We’re not exaggerating when we say one of the hardest things in life to accomplish is getting your acne under control. If you’ve been able to clear your complexion—after years of experimenting with tons of products and living with bumps on your face—then you seriously deserve a medal!
Still, once you’ve cleared up your skin, that doesn’t mean your work is done. Acne is a chronic skin condition—that means you can never totally cure it. So it’s important to stick to a consistent skin care routine with products specially formulated to control breakouts, as well as the side effects that can come along with them (like acne scars). Of course, you also want to make sure your skin care routine boosts your glow and fights signs of aging too!
Stick to using these three products to maintain clear, glowing skin; Salicylic Acid Cleanser, Retinol Serum, and a Daily Moisturizer with SPF. Here, you can learn how each of these products work and the benefits of adding them to your beauty routine:
Salicylic Acid Cleanser
Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid—one of the most popular chemical exfoliants. It gently exfoliates skin to unclog pores of oil and dead skin cells so that existing pimples disappear faster and new ones don’t form. Exfoliating with salicylic acid also helps fade pigmented dark spots, marks that often appear once zits have healed.
Retinol is the gold standard of anti-aging ingredients—it keeps skin clear and fights visible signs of aging. Retinol, a derivative of vitamin A, exfoliates skin and encourages cell turnover to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, prevent dark spots, and increase collagen so skin remains plump and firm. Keep in mind that the best time to use retinol is at night because it can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. (Don’t worry, that’s why our maintenance kit also comes with a sunscreen!)
Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15
Protecting your skin from the sun is key for all skin types—but it’s especially important if you’ve ever had acne. That’s because sun exposure can make dark spots—i.e. acne scars—darker. This particular moisturizer with SPF is oil-free, so it won’t clog pores, plus it’s full of anti-aging ingredients that brighten skin and make it look younger, including vitamin C, vitamin E, and green tea extract. Apply it at least 15 minutes before going outside, and throw it in your bag so you can reapply it at least every two hours to keep your skin shielded from the sun!