January 29th, 2016


    Face Your Problems This Year

Acne, Psoriasis and Eczema are among the most common skincare problems, so it’s important to understand the conditions, so you can face your problems this year. With around 80% of 11-to-30 year olds suffering from acne at some point, Eczema affecting around 1-10% of infants and Psoriasis affecting 2% of the population, we wanted to offer you some tips on the best way to tackle these skin concerns head on.



Acne is often caused by the overproduction of oil and happens when blocked hair follicles don’t allow said oil to leave the pore. This then results in a clogged pore and the growth of bacteria inside the hair follicles called acne. It can also be triggered by genetics, your body’s reaction to different hormones in your body, your diet, stress, using too many spot treatments, smoking or even scrubbing your skin too hard.

Using products that contain pore-clogging elements can also cause acne, as overusing salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or sulphur can dry out your skin. This causes skin to produce more oil, which is why you should make sure all the skincare products you are using are labeled “noncomedogenic”. This means your makeup and skin care has been specifically designed to not clog your pores.

If you suffer from acne try not to wash your skin more than twice a day, as frequently washing can irritate skin and make the condition worse. When you do wash the affected area use a mild soap or cleanser and lukewarm water and avoid hot or cold water as it can make acne worse. Also avoid squeezing spots as this can cause scarring.

Tweaking your diet can help reduce the amount of breakouts as some foods cause your blood sugar to rise quickly, which triggers a boost in insulin. Having too much insulin in your bloodstream can cause changes in your body that can lead to the growth of pore-clogging cells.



Psoriasis is a condition that causes red, flaky and crusty patches of skin covered with silvery scales. It is a chronic and recurring disease for which the scope can vary considerably from mild outbreaks to where the person may be unaware they have it. The patches normally appear on your elbows, knees, scalp and lower back, but can appear anywhere on your body.

Although psoriasis is a long-term condition with no cure, it can be controlled and go away. Your treatment of psoriasis should be discussed with your GP or dermatologist depending on its severity. Treatments can vary from topical creams and shampoos, through to Ultra-Violet light therapy, systematic tablet and injections.

There are a couple of things you can do to minimize psoriasis, such as limiting showers/baths to ten minutes and only using lukewarm water. When you do wash, you should use a non-irritating soap or preferably a body wash. Once you are done bathing pat dry your skin with a towel, as rubbing can irritate it and always apply moisturiser after a shower/bath to lock in hydration.

If you maintain a healthy diet, it will also help reduce psoriasis outbreaks, as well as exercising and maintaining a healthy body weight. Keeping a food journal could also help to indicate a link between specific food and flare ups in your condition. Those who suffer from it should also limit their sun exposure because sunburn can worsen existing plaques and trigger new outbreaks.



Atopic Eczema is a condition that causes skin to become itchy, dry and cracked. For most people it is a chronic condition, however, it can improve over time especially with children. Eczema can affect any part of the body, but the most common areas affected are backs or fronts of the knees, outside or inside the elbows, around the neck, hands, cheeks or scalps.

There is no exact known cause for eczema, but it’s not down to one single thing. It can often occur in people who suffer from allergies, can run in families and even develop alongside preexisting conditions, such as asthma or hay fever.  Soaps, detergents, stress, weather or even food allergies can be triggers for eczema.

There exists a wide range of treatments available for eczema; however, the treatment depends on the severity of the eczema. There is no cure for the condition; therefore the focus is on managing it. If eczema is very severe then it needs to be treated by a dermatologist, where they use UV light therapy or very strong tablets. A mild case of eczema can be treated if you avoid irritants like harsh soaps and showers gels, people should instead use fragrance free products.

Simple lifestyle changes can also keep eczema at bay, such as minimizing dust in rooms and avoiding pollen.  Also try to remove stress from your life and check with a doctor if you have any food allergies.

People with eczema should also ensure they moisturise frequently during winter, as extreme cold weather can cause eczema breakouts when skin becomes too dry. Moisturising can help prevent skin from drying out, cracking, and itching and stops moisture loss. 


29 / 01 / 2016

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