Acne

How To Get Rid Of Back Acne

So you can wear that low-cut dress with confidence.

June 20, 2017

A New Vaccine Could Be The Key To Clear Skin

This might be the end of acne…

April 5, 2017

6 DIY Treatments For Acne That Actually Work

You’ll find everything you need in your kitchen.

March 30, 2017

This Is How You REALLY Determine Your Skin Type

If you already know this, you’re a genius.

July 13, 2016

What Your Acne Really Reveals About Your Health

It’s what’s on the inside that matters most.

May 12, 2016

6 Things You’re Doing In Your Sleep That Are Ruining Your Skin

You’re not getting any beauty sleep if you make these mistakes.

May 11, 2016

How To Tame Adult Acne

Adult acne can often feel a little embarrassing, especially if spots show up in time for work events or special functions. It is important to stick to a solid skincare routine which regulates the natural production of oils, but also keeps your skin looking its best. Try a few of our favourite treatments and tricks below to tame acne without letting it ruin your social life.

RELATED: How To Eliminate Back Acne

Exfoliate regularly

To remove the build-up of excess skin from your face, make sure to use a light exfoliator at least once per week. Stay away from abrasive scrubs which could actually be aggravating your acne and use lightweight formulas with warm flannels to carefully cleanse the skin.

Apply a toner

Toners usually have a bad reputation as alcohol-heavy treatments that only emphasise the scars on your skin. Make sure you’re using a lightweight formula on selected areas of your face such as the nose and forehead. Toners are used to minimise the appearance of pores and prep the skin before applying a serum or moisturiser, so there is simply no need to apply them all over your face! Instead, think of a toner as a concentrated spot treatment.

Hydrate the skin

Follow-up an exfoliator with a hydrating moisturiser that won’t leave skin feeling tight afterwards. Apply it in an upwards motion onto the skin and pay special attention to your eyes and neck – they are the most sensitive areas!

Remove your makeup

This tip might seem a little obvious, but removing your makeup with a wipe just isn’t enough. For those lazy days, use a micellar water to pick-up any excess makeup and dirt from clogging your pores.

Use a serum

Get into the habit of using a facial serum which can dramatically alter the appearance of your skin, especially if you’re suffering from premature sun damage. Just 2-3 drops is enough to nourish the face, neck and decolletage area. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or expensive either – rosehip oil is a fantastic serum that is available at the supermarket.

Apply a daily SPF

While SPF won’t heal your acne-prone skin, it can save it from scarring due to overexposure of the suns rays. Make sure your foundation is equipped with at least an SPF of 15+ to protect your skin from premature sun damage.

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August 11, 2015

5 Tips For Using Green Concealer

Do you have a nasty spot of acne or hyperpigmentation that just won’t go away? Concealer might help, but not your standard shade  it’s just not powerful enough!

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To counteract the darker dimensions of your face, you require a shade which is on the opposite side of the colour wheel. In this instance, green concealer is the perfect makeup trick to cover-up all night, or simply give your face a glowing appearance.

Rule 1: Use in moderation

Don’t go too overboard with the colour! A little goes a long way. Especially if you want to keep your makeup looking as natural as possible, as opposed to drawing the wrong kinds of attention to the area. Apply the product first onto your fingertips, then directly onto your face and blend immediately.

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Rule 2: Layer the product

Rather than applying the concealer directly onto your face, use it in layers for a more natural look. If you suffer from dry or combination skin, try using a damp cosmetic sponge to work the product into your face otherwise it will crease and won’t last very long.

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Rule 3: Set with a powder

Even if you don’t have oily skin, it’s always a good idea to set your concealer with a powder. Not only does it keep the product on your face for longer, but you won’t get any crease lines  especially under your eyes!

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Rule 4: It’s safe to use on rosacea

If you suffer from redness or rosacea on your face (or body), a green-based product is a temporary way to even out the colour of your skin.

Even though green concealers will initially feel a bit different on the face, they won’t interfere with the long-term state of your skin and are safe enough to use on a daily basis. Just remember to remove your makeup every night before going to bed!

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Rule 5: Conceal, then apply foundation

To achieve a flawless finish, it is important to apply your green concealer before foundation. It creates the perfect base to the skin and the foundation won’t dry-up or draw attention to any of these areas. Use a stippling brush to push the product into your skin and set soon after with a translucent powder for a long-lasting look.

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April 15, 2015

What Is Your Body Acne Telling You?

Did you know that those annoying little bumps on your back, chest or even legs are caused by variety of factors including poor diet and even subtle allergic reactions.

We are debunking the old wives tales which have been boasting for years that a poor diet can only show on your face – it’s actually quite the contrary! Here is everything you need to know about body acne, and what it actually means.

RELATED: How To Eliminate Back Acne

Neck

Any red bumps on the surface of the neck can stem from a few different factors. Sometimes a build-up of skincare can cause itchiness and irritation on supersensitive skin. Other factors include hormonal imbalances, and even a diet with an excess of sugar.

Back

Not only is back acne extremely common in both men and women of different ages, but it can also be easily cured. Common factors include too much sweating, body lotions clogging the pores and becoming infected, and eating too much fried food.

Chest

Did you know that eating too much spicy food can cause chest acne? This is a really common issue which both men and women can suffer from, due to a poor diet, and even drinking too many icy beverages.

Arms

You may find that the little pores on your arms can swell-up and turn into irritable acne spots. This is due to a build-up of body lotions, fake tan, and makeup which can clog up pores. Keep the area clean by regularly using a thermal water on your skin.

Bottom

This happens to the best of us! Small red bumps on the bottom or crotch usually mean that the underwear you’re wearing is too tight, and the skin can’t breathe. Choose 100% cotton, especially during the summer months!

Legs

Keep skin clean as much as possible by reducing the amount of lotions and fake tans you apply. This can often result in itchy red spots on the knees and inner thighs which can cause scarring. If you do suffer from any in-grown hairs as a result, clean the area with a wipe, and avoid the urge to pluck!

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February 1, 2015

How To Avoid Acne Over Summer

Summer is here and often the warmer weather brings pimples; not just to teenagers but to adults as well.  “Many people think pimples are just for teens, but warmer weather and stress around Christmas often leads to many adults breaking out again,” Judy Cheung-Wood, managing director of SkinB5, said.

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SkinB5 is one of the world’s leading acne reduction brands and their products are all natural supplements rather than topical products. 95% of their customers have experienced an 80% reduction in acne.

Here are their top 5 tips to avoid getting pimples this summer:

  1. Refresh your skin with watermelon rind – eat the flesh and simply rub your face with the rind
  2. Use a feather light sunscreen that does not block pores
  3. Go to the beach and have a dip in the ocean. Salt water helps control bacteria growth on the skin
  4. As soon as you feel that a pimple is coming on, apply diluted tea tree oil to the baby pimple (eg. 5 mL tea tree oil and 95 mL water), and you must refrain from squeezing it!
  5. Take SkinB5 oral supplements daily to control skin oil production which is particularly important during summer when hot weather exacabates skin congestion

“If women go on holidays, I would recommend they give their skin a holiday also and take a break from foundation to let their skin breathe and give it a chance to regain its natural lustre,” Cheung-Wood concluded.

December 2, 2014

How To Eliminate Back Acne

Do you suffer from painful and embarrassing acne on your back? Not only is back-acne extremely common, it’s also easy to get rid of if you have the right products. Try a few of our skin care tips to eliminate the painful acne on your back, and leave your skin looking soft and blemish-free. This way, the only Acne your skin will love are the clothes that come in a pink paper bag!

RELATED: What Does Your Acne Mean?

Exfoliate

Use a mild exfoliating scrub to remove any build-up or dead skin cells off the surface of your skin. Sometimes it can prove awfully tricky to reach your back, so use a loofah to target those hard to reach areas with ease!

Rinse with lukewarm water, then moisturise with a rich formula to keep the area calm and hydrated.

How To Eliminate Back-Acne

Appelles Loofah, $6.95

Tea tree oil

You may have heard that tea tree oil has healing and anti-bacterial properties which are perfect for damaged or dry skin. Mix a little into your next shower gel, and carefully create a lather on both your back and upper arms.

Let the mixture sink into your skin for a few minutes, and rinse with tepid water. To avoid tearing the acne or blemishes on your back, pat the skin dry with a towel.

Apple cider

Draw yourself a bath, and mix one cup of apple cider vinegar into the lukewarm water. This will fight against any bacterial that is living on the surface of your skin, and will soothe any inflamed blemishes on your back.

Fragrance-free

Where possible, avoid purchasing hair and body gels which are very strong smelling. Fragrance is the number one product which causes irritable skin, and will only make exposed blemishes and acne feel like they’re on fire. Use mild, and sulphate-free products (and avoid clogging your pores with fake tan!)

Body scrub

Make your own coffee scrub to expel the skin of any clogged pores, and shed excess bacteria as well. Apply the scrub in circular motions over your back, let it sit for at least 20 minutes before washing off with lukewarm water and a cotton wash-cloth.

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November 17, 2014

What Does Your Acne Mean?

Ever wondered why that blemish on your jaw keeps popping up every few weeks, or why your cheeks are constantly red and acne-prone? The location of pimples has a lot to do with what’s happening on your inside – this includes the food you eat, alcohol, soft drinks, refined sugar and even that time of the month. Face mapping can easily determine which part of your body is causing the skin on your face to completely betray you and break out into spots, or in some cases, even serious acne.

1 and 2: Digestive System

The area on the forehead is usually set off by consuming too much junk or highly processed food which immediately disturbs the digestive system. Too much food which is high in refined sugar, makes it difficult for the body to break down. Instead, drink more water and opt for cooling foods such as cucumbers to de-stress your skin.

3: Liver

Breakouts located right between the eyebrows and the beginning of the nose are usually from consuming too much dairy, alcohol and junk food which can irritate healthy skin. This is also the first sign of possible food allergies, so be sure to monitor this area of your face if you notice any irregularities. Make sure to engage in some light exercise at least 1 hour a day, and have enough beauty sleep to combat these breakouts.

4, 5, 7, 8: Kidneys

Irritability and zits around, under or on the eyelids are directly linked to dehydration. Make sure to have at least 1.5L of water each day, and cut down on soft drinks which contain large amounts of unnecessary sugar. This will also decrease the visibility of dark circles under the eyes.

6: Heart

Ever had an annoying pimple on the bridge or very tip of your nose? These are often too difficult to cover with concealer, and feel painful as well. To avoid these kinds of breakouts, make sure to check your blood pressure regularly, and increase vitamin B levels. Whole grains, fish and vegetables are packed with vitamin B and will help to fight any future breakouts in this area. Also, try and replace bad fats with omega-3 and omega-6 ‘good fats’ instead. These are healthy for the body, and include avocado, nuts and flax seed which are easy to incorporate into your meals.

9 and 10: Respiratory system

This is the most common area on the face where people have breakouts, especially in relation to food, drinks and allergies to ingredients found in various makeup products. The effects of smoking and allergies would show up on the cheekbones and lead all the way to the nose. Instead, go out and get some fresh air, avoid foods which make the body acidic, and regularly clean your phones and change your pillowcases. Built-up bacteria have the ability to cause some seriously painful breakouts in this area of the face.

11 and 12: Hormones

Jawline and right under the lips is where hormones will usually wreak havoc on skin. Stress and hormonal changes are often unavoidable, but getting enough sleep, water and exercise will help to keep breakouts under control.

13: Stomach

Often mistaken for hormonal changes, the chin is actually attributed to stomach and digestion problems. To avoid these kinds of breakouts, drink plenty of water, green tea, and avoid processed foods.

14: Illness

Pimples and inflammation on the neck area are a sign that the body is fighting bacteria. Avoid stressful situations, take a break and enjoy something relaxing such as a yoga class to get your body back on track.

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August 5, 2014

Are Chemical Peels Effective?

Chemical peels have become a popular way to not only detoxify the skin and improve its appearance, but is clinically advised to treat acne scarring and a number of other skin conditions. This treatment is administered by a doctor whereby a strong chemical solution is applied directly onto the skin, which then peels off. Ideal for the face, neck and hands it is designed to reduce lines and wrinkles which leads to smoother skin.

Anti-ageing and sun damage

Peels have been used for a number of years to combat the signs of ageing which include diminishing the look of wrinkles, crows feet around the eyes and lines along the forehead. These acids which can be administered by doctors and aestheticians in day spa’s work to exfoliate the outer layer of skin. Particularly helpful when treating signs of sun damage on the face, skin and hands including liver spots and also skin discolouration.

Treating acne

Chemical peels have recently been suggested to improve the appearance of acne or additional scarring. They won’t get rid of the problem area completely, but help to reduce swelling, inflammation or scarring in up to 4-6 sessions. Although these procedures are not a permanent solution to treating acne. Rather, they decrease the appearance of spots and imperfections for a short period of time before they ultimately pop up again.

During the procedure

This procedure can be administered in a doctor’s surgery or in a day spa. It is a fast process so the patient can leave after the chemical peel is complete. First up, the skin is cleaned thoroughly then a chemical solution such as glycolic acid is applied onto the skin to create a small wounds and start the peeling process. For most people, chemical peels feel a short burning sensation throughout the entire procedure. Cooling pads are placed onto these problems area to soothe and start the peeling process.

Side effects

Common side effects include red and often tender skin accompanied by peeling over the next few days. Although the side effects usually subside the more sessions you have, as the skin adjusts to the treatment. Skin can appear to look darker, but this will usually only last for a short period of time.

While chemical peels are proven to work wonders on wrinkles, sun damage and scarring, they should not be used as a permanent solution for controlling acne. Chemical peels only control what’s on the outside so they will only work as best as 2-3 months before the skin will break out again. After a chemical peel, is it best to avoid the sun for prolonged periods of time and treat your skin like brand new.

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July 8, 2014

Skincare Saviours For Acne-Prone Skin

Anyone with adult acne-prone skin can tell you that treating your skin with less product will help it over-time. The ‘less is more’ approach works wonders on helping skin breathe and repair itself. Although finding these holy-grail products can be prove difficult, since testing them on sensitive acne-prone skin can be a nightmare. Below are a handful of products which won’t break skin out, and are gentle enough to use everyday.

PanOxyl Acnegel 5, $5.00

This solution works to diminish the appearance of nasty spots and decrease any blemishes or redness that come along with it. Simply apply a tiny amount of the gel onto affected areas, then wash off after 1-2 hours. Don’t leave the solution on while you sleep, since it needs to be washed off to achieve the best results. A great product to use if you see an incoming pimple and want to stop it before it hits the surface.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo, $27.99

The Effaclar Duo is mentioned so many times, but that’s simply because it works very well at reducing the severity of breakouts. Apply onto the entire face 1-3 times a day to help blackheads, whiteheads and breakouts diminish in just a few weeks. The formula is fragrance-free and won’t cause any incoming irritation or breakouts.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser 500mL, $13.19

Finding a great cleanser which won’t strip the skin from it’s natural oils is the first and most difficult part of a stable skincare routine. Cetaphil is ideal for any skin type (even infants) since it cleanses without removing the natural protective oils from the face. The product can be used with or without water, and it’s one of the most gentlest non-soap cleansers on the market.

Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque 60mL, $51

If you’re on the hunt for a rich deep cleansing face mask, Aesop have formulated one especially for acne-prone skin. The clay-based formula is packed with purifying botanicals which absorbs excess oil, calms problem areas and deeply refreshes the skin making it feel brand new. Use 1-2 times a week for best results.

Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Face Wash for Acne 150mL, $12.99

Tea tree oil extract is another ingredient to look out for when choosing acne-friendly skincare products. It removes a build up of excess bacteria on the surface of the skin by gently cleansing away impurities. With just a touch of chamomile also found in the formula, it soothes skin keeping it fresh and soft.

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By Felicia Sapountzis

June 4, 2014

Cameron Diaz Regrets Botox Injections

Cameron Diaz has revealed she tried Botox, but refuses to use it anymore.

“I’ve tried Botox before, where it was like a little tiny touch of something,” the 41-year-old actress said. “It changed my face in such a weird way that I was like, ‘No, I don’t want to be like that.”

The Counselor star has been promoting her new book Body Book, which promotes positive health and body image.

“I’d rather see my face ageing than a face that doesn’t belong to me at all,” she told  Good Morning America.

Since ditching the Botox injections, she’s become proud of her wrinkles. “I love them,  I don’t mind. It’s like, “Guess what this means, I’ve smiled my whole life.” I love life,” she said. “I’m happy I don’t have a problem with that.”

The former model admits she struggled with “terrible, terrible skin” and serious acne in her teens and 20s,

“It was embarrassing, and I did everything I could think of to make it go away” she writes in her book. “I tried to cover it with makeup. I tried to get rid of it with medication: oral, topical, even the harshest prescriptions. Nothing helped for very long.

How did she cure her acne? “I used to have bad acne and little white bumps. I cut out dairy and my skin changed completely.”

She also offers a tip to help achieve her enviable butt.

“Squeeze your butt muscles,” she writes. “Yes, right now, while you’re sitting….With the recognition that we can build muscle by engaging it anytime, anywhere, all of our movements can become strengthening movements.”

And if you want to know what one of the best bodies in Hollywood eats for breakfast? Savoury porridge.

I’m always looking for new ways to build flavor and have fun with my carbs,” she writes in Body Book.

“For instance, I prefer savory over sweet, so in the mornings when I make oatmeal, instead of eating it with something sweet, I make a yummy concoction of sautéed zucchini with collard greens, caramelised shallots, and egg whites.

“I top it all off with ponzu sauce (a Japanese sauce made from rice vinegar and citrus) or some lemon juice. It’s a breakfast that is delicious and savoury and all the things that I love to taste.”

What do you think of Cameron Diaz’ ageing and body advice?

 

January 8, 2014

7 Skin Care Tips For Healthy Skin

Acne, large pores, blackheads and oily skin are some of the most common skin conditions that many of us deal with, even into adulthood. Keeping these skin issues under control can be quite the challenge, so we’ve put together 7 skin care tips to help you get healthy skin.

1. Use the right products
You may be using the wrong skin care products for your skin type. Wash your face twice a day with a basic cleanser to keep your skin bacteria-free, and make sure you use an oil-free moisturiser. It’s also a good idea to try natural and organic skin care which has gentler ingredients as well as no preservatives and parabens (these can cause skin problems).

2. Reduce stress
Like hormonal imbalances, stress can cause the skin to flare up. Thankfully though, this is preventable. Try reducing your work load and activities in the day, spend some time meditating, doing yoga or just relaxing and doing what you enjoy, and you’ll find that your acne gradually improves.

3. Get sufficient sleep
Maintaining a healthy sleeping routine is very important to not just your skin, but your physical and mental wellbeing, so make sure you’re getting at least 8 hours of quality sleep each night. If you have trouble sleeping, cutting out caffeine intake in the late afternoon, drinking chamomile tea, taking a soak in the bath, and switching off the TV 30 minutes before bed can help to reduce stress, helping you sleep.

4. Drink plenty of water. Hydration is key to healthy skin and your general health, so try to get into a routine of consuming at least 2 litres of water a day. Drinking plenty of water flushes out toxins, keeps you hydrated from within and regulates your digestion, all key factors for healthy skin.

5. Eat more fruits and vegetables
Why is it we’re mad for the latest antioxidant-rich, vitamin-laden skin care, when we can get this naturally from within by eating more fruits and vegetables? Some fresh produce are specifically amazing for keeping your skin healthy and glowing. These include strawberries, plums, orange, red grapes, kiwi, pink grapefruit, artichoke, beetroot, cabbage, broccoli, red chicory, red chilis, dark and leafy greens, sweet potato and carrot, among many others.

6. Check with your doctor whether you might have a hormone imbalance
An imbalance in hormone levels can cause a host embarrassing skin conditions. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects an estimated 7 percent of all women, with symptoms including excessive hair growth, oily skin, blackheads and acne. Although there is no cure, your doctor might prescribe the contraceptive pill or progesterone to help balance your hormones and control the problem. If you do have PCOS, this will likely help with other symptoms of the condition too. Remember that treatments such as laser hair removal may not work in the long-term reduction of hair caused by a hormonal imbalance.

7. See a dermatologist
If you can’t find the cause for your skin troubles, a visit to a specialist can be very revealing. A dermatologist might be able to help determine whether an allergy is the cause of your problem, or may subscribe some effective products to help control, the condition.

July 19, 2013