Statistics have shown that more than one in four people in the UK suffer from, or have had, acne. This skin condition can come in various guises such as whiteheads, blackheads and pimples, all of which can lower a person’s self-esteem about their appearance.
Spots can appear at any time of life, and unfortunately there is no actual cure. Tristan Lee, The Gorgeousness Coach, and author of ‘Move, Munch, Moisturise’, offers his expertise on acne and how best to cleanse and care for acne-prone skin.
An important part in helping reduce acne, and keeping it at bay is by establishing a good skincare routine. Over the course of a day your face is subjected to grime and pollution, so it needs to be washed and cared for properly. Water alone does not remove dirt or dead skin cells and to keep your complexion glowing it should be cared for twice a day.
Here are top 10 tips on how to improve your appearance:
1. Wash your hands before you wash your skin to minimise getting additional oil onto your face
2. Never use shower gel on your face. Invest in a mild foaming facewash, and use it morning and night
3. After exercising always wash your face as it helps to reduce the likelihood of spots developing
4. Use a face scrub twice a week to really go with the glow
5. Stay away from heavily perfumed or fragranced face products as these can irritate the skin
6. For oily and acne-prone skin opt for a clay face mask once a week. This will help draw out impurities. Yes, sometimes it can bring on spots, however, it is a sign of toxins leaving the body
7. Never wash your face vigorously
8. Invest in a face cloth and not a flannel as they are finer and kinder to your skin
9. Always splash your face with cold water after cleansing to close the pores from which you have removed dirt, and then pat dry on a clean hand towel
10. Drink more water. Keeping the largest organ of the body (skin) hydrated will help flush toxins out of your body and enhance your new fresh-faced look. By drinking more water, you are helping your body look beautiful from the inside out
There’s a wide variety of acne medications available over the counter and on prescription. These can be effective in helping to reduce oil production, increasing skin cell turnover, and lowering inflammation. Remember, treatment for acne is based on its severity, so it may take many weeks or months to see improvements, but dovetailing medication with an established skincare routine should mean skin will go from drab to fab more quickly.
For more information about Tristan Lee visit www.tristanlee.co.uk.