Zit hap­pens

But you can kick its butt!

Glamour (South Africa) - - Front Page -

1 Switch up your cleans­ing rou­tine

The spe­cial­ists agree: scratchy scrubs can spread bac­te­ria. Rather use a gen­tler peel with en­zymes and fruit acids, like [1] Ther­avine Pino­tage Ex­fo­li­at­ing Enzyme (R335). Or, draw out im­pu­ri­ties with a deep-cleans­ing char­coal mask. We like [2] Der­ma­log­ica Char­coal Res­cue Masque (R790). For the rest of your regime: “Go for prod­ucts with pore-clear­ing sal­i­cylic acid, tea tree oil and witch hazel,” sug­gests der­ma­tol­o­gist and der­ma­to­logic sur­geon Dr Den­nis Gross. TRY [3] El­iz­a­beth Ar­den Skin Il­lu­mi­nat­ing Pore Min­i­miz­ing Toner (R395) or [4] Gatineau Clear & Per­fect Pu­ri­fy­ing Pow­der Emul­sion (R495).

2 Choose the cor­rect fa­cial

“A med­i­cal fa­cial is best for se­vere acne, which is in­flamed,” says Dr Gross. “It needs to cleanse, open pores, ex­tract spots and ex­fo­li­ate with a peel.” TRY the Aze­lan peel (from R575) at Skin Re­newal (skin­re­newal.co.za). “If a fa­cial is dry­ing, skin over­com­pen­sates, caus­ing more spots.” TRY Sig­na­ture Cin­derella Fa­cial (R900) at The Laser Beau­tique (the­laser­beau­tique.co.za).

3 Think long term

“Main­tain your zinc lev­els, as this seems to help com­bat acne,” rec­om­mends Dr Gross. “Eat a diet rich in fruit and veg. The more colour you eat, the bet­ter your skin will be­have!” Dr Gross adds.

Re­mem­ber that lay­er­ing on foun­da­tion cre­ates a build-up of oil. Cream blush­ers with heavy red dyes can also block pores. Use min­eral pow­ders in­stead.

Take daily vi­ta­mins and min­er­als to clean your skin from the in­side.

Up­per lip and chin

Hor­monal. Don’t use petroleum lip balms, as they can also clog pores. Fore­head spots Poor diet and stress.

Cheeks Res­pi­ra­tory is­sues – com­mon in smok­ers.

What does your acne mean?

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