How Simplifying Your Skincare Routine Benefits Acne

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If you have acne prone skin, you might be tempted to add even more products into your skincare routine in an attempt to address the problem, however dermatologists have advised that, in fact, simplifying your routine could actually have more benefits.

Since we’re all looking for an easier life, the news that you can have a simpler skincare regime comes as good news. 

So, here are some expert secrets to help you to maximize your time and benefit your skin too.

Don’t Over Do It

If you use too many products and put too much time into your skin-beautifying effort, you may actually be having the opposite effect to the one you’re hoping for. 

Exfoliating and cleansing excessively actually damages, dries and irritates the skin rather than clearing it up.

Your skin, first and foremost, shows your inner health, so making sure that you stay well-hydrated and eat lots of nutritious skin-enhancing foods is important, however it’s also important to remember that your skin will react to anything you put on the surface. 

If you add lots of products into your routine, it’s almost impossible to work out which product could be causing your skin conditions and blemishes.

If you’re keen to try something new, it’s always best to go slowly. Introduce new products as gradually as possible and only in small amounts. 

This gives the skin enough time to adjust to the new product and you’ll be able to work out if it’s benefiting your skin or causing any harm. 

The Elimination Diet

If you’re experiencing irritation and redness of your skin, or are having acne breakouts, you should take a less-is-more approach to skincare. This will help you to determine what is upsetting your skin’s natural balance. 

Ingredients in your skincare and makeup products could be causing irritation resulting in your skin problems. Reducing your skincare regime is the best course of action. 

Choose a simple and gentle set of products including a cleanser and moisturizer to balance your skin with no strong chemical ingredients to see if this improves your skin condition.

Use Water If Necessary

If you are suffering from really severe irritation and breakouts, it could be time to eliminate skincare products from your routine altogether. 

Believe it or not, you can use just plain water to wash your skin without any ill effects. 

Make sure that the water you use is cool or lukewarm, since hot water is known to damage and irritate the skin even further. There is no need for a cleanser.

Not only is this an effortless method, it also benefits the skin since it leaves all the natural moisture intact in the skin, leaving a protective barrier. 

Your skin should have sebum (or oil) which seals in the moisture so it stays naturally hydrated. 

If you’re prone to very oily facial skin, all you need to do is splash some cool water onto your skin and pat it dry gently using a clean towel. This will freshen you up without damaging your skin any further.

Bear in mind, however, that this only works if you aren’t using skincare products or makeup which could get stuck inside the pores of your skin. 

Micellar water is a good choice for removing these products rather than a strong cleanser. You can use either a liquid version or a version which comes in wipe form. 

Using a cotton pad soaked in micellar water is sure to show you just how dirty your facial skin can become when you use products, and you’ll be able to see at a glance if all of the products have been removed or whether there is still some remaining in the pores.

Top Tips

Here are some tips for simplifying your skincare routine:

  • Avoid fragranced products whenever possible
  • Use acidic products to help your skin cells to function properly and grow more effectively
  • Avoid alcohol-based products. These could cause your pores to become enlarged, causing your skin to become more oily.

The Takeaway

Although it might sound counterintuitive to use fewer products to treat problem skin, in fact it makes sense. 

If you’re constantly using a wide range of skincare products on your face, it stands to reason that if your skin is prone to irritation and acne in the first place at least one of those products is going to result in inflammation, redness and breakouts. 

Simplicity is key when it comes to healthy skin, so minimize the number of products in your skincare routine – stick to a simple and gentle cleanser and moisturizer or even just plain lukewarm water – and this should give your inflamed skin the chance to settle down. 

Whether you’re addressing acne, pimples or dry skin, a simple routine is often the best one, so simplifying your skincare regime and your life today and see if you can spot the difference.

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