BY BRENDA BARLOW
We can never get enough of good skin. Dermatologists live and swear by some secrets that have true age-defying benefits. In addition to that, they are the best people to go to for permanent solutions on how to keep the pimples at bay. All of these contributes to a clear complexion.
If you want clear-looking skin, it is important to pay more attention to your skin, just like how a dermatologist would. Giving your skin the natural balance, moisture, nourishment, and care it needs, will surely improve its condition in due time.
1. Protect Your Skin
Did you know that deteriorating collagen levels can expose your skin to free chemical radicals and cause it to lose its elasticity? The sun rays can be damaging as it hits your skin and reaches into deeper layers. With increased exposure, pigmentation problems may arise and this could be dangerous to some. In fact, it is difficult to tackle as it requires a long time to cure. Sun exposure is also detrimental to acne breakouts; hence you should turn to methods of sun protection to prevent them from becoming worse.
Acne products can also increase your skin’s susceptibility to sun damage, due to the chemicals present. Usually, non-comedogenic products are advised to be used in order to prevent the clogging of pores. For normal to combination skin individuals, a sunscreen with SPF 35 should suffice. Smear on sunscreen daily and you will be on your way to clear-looking skin in no time. Remember, consistency is key!
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2. Fade those Scars Away
Scars are the flaws that impede your skin’s ability to shine naturally. It can lead to dull and tired-looking skin and may deplete your skin cells in the long run. This is where your skin cell turnover may be affected drastically as it takes more effort, energy and time to renew the pigmented skin cells. But there is always hope as there is a range of solutions to combat this problem specifically and most effectively. And, also take note that when your pimples are gone, a scar treatment should be carried out right after.
Professional chemical peels are very worthy and effective in treating these scars. New age face peels are the go-to quick fix and can be done simultaneously to reduce the pigmentation problem. It is unique as it is formulated to improve the facial skin texture by stripping off the layer of dead skin cells.
How does it work? It includes a skin analysis to cater specifically to your skin type. A recommended place for professional chemical peels are the ones at SW1 Clinic. It happens quickly and easily within an hour with no downtime included. Also, the therapists are professional enough to ensure you are treated with the highest comfort level possible.
3. Cleanse, cleanse and cleanse
You cannot imagine the amount of dirt, oil, makeup and bacteria your face can accumulate over in a day. Hence, it is important to cleanse thoroughly morning and night. Try to resist clogging on so much make-up if there is no special occasion. However, for make-up lovers, you will need to be disciplined enough to create a special skin regime for yourself and that would include using more than one product. It is so important to try and return your skin back to its original, balanced state at the end of the day. Try using a skin balancing serum at the night and leave it on till the next morning. I would highly recommend using the Sapphire Balancing Clarity Serum.
Acne is a skin infection which affects up to 50 million people, especially in the US. It is due to the presence of blackheads that results in severe acne, hence it is crucial to solving acne from the root of its problem. Cleansing should be a religious activity and should be done the proper way. If you feel that cleansing at home is not enough, then you can opt for more clinical solutions such as facials that help penetrate deeply into the skin to extract impurities such as whiteheads and blackheads.
You can opt for the Ultrasonic Deep Cleansing treatment in the SW1 Clinic once a month for a proper cleansing. It uses ultrasonic wave motion to remove dead skin cells and specifically gets rid of whiteheads and blackheads. After this treatment, you will receive clearer and more refined looking skin due to the increase in skin metabolism. You can trust our doctors for a professional consultation before going into treatment.
4. Acne Treatments
It is important to have a good skincare regime when you have acne-prone skin. You should always remove your makeup before bed and use a combination of anti-acne products in the day and at night. Studies have shown that combination therapy is more effective in combating acne than a single product. Dr Low highly suggests this when asked about how to fight your acne. “I usually recommend my patients to use Flawless in the morning and Skin Rescue at night. I like multi-tasking products that do more than just combat acne.”
Other solutions such as the I-Clear light therapy from SW1 Clinic can help in the treatment of Inflammatory Acne.
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5. Low-Glycemic foods
When your blood sugar increases, it can impede your skin causing it to break out and lead to acne. This is because of the inflammation which occurs due to the increase in activity of oil glands in the skin.
When you have acne, it is important to fine-tune your diet to a low-glycemic one. You should include more fruits, whole grains, beans and legumes, as well as nuts and seeds. The foods that should be avoided are sweetened baked goods and candies, white rice, white bread and white potatoes.
Even when you have clear skin, you should take a check at your glycemic levels in your diet, as this can lead to a clearer, healthier looking skin and improved skin cell turnover.
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