Battle of the Breakout
The dreaded breakout. Most of us have or still experience this - even well into our adulthood. Now that “Maskne” has entered the equation, some of us might need a little more help than we’re used to!
Although Acne is certainly a more layered issue than simply using the “right” skincare routine, there are certainly lots of ways you can help balance oil production, clear pores and enhance hydration - all good things to help calm, reduce & recover quickly from any unwanted blemishes.
Double Cleansing for Acne Prone Skin
In the evening, double cleansing is a great way to start! Oil and Milk Cleansing have been staff favourites for a long time here at HH. This may feel redundant, but believe us you will notice results and feel it deeply.
The first cleanse will clean off makeup, pollutants, and other sorts of buildup that can happen from the moment you wake up to the time you go to bed.
The second cleanse is to actually clean the skin and encourage hydration. With oil or milk cleansing, your skin is not stripped of its natural hydration but is still cleansed thoroughly. Oil will actually help pull out unwanted build up from the pores, and we always recommend you remove any cleanser with a clean, warm cloth for best results!
Our top picks:
Living Libations Sandalwood Best Skin Ever
This is great for blemish-prone skin, reducing redness and inflammation as well as healing post-acne scarring and uneven skin tone. This oil cleanser and moisturizer is a 2-in-1 product and does not contain any coconut oil, which for some, might be too pore clogging and contribute to breakouts.
Pai Middlemist Seven Cream Cleanser
This is made for sensitive skin in mind. If you are not sure about oil cleansing, milk cleansing is a beautiful option. Milk or cream cleansers are gentle and ensure that skin does not lose precious hydration! Creamy, rich goodness should help make your skin happy!
Tata Haper Clarifying Cleanser
An alternative to a creamier cleanser, this foaming gel cleanser is specifically targeted for an oily, blemish prone skin. With AHA and BHA this light and refreshing cleanser is formulated to treat redness and impurities while keeping the natural skin oils perfectly balanced!
Blemish Fighting Toners
Toners are an important part of your step-by-step routine as this helps re-balance your skin to its natural pH level, as well as enables serums and oils to penetrate your dermal layer for the maximum benefit of the product. Some toners are also naturally anti-bacterial and calming, all good things in the fight against bacteria that may cause breakouts!
Our top picks:
Graydon Face Food Mineral Mist
This is a hydrating, soft-smelling toner. With its mineral-based ingredient list, it helps to balance the complexion. Soothes trouble areas and shields your face from environmental pollution. Formulated with your skin in mind, and a pH value of 4.5-5.3.
Province Apothecary Balance Toner
If Graydon’s mineral-based toner isn’t your thing, this floral toner is an uplifting, lightly scented and great option. A top seller here at HH, this alcohol-free toner helps to reduce inflammation and maintain healthy oil balance for a radiant complexion.
Wildcraft Clarify Toner
This lovely and light scented toner is naturally anti-microbial and is great at helping reduce puffiness and inflammation. When used with a cotton round, it helps clear out excess makeup or buildup from pores in preparation for a serum of moisturizer!
Acne Fighting Moisturizers and Serums
One of our favourite steps in our skincare routines = adding soothing, luxurious moisture! This step is so important, and finding a great moisturizer or serum will allow your skin to rest and repair overnight and help soothe and protect the skin during the day.
Our top picks:
Tata Harper Clarifying Moisturizer
This lightweight moisturizer has a matte finish, helping the skin retain moisture while also balancing oil production and minimizing the look of blemishes. It's packed with active botanicals and works hard to keep your skin looking its best!
Wildcraft Clarify Moisturizer
If you're looking for something a little more rich, look no further. This moisturizer is formulated to help balance blemish-prone skin, is nourishing and hydrating and contains Kukui, rosewater and Aloe gel to reduce redness and soothe the skin!
Province Apothecary Clear Skin Advanced Face Serum
This luxurious serum is formulated for acne-prone, combination skin. This oil penetrates deep to hydrate, balance and reduce irritation. This serum is made to provide long lasting support to those pesky breakouts!
The Cure Face & Neck Serum
This beautifully rich face serum contains some power packed ingredients to help minimize redness, reduce the occurrence of breakouts and even out scarring and skin tone.
Powerhouse Spot Treatments
When all else fails, add a spot treatment in your routine to really narrow in on your target. We’re talking directly on the blemish! Spot treatments are a fantastic way to directly connect with those breakouts that won’t just go away and need a little extra attention deep down.
Our top picks:
Blume Melt Down Acne Oil
This acne oil was made with cystic acne in mind. A powerful blend of natural ingredients that can be applied to your pimples or when you feel one coming in. It deeply penetrates the inflamed area and helps to cleanse and protect your skin and return it to a calmer state.
Province Apothecary Clear Skin Advance Spot Concentrate
This spot treatment is also dedicated to reaching those more stubborn blemishes. The Clear skin advanced spot concentrate dives deep into your skin and helps with minimizing the inflammation to help restore your skin and keep issues at bay.
Face Masks for Acne/Blemish Prone Skin
A good face mask is such a great way to decongest the pores, soothe the skin and help manage redness and inflammation. Clay is a wonderful ingredient that helps to unclog and cleanse the skin, while either reducing excessive oil production or maintaining hydration! Skin always looks and feels refreshed, and we recommend doing a mask 1-2 times a week to really see and maintain results!
Our top picks:
Tata Harper Clarifying Mask
This product is a powerhouse when it comes to maintaining clear skin. Containing AHA and BHA this mask helps refine pores, minimizes redness and the appearance of blemishes, contains soothing honey which prevents bacteria and is all around lovely! It is one of our favourites and we’ll occasionally pair it with the Clarifying Cleanser or Moisturizer for maximum results! Tata Harper always brings the glow up!
Artifact Skin Co. has created a line of face masks that are all incredible, and tailored with specific needs in mind. Egyptian Honey Rose is incredible for blemish-prone skin, helps retain complete hydration, calms redness and the raw honey is antibacterial and anti-microbial. If you’re looking to clear & refine pores, look no further than the Glacial Coast or the Tangerine Clay mask. Clay has been a potent and incredible ingredient for hundreds of years for good reason. It purifies, soothes and heals the skin without stripping.
Cocoon Apothecary Ancient Mud Mask
This rich mask is filled with Dead Sea mud and Canadian glacial clay, a power duo in unclogging and refining pores. The ingredients are minimal, helping to soothe blemishes and this mask can also be used as a great spot treatment too!
Nothing feels more luxurious than a good face mask after a long day. Let your skin relax and replenish!