If you suffer from regular breakouts, you might just put the problem down to having ‘bad skin’, but now an expert has revealed that the area of your face where you get breakouts can reveal the root cause.
Speaking exclusively to FEMAIL, the surgeon, who founded premier cosmetic surgery practice 111 Harley St, said that he’s developed his Clarity Range to pioneer the fight against adult acne – as it’s the most prevalent skin epidemic at the moment.
Dr Yannis Alexandrides suggests that blemishes in different areas of the face can have different root causes (stock image)
THE ZONE: TOP OF THE FACE
Dr Alexandries suggested that spots were most likely to appear around the brows, cheeks and nose, due to an over-production of oil.
The cosmetic surgeon also put this down to excess sweat or hair-styling products, as well as a poor diet.
THE ZONE: LOWER HALF OF THE FACE
Spots isolated on the lower cheek, jawline and chin, spots are likely to have a different cause.
Dr Alexandries pointed out that irritated spots and small blackheads in that area may be caused by hormonal fluctuations and even mobile phone use, which can cause bacteria to be spread around the face.
THE ZONE: SPREAD ACROSS THE FACE
For those who suffer from acne, white heads and cysts across the face, Dr Alexandries places the blame on environmental factors, diet and bacterial imbalance.
Regular exfoliation and cleansing more than once a day is key to preventing breakouts (stock image)
HOW TO GET RID OF YOUR SPOTS
Cleansing and exfoliating are key to preventing blackheads (which are essentially trapped dirt and sebum that build up in sebaceous glands).
Dr Alexandries recommends using a warm cleansing cloth to open pores and then use a suitable formula that targets blackheads.
He explained: ‘I would also suggest using an acid-based exfoliator to gently removes dead skin cells helping to clear congested pores while also purifying the visage.’
DON’T JUST CLEANSE AT NIGHT
The leading surgeon also suggested cleansing more than once a day to ensure the face is kept clean.
He said: ‘Cleanse in the morning to remove sebum gathered on the face overnight during sleep, and double (sometimes triple) cleanse in the evening to remove dirt and grime built on the dermis layer of the skin through the day.
He went on: ‘Remove make-up as soon as you get home, if not… you’re just prolonging the amount of time dirt is sat on the skin causing those problematic skin complaints. Where possible, use an acid based exfoliant to rid the skin of pore-blocking layers of dead skin cells.’
Dr Alexandries suggests blemishes can be banished by investing in ‘purifying, radiance-enhancing’ products that can ‘resurface’ bothersome skin
GO THE WHOLE HOG WITH SKINCARE
Dr Alexandries suggests investing in ‘purifying, radiance-enhancing’ products that will ‘re-surface and revive’ bothersome skin.
He explained:’ Whatever brand you choose you should use the entire regime to provide skin the best chance to relieve imperfections through clinically-inspired ingredients and delivery methods.’
Light therapy may also be used to target spots, as the mixture of red and blue light can help tackle bad skin.
Blue light can be used to break down the blemish, while red light is used to reduce inflammation.
BANISH A SPOT OVERNIGHT
Meanwhile the leading cosmetic surgeon suggests that it is possible to banish spots overnight, by using a ‘highly concentrated formula that combats the blemish.’
Leading cosmetic surgeon Dr Yannis Alexandrides suggests various methods and treatments to help solve different facial blemishes
Dr Alexandries suggests looking for products that describe how they ‘prevent sebum production, eradicate bacteria, and calm inflammation.’
In the case of acne scarring, Dr Alexandries suggests skin needs to be ‘fortified with antioxidants which will help to repair and restore.’
While he says there are plenty of products on the market that can help, fraxel or laser treatments may work for someone looking at something more intensive.
Fraxel is a fractionated laser treatment to rejuvenate the skin, improving fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, pore size, sunspots, minimizes scaring, stretch marks. The laser has two waves lengths and works deep into the skin.
The laser creates small microthermal ‘zones of destruction’, which will then stimulate new production of collagen.
Dr Alexandrides called it ‘ a sure-fire way to an improved surface of the skin.’
The Clarity range is available from