Charcoal is great, removes toxins, but keep your expectations in check.
Toner vs. Astringent
Who can tell me the difference?
Astringent is going to strip your skin of moisture i.e. oil. Use sparingly, and if you are seriously oily. Otherwise you will taking away from you lipid barrier.
Toner rebalances your skins pH and helps to remove any excess dirt and oil that may remain post cleansing.
Helps to Clean Out the Pores and Remove Dead Skin Cell Build Up
Very important for acne prone skin
Chemical exfoliation: Acids
Enzymes: Gentler version of chemical exfoliation
Papain (derived from pineapple)
Pumpkin (derived from pumpkin)
Vitamin A (helps loosen and slough away dead skin cells
NOT ST IVES!
Rice, corn, or oatmeal powder
Wash cloth or cleansing brush
Sugar or salt grains
Whichever route you take, you should be using something every other day or two to three times a week.
Moisturizers and SPF'S
Oil free moisturizer
If it can have SPF included, great!
SPF with Zinc is my go to
It’s important to moisturize your skin; even with acne.
Why? Because you produce more oil, and are trying to dry it out, and the water component of your skin suffers.
This could, and often does signal the body to produce even more oil to compensate for the lack of water. So quench your skin’s thirst. Hyaluronic acid is great, it can hold up to 1000x it’s weight in water. So look for this ingredient in your oil free moisturizer and your skin will smile back at you.
Salicylic acid 2%
Tea tree oil
Benzoyl peroxide (only for 7-10 days) then give your skin a break
Simply spot treat with these concentrations; they will help to speed up the process.
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