If you're prone to breakouts, it's important to take proper care of your acne-prone skin. Your daily skin care regimen can help remove excess sebum, keep pores clear, and speed the healing of existing blemishes.
With so many products available and a lot of conflicting information, creating an acne skincare routine can seem confusing. But daily acne skin care doesn't have to be complicated to be effective.
In fact, you only need a few minutes twice a day, and often you already have everything (or almost) everything you need. What you don't have you can buy at the pharmacy – you don't need to invest in expensive products.
Here's a quick rundown of the dos and don'ts of preparing your acne-fighting skincare routine. You will find more information in the following step-by-step instructions.
1. Clean gently but well
With just your fingertips or a soft washcloth, thoroughly cleanse your face , including the jawline, neck, in front of and behind the ears. No need to use rough pads or aggressively clean the skin; it won't cleanse your skin.
If you are currently taking prescription acne medication, you will need a mild, drug-free cleanser. Dove odorless, Cetaphil, or the old-school Neutrogena Amber Bar are good choices.
If you wear makeup on your face, or if your skin gets very dirty or sweaty during the day (for example, if you play on a sports team or after training), do a double wash at night: rinse, rinse well and repeat. This will ensure that you wash off all traces of makeup, sweat, and dirt every night.
Do not use harsh soaps, antibacterial hand washes, or the like on your face. Strong soaps will not clear acne, but they will irritate your skin.
2. Use toner or astringent.
Depending on the ingredients they contain, astringents or tonics can help remove excess oil, tone and hydrate the skin, or help fight blackheads and acne. Apply toner to a cotton ball or swab and gently apply to face and neck to remove makeup, cleanser, and oil.
Astringents are designed to remove excess oil from the skin, so they are obviously best for oily skin. If your skin tends to dry out naturally or because you use acne blow dryers, a moisturizing toner is the best option for you.
Also, pay attention to the alcohol content of the product, as alcohol can be drying and irritating, especially on sensitive skin. Alcohol -free products are the best option if your skin is dry or irritated while treating acne. Keep in mind that even if your skin isn't too dry or sensitive, alcohol-based toners can sting open pimples.
Either way, if toners or astringents dry out or irritate your skin, just don't use them. The same goes for prescription acne medications that are very drying (such as isotretinoin or topical retinoids ). It won't harm your skin if you don't use a toner .
3. Apply medications to treat acne.
After the toner is completely dry, or after your face has been thoroughly washed and dried, apply acne creams as directed. It can be a medicine prescribed by your healthcare provider or an over-the-counter acne gel or cream. Allow the medicine to absorb or dry completely before proceeding to the next step.
Do you need help choosing an acne cure? Call your dermatologist or healthcare provider.
4. Apply a non-greasy gel or moisturizer.
It may seem counterintuitive to hydrate your already oily skin, but don't skip this important step. Acne medications can dry out your skin and cause it to crave moisture. To reduce dry, flaky skin, apply a light moisturizer twice daily.
A moisturizer should not leave it soft and greasy. There are many moisturizers available today for oily skin that will fully absorb and not aggravate acne.
Moisturizing gels and lotions are usually lighter than creams. Either way, choose one that is labeled oil-free and non- comedogenic . You may have to try several different brands to find the one you like.
Extra step: sun protection
You don't need this step for your bedtime skincare ritual, but it's a must in the morning. Also, many acne medications and exfoliating ingredients make the skin more susceptible to sunlight (called sensitivity to light ).
However, you don't necessarily need additional sunscreen. Many moisturizers contain SPF to provide sun protection while moisturizing. If your moisturizer does not contain SPF, you should consider a separate sunscreen product.
Choose one that is designed for the face rather than an all-in-one sunscreen. Sunscreens for the face are generally less greasy and do not have the same scent as sunscreens.
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You really don't need the most expensive products on the market to get good results in your daily skincare routine. The most important step in skin care is consistency. The more consistent you stick to your regimen, the better results you will get.
On the contrary, if you only use acne remedies once in a while and rarely wash your face before bed, you will never get ahead of your breakouts.
Skipping a day won't permanently damage your skin, but you definitely want to stick to your daily skincare regimen as regularly as possible. Commit to taking care of your skin.
If you need help dealing with acne breakouts or just need guidance on the best skin care products, don't hesitate to call your dermatologist. Complementary products like masks and peels are not a panacea, but they can be used to pamper your skin or give it an extra boost.