – it’s a great way to de-stress the mind.
It doesn’t matter what you do, just getting the body moving is a great way of releasing feel good hormones into the body to boost your mood. I love to dance or play tennis outdoors, but you could do anything from a brisk walk, to running or a bootcamp style workout – just remember to remove your makeup before you workout to prevent worsening any spots, and clean it properly afterwards too.
There has been a lot in the press recently about the acne drug Roaccutane, and whilst it works for some people, it can have serious side effects and you should do research before deciding whether it’s the right thing for you or not. Taking a strong drug like Roaccutane can work, but it can also be really damaging to the body and mental health; for some people, it doesn’t even end up working, or turns out to be a temporary fix. The good news is that you are required to see a Dermatologist before Roaccutane can be prescribed, so it’s a good idea to find out about the drug and have some questions ready before your consultation so that you are well informed.
CALL IN THE PROFESSIONALS:
If you’re still struggling with your skin and you’re doing all the right things; eating well, hydrating properly, exercising and using all the right skincare, then it might be time to call in the professionals to help:
- In London, Sarah Chapman is known for her amazing ability to heal and treat acne. Sarah offers an initial consultation service to establish the cause of your acne and is then able to carry out a range of professional skin services to help treat your acne, from light therapy (I’m a fan!), to sophisticated professional peels and resurfacing treatments as well as a range of other bespoke, advanced treatments. Note that Sarah and the Skinesis team are unable to treat anyone who has been taking Roaccutane. If you have been taking Roaccutane, you need to leave at least 6 months after stopping Roaccutane if you have been taking it before they are able to work on your skin.
- UK and US based Celebrity skin favourite, Dr. Nigma Talib, has a range of treatments available and offers bespoke naturopathic consultation services. Through a series or tests, Nigma is able to analyse any imbalances, allergies and intolerances and she offers a range of skin treatments, from microneedling, acupuncture, peels and radiofrequency therapies, depending on the best solution for your specific requirement. Dr. Nigma also prescribes tailored vitamin supplements after her consultations based on what your skin needs
- Light Therapy – there are a range of super effective light therapy treatments that are gaining popularity and accessibility. The anti-bacterial, skin clearing blue light is the one to go for if you are looking to try LED light therapy to heal and prevent spots. Check out my post on light therapy to find out where to go for this type of therapy.
- If you have oily, unbalanced skin, which is causing occasional breakouts, then going for regular decongesting, balancing facials can be really effective in helping to prevent acne. Decleor do a great facial which is specifically designed to balance oil production and decongest and their products are suitable for even the most sensitive skin types.
- You could also try an extraction facial to remove any existing build up from your pores if you haven’t always been in the best habits and want to start fresh with a new regimen to clear up your spots. FacePlace in London, LA and New York offer an extensive extraction facial service, and you can also book in if you just get the odd untimely one-off spot for them to deal with it professionally and quickly!