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What is the Best Skin Care Routine for Acne?

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Having acne prone skin can feel like a constant battle between your skin and your skin care. Whilst we might do all we can to avoid our acne triggers (which might be stress, diet related or down to the weather being too humid and sweaty ortoo cold and harsh), finding the right skin care can be tricky.

At Sönd, we believe in aholistic approach to caring for acne prone, sensitive, stressed out or non conformist skin. This includes eating a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, taking steps where possible to avoid stress and takinggentle, but not too strenuous, exercise

Getting things right on the inside, check. But what about on the outside? We know how difficult it can be to find the skin care that suits your skin and doesn’t cause it to become too dry, too oily or not in the slightest bit stressed. 

We know because we’ve been there. We have acne prone skin ourselves and we spent years trying to find kind, gentle, natural skin care products that supported and nourished our skin and managed our acne breakouts. 

That’s why we eventually gave up looking and decided to formulate our own. Sönd skin care products are made from natural plant based oils and botanicals and are gentle on even the most sensitive of skin types. We’ve based them around the alkalising properties of silica salts and our silica salt blend really doesget results

We know a thing or two about skin, and in particular, skin that’s prone to acne breakouts on a whim. So here’s our advice on the best skin care routine for acne prone skin, from cleansing to exfoliating, moisturising and beyond.

How to cleanse acne prone skin

Cleansing the skintwice a day is essential for keeping the skin clean, free from dirt, makeup, bacteria, excess oil and dead skin cells. 

Even if we don’t wear makeup, it’s important to cleanse our skin before bed to remove the sweat, dirt, oil and environmental pollutants that have settled on our skin during the day.

Likewise in the morning it's important to cleanse to remove the sweat and oil that’s built up on the skin overnight. 

Cleansing our skin with standard soap and water probably isn’t going to do us many favours, especially if we have acne prone, sensitive or contrary skin. Soap is very harsh and can strip the skin of too much of its natural oil content and damage the delicate skin barrier. 

Face wipes are also a big no no as they don’t remove anywhere near enough dirt and makeup as proper cleansing. Instead, choose a cream cleanser or a gentle face wash that contains natural, plant based ingredients and that supports stressed out skin. 

OurClean Slate Cream Cleanser is ideally suited to acne prone skin since it’s packed with skin nourishing, natural ingredients and plant based oils. Use it twice a day to effectively remove dirt and grime to give your skin the best chance of feeling and looking healthy. 

How often should I exfoliate acne prone skin?

Exfoliating the skin is a great way of clearing the pores of dirt, oil and dead skin cells as well as helping to remove dull skin to reveal a fresh faced look. 

Most skin care experts advise exfoliating twice a week to keep the skin glowing and in tip top condition. But if you have acne prone skin, this can be too much and cause some level of irritation.

There are two ways to exfoliate. One way is to use a ‘mechanical’ exfoliant such as a facial brush or an exfoliant that contains exfoliating beads such as apricot kernels. The other way is to use a chemical (chemical in the good sense, everything is technically a chemical, even water) exfoliant. 

Chemical exfoliants include fruit acids such assalicylic acid, which is a type of alpha hydroxy acid, or AHA. Salicylic acid works by removing the top few layers of skin, taking away dead skin cells, dirt, old makeup and excess oil.

This can be beneficial for those with acne prone skin as it gently clears the pores, helping to prevent acne breakouts and spots. We advise using a product that contains salicylic acidonce a week to begin with. If your skin doesn’t react with redness and inflammation, you can try using it twice a week. 

Should I moisturise my acne prone skin?

The short answer here, is most definitely yes! Twice a day, once in the morning, once before bed. The long answer goes something like this…

Your acne prone skin might feel overly oily at times. This is all down to an overproduction of sebum. Sebum is the oily, wax like substance that is naturally produced by the skin to protect it and keep it moisturised. 

Some skin types, particularly those with acne prone skin, can produce too much. This causes a tell tale shine to the skin, but it can also cause blockages within the skin’s pores. The sebum can collect in the pores, trapping dirt, bacteria, makeup, dead skin cells and toxins inside the pores. 

This can then lead to more spots, inflammation and irritation. 

So the temptation might be to avoid adding more oil and skip the moisturiser. But this signals bad news, even for oily skin! Cleansing canstrip the skin of water and oils, so not replacing this moisture with moisturiser after cleansing can cause the skin toovercompensate and produce more oil

This will then cause a vicious cycle of oiliness, greasiness, blocked pores, acne breakouts, redness and inflammation. 

So using a moisturiser after cleansing is key, both in the morning and at night. OurSidekick Day Cream is ideally suited to acne prone skin, and contains non comedogenic (non pore blocking) plant based oils that add moisture and support the skin, without overloading it. 

We’ve also developed ourMidnight Feast Night Cream with similar skin supporting, non pore blocking oils and silica salts thatnourish the skin as your sleep. Again, our night cream won’t overload the skin or cause excessive oiliness. 

Apply a thin layer of each using clean fingers and gentle circular or patting motion after cleansing and allow to dry before applying makeup or hitting the sack!

Should I be using a face serum?

Face serums are designed to deliver a concentrated shot of skin loving nutrients to the lower layers of the skin. They help to hydrate, nourish and support the skin and are designed to be used after cleansing and before moisturising. 

Some face serums, such as ourStrength Training Serum can help to tackle the root causes of acne, deep within the skin’s layers. 

It’s entirely up to you if you’d like to use a face serum, but if you’re looking for a good place to start, then ours is perfectly suited to your skin!

What about a face mask?

Again, using a face mask once or twice a week is completely down to personal choice. We’ve recently developed a clay based face mask that helps to deeply cleanse the skin and keep it healthy.

OurClear Out Face Mask detoxes the skin to reveal, clearer, brighter skin that’s more manageable. 

Sönd, skin care that understands yourskin

If you have acne prone skin, don’t despair. We’re living proof that with a holistic approach and skin care that actually works, you can achieve clearer, less stressed out skin. 

We hear you and we see you and we have alladvice on looking after your skin and effective skin care products that you need. 


Hannah de Gruchy BSc(Hons)

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Hannah de Gruchy is a freelancer writer who specialises in health and wellness. She has a keen interest in the biology of skin and loves using her words to help separate the real science of skincare from the pseudoscience of some skincare brands. Hannah has a degree in Human Biology and many years’ experience working in laboratories around London. Using this experience, Hannah enjoys turning complex science into interesting, engaging and easy to digest pieces to read. In her spare time, Hannah runs, practices yoga and loves cooking plant based foods.

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