The following routine is particularly suitable for skin that’s prone to acne. But it is also perfect for those of you who get pimples more often due to wearing protective masks against the COVID-19 pandemic. Have you ever heard of "maskne"? The word is composed of the two terms "mask" and "acne". It describes the fact that many people get more pimples due to protective masks. Why that? Well, the air under the mask warms up. It then quickly becomes moist and warm underneath, which can lead to skin inflammation and irritation. In addition, dirt, sweat and make-up accumulate under there and can clog your pores. All of these are ideal conditions for pimples and blemishes. So even if you don't normally have blemished skin, you can still use the following routine from time to time.
The aim of the routine is on the one hand to prevent new pimples. On the other hand, existing pimples are treated. And ultimately it also helps in the healing process of the pimples, so that acne scars are less pronounced or heal faster.
6 steps to clear skin:
1. Oil cleanser: Problem skin often tends to be quite oily. It is then that you often avoid oily products. But it doesn't have to be that way! Dirt and impurities are usually oil-soluble, so an oil cleanser will help you cleanse your skin thoroughly and clear your pores. So start your routine with an oil cleanser. Massage it onto your dry skin to remove makeup, sunscreen, dirt, etc. Then wash everything off with lukewarm water.
2. Foam cleanser: The best way to remove all dirt and residues from the oil cleanser is to use a foam cleanser. These are particularly gentle on the skin because you don't have to lather them up by rubbing them onto your face. If you use a cream cleanser, you should foam it up in your hands before you bring it to your face. The less rubbing, the less skin irritation. After you have also rinsed the foam cleanser away with water, your skin should be deeply cleansed and purified. The principle here is: less clogged pores, less skin inflammation, less pimples!
3. Toner: After all the cleansing, your skin wants to calm down. Help it do this by applying a toner. Either with your hands or with well-soaked cotton pads.
4. Mask: For the very critical days when your skin is extremely plagued by impurities, you should apply a soothing mask. We recommend those with Aloe Vera, Tea Tree Oil, Cucumber, Green Tea or Centella Asiatica.
5. Spot treatment: If you have previously applied a mask, first wipe the pimples with a cotton swab and toner. Our favourite products for pimples are pimple stickers or acne patches. You simply stick these small transparent stickers on the pimples. The active ingredients on the stickers help treat the pimples and also protect the pimples from dirt and direct contact.
6. Moisturizer: The last step is to apply a light moisturizer. This can also contain active ingredients for pimple treatment. In general, however, moisture also helps heal pimples and acne scars.