I suffer from adult acne and it ‘s leaving scars. Can you help?
You need to pay attention to your daily routine to help reboot your complexion. For milder breakouts, topical medications like retinoids – derived from vitamin A –can significantly improve the skin. You’ll need a prescription from your doctor to get it or try a high street version like La Roche Posay Redermic Anti Wrinkle Night Cream, £29.50. Use before you go to bed and it will help increase cell turnover, keeping skin clear as well as stimulate collagen and elastin production to improve tone.
Other good ingredients to treat mild cases include Glycolic Acid, Salicyclic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide. You might also check out your zinc levels as 60 to 90 mg a day of this mineral has been shown to improve acne. Magnesium and vitamin B5 helps combat stress, which can contribute to acne flare-ups. A daily multivitamin including Vitamin C will helps with scars and good skin health. An Omega -3 fish oil supplement can also help balance skin’s oil production.
Avoid anything that contains lanolin, mineral oil, or petroleum. Don’t use pressed powders pancake or powder or liquid foundation, because most contain oil. Use a good mineral make up, it’s anti-inflammatory, acts as a concealer, foundation, powder and sunscreen all in one. Cleanse no more than twice a day and never cleanse with harsh soaps that will dry out your skin. Since your skin is likely drier than it once was, over-washing can remove the surface oils that keep it supple.
At the Clinic:
A course of laser treatments can dramatically improve skin tone, texture and fade acne scars The new Smartxide Dot Lase is a Co2 laser and targets small areas from a
wand- like device that is passed over the skin. The DOT technology is quick and precise and can treat the whole face in less than 30 minutes. During the treatment the high laser energy damages the outer layers of the epidermis, which flakes away as the skin heals leaving skin firmer and smoother. Three to five treatments, six weeks apart for best results. If you’ve been left with acne scars, fat transfer or filler can fill out the dents leaving a smoother complexion.