Around 80% of people suffer from some form of acne in their lives, and although many of these cases can be dealt with by using over-the-counter medications, some require extra attention. Often this can involve multiple trips to professionals, incurring ongoing costs and taking up a lot of time. Or maybe you don’t have the time to let your spots disappear naturally? Recent movements in skin care technology now mean that you can take care of blemishes and acne from the comfort of your own home, and take control of your treatment again. No matter the severity of your acne or the budget you have, there’s a home-use treatment to help. Here's how to get rid of acne the CURRENT
The Clarisonic Mia 2 uses patented micro-massage motion technology to work with your skin’s natural elasticity and rid your pores of oil, dirt and makeup that can cause spots. The bristles rotate at 300 oscillations per second, meaning it’s extremely effective at cleansing but also really gentle too. It’s great as prevention to acne, and will leave your skin feeling clean and fresh. The cleanser and clay mask that come with this kit help to control oil and help with large, open pores too.
This handy little device uses a combination of red and blue light therapy to kill the bacteria that causes acne and reduce the inflammation that’s often associated with it. It’s extremely affordable, and you should see a difference within 4 weeks. It’s considered to be significantly more effective than Benzoyl Peroxide, which is a commonly prescribed acne cream that can take up to 3 months to take effect. To use it, all you need to do is place the tip against the affected area for 8 minutes on a daily basis. It’s best to continue doing so for between 8 and 12 weeks, depending on the severity of your acne. After that, you can use it whenever you have a breakout to ease the inflammation.
Often, after you’ve been using acne cream, you can be left with scars and extremely dry skin due to the treatment’s ingredients. This is where a microdermabrasion device can come in extremely handy. By using a device like the Riiviva Microderm Facial Exfoliator, the surface of your skin will be rid of any dead or excess skin cells, as the vacuums sucks them away into its canister. This means your face will feel much more smooth – in fact in a clinical trial 100% of people reported an improvement in their acne scars within 6 weeks of use.
If all else has failed, or if you really want to make sure you don’t get any further outbreaks, the Acu-Clear helmet is the ultimate anti-acne device. Although it is fairly costly, it is cheaper than having to visit a dermatologist’s clinic for treatment. Again it uses blue LED light therapy to kill the bacteria that causes spots and pimple, prevent breakouts and minimize scarring. It should be used for 20 minutes every day for as long as your acne needs taking care of – for some people this can be as little as two weeks, and for others up to 11 weeks. So whether you’re suffering with active acne or trying to fade the scars, you no longer need to ‘put up with it’. Post your own tips for getting rid of acne below, or ask any questions you might have about finally having clear skin. *We're sure it goes without saying, but always check with your GP before starting any of these treatments if you are on medication for acne.