Whether you have severe acne, mild acne, or are prone to random breakouts, here are the best products and tips that you should start using now for a flawless complexion come the big night.
What’s important to know is that there are more steps to clear skin than just washing your face. Exfoliating, a light sunscreen that won’t break you out, and an acne medicine gentle enough for your skin type should also be a part of your daily routine.
Make it a rule to never fall asleep with makeup from the day still on your face, no matter how tired you are! Rid your face of all that grime from the school day and use nighttime as opportunity to clean out your pores. Dirt and oil that penetrate deep into the pores can turn even a little blackhead into a big, giant zit.
If you have red, angry, inflamed acne:
Stay away from harsh scrubs—you don’t want to irritate your skin.
Recommendations: POREspective Daily Wash
If you have under-the-skin, pebbly looking acne:
Choose an acne-cleansing scrub with polyeurethane beads or benzoyl peroxide to help treat and prevent pimples while getting rid of dead skin cells to encourage acne to come to the surface.
Recommendation: POREspective Daily Scrub
Using a beta-hydroxy acid in the morning unblocks those acne-prone follicles and sloughs off the red spots from old acne lesions. Salicylic acid is the best exfoliation for teen acne because it’s anti-bacterial.
Recommendation: POREspective Salicylic Serum
Oil-Free Hydrating Moisturizer
Don’t leave home without applying a moisturizer to soften flaking caused by strong acne products.
Recommendation: POREspective Daily Moisturizer
Nighttime Acne Medicine
Benzoyl peroxide is the way to go, but don’t buy it at the drugstore. Over-the-counter acne treatments contain laureth-4, isopropyl myristate and a bunch of other pore-clogging ingredients that aren’t going to help your acne. Look for a medical-grade or prescription-based benzoyl peroxide gel, start using it slowly (every other night), and increase the strength every six weeks until your skin is clear.
Recommendation: POREspective Clearing Gel (2.8, 5.0 and 10.0)
Four rules to achieve healthy clear skin for prom:
- Do not pick at your acne. This puts bacteria from your fingers to your face, pushes the acne plug deeper into your skin and causes red spots and scarring.
- Do not tan in tanning beds or use a spray tan. Tanning beds make your red spots worse, and the chemicals in spray tans are comedogenic and actually cause acne. Think of Edward and Bella–go pale to prom!
- Use oil-free, non-comedogenic makeup and avoid liquid foundation. Loose mineral powder will never break you out.