Creating a Routine to Manage Acne


A daily skin care routine helps in keeping the pores open and getting rid of excess oil. A combination of right products and great skin care routine may assist in realising quick healing of breakouts. You don't have to spend a lot of time in creating a routine to manage acne. Just follow the simple guidelines outlined below to keep your skin young and feeling fresh all the time. In some cases, there’s no need for expensive skincare products, just a simple but effective routine can make a big difference.

Get More Sleep

Psychological stress increases the number of sleep hours you lose per night by over 16 percent. Research shows that stress enhances the production of glucocorticoid, which leads to abnormalities in skin structure and functions. This can worsen acne conditions. Sleeping for longer hours can help in regulating the production of glucocorticoid by more than 70 percent.

Drink More Water

Sipping more water is one of the best ways to care for your skin. Increasing the amount of water you consume in a day helps in get rid of internal toxins and hydrates your skin. Drinking at least two litres of water a day can help to improve skin quality.

Do Some Physical Exercises

Physical exercises help in getting rid of your stress and boosts blood circulation throughout the body. Improved blood flow to the skin increases oxygen supply to the skin cells, making it look fresh and clean.

Take Time to Cleanse Your Face

Consider using your fingertips or a very soft cloth to wash your face thoroughly. Avoid using scrubbing pads at all. Wash the face, jawline, neck, and the areas in front and behind your ears. Choose the right cleanser. If you are experiencing mild break-outs, then you should go for an over-the-counter acne treatment wash that contains either salicylic acid or elements of benzoyl peroxide. If you are on any acne medication prescription, then go for a gentle and non-medicated cleanser such as Cetaphil or Dove. Avoid using any harsh bar soap and antibacterial hand washes.

Make Use Of Toner

Astringents play a crucial role in eliminating excess oils from the skin. Some of the toners contain acne-fighting ingredients that are essential for the proper health of the skin. Gently apply astringent to a soft cotton ball and rub it smoothly over the face and the neck region to do away with any leftover makeup, oil, and cleanser residue.
Consider adopting the use of alcohol-free products in case your skin irritates when you apply acne treatments or if your face has a lot of open pimples. Sometimes the toner may over-irritate your skin or over-dry it. Don't use the toners if your skin overreacts to them.

Apply Your Prescription Acne Medications

Wait until your toner has dried completely before applying your acne treatment medication. Smoothly apply your acne treatment creams as directed by the doctor. This may also be an over-the-counter acne gel that you purchased yourself. Allow the cream some time for it to dry out completely.

Apply a Gel Or an Oil-Free Moisturiser

More often, the acne medications over-dry the skin and leave it thirsty for moisture. If you don't use a moisturiser, then the skin becomes dry and starts peeling off. Consider applying a light moisturiser at least twice a day to cater for the lost moisture. Go for moisturisers which have been labelled as oil-free and noncomedogenic.

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