SKIN CONDITIONS: Tips for Identification, Treatment, and More

There are so many different types of skin and even more skin conditions. Everyone deals with problematic skin from time to time. We don’t believe in putting people into boxes such as dry, sensitive, oily skin or a mix of them all because we are all unique and so are our problems.

There’s so much about skin that isn’t usually mentioned like thickness, elasticity, the balance between oil and water, hormonal imbalance, pigmentation or ageing. And there are lots of different types of sensitivity and skin conditions to discuss.

By offering you the most up to date information, we’ll make sure you’re informed and motivated to find a skincare routine that helps your condition.

We know it’s not just your skin that is suffering but your day to day life and your self-esteem. Particularly when you’re surrounded by media photos of what appears to be a perfect beauty, but is in-fact makeup, filters and PhotoShop. So let’s begin……


Imbalance Throughout our lives, our hormones play a major part in the quality of our skin. Hormones such as testosterone, oestrogen, and progesterone impact our skin tissue directly and can result in noticeable conditions including acne, inflammation, hot flushes, stretch marks, melasma, sensitivity, and the appearance of dehydrated skin.

Hormone levels fluctuate for so many different reasons but the main ones are puberty, pregnancy, and menopause.

If you think you’re suffering from hormone imbalance, try to notice what’s happening to your skin at that particular moment and tailor your skincare routine towards helping with those changes.

Whether you’ve had oily skin all your life and now you’re going through menopause and your skin has become hot and itchy, or you’re one of the lucky ones who always had clear skin and now it’s spotty – pay attention to your skins behaviour and adjust your routine to fit that change.

SKIN PRODUCTS****We love these Products

ISDIN Acniben Teen Skin Gel Cream (£15.00)

This product is ideal for helping with blemishes, oily or acne-prone skin. It contains zincamide which is a formula to help reduce excess levels of sebum, shine, blemishes and redness.

1001 Remedies Spot & Scar Removal Cream (£32.00)

This product is a natural award winning formula that is parabens & Cruelty-free, vegan, synthetic fragrance free. This acne scar removing cream has been voted ‘Best Beauty Product’ by the Financial Times.

Mama Mio Tummy Rub Butter (£23.95)

This tummy rub collection is clinically proven to increase skin elasticity and moisture to project your skin from stretch marks. This product will nourish and soothe growing bumps as well as leaving the skin feeling stronger supple and protected.

Drunk Elephant Full Sized Moisture Duo (£234.55)

This lovely but pricey product is Virgin luxury facial oil. This formula is so good for your skin, it locks in moisture, reduces redness, wrinkles and improves elasticity. It is ultra hydrating and visibly brightens and improves the appearance of skin texture and tone all throughout the day.

Drunk Elephant Time To Wake Up(£30.29)

This favourite product range will clean and clear your complexion, moisturise, brighten and boost your skin into a healthy, dewy glow. This formula is a morning tonic for skin, it’s a daily vitamin C: this ultra quenching hydration serum is like a drink of water for your thirsty skin.

Origins Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Relief and Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion (£40.24)

This product will Instantly refresh and rebalance skin to help soothe, calm and boost hydration levels. It is a light, soothing, watery lotion with Reishi, Sea Buckthorn & Fermented Chaga that perfectly preps just-cleansed skin for a serum and moisturiser

Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 (£47.80)

This gorgeous tinted sunblock is suitable for all skin tones, it’s clean non-toxic ingredients is great for skin health. It has a powerful UV protection, and helps in the prevention of free radical and oxidative damage. It’s infused with raspberry seed and Marula oils.

PURITO Centella Green Level Safe Sun SPF50+ (£25.96)

The Centella extract in this formula covers up and protects the skin. All the ingredients are EWG green level verified for your health. It also contains anti-wrinkle, lightening and hyaluronic acid.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream (£9.90)

This product has a powerful antioxidant formula to combat free radicals and can be used in the face and body. This product has an intense hydration, highly effect luxury formula especially for those with dry or scaly skin.


Most sensitive skin is the product of damage to the skins protective barrier, leading to an inability to defend itself from the outside world. Rarely serious, always uncomfortable and it’s usually a symptom of something else. You may not even know you have sensitive skin until you have a bad reaction. The sensitivity will be atopic, reactive and sensitive, sensitive skin is often caused by increased sun exposure, allergies and /or genetic conditions, such as vitiligo and poor blood circulation to affected areas. If you suffer from these problems, it’s important to see a dermatologist.

Less serious conditions such as dry skin, heat rash or an allergic reaction can be effectively treated with over the counter products, but they must be gentle contain no alcohol, perfume or any strong ingredients that will irritate the condition further.

We recommend a minimalistic skincare routine that consists of protecting, nourishing, and moisturising your skin. Always protect yourself from the sun using suncream with at least a protection factor of 30.

HYPERPIGMENTATION on face, Melasma and Age Spots

There are several types of hyperpigmentation. The common ones are melasma, age spots, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation of the skin is more of an aesthetic rather than a medical concern, however, a major factor is sun exposure and the effect on inflamed skin, acne scars are typical and in these situations, you will see an increase in melanin production.

The greater your exposure to the sun, the greater your risk of increased skin pigmentation.

Melasma: Brown pigmentation marks that usually appear on cheeks, around the mouth or forehead, and sometimes on the stomach. Noticeable on medium/ olive skin tones. They can appear due to sun exposure, pregnancy and hormonal treatments, medication or an under-active thyroid gland.

Age spots: Sometimes called sunspots or solar lentigines, these are dark spots that appear on the face and hands. They appear as we age and are usually from the effect of sun damage, andmade worse by dehydration.


Fortunately, age spots are likely to be on the upper layer, which can be treated with prescription medication or over the counter treatments. If they lay deeper on the upper and lower layer of the skin (Epidermis and Dermis) the best treatments are chemical peels or laser treatments and these have to be carried out in a certified clinic.

If you wish to try an over the counter product look for the following ingredients: Hydroquinone, Vitamin C, Niacinamide, Glycolic acid, and Retinoids.

Our favourite products with these ****The products we love are:


Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum (£26.80)

This is a lovely beauty product range designed to pamper you and feel beautiful every day. This formula can be used morning and night for the face and neck. The formula is clean and contains hyaluronic acid to treat, hydrate and soothe dehydrated and irritated skin.

The Ordinary Niacinamide (£14.49)

This product will reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion. Contains high strength vitamin and mineral blemish formula. Not to be used with other beauty products containing high amounts of vitamin C.

The important thing to remember is you are not alone in these issues The Tropical Duchess is here to help, have something to ask? Leave a comment, question or feedback below and I’ll happily get back to you.

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