Cambridge Edition March 2020

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promises to minimise the look of scar within eight weeks, is also a good choice. If a pimple does pop up, there are some essential products you should have in your arsenal. A concentrated treatment can – if you’re lucky – totally stop a spot in its tracks: try a blemish patch, such as the Zitsticka Killa Spot Clarifying Patch Kit (£26.99 for eight, Boots), which uses tea tree to cleanse, microdart technology to deliver salicylic acid and hydrocolloid to absorb all the nastiness. Amazing in an emergency, it’s not the cheapest, so you could try Cosrx Clear Fit Master Patch (£3.85 for 24, skinsider.co.uk), for a similar solution at a more wallet-friendly price. If you prefer an ointment, Ren’s ClearCalm Non-Drying Spot Treatment (£15, John Lewis) is cruelty-free, vegan-friendly and contains willow bark, offering a great topical treatment which helps reduce the post-spot flakiness. If you have a moment of weakness and squeeze your spot, cleanse the area immediately to stop bacteria spreading. Witch hazel is great for this, and you can grab a bottle in Superdrug for just £2.59. Try and keep the area as clean, dry and makeup free as possible, dabbing

lemishes are never a welcome accessory. Perhaps you only suffer with the odd one here and there, or maybe pesky zits are a frequent

occurrence for you: either way, it’s worth arming yourself with a couple of remedies. First things first – why do we get spots? Put simply, it’s the effect of sebaceous glands becoming clogged, which leads to infection. Hormones, diet and genetics play a role, but if you’re suffering regularly with uncomfortable breakouts, say – picking and popping does make spots worse. Breaking the skin leaves you susceptible to further irritation and slows down the skin’s natural healing process, as well as risking scarring. Releasing the fluid build-up can spread infection further, and (horrifyingly!) even risks pushing bacteria further under the skin. The skin’s natural healing process for a spot is between three and seven days, but by picking you increase that to 14 days or more. Cleansing daily will help prevent dirt and makeup building up. By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid Water 5% Skin Prep Water (£20.10, skinsider.co.uk) is great for acne- prone skin thanks to its antibacterial properties, and Urang Clarifying Blue Mask (£28.50, skinsider.co.uk) harnesses kaolin clay to absorb excess sebum. Murad offers some great skincare options for pimple-prone skin, too. My faves include Time Release Blemish Cleanser (£30, murad.co.uk), which provides continuous, gentle blemish treatment while optimising hydration, and the Outsmart Blemish Clarifying Treatment (£36), a lightweight serum that helps treat breakouts, blackheads, whiteheads and excess oil. It targets existing blemishes, as well as the bacteria that causes them. Invisiscar Resurfacing Treatment (£35), a new product that it could be worth consulting with a dermatologist for expert advice. Speaking of advice, it’s true what they

Faace offers skin solutions for common complaints such as tiredness, time of the month or stress-induced sweats, with its capsule collection of face masks (£19.50, wearefaace.com). Grab a tube of Tired (with caffeine, aloe, and rosehip), Period (with hyaluronic acid, lavender and zinc) or Sweaty (with argon oil and grapefruit). The products have recyclable packaging and, for every mask purchased, Faace donates one pack of sanitary products to people who have no access to them or funds to buy them through social enterprise, Hey Girls. THE ONE THAT I WANT

on an antiseptic such as Germolene. Once the area has dried, resist the urge to pick any scabs and try a combination of concealer and powder layering to cover it.

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