Breakouts are a particularly annoying thing for anyone. It is even more annoying to anyone taking the time to properly take care of their skin. A breakout feels like a personal attack when you go out of your way to wash properly, find the best products, and other ensure that you pamper your skin so that such things don’t happen. You could control all the factors that can lead to a breakout. Women, in particular, can have hormone related breakouts that no amount of skin care can prevent. Once you’ve got a breakout though, you generally want to be rid of it as quickly as possible. This sometimes leads us to make a hasty decision when it comes to how to properly clean our skin during a breakout. You only need a little bit of patience as we’ve put together a quick list of things to remember at such times that will help you avoid making your breakout worse.
Exfoliation doesn’t stop being important during a breakout. In some ways, exfoliation actually becomes a bit more important so that you can help clear up the area breaking out. You need to be careful about how you choose to exfoliate though. A scrub of any sort is a big no-no during a breakout as those can cut acne and end up releasing the contents across your skin as a collection of bacteria. This will actually make the breakout much worse by spreading it around. Stick to using a chemical exfoliant for the sake of the rest of your skin. Additionally, avoid over-exfoliating during a breakout. Remember that once or twice a week is good enough for most people and remains so during a breakout. Trying to exfoliate too often can dry out your skin and make it produce more oil. This will also make your breakout worse.
Simplify and Stick With It
Breakouts are not the time to be using your full skincare regime. Your skin is slightly different during a breakout and has a very particular issue dominating it. Most of our skincare routines are centered around our normal skin. Sticking to your usual routine can end up only making things worse. This is particularly true if you’re used to using heavier moisturizers like creams that can magnify the oil problems associated with acne. You want to focus on making a relatively simple, product-light oil control routine. This can help control and minimize a breakout instead of encouraging it to grow. You should also make sure you stay with a given oil control routine for a week and a half to two weeks to make sure your skin has proper time to react. Abandoning a routine or rapidly changing it can upset your skin and make a breakout last longer.
Remember what we highlighted about exfoliation? It is entirely possible to overcleanse as well. This is particularly true when it comes to oil control cleansers. These products often incorporate ingredients found in chemical exfoliants to help clean the skin thoroughly. It means you need to pay particular attention to what goes into the cleansers you’re using and be willing to step back from cleansing twice a day if you’re using a potent acne-fighting cleanser. You want to avoid drying out your skin as much as possible. Additionally, you may want to consider finding a hydrating cleanser that actually gives your skin a bit of moisture back for use on days when you’re not exfoliating to help offset any dryness from other oil control products. Properly managing the balance between your exfoliant and cleanser will help you stop a breakout sooner.
Caring for your skin during a breakout isn’t all that much different from caring for it most of the time. It simply involves shifting your idea of your skin type for a short while to appropriately pick the right products. In the end, a simple routine will serve you best as it won’t overload your skin with additional products that could potentially help trap more grime in your natural oils. Those taking a careful approach should find no difficulty in managing their next breakout.