Here are a few factors which might be causing your problem skin:
3. Nutritional shortcomings
4. Existing skin infections/problems
5. Improper routine/incorrect products
6. External elements like pollution and smoke
What you put in affects your skin as much as what you put on. By taking the following supplements you can avoid the problems altogether:
Fish Liver Oil – Vit A + D (preferably Vital)
Helps to keep your skin fresh and clear. Products like Roacutane use Vitamin A to solve skin problems but at a high cost to your health. By taking a smaller healthier dose, in the form of a supplement, you can still achieve the same. The fish liver oil also acts as a natural disinfectant so when you get some bumps or infections it will help it to clear up more quickly. If your skin is really bad you can take three of the small ones per day till it starts clearing up.
Omega 3 + 6 + 9
Helps the skin heal and regenerate more quickly.
Ginette35 (the generic of Diane35)
For women only. It stabilizes your hormones so zits and acne and bumps are less likely to occur. Also makes pores appear smaller.
Helps to fight the effects of stress and vitamin deficiency. For fastest results Vitamin B shot can be taken – just ask your doctor or pharmacist about it.
Vichy Normaderm Exfoliating facewash – for use once bumps and zits are clear
Vichy Normaderm gel facewash – for use on affected areas (you can use the toner too but it is not a necessity
Benzac Gel – Use this at night. Will clear up zits, pimples, acne. If a reaction occurs take a piece of cotton, wet with water and use that to apply the gel.
Dalacin T Lotion – Use this every morning. It will clear up bumps and whiteheads and blackheads.
Environ Claytech Mask – Use once a week to purify skin. It not only feeds the skin but helps to soothe it. Using a clay mask helps lift impurities and balance skin. This one is the best I’ve encountered.
Glycolic peels – Removes top layers of skin. I recommend sticking to natural fruit acid based ones. In cases of really troubled skin you could do a series of 4, one a week, to clear the skin more quickly. I can recommend Guinot and Regim-A. The treatment removes the layers of dead skin, encourages new skin to grow and dries problem areas causing it to peel. It is also great in the treatment of some cases of scarring and pigmentation.
*A prescription may be necessary for use of Benzac, Dalicin T and Ginette35, ask your doctor or dermatologist to supply you with one.
1. Wash your face with a facecloth. It’s great for minimising pores. Change the cloth regularly, daily if you can, so bacteria doesn’t gather.
2. Keep a separate towel for drying you face.
3. Only wear make-up when you have to and clean face immediately after. No matter how good the product excessive use can clog the pores. Your skin needs a chance to breathe.
4. Don’t use an abrasive exfoliator on infected areas, if you have to exfoliate only work on the areas around the infection/s otherwise you could just be spreading the problem. When your skin is clear use a daily exfoliating wash that contains salicylic acid.
5. Always hydrate and/or moisturise skin after exfoliating, scrubbing or removing skin cells in any way as you’ve just removed the skins natural barrier and protective layer. The more vulnerable your skin the higher protection you need from the sun otherwise pigmentation is more likely to occur. Always opt for an spf of 30 or higher.
6. Wash your hands regularly and try not to touch or rub at or pick at the skin on your face.
7. Keep your hair clean and, when possible, off your face. Your hair is oilier than imagined and product you use on it may also have a reaction with your skin when in constant contact.
8. Blot shine with tissue or blotting paper instead of powdering.
9. Don’t overwash your face, stick to twice a day.
10. Drink lots of water and eat lots of fruit and green leafy veg.
Please note that you should always consult your doctor or pharmacist when trying new products, if something doesn’t work for you find something better.
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