ACNE, Causes and Daily Mask Wearing!

Written by Emily Howie Skincare Expert

Acne and breakouts is something most people associate with a teenage problem but this isn’t always the case. It’s common for adult acne and skin problems to occur.

As a teenager I had the odd spot but for the most part my skin was pretty good up until after I had my first child.

Ever since then I have struggled with my skin. Large spots appear that are so painful and red and I tried loads of different things to help. I seeked medical advice from my GP which involved steroid creams and then anti-biotics and to eliminate and underlying health issues but the most important thing you can do yourself is to keep a good skin care routine. (I should also drink more water than I do but I’m a tea addict and not sorry as I love tea!!!)

My skin care routine includes doing a double cleanse, with a cleansing device to make sure my pores are thoroughly cleaned out, toning and moisturising twice a day (Morning and evening) I also make sure I use a face mask at least once a week and a facial exfoliator.

There’s always been a misconception that if you have oily skin you shouldn’t moisturise. This is FALSE. Oily skin does not mean your skin is hydrated.

I myself now solely use all the Studio salons own skincare products as I find they have dramatically improved the appearance of my skin especially the apple, aloe and avacado face mask. It contains kaolin which helps fight inflamed and oily skin and the morning after I have applied it the redness and pain of my skin is dramatically reduced!

From speaking to clients during this covid-19 pandemic I have found that many people, who usually don’t have much problems with their skin, are now suffering due to wearing the dreaded masks. Salons have been unable to preform any type of facial in the salons so it’s up to clients/yourself to look after your/their own skin at home.

We are all wearing face masks daily now so change your mask regularly and especially if you are using a reusable mask MAKE SURE IT IS WASHED AFTER EVERY USE. If not all that’s happening is bacteria is gathering and your skin will not improve and will inevitably get worse. Bacteria thrives in moist places so under a mask is a breeding ground unfortunately...

Tips to help this is to obviously keep up a good skin care routine and find products that work for your skin and skin type bearing in mind your skin can change from dry to combination to normal etc over time once you’ve rectified certain issues or when going through hormonal changes. So many things from environment, stress and eating habits can affect the skin so pay attention to your lifestyle and your skin simultaneously and seek advice if you are unsure. You also need to try products for a decent amount of time to know wether they help you or not. It’s a waste of money to buy a product, use it once and go nah it’s not doing anything. Nothing is an over night fix!!!! Another tip is to make sure your products are in date. If it’s out of date it’s not going to help the same goes for out of date make up. Everyone’s skin is different so something that works for your friend might not work for you! Do your research!

As they say knowledge is power!!