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Are you a spot picker?

... is this you? Many acne suffers may be tempted to pick spots, but this can cause more damage to the skin and prolong healing time for the spot. Acne patches, also known as hydrocolloid patches, are moisture absorbing dressings that are commonly used to help heal chronic wounds. They are breathable, biodegradable and help to keep out bacteria to avoid reinfection. Predominantly they are used to prevent picking at spots and blemishes, although they've taken on a new role. In these unprecedented times, in helping to alleviate "maskne", we discussed this in our previous blog. The term "maskne" or "mask-acne" is used to refer to skin irritation or acne that occurs on a person's face from regularly wearing a face mask....

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Caring for skin during the Winter

As temperatures drop so do the moisture levels in your skin. The winter weather conditions can take a toll on your face and body therefore, it’s important to show your skin some TLC to keep it protected all season. Cold temperatures and harsh winds can cause skin to dry out and lose its natural, healthy-looking glow. In addition to the winter weather, central heating can cause the air to dry out, which as a result, can cause your skin to dehydrate. Less sunlight during the darker winter months can also strip your skin of nutrients, which can cause skin to look dull and uneven. When skin is dry, it can begin to feel rough, tight and itchy and can even...

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Coping with adult or cystic acne due to mask wearing

As a result of mask wearing, we have seen an increase in the number of people asking about adult acne.  Despite the fact we are coming into contact with fewer pore-blocking pollutants due to being out of the house less, more people are suffering with adult acne this year. This may be due to a number of factors such as falling out of their usual daily routines or more likely stress, which is a major cause of cystic acne. There is also the added issue of Maskne and Vi-Brow, which is acne on the brow caused by wearing visors.Adult and cystic acne is quite common, with some celebrities even speaking about their own concerns such as Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Alicia Keys, Kendall Jenner, Rihanna and...

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What about natural treatment for rosacea?

Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness and visible blood vessels on the face. It can also produce small, red, pus-filled bumps. These may flare up for weeks to months and then go away for a while. Natural treatments using essential oils offer a great way to keep rosacea under control.  For rosacea we recommend using Sustain (oil cleansing protection) which contains argan oil to assist with inflammation and oxidative damage. It can reduce the appearance of rosacea symptoms, as well as calm the skin and reduce redness. Omega fatty acids comprise the majority of argan oil. It is rich in omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids, possessing very strong anti-inflammatory and moisturising qualities – both of which are critical for managing rosacea....

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Assisting with body acne & hyperpigmentation

Dark marks or spots left behind after a spot or pimple heals, can be even more aggravating and distressing than the spots themselves! Also known as Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), this discoloration of the skin that follows an inflammatory wound or spot is the skin's natural response to inflammation.  For dark marks, including old acne scars, or body hyperpigmentation we recommend using products that contain turmeric as it has strong anti-inflammatory properties. These properties are essential for evening your skin texture, skin tone and skin complexion. It also works well for preventing body acne and blemishes on the skin. Turmeric oil can moderate any excess melanin production in the skin in order to ease hyper-pigmentation.   Turmeric   Products containing turmeric include Polish (turmeric...

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