Try not to pick or squeeze your spots as this usually aggravates them and may cause scarring.
Take prompt action
However your acne affects you it is important to take action as soon as it appears. This helps to avoid permanent scarring and reduces embarrassment. If your acne is mild it is worth trying over the counter preparations in the first instance. Choose products clinically proven to help reduce breakouts and inflammation. Expect to use your acne skincare products for at least two months before you see much improvement. Make sure that you understand how to use them correctly so you get the maximum benefit. Some topical treatments may dry or irritate the skin when you start using them. An oil-free moisturiser should help, but you may also have to cut down on the frequency with which you apply the treatments.
Use the right make-up
Wear oil-free, water-based make-up and choose products that are labelled as being ‘non-comedogenic’ (should not cause blackheads or whiteheads) or non-acnegenic (should not cause acne). Remove them at night with soap-free cleanser and water. Scrubbing too hard can irritate the skin and make your acne worse. For best results, we recommend and stock a high quality 100% mineral powder make up, because even the above-mentioned products which are supposed to be better for your skin, can contribute to more irritation and breakouts.
Watch your diet
There is some evidence that Western style diet (high in carbohydrates, high Glycaemic index foods) aggravate acne and it may be sensible for you to avoid foods that you think make your acne worse. A diet high in refined sugars and starches tends to increase quantities of insulin in your body. This may in turn increase the sensitivity to testosterone. Cutting back on refined carbohydrates may help, although there is little evidence to support a consistent link between diet and acne. A good balanced diet will improve your general well-being and this will be reflected in the condition of your skin.