Saving face: how to treat and minimise acne

how to treat and minimise acne


Most of us have managed to escape puberty with a few minor breakouts.  But for some, angry unsightly acne has caused much suffering and left a trail of destruction. So what causes acne?


Puberty, pregnancy, menopause, that time of the month and stress are just some of the culprits that result in hormone levels fluctuating, causing havoc on the skin.  Testosterone causes the glands to produce slightly thicker oil which is harder to expel and can result in clogged pores.


Bacteria can grow in pores that are clogged with excess sebum and dead skin cells. This causes unsightly comodones or ‘blackheads’ just below the skins surface. If left untreated the follicle wall can burst due to pressure and this is when inflammation is caused in the surrounding tissue and a pustule or papule is formed. When this inflammation gets deeper into the skin hard nodules can form and this is how cystic acne begins. 


The teenage years are still the most common time to suffer from acne due to hormones.  We wish we could tell you that once you hit your 20 it’s all great skin days ahead, but many adults still suffer from acne into middle age. This can occur in both sexes yet women seem to suffer the most. 



•    Cleanse your skin morning and night
•    Exfoliate weekly
•    Eat clean, unprocessed food
•    Drink plenty of water
•    Keep your hair off your face
•    Regularly change your pillow case 
•    Wash hats that you wear regularly
•    Wipe your cell phone after calls
•    Sweat it out at the gym or sauna




Cleansing morning and night is crucial to remove traces of makeup, pollution and grime that can build up during the day. Don’t forget to cleanse in the morning as well, removing sweat and excess oil that accumulates during the night. If you are suffering the odd breakout and have oily skin the Triple Action Cleanser is the one for you! This non-detergent gel cleanser is formulated with soothing Cucumber, hydrating Aloe Vera and Thyme - a powerful natural anti-bacterial, which helps to minimise excess oil and breakouts!

If you are suffering from acne the Clear Skin Daily Face Wash is your best option - specifically designed to fight infection, pimples and pustules, this wash is ideal for oily and congested skin. Boasting acne fighting ingredients such as Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Thyme and Salicylic acid, the Clear Skin Daily Face Wash will reduce inflammation and soften the appearance of red blemishes.


Don’t deprive your skin of moisture just because you feel oily, just use an appropriate day cream and SFP that nourish the skin and give you sun protection. Our Clear Skin Daily Hydrator Gel gives you light hydration while refining pore size. Ingredients such as Tea Tree, Eucalyptus and Witch Hazel minimise bacteria, Salicylic Acid clears blocked pores and Cotton Seed Extract helps to counter irritation and dehydration. 

Follow up with our Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF30+ - A dual-purpose moisturiser which entwines sun protection with skin health. It absorbs quickly and is lightweight, ideal for oily skin.

Night time calls for repair and rejuvenation.  Liquid Gold increases cell turn over and removes excess dead skin build up. This Glycolic based formula regulates oil flow and improves the appearance of enlarged pores, fine lines, pigmentation and sun damage. 

On the alternating evening we want to give skin a vitamin boost with our Vitamin A&E. This super concentrated antioxidant repair serum features the ultra effective combination of high strength vitamin’s A & E to target sun damaged, thickened, pigmented or acne scarred skin. By boosting the skin’s natural immune system, cell renewal is stimulated, tissue regeneration and collagen production are accelerated, damaged cells are repaired and the skin is protected against future free radical assault and UV damage. 


Once a week apply the following salon grade masks one after the other, leaving on for 10 minutes each. This may be the skin changing routine you have been looking for! Firstly apply the Liquid Gold Smoothing and Perfecting Mask – known as our mini peel mask!  15% Glycolic Acid exfoliates dead surface cells whilst Manuka Honey, Lavender and Vitamin E work to hydrate and plump the fresh new cells underneath to leave the complexion visibly more supple, dewy and radiant. It also reduces the appearance of redness and shrinks cystic acne without having to squeeze your precious skin. 

Next apply the Balancing and Pore Refining Mask - An aromatic clay mask which effectively draws out embedded toxins and impurities without stripping or dehydrating the skin. This creamy clay mask contains ingredients which accelerate post-acne healing and vitamin A to improve skin integrity. 

Clear Skin Daily Face Wash   Clear Skin Hydrator   Vitamin A & E   Balancing Pore Mask
Cleanse   Moisturise   Repair   Treat


Having a lazy day?  Try our Instant Facial – this fast acting oil-free facial will deliver clarity and radiance. Just swipe over the skin with a cotton round for a botanical boost!

Blemishes be gone! Our Clear Skin Blemish Control Gel is a rapid spot treatment for active blemishes and has been formulated to reduce swelling from the root of the infection. The anti-bacterial properties from Oregano, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus fight the cause of infection, preventing the spread of breakouts. Ideal for cystic acne!

It’s always tempting to pick and squeeze but we always recommend seeing a Skin Therapist who can do extractions on your skin, the safest way possible. If you have to squeeze, use 2 cotton tips as fingers as nails can leave you with scarring. 



Posted: 9/04/2015 9:44:23 AM by Alpha-H Skincare | with 0 comments
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