The great news is that you don’t have to suffer in silence. There are lots of ways to help relieve your acne and help get your clear, beautiful skin back again.

1: Don’t Over-Clean Your Skin

It’s not uncommon for people with acne to overcompensate and end up cleaning their skin too much. This can remove some of your skin’s natural, healthy oils and actually result in worsening of the problem. Twice a day is plenty, ideally in the morning and last thing at night.

2: Don’t Wear Too Much Make Up

I know it’s tempting to try to cover up your spots with concealer, foundation and every other makeup product there is, but this can actually make your acne problem worse. Heavy makeup can clog your pores, increasing breakouts and preventing your skin from resolving the issue. If you must wear makeup choose lighter, water-based options, preferably ones designed for problem skin.

3: Stop Squeezing Your Spots

As tempting as it might be, squeezing spots or trying to “clear out” blackheads can make the problem worse. It can spread the infection, damage the surrounding skin and even lead to long-term scarring.

4: Eat Clean & Drink Lots

For some people bad skin may be caused by something in their diet. Try to eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables whilst limiting or avoiding any processed foods and dairy products. Good hydration is essential for healthy skin too. Aim for 6-8 glasses of water per day.

5: Get A Specialist Prescription Skincare Product, Have a Regular Skin Peel & See a Dermatologist

There are plenty of off the shelf acne treatments but many of them are ineffective for persistent problems. Good prescription acne products, such as Obagi Clenziderm will help to treat the problem at it’s source, giving you clearer, more-beautiful skin. Regular chemical peels are the gold standard treatments to renew the skin, clean impurities and minimise the production of oil in the skin.

If all fails then you need to see a dermatologist for prescription oral medication, however, you will need to comply with all of the above at the same time.

Monica Berrangé