Read on for a simple step-by-step acne prone skin care routine that will help you having clean, healthy and smooth, acne-free skin.
Acne prone or sensitive skin essentially demands extra skin care. Acne treatment products will be of no use, if you are not following a proper acne prone skin care routine.
What is the Best Skincare For Acne Prone Skin?
You don’t have to use dozens of expensive acne treatment products to resolve your acne problems. What essentially needed for acne prone or sensitive skin is following a new and improved skin care regime.
We have asked a few skincare experts about what practices are most helpful for people having acne prone and oily skin. All of them advise being proactive rather than reactive. A proper cleansing skincare routine alone can help in preventing annoying future acne breakouts & blemishes.
Morning Acne Prone Skin Care Routine
The morning routine is all about protecting your acne susceptible skin from potential acne breakout.
While sleeping, you may toss and turn on your pillow, which can spread bacteria on your face. So, make a habit of washing your face first thing in the morning. It is recommended that you wash your face twice a day so as to remove the excessive oils and dead skin cells. This becomes more important when dealing with acne prone skin, otherwise the dirt, impurities and excessive oil can cause acne breakout.
Choose a cleanser that is specially formulated for acne. Broad guidelines are to opt for water-based cleanser that is oil free, with a low PH. Avoid using anything too harsh or drying as they can irritate your skin. Dermatologists recommend cleanser containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide because they help get rid of acne.
Tip: It’s recommended that you use your clean fingers to cleanse your face because cleansing brushes can spread bacteria.
Consider using a toner for additional cleanliness, but be careful not to overdo it. A toner helps clean the excess oil & gunk in the pores that may otherwise clog your pores, leading to breakouts.
Choose an alcohol free, calming formula. An option is to opt for a toner that contains Salicylic Acid, which helps exterminate the bacteria. In case your skin is really dry or sensitive, be careful when applying a toner (astringent) because it may irritate your skin. Select a toner that is right for your skin type or better don’t use one at all.
Take the toner on a cotton pad/ball and dab over the areas where you have acne. Use a fresh cotton ball for the rest of your face to prevent spreading of contamination.
What ever your skin type, whether oily or dry, it needs a moisturizer to stay hydrated. This is more so as some acne products can really dry out your skin. Use a light moisturizer that is oil-free and non-comedogenic because it won’t clog your skin pores. Opt for moisturizers that are specially designed for acne prone skin that contain anti-bacterial agents.
Some acne products can increase skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. Opt for a broad spectrum, SPF 30 sunscreen. Again choose a sunscreen especially designed for acne prone skin.
Evening/Night Acne Prone Skin Care
It’s important that your skin breathes freely and repair itself at night while you sleep. For this follow these steps:
During the day a lot of dirt & grime get accumulated on your skin’s surface. Cleansing at night will serve dual purpose:
(i) Properly removing makeup to help keep your skin pores unclogged; and
(ii) Really cleansing your skin & killing bacteria.
Using a spot treatment at night is the right time to let it work its magic as you sleep. Applying it after cleansing makes it more effective because the ingredients are allowed to work their way deep into the skin. Moreover, these products can target existing pimples, scarring and prevent new acne breakouts.
Important: General Acne Skin Care Tips:
(i) Wash your face two times every day. One, when you wake up and two, before going to bed. And remember as perspiration can worsen acne condition; therefore wash your skin as soon as possible after sweating such as after a workout session.
(ii) Opt for a non-abrasive, gentle cleanser. Best is to use your fingertips to cleanse your face apply. Never use mesh sponge, abrasive washcloth or anything else that irritate your skin.
(iii) Be gentle on your skin, and use alcohol free products. Avoid using products that may inflame your skin, which may include exfoliators, astringents or toners. Because these products can dry out your skin, and dry, red skin can aggravate acne conditions.
(iv) In case you have oily hair, shampoo daily or every alternate day.
(v) Do not pick. Control habit of touching your skin because this can lead to further flare ups and increases risk of scarring.
(vi) Try to stay out of the sun. Tanning not only damages your skin, but some acne products/medications can make your skin very sensitive to sunrays.
(vii) Exfoliation: Consider exfoliating your skin once a week to cleanse skin pores & get rid of dead skin cells that can otherwise clog pores & cause acne breakouts. Don’t exfoliate every day. For acne prone skin, avoid using physical exfoliators because the friction involved in using them will irritate already inflamed skin.
Choose light chemical exfoliators for acne-prone skin.
Note: Though, once a week exfoliation is good, but always remember to avoid scrubbing your skin or using harsh exfoliants because it will lead to more redness and irritation – worsening acne condition.
Check here: Is Exfoliation Good For Skin?
(viii) If your skin is extremely oily type, consider using “Blotting Pads” to remove extra oil, especially from the “T” zone (forehead, nose, chin and area circling the mouth during the day.
(ix) Consider applying a clay mask to flush out excess oil & build-up to prevent occurrence of acne. You can use it once a week for best results.
When the mask dries out, gently use a soft microfiber sponge to wipe it off.
Read here: 4 Powerful Clay Mask Recipes For Acne
Dealing with acne can be challenging but adopting the skincare routine will help your skin begin the process of healing and renewal.