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We need to talk about adult acne

By Lauren Bravo on June 11th, 2013

When almost every other bodily problem is up for public discussion, why does adult acne get left in the dark? Writer Laura Jane Williams brings her breakout battle into the open

woman covering face with handSo the thing is, I’ve always had pretty amazing skin. And that’s a really shitty thing for me to say, because nice girls don’t gloat about such genetic triumphs. It’s like saying “No, I eat whatever I want, I never put on weight!” or “Oh, my lashes naturally hit the glass of my spectacles.” I know this. But I promise what I’m about to type will satisfy even the most extreme schadenfreude hankering.

From November 2012 to April 2013 every Facebook photograph of me has been touched up, on iPhoto, so as not to reveal the true state of my skin. Karma came to bite me on my ample ass, you see. I got adult acne.

I amassed a collection of painful pustles under the skin, positioning themselves in such a way that it meant natural sunlight made it seem as though Batman’s Egghead had invited his whole family over for dinner along my jawline. The fluro lighting at work made the mounds on my chin look red and angry, pounding for release. Washing didn’t work, makeup did sod all, and the stress of worrying about how I was putting my colleagues off their lunch made it even worse.

Seldom did my irritations do me the pleasure of developing heads to be squeezed in order to release the pus. Any PMT blemish before The Skin Debacle of 2012 would’ve been dealt with in that way. But my bout of adult acne? Not so amenable. And it made me fucking miserable.

The truly ironic part of this devastating turn of events – and truly, I have now come to understand how absolutely, cripplingly mortifying bad skin can be – is that at the time of my outbreak, I was writing an eBook about adult acne. Say what you want about the universe, but that bitch has got one hell of a sense of humour.

I used to think that irrespective of the odd pimple it was who you were on the inside that counted. Well I’m calling shenanigans on that. Despite the fact that I’m a smart woman- I graduated top of my class, pay all my own bills, date, have friends, work hard, play harder, that is, in short, do everything normal, happy, functioning, people do- I could not get past the disfigured face I saw in the mirror. Over Christmas, I didn’t even leave the house. Kids- that kind of behaviour just ain’t me.

But that’s just it! Spots send you bonkers! It’s all you think about! All you see! AND THAT’S NOT ALL. As a sufferer of adult acne, you wonder if every time somebody makes eye contact with you, from the sales clerk to your BFF, if they’re thinking to themselves, “Wow. Sister be gross.” So basically I just stopped making eye contact at all.

My self-esteem was never as low as it was in those months.

vitage-age-defence-hydrating-maskI tried everything. Two litres of water a day. Lymphatic drainage massages. Eight hours a week of blue light therapy. New cleansers, different toners, no moisturiser, more moisturiser. I felt better for being more hydrated, and I’ve since recommended Lustre Light Therapy to friends because it helped enough to be worth a try for anyone, but I still couldn’t talk about acne. I still couldn’t use words to describe the debilitating angst that I felt, for the first time in my life, teenage and adult, ugly. And that goes hand-in-hand with worthless. I felt that, too.

My boss, wise elder, took me aside one day, slipping a box of Priori Advanced AHA facial cleanser into my palm. She had me combine it with a Vitage Age Defence Hydrating Mask a few times a week, and Medik8’s Growth Factor underneath my twice-daily Nivea application. I got salon-strength exfoliant to use twice a week, and switched my foundation to a tinted moisturiser so that my face can breathe better.

After 8 weeks of intensive TLC, my face started to heal. I felt like myself again. I don’t know why I got a breakout when I did- hormones, my “big move” to London, bad luck- karma? I don’t even know which part of my solution to recommend to you.

But what I do want to say, is that why is it we can talk about in-growing pubic hairs, fanny farts, thrush and scaly dandruff, but acne is off limits? The thing I wanted most during my six-month pizza-face ordeal was, aside from a solution, an honest conversation about it. But I was far too embarrassed.

It’s only now I’m almost back to my old spot-free self that I feel confident enough to say guys. We need to talk about adult acne.

I’ve stated my case. What’s yours?

Laura Jane Williams blogs at Superlatively Rude and Tweets under @superlativelyLJ

Beauty, Celebrity Style, News

Daisy Lowe gets stress spots

By Andrea Petrou on May 9th, 2011

Daisy Lowe’s skin suffers when she is stressed.

The British model has learned to look after herself better in order to prevent breakouts, which she admits used to be frequent.

She said: “Whenever I get stressed I end up spotty.

“I try to have regular reflexology and get a good night’s sleep.

“I now get lymphatic drainage massages at my gym and they cleared my skin up in about three weeks.”

Daisy also revealed she has learned to accept her flaws and stop envying the bodies of other people so much.

She said: “When I was modelling, I’d often think, ‘Why can’t I be more like so-and-so?’ But I realise you have to be nice to yourself.

“There’s always something you don’t like, so concentrate on what you love.”

The brunette beauty takes care of her appearance, but hates some aspects of grooming, particularly removing her body hair.

She added to Britain’s Cosmopolitan magazine: “I enjoy my legs being smooth but I get annoyed when I have to constantly shave my armpits.

“Bikini waxing is so unfair, but if you want to wear a bikini, you have no choice. I think men should at least do a little clipping in return.”

Celebrity Style, Gossip, News

Sarah Harding has electric facials to stop her from getting spots

By Andrea Petrou on March 14th, 2011

Sarah Harding has electric facials to stop her from getting spots.

The Girls Aloud singer keeps her complexion blemish-free with a special beauty treatment from cosmetic company Guinot which uses an electrical current to treat your skin.

She said: “The Guinot facials are amazing. They do an amazing Micro-Derm facial that has this electrical current that runs through your skin. It’s magnetic and makes this buzzing noise. It really helps with your spots and balances out your skin.”

The 29-year-old star doesn’t only pamper her face, she also uses hot stones to keep her body looking great.

She added: “I also love a good massage – especially with hot stones. I love everything about spas and spending days getting pampered.”

Sarah – who is engaged to DJ Tom Crane – is taking her beauty regime more seriously the older she gets because she wants to stay looking young.

She said: “I’ve started looking after myself a bit more than I used to. I’m getting regular facials and massages, trying to eat well – that sort of thing . When you’re in the public eye you’re always going to scrutinise yourself. You want to look a certain way and try to maintain that and it’s difficult.”

Beauty, Gossip, News

Kate Winslet takes lysine to combat spots

By Andrea Petrou on March 9th, 2011

Kate Winslet takes lysine to combat spots.

The 35-year-old actress confesses she deals with unsightly outbreaks on her face by taking the essential amino-acid, but has to maintain it otherwise the pimples return.

She said: “I get breakouts on my chin – it’s a f**ker. Lysine helps massively with the skin. I definitely advise it. But you have to take a lot of it.”

She also has to make sure to exercise, doing Pilates to help keep her trim figure in shape.

Kate told Britain’s Vogue magazine: “Well, I’m 35 now. I’ve got to keep it together. I mean f**k, it really does start to happen doesn’t it? I’ve been doing a bit of Pilates and some running. A little bit of this and that.

“A part of, I suppose, my way out of everything, has been really taking care of myself.”

The British beauty also confesses she is not a person who enjoys going out shopping, claiming she “hates” the idea.

She said: “I don’t go shopping. I’m not one of those people who can do a day’s shopping. I’ve never been like that. Never, ever, I can’t. I really hate it.”

Gallery, London fashion week

LFW AW 2011 Highlghts: David Koma

By Andrea Petrou on February 22nd, 2011

David Koma AW 2011

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Trade in your spotty skin for a fresh face this summer

By alanamcverry on April 21st, 2010

Clinque-Anti-Blemish-Solutions-3-Step-System-luxury-skin-care-beauty-11.jpg If like me, and miss Lowe apparently, you fear the months of the year when you are told to discard your foundation, and bare your skin (and all it’s misgivings) to the world around you. It seems for those whose awkward acne years trail into their twenties, there is not much in the market for the middle ground. Left with a difficult dialectic between purging skin with alcohol based products designed for resilient teenage skin, or lathering up with mums richest age defying cream. And fearing that the day you actually manage to banish the blemishes, will be the day that the crows feet, who up till now have been waiting patiently on the side line, are tagged in to play. So what’s out there for a sensitive approach to spot free summer skin.

1. Clinique’s anti-blemish system
With any blemish prone skin, though the large red pustules are what you want to combat, the underlying blocked pores are really your problem. I asked a lady at a very expensive counter the solution to this, and she said ‘exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate’, and so I did. Clinque offers a gentle foaming moisturiser, with an exfoliator that is applied like a toner. And no need to fear moisturiser, it won’t give you spots if you use the right one. Clinique offers an anti-blemish moisturiser that is oil free. Solution.

2. Environ
Available through or at harvey nichols treatments counter, this is a range created by plastic surgery doctors, who we would assume would know their stuff. All the range have the clearing power of tea tree oil, and if you combine the subugel vitimin A serum into your routine, you have clinically proven spot beating power at your fingertips. Warning however, vitamin A is a kind of watch it get worse before it gets better kind of deal. So if you’re not particularly patient, stay clear.

3. Philosophy
Use the purity face wash at night, which acts as a make up remover, cleanser and toner in one, with the microdermabrasion cleanser in the morning as a sure fire way to send your spots packing. The hope in a jar for all skin types is a great anti-ageing mosituriser that doesn’t clog up oily skin. So you can be spot free, and wrinkle free. No need to pick and choose.

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