Skin Care Routine for Acne Prone Skin
Acne is a common skin condition, but it is not so common to find helpful information regarding how to treat it. According to WebMD , "acne begins when oil mixes with dead cells and clogs the skin's pores." Although teens are usually the most common victims of this skin condition, adults also struggle with it. If you have acne, it might be difficult for you to learn how to treat your face day and night. The American Academy of Dermatology says that letting it run its course is not a good idea. That is why setting up a skincare routine and maintaining it is very important, not just for the sake of appearances, but for our well-being. There are millions of products out there which promise us miracles. However, it can be confusing trying to figure out which products you should use and in what order. Keep reading to get a basic idea of how you should be treating your skin. Look at the images for our recommendations of products to use.
Morning Routine - Three Steps
Be sure to complete these steps every morning. Consistency is key!
1. Wash your Face
WebMD states that "choosing the right cleanser can help rid your skin of the bacteria that make their way into clogged hair follicles and lead to breakouts."
2. Apply Toner
Toners help balance the pH (potential hydrogen) levels of your skin. "Having a balanced pH level means your skin is less prone to oiliness and infection, creating a smoother appearance." (Livestrong)
3. Apply Aloe Vera
According to Livestrong.com , aloe contains substances that can reduce inflammation and pain."
Nighttime Routine - Four Steps
Also be sure to complete these steps nightly. During the day, you might apply make up products to your face and you do not want anything to possibly add to your skincare struggles.
1. Wash your Face
Remember not to use harsh cleansers that will irritate or redden your skin.
2. Apply Toner
Refer above for the benefits of toners.
3. Apply Oil
Healthy and Natural World claims that "many people with acne report that their skin clears up and looks a lot healthier after using oils. Good quality, natuural oils can help you clear your skin and remove impurities." Some of the best oils for your face include Coconut Oil, Argan Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Vitamin E, and Jojoba Oil.
4. Apply Acne Spot Treatment
There are many types of spot treatments. In our opinion, the best type is the one that contains Benzoyl Peroxide. "Benzoyl peroxide works by breaking down into benzoic acid and oxygen when it touches the skin. The oxygen helps kill pimples, acne, and bacteria, and the benzoic acid acts as a deep exfoliant, getting rid of dead skin and sebum that's built up inside the pores" (You Beauty)
Extra Weekly Care
1. Two nights a week, instead of washing your face as usual, wash your face with a face scrub or exfoliator.
Exfoliants help remove dead skin cells. They also brighten and smoothen the skin.
2. Two nights a week, replace your skin toner application and apply a mask instead.
Take a spa day at home with a mask. Face masks "can help hydrate skin, remove excess oils, and improve the appearance of your pores." (Discover Good)
3. Two nights a week, steam your face.
You can boil water and lean over the hot water with a towel over your head. The warm steam will help unclog pores. *Caution* Make sure steam is not hot, you can burn yourself.
Click on the links below to be directed to a site where you can purchase the products.
Drugstore: Neutrogena Extra Gentle Acne Cleanser
High End: Murad Acne Clarifying Cleanser
Drugstore: Clean & Clear Deep Cleaning Toner
Not Too Pricey: Thayer's Witch Hazel
Drugstore: Aloe Vera Gel
Not Too Pricey:Nature Republic's Aloe Vera
The Aloe Vera Plant: (http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/aloe-vera-plants-our-best-tips-for-growing-care-220964)
Drugstore: Jason Vitamin E Skin Oil
Not Too Pricey: Body Shop Tea Tree Oil
High End: Josie Maren Argan Oil
Acne Spot Treatment
Not Too Pricey : Boots N.7 Beautiful Skin Rapid Blemish Rescue
High End: Mario Badescu Skincare Drying Lotion
Drugstore: Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub
Drugstore: Freeman Feeling Beautiful
Not Too Pricey : Alba Botanica Pore-fecting Papaya Enzyme Mask
High End: Glam Glow Mad Mask
If you stick to these routines and discover the products that work best for you based on our suggestions, you will be on your way to greater skin.
"Beautiful skin requires commitment, not a miracle." - Erno Laszlo