Want healthy, clear skin? Here are my top tips for treating acne-prone skin.
We have all dealt with acne at some point in our life. According to a report by the American Academy of Dermatology, around 85% of young adults experience acne. But they are not the only ones affected—acne can occur at any stage of life. In recent years, acne has increased in adults, affecting up to 10-12% of women.
If you have acne-prone skin, you might be aware of all the troubles that come along with it. But, I have good news for you! With adequate knowledge and the right skincare habits, you can easily treat your acne-prone skin.
What causes acne?
To break it down, acne happens when the pores of your skin become blocked with oil, dead skin cells, or bacteria, but there are multiple factors that could cause this. Acne can be caused by hormones, lack of hygiene, dry skin, sun exposure, poor diet, medication, allergies, and more. So treating it can be complicated and even frustrating.
Most people think the solution is washing their face more or applying harsh ingredients, but this isn’t the case. Which is why it’s imperative to seek professional acne treatment.
How to manage acne-prone skin?
If you have acne-prone skin, you have to get ahead of acne to treat it effectively. Since oily skin is highly prone to acne, you need a skincare regimen that helps keep excess oil and bacteria at bay.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the vast number of skincare solutions available for acne-prone skin? Here are some of my top tips that’ll help you manage acne-prone skin and prevent breakouts.
Cleansing is the most important step for people with acne-prone skin. Thorough cleansing will keep your skin free of excess oil, dirt, sweat, and makeup. It is also important to keep the severity of your acne symptoms in mind while choosing a cleanser. People with acne-prone skin should steer clear of thick cleansing balms, as they may clog your pores. A cleanser that contains salicylic acid is a good option—it breaks down oils and sebum, and unclogs pores.
If you have acne-prone skin, regular exfoliation is the best way to prevent breakouts. Exfoliation unclogs pores, removes dead skin cell buildup, and reduces the formation of comedones. However, it is crucial that you choose a gentle exfoliator that doesn’t irritate your skin.
There is a common misconception that people with oily, acne-prone skin should avoid moisturising their skin. On the contrary, it is crucial for people with oily skin to moisturise regularly. If you skip moisturiser, your oil glands may potentially go into overdrive, producing even more oil. This can lead to more breakouts.
While picking a moisturiser for acne-prone skin, look for ‘non-comedogenic’ on the label, as these products are formulated to avoid skin pore blockages. I recommend a water-based, oil-free moisturiser for your skin.
- Add active ingredients into your skincare
If you have acne-prone skin, try incorporating active ingredients into your skincare routine. Here are some of the active ingredients that can help you achieve clear and glowing skin:
- Salicylic acid: Salicylic acid is a brilliant ingredient for people with acne-prone skin as it unclogs pores and reduces inflammation. Add this to your skincare if you want to get rid of whiteheads, blackheads, or pustules.
- Benzoyl peroxide: If you have inflammatory acne, you can add benzoyl peroxide to your skincare regimen as it kills acne-causing bacteria.
- Retinoids: Retinoids are highly effective in preventing recurrent acne breakouts. Retinoids exfoliate the skin’s surface, removing the dead skin cells that clog pores. They also help reduce inflammation.
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