One of the most simple and effective ways to combat acne breakouts is to keep your skin clean! Most people can avoid breakouts just by making sure they wash their face at least once daily, especially at night, before going to bed.
I highly recommend using an oil-free facial cleansing cream or gel without harmful ingredients like Sodium Laurel Sulfate. Also try to avoid soaps and cleansers that contain oils, SLS, or other irritating ingredients.
After you clean your skin, rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water to completely remove any soap residue or dirt that might be lingering. It’s best to follow up with an astringent like ALBA ACNEdote Deep Clean Astringent. Apply with a cotton ball or cotton pad and let face dry completely before applying a moisturizer.
The biggest misconception about acne that I hear is people thinking that they don’t need to use a moisturizer because their face is oily. WRONG CUPCAKE! If you let your skin dry out, it can cause excessive oil production and breakouts! Your skin produces more oil to compensate for how dry it is and your dry skin will crack and cause flakes which clogs pores and cause more acne! Horrible vicious cycle to get into… Avoid this by always making sure you apply an oil-free moisturizer like Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum or Philosophy On a Clear Day Oil-Free Moisturizer, 1.8 Ounce. Both are great products.
Not just teenagers get acne. Anyone can get a breakout. Environmental elements like sun exposure and dry winter air can cause acne. The solution? Wash your face with a cleanser that has fruit acids, which dissolve dead skin cells that make skin look dull. ALBA ACNEdote Deep Pore Wash is perfect for this and it works great with Clarisonic too!
An all natural, maximum strength acne fighting system that will purify and treat acne-prone skin quickly and effectively. Shown effective in consumer and clinical testing, each Natural ACNEdote formula contains maximum strength 2% Salicylic Acid to start working on contact. Results in as little as 4 hours.
The ALBA ACNEdote Deep Pore Wash is definitely maximum strength… If other acne products haven’t worked for you, then you’ll want to give this one a try. It’s a tough cleanser that blasts through oil, sunscreen, makeup, dirt and dead skin. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to avoid this one or only use it once a week for a deep cleaning! I recommend using it with Clarisonic for best results.
Pricing: Around $10
Availability: Target stores and online at Amazon.com
This foaming, sulfate-free cleansing gel is made from aloe, coconut oil, lavender oil and rose oil—99% of its ingredients are from natural origin and more than 50% are produced organically. It degunks and clears out pores, removes eye makeup on the first try and leaves skin soft and feeling ph balanced. Great for normal to oily skin. I used this with my Clarisonic and several times without, both with great results. I love that it doesn’t get sudsy and that it smells so clean and natural. It has a very light lavender scent that you will come to cherish during your daily skin care routine.
I first tried Made From Earth products back in 2009 (read review here) and was pleasantly surprised by the quality, natural ingredients and great results while using their products. Their organic and holistic products are great for sensitive skin and acne prone skin. Products I would recommend for those fighting acne include Green Tea Toxin Cleanser for cleansing skin and removing makeup without clogging pores, Rosehip + Hibiscus Facial Serum for repairing and soothing sensitive skin, and pH Equilibrant Moisturizer for ultimate moisture that won’t clog pores or cause breakouts.
Pricing: $8 – $25