I only get the occasional breakout, but it really stresses me out! Should I be doing anything?
Don't stress! Breakouts are a normal part of having skin and something even the most diligent of routines can't prevent. The biggest piece of advice that Noreen had was that if you're only getting occasional breakouts, you shouldn't start suddenly changing your entire skincare routine. "People's first reaction is to overhaul absolutely everything and completely over do it!" Your safest bet is to treat the individual spots with an AHA/BHA serum or spot gel, and keep the rest of your skincare consistent.
I've started taking Accutane and now my skin is so dried out . . . What should I do?
If you're taking medication to treat your acne, then your doctor's or dermatologist's advice should always be your first port of call. However, if you're struggling with seriously dry skin during treatment, then the experts suggest starting with a hyaluronic-rich product that isn't too oily. "A hyaluronic-rich serum would be great for someone who skin is really sensitive and dried out. Also steer away from any kind of acids and anything too oily," Noreen says. As far as cleansers go, a gentle and simple cleanser that will detoxify skin from environmental pollutants without stripping the skin is your safest bet.
How can I tell if my breakouts are hormonal?
The best way to tell if you're breaking out for hormonal reasons is to track your cycle. Noreen recommends to, "keep an eye on the time of the month, and if it tends to come up in the same place, at the same time, you can be pretty certain that it's hormonal." If you're following your cycle and and know you tend to breakout, Noreen also suggests introducing an AHA/BHA serum into your routine a few days beforehand to keep breakouts to a minimum.