#DoctorDoctor: All Your Questions About Bad Skin, Answered
Worried, anxious or curious about your body? We know there is nothing worse than stressing about health issues – especially the ones that you’re too afraid to talk about, so we’ve set up our very own Pink Parcel surgery!
Every week we’ll be calling on one of our resident doctors to answer your wellbeing woes from adult acne and unsettled stomachs to poorly wombs, vaginas and pretty much every other part of the anatomy.
Want your health questions answered? Just head to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to join the conversation (this weekend, we’re talking toxic shock syndrome) but last week, bad skin was our hot doc. topic.
Today, our lovely dermatologist Bruce Pollock is replying to all your skincare queries…
“I get really dry patches under my eyes, usually around the winter, how can I prevent this? I’ve tried so many creams!”
Dry weather and wind could be the reason your skin is dehydrated during the winter. Ensure you use regular moisturiser, avoid soap at all costs, get plenty of sleep and drink two litres of water a day. Check that none of the products you’re using on your face contain perfumes, colourants and parabens – this should help.
“I’m on the implant and my skin has got really bad. What can I do to help this?”
Cleanse, tone and moisturise every morning and evening. Make sure you incorporate exfoliation into your routine and look for products containing salicylic acid. If this doesn’t help, visit your GP to discuss your options.
“I get really bad acne on my cheeks what can I do to help with this?”
Make sure you are following a daily skincare routine – cleansing, toning and moisturising twice a day is always the best place to start. Shop for specific products that fight acne, they wipe out bacteria and gently peel away dead skin cells. Also, avoid oily make-up.
“Why do I always get spots when my period is about to arrive? They’re always full of what seems like water and really painful.”
In the first two weeks of the menstrual cycle, estrogen is the most prominent hormone and in the last two weeks, progesterone is most prominent. Progesterone is what causes the facial oil glands to produce excess grease such as sebum – this is why you get more spots.
“What’s the best way to combat an oily t-zone and enlarged pores?”
Look for creams that contains alpha hydroxy acid, this can help treat these conditions. Make sure you wear sunscreen on a daily basis to prevent sun damage as this can cause the pores to enlarge too.
“I get really blotchy skin around my menstrual cycle, are they related?”
They could be related, yes. Your hormones have dropped and less blood is circulating to the surface of your skin. This means both blotches and a paler complexion.