Forget Everything You’ve heard.
This is how you treat acne.
If you’ve dealt with acne, chances are you’ve tried things like benzoyl peroxide, retin-A, oil-free moisturizers and the like, all of which cause skin to dry out and therefore produce more oil to compensate. We’re here to tell you there’s a way better way. Our way of treating acne is gentle, moisturizing and--most importantly--effective.
Here are four things you shouldn’t be doing to your acne-
prone skin and what you should be doing instead.
MOISTURIZE, DON’T DRY OUT
Those of us who had acne as teenagers are probably tempted to do what we did then and “dry it out.” But in our 20s, 30s and on, drying agents become more and more disastrous for our skin.
As we age, our skin loses moisture, leaving it dehydrated and wrinkle prone, and dry skin is even more susceptible to bacteria. So, resist the urge to dry out your acne and instead treat your skin with bacteria-fighting oils and extracts, like black willow bark extract, helichrysum, olive leaf extract and sandalwood oil. This might sound crazy if you grew up with the “dry it out” mentality, but oils and extracts are actually much more effective (and healthy) for fighting acne.
When your skin is breaking out, two issues need to be resolved: bacterial infection and congestion. The right combination of oils can penetrate deep into your skin, where they fight infection and break up congestion. Only oil can dissolve oil so, contrary to what we have been taught, oils can actually balance sebum production and break up congestion, bringing skin back into balance.
USE OILS, NOT WAXES
Most people get nervous when they think about putting oil on their face—especially acne sufferers. Treating blemish-prone skin with oils instead of lotions or creams may seem counter-intuitive, but unlike natural oils, oil-free moisturizers are emulsified with pore-clogging waxes, which are a major cause of skin congestion. Natural oils on the other hand are free of additives and can penetrate deep into your skin to where the irritation is happening and deliver their antibacterial and soothing properties.
CLEAN GENTLY, NOT HARSHLY
It’s important to cleanse your skin, especially after exercise and to remove makeup, but the key is to do it gently, without stripping your skin. Scrubs, harsh soaps and other drastic treatments that strip your face of oils actually aggravate your skin. When you strip your skin of its natural oils, it prompts your skin to produce more oils. Gentle cleansing breaks up the oils and dirt on your face while keeping your skin moisturized. Replace any cleanser that leaves your face feeling squeaky clean with something gentler and calming, like our hydrating cleanser.
EXFOLIATE WEEKLY, NOT DAILY
When it comes to exfoliation and adult acne, less is definitely more. Gently exfoliating one to two times a week sheds dead skin cells, unclogs pores and reduces acne breakouts. But over-exfoliating creates sensitized, dry, dehydrated skin, and worst of all, skin that’s more susceptible to sun damage. To make sure you’re not over-exfoliating, read our guide to exfoliation.
We developed our Clear line to treat acne where it originates, at the deepest layers of the skin. It’s filled with soothing, antibacterial oils and extracts to clear your acne and leave you with glowing skin.