Prepare to reveal flawless skin, because we’re about to wage war on Acne. I’m pulling out all the stops to show you how to annihilate and prevent acne. Flawless skin is every woman’s ultimate goal, so investing in skin care is way more significant than to invest in piles of makeup.
I’m not a fan of a lot of makeup; so this year I want to challenge myself to go makeup less, and in order to do so I must have a flawless canvas from the start. I’ll talk more about my makeup less challenge in a future post, but for now let me reveal what is in my personal arsenal to conquer blemishes and hyper pigmentation. All the products and tips I’m about to divulge are all affordable and can be found at your local pharmacy. The following are the current anti-acne treatments I use, but I’m always open to testing out other products and switching up my regimen as well.
1. Benzoyl Peroxide: The key weapon in my arsenal is 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide. I have used many products, but for me Benzoyl Peroxide is most effective acne product I’ve used. BP is an active ingredient in most over-the-counter products, such as Clearasil and ProActiv. Products containing BP are generally inexpensive, and generic brands work just as well. My Benzoyl Peroxide product of choice is Acne Free, the moderate acne formula. I like Acne Free because it gives me a little higher percentage dose of BP (3.7%) and is mild on my skin, and has a matte finish. Acne Free BP comes in a kit with a cleanser and toner as well.
Benzoyl Peroxide helps kill bacteria and prevents breakouts before they start. It works by introducing oxygen into the pore, thereby killing acne-causing bacteria called Propionibacteria Acne, or P. acnes. When the bacteria population is reduced, the number of breakouts on the skin is reduced as well. In addition, the BP treatment effectively helps rid the follicle of excess dead skin cells. Clearing the pore of cellular debris will lessen the chance of pore blockages, or comedones.
2. Medicated Skin Toner: Skin toners also called tonics or astringents have been a part of my skin care routine for years, and love it. Medicated toners help to treat breakouts, remove dirt, grime, and oil from the skin and leaves my skin feeling refreshed and cleaner. When I apply the toner to my skin after cleansing, and I am able to see any excess residue that I might have missed when cleansing.
3. Alpha Hydroxy Acid: Alpha Hydroxy Acid is my secret weapon, and my brand of choice is Alpha Hydrox. AHA helps reduce fine lines, acne, and uneven pigmentation, and I personally use it to treat any scars from blemishes. I use a combination of products from Alpha Hydroxy line. The main product I use is there Oil Free Formula 10% Glycolic AHA. This product is the “bomb.com”! I apply this on my face every other night or when needed, so when I wake up in the morning and wash my face I can visually see all the dead skin cells being sloughed off.
I recommend you not use this every day especially if you have sensitive skin, maybe every other day or as a spot treatment. I know this line also carries an alternative product for individuals with sensitive skin at an 8% Glycolic AHA. Im’ not really sensitive to AHA so I’m able to use the 10% or higher without any irritation.
4. Face Cleansing Wipes: It is essential to remove makeup properly, and face cleansing wipes do just that. These wipes are usually pre-moistened and comes in an individual package or a large resealable container. I use this wipes as soon as I get home to remove any dirt, makeup, and sweat before they settle into my pores. The cleansing wipes are a pre-cleansing before my deep cleansing. The wipes are usually useful for those lazy days when you don’t feel like going the through the whole face cleansing process.
I’m sure you know not to dare go to bed with any makeup on. Furthermore, dermatologists strongly advise against going to bed without washing your face because the buildup of oils and makeup can cause clog pores and possibly lead to breakouts.
5. Touch Less Skin: If you catch yourself touching your face often, hands off ladies! There was a study that found that people unconsciously touch there face an average of 16 times per hour. I have seen people wipe their face with their bare hands plenty of times. You touch many germ filled surfaces throughout the day, and the last thing you want to do is use those same hands to touch your face. If you tend to have oily skin, like myself, I suggest you pat your face through out the day with oil blotting clothes or a clean piece of paper towel.
6. Facials: Pampering your skin with facials is one of the best ways to take care of your skin. I enjoy facials myself, and usually get one once a month or every other month. When I see my esthetician, she hooks me up thoroughly with her top of the line products that cleanse, exfoliates and nourishes my skin. Another thing I like most about facials is the extraction process, of removing blackheads and whiteheads. My esthetician leaves me glowing every time. Also, if your able to, you can do your own at home facial yourself.
7. Face Cleansing Brush: Discovering face brushing has really revolutionized my skin regimen, and my skin feels so smooth after brushing. I’m sure you’ve seen in stores the face cleansing brushes, because every skin care brand seems to have one. I brush my face daily, especially after a long day. Brushing your face serves several purposes:
- Exfoliating with the cleansing brush draws out impurities from the pores, helping to keep them cleaner and smaller.
- Brushing brings blood to the surface of the skin, and the blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the skin.
- Brushing regularly exfoliates the skin and assists in cell turnover, allowing older skin to look younger.
- It stimulates the muscles under the surface of the skin to be conditioned to remain firm, and your face holds up better over time with less sagging.
I hope that my anti-acne skin care tips and products help you out. And if your interested in more acne treatment information I highly suggest you check out Acne.org , it’s a really great site.
What do you thinking about my acne regimen? What products are working for you when it comes to fighting acne? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
Shawna Kay ( Blissed Out Belle )
Kay is a Lifestyle & Empowerment Enthusiast, and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Blissed Out Belle™. Connect with her on Facebook here, and follow her on Twitter @BlissedOutBelle .