If you want to combat acne, it’s time to rethink your daily skincare routine. To give you the best advice, one of The Derm Group’s board-certified dermatologists, Avnee Shah, M.D., shares her expert tips for what you should do every day to keep your skin clean, clear, and acne free.
Here are the 7 steps you should follow throughout each day, as recommended by our very own Dr. Shah:
Cleanse with a gentle cleanser when you wake up.
In the morning, try an antioxidant serum that includes topical niacinamide.
Moisturize! You don’t want your skin to dry out and then overproduce oils, which leads to acne. For oilier skin, try a water or gel-based moisturizer as they tend to be light-weight.
Sunscreen in morning is always a must. There are brands that have niacinamide built into their sunscreens as well, such as EltaMD. Sunscreen is helpful for dark marks left behind by acne.
Curb the makeup. As we are wearing masks regularly due to COVID, the moisture under the mask mixed with makeup can lead to more break outs.
Cleanse in evening. It can be gentle or have an AHA/BHA/glycolic acid to allow for some light exfoliation.
Finally, try Differin (available over the counter) with moisturizer before bedtime. Start slow, 2-3 times a week and increase as tolerated.
There you have it. Follow these derm-approved steps, and make your daily routine an acne-fighting part of every day. If you have any questions about your acne concerns, request a consultation with The Derm Group online or by calling 973.571.2121.