Acne is something we all have to deal with at some point in our lives, but the good news is there are things we can do to solve it. With a little extra care and attention you can be on your way to a smoother brighter and healthier complexion. Here are the top 5 things you can do to get rid of acne and achieve that radiant glow.
Cleansing is one of the most important parts of our skin care routines. It removes dirt, sebum (the oil our skin produces), and dead skin cells that clog our pores and cause acne to form. It is also important to do a double cleanse at night to remove all of your makeup with an oil based cleanser first before proceeding with the rest of your skin care routine. Remember to always wash your face twice a day – morning and night – but don’t over do it. Over washing your face can be bad for you as it strips your skin and causes more trouble.
What I recommend: For combination/oily skin try Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Charcoal Soap
For combination/dry skin try Klairs Rich Moist Foaming Cleanser
Toner is an essential step if you want your skin to look it’s best. Applying a hydrating toner with a cotton pad helps to balance your skin’s pH level and allows your following skin care products to work even better. Make sure to use a toner that is alcohol free, paraben free, and fragrance free for best results. A simple toner that provides deep moisture should do the job. You can layer toner a few times to hydrate your skin from within, which will help control sebum production.
What I recommend for all skin types: Klairs Supple Preparation Unscented Toner
Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells. This is very important to help your skin’s natural turnover process and to even out your skin’s texture. There are so many different types of exfoliators on the market including physical exfoliators and chemical exfoliators. Also since there is so much information about all the different types/uses for exfoliators I will post a separate article to touch on this topic more in depth. But for today I want to mention the basic rule for exfoliating. Do not exfoliate every day. It should only be done 1-3 times a week and it is best to do so at night. Also use a sunscreen that has SPF 35 or greater during the day after you exfoliate. For very oily skin, try a BHA exfoliator 2-3 times a week at night.
What I Recommend: Physical exfoliator – Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish
Chemical exfoliator – Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid
It can be very difficult and frustrating to choose a moisturizer when you are battling acne prone oily skin. One of the reasons your skin is producing so much oil is because it is actually dehydrated on the inside, so your skin reacts and tries to protect itself this way. By keeping your skin hydrated with toner and a good moisturizer, your skin will not have to produce so much oil to make up for the loss of moisture. If you are trying to battle oily skin by using alcohol or astringents and are wondering why the problem is getting worse, it is because you are drying out your skin too much. Keep it moisturized daily, and stick to a light texture cream instead of something thick and heavy.
What I Recommend: For combination/oily skin – By Wishtrend Vitamin 75 Maximizing Cream
For very oily skin – I’m From Vitamin Tree Water Gel
There are all kinds of masks and treatments to help target specific skin care concerns. Once you build a solid skin care routine for yourself, you can start to experiment with more concentrated serums, ampoules, and treatment products. If you have acne scarring, I recommend incorporating a Vitamin C Serum into your routine. If your skin is very acne prone in general, try products containing mugwort (artemesia). It’s all up to what works for you and what gives you the best results. Just make sure to do a patch test on your arm or behind your ear to check for allergies or bad reactions before you apply anything on your face.
Treatments I recommend for acne prone skin: I’m From Mugwort Mask ; I’m From Mugwort Essence ; By Wishtrend Vitamin C 21.5% Serum ; Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Sheet Mask ; Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream
Did you know?
If the temperature of your skin increases by just 1 degree, your sebum production increases by 10%. Try using skin care products that have a cooling effect, and rinse your face with cool water (not too cold) after cleansing 🙂