1) Don’t overdo it.
Drying your skin will cause it to
over-produce oil and can lead to the return of acne. Don’t clean any
more than two or three times a day and use a cleanser that doesn’t have a
high pH balance or harsh ingredients. Also, avoid toners that are
alcohol-based, and instead look for one that will balance and soothe
TRY: B. Kamins Acne Wash
and Murad Clarifying Toner
2) Get scrubbing.
air creates layers of dead skin cells that trap bacteria and oil in
pores, causing acne to flare-up. Regular exfoliation can help remove
these cells to ensure clear skin. How often you scrub will depend on
your skin’s reaction; start with twice a week and go from there. Try a
combination of chemical exfoliation, such as that found in a night cream
containing glycolic acid, and gentle scrubbing.
TRY: Skin Authority Night Revitalizer
and Caudalie Deep Cleansing Exfoliator
3) Target trouble areas and invest in what lies beneath.
onset of fall means switching to a thicker, heavier moisturizer to prep
for drier conditions, right? Wrong! Instead, layer a serum under your
moisturizer that will help clarify skin and strengthen its natural
moisture barrier without clogging pores. If you’re finding that
flare-ups are still persistent, look for a spot treatment that targets
pimples and prevents scarring.
TRY: Darphin Clear White Brightening and Soothing Serum
and Bioderma Sébium Al
4) Change up your p.m. routine.
bed, apply an all-in-one, time-release solution that will clear
blemishes and cool skin throughout the night. Bacteria and oil can also
build up on your pillowcase. To help keep acne at bay, change it
regularly and invest in a pillow made from anti-microbial material. If
you choose a memory-foam pillow, you’ll also help reduce sleep-induced
TRY: dr. Brandt Blemishes No More Intensolution
and enVy Pillow
5) Treat yourself.
your acne persists, head to the professionals. Look for a service that
includes soothing ingredients for red or irritated areas, carefully
calculated extractions and exfoliating fruit enzymes to remove dead skin
cells and open pores.
TRY: Murale’s one-hour Murad Acne Complex facial