I know after nearly 23 years in the beauty industry that there are many ladies who suffer with problematic skins. These visible imperfections can lead to a lack of self-confidence , feelings of inadequacy and even helplessness.
I have honestly come to realize that no two skins are alike and even more importantly that no two problematic skins are alike. It is important to treat a problematic skin with care, they need extra attention when it comes to hygiene and a product that is best suited the particular skin and concern in question (this often entails trial and error).

Here are a few guidelines as to the do's and don'ts when it comes to ingredients in your skin care. Compiled by Sonette Donker of SKIN ID in Johannesburg.

Ingredients to AVOID when you are prone to breakouts or suffer with Acne
Lanolin: Irritates the skin lining the follicle leading to an increase in oil production and dead cell build-up resulting in a blackhead.
Mineral Oil: Occlusive on the skin, leading to congestion (fine bumps which are whiteheads and blackheads).
Artificial Colour: Irritates the skin lining the follicle leading to blackheads. Often women wearing orange, red and bright pinks might get blackheads on the lip line or on the cheeks where they apply their orange or pink blusher.

Ingredients to INVEST in when you are prone to breakouts or suffer with Acne
Bentonite and Kaolin Clays: Absorbs the excess oil without dehydrating the skin.
Salicylic Acid: Exfoliates the excess dead skin cells and is anti-inflammatory making it ideal for the inflamed breakouts.
Glycolic Acid: Removes the excess dead skin cells and rejuvenates the skin, preventing scar tissue as well as removing dark discolorations.

I hope that Sonette's guidelines help you to be a more conscious shopper , remember your SKIN IS THE LARGEST ORGAN of the body so do treat it kindly.
For more info on SKIN ID & Treatments :
Tel: 083 250 5111
Email: sonette@skinid.co.za
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Twitter: @sonettedonker

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