Expert-Approved AM Routine Just Right For Acne-Prone Skin
Dr Madhuri Agarwal, founder and medical director, Yavana Aesthetics Clinic
"If people are suffering from acne I usually recommend opting for products containing essential ingredients such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid, azelaic acid, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, niacinamide, dimethicone, sulphur."
Avoid oil or alcohol-based face cleansers
"Use a face wash that is gel or foam-based and that contains salicylic or glycolic acid with panthenol or glucoside to cleanse your skin without drying it. Avoid using oil or alcohol-based face washes."
Apply your toner in only oily spots
"Use a gentle toner that has no alcohol content as it can dry out the skin and trigger more oil production that in turn causes more acne. The toner should be applied only on the oily area of the face."
Use ONLY chemical exfoliators
"Exfoliate 2-3 weekly with a chemical exfoliator to unclog the pores and reduce the skin buildup."
Invest in a moisturising gel
"Apply a moisturizer in the form of a gel. You can use essence or light serums containing niacinamide. Last, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 containing zinc oxide."
Dr Simal Soin, founder and chief dermatologist, Aayna Clinic
"Acne breakouts are quite a common problem encountered by many people nowadays, due to various aggravating and/or causative factors such as diet, hormones, pollution, wrong products etc. The good news is that now there’s a variety of cosmeceutical and pharmaceutical products available OTC. However, a little knowledge of the basic acne-fighting ingredients will be of great help to zero it down to a few products. One should look out for salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, alpha-hydroxy acids mostly."
Make Vitamin C your bae
"For people prone to acne issues, it’s best advised to follow twice daily the routine of cleansing with a mild facewash, a healing serum rich in Vitamin C, followed by sunscreen application all over the face, which at bedtime should be replaced with a healing and hydrating moisturizer."
Use acne patches for spot-treatment
"For day time, when one is on the go, acne patches are a welcome break from the spot creams and ointments that don’t show up and subtly reduces the acne too. DermaAngel day and night acne patches are a huge hit with my patients with a busy and public lifestyle."
Dr Chiranjiv Chhabra, chief dermatologist and director, Alive Wellness Clinics
"You must include acne-fighting salicylic acid, blemish-blowing benzoyl peroxide, texture-renewing retinol, oil-free moisturizer with Vitamin C in your routine. For spot treatment, try using 10 per cent benzoyl peroxide, clindamycin in conjunction with benzoyl peroxide, lactic acid or tea tree oil for super sensitive skin."
How to find the perfect acne-preventing facewash?
"Facewash for oily skin must be a cleanser with salicylic acid and glycolic acid. Meanwhile, for dry skin, a milk-based cleanser with lactic acid is best. If you have active acne, opt for benzoyl peroxide face wash."
Choose a gentle moisturiser
"Moisturisers that contain hydrating ingredients such as ceramides, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, aloe vera work well for acne-prone skin."
Sunscreen is a must for morning skincare
"Use a sunscreen with SPF 30 or more that provides broad-spectrum protection against both UVA rays and UVB rays and is non-comedogenic, which means the formula has been tested to not clog your pores causing acne."
Lastly, do a spot treatment of active acne
"Apply an acne patch that fits right above your pimple protecting it from bacteria and picking. Its makeup friendly so you can apply foundation over the patch."