This is probably not what you want to hear, but once your acne clears, it doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods. Acne is a sneaky devil, and because it can be triggered by so many factors that are out of your control (like genetics, hormones, and climate), there’s always the possibility that it may come back – emphasis on may.
That’s because if you’ve found a treatment protocol that works for you and you stick to it (even after the acne is gone), you drastically reduce the chances of your clear skin backsliding into breakouts. And unlike the hormone spike you get during a stressful workweek, your skincare regimen is something you can control. After all, you wouldn’t go on a diet, then revert to your prior eating habits and expect the weight to stay off, right? Same thing here.
Best Ingredients for Acne Prevention Skincare
If you’re acne-prone, these ingredients are likely already in your arsenal. And even if your breakouts are only on the occasional side, the three listed below are still a good idea to have on your radar and work into your skincare plan.
AHAs and BHAs: Hydroxy acids easily remove dead cells clinging to the skin’s surface. Aside from dulling your complexion’s glow, dead cells can also mix with oil to form a pore-clogging clump. By regularly eliminating them, you minimize the chances these dead cells will plug your pores. Depending on your skin’s tolerance level, this type of exfoliation is one you can do daily, typically in the morning.
AHAs and BHAs can be found in the Dr. Dennis Gross bestselling Alpha Beta skincare collection featuring peels, a cleanser, a serum, and a moisturizer.
Blue LEDs: The wavelength of light emitted by blue LEDs kills P. acnes bacteria, a strain of bacteria that can be another contributing factor to one’s breakouts. Dead cells, plus oil, plus P. acnes bacteria create a perfect storm that eventually gives birth to a cystic volcano. LED treatments are fast (as little as three minutes), painless, and have no downtime. If you have your own at-home device, you can give yourself a dose of blue LEDs whenever you want, as often as you wish.
Monk’s pepper: Applied topically, this medicinal berry derived from the chaste tree helps regulate hormones, which winds up preventing excess sebum production. Less oil means less potential material to turn into sludge inside your pores and turn into a pimple. Monk’s pepper is often mixed with other ingredients into a single skincare formulation. Since your body does many of its regeneration and recalibration processes at night while you’re asleep, it makes sense to apply this topical before bed as part of your evening routine.