The brilliant, talented, funny and smart MUA Kay Montano has a must read blog http://www.kaymontano.com/2012/01/27/why-fake-your-lashes-when-you-can-grow-them-nadine-baggott/ and I have contributed an article on lash growth serums in case your lashes are in need of a little love
When I wrote back in February that I wanted you to e-mail me to ask me anything I never expected to be so inundated with questions. Thank you to every single person that wrote, and continues to write, in. It has given me such a clear idea of what you want me to write about. And so this is a post on spots, and how to zap zits and stop them in their tracks.
I know that adult acne is increasingly common and the dermatologists in the know think that it is stress that is to blame. Stress causes our adrenal glands to go in to overdrive which in turn makes our bodies produce more testosterone, the hormone that is known to cause the sebaceous glands to produce too much sebum causing blocked pores and spots. But why some people get acne and others don’t with the same levels of testosterone is a mystery. The latest thinking is that the receptor cells on some people’s sebaceous glands are simply oversensitive and that this may be inherited.
What is known that is an outbreak usually has a hormonal trigger and in adults that can be pregnancy and even the menopause, but most commonly its stress. And as we can’t really stop the stress of modern living, what can we do about the spots that it causes?
Well there are three new spot ranges about to hit stores. Aveda have discovered a natural way to extract salicylic acid from wintergreen plants and have based their range around this. Salicylic acid works to unplug pores and speed up skin cell turnover and is proven to stop spots and blackheads from developing and to clear up old ones more quickly.
Leaf and Rusher, two of LA’s leading skin experts (Dr Leaf is a cosmetic surgeon and Rand Rusher is an aesthetic nurse, in other words a master of fillers, lasers and Botox) have also included salicylic acid in their range, but also have jam packed them with anti inflammatory ingredients because they believe that it is the inflammation that causes the redness and swelling in spots. Stop this they say and the excess sebum is not such a problem.
And finally Clinique – the original masters of all things salicylic acid with their Clarifying Toners has extended their Blemish Solutions range with new products due on counter in June.
Although I don’t get too many spots, I think the key products to use are a rinse off face wash for spot prone skin, and an on the spot gel that contains salicylic acid. But you might also like to try Zeno £129, an incredibly simple to use, but really clever gadget that has a heated tip that you put on your spots and hold in place. It is designed to heat up the spot to exactly the right temperature to kill the bacteria with minimal damage to the surrounding skin.
Of course it isn’t getting at the cause of the acne, but it is FDA (The US Food and Drugs Administration, the US governing body for food, drugs and medical gadgets) to lessen the life of spots. And it works on the never-come-to-a-head-but-are-oh-so-painful lumps that we can all get when we are run down.
If you have ever tried Zeno or an acne range that worked for you will you write and let me know, as this kind of information can seriously change someone’s confidence if it can work for them too?
- Leaf and Rusher TX Acne 123 Foaming Cleanser £20, Serum £30 and Spot TX £20, all from Space Nk tel: 020 8740 2085.
- Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions 3 Step Starter Kit £30, available from June 1st.
- Aveda Outer Peace Blemish Relief Lotion £19, Blemish Relief Pads £19, Foaming Cleanser £15 and Relief Spot Relief £14.50, on counter in May.