Post by Hannah Tyrrell

It might not come as a surprise to hear that there’s been a 200% increase in the number of people seeking professional treatment for adult acne. Why? Well diet and stress are key contributors to acne and, thanks to our busy lives, work takes over and diets slip. Unsurprisingly, women form the majority of acne sufferers – with around 44% of all women complaining of breakouts. So what can we do?

Best for prevention:

Acne is caused by pores being blocked with excess oil, meaning oil-control is essential. Selecting the right cleanser is super important for this. Gel and foaming cleansers are typically best for oily skin, by helping lift away dirt and oil without stripping the skin. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel offers dual gel/foaming action. Designed specifically to control sebum production, it’s ideal for acne prevention.

When pores become blocked, preventing pimples from popping up can be as simple as a regular mud mask. Take Caudalie’s Instant Detox Mask, it includes pink clay to cleanse deep into the pores and absorb sebum. It also boasts antioxidants and toxin-draining grape marc and coffee, plus skin-perfecting papaya. Give it a bash!

Best for fixing:

When spots do rear their ugly heads, fixing isn’t quite as simple as prevention. There are plenty of products that can help though. EVE LOM Dynaspot treatment is designed to target troublesome areas, without drying. Boasting spot-zapping salicylic acid, tea tree oil, camomile and zinc oxide, it works to soothe redness and inflammation too.

If acne scarring is a worry, Origins Super Spot Remover Blemish Treatment is the one. Anti-spot technology helps reduce darkening, while red algae helps control redness and irritation. Salicylic acid is the cherry on top for its oil-controlling properties. Perfect!

Best for overnight:

Did you know that excess oil can be a sign of dehydration? Yep – the skin produces oil to hydrate the skin, therefore moisturising may be exactly what you need. Apply First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream to super clean skin, before bed, to work its magic overnight. Designed to nourish skin, it’s also super effective on acne and can be used on the face and body!

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After a long day of wearing makeup, skin can feel aggravated and sore. Wearing an overnight treatment, such as Vichy Normaderm Night Detox, after a thorough cleanse can really help. This overnight saviour is designed to tackle sebum and imperfections, as well as tighten pores, improve complexion and more!

Best for concealing:

If you hadn’t already read about Revlon ColourStay Foundation then where have you been? It’s our absolute saviour for oil-control! With salicylic acid in the oily/combination formula, it’s a no brainer for acne-prone skin. Not only that, it’s gorgeously buildable for complete coverage finish. Bosh!

For concealing pesky spots, a blemish-busting formula is essential for preventing the problem worsening. bareMinerals’ Blemish Remedy Concealer offers full-coverage and boasts zit-zapping Aspen Bark, Tea Tree Oil and a special Peptide Complex. Not only that, it contains clever Kaolin Clay minerals to (yep, you guessed it) control oil!