Building Your Own Acne Care Regimen
Creating a skincare routine specifically for your needs can seem like a pretty daunting task, especially when you’re dealing with acne prone skin. It’s important to remember that what you put on your face is just as important as what you put in your body. Here’s a quick and easy guide to get you started.
Your Skin Type
Firstly, you need to determine what your skin type is. Whilst you may be focused on the fact that you want to get your acne under control (or better yet, eliminate it completely) we have to take care of the skin that it’s forming on too.
Take a look at your skin in the mirror and write down your concerns. Is it pore size? An oily t-zone (predominantly the forehead and chin area), do you have both oily and dry patches (known as combination skin) or a lot of hyperpigmentation or uneven skin tone? Is it particularly sensitive? You can book a consultation with a dermatologist or esthetician, or take an online quiz.
Once you know your skin type, you can pick the right products for the best results.
This is arguably the most important step in your entire regimen. Cleanse your face in the morning (to get rid of all the dirt transferred from your pillow case) and at night (to get rid of all the dirt and debris while you’ve been out and about).
Exfoliators help to slough off dead cells on the skin surface, allowing new, healthier skin to come through. This is great for preventing acne (as it unclogs, as well prevents the clogging of your pores) as well as dealing with scarring over time. You can either opt for a chemical exfoliator (which is usually in a liquid or gel form. Depending on the strength, it may need to be neutralised afterwards) or a manual exfoliator (with particles in it so you can physically exfoliate the skin by using circular rubbing motions). Use this up to three times a week on alternating days and within three to six months, you’ll notice a difference in your skin’s tone.
Water can be pretty harsh on the skin’s surface, and cleansing can strip the skin of its natural pH. Toners help to balance the skin, get rid of any excess dirt or oil that your cleanser didn’t quite slough off and also prep your skin for the moisturising process.
Every single skin type needs a good moisturiser. Whether dry or oily, our skin craves hydration.
Commonly, those with oily skin tend to skimp out on moisturiser but what this actually does is cause your sebaceous glands to create even more sebum (oil). A good, lightweight moisturiser used twice a day will help to reduce sebum production, as your skin won’t feel the need to overcompensate for the lack of hydration.
Opt for products with an added SPF to prevent hyperpigmentation marks and scars from darkening.