3 Steps to Treat Your Acne For Good
And they’re approved by Dr. Pimple Popper.
"You’ll grow out of it!” is probably the biggest lie we’ve been told about acne. The truth is that it’s very common for this skin condition to persist in adulthood. You may think you’ve seen all types of breakouts by the time you hit your twenties, but acne can evolve and change, and reassessing the way you treat it can really improve your overall skin health. We thought we’d check out a new 3-step routine recommended by Dr. Sandra Lee, known as Dr. Pimple Popper. She just launched her very own kit to fix acne—for good.
Step 1: Cleanse With Salicylic Acid
Blackheads and whiteheads have finally found a worthy opponent. Salicylic acid is a chemical exfoliant that deeply cleanses your skin before acne can make itself at home. Sandra Lee recommends using her salicylic acid cleanser morning and night. This formula has the added benefit of allantoin, a naturally-derived conditioner, and oat extract. Your skin stays hydrated and doesn’t feel dry after cleansing with these two extra components.
Step 2: Treat With Benzoyl Peroxide
Bacteria cause acne, and a potent antiseptic is the best way to fight germs throughout the day. Benzoyl peroxide is the perfect antimicrobial ingredient to keep your skin blemish-free and it will help clear your pores over time. Dr. Pimple Popper’s BP Lotion uses benzoyl peroxide as its hero ingredient and also includes aloe to soothe and treat irritations. The final touch? Vitamin E hydrates your skin and protects it from free radicals. Use this lotion in the morning to fight acne every day.
Step 3: Smoothe Out Your Skin With Retinol
We’ve been hearing about retinol for years, so maybe it’s time we listen up. Sourced from vitamin A, retinol exfoliates the skin and removes dirt, oil, and dead cells. This potent ingredient is proven to show visible results on acne scars in just a few weeks with regular use. SLMD’s Retinol Serum helps even skin tone and reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation. This specific serum pairs retinol with hyaluronic acid to counteract its drying effect. Like all retinol products, this is best used at night since sun exposure and retinol don’t mesh well.
The Step You Should Never (Ever) Miss: Moisturizing.
You didn't think we'd forget about this one, did you? Since we associate acne with oily skin, there is a tendency to think skin won't need the extra moisture. Dr. Sandra Lee responds to this misconception by saying: "All skin types need moisturizer. However, if you have oily skin, you should be more selective by ensuring that your moisturizer was developed with acne-prone skin in mind." Pick up her Facial Moisturizer to complete your routine. Vitamin C brightens your complexion, and panthenol ensures the hydration you're giving your skin is long-lasting.
Check out SLMD’s Acne System here—Influenster members gave it 5 stars!
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