Out damn spot

No matter how old you are, spots, acne and blemishes are on the no-no list.

Excess sebum is a cause of blemishes, and this NUXE Aquabella Exfoliating Cleansing Gel is facial cleansing gel infused with natural blue micro-beads which deeply cleanses without drying the skin. Most importantly, the purifying gel removes excess sebum and smooths away irregularities for clear, fresh and luminous skin. R395 from orleanscosmetics.co.za

Stress. A fast-paced life. Lack of sleep. An unbalanced diet. Hormonal changes. All of these are factors which cause problem skin. Add in environmental factors – UV rays, dust, air pollution – and it’s no surprise a whopping 40 per cent of adult women are affected by acne-prone skin. Key signs are irregular skin texture, enlarged pores, blemishes – mainly along the jawline and chin, and flare-ups – all of which often lead to residual marks – scarring. Eau Thermale Avéne Cleanance Women has a range designed to correct and soothe. There’s a Corrective Serum (R369, helps reduce blemishes, tightens pores, mattifies and refines skin texture), and a Smoothing Night Cream (R349, exfoliates and smoothes the skin, and contains Retinaldehyde with helps reduce residual marks and also targets the first signs of aging. Both have Avéne Thermal Spring Water with helps with soothing, softening, irritation and hydration. You’ll find at Dis-Chem, Clicks, Woolworths and online at dermastore.co.za

Gatineau Clear & Perfect SOS Spot Stick is a targeted blemish treatment with a self-sterilising rollerball applicator. It’s an essential, keep-in-your-bag anti-bacterial solution for the treatment of breakouts and blackheads. R430 from Woolworths, Truworths & Dis-Chem stores, and online orleanscosmetics.co.za

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When it comes to breakouts and blackheads, there are a few key spot-busting ingredients you need to have in your skincare arsenal. And Salicylic Acid is top of the list. This game-changing ingredient is renowned among dermatologists and beauty experts for its ability to calm and heal existing blemishes, and to prevent new ones from forming. In fact, that it’s often called acne’s biggest enemy. It’s oil-soluble which means it can penetrate the skin at a deeper level than water-soluble ingredients, and this is what makes it such an effective treatment for acne, breakouts and blackheads. It dissolves the debris that clogs pores, ridding them of the dead skin cells and oil that leads to white-and blackheads. It is also an effective exfoliator, and has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that help calm and heal existing breakouts. This Creightons Salicylic Acid 2% Salicylic Intense Serum (R104.95) is well worth trying, as is Creightons Salicylic Acid Soothing Lotion (R69.95), a lightweight, moisturising lotion which soothes and cares for angry, blemish-prone skin without clogging pores or feeling too heavy on the skin. There’s also a Salicylic Acid Foaming Clay Cleanser and Exfoliating Tonic in the range, which you’ll find at Dis-Chem.

With Salicylic Acid (removes dead skin cells, cleans out pores), Mandelic Acid (improves recovery time), and Retinyl Acetate (Pro-Vitamin A), Exuviance Clarifying Spot Gel is a rapid action spot treatment gel that targets skin imperfections and blemishes. The lifecycle of the blemish is reduced, leading to less inflammation and an improved cosmetic appearance, while the mattifying formula reduces excess oiliness and shine, helping to prevent the reoccurrence of lesions. Dermatologically developed and tested and free of all nasties. R550 from dermastore.co.za

The four Bs. Barrier. Blocked pores. Bacteria. Blemishes. Optiphi’s Clarity Mousse Mask addresses all four, with active ingredients including Green Clay (which encourages a purifying and deep cleansing action on the pores), Azelaic Acid (with antimicrobial, calming and soothing properties), Salicylic Acid (effectively penetrates deep into the pores of the skin, exfoliating and deep cleaning), and Bakuchiol (a retinol alternative which calms,
sooths and encourages newer, healthier skin cells). R690
from optiphi.co.za

This Sothys Purifying Two-Clay Mask is a gentle cream mask with two types of clay to leave the skin pure and matte, and reduce the appearance of imperfections. R560 at orleanscosmetics.co.za

Struggling with acne, be it in your teens or as an adult, is always distressing. We’ve just discovered this new ACleo kit, which could be just the thing to help you win the war against breakouts … and put you on the path to clear and radiant skin. Each kit contains an oral supplement and a topical spot treatment. The supplement’s ingredients – zinc and vitamin B – help calm the inflammation in your skin, allow existing pimples to heal faster, and to prevent the formation of further breakouts. These two ingredients also help regulate your body’s oil production, so bonus win! Then there’s the topical spot treatment, which calms inflammation, kills the bacteria that causes acne and prevents your skin from becoming congested. When used together, the two will result in a quicker healing of acne, a lessening in the formation of scars and dark marks, prevention of more acne forming, and, with constant use, clearer skin. From R258. Details: acleo.co.za

Compiled by: Kym Argo

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