By Smriti Prabhat,
When I was in my teens, I suffered from frequent breakouts but adulthood has been kind to my skin. Except in these last 6 months when I came back to Delhi and my skin started breaking out like anything. Maybe it’s this pesky season. So, it was time for me to tweak my skincare regime. After a lot of hit and trial, I have found a great solution in the last couple of months and you won’t believe it, my skin has completely cleared out.
So, here is a skin care routine for acne prone skin for people who are currently dealing with acne..
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STEP 1 – Cleanse With A Mild Cleanser That Is Meant For Acne Prone Skin – Salicylic acid is great when I’m not currently dealing with breakouts and only need to take care of blackheads and scarring. Otherwise, I try not to use it because it irritates my skin. My go to cleanser is Cipla’s Saslic Face Wash but currently, I am using Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser because it is extremely mild. I start off with this cleanser every morning.
STEP 2 – Use An Acne Toner – I am skipping this step currently but I know people who include it without any mishaps. Again, Salicylic toners like Neutrogena’s Oil Free Triple Action work best in this case. This toner is not only effective for acne but also takes care of dirt and blackheads.
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STEP 3 – Apply Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% Cream – I have read a lot about people starting off with 10% BP but I would advise against it. Always start with 2.5% BP and give it a month before you move up. Even with extreme acne, you need to allow your skin some time to breathe and heal. BP tends to leave behind a lot of scars so use it wisely.I use Benzac AC 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide Gel which was recommended to me by a dermatologist. I don’t just use it on the problem areas but also to cover my cheeks and chin (this is where I get most breakouts). You shouldn’t expose BP to the sun because it can cause sun sensitivity, so I always apply this cream before going to bed. Skip this step if you are going out.
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STEP 4 – Moisturize With A Sunscreen – There are dual benefits of using a sunscreen. Firstly, sunscreens are emollients so they offer the necessary moisture your skin needs after the dryness, itchiness and flakiness caused by BP. No matter how oily your skin is, you have to moisturize it after the BP is completely absorbed. This takes about 20 minutes for me. Sunscreen also offers you some sun protection. There are many great sunscreens out there but I use Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Stick with SPF 70.
STEP 5 – Apply Your Makeup – If I have to go out and need some makeup, I use The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream first (I am shade 03, dark beige), then I use Clinique’s Anti Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup Foundation on top. Before I completely set my makeup with some loose powder, I leave it for 5 – 10 minutes. Then, I take a sponge and cover it with tissue and dab it lightly over my face to absorb any excess makeup and oil. I use the powder after this step. It allows my makeup to stay on my face for a long time.
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That’s it. I followed this routine for a week and *sigh* it is so nice to have clear skin again. Once the acne subsides, I’ll include Salicylic acid in my routine again for the scars. Until then, this is what I have to do. I follow these steps in the morning and repeat them in the evening minus step 5. Good Luck and let me know how it worked out for you!
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