Acne affects millions of people all over the world from teenagers who are just entering puberty to adults who are late in their 40s. There are various types of acne and each needs to be treated differently. Pimples can be caused either by hormones or hygiene and they appear when sebum clogs up the pores, making it easy for bacteria to grow and thrive.
Types of acne:
Comedonal – these are little bumps on the surface of the skin which are clogged pores. Comedonal pimples are not painful and are easy to treat.
Inflammatory – this is when the clogged pores cause inflammation to the skin. The hair follicles are irritated and cause white heads, black heads and red bumps.
Cystic – this is a severe form of acne in which the inflammation is severe and it happens deep into the skin. Cystic acne manifests as large bumps that are painful and take a very long time to clear.
Hormonal – this type of acne usually appears on the lower parts of the face (chin, jawline) in people who are in their 20s and 30s.
1. Controlling Sebum
The first step in the skincare routine for acne prone skin should always be double cleansing. Using the double cleansing technique makes sure your skin in super clean. It removes all the dirt, make-up and build-up from the day, leaving your skin prepped and ready for creams and serums.
You should first cleanse your face with an oil-based cleanser. This is a super gentle product that takes away all the makeup, including waterproof mascara and long-lasting foundation. A good oil-based cleanser will not clog up your pores, and will leave your face feeling smooth. The second cleanser should have a low pH that protects your skin and doesn’t strip it of its essential natural oils.
2. Preventing Pores from Clogging
Toning is an important step in keeping acne prone skin clear and blemish-free. You should always follow up cleansing your skin with using a toner that contains AHA/BHA which helps clarify your skin and, most importantly, keeps the pores from clogging. This product offers very mild exfoliation, making sure your skin is ready to absorb the active ingredients in your face lotion or serum.
3. Minimizing Inflammation and Soothing the Skin
Even if you have oily skin that is acne prone, you should never deprive it of moisture or hydration. It is a common misconception that oily skin doesn’t need to be hydrated when, in fact, it’s completely the opposite. When the skin feels dehydrated it compensates by producing more sebum. Excess sebum can easily clog pores and thus create acne. As a result, moisturizing is an essential step in the oily skin’s skincare routine.
A vitamin C rose oil is an excellent choice for acne prone skin and does wonders for brightening up the skin, decreasing the appearance of blemishes. A gentle formulation is key. Look for products that contain a few powerful ingredients that address the specific needs of your skin. Stay away from ingredients that could further irritate your skin such as fragrances and sulfites.
4. Keeping the Skin Moisturized and Hydrated at All Times
Acne treatments will often leave the skin feeling dehydrated. Pay attention to any changes in your skin and adapt your skincare regimen accordingly. Incorporate a hyaluronic acid lotion in your routine and follow-up with an oil-free moisturizing lotion that locks in all the moisture and deeply penetrates the skin. These two products used together yield excellent results, leaving your skin feeling supple and revitalized.
An important thing to keep in mind when creating a skincare routine for acne prone skin is to make sure you use a lot of light product layers instead of thick layers of the same product.
5. Maintaining a balanced lifestyle and diet
Needless to say, a good skincare routine should always be accompanied by a balanced diet and lifestyle. We are what we eat, so if you are consuming sugary drinks, fast food and sweets on a daily basis, you shouldn’t expect your toners and face lotions to perform magic tricks for your skin. Leading a balanced life helps you look good and feel good. Try to incorporate whole foods into your diet and cook at home as much as possible. Your meals should contain leafy greens, legumes, fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds. All of these will help clear up your skin and give you more energy.
You should also add exercise into your daily activities. Walking, jogging, yoga, pilates or biking are all fun exercises that will bring their contribution to your clear skin. If you’re passionate about skincare, you can even take professional cosmetic courses that will teach you about aesthetics, how to maintain the skin young and fresh and what tools best work for acne prone skin.
Guest Post by: John Stuart works on behalf of cosmeticatrainingcourses.co.uk in outreach and content creation. He creates engaging content that help businesses connect with their audience and stand out from the crowd.
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