After the stress of Christmas and one too many mince pies, it’s not just your waistline that suffers, the skin’s barrier can become more fragile leading to blocked pores and breakouts. The bacteria that causes spots can lie deep in the pores but if you have an oily skin it can make it difficult for spot fighting ingredients to penetrate, so buffing away dead skin cells is a must .
Use a gentle exfoliating wash a couple of times a week. Also use an oil free moisturiser, which won’t clog pores, try HSSC Oil Free Moisturiser £30 because anything that reduces oil production can help stop breakouts. Research says that diets high in refined carbohydrates can increase skin sebum, so cut out sugar and eat more wholegrains, fruit and vegetables
Watch the alcohol in your skincare. Alcohol is used in a lot of skincare products, many specifically for oily skin types, which tightens the skin as it strips away the skin’s natural oils. If you are suffering from a spot, the last thing you want is to put any ingredients to make your skin dry up and aggravate them any more. Instead choose a moisturising and calming skin remedy that contains essential oils as these contain vitamins and antioxidants that will heal any distressed areas of the skin.
Spots have a habit of appearing before a big event but we can inject spots with a solution that will make it disappear within 48 hours.
SOS TIP If your skin gets blotchy, break open an Evening Primrose Oil capsule and smooth the contents over cleansed skin. It’s very high in the essential fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid, which restores the moisture barrier and reduces the redness in a few hours
For an emergency spot treatment dissolve a soluble aspirin in a little water and dab on top of spot to reduce the redness and inflammation. Or try Clarity Skin Clearing Spot Gel by Cloud 9 Skin Solutions. The invisible gel contains a blend of active ingredients include Niacinamide, and can help prevent breakouts forming. £32 www.feelunique.com