Your most Googled skin queries, an­swered! Ex­pert ad­vice

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You asked Google, we asked the ex­perts. Der­ma­tol­o­gist tips here, for free!

There’s noth­ing like Google search or an In­sta­gram stalk be­fore bed. But when your skin is act­ing up, the in­ter­net may not be the best place for an­swers. We saved you some beauty sleep by get­ting so­lu­tions straight from the ex­perts.

“Is foun­da­tion bad for acne-prone skin?”

“There are many causes of acne, in­clud­ing ex­cess oil pro­duc­tion, blocked pores and bac­te­ria,” says Dr Nom­ph­elo Gantsho, a der­ma­tol­o­gist at Cape Skin Doc­tor in Cape Town. “Un­for­tu­nately, some foun­da­tions can con­trib­ute to block­age and make acne worse, so try a wa­ter-based for­mula. Then make this your num­ber one rule: never go to sleep with­out tak­ing off your makeup, as it will clog your pores.”

We like NYX To­tal Con­trol Drop Foun­da­tion (R219.95). Matte and light­weight, it al­lows you to build up cov­er­age in ar­eas that need it most.

“Does my dark com­plex­ion re­ally need sunscreen?”

“Yes,” says Dr Gantsho. “In fact, I’ll let you in on a se­cret: sunscreen is the real foun­tain of youth. It pro­tects against hy­per­pig­men­ta­tion, wrin­kles and dull­ness caused by the sun.” Look for a min­i­mum of SPF30 and ap­ply it through­out the year. “The sun’s rays are still dam­ag­ing in win­ter.” TRY Lamelle He­lase Photo-re­pair Cream SPF50 (R520), which oŠers sun pro­tec­tion and also aims to re­pair cells in the deeper lay­ers of the skin.

“When should I start us­ing wrin­kle cream?”

As early as 20, say der­ma­tol­o­gists. “Start with a vi­ta­min C serum in the day and a retinol cream at night to stim­u­late your skin’s col­la­gen and new cell pro­duc­tion,” sug­gests Dr Gantsho. TRY Der­ma­log­ica Overnight Retinol Re­pair (R1 480).

Hyaluronic acid is also ex­cel­lent. “Nat­u­rally found in the body, it keeps col­la­gen syn­the­sis up and helps your skin re­tain mois­ture,” she adds. We love Sk­inceu­ti­cals HA In­tensi er (R1 550).

“Help! I have hy­per­pig­men­ta­tion on my fore­head, chin, nose and lip!”

“Hy­per­pig­men­ta­tion can be caused by hor­monal changes or the sun. It oc­curs when there’s an ex­cess of melanin (the pig­ment that gives skin colour) and it forms de­posits in your skin,” ex­plains Dr Gantsho. Look out for prod­ucts con­tain­ing gly­colic acid and sal­i­cylic acid which will help with the re­newal of your skin cells and brighten up your tone. L’oréal Paris Re­vi­talift Bright Re­veal Bright­en­ing Peel Pads (R320).

Dr Gantsho adds, “Ex­fo­li­ate reg­u­larly with home peels con­tain­ing fruit acids. These help to smooth dark patches.” TRY The Body Shop Drops of Youth Liq­uid Peel (R225).

“How do I get rid of stretch marks?”

“Stretch marks oc­cur when your body grows faster than your skin can keep up with. The break­down of elastin fi­bres re­sults in the lines you see,” says Dr Gantsho. Ap­ply­ing nour­ish­ing tis­sue oil helps to di­min­ish the look of stretch marks. TRY John­son’s Vita-rich Firm­ing Body Oil (R109.99).

Other treat­ments in­clude needling and mi­cro­der­mabra­sion. “Needling en­tails pierc­ing skin with fine pricks, caus­ing trauma to the area. The re­sult­ing nat­u­ral heal­ing process pro­motes the pro­duc­tion of new col­la­gen and elastin,” she says. See an ex­pert or DIY with the En­v­i­ron Cos­metic Body ROLL-CIT (R1 700).

“Mi­cro­der­mabra­sion in­volves ap­ply­ing fine crys­tals to ex­fo­li­ate and pro­mote new elastin and col­la­gen,” she adds. Visit a pro at a skin clinic or a der­ma­tol­o­gist.

You can also even things out tem­po­rar­ily with a self-tan.

“Dim­ples are cute, but not on my thighs. How can I get rid of the cel­lulite?”

Eat clean. “Fruits like pa­paya and mango, veg­eta­bles rich in vi­ta­min A, and whole foods have been shown to help pre­vent and re­duce tis­sue dam­age thanks to their high con­cen­tra­tion of an­tiox­i­dants, which stim­u­late col­la­gen pro­duc­tion. The more col­la­gen, the firmer your skin and the less dim­pled your thighs will look,” says Dr Gantsho. You could also mas­sage the area while ap­ply­ing spe­cialised prod­ucts like Clar­ins Body Fit An­tiCel­lulite Con­tour­ing Ex­pert (R565), which in­creases cir­cu­la­tion and re­duces fluid buildup.

“Does fa­cial hair grow fast if I shave it?”

“There is no ev­i­dence that shav­ing ac­cel­er­ates hair growth,” says Dr Gantsho. But if you want to stop shav­ing al­to­gether, around six ses­sions of laser should yield per­ma­nent re­sults. Ex­pect to pay from R240 per ses­sion for your up­per lip at a spe­cial­ist like Deluxe Laser & Spa (delux­e­laser.co.za).

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