10 tips on how to combat congested skin on the face

Last updated: 18/4/2023

Congested, impure skin is a troublesome skin condition, especially when it occurs on the face, where it is difficult to hide the pimples, blackheads, and blemishes. Here are some tips on how to get rid of blemishes on your face.

Read by Anne Thestrup Meimbresse

Anne, Varde Pharmacy
Anne has a MSc in Pharmacy from the University of Southern Denmark and has worked as a pharmacist at the Varde pharmacy for several years. Here she advises both costumers and doctors about the correct use of medical products.

How to combat impure skin on the face - 10 tips

It's not just teenagers who suffer from pimples and blemishes on their face. Unfortunately, many adults have to face the fact that blemished skin didn't disappear on its own once their teenage years were over.

Fortunately, there are good chances of getting rid of blemished skin if you are ready to make an effort on your own – and know what steps to take. Here are some tips to help you.

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1. Wash your skin thoroughly

In the fight against congested skin, you can't skip washing your skin morning and night to remove excess oil, dead skin cells, dirt, pollution and leftover make-up from the skin's surface.

Use lukewarm water and a mild and nourishing face wash such as Face Wash from Australian Bodycare.

This face wash for blemished skin contains antibacterial tea tree oil, which both prevents and treats blemished skin.

When you have impure skin, it is important to keep your skin clean with a good quality soap for impure skin, so that the pores don’t get clogged with bacteria.

2. Cleanse your skin with skin tonic

Once you've washed your skin and gently patted it dry with a towel, you can deeply cleanse your skin with a mild, alcohol-free skin tonic. Face Tonic from Australian Bodycare is an antibacterial and mild skin tonic that cleanses thoroughly without drying the skin. Apply it to a cotton pad and gently run it over your skin without scrubbing.

There is a good piece of advice, which says that everything you do for your face, you should also remember to do for your neck. So, when you wash and cleanse the skin on your face, you should also remember to do the same for the skin on your neck.

3. Moisturise your skin

Even if you use mild cleansing products that are not drying and harsh on the skin, washing and cleansing will always dry out the skin a little. That's why it's important that you finish your facial care by moisturising your skin. The best way to do this is with a good paraben-free face cream that suits your skin type and the needs of your skin. If you suffer from blemished skin, it might be a good idea to choose a skin cream that effectively fights and prevents pimples and blemished skin.

Face Cream is a nourishing and moisturising cream for impure skin that you can use both morning and evening - and as a day cream. The cream contains, among other things, natural tea tree oil, which is effective against bacteria and thus against impure skin.

If you are treating blemished skin on the body, you should use a body lotion to moisturise the skin.

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4. Nip your pimples in the bud

Once a pimple or blemish has appeared on the skin, it’s not always easy to remove. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix. However, you can limit the development of the pimple or blemish and thus minimise the 'damage' if you use the smart Spot Stick for pimples and blemished skin. This counteracts bacteria and protects the pores from further impurities. At the same time, it ensures that the skin is not dried out by the treatment.

With the small Spot Stick, you can concentrate the treatment on the exact spot where the impurity is. As it is antibacterial, cooling and antipruritic, you can also use it for mosquito bites and small cuts.

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5. Simply hide your blemished skin

Having pimples and blemishes on your face can be stressful, as it's very difficult to hide them. However, you can attempt to hide the blemishes with a concealer and a little make-up if you want to. As long as you use good products, preferably oil-free, it won't make your blemished skin worse. But of course, it's important that you remember to clean everything thoroughly every night and that you use a paraben-free facial care product.

6. Cleanse your skin extra thoroughly with an exfoliation

When you exfoliate your skin with a face mask, you remove the top layer of dead skin cells, you unclog pores and you stimulate the formation of new skin cells. This is the same thing that happens when you cleanse your skin, but when you use an exfoliating product, you go a little deeper. This results in healthy, fresh, better-looking skin and helps to combat pimples and blemishes. Make sure you exfoliate your skin a couple of times a week for good results.

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7. Make sure your skin can breathe

It is important that your skin can breathe through the products you use and that the products do not make your skin unnecessarily oily. Make sure you use skincare products that are especially suitable for impure skin.

Your skin also benefits from sunlight and fresh air. In moderate amounts, it has a mild drying effect on the skin and can help reduce the appearance of blemished skin.

8. Eat and live healthily

There is no evidence that fatty and unhealthy foods cause blemished skin. But in general, a healthy diet and lifestyle helps boost our immune system and wellbeing, and may also affect the skin.

However, it seems that stress can have a negative effect on the skin, so we get more blemished skin when we are stressed. This is because stress has an impact on hormonal balance, and the production of hormones and hormonal balance are closely linked to the development of blemished skin.

9. Give up cigarettes

Smoke and cigarettes are not good for your body - we all know that. But smoking also affects your skin, which becomes more grey, rough and inelastic if you smoke. Quitting smoking may not directly eliminate your blemished skin, but it can help you get better-looking skin in general, and that's worth taking into account.

10. See a doctor if nothing else works

In particularly severe cases of blemished skin, you may need to seek medical treatment. This may be a prescription cream or ointment for blemished skin or pills. If you're a woman, birth control pills may also be a solution, as they often have a beneficial effect on blemished skin.

Bonus tip: Use a face mask for blemished skin.

Watch the video on how to use a face mask for blemished skin - step by step.

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