Get your priorities straight, and fix ‘the tablecloth’ first
Damaged skin ages faster
Cleanse and moisturise without fail
First things first
Dermatologist Sarah Wakelin says that those fighting acne should first “fix the tablecloth" before becoming concerned with anti-aging. The truth is that damaged skin ages faster so set your priorities straight and lay the right foundations for long term better skin.
3 Steps to “fixing” your oily skin
1. Use the right product
The first step to clearing up acne and oily skin problems is to cleanse, using the right product, adapted to sensitive, oily skin.
2. Cleanse morning and night
A physiological cleanser for your skin type is key. You can work with anti-aging formulas into your regime post cleansing but never skip this first step - remove the make-up and grime from the day!
3. Keep moisturising
Giving your skin its daily dose of hydration is essential for healthy, clear skin. Many acne sufferers wrongly believe that oily skin needs to be ‘dried’ out and stripped of its oil, but that is a misconception. This attitude will only create a rebound effect, producing even more oil.
La Roche-Posay would recommend…
Oily Skin Friendly Sunscreen
Specially devised for oily-blemish prone skin, Anthelios Anti-Shine Gel Cream SPF50+ is a great dry touch gel cream that leaves skin shine-free. Water resistant, it’s non-comedogenic too, which is ideal for those suffering from acne. Perfect for face protection, it’s been tested dermatologically and works even if you suffer from sun allergies. Another option for acne prone skin? Effaclar Duo+ comes with an SPF 30, making it the perfect moisturiser and SPF blend.
Gently exfoliate, regenerate and reduce the appearance of wrinkles with Retinol
Retinol is often used in the treatment of acne as it gently exfoliates the skin and helps even skin-tone. It’s also clinically proven to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and even deep-set wrinkles. La Roche-Posay Redermic R Retinol Night Cream is a corrective concentrate that smooths wrinkles and tones down any age spots, unifying complexion.