It’s really simple if you know the science behind it.
When you realise however that almost every company making skincare products knows the science and starts out with it but sometimes you don’t get desired results for reasons I’ve mentioned in a previous post.
Then again, that’s why I take the pain to review almost every product I use, from testers to full size just so you do not make that mistake of buying something with right reasoning but a little flawed.
Now, for people with acne, a lot of your options depends on your age and scarring as well as other associated conditions of your skin.
Nothing replaces a dermatological assessment and nothing replaces a carefully tailored skincare regimen after consultation.
A general rule for a skincare regimen is the basic 3
You must follow these steps to see any improvement in your skin.
This means you have to use these 3 steps as building blocks for whatever regimen you want to follow.
Other steps can be added as mini rituals to the 3. Whatever you put on your face is either cleaning it, toning it or treating it.
WashING is so important. This is where clogged pores start and not with oil production as is regularly touted. If you produce enough oil to fry stuff on your stuff but you wash it away, does it cause any harm in the end ? No.
Okay. Starting carefully I don’t advocate all that use of oil free cleanser and blah blah because your skin will only become drier and then produce more oil.
Don’t believe that oil free hype.
A wrongly formulated oil free wash will set your pocket back and keep you with breakouts intact.
Does it really matter ? Yes,but not as much as you are led to believe. I’ve used a lot of these items and believe me , its not that serious.
Wash your face with even the simplest of simples. A bar soap .. liquid soap is always better because it covers more areas.
In this regard, there’s a fabulous brand whose facial soap is to die for. It doesn’t smell like what you would think soap should and I don’t mind ebcause fragrance doesn’t do much to help your skin. It’s ecopantryskincare. Check out their facial bars here and even though it will set you back a bit, you’re getting more bang for your buck Instagram link. Try their facial bar soaps. Then there’s a whole lot of natural soap artisans on social media now and this gives you options. Suggestions are to go for charcoal and tea tree soaps. Charcoal will lift dirt and tea tree will kill bacteria. Perfect right ? Yes!
I love dettol soap for people who are on a budget and who need to choose one or two serious items to focus on in their regimen.
Wash your face of all makeup and all dirt acquired during the day. Dettol has a lovely even tone soap with apricot bits. I say dettol because it has antibacterial agents in it. This helps to kill the bacteria lying on the skin waiting to get into the pores. The idea of washing is to get the surface dirt off and perhaps if you can afford some thing more, move up to a specific acne or facial wash. Always look out for exfoliants in your wash. I listed them out in the post on facial washes.
If you use makeup and cannot afford to get micellar water or a blend of oils for oil cleansing then I suggest a tub of shea butter some of which you rub some on your palms and then on your face with hands then wash, makeup comes off real easy. Do not use coconut oil for this business. It doesn‘t have enough natural acids in it to perform this function. Shea butter is cheap and is everywhere. Remember it has to smell nutty.
Toning is a very important step and this alone can help you beat breakouts. Many people skip this step but please, Don’t .
An acid based toner is best. I will address this rose hydrosol and other hydrosols used for toning. If you have problem skin,please skip the drama and keep it for after you have treated your skin.
Hydrosols are good when you have sorted out your main issue. Witch hazel is also a good toner but if you have acne skin, do not run away from the truth. You need that acidic based toner to slough off cells and open your pores for whatever treatment , serum, hydrosol you eventually use to work.
Alcohol based toners are not the devil.please do not regard them as so. Alcohol dissolves the oil in your pores and if you cannot afford pixi glow then why will you allow your face become a crater ?
Please and please, use a toner.
Diy formula will be up soon.
Swish and swipe with Cotton wool repeatedly until you get clean wool.
Last step is to Apply treatment.
This could be benzoyl peroxide,retinol or any other fancy item you please. There is no diy swap for this one,invest your money in your skin.
good products are not always the expensive ones. Do check out This post on acne creams a list of products you can use.
I’m always available for a chat.