Acne is one of the most common conditions plaguing Indians. It is estimated that 80 percent of Indians suffer from acne between the onset of puberty and 30 years of age. For some, acne may continue to persist much longer.
Struggling with acne is no fun. You need to walk the extra mile to take care of your skin to keep it at bay. So here is an easy skincare routine you can follow to keep your skin acne-free:
1 - Use a scrub
Opt for an exfoliating scrub to wash away the dead cells. Scrubbing the skin before cleansing makes it more receptive to reap the benefits of the next step.
Pear is a natural exfoliant that works wonders for acne-prone skin. Blend a pear into a smooth paste and add a few drops of coconut milk and lemon juice. Apply it gently on the face in a circular motion for 10 mins. Wash it off with lukewarm water.
2- Cleanse your face
Cleansing helps you eliminate the grime, oil, and dirt clogging your pores. However, always use a gentle cleanser such as a sulfate-free cleanser that does not strip away the natural oils.
You can also make your own a face cleanser using ingredients available in your house. Grind ½ cucumber and a small tomato to a fine paste. Apply it liberally on your face and wait for 15 minutes. Wash it off with plain water.
3- Apply a moisturizer and toner
Lack of adequate moisturizing can result in the oil glands producing excess sebum and worsening the acne. Pick a gel-based, lightweight, and oil-free moisturizer. You can also massage a few drops of argan oil. It is non-comedogenic and an excellent home remedy for acne-prone skin.
You can boil neem leaves in water till it turns green and use the strained liquid as a toner for your skin. The antibacterial properties of neem keep the pores healthy and prevent a new breakout.
4 - Never forget SPF
Exposure to harmful sun rays can worsen acne scars. So don’t forget to slather on a good sunscreen with SPF 30 or more. You should look for a non-comedogenic formula so that it doesn’t end up clogging the pores. It is also advisable to pick a sunscreen that provides broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays.
5 - Spot treatment also helps
You need a spot treatment with active ingredients to treat existing acne on your face. Over-the-counter retinoids and benzoyl peroxide are some of the popular options available in the market. You can also use tea tree oil mixed with a carrier oil such as argan or rosehip oil. Using a cotton pad, dab the diluted mixture on your acne and allow it to dry.
You can also try our anti-acne gel, which is infused with pear juice, neem, and tea tree oil extracts. These natural ingredients work together to prevent the growth of new acne and keep your skin blemish-free.
Following a consistent skincare routine can go a long way in transforming your acne-prone skin. However, if you feel that these remedies are not clearing the acne completely, it is time to see a dermatologist.