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115. Conversations of a skin therapist ~ Zit zap, don’t pick!

Updated: Mar 21

Years ago one of my very special clients used to refer to February as her Fugly month... I totally disagree with her, she's beautiful! She felt that way because she felt her skin was pale, dull & some of those post festive season breakouts were lingering... she used to follow with 'at least it's a short month - haha!'

Let's dive into breakouts and how to help heal them, there are many people who have oily skin and suffer with breakouts. We're also seeing more teenagers come through our doors with whom our goal is to educate about how to look after their skin and treat breakouts without causing scarring. Breakouts can affect our self esteem and our goal is to help our clients put their best face forward.

Zit zap, don't pick is our spot treating motto! ~ DR Skin Expert & Advanced Aesthetician

Acne is the most common types of skin breakouts that typically occurs during puberty but can affect people of all ages. Acne is characterized by pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, and possible cysts or nodules.

Breakouts and congestion come in several forms with their own characteristics:

⚡️Whiteheads: These are small, raised bumps on the skin with a white or flesh-colored center. They occur when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells.

⚡️Blackheads: These are similar to whiteheads, but they have a black or dark appearance. The dark color is due to the oil and dead skin cells mixing with air and oxidizing.

⚡️Papules: Papules are small, red bumps that are tender to the touch. They occur when the walls of the hair follicles break down due to the inflammation caused by clogged pores.

⚡️Pustules: Pustules are similar to papules but filled with pus. They are usually red at the base with a yellow or white center.

⚡️Nodules: Nodules are larger, solid, and painful bumps deep within the skin. They develop when clogged pores become infected and inflamed.

⚡️Cysts: Cysts are large, pus-filled, painful bumps that are deeper within the skin compared to other types of acne. They can cause scarring and are often considered severe forms of acne.

It's essential to consult a dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment for any type of acne especially with level 3 and 4 acne they will prescribe and help treat the nodular and cystic acnes.

There are several methods that can help heal skin breakouts. Here are some of the best methods you can try:

To help skin heal and repair itself and improve the overall skin health and prevent future breakouts it is important to have a good skincare regime and also look at lifestyle factors that can cause breakouts.

1. Cleansing:

Use a gentle cleanser to wash your face twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed. This helps remove excess oil, dirt, and bacteria from the skin.

Consult your skincare expert for the one that best suits your skin. To help treat and keep breakouts at bay Clearing Skin Wash and breakout clearing foaming wash help to deep cleanse, purify and clear away dirt, dead skin cells and bacteria. These can also be used as a body wash to treat chest and bacne.

2. Exfoliation:

Regular exfoliation can help remove dead skin cells and unclog pores. Choose a gentle exfoliator and use it once or twice a week.

Avoid the harsh scrubs on spots as they can irritate. Look for ingredients that are made with alpha hydroxy acids, fruit enzymes or beta hydroxy acid that gentlely munch away on the dead skin cells helping to clear congestion.

Banish breakouts and achieve smoother skin texture with a powerful peel formulated for breakout-prone skin. The breakout clearing liquid peel has 10% AHAs and 2% BHAs, it exfoliates deep under the skin to remove dead skin cells and excess oil.

3. Moisturizing:

Use a non-comedogenic moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. Look for products that are oil-free and won't clog your pores.

It's important to moisturise morning and night, in the daytime always wear sun protection

Ultra-lightweight formulas provides a long-lasting matte finish without clogging pores. Broad Spectrum sunscreen defends against UV rays, which may lead to the appearance of uneven skin tone.

At night help to sooth breakout-irritated skin with a skin soothing hydrating lotion or a hydrating and calming gel based formula like calm water gel it's important to apply a hydrating product after cleansing to quench the skins thirst.

4. Spot treatments:

Zit zappers or spot treatments should be applied as soon as you feel a breakout or blemish forming, this can help treat it before it becomes noticeable. Look for products containing ingredients like sulphur, niacinamide or to target individual breakouts. deep breakout liquid patch or breakout clearing booster use zit-zapping ingredients help reduce inflammation, prevent oil production and kill bacteria.

5. Avoid picking or popping:

It may be tempting, but avoid picking or popping your breakouts as this can lead to further inflammation, scarring, and potential infection.

6. Keep hands clean:

Avoid touching your face throughout the day to prevent transferring bacteria and dirt onto your skin.

7. Diet and hydration:

A healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can benefit your skin. Drinking plenty of water also helps keep your skin hydrated and healthy.

8. Lifestyle changes:

Reduce stress levels through activities like exercise, meditation, or yoga as stress can contribute to breakouts especially along the jawline as this area represents our adrenals.

If you're a fitness fan then make sure you shower after each exercise session. Teenagers that have gym class at school and aren't able to shower, use the clarifying body spray or a tea tree wipe to remove sweat and bacteria from the skin and change into fresh clothes to prevent breakouts and blackheads forming on the chest and back.

Remember not to exercise in make up as this can clog pores and always wash your face after your fitness session to prevent congestion and breakouts from building up.

9. Consult a dermatologist:

If your breakouts are severe or persistent, consider seeing a dermatologist who can provide personalized advice and prescribe medications if necessary.

Remember, everyone's skin is different, so it may take some trial and error to find the best methods that work for you.

Thank you for reading, if this was useful please 🩵 and if it could help someone in your network, please share.

Thank you ~ Diana x

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