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When it comes to acne, it seems like the most
common piece of advice given is “Just wash your face!” as if that solves every
single cause of acne - hormonal, diet, makeup, whatever. However, if it were
really that simple, no one would have
acne - ever.
What matters is what you actually wash your
face with. There’s no denying that
our skin is affected by what we use on it, so why would face wash be an
A lot of face washes claim to treat acne with added
ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, just to name a few. But
do these ingredients actually help your skin? When it comes to acne, it’s
tempting to go all-in and attempt to raze your acne to the ground in all-out
warfare. I know I’ve had thoughts of attempting to literally scour the acne off
my face with harsh scrubs that promised to clear acne - but at the end of the
day, this kind of hardcore treatment is awfulfor your skin and downright unnecessary.
Your skin has a natural barrier called the acid mantle. Everyone has one, and keeping it intact and healthy is crucial when
it comes to resolving any skin concern - including acne. This natural barrier
helps the skin to retain moisture and defend it against contaminants like
bacteria, which could cause acne. It can easily be damaged by using the wrong
kinds of cleansers, making problems like dryness and breakouts even worse.
The ideal face wash is non-stripping, pH
balanced, and doesn’t have any extra treatments in it - it’s only job is to
literally cleanse your skin. Bar soap
is too alkaline and upsets the naturally acidic skin barrier. Good examples of
simple, appropriate face washes for skin that don't upset the acid mantle
include Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser, Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser, and
Cerave Foaming Cleanser.
The number one priority for all skin types, acne-prone or not, is
healthy skin. Choosing an appropriate cleanser for your skin does more than
just help with acne - but we’ll get to that later.
There’s also no denying that there’s a link
between cleansing your skin properly and acne. Like in a previous blog post,
there definitely are external causes of acne - one being makeup not being
removed properly. While there’s no problem with opting to wear makeup on acne
prone skin - just make sure it’s non-comedogenic, like our Miracle Dual Concealer and Foundation. No matter what you choose, it’s critical for it to be removed properly
for clean, healthy skin.
A skincare buzzword that you may have heard of
is of double-cleansing. No, that doesn't mean cleansing twice with the same
product! To put it short, it's the idea of using an oil-based cleanser to
dissolve and rinse away makeup and grime before using your regular cleanser.
It's an incredibly gentle way to ensure that there isn't a speck left of
makeup, grime, or pollution on the skin - ensuring that you can cross improper
cleansing off your list of possible acne causes. If you're not comfortable
using an oil-based product on your face, try micellar water - the science on
how they work is really, really cool. Anything but makeup wipes
- did you know those are actually terrible for your skin?
When you have the perfect skin care routine -
that includes the perfect face wash - you lay down the groundwork for an
anti-acne product like AcnEase to work effectively. AcnEase works to
heal acne from within and isn't drying to the skin like acne-targeting face
If you’re at that stage where you don’t have
any acne anymore, congrats! I’m sure it’s been a long journey. But, it’s not
over now that you don’t have any active breakouts - depending on the severity
of your acne, you might have what’s called post-inflammatory
hyperpigmentation, aka PIH.
This pigmentation is directly caused by
overproduction of melanin in inflamed skin, and while a raised scar might not
be left behind, a tiny patch of darker skin might be. Some of this can be
avoided by avoiding picking at and popping pimples - but some people are just
naturally more prone to it than others, even if they leave their skin alone!
Just as it was critical to choose the right
face wash for acne-prone skin, choosing the right face wash also helps after
acne. Luckily, it’s not always necessary to change it - if you’ve chosen a good
face wash that helps maintain a healthy skin barrier, it will also help your
skin heal from PIH even faster. Sounds good, right?
Other than a face wash, there are two key
products to a post-acne skincare routine - a serum like Rejuvel
3D and a high-spectrum sunscreen. Why both?
Rejuvel 3D focuses on nurturing and healing
the skin as much as possible. It boosts collagen production and provides
essential moisture to the skin. Collagen is the tissue responsible for healing
skin, helping to boost the skin’s own healing abilities. While effective, it
does need some help - and that help comes in the form of sunscreen.
Sunscreen is critical for more than one reason. Because the PIH left behind is
basically very new skin, it's more prone to being damaged by UV exposure. The
more this new skin is exposed to UV exposure, the harder it is to fade them
away - even with the best skin care possible.
When it comes to a skin care routine for
acne-prone skin, ensuring that using a gentle cleanser is key to having good
skin - for life. It helps support the skin’s acid mantle, the barrier our skin
naturally has to help protect it from acne and keep it healthy. It always pays
to keep skin gently, but thoroughly cleansed to ensure that you’re boosting the
power of any anti-acne treatment, including AcnEase.