Taking care of acne prone skin can seem very challenging. But the truth is your skincare routine does not have to be complex to be effective.
In fact, your routine does not have to be expensive either. What you need are products that help you remove excess oil, keep your pores clean and help speed up the healing of existing blemishes.
The good news is, a skincare routine can be as easy as 1, 2, 3! Cleanse, Tone & Moisturize.
Start with a gentle cleanser. If your skin is prone to breakouts. Get a gentle wash with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Some people prefer gentle, non-medicated cleansers instead (that’s my choice too!). A good cleanser will ensure that you get rid of all traces of excess oil, makeup, sweat and dirt before you head to bed.
It is very important to understand that dirt, sweat and makeup play with your pH level and cause your skin to become more acidic, and hence oiler and prone to more breakouts!
Your second step would be to go for a toner! Toners, unlike astringents, do not contain alcohol. Alcohol can irritate or dehydrate your skin by stripping it from necessary oils leaving your skin tight and dry. Toner however will remove excess oil, tone, fight blackheads and blemishes while leaving your skin balanced and hydrated.
Finally, even the oiliest skin types need to be moisturized! Don’t believe otherwise. You have two options here, either go for gels and oil-free moisturizers or choose natural oils that balance your skin’s pH levels (that’s my weapon of choice!). Some oils like jojoba oil, argan oil and sweet almond oil in addition to other oils rich in antioxidants and Vitamin E can mimic your skin’s natural oils and hence promote a balanced and nourished skin! Your skin will no longer products excess sebum and your skin will lose that unwanted shine!
In fact, some oils like rosehip oil are great for oily skin. Not only is it rich in Vitamins C, E & A, rosehip oil is rich in linoleic acid (oily skin is usually lacking in linoleic acid) and hence provide anti-inflammatory, moisturizing and healing properties. What is more amazing is that rosehip oil is a dry oil and can be easily absorbed by the skin.
One final step would be to scrub your face to remove dead skin cells. This is great if done once a week! Put in mind that if not removed, dead skin cells can trap excess sebum causing an inflammation and the appearance of acne! A great and effective solution would be to use volcanic clays that are able to cleanse the pores and effectively exfoliate the skin!
Have a wonderful skin!
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