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Answered Wednesday 5 January 2011 |
I have had acne prone skin since i was 11. I have been on the pill for 15 years but on Diane which is meant to assist with skin issues. When im in the sun, solarium my skin is perfect. I suffer also from eczema also and can be dry on the rest of my body except face and shoulders, chest. oily!
Not sure what to do - ive tried all types of sensititve skin products out there?!
What we need to determine is whether this acne is genetic. Does anyone in your family suffer from the same condition? If so it might be worth going to see a Dermatologist, here they can put you on medication to help with your acne. If not what we could look at is getting you onto a good skin care routine.
If you suffer with eczema on the face, we would need to look at treating that first. Some ingredients that may help to alleviate that include:
Rooibos extracts are used in ointments against eczema; used for anti-inflammatory and anti allergic properties.
Clinical Colloidal Oatmeal - Relieves itching associated with eczema, Helps to soothe skin rashes and irritation.
Just be mindful of the sun as it can also have a negative effect of the skin. While the sun may temporarily mask acne, tighten up pores, or dry up the oil glands, the sun will also damage follicle walls and clog pores – resulting in more acne that usually surfaces 3-4 weeks after sun exposure. Make sure that you have an SPF on at all times. Dermalogica’s Oil Free Matte Block is fantastic as it is an SPF and mosituriser in one.
Some good advice: Ensure you become an ingredient reader; avoid ingredients like Mineral oil, Lanolin, S.D Alcohol, Artificial colours and Fragrances. Many make-up’s and skin care products actually contain what are called ‘comedogenic ingredients’ that are known and proved to clog the pores, and irritate the skin. How to avoid this, simply ensure you only use products both make up and skin care that state they are non comedogenic, they are not hard to find there are now so many mineral based make up ranges.
If you still are not sure visit a Professional Skin Therapist and they can perform a detailed skin analysis and prescribe you the best home care products for your skin.