No matter how old we are, when our skin breaks out, it takes us back to being a teenager when all we wanted to do was shut ourselves in our room with the curtains closed until the blemishes went away or we grew out of it. The truth is, you may never grow out of your acne and there is no single cure. Acne is a chronic condition that affects millions of teenagers and adults and while it can’t be cured, the good news is that by following a daily skin care regimen for acne treatment you will be able to restore your clear complexion.
Here is the routine we recommend:
Wash your face. Start with a facial cleanser that contains an alpha hydroxy acide such as glycol acid or salicylic acid. This will help to remove excess oil and exfoliate dead skin cells. Use warm water and pat dry gently.
SkinTx Acne Medicated Wash: This broad-spectrum antimicrobial acne wash is an all-in-one cleanser and toner that deep cleans pores to remove surface impurities such as dirt, oil and bacteria while helping prevent new acne pimples. Formulated with 2% pharmaceutical grade Salicylic Acid and Hexamidine, this all-in-one cleanser and toner is ideal for all skin types, especially oily, acne-prone skin.
Use a toner. Although we not a big believer in toners, this is the one time we suggests using one. Once you have cleansed your skin, use a cotton pad (better than a cotton ball if you have any pimples) or simply put some of the toner in your hands and gently pat on to your face. Let the toner dry before the next step. Facial toners help to clarify and re-balance the PH of your skin.
Environ Sebutone: A toner formulated to help refine acne-prone skin giving a smoother appearance with a natural glow.
Targeted treatment. If you have any pronounced pimples or areas of redness, this is when you may apply a treatment product containing benzol peroxide or salicylic acid. Dab the product directly on the affected area or follow the specific instructions for the product.
SkinCeuticals Blemish & Age Defense: High potency dual action treatment to improve the appearance of blemishes and signs of ageing.
Protect your skin from the sun. It is very important that you are wearing a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher – higher if you are going to be under prolonged exposure to the sun. Many acne products contain retinoids, glycolic and salicylic acid which all help to remove the top layer of the skin to prevent clogged pores and in so doing make your skin more sensitive to the sun and its harmful rays. Remember, sunscreen is your most important anti-aging cream as well.
Elta MD Defense SPF 45 Oil Free Sunscreen: Broad-Spectrum UVA/UVB Sun Protection with 9% Zinc Oxide. Great for all skin types, especially oily or acne-prone skin.
Wash your face. Using the same cleanser you used in the morning, cleanse your face to remove the dirt and excess oil that have accumulated during the day. It is of course very important that you remove any make-up each night. Using the Clarisonic cleansing system once a day with your cleanser will ensure that you skin is clean help to remove dead cells.
Clarisonic® Skin Cleansing System: A patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second that cleans the skin in just 60 seconds. Micro-massage action cleanses 6x better than your hands alone. Leaves skin smoother, healthier-looking and more receptive to skin care treatments and products
Special treatments. When we sleep is when our skin does its repair work. This is a perfect time to use any special treatment that a doctor may have recommended, for example a topical retinol product, or for spot treatments as in the morning. It is not uncommon for retinol to cause redness so we often recommend starting with retinol only once a day and every second day until your skin builds up a tolerance.
Alyria Acne Retinol Complex: Minimizes the appearance of acne lesions, visibly reduces pore size and improves the appearance of skin imperfections.
Hydrate. Moisturizing is optional and not always necessary for acne-prone or oily skin. But if you do have dry skin or excessive flaking due to the acne treatments, use a non-comedeogenic moisturizer – it won’t clog pores.
Alyria Oil Free Hydrating Lotion: Significantly increases skin hydration, reinforces skin’s barrier function and absorbs excess oil providing soft, comfortable and supple skin. Non-comedogenic.
Remember that with any skin care regimen, success is dependent on consistency and patience. Sometime you may find that your skin seems worse when you start a new routine and that is normal as your skin reacts and adjusts to the active ingredients and goes through the cycles it needs to in order to ultimately be clearer and acne free.
We have given examples of different products throughout this post and each brand mentioned has a complete treatment regimen from cleanser to toners to treatments. Many of these products are also available in a kit that has everything you need based on the level of acne to be treated.
I have been struggling with acne for 2 years, it happened that there were some improvements, but it still kept coming back constantly. Sometimes I was so tired and depressed that I didn’t want to look at myself in the mirror. My gynecologist advised me to visit a dermatologist; I went there with the entire list of tests and was prescribed Accutane 20 mg (the first dermatologist also told me that they would prescribe it to me after tests). Everything has changed in 4 months after taking the last pill. I haven’t noticed a single pimple. My hair become greasy approximately every 3-4 days, the hands and lips are more dry than before, but not critical) I’m very happy with the result, and have forgotten how I was hanging about with this problem two years ago.
Acne Treatment Kits & Systems
Alyria Acne Kit: A 4-piece skin care system to treat and diminish acne. (Clarifying Cleanser Oil Free, Acne Exfoliating Solution, Acne Retinol Complex, Oil Free Hydrating Lotion)
VivierSkin Oily or Acne Prone Skin System: This comprehensive home care system contains all of the recommended products to help with oily or acne-prone skin. (HEXAM, Deep Cleaning Astringent, Firming Eye Contour Cream, Sērum 10, LEXXEL, Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 packaged in an elegant cosmetic bag.)
SkinTx Starter System Program 4 Acne Kit: SkinTx Starter System Program 4 (Acne) is an all inclusive skin restoration system indicated to treat adult acne showing signs of environmental damage along with thick, congested pores and acne breakouts. (Foaming Gel, Astringent, Claritē 4, Exfoliant Forte, Active 4, Retinol SR Facial Treatment (BONUS PRODUCT) and Physical Facial Block SPF 30 in an elegant carrying case and a step by step instruction card.)