Different products have different roles in keeping your skin looking fresh. Having a routine makes sure that your skin is getting all that it needs.
Unlike soap, cleansers are specially formulated for use on your face. They help remove makeup, dead skin, oil, dirt and other things that clog pores and contribute to acne and problem skin. By cleansing your face first, you prep your skin so that it is ready to absorb treatment. This helps the acne fighting medicine to start working so you can get clearer skin!
Astringents (also called toners) are used after you cleanse your face and work to remove excess cleanser and makeup residue from the skin, and helps constrict/shrink open pores. Well-formulated toners can smooth, soften, and calm skin, while removing the last traces of makeup. They also add vital ingredients after cleansing. Toners with salicylic acid also help fight and prevent acne/blackheads.
Moisturizing is one of the most important steps in keeping your skin looking healthy and hydrated. Regular moisturizing – especially in colder months – is an important defense against dry, itchy skin. Some cleansers, treatments and astringents contain acne fighting ingredients that can sometimes dry out your skin. Moisturizers help prevent your skin from drying, which can actually cause more oil to be produced. And if you think that moisturizers will make your skin even oilier, don’t worry! Look for lightweight, oil-free moisturizers that won’t clog your pores.
This step is for people whose acne needs more attention to treat it. CLEAN & CLEAR? acne treatments contain clinically proven acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide which treat pimples and help prevent future breakouts. It’s important to use these after cleansing so that the acne fighting ingredients are delivered directly to your problem areas and start working right away. Don’t forget to use a moisturizer after using treatment, as your skin needs to stay hydrated. Dry with a clean towel.