Published: 25 November 2019
Blotchy Skin Blues
Ahhh, blotchy skin, it’s something that many of us will have to deal with at some point in our lives. For the afflicted, it can be distressing and demoralizing, as it’s a condition not easily treated or one that can be quickly resolved. The first step, and most important one, is to identify the cause so that the appropriate action can be taken. Have hope, this is a condition that with the careful treatment, and adaptation to skin care, can be managed and relieved.
If you’re struggling with blotchy skin, these are some things to consider that could be standing between you and a clear, calm complexion.
1. Aggressive cleansing
By this, I’m primarily meaning soap, and specifically the bar form. Soap can have chemicals and fragrance in which can strip away the skins protective layer; removing natural oils and healthy fatty acids, resulting in dry, irritated and blotchy skin. Consider switching to a pH neutral cleansing wash or beauty bar that is also fragrance free. Using a gentler soap should make a significant difference and reduce blotchiness in a matter of days.
If your skin is dry and flaky the temptation is to exfoliate away the dead skin cells but this can be counter-productive. An exfoliator should be effective without the need for scrubbing and should contain tiny particles that are gentle on the skin surface. Enzyme peels are a good alternative as they rely on the plant acids in them as the active ingredient that dissolves dead skin cells rather than sloughing them away. Try to avoid chemical peels or any products that have harsh, gritty particles in them.
3. Fragranced beauty products
Of course it is nice to use products that have a pleasant scent but this should come from any natural plant essential oils and not be synthetically achieved. Use products that are fragrance and dye free to minimise irritation.
4. Seasonal skin
The winter months are challenging for our skin. The loss of humidity and repeated traipsing from overheated shops, offices and trains, battling the wind and cold, can all leave the skin dehydrated and chapped. Step up the moisturiser and switch to a richer, more hydrating formulation.
Summer is equally as problematic, the increase in exposure to UV rays can cause dark patches which can be incredibly difficult to get rid of. Always wear a high factor sunscreen when you’re out in the summer and always use a moisturiser with high SPF protection, in the winter months too.
5. Medical conditions
There are numerous medical conditions that can affect the skin; eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and acne, to name a few. All require professional diagnosis and may necessitate prescribed medication to manage symptoms.
If you have made changes in your skin management with no improvement in its appearance and you are concerned that your blemishes could be the result of an underlying medical issue it’s time to see your GP. While most skin disorders are minor, others can indicate a more serious problem.
Published: 25 November 2019