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The 8 Most Annoying Skin Problems Everyone Has (And How To Fix Them)

Let's be honest, no one has a picture-perfect complexion all of the time. In fact, believe it or not, even we skincare professionals have bad skin days and skin conditions too!

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Resist the temptation to pick that inflamed spot that you can feel looming, growing larger by the hour, on your chin, and withstand the urge to pick up the tweezers and try your best to fish out that annoying ingrown hair on your bikini line. Instead, whether you have one skin condition or several, let us talk you through how best to treat them so you can carry on with your day.

What first comes to mind when you think of the most frustrating skin condition? Find it listed below. Here is a list of the most annoying skin problems to deal with and how best to fix them, the right way:

1/Under The Skin Spots

Even if you tried to, those almightly, unsightly under-the-skin spots cannot and will not be popped. On top of that, they seem to last forever and are so painful when you catch them by accident. So, what's the solution to get rid of them quicker?

Professional solution: A little patience is required here, unfortunately, however, you can hurry up the process. By washing your face daily with a salicylic acid cleanser like DermaTx Clarify Salicylic Cleanser you help to clear out congestion and prevent clogged pores. After just one use, the inflammation and redness should have subsided by at least 50%. You can pair this with an on-the-spot treatment like HydroPeptide Spot Treatment, which contains colloidal sulfur, to speed up the process even more.

Continue regular exfoliation with ingredients like salicylic acid to prevent clogged pores and tiny bumps from forming under the skin in the future. Pair with an oil-free cream like DermaTx Clear Skin Cream to lightly add moisture too.

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2/Skin Creases In The Morning

Are you a side sleeper? Do you wake up in the morning and find that the side of your face resembles crumpled paper? Skin creases or lined skin happens due to laying on sniff fabric like cotton or polyester for extended periods of time. As luxurious as they may sound, your 100% Egyptian cotton pillowcases are not good for your skin! As cotton doesn't have much 'movement', it causes your skin to become locked into place overnight. Cotton is also naturally very absorbent so skin hydration and your skincare products are sucked up by your pillowcases!

Professional advice: A great alternative to cotton is silk. If you have ever worn any silk clothing then you will know that it has a moveable 'slip' to it and is naturally very cooling. By sleeping on a silk pillowcase, your skin is allowed to move throughout the night and prevent any skin creases. Slip Silk Pillowcases are the best of the best and are highly recommended as the #1 choice by dermatologists all around the world.


It happens, nobody purposely causes themselves sunburn. It feels painful, it looks painful, and not only that, it can cause long-term skin damage too. Maybe you forgot to reapply as regularly as you should do, didn't realise that an overcast day could cause you sunburn or, you simply missed an area.

Professional advice: Sunburn happens due to overexposure to UV rays. Once the skin has been burnt, it loses water. Hyaluronic acid helps to attract and hold water to the skin making the skin's surface feel instantly better. Regular reapplication of hyaluronic acid and soothing emollient moisturisers will help to repair the skin quickly. Avoid wearing tight clothes, exposure to direct sunlight, and picking any peeling skin while the skin is healing.

You can read a blog on the best products for sunburn here


Melasma happens due to a hormonal imbalance within the body that causes excess melanin (the skin's pigment) to be overproduced. 90% of melasma sufferers are women. It will usually appear during pregnancy, when taking birth control pills, around periods of stress, but sunlight exposure can also trigger it. It looks like brownish black clusters of pigment.

Professional advice: Keep the skin protected at all times, during rain and shine, with no less than SPF 50. Tinted sunscreens are a great option as they provide some coverage to even out the complexion however, you must ensure that you are applying enough for adequate coverage. 2 full finger lengths = recommended coverage for the face and neck. To help treat the melasma, you will need a skin corrector and an antioxidant like vitamin C. Key ingredients such as kojic acid, glycolic acid, arbutin, and tranexamic acid are all highly effective in treating skin discoloration.

Alternatively, Cyspera Intensive Pigment Corrector System uses an ingredient called cysteamine which is clinically proven to control pigmentation but doesn't irritate the skin.

5/Ingrown hairs

We've all got them! These are random hairs that are trapped under the skin's surface within the hair follicles and lead to razor bumps. They are usually found around the bikini area but can also be found on the thighs, lower legs, and arms. It can also happen after laser hair removal or waxing as the hair begins to get weaker and cannot break through the skin anymore.

Professional advice: The goal is to open the hair follicles back up, in order to allow the hair to be released. PFB Vanish is loaded with alpha hydroxy acid such as glycolic, salicylic, and lactic acid to effectively remove dead skin cells, and combat ingrown hairs after just a few uses. Simply roll once and let it do the work for you!

If you also experience dark spots and scarring after ingrown hairs, then PFB Vanish + Chromabright is the first product on the market ever to effectively combat both at the same time.



6/Keratosis Pilaris

Sometimes referred to as chicken skin or strawberry skin or KP

Keratosis pilaris is a harmless but common skin condition. It resembles rough feeling bumps, and usually appears on the upper arms or thighs. It happens when a protein called keratin plugs the hair follicles, causing white or reddish bumps on the skin. The tiny bumps can feel dry and rough like sandpaper.

Professional advice: To treat keratosis pilaris, daily exfoliation is the key to improve the appearance of bumpy skin, soften dry skin, and preventing more bumps from appearing. A chemical exfoliator is our preferred choice rather than harsh scrubs as they are gentle but effective. Try PRIORI Hand and Body Replenisher LCA fx141, apply it to damp skin then its lactic acid complex speeds up cell turnover to remove excess keratin.


7/Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis is a skin condition that mainly affects the scalp and areas of high oil-producing (sebaceous) glands such as the eyebrows, eyelids, upper back, and nose. An inflammatory reaction to excess Malassezia yeast, an organism that normally lives on the skin’s surface, is the likely cause of seborrheic dermatitis. The Malessezia overgrows and the immune system seems to overreact to it, leading to an inflammatory response that results in skin changes. Seborrheic dermatitis sufferers tend to experience more flare-ups during the winter months than at other times of the year.

Professional advice: While there is no cure, it is possible to prevent flare-ups easily. Use Sebclair Cream and Sebclair Shampoo to manage symptoms. Sebclair is a collection of over-the-counter non-steroidal products with anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties to enhance the skin barrier and control flare ups.

8/Post-Inflammatory Pigmentation

If you have a spot and it leaves behind a mark in its memory, then you have post-inflammatory pigmentation (PIH). It happens when the skin has been irritated or injured and it produces extra melanin to compensate. Dark and very fair skin tones are most vulnerable to post-inflammatory pigmentation.

Professional advice: As with melasma, keep the skin protected at all times, during rain and shine, with no less than SPF 50. Tinted sunscreens are a great option as they provide some coverage to even out the complexion however, you must ensure that you are applying enough for adequate coverage. 2 full finger lengths = recommended coverage for the face and neck. As post-inflammatory pigmentation is only temporary, exfoliating with a mild cleanser like DermaTx Brighten Glycolic Cleanser will help to turn over the skin cells quicker to reveal brand new, fresh skin.

If you need some further help regarding treating these common skin conditions and symptoms then feel free to ask us! All the products featured above are available to purchase at Dermacare Direct with free tracked delivery via Royal Mail. We can help with our expert advice and top tips making your makeup shopping stress-free. You can contact us by live chat, email via [email protected], or pick up the phone now and call us on phone number 0116 251 4848 to speak directly with a friendly advisor.


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Andrea Patel Dermatology Nurse Practitioner & Director Author
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