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5 things your acne-prone skin needs

Having acne prone skin means you have to be careful with what you use on your skin. Call me paranoid, but I can’t slap just anything on my face. Almost like sensitive skin, you are bound to have breakouts or inflammation at any time and frequently. Because of this reason, you don’t want to use products that can further irritate your skin.

For better control of this skin condition, you need to consistently give your skin what it really needs to keep the acne in check.

So, ditch that dream of having a fancy stash of skincare products you probably don’t need and get what your skin truly deserves.

The following are things that should be in your routine if you have acne prone skin.

Things your acne prone skin needs

1. A gentle cleanser 

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Using mild or gentle cleansers for your acne prone skin is the best way to go. It ensures that your skin is properly cleansed from dirt and excess sebum.

It doesn’t end there, gentle cleansers are mild and not likely to irritate the skin and disrupt its PH. That sounds like something your acne prone skin will be happy with.

2. Acne fighting agents

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If you are looking to have acne controlled, you should include acne fighting agents to your routine. Or better still, have products that contain these ingredients.

Agents like retinoids, benzoyl peroxide and niacinamide should be in your routine to control the skin condition.

Acne however may leave hyperpigmentation or scarring. Agents like retinoids and niacinamide will also help with that.

3. Hydrating products

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Using hydrating essences, toners or even moisturizers with extra hydration is important if you have acne.If you have acne prone skin and you skip moisturizing for this reason, you are making a mistake. You need moisturizer regardless. They just have to be lightweight, oil-free and non-comedogenic. 

Personally, when my skin is inflamed, I like to use hydrating essence and serums before moisturizing. Because, a well hydrated skin means well distributed sebum and lower chances of inflammation.

4. Exfoliation 

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Exfoliating is a great way to get rid of dead skin cells. Dead skin cells are contributory factors that cause acne. They clog up the pores and cause breakouts.

By exfoliating, you can get rid of dead skin cells and speed of the turn over rate of your skin cells. This helps to reveal smoother and glowing  skin.

If you have oily skin, salicylic acid is a good exfoliant for your skin type. I love the Paula’s choice skin perfecting 2% BHA liquid exfoliant. It is lightweight and does a great job for my oily skin.

You should exfoliate not more than thrice in a week.

5. Sunscreen

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Regardless of your routine or skin type, you need sunscreen to make your routine effective. 

Using sunscreens prevents your already inflamed skin from becoming even more angry. It also ensures acne scars or hyperpigmentation are moderate.

If you have oily acne prone skin, opt for an oil-free and lightweight sunscreen.

Final thoughts 

Undoubtedly, your acne prone skin needs all of the above. However, when it comes to skincare, the same product may not work for everyone. You might want to take it a step further by asking a professional to recommend products that suit your skin best.

Also, acne can be severe or stubborn sometimes and it may require you to undergo processes like extractions and laser treatments. So after prolonged consistent treatment with no results, it might be time to visit a professional.

Good luck!

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