When you have acne-prone skin, even the most minor thing can seemingly cause a full-blown breakout. You touch your face once on accident—breakout. You try a new skin-care product—breakout. You change up your diet a bit—breakout, breakout, breakout!
Managing acne is tough when you have sensitive skin, but it isn’t impossible. Here are some skin-care tips and tricks for the acne-prone to reduce breakouts.
Wash Your Face
Gently washing your face with lukewarm water and a mild soap once or twice a day will remove impurities such as dirt and oil from your skin. But be careful—you don’t want to wash your face too often. Over-washing can break your skin’s natural oil barrier, which will leave your skin red, itchy, irritated, and acne vulnerable. To keep your skin nice and hydrated, we recommend using a moisturizer immediately after washing.
Use the Right Skin-Care Products
If you have acne-prone skin, make sure you’re using gentle, noncomedogenic skin-care products. Harsh products can irritate your skin and make acne worse, and comedogenic products can clog your pores. You should also keep an eye out for products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, which are two powerful acne-fighting ingredients.
Load Up on Sunscreen
You probably already wear sunscreen on hot, sunny days, but for full protection from the sun, you also need to wear sunscreen even when it’s cloudy, cold, or dark outside and when you’re indoors. Exposure to the sun’s UV (ultraviolet) rays worsens acne scarring, increases the likelihood of breakouts by causing dead skin cells to accumulate, and even cause a special form of acne, Mallorca acne. So if your skin is especially sensitive to UV rays, you may want to wear sunscreen more often.
Keep Dirty Objects Away from Your Face
This may seem like a no-brainer, but sometimes, things can be dirty without looking dirty. You should, of course, avoid touching your face. You should also be careful when using common everyday objects, such as your bedsheets, makeup brushes, phone, and pillows. Dirt and bacteria can accumulate on these surfaces if you don’t regularly wash or clean them. And when you press these items against your face, the dirt and bacteria transfers to your skin, where it gets inside your pores and clogs them.
There you have it—a handful of skin-care tips and tricks for the acne-prone. These should help you reduce your acne, but if it persists despite vigilant home treatment, visit a certified dermatologist for professional advice.