A very common skin concern faced by a lot of women is blemished skin. This is the main reason why your skin doesn’t have the clear, flawless and air-brushed look we all secretly crave. Dermatologist and celebrity skin expert, Dr. Bindu Sthalekar explains, “Skin blemishes is the umbrella term used for lesions or marks on the skin that appear in the form of rashes, acne, maskne, pigmentation, dark spots, etc.”
An Expert Guide to Deal with Skin Blemishes: The Basics
Dr. Sthalekar explains that there are multiple types of blemished skin.
Acne and acne scars - She says, “The main cause of adult acne is the lack of exercise, coupled with binge-eating.” Some other causes also include using the wrong skincare products, lack of personal hygiene, an unhealthy diet, genetics, stress or even medication.
Pigmentation - Pigmentation is the appearance of dark spots on the skin, which ends up making your face appear dull and uneven. Sun exposure and ageing are the major causes of pigmentation. Dr. Sthalekar also adds, “Our computer screens are responsible for blue light exposure, causing photodamage aka brown spots on the skin.”
Maskne - Maskne is acne and spots that occurs around your mouth and has only started to occur in the last few years. Dr. Sthalekar explains, “The heat, sweat and friction trapped under your mask end up clogging pores in the area and then gives rise to maskne.”
Rashes - Mostly occurring due to some sort of skin infection, rashes result in a slight change in the colour of your skin. Rashes could also be due to pollution, unprotected sun exposure, allergic reactions or insect bites.
Tips from an Expert on How to Deal with Skin Blemishes
The first step towards dealing with acne is to find out the cause. This will ensure that the treatment you use ends up being a lot more effective. Some other tips to reduce acne include washing your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser and using mattifying skincare products. Exercising and reducing stress are known to help a lot as well.
Our favourite ingredient for this concern is vitamin C. Apart from having anti-ageing benefits, vitamin C serums like the Lakmé 9 to 5 Vitamin C+ Facial Serum nourish the face and soothe irritated skin. This serum uses Kakadu plum extracts to target all kinds of skin woes from dull skin and blackheads to scars and hyperpigmentation of acne-prone skin.
The best way to deal with such blemished skin, as well as photodamage, is to wear sunscreen every single day whether indoors or outdoors. Choose a sunscreen with SPF of at least 50, and reapply it every few hours. According to Dr. Sthalekar, wearing sunscreen is non-negotiable. “It does not just protect against sun exposure, but from the blue light emitted from your devices as well.”
If you are worried about the patchy and white residue or the greasiness of the usual sunscreens, we love the Lakmé Sun Expert Ultra Matte Spray. This lightweight sunscreen gives a natural finish that also hydrates the skin and keeps it protected from harsh UV rays with 50 SPF. The best part is that it is perfect for all skin types so no more excuses for not wearing sunscreen citing oily skin or acne.
Deal with maskne
While it is impossible to completely stop wearing a mask while Covid-19 is still rampant, here’s what Dr. Sthalekar has to say about treating maskne: “Wash your face at least twice a day with a gentle face wash and then follow it up with an antibacterial cream to inhibit the growth of bacteria in the area. If you need to wear your face mask for really long hours, then try to remove your mask for five minutes, wash your face, reapply the cream and wear it again. This will prevent build-up and reduce maskne.”
Treat skin rashes
To treat blemished skin with rashes, start by applying anti-inflammatory creams to reduce redness and itching. You can also turn to face serums like the Pond's Bright Beauty Spot-Less Glow Serum to even your skin tone. This serum is infused with super ingredients like hyaluronic acid, vitamin B3 and Gluta-Boost-C to give you flawless skin. This fast-absorbing serum brightens the blemishes while hydrating your skin to avoid any rashes and give you a spotless glow.
When it comes to preventing skin blemishes, holistic approaches work well when paired with a consistent skincare routine. To help you understand exactly what steps you should take to treat and prevent this problem, Dr. Sthalekar says, “Since the cause of skin blemishes is usually internal, it is important to eliminate the problem from within.”
- Firstly, avoid consuming excessive dairy products, as they not only increase inflammation in your body but also cause a lot of hormonal imbalance.
- Walk at least 10,000 steps at home every day or indulge in some form of exercise for about 30 minutes. This prevents hormonal imbalance, flushes out the toxins from your system and helps you stay physically fit as well.
- Indulge in yoga and meditation to help with anxiety and balance hormones.
In order to achieve healthy, blemish-free skin, one obviously cannot ignore the importance of a good skincare routine. By following basic skincare steps, you will definitely be able to reduce skin blemishing and maintain healthy, glowing skin. Dr. Sthalekar recommends washing your face with a gentle face wash suitable for your skin type at least two to three times a day. This will help get rid of excess oils, dirt, sweat and other impurities which in turn will prevent clogged pores and acne.
For a gentle but effective scrub, go for the likes of Simple Daily Skin Detox Clear Pore Scrub. While it is free of harsh chemicals like parabens and alcohol, it uses witch hazel, zinc and thyme to clear clogged pores and cleanse your skin thoroughly. Don’t worry about acne, blackheads or rashes returning as this scrub smoothens pores and controls excess sebum that could otherwise turn your skin oily.
After cleansing, always protect and treat your skin with an antibacterial face cream. This will help inhibit bacterial growth on your skin, thereby reducing the chance of a blemish. To further soothe your skin, turn to a lightweight face cream like the Pond’s Super Light Gel Moisturiser. It is loaded with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E which remove dead skin and smoothen the skin texture. This moisturiser also keeps the face hydrated all day long and is absorbed by the skin instantly.
FAQs about How to Deal with Skin Blemishes
01. When should one see a doctor for skin blemishes?
A. Dr. Sthalekar explains that one must immediately visit a dermatologist for skin blemishes in one of the following three situations:
When you have acne and your normal skincare routine isn’t working or if the acne keeps worsening. Since the doctor can not only treat existing acne but also ensure the prevention of future acne, it goes a long way in preventing scars.
When a rash appears and doesn’t calm down in a day or two or it worsens.
Sunspots or pigmentation that won’t go away with the normal skincare routine.
02. What are some home remedies to get rid of blemishes?
A. Applying a little bit of lemon juice or tomato juice on the affected area helps reduce blemishes. Additionally, properly moisturising and protecting the area with natural ingredients like aloe vera gel and honey also helps in improving your skin texture over time.
03. What is the difference between pigmentation and blemishes?
A. Hyperpigmentation is nothing but a type of blemish. The spots in hyperpigmentation appear to be a lot darker than sunspots. Even though they are usually harmless, they can make your skin appear uneven and can end up taking a toll on your self-confidence.
Well, here is how you can treat blemished skin. From using effective skincare products to switching up your lifestyle, you can easily get flawless skin.