Night Time Skincare Routine For Acne Prone Skin
I have had acne prone skin since teenage and since then I have been experimenting with different kinds of skincare routines to get rid of it. Currently I have been following this tweaked sort of a Cleansing-Toning-Moisturizing method and it seems to be working well. Sharing my routine here in the hope of helping someone out with similar needs. Following is the night time skincare routine for acne prone skin.
Step 1- Cleansing
I tend to wear makeup in the day daily so I have got to take it off at night. Sleeping with makeup on leads to clogged pores and hence acne. So it is better you take the makeup off before bed.
For taking off makeup from my lips and eyes I love using cotton buds and some baby oil. Dip one side of the cotton bud in oil and keep the other side dry. Use the oily side of the bud to take off the makeup and use the dry side to take off the oil. Be gentle while doing this.
Then I move on to my face. For that, I begin by splashing some water on my face. 2-3 splashes are good. Do not dry your face after. Then I move on to makeup remover. You can use any makeup remover that you like or already own. The one I use is Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. I use a cotton ball to get some product from the jar and then move the cotton ball all over my face in wiping kind of motions. After I am done wiping I splash some water again and use my hands in a wiping a kind of motion.
After removing makeup, it is time for some cleanser. I use a foaming cleanser as the aim is to remove the oily residue of the makeup remover as oil attracts dirt and hence leads to acne. The one I like to use is Neutrogena Deep Clean Foaming Cleanser. You can even get away by using a good face wash for this step.
After this pat your face dry with a face napkin or towel. Keep a separate napkin for your face. It is just a lot more hygienic than using your bath towel on your face.
Step 2- Toning
Use a toner of your choice for this step. I am currently using Za Total Hydration Fresh Lucent Toner. A toner will help close the pores post a good cleanse.
You apply the toner all over the face (except the eye area and lips) with the help of a cotton ball or just clean fingers. In case you are using your hands to apply it, take the required quantity in your palm and dip your fingers and apply it on your face. Do not keep touching the mouth of the bottle as it could contaminate the mouth.
Let the toner dry.
Step 3- Moisturizing
Most moisturizers give me acne. But recently I tried Biotique Bio Chlorophyll Oil- Free Anti- Acne Gel as a moisturizer and I have not seen any new breakouts due to this product. You can use any moisturizer that suits your skin type.
Take the required quantity of the product in your palm and with the help of your fingers massage it all over your face (except the eye area and lips).
To moisturize my eye area I use a very tiny amount of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly or Boots Vitamin E Gentle Eye Cream. The boots cream is technically a day cream. However I tend to use it in the day as well as in the night.
The most important area that needs nourishment in the night is the lips. I use The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Lip Care Stick. You can use any lip balm of your choice. However, make sure that it is free from any color and is rich in moisture. A colored lip balm is meant for use in the day.
Step 4- Anti Acne Cream
This step is optional. You must speak to your dermatologist before using any medicated anti acne cream. I have been prescribed an adapalene gel and I use it only on the area that has pimples post step 4.
The above method does sound a little tedious but practically goes pretty fast. 4 steps does sound like a lot of work after a long day. But a little work for your skin is totally worth it.
Shortcut- When You Are Exhausted!
I save this routine for when I am really really really tired. For this routine, I use cleansing wipes to take off my makeup. The wipes I currently use are Boots Cucumber Cleansing Wipes. Then I apply my anti acne cream and lip balm and then go straight to bed.
I am not a big fan of cleansing wipes as they do not clean the face a 100 percent. But in case of emergency some form of cleanliness is better than a completely unwashed face.