If you are scared that your acne is coming back or when you want to avoid aggravating your acne before it gets any worse than it already is, follow a skin care routine. I have composed the best skin care routine for acne in as little as 3 easy steps. Just like every routine, it requires some getting used to, but it goes a long way.
Acne is the kind of skin condition that can’t really be cured, the best way to take care of your acne is by maintaining it, take care of it on a daily basis and making sure it doesn’t get any worse than it already is!
Step 1 – First And Foremost, Cleanse!
The first step to taking care of your acne is to keep bacteria away from the face as much as possible, try not to touchyour face with your hands as much possible and always wash your hands before even touching it.
Wash your face twice a day, once in the morning, once at night and when I say wash it, I mean go at it, really clean your face thoroughly.
Splash some water on your face, clean the back of your ears, jawline and sides of the head as well, but don’t be harsh on it.
Use a recommended daily face wash, one that goes easy on the skin without over drying it or aggravate it any further, if you don’t know exactly which one to use then just use some lukewarm water, that goes a long way. Sometimes less is better, just plain clean water.
NEVER use a face wash that contain way too many ingredients, completely unnecessary!
A gentle face wash that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide is more than enough, don’t believe people who say it should contain 10+ ingredients for it to be good or effective…in fact it could do the opposite. Simple cleansing is always the best.
Step 2 – Apply Proper Acne Medication
First you dry off your face and let it sit for a second before applying any kind of cream or gel prescribed by your dermatologist or you can use over the counter medication that contain the key ingredients such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide.
Don’t forget to let it dry off first otherwise the medication you are about to apply on your face might get your face irritated.
Use acne medication prescribed by your dermatologist as your go to choice and an over the counter medication as a second option, because the medication prescribed by your doctor or dermatologist usually do not contain unnecessary added ingredients and also because they know exactly which medication is best for your specific skin type etc.
So yes, if you can, consult with your dermatologist about which medication you should apply to your skin for a daily skin care routine.
If going to the dermatologist is out of the picture for you because of one or more personal reason then using an over the counter medication is your second best choice, but again, be careful which one to buy and use, because many companies create and produce cream and gel that aren’t very good.
I’m not trying to bash them or anything, but that’s the truth, do some research before you decide to buy one anyway.
Step 3 – Do Not Forget To Moisturize
Yes, I am not kidding. Moisturize your face even when your skin is the oily type, moisturize it.
Just like your acne medication, you should wait for your face to dry off after applying the acne cream or gel before you apply a moisturizer on it.
Moisturizing helps protect your face from the environment and also helps in keeping your face hydrated so it won’t get dry.
Many people skip this step thinking it’s irrelevant, but that’s a big mistake, I can tell you that for sure. Moisturizing makes all the difference, without it, your skin will have the opportunity to get dry, and dryness of the skin can lead to other skin conditions.
When looking for a moisturizer, it is best to look for one that has a label which says “oil-free” or “non-comedogenic” because these moisturizers tend to leave your pores unclogged while hydrating the skin on your face, and that’s exactly what you want.
Everyone’s skin is slightly different, one that works for 70 percent of people may not work for you at all, so my advice here is to just give it a try, through trial and error is where you will find your perfect moisturizer. Your moisturizer does not have to leave your skin feeling all greasy and all, when your skin feels light and hydrated without all that grease feeling, that’s when you know you have found the one.
Some Things To Consider
Always consider applying some sunscreen, lotion or cream to your face if you know you’ll be going outdoor, especially if you work outside most of the day.
Sunscreen contain minerals such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which helps reflect the UVA and UVB (Ultraviolet light) emitted from the sun, UV can be extremely dangerous for the skin when exposed for a long period of time.
Go for a sunscreen or sunblock which contain an SPF (Sun protection factor) of at least 15, obviously the higher the SPF the higher the protection factor, but don’t waste time looking for a sunscreen that can block UV-rays 100 percent, because no sunscreen can do that. You can check out my sunscreen review here.
Avoid Using Toner Or Astringent
I know you have probably been told to you use either a toner or astringent for your daily skin care routine, but try to avoid that. Toners do tighten the pores and sometimes they can help with improving acne, but it also dries out the skin more than it should.
So in my honest opinion, your skin will do better off without it than with it. You can use it if you were specifically told by your dermatologist to use it for a certain period of time, but other than that, try to avoid using it.
Time and Repetition
If you follow this skin care routine on daily basis, I can assure you that your acne will improve within 2 months or you’ll notice how your face gets smoother and have less blemishes.
I have been doing this for years and many others who implemented the same routine as I did are getting rewarded as well. So don’t wait any longer and start taking care of your face and acne, and it starts with a good skin care routine. It may sound like a drag at first, but when you do it over and over again, you’ll get used to it like it’s a second nature.
Like I said earlier, everyone’s skin is slightly different. So it is also completely fine if you put your twist on it, and see what works best for you, but you will only find out what works and what doesn’t by taking action, so start taking action as soon as possible.