One of the most frustrating things about acne is how difficult it is to clear up your complexion for good. Sure, with the right combination of products, you may be able to banish the appearance of any pimples that are currently lurking under your skin but, chances are, it won’t be long before your next breakout is on its way.
If you would like to put a stop to this vicious circle, read on as Lavelier explains how to keep your complexion acne-free for the long term.
1. Keep Your Skin Clean
Acne is caused when bacteria mix in with blockages in the pores. So, it only makes sense that preventing blockages from developing in your pores will go a long way in preventing the appearance of pimples.
How do you keep your pores clog-free?
The first way to do that is by keeping your skin as clean as possible. Pore blockages are caused by a mixture of dirt, sebum, dead skin cells, and other impurities. When these build up on the surface of the skin, they end up pushing their way downward into the pores. Therefore, keeping the surface of your skin consistently clear will mean that even if a small amount of dirt and sebum does make its way into your pores, there won’t be enough of it to form a significant blockage.
However, one mistake that many people make when they notice a pimple is to over-cleanse. While cleansing may be a great way to keep your complexion acne-free, over-cleansing, which is when you either cleanse too often or use a really harsh cleanser, severely disrupts the skin’s natural barrier. This then leaves your skin even more susceptible to acne breakouts.
This makes it so important to pick the right cleanser and use it at the optimum frequency. Ideally, this should be twice a day. When it comes to your cleanser choice, look for a lathering formula that hydrates at the same time, such as the Lavelier Biology Mousse Cleanser. It’s packed with ingredients that acne-prone skin loves, including chamomile, calendula, lavender, and coral seaweed.
2. Exfoliate in the Right Way
Cleansing twice a day with the cleanser recommended above will go a long way in helping you prevent the appearance of acne for good. However, unfortunately, cleansing on its own isn’t going to be enough. Even with your twice-daily cleanse, you’ll still end up with some of the daily impurities that you’ve acquired working their way into your pores.
This is why, in addition to regularly cleansing, you also need to be regularly exfoliating. An exfoliator will draw impurities out from within your pores. It will essentially give your skin an even deeper cleanse.
However, just like when choosing a cleanser, don’t be tempted to go for an overly harsh or abrasive exfoliant. Again, disrupting your skin barrier will only do more harm than good.
So, what should you exfoliate with?
Well, both physical and chemical exfoliators have their pros and cons. Physical exfoliants, which make use of an abrasive substance to exfoliate the skin, are great if they’re not too abrasive. Chunky salt scrubs and rough cleansing brushes should be an instant no-go.
Meanwhile, chemical exfoliants are loved for their gentle nature. They exfoliate without the need for scrubbing at the skin. However, using overly potent acids on your skin could end up making your acne breakouts worse.
That’s why, to provide the perfect solution, we created the Intensive Facial Peel. It makes use of both physical and chemical exfoliants that, on their own, would be a little too gentle. However, when combined, you get the best of both worlds without any of the downsides.
Twice a week is usually sufficient. So long as you’re consistently cleansing in between, this should be all that your skin needs.
3. Turn to Vitamin A
There are so many ingredients out there that, when applied topically, can really help with the appearance of acne. However, many of them only produce short-lived effects. This is why so many people end up experiencing reoccurring breakouts – they aren’t making any long-term changes to their complexion.
If you want to keep the appearance of acne at bay for good, then vitamin A is, without a doubt, what you need. It’s the number one ingredient that just about every dermatologist would recommend because of how effectively it can both banish and prevent the look of acne. Numerous studies back this up, making it an ingredient well worth adding to your skincare routine.
When it comes to choosing vitamin A-infused skincare products, you need to be aware of the various forms of the ingredient. Some are purer than others, which might lead you to think that these are the best types of vitamin A out there. However, the skin often doesn’t tolerate these more potent forms of the antioxidant. Side effects are extremely common, with one of these being the exacerbation of breakouts.
So, if you’re new to the ingredient, start off with a milder form of vitamin A, such as retinyl palmitate. You’ll find it in the Lavelier Nourishing Vitamin C Serum. As you can tell from its name, this serum combines retinyl palmitate with vitamin C, another powerful antioxidant. In fact, you’ll find two different types of vitamin C in this formula! It’s another ingredient that has been proven to help reduce the look of acne lesions. Just like retinyl palmitate, it works best when used twice a day, making this serum a great addition to both your morning and evening skincare routines.
4. Keep Your Skin Hydrated
Many people don’t realize that if their skin cells are feeling dehydrated, then this makes an acne breakout far more likely.
What’s the connection between the two?
Well, hydration refers to water content. This moisture is essential in order for your skin cells to function properly. If they’re lacking in moisture, your skin cells try to compensate for this by increasing the amount of sebum that they produce. Sadly, this doesn’t do much to help with the dehydration, yet it can be extremely detrimental to your acne. The more sebum produced by your skin, the greater your risk of clogged pores and breakouts.
So, if you want to put a stop to the appearance of acne, adequate skin hydration is crucial. This means keeping it hydrated from both the inside and the outside. In addition to drinking your eight glasses of water each day, keep your skin quenched with a hydrating serum. Since serums are so lightweight, they won’t cause your skin to feel heavy or clogged. At the same time, they’ll be able to dive deep down and provide hydration to multiple layers of your complexion.
Of course, in order to experience these benefits, you need to pick the right serum. The Lavelier Nano Gold Serum would be a good choice because of its oil-free formulation. This gives it a consistency that feels almost weightless, meaning that your complexion will still be able to easily breathe. Even better, with coral seaweed, aloe vera, glycerin, and more, this formula provides hydration from multiple angles, which your acne-prone skin will undoubtedly appreciate!
5. Moisturize Lightly
Wondering if you should skip the moisturizer in order to reduce your chances of developing clogged pores?
While this may make sense in theory, it’s not actually going to do your skin any favors. As we mentioned, hydration is key when it comes to keeping your complexion clear. Serums can help with this but it doesn’t take long for them to evaporate into the air. If you want them to remain trapped on your skin so that the only place for those ingredients to go is down into your skin cells, you’ll need to seal your serums off with a moisturizer.
With that said, it’s definitely true that some moisturizers can make acne worse. The key is in picking a lightweight, non-comedogenic formula. This means a product that doesn’t contain any ingredients that have the propensity to clog pores and trigger breakouts.
Some products will state this on their packaging. If they don’t, then your only option is to do some quick research into each ingredient used in that product to find out their comedogenic ratings. The higher the rating, the more likely it is to clog your pores.
Of course, that can be pretty tedious! If you’d like to skip through all of that work, treat yourself to Lavelier’s Moisture Allure Cream instead. It provides lightweight hydration along with an incredible array of antioxidants. Even better, it won’t leave your pores feeling clogged. Use this cream daily and your skin will soon start to look brighter and healthier.
6. Consider Professional Acne Treatments
What happens if you’ve already tried numerous skincare products and techniques but have still been battling acne for years?
In a small number of severe cases, topical products won’t be enough. This is where professional treatments can really help.
There are so many different professional treatments out there that can help with acne. Microneedling is one – not only will this treatment help to diminish the look of acne breakouts but it will also help in fading the visibility of acne marks and scars.
If the idea of needles leaves you feeling squeamish, laser treatments can also produce fantastic results. They’ll calm existing breakouts while also helping to rebalance your skin’s sebum production to prevent clogged pores and future breakouts.
Another method worth considering is LED light therapy. Although this used to be purely a professional treatment, there are now plenty of at-home devices out there that can work wonders on a pimpled complexion. Just make sure that the device you choose offers blue LED light. This is the wavelength that’s most beneficial when working with acne-prone skin.
7. Finally, Be Patient!
Last but not least, be patient. If you want to see long-term improvements in your acne, you would be best off following all of the tips that we’ve shared above. However, at the same time, don’t expect instant results. It will take a while for you to be able to rebalance and rejuvenate your complexion but, once you do, you’ll finally be able to say goodbye to the appearance of breakouts!