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Do you avoid taking 'selfies' because you're worried about acne?

13rd September 2013

With smart cameras introducing forward-facing cameras, everyone is taking self-portraits or ‘selfies’. Apparently, search results on Instagram show over 23 million photos uploaded with the hashtag #selfie, and 51 million with the hashtag #me. It's so popular that in 2013 the word ‘selfie’ has now been included in the online version of the Oxford English Dictionary.


Although, flawless skin and the perfect pout are certainly not a prerequisite for a good ‘selfie’, it obviously takes a certain amount of confidence to want to share your photo with the world. If you have a skin issue such as acne and it's holding you back from creating that perfect portrait then we might be able to help.

Treat acne and gain confidence

We have over 20 years experience at sk:n of helping acne suffers of many age groups but acne is notoriously prevalent in teenagers, due to puberty. Most teenagers will experience some kind of acne, especially blackheads at some point and be relatively unfazed, but for some sufferers it can be a hyper-sensitive time and ‘selfies’ aside we appreciate that it can have a big effect on self-esteem.

First steps: how to get rid of blackheads?

Blackheads are extremely common on teenage skin, but oily skins are slightly more prone to open pores and blackheads. With oily skin, you may be more prone to acne but they also say that oily skin often ages better, so you could be grateful when you're 70!

The most important thing is to keep your skin clean. Wash your face in the morning and evening and talk to a pharmacist about exfoliation, steaming, masks and cleansing solutions available over-the-counter.

Visiting a dermatologist

If home treatments aren't working then visiting a sk:n clinic and talking to a dermatologist would be a good idea. They can inform you about treatments such as microdermabrasion and skin peels that may help.

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