Choosing the right skincare can be a minefield. What works best to clear pesky blackheads, whiteheads and acne can differ by skin type and lifestyle. The truth is, you pretty much have to experiment with different products to see which ones work best for you. What most dermatologists will tell you though, is that a consistent skincare routine with superstar ingredients will help level the playing field when it comes to banishing blemishes.
Lifestyle, hormones, diet and exposure to environmental stressors must all be factored in when finding a blemish-fighting solution. However, as a basic rule for eliminating blackheads, whiteheads and acne, there’s a few products and ingredients that you’ll want to include in your routine.
The AM Acne Skincare Routine
- Cleanse. A consistent cleansing routine for acne prone skin is especially important most when it comes to clogged pores and blemished skin. Depending on your skin type you may want to cleanse morning and evening. If cleansing twice a day is too harsh for your skin, just give your face a gentle rinse with water in the morning and save your cleanser for the evening. One of our favourite cleansers for blemish prone skin is Royal Fern's Phytoactive Cleansing Balm. This refreshing gel-balm cleanser gently removes sebum and dead skin cells without stripping skin of moisture, and is super effective at removing make-up and pollution.
- Gently exfoliate. Depending on your skin type, try using glycolic acid or a soft scrub to remove dirt and prevent dead skin cells from clogging pores and causing acne. When it comes to tackling blackheads, it’s worth trying a salicylic acid based exfoliator 2-3 times a week to give a one-two punch through manual exfoliation combined with the dirt-dissolving powers of salicylic acid.
- Moisturise with an antioxidant serum. Don’t be afraid to moisturise. Hydration is key to regulating the production of sebum. Lightweight water-based hydrating serums can bring the luminosity you love, while keeping excess oil at bay.
Vitamin C antioxidant serums are supremely effective in acne control because they hydrate while acting as both a protector and preventer. Vitamin C protects against aggressors such as UV and air pollution that inflame and damage the skin. It also helps to prevent damage by stimulating the production of new, healthy cells. One of our top recommendations is Pestle & Mortar’s Vitamin C Phase 2 Serum to tighten skin, brighten and smooth the complexion.
Broad Spectrum sunscreen is vital to any skincare routine. It helps prevent UVA/UVB damage that can trigger excess oil production and darkening of acne scars. For a hardworking sunscreen that’s water and sweat resistant for up to 80 minutes, try Soleil Toujours Extreme Face + Scalp Sunscreen Mist with hyaluronic acid to protect, calm and hydrate your skin.
The PM Acne Skincare Routine
- Remove make-up gently and daily. No excuses. Make-up must be removed to avoid clogging pores, dead skin cells and dirt from the day. Use a gentle cleanser and gentle hands to remove all traces of cosmetics. Avoid pulling and tugging the skin as this can cause irritation and sensitivity, not to mention fine lines.
- Cleanse. Use a gentle face wash or cleansing balm to thoroughly cleanse skin. The key to dealing with blackheads and whiteheads is to unclog pores to prevent them from becoming enlarged in the first place. While pore size is mostly genetic and you can’t ‘get rid’ of them, you can unclog them to shrink them back to their normal size. One of the most effective ways to do this is by reaching for glycolic and salicylic acids. They gently dissolve the bonds that bind dirt and dead skin cells to the skin’s surface, helping to achieve clear and blemish free skin.
- Serum. Apply a regenerative serum in the evening to accelerate your natural healing and rejuvenation cycle. We love Allies Of Skin Mandelic Pigmentation Corrector Night Serum. It not only replenishes moisture and strengthens your skin’s lipid barrier while you sleep, it’s also charged with mandelic acid and salicylic acid to dissolve the bonds that bind dead skin cells to your pores and skin, so you can wake up with clearer, more even, glowing skin.
- Moisturiser. Apply a moisturiser to seal in skincare benefits and hydrate skin overnight. Look for hyaluronic acid and niacinamide fuelled formulas that boost skin hydration, while calming redness, breakouts and sensitivity.
Say goodbye to blemishes and acne that plague your skin with a dedicated skincare routine designed to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, control oil production and balance your skin’s moisture levels.
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