The 9 Best Acne Treatments For When You Need a Blemish Gone, Stat
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Acne is a very prevalent skin disorder, particularly amongst women and people who menstruate (PWM). It’s estimated that 12-22 per cent of women and PWMs will experience chronic, persistent acne in their lifetime. While acne isn’t anything to be ashamed of, and many people are embracing their blemishes with #skinpositivity trending, there are moments when you’d really rather not have a spot. Because the relationship between acne and stress is proven and reciprocal (an unfortunate evolutionary oversight) you’re most likely to break out at the worst possible moments.
While I have pretty clear skin now, I experienced cystic acne in my early and mid-20s and during that time, I tried every topical treatment I could get my hands on.
Currently, my skin only chucks a tantrum in the lead-up to moments I’d like to look supernaturally flawless. Whether it’s “handovers” with an ex, social media-optimised events (what else are wedding for?) or important meetings, I can count on major blemishes. When this happens, there are certain products I scramble for.
Remember, if you’re acne is severe and persistent it’s best to speak to a medical expert. I ended up taking oral medication to avoid long-term scarring which, while not for everyone, worked for me. So, if you’re looking to treat the odd spot, keep reading because below are a few of my favourites.