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Hi there, I have developed pimples on my forehead and while not necesarily noticeable, you can definitely see them close up. I'm putting it down to stress maybe (I work full time and also am managing to do an MBA!) I'm currently cleaning myself with a charcoal based face scrub. I'm finding it really hard to get a doctor's appointment (as well as finding the time to get there) in order to get a referral to a dermatologist. Is there anything you can recommend, face cleaning wise that can clear these up? Thanks, Justin

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After researching products available for what you are describing on your skin, I really think you are using a very effective face scrub already and believe you should keep using it for a little while and then try and get a referral with a dermatologist. Charcoal based products are developed and tested on oily to spot prone skin. They are enriched with charcoal, known for its ultra-absorbing properties and some contain salicylic acid.  This formula acts as a dirt magnet to effectively help eliminate impurities and excess sebum- an oily substance that is released naturally from sebaceous glands in the skin. This sebum helps protect the skin. The charcoal in a cleanser in effect, ensures deep cleansing, removes impurities and helps fight little spots as you are describing. This results in skin looking clearer and purified. This is why it is important to continue to use it to see results. A popular example of a charcoal based cleanser is Garnier skin naturals pure active intense charcoal scrub found commonly at Boots.

It is important however, Justin to address the fact that ongoing, long term stress can cause skin problems. Stress is the body’s reaction to any change that requires a response, therefore it is important to maybe manage this stress by taking some time out from your MBA, when you are not working or studying and perhaps take up a recreational or relaxing activity.

Other helpful advice I can give you includes not to over wash your face as frequent vigorous washing can irritate the skin, some food may trigger a hormonal reaction that can lead to excess oil production .

It is important to drink plenty of water to keep skin hydrated, eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables rich in vit A and vit E. these vitamins benefit the skin and can be found in food like green leafy vegetables like spinach and broccoli (vit E) and carrots and peaches and peppers ( colourful fruits and veg for vit A). 

In this hot weather it is really important to use oil free sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or above. Need to look out for products that are non-comedogenic, ie they won’t clog skin pores.

Your prescriber can advise what is appropriate for you.  I suggest you make an appointment with your GP to discuss this further or perhaps a referral. I hope this has been of some use. Please feel free to contact me for any further advice 

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