10 Tips For Activating Your Acne-Fighting Skincare Routine
A popular myth that seems to float around is that acne is just for teenagers. In reality, acne doesn’t know any age.
Some people can even get adult acne well into their fifties or sixties. But properly engaging your skincare routine, no matter your skin type, is essential to curbing your acne-prone skin once and for all.
Whether it’s a lifestyle change or just simply incorporating a new daily skincare product, it is possible to finally be able to erase those pesky pimples. Here are ten tips for making your morning skincare routine the best skincare routine for acne.
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#1. Wash Your Face Twice Daily
Our skin consists of pores that can collect substances like dirt, oils, bacteria, and even dead skin cells. Each of our pores also contains oil glands, producing sebum that is meant to keep our skin soft.
Acne commonly occurs when oils and bacteria collect in and clog pores. And that's not even factoring in hormonal acne for those with an acne-prone skin type.
Clogged pores are widely recognized as a leading contributor to breakouts in acne-prone skin types. And acne can also appear when our skin overproduces sebum.
Removing any excess oil, bacteria, and dirt from your pores is an essential way to keep your skin clean and help prevent acne, no matter your skin type.
It's important to ensure you wash your face twice daily - once when you wake up in the morning, and again at night before bed. By regularly washing your face, your pores can remain clean and unclogged.
Using warm water and a gentle cleanser on your skin twice per day is the foundation of a healthy skincare routine. Nurturing, oil-free facial cleansers like our Rice Facial Cleanser can remove any excess makeup and oil from your skin without stripping it of its natural moisture.
#2. Use Non-Comedogenic Skincare and Makeup Products
Many acne products boast characteristics such as “Won’t clog pores!” or “Fights acne!” like it’s a superhero here to save your acne-prone skin. In reality, those kinds of claims usually aren’t backed up by anything to verify their legitimacy.
But there is one word every skin type will want to make sure is on their skincare product label: non-comedogenic.
Non-comedogenic means that a particular product doesn’t contain ingredients that can cause clogged pores. Using non-comedogenic products is an excellent way to tailor your skincare routine for acne as it won't aggravate acne - hormonal acne or not - and can be beneficial for every skin type.
#3. Eat Well And Avoid Unhealthy Foods
We’ve all heard the phrase “You are what you eat!” It’s such a common phrase because, well, it’s true.
Though there’s not a direct correlation between food and acne, research shows that there’s a high likelihood that the types of foods you are eating may have a hand in leading to your breakouts.
Anything from soda, chocolate, fast food, or white bread can potentially be contributing to your cystic acne or hormonal acne. Sometimes preventing a breakout is as simple as avoiding foods like:
- Processed sugars
- Milk and dairy products
- Red meats
- Greasy foods
On the other hand, some foods can be beneficial in fighting severe acne. That is when paired with a good skincare routine.
Eating a healthy and nutrient-rich diet, including foods high in complex carbohydrates and vitamins, is a good way to provide your skin with the nutrition it needs to successfully combat acne without the use of acne medications.
You don’t need to completely eliminate unhealthy foods from your diet in an attempt to cure your acne-prone skin. However, it is possible that frequently consuming these types of food can be contributing to your breakouts.
#4. Keep Your Face Moisturized
Though acne can range from hormonal acne to acne caused by genetics, clogged pores are widely known as one of the main culprits of acne-prone skin. Overproduction of your skin's natural oils (sebum) is one of the primary ways your pores can get clogged.
In fact, oily skin occurs in an attempt to counteract dryness, causing oil production to go into hyperdrive. That's why keeping your skin moisturized - whether you're an oily skin type or not - is an amazing way to break that cycle and promote healthy, nourished skin.
By applying a light moisturizer or night cream, you can prevent your skin type from overproducing oil. Using an anti-aging moisturizer twice per day is an essential step in your skincare routine for acne to properly hydrate your skin and combat acne.
JUARA’s Sweet Black Tea and Ginger Oil-Free Moisturizer is specifically formulated to effectively hydrate acne-prone skin. Its purifying and gentle formula moisturizes even sensitive skin without leading to breakouts and makes for the perfect addition to your skin care routine.
#5. Revitalize Your Skin By Exfoliating Weekly (But Don’t Over-Exfoliate)
In addition to washing your face twice daily, it's also widely recommended to exfoliate your skin one to two times per week to rid of excess oil and dead skin cells.
Adding exfoliation into your skincare routine each week provides a slew of benefits that your acne-prone skin type will greatly appreciate. JUARA’s Radiance Enzyme Scrub is the perfect way to revitalize your skin and bring your face a healthy glow.
However, many people make the mistake of overusing exfoliators. Sometimes they may even use an exfoliator every day in hopes that this will keep their skin clear and free of acne. Unfortunately, this has the opposite effect.
Exfoliators and harsh scrubs are too hard on the skin to use frequently, and can cause your skin to be irritated or dry (which can then inadvertently cause more acne).
When you over-exfoliate, your skin type can become inflamed and irritated. In addition, it's common for your skin to become overly dry and flaky. And to top it off, this can then lead to the creation of small and bumpy pimples, derailing the efforts of your skin care routine.
Properly using an exfoliator once or twice per week is a great way to remove dead skin cells and brighten your skin. However, ensure you are not damaging your skin by over-using exfoliators or other intensive skin scrubs in your skincare routines.
#6. Use Over-The-Counter Products Containing Benzoyl Peroxide
Sometimes it's necessary to opt for skincare products that have the strength to combat even the most stubborn acne. One effective way is to go for over-the-counter (O.T.C.) spot treatments.
An OTC spot treatment will typically contain active ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, which is exceptionally effective in fighting inflammatory acne. This powerful ingredient can successfully remove any bacteria, dead skin cells, and excess oil in your clogged pores.
However, because benzoyl peroxide is such a potent additive, it can potentially lead to overly dry or irritated skin, making this acne treatment somewhat of a balancing act. To prevent negative side effects, ensure you progressively incorporate benzoyl peroxide into your skincare routine before regularly using it.
You can also opt for a lower concentration percentage (such as a concentration of 4%) for sensitive areas like your face. Or, you can choose products with salicylic acid and hyaluronic acid which are gentler for sensitive skin and acne-prone skin to incorporate into your skin care routine.
To avoid dehydrating your skin, pair OTC treatments containing benzoyl peroxide with hydrating face masks that re-energize your skin’s natural moisture barrier. JUARA’s Java Plum Avocado Nourishing Mask utilizes a natural and creamy formula to easily brighten and soothe even the driest skin.
#7. Don’t Touch Your Face… Seriously
Usually, if you absentmindedly touch your face, you don’t give it a second thought. But during the day, the oil glands in your fingertips pick up a lot more than you know.
Whether you have spent the day in the comfort of your home or gripping handrails on public transport, your hands are constantly accumulating bacteria.
Touching your face can potentially contribute to your breakouts by transferring any bacteria, dirt, or oil directly from your hands to the pores of your skin. Each time you touch your face, you’re giving this bacteria a one-way ticket to your pores, counteracting even the best skin care routine efforts and acne treatments you've been implementing for your acne-prone skin.
Refraining from touching your face might not necessarily be the ultimate cure for your hormonal acne or cystic acne. But it can be extremely helpful in letting your pores breathe and your skin barrier heal.
Properly treating your skin with a well-tailored skincare routine for acne is a great way to keep your pores clear after a long day. Using facial masks like our Rose And Willowbark Purifying Mask is perfect for soothing acne-prone skin while gently exfoliating your pores of any excess oil, dead skin cells, and more.
#8. Stay Disciplined In Your Sunscreen Applications
When you subject your skin to prolonged sun exposure, it can cause inflammation and sunburns (which no one likes). But for those with acne-prone skin, additional skin damage such as this only exacerbates any breakouts you may have.
Enjoying the sun without the proper sun protection can also intensify oily or dry skin. When the sun dries out your skin, your pores will automatically produce excess oil in an attempt to moisturize it. As we know, excess oil production leads to clogged pores and therefore acne.
Using sunscreen or any other sun protection each day, regardless of how much sun exposure you plan to have, is one of the best ways to protect your skin. Even if you plan to stay indoors all day, make sure you still apply your SPF to protect healthy skin!
Not only will sunscreen help prevent acne, but it can also assist in reducing hyperpigmentation and evening your skin’s complexion. For acne-prone skin, ensure your daily sunscreen is fragrance-free and contains ingredients such as lactic acid or hyaluronic acid.
#9. Find Ways To Manage Your Stress
Stress at any age is a major factor in affecting someone’s hormonal balance.
Research shows that while stress doesn’t single-handedly cause acne, it can worsen pre-existing acne by leading to inflammation and excessive oil production in your sebaceous glands.
Properly managing your stress is an amazing way to avoid further irritating your acne. There are many ways to cope with stress, such as:
- Practicing meditation or yoga
- Getting plenty of sleep each night
- Regularly exercising and engaging in physical activity
- Eating well (which can also help acne in and of itself)
- Practicing self-care
- Avoiding unhealthy habits
Plus, managing your stress provides many other health benefits in addition to appeasing your acne.
Taking a self-care day is a great way to calm stress and reinvigorate your skin at the same time. Treat yourself to an at-home spa day by unwinding with our Tiare Jasmine Body Creme, rich in essential fatty acids to refresh both your skin and your mind.
Pro tip: pair it with our jasmine-enriched perfume oil for an extra boost of invigorating aroma!
#10. Regularly Clean Your Pillowcases And Sheets
To successfully combat acne, it's not only important to keep your face clean but also whatever it may come into contact with. Dirt, bacteria, and oil can get transferred to your skin by anything that it may touch.
Your sheets and pillowcases are prime locations where oil and bacteria can collect over time. At the very minimum, your sheets and pillowcases should be washed weekly to ensure that there is no buildup of pore-clogging substances.
It should be a regular practice to frequently cleanse anything that your face comes into contact with. This way, you can help keep your face and your pores clean.
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