When you think of June, it’s likely that backyard BBQs, swimming pools, and other things that represent the start of summer come to mind. But did you know June is also Acne Awareness Month? Treating acne can be frustrating, which is why having the right tools is so important. Skin1 esthetician, Sunshine, is going to go over some of her favorite products for treating and preventing acne.
Cleansing…we just have to do it.
The first and most important part of any skin care routine is cleansing. Most tend to ignore this step or they don’t do it properly. Makeup remover is a MUST. Cleansing wipes, as convenient as they are, should not be used every day. In the long run, these wipes can cause your skin to end up congested. Instead, reach for Dermalogica’s Pre-Cleanse. This is such a wonderful way to remove all your makeup. Waterproof mascara and eyeliner? No problem. Stay all day lipstick? Easily removed with minimal effort. You can utilize this even if you don’t wear makeup. It’ll ensure that you get all the oil, dirt, and debris off of your skin.
Regular cleanser should be used after the pre-cleanse. The cleansers from Glymed Plus are some of our favorites. They have something for every skin type. Our top picks are the Serious Action Sal-X Purifying Cleanser as well as the Serious Action Skin Wash. Serious Action Sal-X Purifying Cleanser is a gel that is sulfate-free and has soothing ingredients like aloe and green tea. If your skin has more white heads or just does better with a benzoyl peroxide, then the Serious Action Skin Wash will be a better fit for you. With 2.5% benzoyl peroxide and aloe, this cleanser kills off bacteria and soothes your skin. Either one of these cleansers are a great way to start off your acne-care routine.
You’re going to have to tone more than your bod this summer.
Toners or astringents for acne-prone skin is going to be just as important as the cleanser as it finishes the cleansing step. Glymed Plus utilizes pharmaceutical-grade ingredients such as salicylic acid, making their astringents a powerful addition to help clean out those pores. But their products can help more than just your face. Their toners can be extremely helpful for those unsightly blemishes on the back too. We recommend the Glymed Plus Serious Action Skin Astringent No. 5. We’ve often suggested our clients pour some in a spray bottle and mist away on their back after getting out of the shower.
Skin1 puts the ‘treat’ in treatment.
Now that we’ve covered the cleansing steps, we can move on to treatments. For the daytime, we like the Jane Iredale Zap & Hide Blemish Concealer. It treats breakouts with ingredients like salix, alba (willow) bark extract, and melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil, and conceals them, which makes this our go-to spot treatment. To area treat at night, we reach for the Serious Action Skin Medication No. 5 . This is a 5% benzoyl peroxide that also incorporates tea tree and aloe.
Another thing that is a necessity for acne-prone skin is hydration. Be sure to hydrate with all purifying ingredients that can rid the skin of stubborn acne lesions. Keeping the skin hydrated will help the skin heal faster. Hydrated skin also brings your skin back into balance, which is key to healthy skin. We suggest the iS Clinical Hydra-Cool Serum . It hydrates, soothes, and protects damaged skin, while providing antiseptic, anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial benefits.
Don’t forget the sunscreen!
Last but definitely not least is sunscreen. Traditional sunscreens can be heavy and greasy, making people shy away from them. But today, sunscreens tend to be way more advanced, leaving no reason not to wear it. Elta MD makes wonderful oil-free sunscreens such as UV Shield Broad-Spectrum SPF 45. It doesn’t feel like you’re wearing anything. If you’re still not convinced, try the Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF 30. It comes in three different shades: translucent, golden and tan. This also makes for a great sunscreen with reapplication throughout the day.
Acne affects roughly 80 percent of the population. We hope these tips bring you brighter, clearer, acne-free skin.
Happy Acne Awareness Month!