If you have acne prone skin, then you know just how important your night-time routine is in fighting breakouts while you sleep. Sleep is essential to clear, healthy skin because it's the one time your skin gets a chance to fully rejuvenate and rest (hopefully for 8+ hours!) We can take advantage of this time by utilizing a skin care routine customized for acne prone skin that will give us our best fighting chance at ridding acne once and for all.
STEP 1: REMOVE MAKEUP
We recommend using a gentle microfiber makeup removing cloth because it only uses water to take off makeup, is ultra gentle on your skin, and it works exceptionally well! If you've never tried one before, it's a must have for makeup wearers!
STEP 2: CLEANSE
Once your makeup is removed and your face is *almost* clean, take it a step further and cleanse. We cleanse a clean face because it allows the cleanser to penetrate deeper for a better clean. This is important with acne prone skin because any dirt, makeup or oil left behind could potentially clog pores. We recommend utilizing a gentle cleanser that is specifically for acne prone skin. Try and steer clear of harsh cleansers that contain Benzoyl Peroxide. This ingredient is on our "NO" list because it is exceptionally drying, irritating, not recommended for those who are pregnant, and not to mention it will bleach anything it touches. Salicylic Acid is a gentler, safer choice when dealing with acne!
STEP 3: SPOT TREATMENTS and/or SERUMS
Now is the time to spot treat any acne scars, hyper-pigmentation (dark spots) or current pimples. If you don't have any current spots that need addressed, or if it's very few, use your spot treatment on them and use a serum for the rest of your face. Serums usually have anti-aging ingredients that double as great acne healers (think glycolic acid.) Many anti-aging serums contain ingredients that will help lighten dark spots and fade pimples faster than they would on their own. Once your spot treatment and/or serums are applied, let the product fully dry and absorb before moving to the next step.
STEP 4: MOISTURIZE
Once your spot treatments have absorbed (should take just 2-3 minutes), now it's time to moisturize and replenish your skin's hydration. Acne treatments in general can be fairly drying, so regular moisturizing is exceptionally important to those with acne prone skin. If your skin is oily, yes, you STILL need to moisturize! Many with oily skin are fearful of adding a moisturizer because it can make the skin "feel" more greasy. It's not a great feeling, BUT, the good news is a good acne moisturizer is not going to clog your pores so there's no need to worry about it contributing to more breakouts. It will actually have the opposite effect. Oily skin is overcompensating for a lack of moisture. If hydration is adequate, the skin will produce less oil and have a healthier balance.
STEP 5: TAKE YOUR VITAMINS
Vitamins are essential to our bodies and especially our skin which is our bodies largest organ! Vitamins give our skin the nutrients it needs to fight acne deep below the skin's surface, which is where breakouts start forming. The vitamins in Blemish Blend were carefully selected for their known acne fighting properties. For example, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B5, helps our bodies regulate how much oil our skin produces. You can read more about the benefits and ingredients of Blemish Blend by clicking here.