Acne can be caused – and made worse – by a number of things:
Hormones called ‘androgens’ act on the oil glands making them increase oil production. This can lead to pores becoming blocked and bacteria can form that causes inflammation and spots. Good ingredients for acne products include niacinamide, glycolic acid, Vitamin C and retinol. When you’re looking for skin care that works, keep an eye out for these.
Genetics – this isn’t always the case but acne can be inherited.
A medical condition – in particular conditions that cause hormonal fluctuations, particularly higher levels of androgen.
Diet – there is some evidence that dairy can cause acne, but certainly food that gives a spike in blood sugar or glucose (for example, pizza, sweets, sugar, soft drinks and white bread) raises the blood glucose levels. This in turn promotes the release of insulin, which increases the production of both sebum and androgen.
Watch your diet
To combat it, eat plenty of Vitamin C and zinc and avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates. Vegetables and fruit with a low glycaemic index are good – bananas, blueberries, broccoli, mushrooms, and fish high in omega-3 fatty acids.
My three favourite products for acne are:
Max & Magic - a power couple for treating acne! If you apply Melting Magic before retinol MAX, it gets deep into the pores to fade dark spots and acne scars. It draws out oil from the skin and sheds dead cells to prepare skin for the penetrating benefits of retinol.
Then retinol MAX stimulates the cells, boosting collagen and rejuvenating the skin. Used together they’re super effective at breaking down pigmentation and acne scarring – brightening and repairing.
5 Minute Wake-Me-Up – this is great for reducing excess oil and controlling breakouts. It’s a fixer for spots, pigmentation and a brightener and oil control all wrapped into one. Use it in the morning – we’re at our most oily in the afternoon and this will help to control it.
Flawless Corrective Serum with azelaic acid – a miracle acne reducer – azelaic acid is an unbeatable acne saviour and was once only available on prescription. This fantastic anti-bacterial acne treatment is new to Millionaire Beauty for 2019 – use it as a mask at night, dab on individual spots to soothe and vanish, or apply as a skin toner in the morning.
All our skincare products are UK-made and completely natural. We’ve developed many of them to target specific skincare issues like acne, scarring and pigmentation.