Since lockdown began, we’ve omitted wearing make-up and are focusing a lot more on our skincare regime, so why is our skin breaking out?!
I would put at least some of the reason down to stress,” explains Debbie Thomas, advanced skin and laser expert. “Worrying about your own health, your family and potentially your job will leave you feeling stressed."
“Additionally, lifestyle changes – whether good or bad – can also upset the hormonal balance again resulting in your skin acting up. You may think doing more exercise and eating more home cooked meals should mean you’re in better shape with glowing skin, however sometimes it can take a while for your body to settle – it can go through a purging phase where it pushes toxins out.”
Just because we’re sitting at home, doesn’t mean our skin isn’t experiencing a build up of dirt, oil, environmental aggressors and pollutants. Impurities like these can block pores, making a flawless, smooth complexion difficult to achieve.
Along with blemishes, most of us may notice our complexion looks duller/slightly grey compared to usual. By not wearing make-up, some people may skip their evening skincare routine. But even without make-up your skin still produces oil and sweat that should be cleansed away. A lack of vitamin D and, again, stress could also contribute to a duller complexion.
Here, we break down each of our current skincare concerns and advice on how to overcome them
How does stress affect our skin?
Stress and worry can have a big impact on the condition of our skin and considering the current pandemic, it’s understandable that we may be breaking out. Stress especially can cause breakouts, and this in itself can result in more stress. When we’re under stress, our skin produces stress hormones, including cortisol which can stimulate oil glands to overproduce resulting in clogged pores and unwanted breakouts.
What’s the best way to overcome at-home breakouts?
It may be frustrating to experience breakouts during lockdown, especially when we’re trying to let our skin breathe freely from make-up and we’re actually taking more time on our skincare routines. Here, Isaacs shares his advice on how to treat them.
Sanitise your smartphone
Mobile phones are hotspots for blemish-causing bacteria, so keep them clean with an antibacterial wipe. Simply wipe down your phone screen at the end of each day to ensure bacteria isn’t transferred to your face when you’re making your next phone call. And better still, use the hands-free speaker mode to minimise phone contact with your facial skin.
Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise
Dowsing oily, blemish-prone skin with moisturisers may seem counterintuitive, but it’s actually one of the best things you can do for your breakouts. When skin is dry, the oil glands tend to overproduce sebum in an attempt to add moisture back into the skin. This can lead to clogged pores, which causes even more breakouts. To nourish your skin while keeping blemishes at bay, use a lightweight, low-oil moisturiser.
Keep your hands away from your face
Especially important now, it’s always best to take a hands-off approach. Continuous touching can move blemish-causing bacteria from one area of the face to another, spreading your breakout across the entirety of your complexion.
Exfoliate regularly (but not too much!)
Removing dead skin cells before they have the chance to clog your pores is a sure-fire way of obtaining a clear complexion. The key is to do it gently. Harsh exfoliating scrubs can ramp up your skin’s inflammation, worsening the appearance of blemishes while delaying their natural healing cycle. Instead use a gentle facial wash that incorporates mild exfoliating acids such as salicylic acid.
You still need to cleanse, even if you arent wearing makeup!
By cleansing your skin before bed, you’re giving your pores the opportunity to breathe, which will ultimately result in a clearer complexion.