Beauty SOS: How To Tackle Break Outs

02 May 2014

GALLERY>> How To Tackle Break Outs

Marie Reynolds - Guest Therapist at Fortnum & Mason

'The treatments I do which are ideal for a sensitive flare up would be a gentle O2 facial treatment which costs £60  This luxurious treatment infuses oxygen, plant-derived stem cells, peptides and a high concentration of enzymatic botanicals into the skin leaving it with the utmost environmental protection. For a more congested skin I would recommend a gentle skin peel which has a Beta-hydroxy Acid blend that has a safe and outstanding resurfacing modality, reducing congestion and smoothing the skin. This peel costs £140 and it's advisable for a course of six for maximum results. The products I use are by a brand called Image - I like them because they are not tested on animals, have no parabens or petrochemicals, no chemical preservatives and fragrance is composed with 100% essential oils.'

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Kate Johnson, Blogger,, Elemental Herbology Bio-Cellular Super Cleanse

'I love the Elemental HerbologyBioCellular cleanse as it really purifies the skin, and it's a really creamy gel so skin feels refreshed and cleansed without the stripped feeling.'

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Reena Rai, Blogger, Fashion Daydreams - Philosophy's The Microdelivery Peel

Over the years, I’ve learnt that exfoliation is the key to keeping skin in tip top condition and banishing blemishes. I used to use physical scrubs in the past but found that they were sometimes too harsh for my skin so I switched to chemical scrubs which are much kinder and less abrasive. My favourite is Philosophy’s The Microdelivery Peel, which is a two-step peel kit containing Vitamin C crystals and salicylic acid – they sound scary but they’re gentle enough to use at home and stop blemishes before they develop as well as smoothing and brightening my skin.'

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Matthew Malin, Co-Founder, Malin + Goetz - Detox Face Mask

"Our amino acid based Detox Face Mask uses oxygenating cleansing agents to open pores and pull impurities from the skin. The foaming deep-pore cleanse prevents future breakouts while instantly brightening and hydrating."

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San Ly, Managing Director Europe for Tria - Tria Blue Light Device

"Tria Blue Light is the most effective blue light treatment available for home use. Using a high intensity, non-UV blue light to target acne causing bacteria deep within the skin, the Tria Blue Light is able to safely and effectively clear existing blemishes and breakouts quickly while helping to prevent future breakouts.

Unlike other acne treatments, Tria's patented, gentle, non-UV blue light penetrates deep within the skin to naturally eradicate breakout causing bacteria at the source without harshness and irritation. Safe for all skin tones, the dermatologist-recommended Tria Acne Clearing Blue Light is extremely easy to use and incorporate into your daily beauty regime. Simply glide the Tria Blue Light over affected areas for six minutes once daily or three minutes twice daily for consistently clearer skin.'

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Dr Tom Mammone, Executive Director of Skin Physiology and Pharmacology - Clinique, Clinique Anti-Blemish Clearing Gel

Squeezing blemishes traumatizes them and it often breaks the stretched pore under the surface. The pore contains a lot of oil and bacteria and when squeezed will set off a pimple, similar to a land-mine. Also the way in which people squeeze their own pimples can often make scarring worse. When blemishes/blackheads are squeezed, the irritation can cause more redness, more swelling, more inflammation and the spreading of bacteria.

Cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising are all equally important steps that you should take twice a day to treat blemishes. Look for products that have ingredients that not only control oil and blemishes, but also soothe the skin. For example, moisture is not simply about adding oil. It is about balancing and caring for the skin. Cleansing and exfoliating are like a work out for your skin and since irritation is one of the main causes of blemishes, it is important to soothe and calm the skin as well.

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Whether you've struggled with bothersome skin for years or your normally well-behaved complexion has decided to rebel, a breakout is never welcome. Stress, hormones or over-indulgence can push skin to breaking point, and when it comes to feeling your best, flared-up skin can be a real knock to your confidence. We've rounded up a team of experts and bloggers to reveal their secrets to tackle breakouts. From facials to scrubs and blue light therapy, there's something for every skin type...

By Daniela Morosini of Couture and Crumpets


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