Acne Fighting: 5 Essential Products For Your Skincare Routine
We all know how important a daily skin care regimen is for clear skin. But which products should we be using, how much of each, when, and why? The right answer depends on your specific skin type and concerns. During your consultation (and first treatment) at Clinically Clear, we provide you with a twice daily skin care program to follow in between your facial treatments. In the meantime, here are the five products for your acne fighting skincare routine you should definitely be using in your day-to-day life:
Wash your face! This important first step in this process removes all of the dirt, makeup, excess surface oil that clogs your pores, and even dead skin cells from the surface. Not to mention it is beneficial in acne prevention. We recommend our clients wash their face two-three times per day: morning and evening as well as after working out. Often, we recommend a two-step cleansing process, especially for makeup wearers. Your cleanser should be formulated to address your skin concerns and complement your skin type. Acne does not discriminate against skin types, nor should your cleanser! Clinically Clear carries several different cleansers and often send our clients home with two. We have appropriate cleansers for sensitive skin, oily skin, dehydrated, and combination skin. Remember, as your skin changes due to seasonal shifts and/or as your acne improves, so might the appropriate cleanser.
What the heck are toners? Why do we need them? Is this beneficial for my acne fighting skincare routine? For many of us, the product evokes memories of harsh drugstore astringents that made our skin feel squeaky at best and over-processed at worst. The reality is that they aren’t all alcohol-based astringents. There are many different types of toners serving different purposes. For example, some serve to hydrate and balance your skin with moisture-retaining and anti-inflammatory properties. Others serve to lightly exfoliate and refine your skin (minimizing those pores) with alpha- and/or beta-hydroxy acid ingredients. Regardless, most often you will apply toner after washing your face (and leave it on). Some toners we spray directly on our face, others we apply with a cotton round or by using pre-soaked pads straight from the container. Your Clinically Clear therapist will make sure you understand which type of toner you should be using, and how and when you should be applying it.
Typical serums are water-based liquids that contain high percentages of active ingredients. Apply your serum in small amounts to create a thin layer on your face. Treatment serums are often more expensive as compared to other skin care products (because they contain a high concentration of strong ingredients). But, they also last longer because we use so little at a time. There are a range of serums aimed at the vast range of skincare objectives (acne, anti-aging, soothing, etc.). Naturally, Clinically Clear’s treatment serums contain acne-fighting and pore-refining ingredients in high concentrations. When you begin using our serums, you’ll want to use them sparingly as your skin becomes acclimated to the ingredients. Your skin care therapist will walk you through how much serum you should be using. Typically, you’ll apply the serum after your toner (using clean fingers). Allow to absorb for several moments before moving on to the next step in your skincare routine (moisturizing). We don’t want those active ingredients diluted!
A moisturizer’s job in your skincare routine is essentially to do exactly what it sounds like – lock in the moisture! When your skin is too dry or too oily, often times, you will find yourself facing an acne breakout. Hydration is a crucial factor in your journey to clear skin: oxygen kills acne bacteria. Remember, there is a difference between skin that feels “oily” and skin that is properly hydrated. But, those of us who suffer from oily and acne-prone skin are understandably worried about the former. Don’t be! Our moisturizers are oil-free and designed to “train” your skin to retain water (not oil); you’ll feel the difference compared to products you’ve used in the past instantly. And finally, while moisturizers are critical, equally important is drinking lots of water – this is an unsurpassable way to keep your skin hydrated. Beware of chapped lips!
5.) Sunscreen (a.k.a. SPF)
Last but certainly not least in your daily routine, make sure you are protecting your skin with sunscreen. Sun exposure is dehydrating to the skin – making acne worse. In addition, the strong ingredients we use to treat acne make our skin even more sensitive and “at-risk” for sun damage. Apply your SPF very last in your skincare process – before you put makeup on (should you choose to wear any). Many people assume SPF is only necessary on sunny days, however, this is something you should be putting on every single day; rain or shine, regardless of the time of the year. Be sure to re-apply after 1-2 hours in the sun and/or lots of sweating. Clinically Clear’s SPF products are safe for acne-prone skin and they give you the all-around protection from the sun that your skin needs.
We hope you found all of this information helpful; we have dedicated a lot of time and effort to identifying the best products for your daily acne fighting routine in order to ensure healthy, happy, clear skin. It can be confusing and overwhelming trying to find what products are most beneficial for you – we are here to help you through that with a weekly schedule that adapts and changes right along with your skin. Schedule your free consultation here. Above all else, do your best; it is important that you have a skincare routine that is successful and practical for you.