How to Treat a Breakout in 4 Easy Steps
Everyone’s had their own run-in with acne at some time in their lives (unless you’re some lab-created super-human and you’ve really never had a single pimple…) Point is, we all deal with blemishes to some extent, and chances are you’re even reading this blog because you are currently going through a breakout. Don’t even worry, we got you covered – let us help you treat a breakout!
Like most people, you probably find the idea of adding four additional steps to your skincare routine a bit daunting. Good news: our guide to breakouts actually includes your current basic three-step routine (cleanse, tone and moisturize) and only calls for one additional step. Let’s get right into the nitty-gritty, and break down your current routine.
You want to make sure you are using a gentle cleanser. When your skin breaks out, all hell breaks loose. At this time, your skin is freaking out while trying to adjust to the blemishes. It is super important not to add any sort of irritation, which can happen if you use any harsh cleansers. If you want an acne cleanser that doesn’t include any harsh chemicals (such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid), go for a cleanser containing tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is one of the best natural antisceptics out there. Tea tree gets rid of any bacteria that would accelerate acne, and keeps breakouts under control by reducing redness.
The same deal goes for your toner. When dealing with acne, your first priority should be to not aggravate the skin more. With this in mind, you want to be using an alcohol-free toner. Alcohol is iconic for heavily drying the skin and stripping away good bacteria. Go for a more nourishing toner with ingredients such as aloe vera or eucalyptus, to soothe and moisturize the skin.
Moisturizing with acne is no different: No. Harsh. Products. When it comes to moisturizer, you want to use one that is non-comedogenic. This means that it is a product designed to not clog your pores. Comedogenic products are acne’s worst enemy. Breakouts are the result of your skin trying to eliminate gunk already trapped in your pores, so the last thing you’d want to do is use a pore-clogging moisturizer. To prevent doing this, you’re going to want to shop for a moisturizer that is lighter, softer and includes these properties.
The Fourth Step
This step is all up to you. It’s that extra step you’ll add to your routine that would boost acne prevention, and clear your breakouts faster. The easier way to go is a store-bought acne spot-treatment or ointment, but there are also many at-home remedies that you can make yourself. Popular DIY’s include a lemon juice or apple cider vinegar toner (to brighten and clean the skin), a tea tree oil spot treatment, or a honey and oats facemask. The choice is yours.
The key thing to remember with acne prevention is to be gentle. With that being said, we hope these tips and tricks help you prevent and get rid of those pesky breakouts!