This is the 2nd installment to my post on guide to acne-free skin. Click here for part 1.
My external approach is my secret weapon in keeping acne under control
The external approach involves steps to treat the skin externally. I will focus the post on skincare and makeup products.
- Apply sunscreen every day, rain or shine. I recommend at least SPF 45. If you have lighter skin tone, go for higher SPF. I also recommend using facial sunscreen as they are thinner and won’t clog pores. I have been using sunscreen (SPF 60) for over 2 years, and I rarely scar when I experience sudden breakouts.
- Do not wash your face with hot water, it further irritates your skin and perpetuates acne!
- Air dry, don’t pat or rub dry to further reduce irritation
- Mud masks are your best friend. I will talk more about this in upcoming post
- All moisturizers must have sunscreen protection at least SPF 15
- Avoid products with harsh chemicals; your skin is irritated, which is why you have acne
- Go easy on the exfoliates, once a week will do
- Choose gel or soap-free cleansers, they are gentler on skin
I understand the need to layer as much makeup as possible to cover the flaws. Unfortunately, it perpetuates the situation because the skin cannot breathe. Below are tips to keep in mind for makeup application and usage.
- Do not go to bed with make up on! If you don’t feel like washing your face, use a facial wipe. I recommend baby wipes, as they are gentler on skin, but limit this substitution to once a week or less!
- Use a makeup remover before wash. Foundation and powder technology have become so sophisticated that a simple wash does not suffice.
- Choose hypoallergenic makeup with added sunscreen protection
- Reduce makeup usage and let your skin breathe. Opt for foundation powders for everyday wear and save the thick foundation for fancy events.
What other skincare and/or makeup tips do you recommend?