By Alexandra Engler – Self
Keeping your skin blemish-free is about more than stocking up on a spot treatment. If you have acne-prone skin, a clear complexion is something you have to work towards on a daily basis. And you’ll need a special collection of products to handle any pimple or blackhead that’s on the horizon. Stick to these three acne-eradicating moves, and clear skin could be your new norm.
- Exfoliate with acids daily. A serum or peel that’s packed with chemical exfoliants can help remove dead skin cells. These cells can clog pores causing a pimple to come to a head. Choose a product with glycolic acid for sensitive skin (we like Pixi by Petra Glow Tonic, $29; birchbox.com). And salicylic acid suits oily complexions (try Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Pads, $42; birchbox.com).
- Calm skin with anti-inflammatories like green tea extract or vitamins C and E. Soothing a red, angry pimple once it arrives starts with easing the inflammation. Antioxidants like vitamin C can help acne-prone skin, and they also protect against sun damage and pollution. Try Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum ($29; birchbox.com).
- For more intense acne, you can see a physician or consider the first-ever over-the-counter retinoid, Differin Gel 0.1%, which will help clear clogged pores. If cysts endure, ask a dermatologist about a nondrying dapsone gel, like Aczone 7.5%.