I was recently invited to the La Roche Posay skin event at Noho Studio’s in London. Read on to find out about the event and to learn more about acne prone skin.
The event was to introduce their new spot scanner, which is available for you to check out HERE.
There was an in depth panel discussion about adult acne, the causes, triggers and treatments with dermatologist Dr Emma Wedgeworth, Ex model and online influencer Ruth Crilly from A model recommends and IT cosmetics brand ambassador Rose Gallagher.
We also got to discover the amazing Effaclar range and bring home a fabulous goody bag.
What is acne?
Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become blocked.
Tiny glands in the skin called sebaceous glands produce an oily substance called sebum to lubricate your skin and hair and stop it from drying out.
In acne prone skin the glands begin to produce too much sebum and mixed with dead skin cells the hair follicles become blocked causing whiteheads and blackheads.
What triggers acne?
Acne can be hereditary, so if your parent’s suffered with it there is a greater chance that you might too.
One of the well known triggers of acne is hormones. This can trigger acne to form in teenagers as they go through puberty, just before or during a period, during pregnancy and can also be found in those suffering from homone related conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome.
Other triggers can be cosmetics, this is not as common now as many are non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores). Some medications such as steroids and medication to help treat depression and epilepsy can also be a trigger.
How do you treat acne?
Treatment for acne can take some time to really get the oil production under control. For mild to moderate acne you can try to treat with over the counter skin treatments. Try not to use anything too drying a lot of the more popular brands (not naming names) often strip the skin, which in turn makes the skin produce more oil.
That is why I really do rate the La Roche Posay Effaclar range, it’s formulated by dermatologists and contains some really great ingredients for helping control the oil production, reduce the appearance of spots and unblock pores whilst still being kind to the skin, keeping it hydrated and not causing any irritation.
If your acne is more severe you may need to visit your GP for a prescription grade cream, oral contraceptive or antibiotic. If you still seem to be suffering asked to be referred to a dermatologist.
Does diet affect acne?
There hasn’t been any conclusive proof that certain foods affect acne overall. However many people notice a link with dairy, especially semi skimmed milk, processed carbohydrates and excess sugar consumption.
Whether you have acne or not it is very important to try and have a healthy diet, so once you have tried over counter skin treatments maybe look at where you could reduce processed foods and excess sugar in your diet first before eliminating dairy. Eating a diet containing lots of wholesome fish, meat, fresh fruit and veg will ensure your body and skin gets the correct nutrients.
My experience with the Effaclar range
So as a teen my skin was lovely and clear, I went on to have my children, I then hit 30+ and boom the spots appeared. I’d never really experienced spots before apart from the odd one or two around the time of the month.
The spots were getting worse and were mainly along my jawline, chin and around my mouth. That is when I discovered La Roche Posay Effaclar range.
I used Effaclar H cleansing cream to cleanse my skin once my makeup was removed at night and again in the morning.
Effaclar duo is a gel moisturiser that contains Niacinamide, Lipo Hydroxy Acid and Salicylic Acid and Zinc which help reduce the appearance of spots, unclogs pores and mattifies the skin.
It also contains Procerad to help reduce pigmentation marks and Glycerin to keep the skin hydrated. The minimalist formula contains no parabens, perservatives, soap, colourants or lanolin. It is also hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, which means it won’t block pores.
I used this as my mosturiser every morning and night until my skin cleared up. I did also go on a contraceptive to regulate my hormones as I was also suffering with miagraines and the two together cleared up my skin.
My clients that suffer from acne prone skin
This is what really sparked me to attend the event. I have a lot of brides that either suffer with acne and have since their teen years or sometimes with the stress of wedding plans etc a clients skin can flare up.
If you have seen some of my before and after pictures I think you will agree that I do a pretty good job of covering it up for the day. However like anything skin related my passion is to educate others how to treat their skin concerns rather than just cover them with makeup.
When I have a client who has acne prone skin or is suffering with some breakouts I am always super grateful when they let me take a before picture as I know it can help others who also suffer with their skin realise that it can be covered for a special occasion.
Seeing a perfected complexion on an after photo can make someone who is really struggling with their skin think that that person’s skin was clear to start off with and it’s not always the case.
Whilst makeup can disguise the redness, pigmentation marks and scarring obviously it can’t cover lumps and bumps under the skin, however keeping the skin more matte will help the skin look more smooth in general.
Skincare for acne prone skin
This doesn’t need to be a complicated process you just need to choose products that are effective with key oil controlling and spot reducing ingredients, yet gentle on the skin.
Have you tried La Roche Posay? If not then give it a try and let me know how you get on!