We have all woken up, at some point, and been greeted with an angry, red resident on our faces. Pimples, spots, zits. We’ve all had them, and they always seem to pop up at the most inconvenient of times. If you have acne-prone skin, you might find it difficult to keep breakouts under control, even after your teenage years. Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
Although many people will experience persistent breakouts, or acne during their teenage years, many others experience it well into their thirties. Acne can be uncomfortable, painful, and downright frustrating. But what causes acne, and can you get rid of it? We have an easy acne routine with just 5 steps, using some of our super effective products.
First things first, what is acne?
Acne is a skin condition that occurs when hair follicles become clogged. When the hair follicles become clogged with dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria, they can cause blackheads, pimples, and those painful under-the-skin spots.
Typically, acne appears on areas of the skin with the most sebaceous glands (oil glands). This means that it’s most likely to appear on the face, chest, shoulders, and neck; some people do get acne on their thighs too though.
Treating acne-prone skin
Finding an easy acne routine is not as hard as it may sound – it’s all about finding balance. Creating an easy acne routine can help to minimize breakouts, soothe the skin and allow the skin to heal from previous breakouts.
5 step morning routine for acne-prone skin
The key to choosing a skincare routine is making sure that it’s sustainable for you. Consistency is the most important thing, so keep it short and sweet, and choose super effective products.
Cleansing as part of your am routine will help to clear any dead skin cells, bacteria and oils that have built up overnight. Try to avoid cleansers with alcohol or harsh chemicals, as they’ll leave the skin feeling tight and dry. Finding the right cleanser for your skin type is important.
Toner is often forgotten, but it’s an important part of your routine. A good toner will help to shrink the appearance of pores, and it will help to tighten the skin. This can help to protect the skin from impurities and environmental contaminants. Toner will also help to restore the natural pH balance of the skin.
Using products like our Soothing Serum can help to calm stressed skin. Its lightweight formula will help to keep the skin moisturised, and it can help to keep oil production under control.
This particular product, packed with vitamins, minerals and protein, will also help the skin to heal. The wonderful combination of flower and root extracts will even help to combat spot-causing bacteria.
Our Regenerating Collagen Moisturiser is a powerhouse moisturiser that is perfect for combination and oily skin. This product, containing aloe vera, will help to calm the skin, whilst locking in moisture.
This moisturiser also helps to plump the skin and restore its natural elasticity. This is particularly helpful for mature oily prone skin.
We all know the importance of protecting the skin from sun damage. Using a lightweight SPF product like a facial mist is a good option if you have acne-prone skin. This means that it is less likely to clog the pores and add more oil to the skin.
5 step evening routine for acne-prone skin
The evening routine is very similar to the morning routine, meaning that you can use the same products again. The key to an easy acne routine is to make sure that you can keep it up, day after day. Consistency will give you the best results.
The first cleanse of the evening routine will be to remove makeup. Using a cleansing facial oil specially designed to remove makeup will melt away makeup with ease. Try to avoid scrubbing the skin, as scrubbing it could damage the skin. Use a facecloth or reusable cloth round to do remove makeup, as it is gentle and suitable for use on the face.
2. Double cleanse
Double cleansing with essential clean your bare skin, leaving you feeling refreshed. Using a facial cleanser will remove the excess oil, skin cells and bacteria from the face. Use a gentle cleanser for this, and again, try to avoid scrubbing. Let the cleanser do the work – gently massage into the skin and rinse.
This step is the same as toning, as part of your morning routine.
4. Use a gentle serum
Similarly, this step is also the same as your morning routine. Perhaps use a jade roller or gua sha to massage the serum into the skin to give yourself a little pamper before going to bed. Using our Soothing Serum before bed will help to soothe acne-prone skin and reduce redness, whilst you sleep.
The final step in your easy acne routine for the day – apply moisturiser. Applying a product like the Regenerating Collagen Moisturiser will help to lock in moisturiser, and let your skin heal whilst you sleep.
Cystic acne is what you call the large, red, painful under-the-skin pimples. They differ from normal pimples as they’re usually larger, and harder – like a cyst. Cystic acne is caused by the same things as acne, but it is often much more painful. It starts when a pore gets clogged with skin cells and bacteria, but they become swollen and red. The pore becomes infected and inflamed, causing a cyst to form under the skin.
Cystic acne is not as common as acne, and it is more severe. Using an easy acne routine like the routine outlined above can help with cystic acne. However, some cystic acne sufferers find that over-the-counter products aren’t effective in treating cystic acne.
If you’re suffering from painful, cystic acne, book an appointment with your doctor or dermatologist. With professional help, you can minimize the effects of cystic acne and limit scarring.
The bottom line
Everyone suffers from acne at some point in their lives, and it’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Adopting an effective, easy acne routine will certainly help in managing acne-prone skin. Following a balanced diet and getting enough water will always help with the appearance of the skin, and overall health.
If you’re still struggling to control your breakouts, consider booking an appointment with the doctor, they can offer more insight and help.