Crack the acne code and find out exactly what your pimples are saying about your lifestyle, diet and beauty routine.
Pimples come in all shapes and sizes. In fact, the location and appearance of your blemishes can be quite telling, once you learn to spot the difference. Read on to decipher the acne code and discover the lifestyle changes and products that could help you get rid of your pimples.
1. You’re a real sweet tooth
Sugary and high GI foods cause blood sugar spikes that are able to aggravate pimple-prone skin. Furthermore, sugar can compromise gut health and the immune system, meaning the body may be less able to fight pimple-causing bacteria.
2. You might need to rethink your skincare products
When it comes to the best treatments and skincare products for pimples and blackheads, beware the quick fix. A pimple takes around three weeks to even show up on the skin, so it makes sense that a long-term treatment plan is needed.
Many over-the-counter acne products can be harsh, giving a quick result, but potentially exacerbating the problem in the long run. To treat pimples, skincare products must address the cause of the acne as well as the blemishes themselves.
La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar range takes a holistic approach to treating oily and acne-prone skins.
Effaclar Foaming Gel is suitable for twice-daily use, and is soap-, paraben-, colour- and alcohol-free for a thorough yet gentle cleanse.
Serozinc is a soothing, mattifying mist formulated with zinc sulfate and natural salts to regulate oil secretion.
The final step is Effaclar Duo Plus – a multi-tasking moisturiser and treatment product that gently exfoliates dead skin cells and unclogs pores with LHA, salicylic and linoleic acids, while fighting bacteria, and strengthening the skin’s protective barrier with niacinamide. Patented ceramide Procerad™ helps prevent the pigmentation associated with acne.
La Roche-Posay anti-acne skincare solution: Take the Effaclar Challenge for clearer skin in 4-6 weeks.
3. Your hormones could be involved
Hormonal fluctuations and imbalances can be a key driver of pimples. Both in puberty as well as in adults – especially in females. The best advice is to see your doctor to investigate.
4. Your stress levels are high
Ever had a giant pimple appear out of nowhere right before a big event? You’re not alone. Research shows stress increases the prevalence and severity of acne. For a clearer complexion, unwind with regular exercise and stress management techniques like yoga.
5. You’re getting too much sun
A common misconception is that sun will dry out and ‘heal’ pimples. In reality, sunburn causes inflammation and dehydration which can both cause pimples to worsen. Pimple-prone skins should stick to the rules and apply a broad spectrum, non-comedogenic sunscreen every day. Lightweight options are ideal for oily skins, such as Anthelios XL SPF50+ Ultra Light.
Author: Pip Jarvis in collaboration with Formulation Expert, Rachel McAdam