The Ultimate Clean Skincare Guide for Acne Prone Skin

Close-up of an acne-prone woman's cheek.

If you have acne-prone skin, you’ve likely tried every product under the sun in an attempt to avoid breakouts. As more people buy products without a plan, the global skincare industry could grow from $100.13 billion in 2021 to $145.82 billion. 

You don’t have to keep wasting your time or money, though.

Instead, read on to learn how to stop breakouts by developing an effective skincare routine. With these tips, you can use the right products for healthier, clearer skin. Even a few small lifestyle changes can make a big difference!

Read on to learn how to stop breakouts on your face today.

Adjust Your Routine

If you want to learn how to stop breakouts, you first need to establish and stick with a skincare routine. Consistency is key. You’ll need to give your new skincare routine time before you begin noticing improvements.

First, focus on shifting to a clean skincare routine. Your acne-prone skin is already sensitive. Using products that contain toxic chemicals, synthetic fragrances, and preservatives could irritate your skin more.

Avoid drying formulas (which are featured in many conventional acne treatments), too. These formulas could irritate your skin by causing an inflammatory effect. 

Instead, choose gentle formulas to ensure your oil glands don’t go into overdrive. If your skin is dry, it could trigger more oil production, leading to breakouts. 

Here are a few tips you can use when developing your routine. 

Cleanse Before and After Bed

First, make sure to choose a cleanser for acne-prone skin to use before and after bed at the start of your routine. Regular cleansing can help minimize excess oil. It can also keep bacteria off your skin.

When choosing a cleanser for acne-prone skin, look for products containing salicylic acid. It might appear on your products as “willow bark” or “beta hydroxy acid” instead. This ingredient can exfoliate and soothe your skin. 

Salicylic acid is also ideal if you struggle with whiteheads or blackheads. It can slough off your damaged, top layer of skin to clear away dead skin cells. Otherwise, the dead skin cells might get lodged in your pores.

If you struggle with red, inflammatory acne, choose a cleanser containing benzoyl peroxide instead. This ingredient targets surface bacteria. 

To keep your skin cleansed throughout the day, consider using face wipes.

When cleansing your face, try to avoid overdoing it. Otherwise, over-cleansing can irritate your skin further. You could over-strip the skin, compromise the protective barrier, and trigger more breakouts.

You might notice irritation, redness, and uneven skin texture or tone, too. 

Don’t use rough sponges, washcloths, or other materials that might irritate your skin. Instead, consider using a cotton pad or baby washcloth.

Only use lukewarm water to avoid irritating your skin as well. 

Choose a Toner and Essence

Toners and essences can offer mild exfoliating benefits while ensuring treatment ingredients benefit your acne-prone skin. Look for tonics containing phytic, glycolic, and fruit acids. These ingredients can clear your pores and refine your skin’s texture.

You can also look for an essence containing lactic acid, apple cider vinegar, or pre – and probiotics.

Exfoliate With Care

Exfoliating can help remove the top layer of dead skin cells. It can also remove debris, dirt, oil, or makeup that might otherwise clog your pores. At the same time, exfoliating will soften the appearance of fine lines and dark spots.

It can even help any treatments you apply afterward better absorb into the skin.

Look for a chemical or physical exfoliant containing alpha (citric, lactic) acids or beta hydroxy acids.

Detox and Soothe Your Skin

To ensure you have a comprehensive and satisfying skincare routine, consider adding a detoxifying skin mask after selecting an effective cleanser and toner for acne-prone skin.

This can be added to your routine up to twice a week and will provide ample time for the active ingredients in the mask to greatly benefit your skin.

For maximum results, opt for masks containing charcoal as this ingredient can help effectively draw out any impurities from within the pores.

Add an Antioxidant

Consider adding an antioxidant like vitamin C to your skincare routine. Vitamin C can mildly exfoliate to fight blemishes. You can add it to your morning or evening routine. 

Otherwise, use a serum to hydrate your skin, increase elasticity, and decrease wrinkle production.

Make Sure to Moisturize

quality moisturizer will ensure your skin’s oil production remains balanced. It can also help your skin tolerate any acne medications you use. 

Try to choose a non-comedogenic moisturizer containing hyaluronic acid. The collagen in these products can benefit fine lines and wrinkles, too. 

In the morning, don’t forget to apply sunscreen! Choose a product containing anti-inflammatory niacinamide to ease redness.

Sunscreen can protect your skin from UV damage and other harmful effects. 

At night, consider applying a retinol product instead. Retinol, or vitamin A, can help reduce wrinkles while unclogging pores. It also speeds up cell turnover and regeneration.

Adding retinol to your routine can help prevent future fine lines and wrinkles from developing.

Make Lifestyle Changes

If you want to learn how to stop breakouts, you’ll need to make a few lifestyle changes, too. Here are a few tips that can benefit your skin’s overall health. 

Don’t Touch Your Face

First, make sure to avoid touching your face throughout the day. Otherwise, you could transfer germs, bacteria, and other particles onto your skin.

Switch Your Pillow Case

Make sure to switch out your pillowcase regularly. Otherwise, oils lingering on your pillow could impact your skin health. Change out your pillowcase every few days.

Consider cleaning your phone screen every few days as well.

Get Some Shut Eye

If you’re not getting enough sleep at night, it could contribute to your skin problems. Otherwise, cortisol levels could rise, causing you to break out.

Try to get at least seven hours of sleep each night.

Adjust Your Diet

Your diet could impact your skin health, too. Try adding these foods for clear skin to your diet. 

Look for foods containing vitamin A, C, omega-3 fatty acids, and zinc. These ingredients can improve your skin’s protective barrier, minimizing breakouts.

Treat Your Acne-Prone Skin Using These Tips Today

Having acne that affects your skin barrier can be difficult, not to mention a hit to your self-esteem. However, taking the steps needed in order to prevent further breakouts comes with ample rewards and could make an enormous difference.

Consider learning healthier skincare and lifestyle habits which may prove useful. Sticking with these routines consistently should produce the desired outcomes over time; so don’t become discouraged if quick change isn’t seen immediately!

If you’re finding difficulty searching for products to help aid in this process, know that we’re here and happy to help!

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“As far as I can remember I have always struggled with sensitive skin. The issues culminated in my mid-twenties when I started having rosacea flares and redness. My personal quest for effective, safe solutions took a professional turn, and I was given the opportunity to apply my (Pharma) background in developing a new skin friendly product line. My goal was to create something new, a clinically proven sustainable skincare brand. This science backed probiotic skincare derived technology is a product of years of research and innovation in personal care products. Metabiotics contain naturally produced hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, SMase, lipoteichoic acid, over 40 peptides and enzymes. All assigned with specific tasks for activating the skins native repair mechanisms.” 

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