Menopause acne

Even if your skin has been blemish -free for decades, you might find a spot!

Before you reach for teen products to attempt to ‘blast away’ the zits and spots.. stop.

Spot on nose meaning

Here spots indicate your digestive system may be sluggish, perhaps you’ve got bloating, indigestion and constipation or irregular bowel movements? If you’re exercising enough then it may be a sign you need more water and soluble fibre. to acne or spots between your eyebrows indicate a liver imbalance – either from over indulgence or partying. So be sure to hydrate after alcohol or sugary or fatty foods.

Spot on eyebrow

Acne or spots between your eyebrows indicate a liver imbalance – either from over indulgence or partying. So be sure to hydrate after alcohol or sugary or fatty foods.

Spots on cheeks

These may from holding your phone to your face! Or a sign that you have rosacea. Acne or spots between your eyebrows indicate a liver imbalance – either from over indulgence or partying. So be sure to hydrate after alcohol or sugary or fatty foods.

You may have what is called “acne mechanica” – a common complaint by sports players who get spots under helmets or chin guards. The constant rubbing and pressure combined with trapped sweat block pores and create painful spots. For these active types, I recommend using a gentle skin cleanser to keep their skin happy!

Pimples on temple

These spots indicate bladder or digestive disharmony. Dehydration from lack of water or too much salt. Solution? Drink more water and green tea. Eat juicy fruits and veg like melons, cucumber, celery. Also include soluble fibre to assist in bowel movements to remove toxic build up.

Spots on temples

Small red spots in your hairline may be a sign of follicle damage caused by scratching, hair being pulled too tight, or a build-up of hair products. Be sure to cleanse your skin properly after exercising with a gentle cleanser like Jardin de Fleurs, especially if you wear a sweat band. Also change your pillowcase daily!

What skincare products are good for spots?

Even Dermatologists advise against blasting maskne spots with alpha hydroxy acids, chemical peels or Retin A.

Why? Because acne skin is already fragile.

By blasting away with harsh products you’ll end up with worse issues ( in addition to the spot) such as:

  • dry patches that flake or itch,
  • eczema,
  • stinging or burning,
  • redness,
  • inflammation.

So what do you do?

Here are my 15 tips to deal with acne, maskne and other annoying blemishes

Maskne and acne products

  1. Refresh your skin with a pH balancing tonic such as Drench
Glow-Skincare-Drench

2. Use gentle skin care products that don’t strip your skin of it’s protective sebum, or cause undue friction.

Avoid avoid anything with SLS or sodium lauryl sulfate. Read this article about stress and hair loss

3. If your skin is really sore, use your fingers to rinse your cleanser –  no buff puff, no loofa, no washcloth and no scrubby bits.

4. Avoid pore blocking ingredients such as cocoa butter. If you’ve got fair or Celtic type skin, cocoa butter may not be your friend.

5. If you wear makeup, avoid oil based foundation – ideally use a mineral sunscreen. This means you are using earth minerals instead of chemical goop to protect your skin.

6. Use a light moisturiser in the day like Proposal in Paris and apply it at least 15 minutes before you wear a mask.

It will act as a barrier to prevent chafing. How does it do this? It contains sebum-balancing jojoba

Proposal-Iin-Paris-hibiscus natural botoxon
Proposal In Paris face cream moisturiser with Hibiscus

7. Use lip balms or serums to keep your lips protected. I recommend this one made with rooibos and lanolin

8.. Exfoliate once or twice a week with gentle natural jojoba or bamboo spheres.  This will allow your moisturiser to be better absorbed.

Harmony-bamboo-exfoliant
Harmony-bamboo-exfoliant

9. If you do get a spot, do not scratch it. If it darkens, you need a special cosmetic form of vitamin C

maskne zit

10. Certain Essential oils can be used – ask Wendy for a bespoke blend for your skin.

11. If your skin is feeling dry or tight, use a hydrating face mask with hyaluronic acid once or twice a week. You can also use things like honey or natural yoghurt, but they are messy.

 

 

Can you wash your face with bar soap

Hmmm technically you can do anything, once.  But should you?

I tried using bar soap in  University instead of facial cleanser.   I picked Dove, it was more expensive than other bar soaps and the adverts were so sublime. I thought it was a cheaper way to cleanse my skin. What happened? My skin got dry and weird feeling – I also had hundreds of blackheads and whiteheads form under my skin. They were sealed in by the weird feeling layer of skin.  So I had to pay a beautician to have the black heads professionally extracted (which undid any savings) and it was sooo painful. I learnt my lesson.

So, my advice is to NOT use bar soap on your face. I now know ‘what’ soap does to the skin and that it has a too alkaline pH. As a maker of very gentle bar soap GlowRevival, I never use soap on my face.   To recap DO NOT USE BAR SOAP on your face. Leave it for hands and body. And please, use a good quality cold-process soap, support a local UK soap maker.

For more tips on what natural things you should keep at home, read this article

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wendy gardner

About Me

Wendy Gardner is the skincare alchemist at Glow Skincare. When she's not making creams or writing updates, she likes to draw, sew, drink tea and read great fiction!

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