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113. Conversations with a Skin Expert ~ how to treat those post holiday breakouts

Updated: Mar 21

Beat those last festive season breakouts - late nights, early starts, maybe even sleeping in your makeup or lapsing on your skincare. Not to mention a rich diet and a few jolly drinks... these can all contribute to the post festivities breakouts.

To help heal your skin after breakouts, you can follow these steps:

1. Keep the area clean:

Gently cleanse the affected area with a mild, non-comedogenic cleanser twice a day. Avoid harsh scrubs or cleansers that can irritate the skin further.

2. Apply a spot treatment:

After cleansing, apply a spot treatment containing ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or tea tree oil directly onto the breakouts. These ingredients can help reduce inflammation and kill bacteria.

3. Avoid picking or popping pimples:

It's important to resist the temptation to pick or pop your pimples, as this can lead to further inflammation, scarring, and infection.

4. Use a gentle moisturizer:

Even if your skin is oily, it's crucial to keep it moisturized. Look for a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer to hydrate your skin without clogging the pores.

5. Protect your skin from the sun:

Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, especially if you're using any acne treatments. Acne-prone skin can be more sensitive to sunlight and may be more prone to hyperpigmentation or scarring.

6. Drink plenty of water and eat a healthy diet:

Hydration and a balanced diet can support healthy skin. Drinking enough water helps keep the skin hydrated, while incorporating fruits, vegetables, and nutrient-rich foods can promote healing.

7. Consider using topical products with ingredients known for healing:

Look for products containing ingredients known to promote healing, such as aloe vera, rosehip oil, niacinamide, or centella asiatica (also known as cica).

8. Give it time:

Healing takes time, so be patient. Avoid using too many products at once, as this can overwhelm your skin and potentially worsen breakouts or irritate the skin further.

Post inflammatory hyper pigmentation isn't necessarily scarring, they skin feels the same texture, but it is a different colour. A natural skin colour that's fairer might be more pink or purple spot, if your skin is darker then it will be a darker brown pigmentation of skin tone.

The key is to minimise pigmentation as quickly as possible using retinoid products in dermalogica's active clearing range to clear post breakout marks and in the clear start range the post breakout spot fix is brilliant to help heal post inflammatory hyper pigmentation.

However, if your breakouts are severe or persist despite home care, it is recommended to consult a dermatologist for further evaluation and treatment options.

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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