Blemish Treatment Fact: Don’t Stop Using Blemish Skincare When Your Skin is Clear!

acne-skin-toner-tipsSo you found the right blemish treatment regime and your skin is finally clear – congratulations! Murad knows that finding the right solution to get clear and stay clear can be an emotional, mental and physical challenge. Unfortunately, for many people, once they finally get clear skin, they stop using their blemish treatment products because they think that their blemish problem is solved. The truth of the matter is that, for most forms of blemishes, you’ll need to continue using your regime even after you get clear skin. If you don’t, you’ll probably see those pesky breakouts again.

Here’s why you need to stay on top of your blemish treatment even if there isn’t a breakout:

Blemish Treatment Products Treat the Symptoms of Breakouts: They Don’t “Cure” Blemishes

The first thing you need to know is that there’s really no cure for blemishes. You can create a skincare regime that gives you clear skin, but blemish-prone skin is biological and can’t be changed. The cause of breakouts – clogged pores – is typically due to a hormonal overproduction of skin cells and sebum (oil) being created. When you treat blemishes, you are working to unclog or prevent clogged pores, but your body is still “wired” to overproduce the oil and skin cells that clog the pores. When you achieve clear skin, you’ve effectively created a complexion where no pores are clogged. But if you stop working to keep your pores unclogged, they’ll simply get clogged again and you’ll end up with blackheads and inflamed blemishes. Pores never stop clogging and if you don’t maintain a regime that keeps them clear, your spots will return.

SONY DSCRecommended Product: Murad Clarifying Cleanser

One way to ensure that you’re still working to keep skin clear and pores unclogged even when your complexion appears clear is to use a clarifying facial cleanser that includes a topical spot-medication like Salicylic Acid.

Customer Review

“I was introduced to Murad by my cousin. She was in town visiting, and noticed that I had several breakouts in the short week that she visited. After explaining the success she had using the products, I tried it. It worked wonders for my combination skin, and also improved the dark-blotchy patches.” – Troya

 The Skin That You See Isn’t Your Only Skin

We’re sure you’re elated your complexion is clear, but keep in mind your skin is made up of several layers. The skin you see when you look in the mirror (the epidermis or top layer) is actually already dead skin that is flaking away every day. The skin that needs to be healthy and free of clogged pores is actually beneath that skin. If you don’t maintain a healthy blemish treatment regime that focuses on exfoliating away debris and dead skin that clogs hair follicles and pores beneath the surface, then eventually that skin will work its way towards the surface of the epidermis. When it does, you’ll once again experience blackheads and blemishes. Remember that in many ways it’s the skin you don’t see that you need to be treating!

SONY DSCRecommended Product: Murad Exfoliating Blemish Treatment Gel

Get beneath the surface of the skin to exfoliate away debris and dead skin cells that clog hair follicles and pores and lead to blemishes. This clear treatment gel contains Salicylic Acid to get beneath the surface of the skin and prevent the clogged pores that cause breakouts.

Customer Review

“I love all the Murad products, but this is the one I absolutely cannot live with out. I ran out and thought maybe my breakouts wouldn’t come back, but as soon as I stopped using this they came back. I will never run out again!” – Liz217

Your Spots May By Cyclical

If you have hormonal blemishes and are female, your breakouts may be “cyclical”: tied to natural rotations in your hormone cycles. If that’s the case, your clear complexion may be as much the result of a “down” point in the cycle as it is the result of great blemish treatment products. If you stop your regime, you may find that your skin breaks out again the next time that you have a hormonal surge. For women, it’s very common for breakouts to happen around the time of your menstrual cycle and reduce during the remainder of the month. If you take a break from your blemish treatment regime, you may not be combatting cyclical hormonal acne effectively.

Consistency is Key When It Comes to Treating Blemishes

Always remember that when you’re treating spots or any other skin concern, consistency is key. Making sure that you follow through with your daily and nightly regime is the only way to get clear, stay clear and create blemish-free skin that’s Better Every Day®.

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Five Different Kinds of Blemish: Understand Your Breakouts

Acne-Scar-Cover1Before you can begin to banish your blemishes, you need to understand what type of blemishes you have. From the type of blemish to the cause of the breakout, different types mean different solutions. Some breakouts can be treated simply with lifestyle changes. Others require that you find a skincare regime or consult a dermatologist for advice. What’s the right answer for you?

Explore the five different types of breakout below and then determine the right treatment path for you.

Blemish Type Number One: Whiteheads
Whiteheads are the most under-treated form of blemish because people often don’t even realise they have them. However, any type of clogged pore is technically a form of blemish. Spots form when over-produced sebum (oil) and skin cells clog pores. In many cases this leads to a build-up of blemish-causing bacteria, but even without the bacteria, a clogged pore is never good for your complexion.

SONY DSCBest Treatment Solution: Use a blemish treatment with Salicylic Acid to penetrate beneath the skin’s surface oil to unclog pores. For mild whiteheads, a clarifying facial cleanser that includes Salicylic Acid is likely enough to keep skin clear.

Recommended Product: Murad Time Release Blemish Cleanser
Murad Time Release Blemish Cleanser is a refreshing daily cleanser with encapsulated Salicylic Acid that continues to release pore clearing medication even after you cleanse.

 Customer Review
“I had a lot of acne on the side of my face and I started using this cleanser and in less than a month, it all cleared up. These products really work and do wonders for my face!” – Alliecat8907

Blemish Type Number Two: Blackheads
Blackheads are one step up from whiteheads. The cause of the blemish is the same – dirt, oil and debris has clogged a pore – but the difference with a blackhead is that the clog is not covered by a layer of skinSONY DSC and is therefore exposed to the environment. When this happens, the oxygen interacts with the clog and the colour turns from white (or clear) to dark. You haven’t necessarily formed a “pimple”, but your clogged pore is dark and visible so you’ll want to get rid of it!

Best Treatment Solution: Look for products that contain Glycolic and Salicylic Acids to exfoliate away dead skin cells and clear blocked pores. Do not squeeze your blackheads; it will only make the problem worse!

Recommended Product: T-Zone Pore Refining Gel
Dissolve clogged pores while balancing oily and dry zones for a blackhead-free complexion.

Blemish Type Number Three: Papules
A papule is the first stage of an inflamed blemish; a small, raised red bump. Yes, it is a pimple, but what it doesn’t have that makes it different from the next level of blemish is that it’s not filled with pus. If you have red pimples that are irritated and visible but not full of liquid or pus, then you have papules.

Best Treatment Solution: Don’t squeeze! If you have on-going papules, you’ll want to adopt a daily regimen that includes Salicylic Acid to prevent future breakouts. However, for occasional papules, consider using a spot treatment to dry the minor and occasional blemishes out so that they flake away and are replaced by unmarked skin.

SONY DSCRecommended Product: Blemish Spot Treatment

Provides on-the-spot treatment anytime you feel a pimple developing. Sulphur helps control the blemish while Liquorice Extract reduces redness and inflammation.

Customer Review

“This product is awesome. I could not believe how fast it worked. I have tried so many products that promised they would work and they just did not deliver. This product certainly delivers and works fast. I highly recommend it to anyone with acne issues. : )” – DebR

 

Blemish Type Number Four: Pustules
These are the bad boys that nobody wants. Your classic spot that’s full of pus or fluid and appears with a hardened yellow or white centre. This is your body fighting back against the spot-causing bacteria that caused the infected and inflamed blemish. In addition to being unpleasant to look at, this type of spot can also be physically and emotionally painful.

Best Treatment Solution: You’ll need to step backwards and have a think about what the cause of your spots could be. In addition to making sure that you’re minimising stress and eating healthily, adopt a full anti-blemish regime based on a Salicylic Acid treatment. Stay away from solutions that are designed to “dry out” your spots. If you have on-going pustules, you’ll only damage your skin further by drying it out and most likely increase your chances of blemish scars or post-spot marks. Prepare for a blemish purge as you begin your comprehensive blemish treatment regime, but remember that you can only get clear skin once all of the impurities beneath have been purged away.

 

SONY DSCRecommended Product: Murad Exfoliating Blemish Treatment Gel
Unclog pores beneath the skin before blackheads, whiteheads or even inflamed blemishes form. This powerful blemish treatment gel uses Salicylic Acid to slough away dirt, debris and dead skin before pores become clogged.

Customer Review
“I have tried everything for my acne problem. I have tried all kinds of products (from Proactive to over the counter acne treatments), but nothing worked with my sensitive but acne prone skin. I decided to try one more time despite my frustrations and disappointments. I could not believe the difference that this EXFOLIATING ACNE TREATMENT GEL has made in my skin!!! The improvements are unbelievable!!! Thanks Murad. Sincerely, Sari” – Ramuzeyn

Blemish Type Number Five: Nodules and/or Cysts
When the follicle wall that is holding in the pore clogging materials and spot-causing bacteria ruptures, the entire fluid and debris leak into the skin. The body’s natural response to this is to fight back in the form of an inflammation. When the inflammation is hard and solid, making a powerful and large red bump near the surface, you have a nodule. When the inflammation is fluid and has a sack of pus or liquid beneath the skin, it’s a cyst. Either way, it’s a painful skin condition.

Best Treatment Solution: It’s time to visit a dermatologist. Even though a topical regime can minimise and reduce this type of blemish over time, you should seek the help of a medical professional to help identify the causes and be sure that you’re approaching treatment properly.

Of course, your blemish may also be caused by a Rosacea condition, by a reaction to skin care products or makeup or environmental and emotional factors. It’s also possible that a diet rich in refined carbohydrates is leading to breakouts. No matter what type of blemishes you have, it’s best to take a look at all of the possible causes and then determine what treatment solution to use.

Why Essential Fatty Acids are Important for Healthy Skin

Regardless of your age, gender or skin type, there’s no getting away from it, a diet rich in Essential Fatty Acids is essential for healthy, beautiful skin. You may not have considered diet as a path to great skin but the truth is, what you eat is as important as the products you use! The best results come from Dr. Murad’s Inclusive Health® system of skincare. This combines cell-saving topical formulas to help you Look Better with targeted cell-building nutrient to help you to Live Better, plus strategies for coping with cell-killing Cultural Stress® to help you Feel Better.

So what Is an Essential Fatty Acid?

Essential Fatty Acids are the “good fats” your body needs to keep cells healthy. They help maintain healthy cellular walls and promote the transference of waste and water on a cellular level. All of those cellular functions are important parts of having healthy skin as well as general health.

Essential Fatty Acids are called “essential” because they are not produced by the human body, yet are essential for our survival. As we don’t produce them, the only way to ensure you have enough of them is through diet and supplements.

Essential Fatty Acids & Younger-looking Skin
There are many factors that contribute to the ageing process of your skin, including a loss of collagen and elastin. However, one of the most important differences between youthful skin and older skin is youthful skin is much better at holding on to water.  That’s why anti-ageing skincare products contain more moisturising ingredients; they’re trying to get that youthful level of hydration back.

Murad Youth Builder SupplementsNow here’s the technical bit! At a cellular level, the ability to stay hydrated and plump depends on a healthy cell membrane that can hold water, take in nutrients and allow waste products to pass out of the cell. Essential Fatty Acids are great for improving the strength and the function of the cell membrane.

Cellular membranes weaken with age so we need a steady stream of Essential Fatty Acids to enable the body to replace old, damaged leaky cells with new, younger, stronger cells with thick, fully functional membranes.  Having strong, youthful cells is the key factor that distinguishes young, healthy, firm skin from saggy, loose skin.

We recommend: Murad Youth Builder Supplements for youthful skin from the inside out.

Essential Fatty Acids & Cellulite

People often think of cellulite as a “fat problem”, but the truth is that cellulite is actually a skin problem. Cellulite is caused by a weakening of skin’s structure which makes it unable to hold back the underlying layer of fat. When that happens, the underlying layer of fat becomes visible as bumps, which is what we know as cellulite.

As we now know from combating ageing skin, a rich supply of dietary Essential Fatty Acids helps the body build stronger cells and it’s these stronger cells which can better hold fat in place. The result? Smoother skin!

We recommend: Murad Firm and SONY DSCTone Dietary Supplement Pack
In addition to helping to build strong cells that can stay hydrated, the Essential Fatty Acids in this formula hydrate the skin by helping it to attract and bind water to its surface.  Connective Support Complex in this formula encourages the appearance of smoother skin and helps improve skin’s elasticity.

What our customers say:
“Hello short shorts!!Finally something that works! I have struggled with fairly severe cellulite since i was a young teenager. I have maintained the accurate weight for my height and even exercised but I still had cellulite!! I have tried lots of topical treatments for cellulite and nothing works. After taking these vitamins for only 4 weeks I have seen a dramatic change in my skin all over my body! My cellulite is barely visible. I want to show off my thighs! My skin is smooth and firm and I have more energy too. All the little tiny bumps that I never really noticed before are gone. Firm and tone is fantastic!”

Essential Fatty Acids & Blemishes
A healthy diet is essential for reducing blemishes and acne too. While a diet that promotes healthy, blemish-free skin is more complex than simply making sure that you get Essential Fatty Acids, a diet rich in Essential Fatty Acids helps build healthy, strong skin that is more naturally resistant to breakouts.

Essential Fatty Acids also support the skin’s natural healing processes to speed the repair of any post-blemish marks or scars from breakouts or pimples.

SalmonWhere Do You Find Essential Fatty Acids?
There are plenty of foods that contain lots of lovely Essential Fatty Acids. A great place to start is by adding a touch of flax seed, walnuts, salmon and canola oil into your diet. Also, be sure to look for products that contain Omega 3s – these are the Essential Fatty Acids that you need the most!

Look out for the next post which will detail which foods are rich in Essential Fatty Acids!

Beautiful skin is about more than what you put on it. It’s also about what you put into your body. Eat a balanced diet and be sure to hydrate internally by “eating your water” as described in Dr. Murad’s best-selling Inclusive Health® book, The Water Secret. Combined with an effective topical skincare regimen to help you Look Better, and a Cultural Stress® management program to help you Feel Better, the results of eating well to Live Better will show on your face and help you face the world!

Two Often Overlooked Tips for Reducing Breakouts

If you have blemish prone skin, you’ll want to know every weapon available in the fight to reduce breakouts! While there are dozens and dozens of everyday skin care and Inclusive Health™ tips, the team at Murad recently came up with two more you may have missed.

Redhead-Girl-Model-Glasses-1024x1280Wash Your Glasses Frequently (that means sunglasses too!)
Anything that touches your face can result in causing Acne Mechanica, which is the sciencey term for blemishes caused by things that come into contact with your skin. For example, people who get back blemishes can reduce breakouts by being careful about the fabrics they wear or by being mindful about using backpacks.

If you wear glasses to improve your vision, or sunglasses to reduce glare and protect from wrinkles, then those glasses are touching your skin constantly. Even more importantly, the centre of your glasses is touching your skin right in the middle of the oily and breakout-prone T-zone area. Oil and dirt easily builds up on glasses and is transferred on to skin, clogging pores and causing blemishes. The solution? Make sure to wipe your glasses or sunglasses regularly to avoid transferring pore-clogging elements to your skin!

SONY DSC Recommended Product: Murad Clarifying Wipes
These wipes are great for people on-the-go! They can be used to remove dirt, residue and oil from your face throughout the day. You can also use them to remove dirt and bacteria from your glasses.

Customer Review
“I have used other skin wipes, but they left a horrible film on my face, so I was sceptical about this product. But I knew Murad, and have had nothing but good experiences with their products. I ordered these wipes, and tested one out. They’re perfect! They feel clean and fresh, almost like my face had a mint. They remove oils with ease and help calm my redness too. Amazing product, definitely one to keep on hand.”

worried-or-embarrassed-woman-covering-face-peeking-10056970Keep Your Hair out of Your Face
When you have blemish-prone skin or frequent breakouts, the natural instinct is to cover up and hair makes a good shield. However, a thick fringe or long luscious locks can transfer dirt and oil to your face and cause more blemishes to appear.

Another issue is the various gels, waxes and sprays that most of us use daily. Products made to make your barnet bouncy can be transferred to your face whenever it touches your hair and can clog pores, irritate existing breakouts and generally damage your skin’s health. So be brave! Keep your hair back from your face. It may mean that your breakouts are more visible, but it also means you’ll be minimising new blemishes.

HYB-BlemishPrimerRelated Product: Murad Hybrids® Skin Perfecting Primer Blemish and Shine Control
If you’re not used to having your hair away from your face, you’ll want something you can count on to minimise shine and even skin tone. This makeup primer does both while balancing oil production and maintaining skin health.

Customer Review
“I have always had terrible oily skin and acne…even now at 37!! I would have to touch up my face several times a day at work to get rid of my oil-slicked face. I have been using this product for about two months and can’t believe how much my oily skin has diminished, and no more hiding my oil slicks. Also my acne has improved! ”

 

To tackle persistent blemishes, we recommend combining both of the above tips with an effective blemish treatment regimen and an Inclusive Health™ lifestyle.

Can Toothpaste Banish Blemishes?

You have a big day tomorrow, and although your skin has been clear for days, all of a sudden you notice a gigantic blemish on your face. Typical. As you scour the internet and call all of your friends to determine what the best treatment for your sudden pimple is, you hear tons of advice suggesting you use toothpaste to ban your blemish. Is toothpaste a reliable and healthy way to get rid of spots? Is there a better treatment for blemishes? Not surprisingly, there are reasons why so many people recommend toothpaste for blemish control, but there are an equal number of reasons why you’ll be better off using a true blemish product! Read on to find out more.img200907211241564

What Does Toothpaste Do to Heal Acne?
The first thing to understand is “How does toothpaste heal spots?” The primary ingredient in toothpaste that dries and heals blemishes is mint. Mint in any form, including fresh mint juice, has a drying quality to skin. Once a blemish becomes inflamed and visible, the best solution to healing it is typically to dry it out so that it flakes away from the surface. Toothpaste is, unquestionably, effective at drying out blemishes.

Why is Toothpaste Harmful to Your Skin?
So if the best solution for healing inflamed blemishes is to dry them out, why is toothpaste bad for your skin? After all, we’ve already determined that it’s effective at drying out blemishes. However, the key with any spot solution is to dry out the blemish without over-drying the skin. Toothpaste is formulated to clean plaque from your teeth. It’s obviously very powerful, and it will certainly over-dry most skin. When you over-dry your skin while healing a blemish, you increase the chances that you’ll develop post-blemish marks or acne scars. While finding a spot treatment can be a challenge, finding an acne scar treatment or way to fade post-blemish marks can be even harder. You want to protect your skin from over-drying and future marks and scars.

SONY DSCWhat’s a Better Solution for Spot Acne Treatment?
The better solution for drying and healing blemishes is to use a product specifically designed to heal spot blemishes while maintaining skin health. A blemish spot treatment such as Murad Blemish Spot Treatment is an ideal solution. Murad Blemish Spot Treatment is formulated using sulfur, which has been used as a healthy skin treatment for centuries. Even the Romans bathed in sulfur hot springs to improve their skin health. Not only does sulfur dry spots out, it also heals the surrounding skin, reducing the immediate look of redness and irritation as well as reducing the future chance of acne scars and post-blemish marks.

What’s the important thing to remember? In a pinch, if you have no other options and an uncomfortable and highly visible blemish, toothpaste can be an emergency remedy. However, for healthy skin and long-term blemish treatment benefits, you’ll want to use products designed for treating your skin – not for stripping plaque from your teeth!

 

Customer Reviews

Really works!!

I’ve tried a lot of products for my breakouts but this one has worked very quickly & effectively. The rest of the line is keeping the acne under control; this product stops acne in its tracks!!
Awesome product!!

AMAZING

This is the only spot treatment I have found that really works. It dries up white heads and surfaced pimples overnight – the redness is gone in 2 days. More cystic or underground pimples take 2-3 days, but it stops them at the point they’re at they wont get bigger or come to a head, they simply disappear in a few days – no scarring! Lasts a while too – I only have the trial sized one and it has lasted 5 months so far.

The Truth About Picking and Popping

If you have ever had a spot, and let’s face it everyone has, you will know how tempting it is to get in there and give them a good squeeze. You’ve probably also heard that you shouldn’t and unfortunately, this is true! When you pop a spot, you may make your skin worse. But what are the facts behind popping and picking at blemishes? Read on and find out!

lady with pimpleWhy do we pick at a pimple?

Blemishes are caused by a pore being clogged by dead skin, oil or dirt and debris. When you pick at or squeeze a pimple, what you’re ultimately trying to do is remove the clogging within the pore so that the infection around it can heal. Sounds like a logical way to get rid of a spot doesn’t it? But as you’re about to see, picking and popping does more harm than good.

What’s the difference between extracting a pore clog and popping a pimple?
It is true that a skincare specialist (for example a therapist in a spa) who’s treating someone with blemishes or blackheads may do a “pore extraction” to remove a clog – don’t confuse what a professional is doing with your at-home popping method! A skin care professional will be able to extract pore clogging debris without irritating the skin around it or making the situation worse. This is because they’re specially trained to do so and unless you have been too, you most likely won’t be able to do that!

Is it ever okay to pop a pimple?
If your spot is at the end of its lifecycle, which can usually be identified by it having a large white or yellow head at the surface (we’re sure you know what we mean!), you may be able to gently help it along. This stage of the blemish means that the infection and inflammation is over and the resulting puss is ready to go! If you don’t get to it first, the pimple will pop on its own eventually.

What can the results of popping a pimple be?
Above, we said that the results of picking or popping a pimple will be worse than just leaving the blemish alone – but why I hear you cry! There are four main reasons:

1. You may push the bacteria and inflammation deeper into the skin. You may think that you’re moving the clog to the surface of your skin, but chances are that your squeezing is actually pushing the clog, the bacteria and the inflammation further and deeper into the skin. That means you can expect for it to take even longer for your blemish to disappear, which we’re betting you don’t want!

2. You may spread the bacteria to the surrounding skin. While you’re squeezing your spot, it’s very likely you’ll spread the bacteria to the surrounding skin, which could mean redness and irritation… or more blemishes!

3. You may create a scar or mark. Squeezing, picking and popping all damage the skin. The end result may be that you get rid of the blemish but end up with a scar or a mark – and if you think it was difficult to find an effective blemish treatment, finding a blemish scar treatment is even more of a challenge! For lighter marks, you can try using our Environmental Shield range, which can repair and heal the skin reducing the appearance of scars, but for deeper acne scars you may need visit a dermatologist.

4. You may transfer more dirt and oil to your skin. Your hands carry dirt, oil and bacteria and you transfer them to your face every time you touch it. If you have blemish-prone skin, you want to be touching your face less, not more!

Acne-Scar-Cover1Our favourite tip on avoiding popping pimples
We know it’s hard to not pick and squeeze at pimples when you see them. Part of it is just will power and self-control – and we hope that the info on scarring helped put you off! But in case it isn’t enough, we did find one great tip to reduce the temptation to pick: Reduce the intensity of your lighting in the bathroom! We know this might not sound like it will do much to prevent you from pickling but switching to a more natural light means that when you go to examine yourself, you will be a lot less tempted.

What’s a better solution than popping pimples?
A good exfoliation! Treat the clog by exfoliating to remove the dead skin cells, oil and dirt that’s on your skin’s surface, sealing the clog. In most cases, what’s clogging your pores and causing breakouts is an overproduction of skin cells. By using a blemish treatment that can exfoliate away these clogs while also fighting blemish-causing bacteria, you make it easier for your skin to clear itself. If you do get an inflamed blemish, use a blemish spot treatment to reduce inflammation and speed up the healing process

SONY DSCRelated Product: Murad Exfoliating Blemish Treatment Gel
Salicylic Acid penetrates deep within the surface of the skin to exfoliate away pore-clogging skin cells while also fighting acne-causing bacteria.

Customer Review
“I have tried everything for my acne problem. I have tried all kinds of products (from Proactive to over the counter acne treatments), but nothing worked with my sensitive (but acne prone) skin. I decided to try one more time despite my frustrations and disappointments. I could not believe the difference that this EXFOLIATING ACNE TREATMENT GEL has made in my skin!!! The improvements are unbelievable!!! Thanks Murad.” Sari

SONY DSCRelated Product: Blemish Spot Treatment

This powerful formula quickly clears active breakouts and prevents new blemishes from fully forming – it’s the essential SOS treatment!

Customer Review

“Really works!! I’ve tried a lot of products for my breakouts but this one has worked very quickly & effectively. The rest of the line is keeping the acne under control, this product stops acne in it’s tracks!! Awesome product!!”

Doctor’s have been warning people not to pick and pop for decades, but controlling the urge seems to go against our natural urges! Fortunately, if you find an effective blemish treatment regimen and remember all of the negative outcomes of picking and popping, it will (hopefully!) be easier for you to remember to keep your hands away from your face.

Pregnancy Glow or Pregnancy Low?

pregnant-ladyAfter the wonderful news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting the pitter patter of tiny royal feet, we thought we would give some tips on skincare during pregnancy. This is a time when hormones go wild and for some it means a healthy pregnancy ‘glow’, but for others it can mean a pregnancy low.

Here are some tips and tricks to keep your skin looking beautiful and radiant during pregnancy:

Acne and Spots
Pregnancy has a funny way of clearing up problem skin and muddling up clear skin. Hormonal shifts during pregnancy increase androgens in the body and can cause the sebaceous glands to go into overdrive, boosting the production of sebum which can block your pores and lead to inflammation and breakouts.

Make sure to cleanse, treat and moisturise your face in the morning and again at night to rid skin of dirt and bacteria. Look for sulphur-based topical products, like the Blemish Spot Treatment, as well as products containing AHAs or glycolic acid to encourage cell turnover, like the AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser.

If you find your skin is particularly oily, use a moisturiser to balance oil production and leave skin looking matte, like the Oil Control Mattifier SPF 15, and make sure your make-up won’t clog pores. Use the Skin Perfecting Primer – Blemish and Shine Control for a perfectly matte and shine-free finish.

Dryness/Itchiness
From a dry face to an itchy belly, you can thank hormonal shifts and stretching skin for these pregnancy skin concerns. Many women also find that they have an increased sensitivity to conditions that normally only make them feel slightly itchy, such as eczema and food allergies.

Wear loose cotton clothing, since perspiration can increase itching. Use mild products to avoid reactions to fragrance and harsh ingredients like our Redness Therapy Range which soothes and hydrates skin providing instant relief from irritation.

Melasma
Also known as “the mask of pregnancy,” melasma is typically characterised by discolouration on the forehead, upper cheeks, nose and/or upper lip. It is commonly believed to be caused by hormonal shifts during pregnancy.

Use an SPF religiously! Sun exposure can worsen the effects of melasma. Try Pomphenol Sunguard Dietary Supplements which are 100% pure pomegranate. Pomegranate extract has been shown to increase the SPF of topical sunscreens, plus it has great antioxidants to help fight free radical damage but as always, ask your doctor before taking any internal supplements.

Stretch Marks
More than half of all pregnant women get stretch marks during their pregnancy. Usually appearing during the later months of pregnancy, stretch marks are caused by small tears in the connective tissue that supports the skin.

Keep your belly well hydrated as it grows. Look for a lotion that contains shea butter and Vitamin E to help hydrate, and Vitamin C to enhance skin’s elasticity, like our Body Firming Cream. Also, keep your weight in check by gaining the healthy amount recommended by your doctor, and avoid sudden weight gains if possible.

Eat Your Water
As always, eating a varied and healthy diet is extremely important not only for your skin but for the developing foetus inside you. Fruit and green leafy vegetables are loaded with essential vitamins and nutrients which will boost your overall health and your baby’s.
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Remember: Always talk to your doctor before taking any internal supplements.