Diagnosis and potential treatments
If you have acne, it’s important to see your doctor. GPs may not have specialist knowledge, but they will be able to prescribe you something or refer you to a dermatologist. All cases are individual, but mild cases can usually be managed with topical treatments, including benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and azelaic acid.
The single most important topical treatment is retinoids, (vitamin A), although you do need good advice on using them as they can potentially cause redness and dryness.
There is loads you can do to improve your skin’s health. Don’t smoke and avoid too much exposure to the sun, steer clear of pore-clogging cosmetics and try tea tree.
Diet is also important – try and include a variety of fruits and vegetables, whilst minimising dairy and sugary foods. Omega-3s are known for their anti-inflammatory effects so it’s important to try and eat two portions of oily fish a week, or use a supplement.
Try and minimise stress with regular exercise, yoga or meditation.
Skin Care Tips
For your face
Try not to over-cleanse and don’t neglect sunscreen and moisturiser – it will keep your skin soft so don’t think it will add grease. Use a gentle natural cleanser, nothing too heavy, but one that includes anti-bacterial ingredients. Make sure your skin is dry then smooth on a light moisturiser. If your skin is still inflamed try using products containing aloe vera.
For your body
If you have acne present on your body, don’t scrub hard at your skin. Opt for a shower gel that contains tea tree as this will help to fight the bacteria which aid your spots. If you want a body lotion, try one with soothing natural ingredients – make sure you stay away from anything too heavy which could block your pores.