Overcleansing is a common error made by those with acne, according to Dr. Dennis Gross. Yes, you need clean skin, but if you go overboard, it can cause drying and more inflammation. Cleansing twice a day is enough to keep your skin clean without causing undue irritation.
Other typical mistakes include using gritty scrubs, astringents, or harsh masks. These can strip your skin and overexfoliate. To overcompensate for the excessive dryness, your skin might respond by producing more oil!
Opt for a mild, fragrance-free cleanser formulated with gentle, calming ingredients. Purlisse’s Gentle Soy Milk Cleanser and Makeup Remover ($22) employs white tea and blue lotus to soothe irritation and calm redness. After cleansing, a non-comedogenic moisturizer should be your next step. My go-to is Algenist’s SPLASH Moisturizer ($58). Its soothing formula leaves skin with a mega-dose of hydration. Plus, because it’s a lightweight gel, it’s gentle enough to use on acne.