With advert upon advert proclaiming a new product for clear and radiant looking skin and magazines filled with photoshopped babes who are unblemished and well let's face it, perfect, the pressure to have perfect skin is on. I know I have personally upped my skincare regime in a bid to fade old acne scars, delay wrinkles, and evade the dreaded onslaught of spots.
I have suffered on and off since I was fourteen with mild acne, nothing over blown but I have tried various remedies from prescribed pill's to natural remedies and a healthier diet. I think it's mainly down to hormones at a young age and surely enough my skin has improved with time. I know now not to pick at blemishes and follow the mantra of cleanse, tone and moisturise but still to this day I don't own the flawless skin I dreamed of.
There are alternatives to supplements and stocking up on kale and green tea, such as keeping your stress levels to a minimum, regularly cleaning your makeup brushes, and going makeup free every so often to let your skin breather. There are also chemical peels and specialist acne treatments available these days, I tend to use a chemical peel mask once week to rid of dead skin cells and rejuvenate the skin. For those of you that suffer more so than others there are brands like sk:n, which specialise in troublesome skin. Sk:n offer laser acne treatments which target bacteria and bring congested skin to the surface to be treated. Now, this isn't a one stop quick fix treatment and will set you back £130 but for ongoing acne sufferers this will aim to purge your skin of bad toxins and regulate excess sebum and oils that can cause spots.
Sk:n also offer up skin peels, which are more abrasive but seek to create new skin cells and rejuvenate the skin completely. I have found using skin peels once a week beneficial to reducing old scarring and keeping my skin fresh and rid of grime, however I would always recommend testing these behind your ear first to see if the product provokes a reaction. Sk:n currently offer Glyco peels for £40, something I might take them up on as my skin could do with a boost!
What are your thoughts on acne treatments and skin peels? Do you prefer natural remedies?