How To Clear Up Spotty Skin

Troublesome skin can be difficult to live with, but with the right treatment, it can be kept under control or banished all together.

We all suffer from skin issues at some point in our lives. For some, problem skin can be temporary, but for others, it can be an ongoing concern that affects them both physically and emotionally.

It’s not just teenagers that can be afflicted with acne. Pimples can strike sufferers who are well into their 30s and beyond. Adult acne is becoming increasingly common these days and it is caused by multiple factors. Hormonal fluctuations, due to stress or the menstrual cycle, can cause excess oil production, which clogs the follicles and leads to breakouts.

Those with persistent acne or big, angry pimples should visit a GP or skin specialist at One Skin Clinic for a tailored treatment plan.

Mild forms of acne can be treated with products consisting of pore-unclogging and anti-bacterial ingredients.

Cleansers containing glycolic or salicylic acid, which gently exfoliate and help unclog pores, should be used twice a day. Try iS Clinical Cleansing Complex, which contains white willow bark extract (a natural source of salicylic acid) to deep clean the pores and loosen spot causing debris and bacteria.

When used daily, oil-free skincare with glycolic acid or vitamin A derivatives like retinol can clear blocked pores and exfoliate the skin. Sunscreams, serums and foundation should also be free from oils. Dr Najia recommends iS Clinical Active Serum, which has a fast-acting formula with added glycolic and salicylic acids.

If spots persist, a course of professional facials or peels can help.

Our new iS Clinical Fire & Ice treatment is a favourite of celebrities including Beyoncé and Charlize Theron. It involves a mild glycolic acid and retinol peel to remove the top, damaged layer of skin and boost collagen production, followed by the application of a rejuvenating cocktail of hyaluronic acid and antioxidants. There’s no downtime and users have reported a significant improvement in skin condition. For more severe acne and scarring AlumierMD Peel would be more suitable, as it involves use of a potent formulation that also targets scarring and pigmentation.

Of course, our diet plays a huge role in the condition of our skin. Sugary and high glycemic index (GI) foods like white rice and bread create excess insulin in the body, and may contribute to breakouts. Keep blood sugar levels stable and breakouts at bay by eating proteins such as beef, chicken, fish and plenty of vegetables.