We've compiled some important skincare facts you should know, as recommended by dermatologists.
1. PATIENCE IS KEY - DON'T TOUCH OR POP PIMPLES
Acne sufferers have a tendency to start their treatment for acne scarring while they are still developing inflamed spots and pimples. However, acne scarring should only be treated after all the active acne has fully burnt out – addressing it too early will only aggravate inflamed acne lesions.
2. BE WARY OF WHO YOU SEE
There are far too many therapists advertising themselves as dermatologists out there. Dermatologists are doctors who, after their general medical University degree, have completed a formal higher specialist training in dermatology.
3. FACIALS AREN’T FOR EVERYONE
A study has shown that 80% of facials may actually aggravate breakouts. Make sure to only have medical grade facials in your dermatologist’s clinic.
4. DIET MATTERS
In all the negative coverage about sugar in the press at the moment, I wish people would also consider the effects that it has on their skin! My patients are often very surprised to hear about how diet affects the health of your skin, and particularly the rate at which it ages.
5. STRESS IS AGEING
Our ability to manage stress and avoid continuously raised cortisol levels (one of our main stress hormones) is absolutely key to slow down the skin’s aging process.
6. TAILOR TO YOUR SKIN
There is a tendency to assume that thick, rich creams are the best moisturizers for people with ‘sensitive’ skin. That’s actually not always the case and you should always tailor your skincare products to your exact skin type and condition with the advice of your dermatologist.