With the exam season well under way stress and acne will be on many people’s minds.

There’s no scientific basis to the idea that diet or particular foods makes your skin’s condition worse (for example, chocolate, fatty or fried foods), but some people do identify specific foods they believe trigger their skin to suffer with imperfections and blemishes.

Common triggers can include:

  • Stress over exams and tests
  • Starting new relationships
  • Anxiety over a big event – a holiday, a wedding or work performance
  • Using the wrong skin care treatment with harsh chemicals

Other issues that can aggravate skin are:

  • Using oily moisturisers and makeup
  • Professional exams
  • Bullying
  • Family issues
  • The time just before a period starts
  • Pregnancy
  • Reactions to cosmetics and medicines

Do I need extra vitamins?

Paying attention to eating well and having a balanced diet, should give you all the vitamins your body needs. There is no harm however in taking on board some extra measures with supplementary vitamins, at times when your skin is at it’s worst. It is all about feeling in control. Working on your health can make you feel better about yourself. Healthy skin needs a good uptake of vitamins A, C and also E, Zinc is a mineral that is important for the health of the skin too. Aim to drink least six glasses of water a day – you should do this every day not just when you have spots! These things can all play a part in how your body deals with any inflammation, take a sensible approach – there will probably be lots of factors in helping you deal with your particular concerns.

Do vitamins treat skin conditions like acne?

There is no real evidence to show that extra vitamins can actually treat skin blemishes. If you had been eating a poor quality diet then taking extra vitamins could help as well as generally looking for a more balanced food intake. At Skinetica we always advise that if your skin doesn’t improve with over-the-counter remedies or is affecting you emotionally, you should see your GP for further advice.

What is the best treatment for serious acne?

You can pay a lot of money for treatments that claim to be the best for acne. You can also try a sensibly-priced alternative anti-blemish product in Skinetica.

At Skinetica we get feedback that our lotion works well – across all ages and across all skin types. Our testimonials reveal that!

If you try nothing else, then the way Skinetica works by forming a layer close to the skin and fights the bacteria that can cause inflammation and soreness, will be a great start to getting on top of your issues with blemishes. If someone only has a few imperfectionss occasionally, using Skinetica and regular gentle cleansing may be all that’s needed.

Unlike other gels, creams and lotions containing benzoyl peroxide Skinetica contains no harsh chemicals.It’s action helps reduce levels of bacteria in and around skin pores.

I am just about to be a teenager – can I prevent spots and skin soreness?

Skinetica can help different ages and boys and girls alike. Puberty affects the skin of teens and young adults the most, but can also be a problem for older people. In puberty, between ages 12 and 14, increased levels of the male-type sex hormones androgens (girls have these as well as boys) stimulate the sebaceous glands to increase production of sebum. Sebum is an oily substance secreted by the sebaceous glands that helps prevent hair and skin from drying out. More than 90 per cent of teenagers regularly have issues with their skin. Women are generally affected at a younger age, the peak severity being between ages 17 and 18, while men peak between 19 and 20 years old. Boys tend to be worst affected, because they produce more testosterone.

Can some treatments make my skin worse?

Blemishes and other skin imperfections affect every individual differently and many may react to treatments differently. There are often online stories of treatments making skin worse, but it is very likely that being rough with skin during cleansing or even squeezing and putting pressure on pores and spots is the likely cause.

It’s possible to gently squeeze blackheads and whiteheads to unblock the sebaceous glands but you should take care making sure your hands are clean and that you don’t exert too much pressure (there’s a risk that you will aggravate infection and damage the skin leading to bruising or scarring). If you are very aggressive with squeezing you may push infection and inflammatory chemicals deeper into the skin, making cysts and permanent scars more likely.

How often should I use Skinetica?

Where blemishes are numerous and resistant to simple measures, and especially if the skin is very red and inflamed, keeping up twice-daily applications of Skinetica will be effective over time. You may need to persist as it sometimes takes a while for any noticeable improvement. Once your skin has improved, keep the treatment going, as then it’s effect on skin bacterial levels will be maintained in the following months.While antibiotics can target the bacteria that cause skin to become red and inflamed, they do not affect the underlying process which causes spots to form in the first place. That is where your regular gentle skincare regime, and trying to keep stress level down will all help.

Some people with severe forms of scarring acne will need more powerful medicines. We do advise that if your skin just does not clear up, or you are emotionally affected by the appearance of your, you should seek an appointment with your GP. There is nothing to be ashamed of in having imperfect skin – it is not caused by poor hygiene or bad diet. So enjoy the holidays ahead and look ahead to a regular healthy diet and a regular skincare plan for the longer term.