Use a gentle washcloth
If you wear makeup throughout the day, it is important to use a gentle washcloth or makeup remover to thoroughly remove any potential pore clogging materials. Using rough and abrasive materials on your skin can cause micro-tears to the skin’s surface, which are tiny tears in the skin. Micro-tears make the skin more vulnerable to its environment including bacteria, dirt, and pollution.
Before you get cozy in bed, make sure to cleanse your face (we suggest our amazing CLEANSE with Benefits AM/PM Cleanser). Benefits of cleansing your face before bed include:
- Getting rid of dirt, oil, and bacteria that have built-up over the course of the day.
- Allowing you to apply acne and skincare products to a clean base, making the treatments more effective.
- Helping you wake up looking and feeling refreshed.
Keep a consistent treatment routine, if needed
Did you know it can take 6-8 weeks of consistent use of an acne treatment before signs of improvement are seen on the skin? This is why it’s important to include an acne treatment into your skincare routine if you commonly experience breakouts. With that being said, we recommend using Dermala’s personalized SCANTILY Pad AM/PM Acne Treatment! This product has Dermala’s SE Microbiome Complex, salicylic acid, and Aloe vera - Acne’s triple threat, which work together to unclog pores, kill acne-causing bacteria, and hydrate the skin! Together these ingredients not only fight current breakouts, but also prevent future breakouts. After cleansing, simply rub one pad all over your face in circular motions, followed by your favorite non-comedogenic moisturizer.
Lastly, don’t skip the moisturizer! Never forget to apply a moisturizer after cleansing your face and applying treatments, even if you have oily or acne-prone skin. Many people believe drying the skin will help their acne, but drying the skin can actually signal your body to produce more oil. Dry skin makes your skin appear dull, and leads to irritation. Moisturizers lock in moisture to keep skin hydrated and maintain proper barrier function, which are important factors for treating acne. The stronger the skin barrier is, the better the skin is able to tolerate treatments.
Change your pillowcase
Our skin already faces enough scary pollutants throughout the day, but don’t let it be introduced to even more bacteria at night! We suggest switching out your pillow case at least once a week. Pillow cases can hold bacteria, dirt, and oil which pose a threat to the skin, especially those with acne-prone skin. Also, we suggest using a silk pillow case because it is more gentle on the skin and hair than cotton. People even believe sleeping on silk pillowcases reduce wrinkles and helps the skin retain moisture! *GASPS*
Doctors suggest that young adults should sleep at least 7.5 to 8 hours a night. Our bodies, including our skin, rejuvenate and repair themselves in our sleep. In fact, sleep deprivation causes our bodies to release more of the stress hormone called cortisol, which is linked to inflammation in the body, including the skin. UGH!