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How do I get rid of acne?
Benzoyl peroxide is commonly used as an acne treatment but can be drying and harsh on the skin. Instead, we recommend using salicylic acid for blemish control. This powerful yet gentle acne-fighting ingredient penetrates the skin to unclog pores by clearing them of dirt, oil, and bacteria. It’s also a chemical exfoliant that gently exfoliates the skin to remove dead skin cells. Salicylic acid is the superstar ingredient in Treat, our vegan acne treatment gel that battles breakouts without the burn.
For additional tips, check out our guide on how to get rid of acne.
What causes acne?
Acne is primarily caused by overproduction of oil. The skin has sebaceous glands that produce sebum or oil to help lubricate and protect the skin, maintain its moisture barrier, and retain elasticity. However, excess oil can clog pores and mix with dead skin cells and bacteria to form acne. Other causes of acne include hormonal changes, lack of sleep, diet, poor hygiene, makeup, stress, and environmental changes. With that being said, it’s best to take a holistic approach to skincare rather than simply relying on topical skincare products that target acne and control oil production.
What’s the best skincare routine for blemish control?
For blemish control, we recommend our 3-step Clear Skin Routine, which is clinically proven to clear breakouts in as little as two weeks. This routine is designed to help treat mild to moderate acne, including common pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, and hormonal acne. For severe or cystic acne, we recommend seeking the help of a dermatologist.
Our Clear Skin Routine is also designed to help visibly reduce redness and hyperpigmentation and even skin tone and texture. It’s best to pair it with a vegan moisturizer to ensure your skin is properly hydrated, soft, and supple so check out our 4-step and 5-step routines for a full routine complete with a moisturizer and face mask.
How do I treat acne scars?
Many people confuse acne scars for hyperpigmentation so it’s important to know the difference. Acne scars refer to areas of raised or pitted skin often left by severe or cystic acne, and occur when the skin produces too much or too little collagen during the healing process. To treat acne scars, we recommend seeking the help of a dermatologist.
Acne can also leave dark spots on the skin known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Popular ingredients for treating hyperpigmentation include vitamin C and licorice root, both of which help brighten skin and fade those pesky dark spots. Regular exfoliation also helps improve hyperpigmentation so add exfoliants like salicylic acid or glycolic acid to your routine.
Will my acne get worse before it gets better?
When starting a new skincare routine for blemish control, it’s normal to experience worsened or new breakouts, although it doesn’t happen for everyone. This stage is known as the skin purge. We know this stage is frustrating, but it’s an essential part in allowing your skin to flush out all the gunk and stay clear!
A purge can be mistaken for irritation or an allergic reaction so pay attention to the location of the new breakouts. If they’re located in areas where you typically breakout, then your skin is likely purging. If they’re located in completely new areas of your face, then your skin is likely irritated. For personalized skincare advice, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How long will it take to see results?
While many have seen results in as little as two weeks, keep in mind that everyone’s skin is different. Our customers typically see positive changes in their skin by the 6-8 week mark as it takes time for the skin to fully experience the benefits of a proper skincare routine. Consistency is key so do your best to remain patient and consistent!