09 Mar 2021

Top Tips for Treating Blemish-Prone Skin

Blemish-prone skin is common in both teenagers and adults of all ages. It is especially prevalent in people who have sensitive or reactive skin and can affect a person’s self-confidence above all else.

This might mean that they feel the need to cover up their blemishes with make-up, even if doing so might irritate the skin making their symptoms more aggressive.

When we look to treat blemish-prone skin, we look to combine an effective routine with a more holistic approach to skin health that addresses factors such as diet, exercise, sleep, and stress levels.

Skincare Routine

Having a good skincare routine will help to improve the symptoms of sensitive, blemish-prone skin. It is important to look for the right skincare products that are both gentle enough to nurture and sooth sensitive skin, while also effectively treating blemishes and breakouts.

We recommend La Roche Posay’s Effaclar range as well as Vichy’s Normaderm range – both of which are specifically designed to balance sensitive, oily skin without drying out the skin. By following a dedicated skincare routine for blemish-prone skin we can help keep breakouts at bay and start treating your symptoms.

In the steps below, we have highlighted products from both the Effaclar & Normaderm ranges:


It is advised that the skin is thoroughly cleansed morning and evening before a product or treatment is applied. In the morning, we recommend using a foaming cleanser such as La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel or Vichy Normaderm Phytosolution cleanser – which contains 2% salicylic acid with zinc and bifidus.

In the evening, a cleansing water such as La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Micellar Water is recommended as this removes make-up effectively, whilst nurturing sensitive skin. This contains La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water and Zinc Pidolate, which help to regulate sebum production.


Using a toner such as La Roche Posay Serozinc or Vichy Normaderm Purifying Astringent Toning Lotion leaves the skin looking instantly clearer and feeling more soothed. Both of these products also have a mattifying effect, which immediately act on clogged pores, shine and recurring concerns.


It is important to rebalance the skin and replace the moisture stripped out by the cleansing process. Overly dry will encourage an emergency response by the cells and could increase sebum production. We recommend La Roche Posay Effaclar Mat which rehydrates the skin, controls excess sebum and is both anti-shine and anti-humidity or Vichy Normaderm Double Correct Care– a moisturiser to hydrate and revitalise the skin’s natural barrier while minimising imperfections.

Lifestyle Changes

A handful of simple lifestyle changes can have a substantial impact on blemish prone skin. Try taking the below factors into consideration and see if you can make subtle changes to your day:

Increase fluid intake

Sensitive skin is often caused by dehydrated skin, meaning that it is not able to perform its sole purpose which is to act as an effective barrier to the body. Factors such as exposure to the sun, exercise, alcohol consumption and stress will serve to further dehydrate the skin, especially as it ages. It is recommended that you drink at least eight glasses of pure, filtered water every day to help your body retain moisture and detoxify.

Reduce Stress

Prolonged periods of stress that are often accompanied by poor nutrition and reduced fluid intake are known to inhibit the natural functions of the skin, meaning that it is unable to repair itself properly. The simple act of getting a good night’s sleep can greatly increase the appearance of youthful skin as the body needs this quiet time to repair and rejuvenate.

Increase fitness levels

Exercise encourages more oxygen to circulate in the body which has a rejuvenating effect on the skin. A diet enriched with plenty of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables along with lean protein and omega 3’s from oily fish, seeds and nuts, will all also help the skin to repair and rejuvenate.

If you are concerned about blemish-prone skin and are looking for advice, please do not hesitate to speak with a member of the team in your local Hickey’s Pharmacy.