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No, it’s not a trick question, but June is Acne Awareness Month, and with the weather heating up again and masks still very much a part of our lives, acne is an ever-present issue for my clients.

It’s not just mask-wearing that’s increased the prevalence of acne over the last year. It’s a given that factors like genetics, lifestyle and hormones can cause acne, but one of the major culprits for flare ups is stress, and there’s certainly been a lot of that around just lately. Our collective stress is having a detrimental impact on the condition of our skin.

While our old friends balanced diet, supplements and hydration can help to prevent acne flare ups to some extent, I also recommend good, personalised skincare and of course personalised treatments in my skin clinic in Needham Market can really make a difference too. It can be difficult to get the balance right when you’re treating acne at home, the tendency can be to over exfoliate or use harsher cleansing/toning products than necessary. Sadly, this has the opposite effect to the one we’re looking for because over-cleansing strips away the skin’s natural oils, which can exacerbate oil and sebum problems and worsen acne instead of improving it.

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