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How To Stop Acne – Getting Rid of Acne

Acne can be a huge problem for a lot of people. I, myself have suffered with it in the past although these days I have a skincare routine that I love and it’s working well for me. My acne days are a thing of the past and I thought it would be a good idea to write about some of the ways I do this and what brands I use to tackle Acne!

How To Get Rid Of Acne And Blackheads

If you’re new to my website you might not know about the article I wrote on How To Get Rid Of Blackheads so I’d suggest giving that a read if you’re having issues with persistent blackheads when you least want them!

If you’re looking for the best ways to get rid of Acne, you’ve come to the right place.

How To Get Rid of Acne Breakouts

There are simple steps that you can take to avoid acne breakouts, however there is not a one size fits all approach and it depends on your skin as to what approach you take. It’s also very important to have a routine to keep your skin fresh and prevent acne breakouts as much as possible. Think of it like brushing your teeth, if you miss a couple of times your gums can become inflamed and it can lead to needing fillings or worse.

There are three simple steps that I would recommend to prevent acne breakouts, take a look;

  1. Cleanse Regularly: Wash your face twice daily with a gentle cleanser to remove dirt, oil, and bacteria that can clog pores and lead to breakouts. This doesn’t just mean washing your face with a little water in the shower.
  2. Avoid Harsh Products: Use skin care products labelled as non-comedogenic or oil-free to prevent pore blockages and irritation. If you have sensitive skin it’s important to use a product that doesn’t react, signs of reaction can be irritation, red skin and dry flaky skin after use.
  3. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated and support its natural detoxification processes. I know everyone says this but it’s true. You’ll find a lot of people that drink a lot of water have clear skin, I don’t just mean the water that’s added into your coffee in the morning! That being said caffeine can lead to acne and depression so keep that in mind as well.

One more tip I would give is to try to touch your face less, you don’t know what you’re touching throughout the day and what dirt and bacteria you’re picking up. If you must touch your face, wash your hands thoroughly first.

Products To Use For Acne

There are loads of products on the marketplace that claim they cure acne, I’ve tried quite a few and some of them either made my skin react badly or just didn’t work. However, I’ve found some amazing products that work like a charm and I’m going to share them below.

Skin:Genius

I love Skin:Genius with a passion. Their products are super gentle on the skin and work wonders for various reasons. If you’re looking for a skincare product for a certain need, SkinGenius will probably have it. Yes, they aren’t the cheapest but as my mother-in-law once said, you get what you pay for and wow do you get a lot with Skin:Genius.

The ‘best cleanse forever’ cleansing face wash is a perfect cleanser that will wash away any stubborn dirt or bacteria from your face. It’s recommended you use the face wash twice a day for maximum results although I only use it once and it works like a charm!

Another perfect product to help prevent acne is the ‘all’s well that gels well’ purifying gel from Skin:Genius. Leave a thin layer of this overnight and your face will emerge fresh and free from acne in the morning. It’s important not to use too much of this and 1 pump per application is more than enough.

Balmonds

The Balmonds all-natural skin care range is designed for sensitive skin that needs a boost. Personally, I think that Balmonds products are great although people are short-minded when it comes to their uses. Bacne is a thing that nobody wants to talk about, Balmonds is there to make sure you don’t need to talk about it.

You can apply Balmonds anywhere on the body and personally, if you have acne in other areas, such as the back or butt then you should give Balmonds a go. Their products are natural and designed for sensitive skin so they shouldn’t cause any reactions and they’ll leave your skin smooth and acne bump free. Their Skin Salvation is the best!

Clinisoothe+ Skin Purifier

If you struggle with acne it’s always a good idea to use a skin purifier to remove any dirt, grime, makeup or unwanted bacteria from your face before you go to sleep. It’s important to find the best skin cleanser that’s right for you and works with your skin.

The skin purifier I use for acne is Clinisoothe+. It works well with sensitive skin and doesn’t irritate or leave my skin red, it comes in two different sizes so I always take the smaller one with me when I travel and it’s quite affordable. I’d suggest giving it a try if you’re on the lookout for something new. Plus it doesn’t stink like some other skin cleansers that I’ve tried!

Acne Skin Care Routine

Creating a skincare routine for acne-prone skin involves several key steps to help manage and prevent breakouts. Here’s a simple yet effective acne skincare routine:

  1. Cleanse: Start your routine by gently cleansing your face twice daily, in the morning and evening, using a gentle, non-comedogenic cleanser. Look for cleansers containing ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, which help unclog pores and control oil production.
  2. Treat: After cleansing, apply a targeted acne treatment to affected areas. This may include spot treatments containing benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or sulfur, which help to kill acne-causing bacteria and reduce inflammation. Alternatively, you can use a leave-on treatment, such as a serum or gel, containing these ingredients.
  3. Moisturise: Even if you have oily or acne-prone skin, it’s important to moisturise to maintain hydration and support the skin barrier. Choose a lightweight, oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturiser that won’t clog pores. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid or glycerin, which provide hydration without adding excess oil.
  4. Sun Protection: Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher every morning, even on cloudy days. Acne treatments can increase sensitivity to the sun, so protecting your skin from UV damage is crucial. Choose oil-free, non-comedogenic sunscreens specifically formulated for the face.
  5. Exfoliate: Incorporate exfoliation into your routine 2-3 times per week to remove dead skin cells and prevent clogged pores. Use a gentle exfoliant containing salicylic acid or alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), such as glycolic acid or lactic acid. Avoid physical exfoliants like scrubs, as they can be too harsh and aggravate acne.
  6. Hydrate: Consider using a hydrating or soothing mask 1-2 times per week to replenish moisture and calm irritated skin. Look for masks containing ingredients like aloe vera, oatmeal, or hyaluronic acid, which help to soothe inflammation and hydrate the skin.
  7. Spot Treat: For occasional breakouts or stubborn pimples, spot treat with a targeted acne treatment as needed throughout the day. Avoid picking or popping pimples, as this can lead to scarring and further inflammation. Ensure you only use products that are okay with your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin.
  8. Diet and Lifestyle: In addition to skincare, consider incorporating healthy lifestyle habits into your routine, such as staying hydrated, eating a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, managing stress levels, and getting regular exercise. If you hate drinking water, try flavoured water.

Remember, consistency is key when it comes to skincare routines, especially for acne-prone skin. It may take time to see results, so be patient and stick with your routine. If you’re not seeing improvement or if your acne is severe, consider consulting a dermatologist for personalized advice and treatment options.

Keeping a through routine means doing this daily and not realying on the shower to reach the hard to reach places. I’d suggest getting a long handled loofa for your back if you have consistent backne.

Clarol ZnO Clear

If you’re looking to add something to your nighttime skincare routine to rid yourself of acne, look no further. I’ve used this Clarol skin care product and it works wonders. Put it on any spots overnight and in the morning you hardly even notice it’s still there. It’s affordable, vegan and perfect for sensitive skin like mine; what’s not to love?

An overnight spot treatment crafted from natural zinc oxide and plant-derived squalane, designed to target emerging and existing pimples effectively. This therapy is 100% vegan and non-comedogenic, ensuring it won’t clog pores.

A.Vogel Echinacea Cream Daily Moisturiser

If you’re looking for something that is going to help moisturise your skin throughout the day without having to add anything else to your face, I highly recommend this cream from A.Vogel. It smells amazing, does the job throughout the day and leaves the face looking clean and fresh.

I will say that if you’re going to use this cream for acne on your face, use it without adding more to your face and try to apply it when you’re not wearing make up. It does such a great job on it’s own! Just wash your face, give it a dry and then add this cream and go about your day.

Where Can You Get Acne On The Body?

There are actually many places you can get acne on the body, these consist of;

  1. Back (Back Acne or Bacne): Acne on the back, also known as bacne, is quite common and can range from small pimples to larger, more inflamed lesions.
  2. Chest: Acne on the chest can appear as blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, or cysts.
  3. Shoulders: The shoulders are another common area for acne breakouts, especially in individuals who sweat heavily or wear tight clothing.
  4. Neck: Acne can develop on the neck, particularly along the jawline and beneath the chin.
  5. Buttocks: Acne on the buttocks, often referred to as butt acne or buttne, can be caused by friction, sweat, or folliculitis.
  6. Arms: Acne may occur on the upper arms, especially in individuals who engage in activities that cause friction or sweat buildup.
  7. Legs: Although less common, acne can also develop on the thighs or lower legs.

The way of treating acne across the body is standard with how you would treat and prevent acne on your face. The only positive with acne appearing on different parts of your body is that they’re more likely to get washed in the shower, unlike your face so the need for products will be less.

What Is Bacne?

“Bacne” is a colloquial term used to describe acne that appears on the back. It is essentially acne vulgaris, the same condition that commonly affects the face, but occurs on the back instead. Bacne can manifest as various types of acne lesions, including blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, and even cysts. It can be caused by factors such as hormonal changes, excessive oil production, bacteria, sweat, friction from tight clothing, or genetics. Treatment for bacne often involves using over-the-counter or prescription topical treatments, maintaining good hygiene, wearing breathable clothing, and sometimes oral medications prescribed by a dermatologist.

Bacne is more common on men and people who sweat a lot which is why it’s important to keep up with daily hygiene and have a decent shower after playing sports or getting sweaty.

Butt Acne

“Butt acne,” also known as “buttne,” is a common skin condition characterised by acne lesions, such as pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and cysts, that develop on the buttocks. It is essentially acne vulgaris, the same condition that commonly affects the face, but occurs on the buttocks instead. Butt acne can be caused by factors such as hormonal changes, excess oil production, bacteria, sweat, friction from tight clothing, or genetics. It can also be exacerbated by factors like wearing non-breathable fabrics, sitting for long periods, or not practicing proper hygiene. Treatment for butt acne often involves similar strategies to those used for acne on other parts of the body, including using over-the-counter or prescription topical treatments, maintaining good hygiene, wearing breathable clothing, and sometimes oral medications prescribed by a dermatologist.

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