If your skin is acne-prone, you may tend to shy away from moisturizers. However, well-hydrated skin is important to achieving and maintaining a healthy, clear complexion. We understand the angst of those who suffer from reoccurring breakouts, which is why we formulated a moisturizer specifically designed for oily and acne-prone skin—Citrus-C Healthy Complexion, a unique moisturizing serum that will help clear your breakouts and enhance your natural radiance.
For better hydration without the breakouts, check out these tips below.
#1. Ingredients Matter
Use Products Formulated for Acne-Prone Skin
It’s true, some moisturizers contain ingredients which may cause acne. Moisturizers commonly use ingredients that coat the skin to provide a protective layer that keeps moisture in, but this can also clog your pores, leading to increased breakouts. It’s important to look for moisturizers formulated with ingredients designed for acne-prone skin, like those in Citrus-C Healthy Complexion.
Look for Retinol and Vitamins C & E
Understanding ingredients may sound intimidating, but once you know which ones to look for, you can confidently incorporate a moisturizer into your regimen. Pure Retinol and Vitamins C & E not only provide hydration but also strengthen and support a healthy moisture barrier. A strong moisture barrier will not only help prevent your skin from losing moisture and drying out, but it will also improve the results of both prescriptive and non-prescriptive skincare. A thin formula, like Citrus-C Healthy Complexion, combines all the necessary ingredients and nutrients without the thickness of a heavy cream and it won’t clog your pores.
Use Highly Concentrated Ingredients
Highly concentrated products made with high-quality ingredients offer two important advantages. First, they should absorb much more quickly and completely into your skin, as there is less (material) to get in the way of the active ingredients. This means the active ingredients are more likely to get to the source of the problem, rather than sit on the surface of the skin. Second, many of the most effective ingredients in skincare are dose responsive. So, high levels tend to produce better results (though, that’s not always the case).
#2. Oils are Essential
Choose Healthy Oils
Additionally, look for Omega’s 3, 6, & 9. These essential fatty acids provide restorative benefits that help strengthen your skin barrier and prevent future breakouts. Plus, as antioxidants, they help protect the skin and support reduced inflammation (inflammation is a primary cause of acne).
On That Note, Don’t Be Afraid of Oils
Just as there are good and bad oils for your diet, there are also good and bad oils for your skin. Bad oils have large molecules and tend to be pore-clogging and sticky. But good oils, like those found in Healthy Complexion Booster, contain important nutrients and antioxidants, Vitamins C & E, that support the skin’s anti-inflammatory process. Keep in mind, too, that your skin is waterproof. Thus, oil-based active ingredients have a distinct advantage as they are more readily absorbed into the skin.
#3. Lifestyle Changes
Wash Your Linens
Routinely washing your linens is important considering your face spends a significant amount of time in contact with your pillow. Built up soils can affect the clarity of your complexion, so we recommend washing your pillowcases and sheets once a week to give both your bed and your skin a clean refresh.
Avoid Moisturizing Right Before Bed
Similarly, we also suggest you avoid moisturizing immediately before bed. Rather, moisturize in the morning. If you do wish to use a moisturizer in the evening, apply it early enough that it has time to absorb into your skin. Otherwise, soils and dirt from your pillowcase may latch onto the sticky or wet texture of your moisturizer and clog your pores, which may lead to increased acne.
Take Care of Your Gut
Incorporating a probiotic into your daily regimen will not only support your body’s anti-inflammatory process, but it will also help promote a healthy complexion. Ingesting an oral probiotic helps balance the bacteria in your gut. A bacterial imbalance may be caused by various different factors, including hormonal changes, stress, or even certain foods—things we often have no control over. Therefore, addressing the root cause and treating acne holistically is the key to clearing breakout-prone skin long-term.