You wake up one day and decide that you want to try a different approach to your makeup. You want to find a way to make your skin look its best without risking breakouts. That’s when you come across the term acne-prone skin. Now, sometimes hearing that may scare you; after all, you’ve never felt particularly prone to acne, have you?
Well, maybe you’re more disposed to breakouts than you think. According to renowned dermatologist and skincare specialist Dr. Tanja Dafnis, M.D., there are three things you need to keep in mind if you have acne-prone skin. And if you’re looking to add a little more oomph to your skincare routine, she has some great tips for you.
Skip The Lotions
Despite what you might think, Dr. Dafnis wants you to avoid lotions and other topical creams. “They can cause more harm than good,” she warns, especially if applied to the skin too frequently. And believe it or not, she’s not the only one who thinks so. Many dermatologists will tell you the same thing. As much as you might think that a good moisturizer will make your skin look healthy and young, it probably won’t be good for you.
Instead of lotions, you should be investing in a good makeup brush. Not only will they help you to easily remove makeup at the end of the day, they will also help to exfoliate dead skin cells to keep your complexion looking fresh.
Try A Different Skin Cleansing Routine
If you’re prone to acne, your skin is most probably already super dry. Oiling it could be a great way to go, but you should never do that before washing your face. Washing your face first and then applying a moisturizer can help to lock in moisture and prevent your skin from looking too dry.
On the other hand, if you follow a traditional routine, you may be harming your skin in a number of ways. Take a look at your daily routine and see if you’re doing any of the following:
- Washing your face every day
- Using facial scrubs or wipes
- Avoiding moisturizers and using products that contain oil
- Picking at your skin or using aggressive scrubbing techniques
- Going overboard with washing with harsh chemicals or stripping off your natural oils
If you’re doing any of these things, you may be asking for trouble. So, if you want to keep your skin looking healthy, you need to change up your skincare routine. Try out a different approach that suits your skin type best. If you’re not sure what that is, ask your dermatologist for help.
Exfoliate Your Skin Once A Week
Dermatologists recommend that you use a scrub that contains jojoba beads, apricot seeds, or walnut pieces, as they are known to gently slough off dead skin cells. Avoid anything containing microbeads, as these are eventually eaten by marine life and can’t be removed from water sources. Scrubs with jojoba beads are affordable and vegan, which makes them a win-win for your skin.
As with any makeup product, consistency is key. Try out a new scrub and give it a week to work its magic before you switch to another. Exfoliators will help to improve the overall texture and tone of your skin. After all, a smooth, even skin tone is the key to a glowing complexion. And what’s more, it will make your skin look more youthful.
Some people may argue that chemical exfoliants are dangerous, especially if used many times, but in my opinion, they are much safer than some other options. After all, where does your skin come from? It’s made up of billions of cells that need to stay healthy for the duration of your life. That’s a lot of responsibility, isn’t it? So, instead of risking your health, why not try and improve your skin’s appearance as much as possible? And who knows, maybe the chemicals will do you some good after all.
Some skincare experts will tell you that what you need to do is to cover up your skin imperfections with makeup. While it’s true that makeup can cover up small flaws, it can also accentuate larger ones. So, if you’re looking to improve your overall appearance, you may need to take a step back and consider what type of makeup you’re wearing. Are you wearing too much? Is it hiding your true colors? Does it show the wrinkles and dullness of aging well?
These are all important questions, and they’re all related to your makeup’s message. If you want to wear makeup to make yourself more comfortable, there are plenty of options available to you. But if you want to wear makeup to make a statement, you may need to choose less popular colors and go for a more natural look. And if you truly want to switch up your appearance, you may need to avoid some types of makeup altogether. Now, it’s not always easy to predict what will work best for your skin, but with a little bit of trial and error, you’ll find what is best for you. So, instead of trying to change everything about yourself at once, take it easy and change what you can. If you want to try a different approach to your makeup, you may need to change your skin cleanser, your scrub, or even your moisturizer. And if that’s too much work, you might need to choose one or two of these products and see how you go. In any case, once you find what works best for you, you’ll have a much better understanding of what your skin needs and what types of products will make it look and feel its best. All you need is confidence and the courage to try something new. And with a little bit of research and proper guidance, you’ll be on your way to healthier and younger-looking skin in no time. So, while it might be frustrating to have acne-prone skin, at least you have someone to help you out with. With the right products and routines, you’ll be able to keep your skin healthy and looking great for many years to come. And that, my friend, is what you should be aiming for.