Acne is a never-ending battle for many people, but you can certainly win this battle by adding the right ingredients to your skincare routine for acne.
Know Your Acne Type
Deciding on which products to include in your skincare routine requires a good knowledge of your acne type because all acne is not treated equally.
- Hormonal Acne:
Does your acne appear at a certain time of the month, just before you get your period? If yes, then it’s hormonal acne. This kind of acne appears mostly on the chin and jawline.
It is a regular pimple with a white dot in between. This results due to skin cells sticking together and your pores get clogged. Never pop whiteheads because picking your skin can lead to acne-related scarring.
Blackheads are also clogged pores due to the accumulation of skin cells, sebum, and bacteria. Blackheads have a larger opening through which air can enter and oxidize the oil resulting in a darker appearance. If you have blackheads, don’t skip on exfoliation.
- Cystic Acne:
Cystic acne are big, red, and painful bumps. These arise mainly due to genetics and hormones. It is best to consult a dermatologist before adding any product to your skincare routine.
Skincare Routine for Acne Prone Skin
Cleansing is the first step in every skincare routine. It is specifically important to use a cleanser if you have oily, acne-prone skin because cleansing clears away all the impurities and dirt from your pores, thus reducing the appearance of acne. It is not beneficial to use those specialized acne-clearing face washes or cleansers because they are usually harsh and rip away the layers of skin. Instead of preventing acne, they make your skin more susceptible to acne.
Apply a humble amount of toner after cleansing your skin. Toner causes your pores to open up and prepares your skin for the next step. Apply toner with the help of a cotton ball gently over your face and neck.
It may not seem a good idea to moisturize already oily skin. But every skin type requires hydration and you should never skip this step. If you don’t apply a moisturizer, the oil-producing glands within your skin secrete excess oil to compensate resulting in clogged pores and overly shiny skin. It is advisable to apply only a small amount of moisturizer and avoid over-moisturizing the skin. You do not require a separate night cream for moisturizing your skin at night. Your daily moisturizer can work both for morning and nighttime skincare routine.
Use SPF before heading out to protect your skin from sun damage. Although acne-prone skin and sunscreens do not go together very well and clog pores, sunscreen is essential for all skin types and you should never skip this step. Sunscreen should be an important part of your skincare routine because certain anti-acne treatments make your skin more vulnerable to sun damage. If sunscreens cause breakouts, consider using a lightweight sunscreen.
Include your anti-acne medications in your nighttime skincare routine. The treatments products contain active ingredients which can do wonders for your skin.
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Samira is a Middle-Eastern beauty expert passionate about skincare and makeup. Samira lived in different Arabic countries and worked in some of the most prestigious beauty centres in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha. That is how Samira acquired most of her knowledge about beauty and the Arabic skincare rituals.