Have you ever fallen down the rabbit hole of so-called acne cures and treatments? It may start off just browsing but soon enough you’re hundreds of pages deep into a single Google search with no end in sight and ending up with more questions than you originally started with.
What leads you to diving so deep down that rabbit hole in the first place?
The insecurity that comes with having acne can be crushing. Not to mention any scars that leave their permanent reminders once the acne is hopefully gone.
So what really helps? What do you really need to know about acne?
In this post we will be discussing routine because that is the foundation for clearer, acne-free skin. To learn more about diet, exercise, and other things that affect acne, you can check out these links.
Simple Daytime Routine
The first and one of the most important parts of your routine is cleansing. If you are not cleansing every morning, you are missing a crucial step to good skincare.
This will help wipe away any residual cleanser and prep the skin for other products through hydrating and calming the skin.
You probably already know how important it is that your skin stays hydrated, but did you know you still need to moisturize, even if your skin is oily? While it’s normal for those with acne to also have oily skin, it’s still important to moisturize to help your skin protect itself.
In your early years of having acne you’ve probably tried something with an “active ingredient” like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. While these do help with acne, it’s common for some of these store-bought products to also contain pore cloggers. While they can help in some respects, they can also make acne worse. Many of these products advertise themselves as “spot treatments.” We don’t think you should just spot treat pimples and blackheads when you can proactively prevent acne by using actives on the entire affected area.
If you have skin, you need sunscreen. Not only will this protect your skin from the harsh rays of the sun, but it will help prevent redness and dark spots from getting worse due to exposure. Sunscreen is always a must, even if you are indoors or it is cloudy outside.
Primer not only helps you achieve a more matte look for your overall complexion, it will help your makeup stay on and last longer.
These days, makeup can be tricky. You want something that will work. You want something that will make you look and feel good. But unfortunately, many name brands contain pore cloggers. Always be on the lookout for ingredients that can be harmful for your skin. Check out this Pore Clogging Ingredient List to help you keep your skin safe.
Simple Nighttime Routine
Cleansing at night is the number one most important part of a good routine. This takes care of all the debris and oil that has built up on the skin throughout the day.
To help get any residue off your skin, you’ll want to make sure you are toning to keep skin even and help hydrate.
Moisturizing at night will help the skin keep a healthy natural moisture barrier while you sleep.
And last of all, at the end of the day you want to use a different kind of active to help prevent new acne from forming and help heal acne that has already started. So if you use an alpha hydroxy acid during the day, use an active at night as well like benzoyl peroxide.
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