It never fails: whether you’re counting down the days to your cousin’s black tie wedding bash or the presentation that’s going to hopefully get you your next promotion, you can be sure a pimple will probably pop up the morning of. If you’ve got acne-prone skin, it can feel like a constant battle between tamping down breakouts and drying out your face. Because June is Acne Awareness Month, Aloette is here to break down some of the causes of acne and how to help prevent it. We’ll also spotlight our gentle, hydrating skincare routine for acne-prone skin, the Aloeclear Collection.
What is acne?
Acne, or the bumps we get when our sebaceous glands get clogged, is normal. As much as Instagram filters and semi-professional selfie lighting have us convinced that our skin should look as smooth as glass, healthy skin can sometimes have bumps, texture, and breakouts. The American Academy of Dermatology says that acne is incredibly common: 85% of people have some form of it when they’re younger (ages 12-24), but it can occur at any stage of life and it’s on the rise in adults. So don’t stress too much over your acne-soothing skincare routine—you’re doing the best you can!
What causes acne?
The culprits behind a lot of acne breakouts are our hormones. When a big change, like puberty or pregnancy, causes our hormone levels to change, our glands produce more oil and cause breakouts. But acne can get worse because of stress, lack of sleep, sugary foods, or not removing makeup entirely. Sometimes acne is stubborn and a dermatologist might need to get involved, but a lot of us can manage our acne at home with a simple morning and night skincare routine.
Aloette’s Skincare Routine for Acne-Prone Skin
The steps for taking care of acne-prone skin are pretty simple: cleanse, tone, spot treat, and moisturize morning and night. Aloette’s Aloeclear Collection has all the skincare products you need to get your routine started and help get clearer-looking, more even-toned skin.
- Cleanse with Start Clear Deep Cleaning Cleanser
The key to cleansing acne-prone skin is getting a gentle cleanser that helps unclog pores, but doesn’t dry out the skin too much. Start Clear Deep Cleaning Cleanser is formulated with hydrating Aloeganic Aloe Vera to soothe and moisturize the skin, and a gentle exfoliator called Lactic Acid that helps to remove dirt and excess oil. Cleanse with Start Clear morning and night to help purify the look of your skin.
- Tone with Be Balanced Daily Refining Tonic
A toner with ingredients like Salicylic Acid and Lactic Acid is an extra step to help remove dirt and other impurities. If your skin is on the drier side, you may not want to add toner to your skin care routine. But if your acne-prone skin is oily or a combination, Be Balanced Daily Refining Tonic can help soothe irritation and unclog pores. Be Balanced uses Lactic Acid and Witch Hazel to help draw out pore-clogging impurities, and Aloeganic Aloe Vera to help keep skin more hydrated and healthy-looking. Spritz this toner onto a cotton ball or into your clean hands and apply to your cleansed skin morning and night to help keep breakouts at bay.
- Spot Treat with Stay Pure Acne Treatment Lotion
Using a targeted treatment after you cleanse and tone can help tone down the look of tougher blemishes. Stay Pure Acne Treatment Lotion uses powerhouse ingredients like Salicylic Acid and Beta Hydroxy Acids to help decrease the appearance of more stubborn pimples. Spot treat or apply only to the areas where acne is active, once or twice a day as part of your morning and night skincare routine.
- Moisturize with Get Hydrated Oil-Free Moisturizer
If you were treating your skin for acne circa 2005, you might still be afraid of moisturizing. Luckily, we’ve moved on since the mid-aughts. Moisturizing your skin helps to keep your skin’s microbiome healthy so that your glands won’t overproduce oil. Get Hydrated Oil-Free Moisturizer is formulated specifically for acne-prone skin, so it helps to soothe skin and reduce the appearance of redness while diminishing shine. Formulated with acne-fighting Niacinamide and Aloeganic Aloe Vera, Get Hydrated is the finishing touch on your morning and evening Aloeclear routine.
- Don’t Run Out!
We don’t want to stress you out but keeping acne-prone skin in check is a full time job. When you purchase Aloeclear Three Step Kit, including Start Clean, Be Balanced, and Get Hydrated, you’ll be enrolling to never run out of your skincare products with auto-ship every two months! This acne-fighting starter kit will help keep blemishes at bay as it helps prevent the appearance of future breakouts. Plus, this ready-to-go routine is vegan, gluten-free, and paraben-free!