The path to clearer skin

Did you know that over 90% of the population worldwide suffer from acne at some point in their lifetime1. And it’s not just teenagers that are prone to pimples, more adults than ever are now suffering from acneic skin conditions1.

Despite the global scale and general discontent of this skin condition, science hasn’t quite been able to come up with a holy grail cure yet! But don’t despair, preventative action and a good skincare routine may be all you need to bet back on track to clearer, spot free skin. Bear in mind not all acne skin is oily, sometimes its combination and sometimes even dry – these skin conditions need to be treated differently to help clear the skin effectively.

Here’s some top tips to get you on the right path:


Cosmetic products such as make-up, hair-products, fake tan, chemical based SPF, and some cosmetic skincare can contribute to blocking follicles and causing irritation. Once your pores become blocked, dead skin cells cannot reach the skins surface and results in…yes, you guessed it…more spots! Cleansing your skin daily with a cleanser suitable for your skin type and condition can help to remove the product build-up before the pores start to get more irritated and infected.  Cleansing your skin will also remove sweat, which can block the opening of hair follicles and trap them nasty chemicals inside your skin. But choose wisely not all cleansers are suitable for all skin types and conditions, check your ingredients and suitability to your skin

Check out this, non-drying, soap-free cleansing face wash for oily to combination skin

For dry, sensitive skin check out this gentle foaming gel cleanser


Those suffering from regular breakouts may be tempted to exfoliate the skin more frequently to clear the skin. However, harsh exfoliation can irritate rather than heal, leading to further inflammation and spots. That said, it is an important part of any skincare regime, as long as it is not done too frequently and done gently.

Need a great exfoliator? Take a look at this purifying exfoliating water for acne-prone skin:


You might think if you have oily skin, you don’t need a moisturiser as it will make it more oily, this is in fact a common misconception, even oily skin still needs the hydration and soothing of a good moisturiser. Ingredients are key on whether it will help to heal or irritate the skin, so make sure you choose a product developed specifically for acne or spot prone skin.

Check out this soothing moisturiser for dry or oily acne-prone skin. It also helps to fight inflammation & helps fade blemish marks


There have been many studies that suggest there is a link in the development of acne to foods that significantly increase your blood sugar levels. One study found that people who frequently consumed sugars had a 30% greater risk of developing acne2.  Research also points the finger at dairy products, one study found that young adults who regularly consume milk or ice cream were four times more likely to suffer from acne3.  We are not suggesting you cut out all refined carbs, sugars and even dairy completely but if you are suffering with acne prone skin it is worth reducing your intake of these foods.  It is important to eat a well-balanced diet with lots of skin boosting foods rich in Vitamin A and antioxidants. After all you are what you eat!


Like diet, there is currently no strong research-based evidence that connects stress with acne. However, some reveal that stress causes a chemical response in your body that makes skin more sensitive and reactive. In times of stress our body releases a hormone called cortisol to help us deal with the perceived threat.  But the side effect of excessive cortisol is that it stimulates the sebaceous glands to go into overdrive and produce more sebum. Stress is part of everyday life, so take some time out to exercise and plan some relaxation techniques and get a step closer to that clearer complexion.


Sleep improves your mood, mental health, and the body’s ability to heal and fight disease. An adult should be getting between seven to eight hours of sleep every night. A lack of sleep can directly impact your immune system making it harder for your body to combat the bacteria that leads to your breakouts. So, say goodnight and good riddance to your pesky pimples – don’t forget to change your pillowcase regularly to avoid bacteria build up.

Whilst this gives you a good idea on how to improve your chances for great skin, it’s important to know that these measures will not always work for everyone. Depending on the type of acne that you have and the underlying factors that could be causing your acne will influence how effective these actions will be. It is always recommended to seek the advice of a professional skin specialist for advice on what the right homecare routine would be for you.

If you’re prone to blemishes, spots, oily skin, blackheads or lingering marks, then our exclusive Sebiaclear solution, packed full of gentle dermatological actives can give you visible results in just seven days! Shop the full range here:

Or if you’re looking for expert, personalised advice on how to combat your specific acne concerns, we would be happy to discuss the best products and routines to start you on your journey to clearer skin. You can get in touch today



2Persistence Market Research; Acne prevalence and relationship with dietary habits

3Acne and dairy products in adolescence by Norwegian longitudinal study,



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