It's a skin condition that plagues millions of women every year and there's certainly no shortage of advice on how to tackle acne. Here at GLAMOUR HQ, we are all about embracing and loving the skin you're in so if you want to display your acne in all its glory, we are so here for that. Equally, if you'd rather treat it then we're on hand with all the best product news, reviews and expert skincare advice you need.
Whether it's a targetted cream, home remedy or a facial, there's a plethora of options available but sometimes, some good old fashioned advice from a skincare guru is all you need.
To mark Acne Awareness Month, we've enlisted Pamela Marshall, Clinical Aesthetician and Co-Founder of Mortar & Milk – and often dubbed The Acne Whisperer in skincare circles - to share her 6 top tips for avoiding, treating and banishing acne.
1. Wash your sheets. Please, oh please! The amount of dirt, pollution, bacteria and sweat that accumulates every day in our sheets is frightening and we roll around in it for hours every night. I’ve seen it all too often where the only thing I’ve had to change in someone’s skincare regime is just getting them to wash their sheets more. All you need to do is wash sheets and pillowcases once a week in a hot wash.
2. Cleanse with a flannel. There is no room for splashing in skincare. Caroline Hirons could not be more correct when she talks about double cleansing, and anyone who says differently hasn’t had to cleanse faces for a living. In fact, some clients actually take three cleanses to get everything off. Splashing water on your face makes cleanser, make up, oil and sweat move down your face and generally land under your jawline. Therefore, more often than not, jawline acne is due to not cleansing properly. A warm, soft flannel should be used to gently remove all make up and dirt, over the face and neck.
3. Clean your phone daily and stop touching your face. Imagine everything you touch daily… And then you touch your phone. Studies have shown that our phones are ten times filthier than a public toilet seat. So ask yourself, would you put your hands to your face after touching a public toilet seat? Me neither. Texting, scrolling, emailing means we are on our phones constantly...and we then use those hands to touch and hold our face. Disinfect your phone daily, especially if you have acne.
4. Stop using so many AHA’s and start using PHA’s in abundance. An AHA exfoliates and wounds the skin and we do need “wounding” in order to build new collagen. However, like any wound, if you keep messing with it, it will never heal. Give your skin time to heal after an AHA, therefore I generally only recommend an AHA once a week. However, I will often recommend Mandelic Acid (which is an AHA) daily when it is formulated with a PHA, like gluconolactone, for clients with acne spots. Using too many AHA’s causes redness, irritation, and dehydration. Contrary to everything we’ve been told, one of the biggest ways we can solve acne is to hydrate it.
5. Sort your gut out. Going on a high dose probiotic for three to six months means that we are stopping the flow of toxins moving through our colon wall. Eat healthy, get your essentially fatty acids in and heal your gut. My favourite probiotic for acne and any inflammatory skin is Renew Life Ultimate Flora Critical Care 50 billion cultures.
6. Use Clinisept after cleansing and before serums morning and night. Just do it. It will change your life. Also stick to clinical skincare, it will change the functionality of your skin in a way that high street cannot.