Settling into an effective skincare routine when you have acne is tough.
Most of us end up switching between different brands and products every month because we’re frustrated by the lack of visible results. Consultant dermatologist Dr Justine Kluk tells us what the best skincare regime is for acne sufferers.
Is a skincare routine enough to treat my acne?
We wanted to know if products were enough to treat acne on their own, or whether a skincare routine should supplement prescription medication. Dr Kluk told us that for those with severe acne, with nodules, cysts or scarring a visit to a dermatologist is in order. However, for those of us with milder acne it’s good news, as Dr Kluk believes that getting our skincare routine right may be all that’s needed to control our acne.
A simple skincare routine for acne sufferers
We were glad to hear that simplicity is the key! When she’s putting together a skincare regime for her patients, Dr Kluk advises to keep it as simple as possible. She suggests picking a gentle cleanser to wash your face with twice a day. Before you leave the house, or before you apply makeup, apply a sun protection moisturiser. The evening is the best time to use a specialist spot cream or prescription cream, Dr Kluk recommends after cleansing and before moisturising.
With all the products you use, keep it simple and refined. Check all the labels for the words ‘non- comedogenic’, this means that the product has been formulated to avoid clogging pores. If you find yourself standing confused and frustrated over the amount of choice in the skincare aisle, don’t be afraid to ask the in-store skincare advisor or pharmacist for help.
Don’t give up
Then persevere! Dr Kluk sees so many patients who don’t see an immediate change and give up. Improvements are gradual and perseverance is key. Dr Kluk tells her patients to wait two or three months to see if a particular regime is working. Lack of results is often because of chopping and changing regimes too soon.