If you’ve acne-prone skin, you may agree that this battle is endless – whiteheads, blackheads, skin congestion, and whatnot, the big red zit never comes alone.
With the endless array of products and all the suggestions and advice that follow, it can get overwhelming to find what suits you the best. Here’s what we recommend that you should be doing instead.
The Easiest Routine That Works!
Our Sebaceous glands secrete sebum (oil) that keeps the skin moist, but the real problem starts when these glands get clogged! Here’s a routine to keep that in check, because excessive oil production can become the breeding ground for bacteria that further triggers an inflammatory response. Before we begin, let us once again remind you that there’s no one-size-fits-all in such regimes, and therefore we’ll focus on building a foundational routine that can be modified to suit your specific concerns.
Let’s Focus On These First
Acne-prone skin craves for these vitamins, including them in your topical products can really help to control breakouts and concerns related to that.
- Vitamin A
Acne-prone skin is usually deficient in Vitamin A, and by replenishing this deficiency, you can slowly progress towards the much-needed balance.
- Vitamin B3
Packed with anti-inflammatory properties, Vitamin B3 rejuvenates the skin and minimizes discoloration left behind by the scars.
- Vitamin C
This amazing water-soluble antioxidant helps to protect the skin against free radical damage and enhances its resilience too, and all this while delivering unmatched brightening benefits.
- Vitamin E
Vitamin E is fat-soluble, and hence it gets absorbed into the skin quickly. It enhances collagen production and leads to faster healing of scars.
Morning to Night Time Routine
Here’s a simple routine with just the essentials, because in skincare, less is always more.
It’s always a good idea to start and finish your day with an oil-balancing, mild cleanser. If you can, do try to make double-cleansing a part of your routine, it’s extremely beneficial for acne-prone, sensitive skin. Heat, humidity, sweat, sebum, and layers of sunscreen and makeup need something extra than your regular cleanser. We recommend double-cleansing once or twice a day, depending on your skin’s needs. If clean and comfortable skin is on your wish list, then do try out Refresh Botanicals’ Lemon Gel Cleanser. It’s artificial fragrance-free and has natural lemon extract along with 7 other bio-active ingredients. You can pair it up with Refresh Botanicals’ Eye + Face Makeup Remover, which has Cucumber Extract and Cornflower Water to keep your skin’s natural pH maintained while effectively taking off every trace of dirt and makeup.
Our skin’s natural pH is slightly acidic and cleansing not only removes impurities but may nudge this pH towards basic. To remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, and restore the healthy pH, you should include an alcohol-free, natural toner in your routine. Refresh Botanicals’ Facial Toner has Fig Fruit, Honeysuckle, Watermelon, and Algae Extracts along with calming base ingredients – Cucumber Extract and Cornflower Water.
It’s the most important step of any routine – treatment, and medications. If you’re using any dermatologist-recommended treatment products, then it’s the step where you should use them, and if you’re still looking for a solution to spot treat and target blemishes, look for salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and sulfur in your products.
- Salicylic acid – 0.5-2 percent (just as a spot treatment)
- Benzoyl Peroxide – start with 2.5 percent and gradually build up.
- Sulfur – It’s a bacteriostatic agent, prevents bacteria
from multiplying. Mild peeling is normal, avoid using it with Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic acid.
The top layer of our skin retains moisture and helps create an impermeable layer between our skin and the environment. Skipping this step can leave your skin looking dull, dry, and vulnerable to sensitivity and infection. We recommend you to use unscented, lightweight moisturizer, and if you’re looking for best organic skincare, you know where to find it. Refresh Botanicals’ Unscented Facial Moisturizer is packed with Vitamin K and Antioxidants, and it all comes from natural and organic ingredients, nothing artificial.
Don’t forget to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen in your morning routine and that’s all.
If your skin is not responding appropriately to these products and recommendations, make an appointment with a certified dermatologist.
We hope you enjoyed this read, stay tuned for the next time, till then, be consistent with your routine and remember, taking care of your skin is more important than covering it up.