Oct 21st, 2019 ・ Megan Felton

What are the small bumps on my forehead? They aren’t pimples, they can’t be popped!

What are the small bumps on my forehead? They aren’t pimples, they can’t be popped!

Oh yes, we know those, the ones that just move in there as if it is their home? Depending on the degree and the severity of those bumps it could be simply congestion or subclinical acne, which is a precursor to regular acne. Those bumps are mainly caused by intrinsic factors such as hormones and genetics, but also from extrinsic factors such as dirt & bacteria. It could also be another type of rash or reaction.

We would need to see them in person, but as a start here is our advice. You first need to have a proper skincare regime (we know we know always the same) but it's the truth! Cleansing your skin in the morning and night is essential. At night, it is even recommended to double cleanse the skin to make sure that not only your make-up and sunscreen are removed from your skin, but also make sure to clean out the pores from dirt and bacteria.

It is also super important to use products that are not too heavy or emollient for the skin, so look for lighter textures! If you have oily skin, using a hydrating serum instead of a moisturiser at night can help to keep it clear.

Finally, integrate more “potent” ingredients. Those will help to clean out the pores more deeply as well as increase cellular turnover & boost skin’s regeneration process. Retinols are a go to, as they help to improve skin’s texture. BHAs such as salicylic acid also helps to treat blocked pores and exfoliate the skin. If you have more sensitive skin, stick to PHAs.

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The problem with breakouts, is that it is really difficult to find the root of the problem. In fact, breakouts come from a complex cycle of essentially independent factors that then impact one another. This creates a skin that is off balance, and vulnerable to infection. It can be related to hormones, stress, diet, skincare regime, and several others. So the first thing you need to know is : where does it come from ?

There isn’t any miracle skincare product that can help to treat acne/pimple/breakouts, but some of them can help to sustain the skin when having them.

*Retinol *: They stimulate skin-cell turnover so dead cells fall off and new one rise on the surface, they are the number one ingredient recommended when having acne

BHA: also known as salicylic acid in a type of chemical exfoliator and is great practically for any skin condition.They are oil soluble, and can penetrate the skin and eliminate excess oil. They are suitable for sensitive skin as they can calm down inflammation and redness. Therefore, they are great for acne skin types.

Azelaic Acid: It is a dicarboxylic acid that works as an exfoliator that helps to unclog pores and refine the skin's surface. It doesn’t work as AHA’s and BHA’s as their level of exfoliator is milder. They are known for being antibacterial! More than that, when combined with Vitamin B6 and Zinc Sulfate can be a great combo to fight acne as they can inhibit 90% of Alpha-Reductase activity.

Vitamin C:It has a potential anti-inflammatory activity and can be used in conditions like acne vulgaris and rosacea. It can promote wound healing and prevent post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. It can promote wound healing and prevent post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

PRODUCTS

Shani Darden Retinol Reform| £80
Shani Darden Retinol Reform| £80
Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant| £29
Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant| £29
The Ordinary. Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%| £5.50
The Ordinary. Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%| £5.50
DRUNK ELEPHANT C-Firma Day Serum| £67
DRUNK ELEPHANT C-Firma Day Serum| £67

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