Drs Rod Claycomb and Judy Bragger are two of New Zealand’s leading authorities on the bacteria that cause acne and ways to avoid the condition.
PhD scientists from Hamilton New Zealand, Dr Claycomb and Dr Bragger have together developed epiology: the world’s first anti-acne cream with an active ingredient derived from New Zealand cow’s milk. The bioactive enzymes and proteins in epiology work to fight acne, reduce redness and provide a clearer, brighter complexion.
Dr Claycomb and Dr Bragger have put together their top-tips to help every ‘bride to be’ avoid major breakout catastrophes before the big day.
- Watch your diet: “Tempting as it may be, the months before your wedding are not the time to indulge in anything and everything delicious. Reduce the intake of foods rich in trans and saturated fats. Sugary, spicy and fried foods are difficult to digest and can flare-up skin breakouts. For the healthiest skin, consume lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.” - Dr Claycomb
- Clean your face regularly: “Whether or not you have acne, it’s important to wash your face twice daily to remove dead skin cells and extra oil from your skin’s surface. Use warm water and a mild facial cleanser that is soft on your skin. Don’t forget to apply an anti-acne cream, preferably one without harsh chemicals, for added protection against breakouts.” – Dr Bragger
- Avoid harsh treatments: “Many acne treatments are very harsh on the skin. Although chemicals benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are common in acne treatments, they can be unforgiving on sensitive skin types. We recommend using an acne product without these chemicals, to reduce the risk of scaling, redness, burning, stinging and dryness.” – Dr Bragger
- Replace your linen: “Your pillowcase absorbs the dirt and oils from your skin and then reapplies them when you lay down again. Keeping your sheets and pillow cases clean is a simple way to help prevent breakouts.” – Dr Claycomb
- Protect with sunblock: A little bit of sun has been known to reduce breakouts by drying the skin out, but too much can cause damage to your skin and prompt a breakout – it’s a fine balance. If you’re planning some time the sun before your big day, be sure to load-up on sunblock. The best sunblock is what’s known as a “broad-spectrum” sunblock, which protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Also look for a sunblock that contains moisturizer and has an SPF of 30 or higher; this way, your skin will be hydrated and protected from the sun, resulting in fewer summer breakouts.” – Dr Bragger
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