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Stress & your skin (Part 1) - Acne & Dullness

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When anxiety spikes, complexion concerns can too, with breakouts, dryness and wrinkles. We show you how to keep calm when the pressure’s on.

Acne

The problem

‘The primary aggravating factor leading to adult acne is chronic stress,’ says Emma Hobson, education manager at The International Dermal Institute. While periods of intensity can cause occasional breakouts, it’s continual stress that alters ours hormone levels and causes an increase in oil production, she explains.

The solution

‘The key to controlling your breakouts is maintaining clean skin,’ advises Hobson. To keep spots at bay, she recommends double cleansing in the morning and evening and using products that contain ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid or zinc to help prevent and reduce inflammation. If shine is concern, consider a weekly clay-based mask or a mattifyingtoner to absorb any excess oil. It’s also a good idea to invest in a spot treatment to dry out the affected area. And although your skin may seem oily, moisturising is still a crucial step – but stay away from oil-based formulas and opt for non-comedogenic options, instead.

The buys

1. Olay Shine Control Lathering Cleanser, $13.99

2. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream, $34

3. Chanel Précision Fresh Mattifying Toner, $75

4. Dr. LeWinn’s Puressence Purifying Masque, $34.95

5. Ultraceuticals Ultra Clear Treatment Lotion, $79

6. Galderma Benzac AC Water Based Acne Gel, $16.

Your skin mirrors the processes within your body, so be sure to eat a balanced diet when you’re under pressure.

Dullness

The problem

During times of extreme pressure, your body redirects energy from jobs that it considers non-essential. Unfortunately for your lacklustre complexion, that includes cell turnover. And when dead skin cells don’t shed regularly, your base can appear sallow and flat.

The solution

Radiant skin is all about healthy cell turnover, so exfoliation is key. Choose between a scrub or chemical formulas (they usually contain salicylic or lactic acid) to help get your glow back. But be cautious of overdoing it, as this can lead to irritation – two to three times a week should be sufficient. Follow with a hydrating serum or mask designed specifically to even out your skin tone and rejuvenate a tired base. Finish with a brightening moisturiser to help seal in the benefits and create a dewy, luminescent finish.

The buys

1. Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser, $13.99

2. Giorgio Armani Luminessence Bright Regenerator Concentrate, $165

3. SK-II Skin Rebooster, $130

4. Elizabeth Arden Intervene Radiance Boosting Moisture Cream SPF 15, $90

5. Clean & Clear Morning Burst Skin Brightening Facial Scrub, $10.99

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