Developing a clean skin routine is an essential part of any acne treatment and prevention method. Nevertheless, figuring out a routine can often be more challenging than people think. Here, we will explain the essentials of such a routine and point out common mistakes to avoid.
Wash it off!
Throughout the day, your skin secretes oils that may promote breakouts when left unchecked. This issue is particularly common on your face, which has about twice as many oil glands compared to the rest of your body. Dust particles, smog, sweat and makeup, further exacerbate the skin’s proneness to acne breakouts. As a result, it is important that you wash your face regularly to make sure your pores remain clean and unblocked. Too much washing or using harsh cleansers, on the other hand, may cause problems like over-drying the skin and weakening your skin microbiome, the collection of friendly, supportive bacteria on your skin that can help you fight acne. A good rule of thumb is to use a gentle, non-comedogenic cleanser to wash your face twice a day - once after you wake up and once before you go to bed. In addition to that, you should wash off sweat after you exercise. Harsh cleansers can be irritating and strip the skin of both the bad and the good bacteria, leaving your skin more prone to acne. A gentle cleanser with microbiome-rebalancing components and calming plant extracts will, on the other hand, target the bad bacteria without over drying and help make your skin happier in the long run.
Your skin’s unlikely foes
Although washing your face regularly is essential, there are additional steps you can take to ensure your skin remains healthy by reducing its exposure to harmful elements in the first place. For instance, you should wash your pillow covers, makeup brushes, hats (pimples on your forehead, anybody?) and towels frequently to shield your face from bad bacteria that live on them. For similar reasons, you should also pay closer attention the cleanliness of your phone. It may even be smarter to start using headphones when making calls to limit your contact with the bacteria-ridden phone screen.
One more piece of the jigsaw
Making sure you wash your skin regularly is a vital step towards long lasting results. However, it should not be the only thing on your mind. Rather, you need to adopt a holistic acne plan that goes far beyond your skin. Treating and preventing acne essentially means striking a body-wide balance by combining good skin hygiene with an effective topical treatment and a healthy diet supplemented by probiotics, vitamins, anti-oxidants and other key nutrients. The whole-body approach is something you should bear in mind regardless of the specific treatment method you choose. So make your skin and gut happy and balanced. Your skin will thank you.