Do You Know How to Deal with Problematic Skin?
If you’ve never had to deal with problematic skin in your life, frankly, you might just be an alien. Some people run into this issue during puberty but their skin has been mostly clear since, save for an odd localised breakout. Others are not so lucky and have to handle adult acne throughout their lives. Unfortunately, our skin is not something we can return back to the shop for a refund – so let’s get rid of all the zits, blackheads and oiliness now!
Main Causes of Problematic Skin
As we know, acne most often occurs as a result of hormonal changes brought on by puberty. Hormones are responsible for stimulating sebum production in our skin, which might complicate the natural removal of dead skin cells and cause excessive growth of bacteria in our skin. All of this then results in the formation of spots and blackheads.
But fluctuating hormones can affect our skin even in adulthood. The condition of our skin often worsens during menstruation, after going off hormonal contraception, during pregnancy or after giving birth.
Incorrect Skin Care
Even though problematic skin is caused by hormones and genetics, there’s a number of ways in which you might be aggravating the situation.
Many issues can occur when you keep using cosmetic products that are not right for your skin type. Your routine should not include any thick creams which might irritate the sebaceous glands. You also need to avoid comedogenic skin care which clogs your pores – really the last thing you need when you’re dealing with problematic skin.
What Might Be Making Your Acne Worse?
Unfortunately, the list of negative factors goes on even longer. But the good news is that many of them can be changed if you want to. So, what should you avoid?
- Bad diet – Unbalanced diet can significantly worsen the condition of your skin, which is why you should make your diet more varied, or even cut down on foods that are high in sugar and avoid too much dairy.
- Smoking – Long-term smoking will negatively affect your body both from the inside and the outside. Among other things, your pores will be more likely to clog, resulting in spots and blackheads.
- Sunlight – This one is really simple: do not expose your skin to the sun without good UV protection!
- Unhygienic cosmetic tools – How often do you clean your makeup brushes and sponges, and how often do you put on makeup? Don’t put extra dirt on your skin and clean your beauty tools regularly.
- Stress – Combatting stress is often a long process, but your mental health definitely affects your skin. Learn to achieve conscious relaxation and find a way to remove stress from your life on a regular basis.
- Mask acne – A face mask keeps sweat near your skin and causes irritation, which might bring on infection. This obviously doesn’t mean you should stop wearing masks – just make sure to take care of your skin and deal with mask acne as soon as possible.
Skin Care for Problematic Skin
So how should you take care of problematic skin without causing irritation and new breakouts every day? Apart from making various changes to your lifestyle, you’re really going to need quality skin care products designed for skin with acne.
A Thorough Cleanse Is Essential
Perfectly clean skin is your key to success! You should be removing impurities and excess sebum from your skin every day. The Eucerin DermoPure deep-cleansing gel for problematic skin is a perfect product to use, because it removes all residual makeup, oil and dirt. If gel texture is not your favourite, try the Saffee Acne Skin cleansing foam for problem skin. This product can be used to thoroughly hydrate and clean your face, neck, décolleté and even your upper back.
Your routine should also definitely include a good face mask. At least once a week, make some time to put on your favourite show or read a great book while using a mask designed for problematic skin. The Shiseido Waso Purifying Peel Off Mask only takes 20 minutes to remove impurities and reduce your stress levels.
Hydration and Local Treatments
Don’t forget that oily skin also needs to be moisturised, because when your skin gets dehydrated, it actually tends to become even oilier. Try for instance the Vichy Normaderm Phytosolution moisturiser for problematic skin which has a light texture and lets your skin breathe freely.
In case you want to get rid of your acne even faster, make sure to add the Cleanance Comedomed fluid by Avène to your morning and evening routine. It unifies your skin tone, mattifies it and makes its problems gradually disappear.
If you’re one of the lucky people who only have to deal with acne every once in a while – congratulations. However, we still recommend using a quality local treatment for acne such as the Saffee Acne Skin. Always apply it to clean skin and only to the affected areas. Your skin will soon be restored to its former smooth and radiant glory!
Do you have a different tried-and-tested trick to handle problem skin? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!