You’re fastidious about your skincare routine. You’re religious about exfoliating, toning and moisturising. You don’t commit any of the punishing sins of skincare such as going to bed with your makeup on. You’re still prone to breakouts and clogged pores. Not sure where you’re going wrong? The chances are it is not so much as what you are doing as rather the products you are using. The guilty party that hinders your attempts at acne-free complexion could be the very ingredients that are supposed to keep pores clean and clear.

3 Core-clogging ingredients to look out for:

Alcohol

Alcohol ingredients (ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, benzyl alcohol) perform the role of cleansing and toning, but they can also dry out skin and interfere with the natural balance of the skin.

Petroleum Ingredients

Petroleum Ingredients (petroleum jelly, mineral oil) have been known to lurk in products aimed for oily skin types. The problem with petro-ingredients is that while they offer a moisturising feel, they seal the skin off from moisture from the air. These ingredients are also likely to trap dirt and bacteria in the pores.

Sulphates

Sulphates such as sodium lauryl sulphate are linked to skin irritation and inflammation. The ingredient is used to produce an ultra-clean feel but similar to alcohol, can have a drying effect and even give rise to breakouts.

Fortunately, the dermatological industry has effective skin-clearing treatments for those wanting effective and safer ways to enjoy a clearer complexion. Consider the following treatments offered by The Victorian Dermal Institute to keep and protect beautiful looking skin:

  • Radiofrequency treatments
  • Chemical peels
  • Microneedling

Microneedling and RF treatments using INFINI technology and clinical chemical peels are non-invasive methods that are effective for treating a range of skin issues from pigmentation to skin sagging. Regular quality skincare treatments at the hands of a professional dermatologist are the best way to manage and maintain clear pores and healthy skin. Book an appointment with a skin care expert at The Victorian Dermal Institute in Kew and find the best advice and professional skincare treatments to look after your skin.