We’ve all got our own theories about tackling nasty pimples, but what about the marks they leave on your skin way after the infection has passed?
According to Cosmetic Chemist Dr Amanda Foxon-Hill from Blue Sky Laboratories, the spots pimples leave on our skin is a serious beauty issue that is common amongst women and men of all ages. “Post-pimple marks are a real beauty problem, not just for teens, but for young adults and beyond,” she says.
In fact, while we might not have to fight them as much as we did in our teen years, pimples in adulthood can leave a longer-lasting scar because our skin’s renewal process is slowing down.
So what can we do to treat nasty post-pimple marks? Dr Foxon-Hill says it can be done with just four easy steps.
Step 1: Control The Inflammation
Tackling the inflammation associated with your body trying to combat the pimple is the best way to avoid permanent scarring. According to Dr Foxon-Hill, finding a product with anti-inflammatory ingredients will help you reduce the redness and irritation of post pimple marks. “The best and most widely used anti-inflammatory ingredient in skin care comes from the chamomile plant and is called Bisabolol,” she says.“This ingredient has been proven to reduce redness and irritation significantly when applied to the skin.”
Step 2: Brighten Up Your Skin
Smooth out your complexion by brightening up the surface. Brightening ingredients in skincare will help lighten the pigmentation of post-pimple marks on your skin – and believe it or not, Liquorice is used in a lot of skincare because of its qualities to do just that! “Liquorice contains an active component called Glabridin, which works to ‘turn down’ the melanin production cycle,” Amanda says, adding: “Other common skin brightening actives include hydroquinone, arbutin, bearberry extract and Kojic acid.”
Step 3: Exfoliate
As well as brightening up your skin, removing the dead skin cells surrounding the old pimple is also important in banishing nasty marks.Skincare with exfoliating ingredients will help you remove the top layer of dead skin cells, revealing the cleaner, younger skin underneath. According to Dr Foxon-Hill, Lactic Acid is a natural chemical exfoliant often used in skincare that you should look out for. “Whilst gentle, it still has the ability to brighten the appearance of the skin by gently removing discoloured, damaged and dull skin to make room for fresh, new cells,” she says.
Step 4: Regeneration
Now that your skin is brighter and smoother, you need prevent your skin from becoming aged and discoloured. “Water soluble Vitamin B3 play a key role in cell metabolism and is essential to the skin repair process,” says Dr Foxon-Hill. “Ceramides also help helps boost our own regeneration process meaning that marks and pimples should clear faster to leave beautiful fresh new skin.”
Check out the Clearasil Ultra Pimples + Marks skincare range, which combines all the ingredients needed for mark-free skin. Too easy!