Acne is a common skin condition that affects an estimated 85% of people at some point in their lives. It occurs when the skin pores become clogged with oil, bacteria or dead skin. The condition is characterized by blackheads, whiteheads, tender red bumps, and cysts. It usually appears on the face and neck but can also affect the back, shoulders and upper arms. If left untreated, acne can cause scarring, hyperpigmentation that lasts for months or years and significant emotional distress including depression and low self-esteem.
There are several ways to treat acne, but their suitability depends on the severity of your condition. Here’s how to get rid of acne:
1. Keep it clean
Cleansing your face twice a day is one of the most effective ways to treat acne. Wash your face with a facial cleanser in the morning and evening, and if using a face cloth, make sure you always use a free one.Ingredients such as chamomile extract can soothe inflamed skin and reduce breakouts, or marigold extract can aid skin repair.
After washing, pat your face dry with a clean towel and apply a toner. Toners tighten pores, making it less likely for oil and dirt to get trapped in them.
2. Scrub away impurities
Exfoliating regularly is another great way to stop acne. It helps remove dead skin cell build-up and debris that clogs pores. Be sure to exfoliate only once or twice a week as over-exfoliation can cause redness and irritation.
3. Always apply moisturiser
Moisturising your face is just as important as cleaning it. Cleansing your face can strip it of moisture and oils, causing the skin to produce more sebum to compensate for the dryness. To avoid this, apply a gentle moisturiser after washing your face every morning and evening. Be sure to use the best acne moisturiser for your skin type.
A good day-time moisturiser is lightweight, yet creates a barrier to protect your skin from pollutants and environmental stressors. Try out Sönd’s Sidekick Day Cream, which includes silica and pentavitin to strengthen the natural skin barrier.
At night time you can opt for a heavier cream with active ingredients, to give your skin the chance to regenerate overnight.
4. Try a chemical peel
Getting a chemical peel regularly will not only treat active acne, but also hyperpigmentation and acne scars. A facial peel is a chemical peeling agent that contains acids which help break down the outer layer of skin and reduce spots and inflammation.
Chemical peels can increase photosensitivity, so always remember to wear sunscreen before heading outdoors.
5. Be consistent
Your best weapon against acne is a consistent approach to skincare. It’s too easy to fall asleep with your makeup on after a long day, or switch between numerous products in the search for the magic cure. Get into a routine with your skin care and stick to simple, gentle products that work in harmony with your skin - rather than against it. Your skin will reward you for forming good skincare habits now.