Summer is quickly approaching and zapping those nasty back pimples is definitely making its way up our list of priorities. Backless tops, shoestring straps and bikinis are no friends if your skins prone to pimples, which is why we’ve discovered how to banish bacne.
The good news is, it’s actually easy! You can keep your back skin clear by treating it the same way you would your face. A healthy diet and exercise always help when you’re after a glowing complexion – or in this case, a zit free body – but enlisting the help of some tried and tested products never hurts!
A fool-proof acne-fighting regimen
Your adrenal glands naturally pump out testosterone, which makes your skin produce more unwanted pore-clogging oil. It sucks, but unfortunately it happens.
Treating your back and body skin the same way you would your face, however, goes a long way towards being backless dress ready in no time. Start your new routine by using a salicylic-based acne-clearing product to exfoliate your skin and kill any pimple causing bacteria.
We recommend – Neutrogena Complete Acne Therapy System, $25.
How to target the hard to reach areas
The major problem with treating bacne is that it’s hard to reach. A simple way to combat this is using a spray! Your bacne treatment can be mist on from any direction.
We recommend – Murad Clarifying Body Spray, $37
Tight clothing, like bras, trap perspiration, which then mixes with dirt, bacteria and oil in your skin can cause breakouts.
Before you hit the gym, or leave the house on a hot day, swipe your back with a jumbo medicated pad to reduce the amount of bacteria on your skin. These are great for fighting breakouts all over the body because they contain salicyclic acid to get rid of breakouts, green tea to calm inflammation, and witch hazel to sooth and refresh your skin.
We recommend – Proactive Clear Zone Body Pads, $22
Wash it off
The right body wash used on a daily basis can treat zits and cleanse your skin all at once. Simply lather and rinse everyday for noticeably clearer skin.
We recommend – Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash, $8.29
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We all want a glowing and radiant complexion, which is why we spend hundreds of dollars on cosmetics and skincare products that we don’t necessarily need. The trick to obtaining enviable skin that looks like it’s fresh out of magazine, is paying careful attention to the foods you’re eating, not the products you’re using.
These 5 foods that clear your complexion are the perfect additions to your diet if you want to start caring for your skin on a budget.
We’re talking the darker members of the berry family. From raspberries to blueberries and blackberries, these juicy fruits will kick your acne prone or oily skin up the butt. Berries are jammed with skin-clearing antioxidants and fibre too, which is great for controlling hunger and regulating insulin production.
Peppermint and peppermint tea is renowned for its healing and calming properties. It also aids digestion and relieves stress – a notorious acne aggravator, treats headaches and clears sinuses. Is there anything this miracle elixir can’t do? Probably not! But if you don’t believe us, try switching your regular brew for a sweet cup of peppermint tea. You won’t be disappointed.
Pumpkin seeds and Brazil nuts
Zinc and selenium deficiencies have been linked to acne in some sufferers, which is why introducing nuts – in particular Brazil nuts – and pumpkin seeds are a great addition to your every day diet. Consuming selenium in your diet increases the number of white blood cells in your body, increasing your potential to fight off infections and skin imperfections. If this isn’t already enough reason to start munching on natural nuts and seeds, they’re also filled with vitamin E, copper and magnesium, which are all essential to your skin health.
Although not technically a food, healthy skin always starts with hydration. One of the easiest, cheapest and most effective ways to flush out unwanted toxins and improve brain function is to drink plenty of water. Ensuring you drink enough water also reduces stress levels and replenishes your cells so that your skin is equipped to handle undesirable skin conditions.
Links have been made between steady blood sugar and skin health, which indicates that foods with lower glycemic indexes can go a long way in clearing your complexion. Try switching out processed carbohydrates like white bread and pasta for more complex carbohydrates like brown rice and wholegrain breads and pastas.
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They say you are what you eat, so give your skin the extra help it needs by investing in delicious fruits and vegetables to make it shine from the inside out. Clueless about where to begin? Our easy guide below mentions a few options which should be in your shopping cart each week.
While we’re all aware that oranges are packed with vitamin C, did you actually know they are also a great source of natural collagen? Squeeze 2-3 oranges every morning and use them as a daily scrub to nourish the skin.
Although it might not be to your liking, spinach is another vegetable which is also packed with vitamin C. Enjoy it with your eggs, in a salad, or even in a green smoothie.
Ranked as one of the number one source of antioxidants in berries, these delicious little fruits will keep your hair, skin, and nails looking healthy.
Did you know that the secret anti-ageing properties of tomatoes are better absorbed when a dish is cooked rather than raw? Keep the pantry full of canned tomatoes and use them in your fresh and healthy pasta sauce!
Since kiwi fruit is packed with vitamin C and antioxidants, you know it has to be good for you! One kiwi fruit a day is enough to keep your wrinkles away, and prevent anti-ageing.
The mention of kale might be a touchy subject for some, but you can’t deny that it’s great for clear skin. Boasting a plethora of vitamins (A, B, C, E, K from memory), no wonder it’s good for your skin!
On to something a little sweeter, cherries have high levels of polyphenols which actually help to clear simple blemishes.
Did you know that figs are packed with fibre and potassium, which clears any skin issues and helps to detox the body from the inside out? Well now you do.
While this superfood is usually used as a main ingredient for detoxing, it also has significant benefits for fighting against skin damage and premature ageing. Add a few slices into your daily juice for that extra healthy kick each morning.
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Has the secret to clear, flawless skin been in charcoal all along? It has been applauded for its antibacterial properties (who knew), and is also amazing at absorbing oil from stubborn pores and clearing acne.
Now, don’t get ahead of yourself and leap for the nearest charcoal pit – there are specialised products which gently yet effectively clean your skin without damaging it.
The name scrub might seem a little scary, especially for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin, but we promise it’s not that bad! The formula is super light-weight and is packed with spearmint and rosemary fragrance for a fresh scent first thing in the morning.
Origins Clear Improvement Mask, $34
Featuring concentrated charcoal, this is the ultimate daily facial mask for oily to combination skin. The formula won’t leave your skin feeling too dry, but should be followed up with a hydrating cream afterwards to lock in moisture.
Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser, $10.99
The detox mask
Treat your skin to a quenching detox mask, which is the perfect way to unwind after a busy working week. Just think about all the makeup that’s been on your face! Apply onto damp skin, then simply sit back and relax. It should slowly feel like it’s warming up, then all you need to do is remove it gently with lukewarm water and a flannel.
Sanctuary Spa Deep Cleanse Facial 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask, $19.99
The mud mask
Although we have previously raved about GLAMGLOW before, there is nothing quite like their Supermud clearing mask. Even though it’s quite difficult to get (usually sold out online), it contains concentrated amounts of activated charcoal which helps to absorb impurities and leave skin feeling soft and clean.
GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment, $75
Have you tried any of these charcoal skin care products? What are your recommendations?
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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Ever thought why we need to use a toner on clean, dry skin? Toners work in a few different ways to keep acne in order, minimise pores, and even help to control the vapid pH levels on our skin.
Although they might take a while to work, they are an essential part of a balanced skincare routine – just as much as cleansing and moisturising!
How do they actually work?
Toners are made from super-fine formulas which look and feel like water (but there are also cream toners) and work best when applied to clean, dry skin. Firstly, they help to balance the pH level on skin to 5.5 which is ideal for clear, healthy skin. Sometimes using too many chemicals and even tap water can turn the pH level too acidic, and this in turn creates redness, irritation and even increased amount of pimples.
Does my skin need a toner?
Your skin doesn’t need a toner, but is it important to use one. Over the years, toners have been used after cleansing to remove any extra bit of makeup or residue from the skin. Apply a few drops onto a cotton pad, and gently swipe upwards to the forehead. Take special care when using around the mouth, hairline, and eyes since it is ultra sensitive.
Toners are also used to tighten the skin, and minimise the appearance of enlarged pores. Think of it this way; hot water has the ability to open pores and remove any excess dirt and bacteria, but toners close them up afterwards. Don’t let this scare you! They are really easy to use, and help to remove any excess build-up of bacteria which cleansers can miss.
Can toners over-dry my skin?
Most toners are made from natural, plant-based ingredients and help to tighten the appearance of pores. Your skin might feel a little tight afterwards, but this is just because the toner is working! Only apply a few drops over problem areas such as the t-zone – you don’t need to apply a toner all over patches of skin that don’t require are not problematic.
Despite this, there still are a number of toners which are packed with alcohol to tame oily skin. This is probably why toners are initially feared in the beauty community, because some can completely dry the skin out and create extra irritation. Use a fragrance and alcohol-free formula if you suffer from extra-dry or sensitive skin, just to be safe. Follow-up with a hydrating moisturiser to lock-in a soft, smooth texture which is perfect for any skin type.
How can I use a toner?
The best time to use a toner is after cleansing the skin. Make sure your makeup has been completely removed (even that pesky mascara), and dry your face with a towel. Apply a few drops of toner onto a cotton pad (or between your palms), and gently pat onto your problem areas. As a general rule, don’t apply any type of skincare product over inflamed or damaged skin, since it could only make the area more irritable. Follow up with a serum, eye cream, and finally a hydrating moisturiser on both your face and neck.
Shop from three of our all-time favourite toners below:
1. Aesop B & Tea Balancing Toner, $55
2. Puretopia Refresh & Balance Hydrating Soothing Mist & Toner, $14.99
3, Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner, $30
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Exfoliating is an important part of a skincare routine since it helps to rejuvenate the cells, and create a foundation for softer, smoother skin.
But what products are best for beginners? Treat your skin the right way by using some of our holy grail items, ideal for women with normal to sensitive skin.
How should I exfoliate?
Most people think of exfoliating as an abrasive way of stripping the skin of its natural oils. There are a number of ways to exfoliate the skin on your face and body without turning bright red; one of which is perfect for those with sensitive and acne-prone skin.
Warm a muslin cloth under a hot faucet, then remove any excess water. Use a cleanser on wet skin, and work the product in with your fingers. Gently wipe the cleanser off with the muslin cloth in large, downward swipes. After you’re done with this step, open the cloth and lay it directly over your face; this helps to open the pores and exfoliate skin without continuous scrubbing.
The Body Shop Muslin Cloth, $3.95
Scrubs are the most popular way to quickly and effectively exfoliate the skin, and are available anywhere from the supermarket to a high-end department store. Apply a pea-sized amount over damp skin, then work the product in with your fingers. If your skin is sensitive, don’t use formulas with added microbeads since they could potentially cause additional redness.
DermaVeen Daily Nourish Facial Exfoliator, $12.99
If your skin is prone to redness and inflammation, use a powder exfoliator in your skincare routine. Not only are powders less abrasive, but they are also a great idea if you want your product to last forever.
Sprinkle a pea-sized amount into your hand, then add some lukewarm water to the mixture. Work up a lather, then apply over your face, neck and décolletage.
Dermalogica Daily Mircofoliant, $70
A Personal Microderm (PMD) is a manual exfoliating system which helps to remove makeup, and unclog pores. Use with a gentle cleanser, scrub, or facial mask, and gently create a lather; focusing on areas such as the forehead, chin, and cheeks.
Clarisonic Mia 2 Pink, $199
What should I do now?
After you have exfoliated your skin, apply a gentle toner over the entire face. Focus the product into the t-zone, chin and cheeks since these are the places most women experience acne or scarring.
Wait for your skin to soak it all up, then apply moisturiser. Skin will feel soft, and smooth almost immediately!
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Regardless of age, it seems that both men and women still pine for the same thing, clear skin. But a lot of factors can influence why your skin is the current state it’s in. Hormones, lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, smoking, and even stress can cause skin to break out at the drop of a hat.
While these tips may not guarantee you instantly clear skin, they will help to balance out your body and stop the bad breakouts from happening.
It goes without saying that smoking doesn’t benefit the human body in any way whatsoever. A cigarette here and there might seem harmless until you have a pack in your handbag, and the shakes every time you can’t seem to locate your lighter.
Do we even have to mention the catastrophic effects that longterm smoking can do to healthy skin? Fine lines and wrinkles are only emphasised by the chemical in nicotine, teeth and fingers turn yellow – you get the picture.
DO: Drink water
You’ve probably heard this one thousand times before, but water really does cure everything! The standard is eight glasses a day (which may seem a little steep), but it’s really very manageable. Carry a water bottle in your bag if you’re extremely forgetful or constantly on-the-go. If you just don’t like the taste of water, infuse it with your favourite fruits. Not only does it look better, but it taste so good!
DON’T: Binge drink
While we all enjoy the occasional glass of red wine with dinner or cocktails with the girls, it’s important not to let binge-drinking become a large part of your life. Not only does it absolutely damage your liver, but in the longterm will also destroy your skin. Dehyration can most commonly occur on the surface of the skin, and symptoms include dry patches, breakouts, and even bloodshot eyes.
DO: Eat your greens
Most fruits and vegetables are packed with so many natural vitamins and minerals that can repair almost any ailment. In relation to skincare, it’s best to indulge in a diet rich in tomatoes, fennel, red grapes, beetroot, and kale just to name a few. All of these greens are loaded with vitamins A, B, C, E, and even K which assist in repairing the look and feel of damaged skin.
DON’T: Have too much dairy
It has been proven that a diet which revolves around dairy products and bi-products can lead to breakouts, bloating, and digestive issues. If you find that you are lactose intolerant, there are many substitutes which are just as good at filling the void. Almond milk is a tasty, sugar-free treat which is perfect for smoothies, cereal, baking and protein shakes.
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Want to drink your way to clear skin? While certain foods are great for clearing acne-prone skin, or simply just giving it a much needed glow, you can also create a delicious fruit smoothie that will clear troublesome skin in no time!
This smoothie is packed with antioxidants as well as vitamins and minerals which are essential in creating a visibly brighter appearance.
1/4 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 orange (peeled)
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup fat-free plain yoghurt
1/2 cup silken tofu
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp agave nectar
- Combine the strawberries, blueberries, orange, banana, yoghurt, silken tofu, and nectar into a large blender with a few ice cubes.
- Blend well on a medium-high setting, and serve with sprinkled chia seeds.
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Can the food in your pantry make your hair grow longer and thicker? Super foods are not only praised because of what they can do to our bodies on the inside, but also promote clearer skin and longer hair. Stock up on these five super foods the next time you’re grocery shopping.
This all-round super food is a saviour since it works to improve the appearance of skin and promotes healthy hair growth. Snack on a few almonds each day to maintain healthy circulation, which will no doubt transform the appearance of dull and lifeless hair.
Whole grains such as quinoa are loaded with protein and vitamin E which is an essential building block of healthy hair, skin and nails. Did you know that hair is also made of protein? Eat various foods which will encourage hair growth and strengthen your locks from the inside out.
Not only does greek yoghurt contain large amounts of yummy protein, but just a small serving each day helps to restore the body of it’s nutrients and gives a boost of protein to lack lustre hair. Serve with your favourite fresh fruits and nuts for a quick snack at any time of the day.
Many types of beans are packed with zinc, iron and biotin which are all essential for long and healthy hair growth. Did you also know that people who suffer from biotin deficiencies also have overly-dry hair? Switch up your diet and watch the state of your hair transform before you know it.
Omega-3 fatty acids are extremely important if you want to maintain good health. While the human body is unable to produce them by itself, it is essential to include salmon and flaxseed oil into your diet (at least once a week). Not enough omega-3 acids will usually lead to clogged pores, over-producing dandruff and a poor circulatory system.
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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