How Do I Use These Acne Skincare Products?

Life is complicated enough without having to deal with acne-prone skin. So if you’re overcoming that obstacle, make sure you’re doing the right things to clear it up. You probably know the basics: cleanser along with moisturizer and a few things in between. However, if you don’t know our 5 “must haves” for your skincare routine, learn more here.  Either way, don’t fret. Your Atlanta Estheticians have you covered with all the information you need to know in regard to using the right products, right amounts, all in the right order so your skin can reap the most benefits. 

When should I apply which product?

Adding a new product into the mix, or altering your product lineup altogether, can be intimidating. Good news is that there is one rule which, generally speaking, stays steady and true regardless of any adjustments. That rule is to apply your products in order of “lightest to heaviest”. The thought process behind that being that you do not want to block any active ingredients from penetrating deep into the skin. Therefore, in most cases, you would apply a serum before your moisturizer, and after your cleanser and toner. An example routine might go as follows: Cleanser(s). Rinse. Mask (if applicable). Rinse. Toner. Apply your treatment serums or acne creams. Finally, apply your moisturizer and, if it’s daytime, apply your SPF. 

A couple of other important notes:

First, when you’re incorporating any new product into your routine, patch test a small amount on a spot on your jaw or neck for a few days. This tests for any negative reactions.

 Second, if the product contains active ingredients (such as serums or acne creams), your esthetician will probably advise you to incorporate the product slowly over the first two weeks. For example, she may ask you to use the product every other day for a week, then every day after that. This helps your skin adjust to different, but potent, ingredients. 

Third, if you have very sensitive or dehydrated skin, your esthetician may advise you to apply your treatment serums and/or acne cream together with your moisturizer (or even after your moisturizer), which may help your skin tolerate the ingredients. 

At Clinically Clear we make life a little bit easier and provide you with a weekly skincare routine tailored specifically for you! We’ll make sure you understand your particular “skincare order of operations”. A visit to your local esthetician can help you answer any lingering acne treatment questions you may have. 

How much of each product do I use?

At Clinically Clear, we want your products to do their jobs, and we want the money you spent on them to go as far as possible. As a general rule, we advise our clients to use the following amounts per type of product:

Cleansers: a nickel-sized amount. The less water you use to distribute your cleanser, the less diluted it will be in doing it’s work. Just use enough water to move the product around on your face. 

Toners: typically, 2-3 sprays onto a cotton round (dabbed lightly onto your skin). You want to  minimize the amount of product that gets absorbed (and wasted) by the material. We can recommend a few options you can find on Amazon. Some toners can be sprayed directly onto your face. 

Serums and acne creams: use a pea-sized amount. Enough to spread a thin layer on to the areas of your face that need the product. Using too much of these products can truly be counter-productive; the harsh ingredients can dehydrate your skin. These products tend to be your biggest investments, so make sure you’re getting the most benefit!

Moisturizers and SPF: use a dime to nickel sized amount. Your skin should feel damp for a few moments after you’ve applied our moisturizer. Otherwise, you’re not using enough. We can reiterate this enough: water-based moisturizers (such as ours) do not clog your pores or make your skin oily. Your skin needs to be hydrated to fight your acne. Dehydrated skin is a haven for acne bacteria. 

What about putting makeup on top of acne-treatment?

Don’t fret. Acne won’t stop you from tackling your everyday life; even when using a daily serum. But, take a good look at the ingredients in your makeup. We strongly prefer mineral-based, acne-safe products if you’re going to wear makeup on your face.  (We’re not worried about eye makeup or lip products.) But do allow your treatment products to dry completely before moving on to the next step in your skincare routine, and allow your skin to absorb your moisturizer and SPF! Most serums will require at least 30 seconds for the benefits to fully sink in. If for any reason your serum takes longer than that to dry, there is a good chance you are applying too much.

At Clinically Clear we are here to make your journey to clear skin easier for you. Hopefully with the information and tips above you find yourself sailing through your daily skincare routine with ease. If you still have lingering questions, let us help! Schedule your complimentary consultation and facial with us today. Know of more tips or tricks for applying your acne treatment? Drop them in the comments below! We are always interested to hear what you have to say. 

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