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In honour of June being Acne Awareness Month, here is a line-up of the best aids we’ve picked out that you can find at your local Unichem or Life Pharmacy. Whether you’re struggling with pesky blemishes, susceptible to hormonal acne or even “maskne” (yes – that’s a real thing!) there are over-the-counter and prescription products that can help mitigate it.
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to treating acne so to find out what suits your condition you can get an Acne Skincare Consultation for mild or moderate acne at many Unichem and Life Pharmacies nationwide. If suitable, our friendly pharmacists can dispense a treatment without the need for a prescription. The treatment available is an adapalene topical retinoid (Differin Gel) that treats acne by unblocking the pores on the skin preventing blackhead and whiteheads. It is also anti-inflammatory so can help reduce the soreness or redness associated with acne.
Escape the cycle of spots and kill bacteria with Benzac’s foaming cleanser. The cleanser’s emollient and soothing ingredients of aloe vera and calendula extract will maintain the natural moisture and control oiliness without drying out your skin, suitable to integrate into your daily routine.
This oil-free, invisible, antibacterial lotion harnesses 20% Azelaic Acid which helps fight bacteria while unblocking the oil ducts, which acts to reduce redness and dry up pimples. Azelaic Acid can be used to treat pimples, acne, papulopustular rosacea or blackheads and is suitable for those with oily, combination or dry skin while still being gentle on the skin.
As one of the leaders in natural healthcare solutions, Thursday Plantations’ utilises Tea Tree Oil which is a natural antibacterial for acne prone and problem skin. Containing 100% pure Australian Tea Tree Oil, this concentrated gel penetrates into the skin and cleanses and purify to prevent acne. Ideal for whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and acne.As one of the leaders in natural healthcare solutions, Thursday Plantations’ utilises Tea Tree Oil which is a natural antibacterial for acne prone and problem skin. Containing 100% pure Australian Tea Tree Oil, this concentrated gel penetrates into the skin and cleanses and purify to prevent acne. Ideal for whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and acne.
Say bye-bye to pesky spots overnight with Nexcare’s non-medicated covers that are designed to absorb excess oil from the affected area. Simply peel a cover off the liner and apply to clean, dry skin. When the colour changes from clear to white, you know it is working! Made with hydrocolloid material that acts like a sponge to draw out oil and impurities, it's a non-medicinal option to treat acne and blemishes.
Minimise visible pores and reduce excess oil with this refreshing toner and help diminish the appearance of post-breakout marks. Formulated with niacinamide and an antioxidant-rich blend of Witch Hazel, Green Tea and Matricaria Flower Extracts this mist will provide a pore-tightening effect and a refreshing pick-me-up.
Alongside the use of acne-aiding treatments be sure to also follow a routine to wash your face twice a day and whenever you sweat but to ensure not to over wash which could lead to irritation. The biggest acne management tips are to be patient and not pop your pimples. It can take several weeks for an acne treatment product to work and for you to see results.
Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist or you have side effects see your healthcare professional.
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