Clogged, blemished, and hormonal skin is among the most common skin problems. Going off hormonal contraceptives can often lead to a hormonal chaos where skin is concerned; inflamed bumps around the mouth and chin, even painful cystic acne, is common.
It may take some months before your body recovers its hormonal balance, so that your skin can calm down, as well. Sometimes, however, the skin type undergoes a change, becoming breakout prone and oily once the body resumes its natural menstrual cycle. For some, this may lead to hormonal acne, which usually requires a course of Roaccutane to clear up. I don’t recommend taking antibiotics for hormonal skin problems; the problems usually return as soon as the course is finished, and your gut flora suffers from every round of antibiotics taken.
If your blemishes don’t require medication, you may get great results just from external treatment.
Wash your skin in the evening with a cream cleanser, then use a cotton-pad with toner to wipe your face and neck. There is no need to wash your face again in the morning, toner is enough. An exception to this is if you have oily or very porous skin; in that case you may repeat the evening cleansing ritual in the morning.
If you’ve got blemished skin, AHA-acids are your best friend. AHA stands for alpha hydroxyl acid, also known as fruit acid. Fruit acids are good for the skin in a number of ways and, except for very thin skin or rosacea, are suitable for all skin types. They are especially good for treating clogged, blemished, dull, sun damaged, or ageing skin.
Fruit acids remove dead skin cells from the top layer of the skin, thus stimulating the renewal of the skin; in other words, they exfoliate gently without subjecting the skin to mechanical abrasion. The new, glowing skin that emerges is smoother, brighter and more even. The strength of the exfoliate depends on the acidity of the product used. Too much acidity can cause irritation and dryness, so make sure you choose a concentration of acids that is right for your skin type.
The right concentration of fruit acids will moisturize and rejuvenate the skin. They improve its absorption of active agents and, by influencing the pH-balance of the hydrolipidic film, boost the skin’s immunity and resistance. As a result, the skin becomes glowing, blockages are reduced or eliminated entirely, pores are minimized, wrinkles smoothed out, and the complexion is more even.
A fruit acid peel can be used two to three times a week, depending on the type and health of the skin, as well as the strength of the exfoliate. After cleansing and toning, apply the exfoliate onto your face and skin, letting it sit for five to fifteen minutes. After rinsing, apply a purifying mask and, after rinsing off the mask, wipe the skin with toner again and apply a purifying serum, and finally a moisturizer. You can also use a light face oil in the evenings, to keep the skin soft and supple. Properly moisturizing and nourishing your skin while using fruit acids is important, and forgetting to do so may make your skin worse, and introduce a new set of problems.
The products featured in the Beauty Guide are chosen based on my own experiences, as well as those of several of my clients.