HOW TO CARE FOR BLEMISHED SKIN

Blemished skin can be unpredictable and looking after it can be a tough task. When imperfections and breakouts appear on the days you least expect (or want) them, it can be difficult understanding where your daily skincare routine should begin and when it should end. It’s time to learn how to battle blemishes and take back control of your skincare routine.

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WHAT CAUSES BLEMISHED SKIN?

There are oil glands in our skin called sebaceous glands. These produce oil called sebum. Sebum travels up to the surface of the skin lubricating and protecting it from drying out. Overactive sebaceous glands produce more sebum than the skin needs, which can lead to blemishes.

WHY DO I HAVE BLEMISHED SKIN?

A variety of factors can contribute to blemished skin, but more often than not it comes down to your unique genetic make-up. Your skin type is something you’re born with that’s unique to you. We’re all different and there isn’t a simple answer. We do know how blemishes usually form, which can help us address them. A blemish usually begins with blocked pores, which can be caused by increased sebum, the natural oil our skin produces. Some other reasons could be:

  • Hormones – Activities such as puberty or menstrual cycle can increase activity of sebaceous glands.

  • Seasonal Changes – Heat and humidity during spring and summer can cause the skin’s oil production to increase. Dry air in winter can also dehydrate skin and excess oil may occur when it overcompensates.

  • Sun Exposure – Sun may temporarily dry out the skin, which causes it to produce more oil to compensate.

  • Stress – Our body can produce more oil in response to stress.

  • Incorrect use of products – If your skin has a tendency to be oily, make sure you are choosing suitable products. Over-stripping skin will produce even more oil in response to compensate.

HOW TO REDUCE THE APPEARANCE OF BLEMISHES

TIP 1: UNCLOG YOUR PORES

Kick-start any skin-clearing routine with a warm shower to steam your skin – this helps your products work more efficiently, making it easier to target clogged pores and remove impurities.



TIP 2: USE A SKINCARE ROUTINE FOR BLEMISHED SKIN

Your routine can help stop the pores getting blocked in the first place by removing the oiliness that may lead to blemishes.

1. Always remove makeup – try our gentle Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter or Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil.

2. Use a gentle cleanser – the Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash and Tea Tree Foaming Cleanser are both good for oily skin.

3. Help mattify skin with the Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner.

4. Target blemishes directly with our
Tea Tree Oil.

5. During the day, moisturize with Tea Tree Mattifying Lotion, and in the evening manage blemishes overnight with the Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Night Mask.

6. Once or twice a week, add in the Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask for added blemish battling.

TIP 3: BE PREPARED

Stay armed for a skincare emergency by carrying a bottle of our bestselling Tea Tree Oil around with you. Infused with the oil from 15,000 tea tree leaves, skin imperfections don’t stand a chance. You should also stash a Tea Tree Targeted Gel and Tea Tree Facial Wipes in your handbag or gym bag for emergencies.

TIP 4: USE A FOUNDATION FOR BLEMISHED SKIN

It’s tempting to conceal blemishes with a heavy foundation, but this can clog your pores and cause breakouts. Choose a base that looks good and works for your skin type. Our tea-tree-enriched Matte Clay Foundation is a long-wearing, super-light and breathable foundation that promotes clearer-looking skin.

TIP 5: KEEP YOUR PILLOWCASE CLEAN

Be sure to change your pillowcase regularly. Dead skin cells and lipids from skin and hair can build up and encourage bacteria to grow – this means bad news for blemish-prone skin!

TIP 6: BATTLE BLEMISHES OVERNIGHT

Great skin starts with a good night’s sleep. Skin cells renew while you sleep, so be sure to get those 6-8 hours in to allow plenty of time for rest and recovery. Oily skin tends to experience a peak in sebum at 3 am – take back control and wake up to clearer-looking skin from day one with the help of our Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Night Mask.

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