Whether it’s a one-off spot or you suffer with problem-skin, we all have the same aim: to clear blemishes as fast as possible!
Our previous post covers the causes of blemishes, and now we’ve put together a simple, six-step guide to help you significantly reduce the appearance of blemishes, fast.
Healthy, spot-free skin can be yours, and we’re here to show you how.
Source: Liz West
Step 1: Use An Ice Compression
Applying ice to a blemish will reduce inflammation and diminish redness of the skin.
Simply wrap an ice cube in a thin flannel and hold it gently to the blemish in question. Ideally, this should be done as soon as the blemish begins to appear.
However, it's important not to leave the ice on for too long because this may irritate the skin.
Step 2: Drink Water
It’s important to keep your body hydrated. Water flushes out toxins and keeps the skin healthy, fresh and glowing.
Drinking an adequate amount of water also plumps the skin, helping to reduce the appearance of large pores.
Additionally, water decreases the concentration of oil on your skin. Excess oil can lead to spots if it gets clogged in your pores, so retaining a stable oil/water balance is vital if you want blemish-free skin.
You should aim to drink eight glasses of water per day .
Try to avoid fizzy drinks and sugary juices, and cut down on tea or coffee as much as you possibly can.
Source: Enid Martindale
Step 3: Change Your Diet
Foods with a high glycemic index can have a negative impact on your skin’s health.
While you may not want to cut them out completely, try to reduce your intake of processed foods like white rice, bread and sweetened baked goods.
Dairy, caffeine, added sugars and salt are also best avoided.
Instead, opt for low glycemic index foods like chickpeas, lentils, non-starchy vegetables and fruits. Eating plenty of oily fish (like salmon) will also be beneficial for spotty skin.
Step 4: Cleanse Your Face
It’s important to develop a healthy skincare routine — clean, well looked-after skin has much less chance of developing blemishes.
Cleansing your face will remove any excess oil produced by the sebaceous glands. This prevents it from clogging the pores and means bacteria has nowhere to feed and reproduce. As a result, you’re less likely to experience breakouts.
Be careful not to strip the skin of too much oil, however, because this causes the skin to produce more oil (and therefore more spots) to compensate.
The ideal cleanser is gentle, contains natural ingredients, and is free from alcohol, which can aggravate your skin and existing blemishes.
We recommend washing your face twice a day, once in the morning and in the evening, making sure to remove any make-up and rinse thoroughly.
Step 5: Never Pick or Pop Your Spots
The bacteria from your hands can transfer to your face, making existing skin problems worse and potentially creating new ones. What's more, picking or squeezing your blemishes can push sebum deeper into the pore and cause permanent scarring.
As tempting as it may be, avoid picking your spots!
Step 6: Apply a Light Moisturiser or Oil
Keeping your skin moisturised is essential.
Moisturising ensures that your skin stays hydrated and it stops the sebaceous glands from producing too much oil to combat dryness.
You should always moisturise a clean face. If not, you risk rubbing excess sebum into your skin, exacerbating the development of spots and blemishes.
Moisturise twice a day, in the morning and evening after cleansing. This will keep your skin nourished and soothe any irritation from external factors.
Remember, prevention is always better than the cure. Drink water, eat a healthy diet and implement a skincare routine and your chances of developing blemishes should be reduced.
If all else fails, one or two light layers of matte concealer, set with a dusting of loose powder, will cover any blemishes when you’re out and about.
Otherwise, follow the steps above and you’ll be on your way to clear, blemish-free skin in a flash!