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Want to treat
your acne intelligently with skincare that’s effective and (best part) doesn’t
break the bank?


Many of us will be afflicted with acne Pockmarks,
blemishes and blotches at some point in our
lives – I myself have come across with acne and blemishes so many times during
my teens and even later in my 30’s. I tried to avoid picking spots
so as not to make my scars appear, and when they do appear, bought
scrub after scrub and then cover them with a heavy layer of concealer to just
pretend that everything is all right! But somehow, that just makes everything

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Acne scars
can be upsetting and beautiful evening you thinks you’re just awesome and in the
morning you suddenly caught up with those hormonal changes shown on your face! However
acne are more associated with teens but they can appear in
your 30’s 40’s or even 50′ sometimes, so whatever your age is you need to know
about the best acne treatments available in the skincare market.

Experts say
that when it comes to skin care like blemishes or treating acne, it doesn’t have to be that complicated
– with a few simple steps, you can have beautiful skin. A variety of skin care
medications, drugs and also surgical procedures are highly available nowadays.

Acne my friend, is a
love triangle. A love triangle
with 3 causes each completely reliant on the next. When any 1 out of
these 3 causes wanders, the love triangle is busted and acne
struggles to exist… because without 3 people involved, you now find yourself in
harmonious relationship territory.

The acne love triangle
looks like this: Dead skin/oil
trapped debris within pores -> growth of Propionibacterium acnes
(p.acnes) bacteria -> Inflammation.

Without dead skin or oil trapped debris in your
pores, p.acnes bacteria aren’t able to grow out of control. Without a growth of
p.acnes bacteria, no inflammation is caused and without inflammation – there’s
no acne.

 If you want to delve into the science of
acne even deeper, it’s thought that Essentially, acne is caused by excess sebum production, which can
be caused by anything sometimes with stress, your makeup products specially
foundation, hereditary factors or just diet. Sebum produces oil, which then
mixes with things like the hairs on your skin or dirt. Your pores then become
clogged which gives the perfect medium for Bacteria to grow and multiplies (Especially
one called Propionibacterium acnes). This causes swelling and
redness — which is the start of acne.

Best acne spot treatments

The good news is, there’s a plethora of medicated and over the
counter products that can help, Unfortunately there’s no ‘one size fits all’
product, so it’s a case of trying different things from brands you can
trust.”and it may take a bit of experimentation to find what works best for
your skin.

If, however, you don’t have severe acne and you were looking for a
product to treat a few painful zits, you want a totally different treatment
altogether – here are three best way to vanish your acne and scare associated
with them.

…and you my friend are here to learn exactly how
to disrupt your acne love triangle with great and appropriate skincare.



If you had acne as a teen, they might have left you with some
scarring. While there’s nothing wrong with acne scars, it’s understandable if
you want to minimize their appearance as much as possible. Microdermabrasion is one of the most popular treatments. It
can help to renew your skin to give it a more youthful appearance, and if you
opt for multiple treatment sessions then the benefits for your skin can be

is a non-invasive procedure that uses tiny crystals or other
exfoliating surfaces to help remove the superficial layer of dead
skin cells. When you remove the stratum corneum, the body interprets it as an
injury. It then quickly replaces the lost skin cells with new, healthy ones. The
entire procedure usually takes about 30 minutes for the face.

Microdermabrasion stimulates blood flow, which
increases the nutrition delivered to skin cells. This improves cell production,
which improves skin’s elasticity and texture. So, if you have acne scarring,
microdermabrasion may help reduce the appearance of acne
scars. However, it’s not recommended if you have skin
conditions such as rosacea, eczema, dermatitis, active sunburn, herpes, lupus,
open sores, psoriasis, fragile capillaries or widespread acne. This can
irritate the skin and cause further breakouts.

Pores – You will not
have to worry any more about clogged pores because ongoing microdermabrasion
treatment will clean out pores to leave your skin smoother and healthier

Skin Cells – When a
microdermabrasion facial becomes a regular treatment, your skin cells will be
replaced with new, healthy ones which will make your skin look and feel better

Skin – You will be
able to enjoy much smoother skin which is free from blemishes and fine lines
when you take advantage of multiple treatments

Scarring – If you suffer
from acne scarring then a regular microdermabrasion facial treatment can
significantly help to reduce the appearance of scarring


ACID?  I promise it’s not as scary as it sounds!

anyone who deals with
persistent blemishes and acne knows that there are some fail-safe treatments.
That’s where salicylic acid comes in—it’s one of the most common spot-busting ingredients out there, you definitely have nothing to fear from this acid that’s
potent and safe

If you ever checked your
bathroom cabinet, you’d be surprised at just how many of your products include
salicylic acid in their ingredients list, you’ll find it
in all manner of scrubs, face masks and moisturisers, leading to many of us
rubbing it into our faces daily without actually knowing how it works. Let’s change that.

Skincare products containing
salicylic acid can cure acne, blemishes and an uneven texture.
A type of beta hydroxy acid (BHA), salicylic acid is a multi-tasking
ingredient that can tackle skin’s many problems.
it has the ability to penetrate deeply into the pores not just the surface and break the
‘glue’ of your skin (because it’s oil-soluble)that’s binding the sebum and dead skins cells— It also promotes cell turnover for a firmer, plumper complexion and
controls the overproduction of sebum. No wonder it’s such a popular spot remedy.

If you’re still unsure, consult a
dermatologist, who will be able to recommend the right level for you.

When you first apply it (most importantly to clean and dry skin) you’ll
probably experience some stinging and perhaps a little peeling or slightly reddened
skin. But it’s safe to use on even sensitive skin because of its
anti-inflammatory properties.

Over time, your skin
will become accustomed to it and any side effects will lessen On facial skin, you should go for a concentration of 0.5% to
2%, while the rest of your body may respond well to 3% salicylic acid, so start with a smaller concentration if you’re
apprehensive and then move gradually. You’ll also notice that your skin is
smoother and clearer, due to the exfoliation.


Ahhhh Vitamin A how I love you. Our love affair started when you
cleaned up my Acne scarring and has started again recently when my post
baby outbreaks arrived.

Here is my guide on why you should love Vitamin A (Retinol) too
but why you need to respect this fabulous molecule too

Retinoid or also known as retinol is chemical
compounds that are chemically related to Vitamin A. Retinoid are primarily used
in medicine.  It’s a cell-communicating ingredient,
so it communicates to almost any skin cell and sends messages for it to behave
like a healthy, younger cell. 

The molecules are small enough to penetrate
the outer layers of the skin and then work their way down to the
lower layers towards the dermis to have a physical impact on the Collagen
fibres. For Retinol to work effectively it needs to be converted into a
Retinoid. These retinoids have to be absorbed into the skin before they
can start to communicate with the cells to repair the damage.

 Retinoid acid is termed Tretinoin
beware Tretinoin – is prescription strength
synthetic retinoid and not to be confused with your beauty product retinols.
While effective it should be used in controlled, supervised doses & has a
lot of side effects.

Roaccutane – this is an oral, prescription
strength vitamin A derivative for severe acne, which is very strong with
numerous unpleasant side effects and not to be confused with our topical
cosmetics with a touch of retinol in

Retinoids are good at unplugging blocked pores.
They reduce skin inflammation. They are commonly used and frequently prescribed
by dermatologist all over the world 

With the exception of highly sensitised skins
& Rosacea sufferers anyone can use Retinol (I always advice those who are
pregnant to avoid). It’s important to start slowly & build up your use.

Retinol is available in different forms to suit
the needs of different individuals. Some of them are:

•    Retinol cream: These are the best options for people with dry skin. The
basic problem with a retinol cream is that is becomes useless after a prolonged
exposure to air and sunlight. Always look for retinol creams that are in a
container which does not allow air and light to come in contact with the
Retinol lotion: A lotion is thinner
than cream and is easily absorbed by our skin which makes it an ideal option
for people with normal to oily skin.
Retinol serum: A serum is lighter
than lotion which enables the people with much oily skin to use it without any
hassles. People with sensitive skin should try out creams or lotion before
laying their hands on a serum.
Retinol capsules: Retinol inside a
capsule is very effective.
Retinol eye creams: One should always
do a sensitivity test before applying retinol eye creams. Make your skin
accustomed to retinol before applying it on a sensitive area.

you might see some visible results after 4
weeks especially when using this new molecule, however it takes an average of 3
months of regular use for the best results to be seen.

treatments containing salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide and can be effective.

Sunscreen – if using
the azelaic acid suspension, daily sun protection is a must as skincare acids
can make skin more susceptible to UV damage,  It’s
best to use acids in PM and once a day with a strong 2% solution is absolutely

On a side note: For those of you who are already
very skincare savvy, know that vitamin C products are also great in the defense
against acne, but to keep this The Ordinary acne regimen as straightforward and
simple as possible, above I’ve picked the products with maximum impact.



hile niacinamide might not have received the
same amount of hype from the media as retinol or hyaluronic acid, it is still an
ingredient you should have on your radar and in your skincare regime. It’s one
of those all-rounders that helps to keep your skin hydrated and firm, with the
added bonus of soothing acne. 

 is a water-soluble vitamin which is also known
as nicotinic amide, the amide compound of vitamin B3. 

In the treatment
of acne, niacinamide can not only reduce the inflammation associated with
existing blemishes, but can also help to prevent future incidences.

Studies have shown that niacinamide works best at a
concentration of five percent. 

 This has been further shown by a clinical
trial carried out in 20134 comparing a gel product containing 5%
niacinamide favourably with standard medicinal creams.

More and more clinical studies are reporting the
benefits of topical vitamin B3 for acne healing and skin regeneration. In fact,
some studies claim that topical vitamin B3 could even be more effective than
more established prescribed solutions such as antibiotics, retinoids, benzoyl
peroxide or salicylic acid!

vitamin B3 does not lead
to bacterial resistancelike many other antibiotic-based acne treatments because it
doesn’t target the bacteria overgrowth. Instead, it targets the very first
stage of acne (sebum oxidisation) and prevents pimples from
developing in the first place.

An 8 week ?study was done in which subjects with moderate
acne were treated with a 4% niacinamide gel. 82% showed a reduction in acne
lesions and acne severity. The results were comparable to a 1% clindamycin gel.
A turkish study showed similar results.

may potentially reduce facial sebum. Clinical trials were conducted in both the US
and Japan to study the effects of topical application of a 2% niacinamide
moisturizer. The Japanese subjects showed a significant reduction in their
sebum excretion rate, and the caucasian subjects showed a decrease in casual sebum


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