Acne Skin Care Tips

Care, make-up tips & video tutorial for skin affected by acne

Skin Care

Remember that no treatment works in a few days, generally the 2-month rule applies to all acne treatments, but some may work faster.
Less is sometimes more, don’t overuse products or slap on too much, as this may increase irritation and sebum production.
Wash your face (chest and back) twice a day with an acne wash and lukewarm water. Try not to over-clean or scrub your face when washing.
Use over-the-counter solutions to maintain healthy skin between drug treatments, as they are recommended for longer-term use.
Use a light moisturiser after washing, and look for products labelled as oil-free or non-comedogenic (ones that won’t encourage white and blackheads). Don’t use greasy or oily moisturisers, as they may block the skin’s pores.
Treat the whole area where your acne appears, i.e. your entire face, chest and back, not just on an individual spot. This helps to stop the whole acne process.
Don’t squeeze any spots, especially the red ones with no pus. It is better to gently stretch the skin around a yellow pus-filled spot, with a clean tissue over the spot, to gently release yellow pus.

By JULIE VAN ONSELEN Independent Dermatology Nurse and Educator

Make Up

Remember you can have several combinations of skin types on your face. For example, many who suffer from acne have an oily chin and cheeks, but dryer and clearer upper half of the face, and these areas should be treated differently.
Combination skins still need moisture, but take care over which products are used where. Avoid rich moisturisers which may add extra oil to the oily areas, and focus on moisturising dryer skin areas with an oil-free moisturiser.
Use a serum that reduces excess sebum (an oily secretion of the sebaceous glands) on the skin. By removing the bacteria’s nutrient source, it also decreases the number of bacteria present on the skin to reduce the spread of infection Tap the serum onto the skin and let it penetrate, don’t rub it in.
Use an oil-free primer to create a smooth surface to work on. You can also use a mattifying product (one that reduces shine), but only put it on the areas that need it, for example your t-zone.
Opt for pure mineral make-up ranges that won’t block or cause irritation. Use a mineral powder brush to buff the product onto the skin.
Allow skin to breath by not overloading it with too much make-up, and try to leave your skin clear of any make-up when you can. Always make sure you remove your make-up before going to bed.
Use a concealer that is an exact match for your skin tone to cover blemishes and only lightly tap it around the delicate eye area.
Use a water spray to give your skin a spritz of hydration before doing your eye and lip make-up.
Use a more dramatic look for the eyes to attract attention away from your problem areas.
Don't do your make-up on public transport as the amount of germs to be found here are horrifying. Acne-causing bacteria can transfer into your make-up and create more skin problems.
Always make sure you have clean hands, and brushes (if used) before starting any application.

By DANI GUINSBERG Make-up artist and CEO, Creative Director and Founder of The Session School

Dani shot this exclusive make up tutorial video for SEQuaderma to show you how to professionally care for acne-prone skin.

Thank you Nakita Banger for your participation and for reviewing our product.

Please also check how SEQuaderma Acne Prone Skin can further help you take care of your skin affected by acne.