Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Best Skin Care Routine for Acne Prone Skin - Ultimate Guide

Here's my skincare routine that I live by for keeping my skin oil-free, and most importantly, acne-free. I had acne for around 4 to 5 years and finally got rid of it. I will have at least two more posts related to this topic; one about my acne story and the other of how exactly I got rid of my acne (the routine below helped a lot but there were other factors that played a major role). So stay tuned to read the other posts. Follow my blog (you can click on the follow button to the right. It is under my Pinterest board "My Aesthetic") so that you know when I post.

So without further ado, I will tell you what I do to maintain my face and acne-prone areas on my body.

the best skin care routine for acne-prone skin

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Clean your face/acne-prone areas on your body (Twice per day)

Use face washes that are for oily/combination skin types. It is very important to use the right kind of face wash and if your skin is sensitive then make sure to use a mild formula face wash. Two chemicals you should look for in any soap/face wash you use are Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide. Salicylic acid basically works by dissolving the skin debris that clogs pores. Salicylic acid can regulate skin cells. Products with salicylic acid are best for white heads and black heads. Benzoyl peroxide unclogs skin pores and prevents bacterial growth. Hence, this is great for cystic acne. 

I used a cleanser with salicylic acid. However, it didn't reduce my acne. If you read my post on how I got rid of my severe acne, you will know that my acne was mainly hormonal. Hence, the cleanser did keep my face clean and possibly prevented acne caused directly due to clogged pores, it didn't have much effect on most of my acne (hormonal acne still is due to clogged pores but the salicylic acid obviously doesn't work on hormones).

My dermatologist prescribed me a face wash that I still live by and it did wonders for my bacne (a.k.a back acne) and my face as well. It helped reduce my acne (with the help of my oral medications too). The most obvious effect, however, was the rapid reduction of my acne marks on my back and on my face. The face wash is called "MDELIC Face Wash" and you will probably only be able to buy it if you live in India. BUT, it contains Mandelic Acid. This chemical is known for helping with acne, wrinkles and a few other skin problems. You don't have to buy an expensive serum or anything like that which contains mandelic acid. All you should do is buy a face wash that has mandelic acid as its main ingredient (i.e it should be at the top of the list of the ingredients). Other ingredients like Vitamin E and Aloe Vera are also beneficial. 
facewash with mandelic acid

You should wash your face 2 times a day. If you wash your face more than 2 times a day, you may end up drying up your skin. 

Moisturize (After you wash your face)

Now you have to be very careful when selecting a moisturizer. Any oil-based moisturizer is a big no-no. The best option is to get a gel, water-based moisturizer. There are a lot of those out there, I use one called "Sebaoff". I'm not sure if this moisturizer is available everywhere but don't sweat it if you can't find the exact one. There are a lot of 100% oil free moisturizers. You could even try the Clean & Clear Oil Free Moisturizer.

Sun Protection (Every day)

The Sun gives you Vitamin D, but it can also give you more acne. "Sun can clear skin" is a complete myth. When your skin tans due to the sun, an illusion is caused by the skin around the acne darkening so the acne doesn't stand out as much. But, if you think the sun cannot harm you, you are mistaken. The sun can cause breakouts if you have acne-prone skin. You should always apply sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection. Use a matte gel sunscreen. I use the oil-free sunscreen range from Lotus Herbals but it doesn't really matter if it protects your skin and is oil-free. I also use a sunscreen prescribed by my dermatologist that contains aloe vera extracts (as you can tell, aloe vera is pretty famous in helping your skin).
sun screen for acne prone skin

Topical Ointment (According to prescription or once a day)

This, for those who don't know, is basically just a cream to apply to places where you have acne. However, this should be used when prescribed by your dermatologist. If it is a cream that is found in any general store, you could take your chances, however, a dermatologist can probably suggest a better one that will target your exact type of acne.

Put in a little bit more effort to help your skin

Face packs and face exfoliating scrubs are a good way to help your pores and remove excess debris from your face. Applying a face pack or using a scrub once or twice a week will help your skin and give you a natural glow. You can buy face packs or face masks or you can make your own at home! (Homemade face packs won't have unnecessary preservatives and chemicals)
wine and beer facial scrub

Before applying your face pack, make sure to wash your face and here's a little extra beauty tip you can use a few minutes before you apply your face pack:

Make a rosewater face mist:

What you need:
⇒Rose water
Saffron (a spice derived from the flower of Crocus sativus)
(yes that's it)

How to make it:
Mix one part rose water with one part water in a spray bottle
Add only a few sticks of saffron (saffron has an intense orange color and you don't want to stain your face orange) to the bottle
Shake it up and spray it onto your face or use a cotton pad to apply it.

You can spray your face with this before the face pack (hydrating your skin helps it absorb the face pack better) or you can even use it generally, after washing your face, as a toner. The face mist will help your complexion and give you a nice glow.

Here's an effective face pack you can make at home using only 4 ingredients! This face pack is my all-time favorite and it makes my skin look and feel so much better every time I apply it:

What you need:

a lemonfuller's earth powder     rose water bottle

A few drops of lemon juice         Fuller's Earth (powder)                 Rose Water

Mix the ingredients together till the mixture is of this consistency (liquid enough to be able to smoothly apply on your skin but it shouldn't run off or move):

homemade face pack

face pack tested on skin

Whatever homemade face pack you make, or if you are using a store-bought face pack for the first time, swatch it on your wrist first to make sure your skin isn't allergic to any of the ingredients.

TIP: Try not to use normal moisturizers, especially ones with oils in them. Basically, only use water-based (gel) moisturizers.

lancome night cream
Don't use general creams, especially if they are for dry skin!

Be consistent with the basics like washing your face, and even occasionally doing the other things can help your skin!


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