If you've ever dealt with Acne, you understand how frustrating and distressing it can be. It's tempting to believe that a complex, aggressive approach is the key to banishing those pesky pimples. However, when it comes to treating Acne, a Stripped Back approach can be more effective in treating this skin condition. Let's get into the Stripped Back approach to treating Acne and how to achieve skin you can feel confident in.
Understanding the Stripped Back Approach
Acne-prone skin is often sensitive, inflamed, and imbalanced. Aggressive treatments or a barrage of harsh products can exacerbate the problem by stripping the skin of its natural oils, leading to irritation and redness. A gentle approach, on the other hand, focuses on soothing and supporting the skin's natural healing process.
- Stop over-cleansing: Excessively Washing the face can strip the skin of natural oils and disrupt its delicate balance. Instead, opt for a gentle cleanser that cleanses without irritating.
- Rethink Active Ingredients: We know how tempting it is to fight Acne with many active ingredients, but too many harsh products in your skincare routine can lead to over-exfoliation and irritation. Focus on one or two effective ingredients like Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide to target your Acne.
- Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate: Hydration is essential for all skin types, including acne-prone skin. Properly hydrated skin is better equipped to heal and repair itself, making it less prone to inflammation and breakouts.
- Look For Products That Match Your Skin Concerns: Look for skincare and makeup products labeled as non-comedogenic, meaning they won't clog pores and contribute to Acne.
Your Stripped Back Skincare Routine:
- Gentle Cleanser: Start your routine with a gentle cleanser to remove impurities and excess oil without stripping the skin. Avoid harsh scrubs or abrasive cleansing tools that can irritate acne-prone skin.
- Treatment Products: Use a targeted acne treatment with active ingredients like Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid. These ingredients can help to unclog pores, reduce inflammation, and control acne-causing bacteria. For our sensitive skin friends, our Flower Hour Toner is a gentle exfoliating toner that rids your skin of excess oils and dead skin cells. Flower Hour exfoliates with 5% Lactic Acid (AHA), which doubles as a humectant, AKA a skin hydrator.
- Moisturize (Even If Your Skin Is Oily): Choose a lightweight, non-comedogenic moisturizer that provides adequate hydration without adding unnecessary oils to the skin.
- SPF: Protect your skin from harmful UV rays by applying sunscreen daily, even during winter. Sunscreen is essential, even for acne-prone skin, as some acne treatments can make the skin more sensitive to the sun.
- Patience and Consistency: Acne treatment requires patience and consistency. Avoid the temptation to switch products frequently or use more than recommended. Stick to your routine, and you will likely see gradual improvements over time.
Consult a Dermatologist:
Professionals know best when it comes to skin health. If over-the-counter options are not yielding your desired results or if your Acne is persistent, consult a dermatologist. A dermatologist can tailor a treatment plan specific to your individual skin needs, as well as prescribe higher-strength medications.
When treating Acne, a Stripped Back approach is often more beneficial than an aggressive one. Be patient and gentle with your skin; Acne is a sign that your skin and body are inflamed and irritated. This skin condition can take awhile to dissipate, so be patient and listen to your skin.